January 5, 2018

The media in a “Twitter universe,” global health, the future of American global leadership, the defense budget and Putin’s Russia are some of the dynamic topics being explored as the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan launches its 2018 Great Decisions Global Dis...

January 5, 2018

Local businessman Hendrik Meijer long had a dream to give Michigan senator Arthur Vandenberg (1884-1951) his due—as a national leader who changed his isolationist views to become a leader in building consensus for major U.S. international initiatives such as the Marsha...

Russia has dominated our national headlines for months. Timely, then, that the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan is bringing a Russian expert to town.

On Tuesday, November 14, The Honorable John Beyrle, United States Ambassador to Russia (retired), will present...

On Wednesday, November 8, Dr. Lori Esposito Murray, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), will present on the topic “Top Five Threats to America’s National Security.” She will speak at 7:00 p.m. at the Western Michigan University Grand Rapids East...

His Excellency H.E. Vasko Naumovski, the Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the U.S., will give a presentation titled “Soft Power in the Balkans” on Tuesday, November 7, beginning at 5:15 p.m. at the University Club of Grand Rapids, located in the Fifth Third B...

The annual fall lecture series of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan features three of retiring executive director Dixie Anderson’s favorite speakers—heralded experts and outstanding presenters on international issues.

And she has definitely chosen timely top...

January 5, 2018

Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 2, 2017 – Michael Van Denend is the new executive director of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan. He succeeds Dixie Anderson, who has held the post for 22 years and is retiring later this year after a lauded career of leadersh...

January 5, 2018

Affairs of state often seem remote from the everyday life we live in Grand Rapids. But our local community is influenced by and influences global affairs. World events shape our community.

Consider the impact of war and conflict worldwide and how that has driven a decad...

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