Ambassador Christopher Hill
An experienced diplomat, who served in Iraq and will present two Council programs in November, told the Australian website news.com.au, "ISIS has behaved in a manner that really makes it difficult to carry on any conceivable conversation with them, negotiation or anything else… I think that we don’t have much choice at this point but to come after them." The story was published over the weekend and touched on other key diplomatic issues. Regarding the risks involved in Iraq, Ambassador Hill said, "What you’re trying to do is make sure the risks of action are less than the risk of non-action."
UAE Appeals Against Terrorists
Writing in The Wall Street Journal this week, United Arab Emirates Ambassador Yousef al Otaiba, our October 23 Council speaker, appealed for a united front against terrorists and declared, "Islamic extremism has long been a Middle East problem but it is now the world's problem, too."
Educators in Morocco
We’re always posting English-language news, but here’s some spectacular World Affairs Council news in French – if you want to see how your language skills are holding up! Hint: It’s about our recent International Education Program study trip to Morocco and it’s from the Kingdom’s main newspaper!
Google Visits the Council in October
The question for an Internet Governance Forum - USA panel in mid-July was "Can the United States reestablish its leadership role in defending human rights online?" The panelists included the Council's October 14 speaker, Ben Blink, the Google analyst who monitors government interference and censorship. The forum can be streamed— without government interference, of course.
Future Leaders - Apply Today!
The German Marshall Fund's highly competitive 2015-16 Marshall Memorial Fellowship nomination process is underway — it ends September 29. Texas gets to send only 3 representatives — U.S. citizens ages 28 through 40. They'll be in Europe for a month studying transatlantic and global relationships. The nomination form is on the GMF website.