The Nashville-based Tennessee World Affairs Council, which is hosted and housed by Belmont University, was recently named as “Council of the Month” by the national office of the World Affairs Council of America for January 2017. The Tennessee World Affairs Council was selected for this honor from among 95 network members around America. This recognition was based on the community programs and education outreach accomplished by the council during 2016 and included its distinguished visiting speaker program, which has hosted Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, Irish Ambassador Anne Anderson, Japanese Consul General Masami Kinefuchi, U.S. Ambassador (Ret.) Thomas Pickering and Kurdish Government Representative Bayan Abdul Rahman, among others. This speaker series also recently hosted a specialist on the topic of U.S.-Russian relations and has upcoming programs scheduled with Ambassador Charles Bowers and Ronald Schlicher, who will discuss the Trump Administration’s first month in global affairs in February.
The World Affairs Council is an independent, nonpartisan, educational nonprofit organized to “bring the world to Tennesseans.” Belmont University and the council frequently partner to bring global affairs awareness programs to campus and the community.