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    A New Cold War in East Europe

    Feb 8th - Marist College -  Latvian Ambassador to the UN.

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    Great Decisions: Trade, Jobs, and Politics

    "The U.S. political mood toward trade has gone sour. One need look no further than the 2016 presidential contest for the popular narrative: trade means that China wins, at America’s expense. But do the numbers support that conclusion?

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Join Us! Meet and exchange ideas and questions with people in the region who share an interest in international issues.

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

  • “A New Cold War in East Europe?” February 8, 2017 with Jānis Mažeiks, Latvian Ambassador to the United Nations Come join us on Wednesday, February 8th at 7pm to participate in a discussion lead by Jānis Mažeiks, the Latvian Ambassador to the United Nations. This event will be held in Hancock Hall 2023 at Marist College. In response to the increasingly-assertive Russian foreign policy, and growing tensions between Russia and many European countries and the ...
  • Student World Affairs Conference: Bard College Student Conference--website pageFriday, March 3rd, 2017 at Bard College Area college students organize and run a conference dedicated to world affairs.  A key note speaker will present and there will be small workshops with papers presented by students  Come enjoy their enlightening presentations and discussions. More Info…
  • Academic World Quest 2017 Academic World QuestJoin our regional high school teams to support them in their quest to win the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley’s Academic World Quest competition on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Henry A. Wallace Center of the FDR Library, Hyde Park. 9:30 am start (Students must be there at 9 am) but stay to ...
  • “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 ...