December 10, 2013 — Evening Panel Discussion
Topic: 2014 Winter Olympics: Challenges for the Russian Federation
As the Russian Federation prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, a number of challenges have presented themselves. The Russian authorities face threats to both order and equality unprecedented to previous Olympic games. Each of our panelists will address challenges to security or equal rights in Russian from their unique perspectives.
Panel: Professor John Gould, Colorado College, Mr. Darrin Steele, CEO USA Bobsled and Skeleton, and Mr. David Humpert, US Northern Command
Time: 5:30 Reception; 6:00 Program; 7:30 Adjourn
Location: Antlers Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Avenue
Parking: Hotel garage parking will be validated at the event
Cost: $18 for COS WAC members, educators, and first-time guests of members; $25 for non-members
Sponsored by Wells Fargo Private Bank, Jim & Diane Cameron Education Contributors
January 13, 2014 — Luncheon
Topic: My Dinner with Rouhani: The Future of US-Iranian Relations and the Nuclear Issue
Speakers: Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and Dr. Jim Walsh
Location: Broadmoor Hotel - Main Ballroom
Time: 11:30 Lunch, 12:15-1:30 Program
Cost: $35 for COS WAC members, educators, and first-time guests of members, $50 for non-members.
A nuclear deal with Iran? Beginning of a new era of engagement with Iran? Bad news for Israel and Saudi Arabia? Sign of new possibilities with a new Iranian leadership or a political window of opportunity that will close too soon? Open 2014 with a discussion with one of America's leading diplomats and an expert on Iran's nuclear program. Ambassador Pickering and Dr. Walsh are both with the Iran Project sponsored by The Foundation for a Civil Society (www.fcsny.org).
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News from Other World Affairs Councils
Traveling? Interested in checking out other Colorado World Affairs Councils? There are many great programs happening a few hours away! Click the links below for more information.
October 23-29, 2013 — BratMUN
The Colorado Springs School Model UN team of 12 traveled to Bratislava, Slovakia, for this year's international conference. BratMUN, as it is called, is an annual event that involves 150 students from around Europe and the world. There were eight councils being simulated, including the General Assembly, UNSC, and UNDP, discussing varied topics ranging from global warming to terrorism. The team was in Slovakia from October 23-29.
The students posted the following on their blog:
On behalf of the club officers and the entire CSS MUN team, we'd like to say a hearty thank you to our sponsors, Mr. Benson and Mrs. Hedden. In addition, we'd like to express our gratitude to the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council, who generously provided us with a significant grant, which enabled us to participate in this truly once-of-a-lifetime experience. Finally, the Colorado Springs School and its teachers deserve our gratitude for being supportive and helpful in accommodating missed classes and schedule anomalies as a result of the past week's absences.
Many thanks to you all!
You can read the entire blog, which is very informative about their trip, at:
March 2013 — African Leaders Visit Colorado Springs
Leaders from eleven different African countries (Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Senegal, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, and Uganda) were hosted by the Colorado Springs Committee for International Visitors in March. The visitors were in the United States at the invitation of the U.S. Department of State and were participating in the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. This prestigious program brings today’s and tomorrow’s foreign leaders to the United States for firsthand exposure to their professional counterparts and U.S. society.
Rampart High School Wins Local Academic WorldQuest Competition
Our local Academic WorldQuest competition was held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Air Academy High School. The high schools participating in this 10 round multiple choice event were Air Academy, Rampart, the Colorado Springs School, Lewis Palmer, and James Irwin Charter. The Vista Ridge team had to withdraw at the last moment because of illness among its members. In an extremely tight contest, Rampart won by a 62-60 score over defending champion Air Academy. The topics in this year’s competition included U.S. Economic Competitiveness, the Middle East, China, Afghanistan/Pakistan, and Current Events. Each high school team is comprised of 4 players who collaborate to answer each of the 10 questions during the 10 rounds of topics. The Rampart team includes Adrian Bogart, Luis Bernabe Betancourt, Harrison Meyer, and Gautham Viswaroopan and is coached by Casey Walter from the Rampart faculty. The team will travel to Washington, DC for the national competition at Georgetown University on April 27, 2013 thanks to a very generous grant from the Jim and Diane Cameron Education Contributors. Pam Lively from Air Academy High School is our local coordinator for Academic WorldQuest and once again oversaw the entire competition extremely well.
