• LOST HILLS, CA - MARCH 24:  Pump jacks are seen at dawn in an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom on March 24, 2014 near Lost Hills, California. Critics of fracking in California cite concerns over water usage and possible chemical pollution of ground water sources as California farmers are forced to leave unprecedented expanses of fields fallow in one of the worst droughts in California history. Concerns also include the possibility of earthquakes triggered by the fracking process which injects water, sand and various chemicals under high pressure into the ground to break the rock to release oil and gas for extraction though a well. The 800-mile-long San Andreas Fault runs north and south on the western side of the Monterey Formation in the Central Valley and is thought to be the most dangerous fault in the nation. Proponents of the fracking boom saying that the expansion of petroleum extraction is good for the economy and security by developing more domestic energy sources and increasing gas and oil exports.   (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum

    Join us June 12, 7 p.m., at Board Road Branch Library for a discussion of U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum.  Facilitated by Matt Murray, Instructor in Government at Dutchess Community College and Vice President of the World Affairs Council.
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    Japan in the Trump Era

    Thurs., March 30, 7 pm.  Rockefeller Hall 300, Vassar College.  Lecture by Prof. Andrew Oros, Washington College.

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The World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley, an all-volunteer organization, was founded in 2003 as a forum for citizen education and participation in international issues. Membership and/or donations directly support the educational programs and activities that bring nonpartisan, lively information about critical issues facing our nation and the world to our community.  The Council is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) and serves Dutchess, Ulster and Orange Counties in New York.

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Upcoming Council Events

  • “Japan in the Trump Era” on March 30, 2017 with Professor Andrew Oros Join us for the discussion on “Japan in the Trump Era” on Thursday, March 30 with Professor Andrew Oros, from Washington College in Maryland. The event will be held at 7pm at Vassar College in Rockefeller Hall 300. The discussion: Japan is the key US ally in Asia, in a new presidential era when the role of ...
  • Great Decisions: Trade, Jobs, and Politics: May 8, 2017 with Jean-Claude Fouere GD_TradeJobsPoliticsJean-Claude Fouere from the School of Management at Marist College, will facilitate this discussion on May 8, at 7pm. It will be held at the Poughkeepsie Public Library on Boardman Road. (141 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie NY 12603). The discussion will stem from the following description from the Foreign Policy Association website: “The U.S. political mood toward trade has ...
  • Great Decisions: Saudi Arabia in Transition, Apr. 10, 7 pm. Facilitator: James Ketterer James Ketterer, Director of International Academic Initiatives and Senior Fellow, Institute of International Liberal Education, Bard College, will facilitate the discussion.  Description:  As Saudi Arabia struggles to adjust to the drastic decline in oil revenue, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman attempts to boldly transform the country and shift more power to the younger generation.  ...
  • U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum, June 12, 7 p.m., with Matt Murray Join us on June 12, 7 p.m., at Board Road Branch Library for a discussion of U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum. What is the effect of U.S. petroleum security on foreign policy? For 45 years, the country has alternated between periods of energy security and insecurity. Despite the so-called “energy revolution,” the U.S. today is by ...