Richmond World Affairs Council

Past Events

Trump and the Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Dr. James J. Zogby is the founder and president of the Arab American Institute (AAI), a Washington, D.C.- based organization which serves as the political and policy research arm of the Arab American community. Since 1985, Dr. Zogby and AAI have led Arab American efforts to secure political empowerment in the U.S. Dr. Zogby is […]

  • The Empire Room, Jefferson Hotel
  • 5:45PM-7PM

  • May 31, 2017

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Trump & Egypt

Eric Trager, the Esther K. Wagner Fellow at The Washington Institute, is an expert on Egyptian politics and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. He was in Egypt during the 2011 anti-Mubarak revolts and returns frequently to conduct firsthand interviews with leaders in Egypt’s government, military, political parties, media, and civil society. His writings have appeared […]

  • The Jefferson Hotel, Empire Room
  • 5:00PM-7:00PM (Doors open at 5:00PM, Speaker begins at 5:45PM)

  • April 26, 2017

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Contemporary Russian Foreign Policy

Allen Lynch is a Professor at the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics at the University of Virginia (1992 to the present), where he teaches international relations and Russian studies. From 1988-2012, Mr. Lynch was Executive Vice President of the Feris Foundation of America, in which pro bono capacity he helped raise and disburse more than […]

  • The Empire Room, Jefferson Hotel
  • 5PM-7PM

  • March 27, 2017

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21st Century Energy Policy

    William L. “Bill” Murray is currently the Senior Public Policy & Electric Policy Director for Dominion, a Fortune 200 energy company doing business throughout the mid- Atlantic, Northeast, and Midwest. He previously served as Legislative Director for Governor Tim Kaine and as deputy director of policy for Governor Mark Warner. Prior to working […]

  • The Empire Room, Jefferson Hotel
  • 5PM-7PM (Doors open at 5PM, speaker begins at 5:45pm)

  • February 20, 2017

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U.S. Relations in the Middle East

  Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering holds the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. In a diplomatic career spanning five decades, he was U.S. ambassador to Israel, the Russian Federation, India, El Salvador, Nigeria, and Jordan. From 1989 to 1992, he was Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, and he […]

  • The Grand Ballroom, Jefferson Hotel
  • 5:00pm- 7:00pm

  • January 30, 2017

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Trump Foreign Policy: A New Era?

William W. Newmann is an Associate Professor in the Political Science program at Virginia Commonwealth University.  His research interests include U. S. national security policy and decision making, the US Presidency, and East Asian security.  He received his Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs of the University of Pittsburgh. He has […]

  • The Jefferson Hotel, Empire Room
  • 5:00pm-7:00pm

  • December 12, 2016

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Essential Elements for a Solution in Syria

Lawrence Wilkerson is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. His last positions in the US Government were Chief of Staff to Colin Powell at the U.S. Department of State (2002-2005) and Associate Director and member of that department’s Policy Planning staff under Ambassador […]

  • Jefferson Hotel - The Empire Room
  • November 14, 2016

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The Strategic Importance of Africa

Ambassador Cohen is an expert in  African geo-political and economic affairs, with over 30 years in the Foreign Service, including an ambassadorship, an appointment to the National Security Council during the Ronald Reagan administration and later as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs under President George H. W. Bush.  No diplomat has had as much up-close-and-personal […]

  • The Jefferson Hotel
  • 5pm-7pm

  • October 26, 2016

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Religious Minorities Under Attack: The Story of Pakistan

Farahnaz Ispahani is the author of the recently released book (Harper-Collins, India) Purifying The Land of The Pure: Religious Minorities in Pakistan.  In 2015, she was a Reagan-Fascell Scholar at the National Endowment for Democracy, in Washington, DC.  Ispahani was a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center from 2013-2014. A Pakistani politician, Ispahani […]

  • The Jefferson Hotel
  • 5:45-7:00

  • September 26, 2016

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Why Did Britain Vote for the Brexit?

Chris Bischof is currently Assistant Professor of History at the University of Richmond specializing in modern Britain and the world.  He has taught a wide range of courses on British imperialism, British cities, and European history more broadly.  He received his PhD from Rutgers University and taught at Rutgers and Franklin and Marshall College before coming […]

  • The Jefferson Hotel - The Empire Room
  • 5:45 p.m-7:00 p.m

  • August 8, 2016

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