The IRC at 65: IRC Beginnings: Eleanor Roosevelt, President Truman, and the United Nations

2021-06-07T11:44:31-05:00

As WWII ended in 1945, the United Nations was established by 51 countries with a mission to maintain international peace and security. Two years later, in 1947, the Cold War began with Trumans announcement of the Truman Doctrine, a policy of containment of Communism and adoption of the Marshall Plan. UN and U.S. soldiers intervened when Soviet soldiers invaded the Korean peninsula in 1950 and remained until partitioning in 1953. When FDR died in 1945, President Truman appointed Eleanor Roosevelt to serve as the U.S. delegate to the United Nations General Assembly and Chairperson of the UN Commission on Human [...]

The IRC at 65: IRC Beginnings: Eleanor Roosevelt, President Truman, and the United Nations2021-06-07T11:44:31-05:00

Holding Strong Political Views and Working for an Apolitical Non-Profit

2021-06-14T12:11:30-05:00

Apolitical. Neutral. Non-partisan. When I first realized the apolitical aspect of the International Relations Council, I thought that it must be entirely possible to separate my political opinions from the work I would do. I was supposed to be educating people about international relations, politics didn't have to be part of it. As it turned out, it was more difficult than I could have imagined. I found it incredibly difficult to take a program and remove any hint of political angle. I never considered myself an activist. Never once in my life. Oh, I have plenty of opinions, don't get [...]

Holding Strong Political Views and Working for an Apolitical Non-Profit2021-06-14T12:11:30-05:00

Reflections of Outgoing Board President Lyn Lakin

2021-06-30T15:11:44-05:00

Blog. For those of us that are not comfortable or natural writers, "blog" is truly a four-letter word. But when asked to reflect on my experiences as an outgoing IRC board member, I did feel that I could overcome my insecurity. Because, you see, the International Relations Council of Kansas City is a very critical part of my constantly evolving life. I had been occasionally attending IRC events and presentations since 1988. By 2007, I increased my attendance and participation, leading to board service beginning six years ago. Six challenging and extraordinarily rewarding years. So much can happen in six [...]

Reflections of Outgoing Board President Lyn Lakin2021-06-30T15:11:44-05:00
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