Vietnam, Germany and Japan are subjects of Fall Series

Speaker on Vietnam, Dr. Ed Martini

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (WACWM) begins its 70th year of world-aware programming with a fall series titled “Strategic Partnerships: Three Countries Important to U.S. International Relations.”

Three evening presentations are planned for 7 p.m. at the Donnelly Center on the campus of Aquinas College.

On Wednesday, September 25, Dr. Ed Martini, associate provost at Western Michigan University and director of the school’s Extended University Programs, will speak on “Vietnam, the United States, and the Long Road to Peace.” Dr. Martini, a professor of history, has centered his research on Vietnam, and he is the author of Agent Orange: History, Science, and the Politics of Uncertainty [in italic] (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012).

Speaker on Germany, Consul General Wolfgang Moessinger

Germany is the focus on Tuesday, October 8, as the Consul General for Germany in the Midwest, Wolfgang Moessinger presents “Wunderbar Together: Germany and the U.S.” Consul Moessinger began his work in the Chicago Consulate this summer, after having served in numerous countries for the German government since 1991: Senegal, Finland, Russia, Scotland, Azerbaijan, and Ukraine.

Speaker on Japan, Consul General Tsutomu Nakagawa

Finally, another seasoned diplomat, Japanese Consul General Tsutomu Nakagawa, the country’s chief representative in the Midwest based in Detroit, will lead a conversation on “The Future of Japanese-U.S. Relations” on Tuesday, October 29. Consul Nakagawa has served in India, Thailand and the Middle East, and has also been a senior advisor to the Japanese government for international trade policy.

“These three countries—Vietnam, Germany and Japan—all have obviously complicated historical relationships with the U.S.,” said WACWM executive director Michael Van Denend. “But no one would deny the strategic importance of all three nations to U.S. foreign policy and trade today. We’re interested in discussing how the countries are currently collaborating.”

All three presentations are open to the public and additional information is available at or by calling 616-776-1721.