July is a special time for me each year because it marks another year with the International Relations Council. In my four years with the IRC, I have been humbled and inspired to meet individuals, families, and representatives of organizations with incredible international experiences, insights, and connections. These IRC members and friends so warmly give of their time and effort for the benefit of the Kansas City community, and we are grateful.
I hope you can join us in the days ahead to learn from and dialogue with a number of these remarkable individuals. Last evening, IRC Advisory Board member Cyprienne Simchowitz treated us to an inside look at French cuisine. Tonight, the Filipino Association of Greater KC will introduce us to the Tagalog language; tomorrow, Jeff Spivak, applied intelligence director at IRC organizational member Black & Veatch, will guide us through global energy demand; and on Friday, Eileen Purkeypile, director of marketing and development for international NGO CERI will help us understand what goes into working for an international nonprofit organization. Please take the opportunity to stop by, say hello, and expand your own global horizons.
You play an important part in the IRC, too. Whether you're a longtime member or have just discovered this network, do check out our full calendar of events and consider joining or renewing as a member or offering a donation to support this work of strengthening Kansas City's global perspective. You've seen firsthand how global our world has become – won't you sustain the conversation and help the world become just a little more accessible to everyone in our community?
If you asked me my favorite part of the IRC, I'd give you the same answer now as four years ago: our members and friends, who support this community so generously, all in their own way. Thanks for being one of them.
Admiral Bill Owens, East-West Institute board member and former vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, has released a new book entitled U.S.-China 2039: The Endgame?: Building Trust Over Future Decades. The book examines whether China and the United States are destined for conflict or cooperation by projecting into the next two decades of the bilateral relationship.
University of Notre Dame Associate Professor of Political Science Victoria Tin-bor Hui will examine the nature, benefits, and challenges of autonomy, survey the forces at play in the struggle for Hong Kong's future, and discuss the journey ahead.