World Affairs Council Colleagues (WACC)
The Adult Discussion Group is back! It is now called "World Affairs Council Colleagues (WACC)." Their purpose is to participate in discussions of international relations issues. They will be held the first Wednesday of each month.
From your President, Dr. Schuyler Foerster
Last year was another great success ... thanks to a hard-working volunteer Board of Directors, dedicated volunteers ... and you! We had some terrific programs, more growth in membership, and even greater financial stability as an organization! We're already planning an exciting slate of programs for 2013-2014 beginning with the evening program on August 14th with Ray Raymond returning from last year.
Now is also the time to renew your membership ... or join if you are not already a member! Being a member of the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council offers an outstanding opportunity to stay abreast of the complex international issues that shape our lives. Consider upgrading your membership from last year and enjoying added perks such as our upcoming Penrose House reception with Bill Sweeney, President and CEO of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems.
Our Individual ($50), Family ($80), and Young Professional ($35) membership levels all include the following benefits:
- Discounts to all Council events
- Advance notice of Council programs and events
- Opportunity to bring first-time guests at member prices to Council events
- Invitations to special "members only" events
- Discounts on world affairs publications such as Foreign Affairs and The Economist
- Membership in the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA)
- Opportunity to participate in discussion of international relations issues by attending the World Affairs Council Colleagues (WACC) meetings
- Opportunity to attend the annual WACA National Conference in Washington DC
- Invitations to participate in WACA international educational travel programs
In addition, our "premier" membership levels-Silver ($125), Gold ($250), Platinum ($500), and Diamond ($1,000)-bring special recognition in Council publications. Gold, Platinum, and Diamond levels also include complimentary program registrations and invitation to certain special events. These are great values, so be sure to "step up" your membership!
In renewing your membership, you will also have an opportunity to show your support through the Council's Education Fund and Speakers Fund. Building these funds will give us the capacity we need to expand our outreach to secondary schools and colleges throughout the Pikes Peak region and to strengthen the quality of our programs.
You can renew online HERE. Remember, your membership dues and contributions are tax deductible. Please renew now ... bring a friend (it's the best way!) ... and watch the website for details of upcoming programs.
Thanks for your support!
Dr. Schuyler Foerster
Joseph L. Thomas — COS WAC Past President
It is with sadness to report that Joseph L. Thomas of Lahaska, Pennsylvania passed away Tuesday morning, February 12, 2013, at Clare Bridge in Dublin, Pennsylvania. He was 76.
Please click here to view his obituary.
Bob Carlone — Long-time Board Member
Also with sadness, Bob Carlone passed away on July 2nd. Bob served on the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council board from 2003 to 2009 and was also a co-founder of Homefront Cares. Services were at St Paul's Catholic Church July 8th and the burial followed at the USAFA Cemetery.
Please click here to view his obituary.
Middle and High School Education Programs
The Colorado Springs World Affairs Council continues to support a variety of programs for local middle and high school students designed to foster a long-term interest in international relations. Financial support from Jim and Diane Cameron Education Contributors has provided the Council with the means to make major contributions to many programs.
A limited number of middle, high school and college students are most welcome as part of a school group to monthly speaker events. As part of a school group, students and adult sponsors may attend at no charge.
February 2013 — Iceland MUN Tournament
In February 2013, the Colorado Springs School’s Model United Nations (MUN) club traveled to Iceland for the annual Iceland MUN Tournament which was held at Reykjavik University. They were the first American team ever invited to the conference. The topic of discussion was the 2012-2013 crisis in Mali and the subsequent French intervention.
Owen McLaughlin, CSS Class of 2014 and a member of the team, wrote an excellent article on the experience.