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IRC Newsletter: International Cooperation, Conflict, and Competition in the Week Ahead

Tuesday, May 26, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Dear Reader,

We had so much fun last week in our first go at digital trivia. Big thanks to KCUR's Brian Ellison for hosting week one, and congratulations to IRC member Mark Wilcox on his first-place finish. There are three weeks left to participate (registration links are below), and the individual or stay-at-home team with the highest cumulative score will represent our area in the national trivia night in mid-June. It's free to participate; we hope to see you on Thursday!

Competition, conflict, and cooperation are the words of the week as we welcome experts' perspectives on some timely topics. Tonight, hear from Dan Mahanty (Center for Civilians in Conflict) and Sam Brannen (CSIS) on international cooperation in responding to crisis. Tomorrow at 2 p.m. Central time, we'll join councils around the country in hearing from Nancy Lindborg, president and CEO of the U.S. Institute of Peace, on how pandemics relate to conflict and peace. And next Tuesday, USIP Director of South Asia Programs Tamanna Salikuddin will help us understand where Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan find themselves along the road to peace.

We are looking for some volunteers to help with social media and welcome your interest or recommendation of individuals who might be a good fit. This is a great opportunity for the right high-school or college student. Please be in touch if you have someone in mind.

Thanks so much for your continued support of the International Relations Council. We couldn't do this work without you.

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director• 816-897-6474


The Goethe Pop Up Kansas City is pleased to announceLudwig Van: A Cinematic Celebration of Beethoven's 250th Birthday. Each film focuses on a different aspect of the composer’s work and life to explore influences and interpretations of his unforgettable music. All films can be streamed free-of-cost for a limited time.
Kevin Holland of Lockton Companies will be presenting as part of Midwest Manufacturers: Liquidity Solutions When Cash Flow is Sludge.You are invited to participate in a series of 45-minute interactive webinars that will address some of the key issues facing CFOs and CEOs of Midwest manufacturers. The first session will take place on Thursday, May 28 at 8:15 a.m. CT.

International Cooperation in Responding to Crisis
Wednesday, May 27 • 6-7 p.m. CT
The National WWI Museum and Memorial and the International Relations Council will present a conversation with experts on international cooperation in responding to crisis. Panelists will be Samuel Brannen of the Center for Strategic & International Studies and Dan Mahanty of the Center for Civilians in Conflict.

Conflict and Competition in South Asia
Tuesday, June 2 • 6-7 p.m. CT
Tamanna Salikuddin, Director of South Asia Programs at the United States Institute of Peace, will examine past and current conflict and competition in South Asia. This program is presented in partnership with the USIP.
($15 non-member, $10 member)

Wednesday, May 27 • 7-7:45 p.m. CT

Wednesday, June 3 • 7-7:45 p.m. CT

Wednesday, June 10 • 7-7:45 p.m. CT

Wednesday, June 17 • 7-7:45 p.m. CT

Thursday, May 28 • 5:30-6:30 p.m. CT

Thursday, June 4 • 5:30-6:30 p.m. CT

Week Two
Thursday, May 28 • 8-9 p.m. CT

Week Three
Thursday, June 4 • 8-9 p.m. CT

Week Four
Thursday, June 11 • 8-9 p.m. CT

Peace Corps
Friday, May 29 • 12-1 p.m. CT

Building a Global Community in Kansas City
Friday, June 5 • 12-1 p.m. CT

Visit Our Full IRC Event Calendar


Leading Israel: Lessons from the Past for the Present
Thursday, May 28 • 11-12 a.m. CT
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Ft. Worth

COVID and Conflict, Pandemics and Peace: The Road Ahead
Thursday, May 28 • 2-3 p.m. CT
World Affairs Council of America

Pathways for Cyber Peace in an Age of Constant Conflict
Thursday, May 28 • 5-6:30 p.m. CT
Foreign Policy Association