FALL 2018 PROGRAMS
September 20th: Xi Jinping and the Mandate of Heaven: Power, Prosperity and Problems in 21st Century China with Professor Karl Fields of of the University of Puget Sound. more...
October 11th (note new date!): What is Russia Doing in the Middle East? with Professor Thomas Rainey of The Evergreen State College. more...
November 15th: Good, Evil, U.S. Foreign Policy and the Trump Administration with Professor Daniel Bessner of the University of Washington. more...
December 13th (second Thursday!): Annual Small Group Discussion. Topics are North Korea, UN report on climate change, US trade and tariff policy, and US-Saudi relations. more...
SPRING 2018 PROGRAMS
January 18th: Russia and China's Strategic Alliance: Implications for the US with Professor Thomas Rainey of The Evergreen State College. More...
February 15th: US Responses to Networks, Nukes, and North Korea (or: How you might lear to stop worrying and love the bomb) with Professor Alexander H. Montgomery of Reed College. More...
March 15th: The Refugee Crisis and the Re-Bordering of Europe with Professor Steve Niva of The Evergreen State College. More...
April 19th: US Immigration Policy with Professor Robin Jacobson of the University of Puget Sound. More...
May 2nd: Special Wednesday program 5:30-6:30 at the Lacey Timberland Library : USAID and Developing Democracies with US Agency for International Development's Director of Democracy and Governance Assistance to Ukraine. more...
May 17th: annual Spring Reception and Global Connect Award at Indian Summer Golf 6:00-8:00 p.m. Details...
FALL PROGRAMS 2017
September 21st: "Bombing the S**t out of ISIS: President Trump's Approach to Counter-Terrorism" with University of Puget Sound Professor Seth Weinberger more...
October 19th: "U.S.-Mexican Relations in the Age of Trump" with University of Washington Assistant Professor Vanessa Freije more...
November 16th: US Climate Change Policy with Washington State Representative Beth Doglio. more....
December 14th: Small group discussions on current events. more...
WINTER-SPRING PROGRAMS 2017
January 19th: "Chasing Elephants: Conservationists, Politicians, Farmers and the Problem of Ivory" with Dr. Rachel DeMotts, University of Puget Sound, and Dr. Parakh Hoon, South Puget Sound Community College. more...
February 16th: “Putin’s Plan to Make Russia Great Again” with Dr. Tom Rainey, The Evergreen State College. more...
March 16th: "The Trade Policies of the Trump Administration" with Dr. Heather Grob, St. Martin’s University. more...
Thursday April 20: “The Politics of Contemporary Iran” with University of Puget Sound’s Patrick O’Neil. more...
May 17th: OWAC Spring Reception and Global Connect Award Presentation to Olympia's Friendly Water for the World. Details...
FALL PROGRAMS 2016
September 15th: “Inside America's Shadow War with ISIS” with Dr. Steve Niva, Evergreen State College.
October 20th: “European Disunion: Populism, Nationalism and the Crisis of European Integration” with Dr. Patrick O'Neil, University of Puget Sound. more...
**Special Program** October 27th: “To the Secretary: Leaked Embassy Cables and America’s Foreign Policy Disconnect” with Mary Thompson-Jones, former Foreign Service Officer and professor, Northeastern University. more...
**Special Program** November 14th: A re-showing of the film “America’s Diplomats” at 4pm at the EDC, followed by a panel discussion. Note special time of 4pm. more...
November 17th: “Chávez to Maduro: Understanding Venezuela’s Growing Crisis” with Dr. Donald Share, University of Puget Sound. more...
December 15th: Small-group discussion of four subjects that will occupy the incoming Trump Administration: relations with Russia, including the cyberwarfare threat; global warming; international trade; and immigration.
WINTER-SPRING PROGRAMS 2016
January Taso Lagos, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
"The Migrant Land: Greece, Human Waves and History: the Unstable Alliance"
February Christoph Geibel, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
"Contemporary Viet Nam: Challenges in Politics, Economics and Foreign Policy"
March Karl Field, University of Puget Sound
"Maintaining the Mandate of Heaven: Power, Prosperity and Problems in 21st Century China"
April Don Share, Professor Emeritus, University of Puget Sound
"The Changing US-Cuba Relationship: Still Best of Enemies?"
May Presentation of Global Connect Award to Josephine Yung, Associate Vice President
Office of International Programs and Development, Saint Martin's University
FALL PROGRAMS 2015
September Steve Niva, Evergreen State College
"Turkey at the Crossroads of History and Politics"
October Nazer Nazemi, University of Washington, Bothell
"The Nuclear Agreement and Future Directions in Iranian Politics"
November Sunila Kale, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
"Democracy and Development in Modi's India
December Small Group Discussions:
Migration Crisis in Europe
WINTER-SPRING PROGRAMS 2015
January Steve Niva, The Evergreen State College
“ISIS and the Rise of the Savage Caliphate: Challenges for the Middle East'
February Therese Caouette, Co-Executive Director, Partners Asia
"Combatting Human Trafficking in Southeast Asia"
March Scott Lindquist, Washington State Epidemiologist
"Ebola and the Threat of International Epidemics"
April Frederick Lorenz, Jackson School UW
"Armed Confict in 2015: Prospects for Intervention and Accountability"
May Ralph Munro
2015 Global Connect Award Winner
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM - SUMMER 2014
July Rachel Stohl, Senior Associate from the Stimson Center
"US Drone Policy--Review and Recommendations"
FALL PROGRAMS 2014
September Rob Smurr, The Evergreen State College,
October Vincent Gallucci, Jackson School, UW
"The Opening of the Arctic"
November Nora Ferm, Cascadia Consulting
"International Efforts to Adapt to a Changing Climate"
December Small Group Discussions. Topics: "The Rise of ISIS and the U.S.",
"Turmoil in the Ukraine", "The Immigration of Unaccompanied Children from Central America"