About Juneau World Affairs Council

The nonpartisan Juneau World Affairs Council organizes lectures and discussions to further its goal of encouraging dialog and understanding of international, economic, political and social issues. Past Juneau World Affairs Council talks have addressed nuclear policy, the Israel-Palestine conflict, Alaska’s oil and gas policies, climate change and Arctic issues. Speakers have included diplomats, scholars, journalists, policy experts and politicians. Coverage of its speaking series is co-produced with 360 North and is available on television, KTOO-FM, and online here.

Want to ask an upcoming presenter a question? You can sit in on a recording as part of our studio audience and participate during the audience Q&A. Take a look at our schedule to see who will be presenting on the next Juneau World Affairs Council. No reservations or tickets required.

The Ocean’s Health: Challenges and Opportunities for Awareness and Conservation

September 22, 2017

Vulnerable Vietnam: A Photo Story Focused on Climate Change in the Mekong Delta

August 25, 2017

Juneau World Affairs: David Ramseur, author of “Melting the Ice Curtain”

July 24, 2017

Juneau World Affairs: Europe: America’s Partner or America’s Problem?

June 5, 2017

Juneau World Affairs: Mongolia Today: Profile, Strengths and Politics

March 28, 2017

Juneau World Affairs: Going Undercover in North Korea with Suki Kim

March 3, 2017

Putin and Russia’s Evolving Image in the United States with Artem Zagorodnov

December 19, 2016

Current Relations with Cuba with Ambassador Charles Shapiro

December 16, 2016

Bringing Holocaust Perpetrators to Justice with Andrew Nagorski

December 16, 2016

George Lakey, author of “Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right — and How We Can Too.”

December 16, 2016

Understanding the Turmoil in the Middle East

David is Israel’s consul general to the Pacific Northwest of the US and has served Israel in various diplomatic positions domestically and abroad since 1998.

Juneau World Affiars: The Syrian Refugee Crisis: From the Front Lines to the Headlines

Eric Kocher is an EMT and attorney from Haines who’s spent six months in Greece helping Syrian refugees who have fled war

Timeline: Palestine-Israel

Skip Schiel is a photographer, social justice activist and teacher. He’s documented environmental desecration, racism, poverty, oppressive regimes and more domestically and abroad.

U.S. Nuclear Policy: The Arms Race Sequel

Paul Carroll is an expert in nuclear weapons policy with the Ploughshares Fund, a nonprofit that advocates for the elimination of nuclear weapons.

Three minutes over Germany: Smilin’ Thru with Tony Yorba

Tony Yorba recently traveled to Germany and retraced the final fateful minutes of his father’s WWII mission over Schweinfurt aboard the bomber Smilin' Thru.

Off the Beaten Path: The Impact of Tourism on the Indigenous Population of Costa Rica

Scott Carrlee has seen firsthand the impact of tourism in Costa Rica on the indigenous population through interviews and participation in indigenous-led rain forest tours.

The Success of British Columbia’s Carbon Tax and What It Means for Alaska

Eion Madden grew up in Ireland where he witnessed a drastic shift in the climate, from mild and rainy to one of extremes

The Gathering Crisis of Food Security in Africa: Its Nature, Geography and Possible Solutions

Roland Bunch has worked as a consultant in agricultural development for over 40 NGOs and governments in 50 nations

Arresting Climate Change: Transforming the World’s Largest Industry

Bill Leighty explains carbon dioxide emissions, possible energy sources, and climate change in a clear, concise way.

Finding a Future in the Middle East

When the Middle East is in the news, it can be hard to understand the context. Paul Barker traces the history of Iran and their relations with the United States

Cyberwar and Warfare

A fascinating exploration from Lawrence Husick of how cyber attacks happen and how it affects governments and private enterprise.

Greenland and the Changing Arctic: Climate, Culture and Self-Determination

Richard Caulfield is an author and the provost of UAS. His doctoral dissertation focused on aboriginal subsistence whaling in Greenland and cultural dynamics of natural resource use in the Arctic.

Comedy, Economics & Carbon Tax!

Yoram Bauman has a Ph.D. in economics, but got into stand-up comedy after writing a parody of an economics text book in grad school

Revisiting Human Rights in Guatemala in the Aftermath of the Civil War

Maria Offer is a reading, curriculum, and education specialist who does volunteer literacy work with Indigenous communities in Mexico, Guatemala, and Peru

Faith-based Diplomacy: Bridging the Religious Divide

Douglas Johnston heads the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, which seeks to prevent and resolve identity-based conflicts by using religion as part of the solution.

Hong Kong – Where China and Global Advantages Converge

Subrina Chow, Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, shares insights into the fast changing economic landscape of the greater China region

Shared Waters: Conflict, Cooperation and Transformation

Aaron Wolf is a professor at Oregon State University whose research focuses on political conflict and resolution related to transboundary water resources.

Are Dictators Getting Smarter? The Battle Between Dictatorship & Democracy

Dobson is Slate’s politics and foreign affairs editor, and the author of “The Dictator’s Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy.”

Will People in Alaska and the South Pacific be Forced to Relocate?

The human rights implications of climate change and population displacement with Robin Bronen, a senior research scientist at the Institute of Arctic Biology at UAF

Will China Rule the World?

Ronald Tammen is an author and political science professor at Portland State University. His current research centers on China and India’s emergence as world powers.

Syria: From Struggle for Freedom to Humanitarian Crisis

Radwan Ziadeh is an author, scholar and international policy expert with a focus on Syria.

Unrest in Southeast Asia: A Thai Activist’s Perspective

Sulak Sivaraksa is the founder of a number of social, humanitarian, ecological and spiritual movements and organizations in Thailand.

Spreading the Venezuelan Music Program El Sistema Worldwide

Tony Woodcock is President of the New England Conservatory of Music, which just graduated its fifth class of Sistema Fellows educated in Venezuela's El Sistema music principles,

Combating Rural Poverty through “Last Mile” Solutions

Alex Counts is the founder of the Grameen Foundation, which combats global poverty through microfinance, mobile healthcare and empowering farmers.

Who Are These Guys? – Staying Ahead of Emerging Markets

Richard Boucher was the longest-serving Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.

Russian-Ukrainian Relations: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Presenter Alexander Dolitsky is a native of Kiev in the former Soviet Ukraine. His academic background is in Russian history and anthropology.

Experiences as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine

Mary Miller is an Alaskan who has been volunteering with the Peace Corps in Ukraine since September 2012.

German Federal Elections 2013: The Emerging Grand Coalition

Bruce Botelho, a former Alaska attorney general and former Juneau mayor speaks on the 2013 German federal elections and the country's emerging Grand Coalition.