World Affairs Council Programs
The Council's highly acclaimed Community Programs bring the informed perspectives of international experts and renowned political figures to Greater Seattle. Past speakers include Ban Ki-moon, General David Petraeus, Vladamir Putin, Thomas Friedmen, John McCain, Madeleine Albright, and President Jimmy Carter. Events include lectures, panel discussions, town-hall meetings, and discussion groups. Through the Global Leadership Series, the Council invites senior diplomatic, political, cultural, and intellectual global thought leaders to address the important issues that make headlines and shape foreign policy.
Global Classroom connects teachers and students with international resources, ideas, and people through accessible, high-quality workshops, and enhancement programming for professional development. It also provides direct opportunities for students and educators to get involved with global issues and broaden their global awareness.
The International Visitor Program (IVP) brings nearly 1200 visitors from more than 100 countries to Greater Seattle each year, fostering a global cross-pollination of people and ideas. These professionals and youth travel throughout the U.S. under the auspices of the State Department. Past IVP participants include Nicholas Sarkozy, Indira Gandhi, Anwar Sadat, and Tony Blair.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Late 2012, The World Affairs Council of Seattle hosted the Turkish Ambassador to the United States, Namık Tan for a community discussion US-Turkish relations and Turkey’s assessment of regional issues.
Ambassador Tan answered questions concerning Turkey’s places as a regional player, the Syrian crisis, Turkish relations with Israel. and the issue of Syrian guests Turkey is currently hosting. Throughout all the topics addressed, Ambassador Tan endeared himself to the crowd with his candid political acumen and the ability to thoroughly answer any question directed to him.
The three main ideas that Ambassador Tan wanted all present to leave with were: 1) It remains essential that cooperation between the United States and Turkey continues so both allies can flourish, 2) Turkey has created a synthesis of Islam and democracy, and 3) Turkey is still not known well in this country so interested parties should read the Turkish government’s many official websites and follow them on twitter or Facebook.
Ambassador Tan's visit is typical of the opportunities World Affairs Council offers the greater Seattle Community to become informed global citizens.