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September 21, 2017

“US/MEXICO: WALL OR NO WALL, A BORDER IN TURMOIL”

Alfredo Corchado, award-winning Mexican-American journalist

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October 19, 2017

“MEETING AMERICA’S GLOBAL EDUCATION CHALLENGE – WHY OUR KIDS NEED PASSPORTS AND SHOULD USE THEM!”

Allan Goodman, President and CEO, Institute of International Education

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“RUSSIA 2018: Putin's Last Act?”

John R. Beyrle, U.S. Ambassador to Russia, 2008-2012 and recipient of the Presidential Distinguished Service Award

November 16, 2017

postponedLECTURE POSTPONED: “US/MEXICO:  WALL OR NO WALL, A BORDER IN TURMOIL” with Alfredo Corchado

Alternatively, International Affairs Forum co-chair Jack Segal will discuss nuclear weapons and the threat of nuclear proliferation at Thursday’s IAF lecture, replacing scheduled speaker Alfredo Corchado.

Tuesday’s earthquake in Mexico has forced Corchado, Mexico City bureau chief of The Dallas Morning News, to remain in the country directing coverage of the calamity. The 7.1-magnitude quake has killed at least 217 people and turned portions of the capital city to rubble, including Corchado’s own home. IAF hopes to reschedule Corchado’s talk for later this year.

Segal’s topic is timely given increasing threat from recent North Korean missile tests. He served as National Security Council Director for Nonproliferation during the Clinton administration and is an arms control expert who served on the START talks and was responsible for negotiating U.S. confidence-building measures with the former Soviet Union. He is teaching a sold-out Extended Education class on war against North Korea next week. Another offering of that in-depth class will be announced at the IAF event.

All lectures begin at 6 p.m. and a preceded by a reception in the Dennos Museum Sculpture Court at 5:15 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door and free to students and educators.

Retired diplomats bring the world, and a dose of civility, to Traverse City

IAF Co-Chair Karen Puschel talked with local business leader Verne Powell to get his views on what’s happening in Turkey. Verne and his brother George started Great Lakes International Trading (GLIT) in 1983. During the past 34 years, Verne has traveled to Turkey frequently to oversee the export of Turkish dried fruits and vegetables to northern Michigan, developing long-time business partners and friends there. His views on what’s happening now in Turkey are borne of experience and perspective that come from his “deep dive” into the culture of that country. 

GLIT is IAF’s Event Sponsor for the event on April 20 featuring Lawrence Mandel, recently retired senior diplomat in Ankara. Thanks to Verne, you’ll be able to sample some of the delicious imports that GLIT brings from Turkey including the sweet dried apricots that are described in our interview. We are deeply thankful to Verne for taking the time to share his expertise with the IAF community.

 

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