The Need for R2P: Addressing Atrocity Crimes in Myanmar

Dr. Andy Knight Wednesday, September 29, 2021 7:00pm via Zoom W. Andy Knight is the Professor of International Relations in the Political Science Department at the University of Alberta. Professor Knight’s presentation, The Need for the Responsibility to Protect  (R2P): Addressing Atrocity Crimes in Myanmar, will address the broad relevance and global impact of R2P. […]

“Why Protest”

Event Date: Monday, May 3rd, 2021 Event Time: 7:00 p.m. via Zoom Presenter: Dr. Susan Stokes Dr. Susan Stokes teaches courses that reflect her research interests in political development, political parties and democracy, comparative political behavior, and distributive politics at the University of Chicago. People face many inconveniences and obstacles when they think about joining […]

Climate Change Action: A Civic Responsibility

Event Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 Event Time: 7:00 PM via Zoom Presenter: Professor Don Wuebbles Spring 2021 ECCE Speaker Series Event   Co-Sponsored by UIS Department of Environmental Science, UIS Sustainability Committee, and World Affairs Council of Central Illinois Recording available April 5th What is climate change and how serious is it? How do […]

“The Hacker and the State”

Event Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021 Event Time: 7:00 PM via Zoom Presenter: Dr. Ben Buchanan Tracing the conflict of wills and interests among modern nations, Ben Buchanan reveals details of how China, Russia, North Korea, Britain, and the United States hack one another in a relentless struggle for dominance. His analysis moves from underseas […]

“Viruses, Vaccines, and Vaccination – Bringing an End to a Global Pandemic”

Event Date: February 18, 2021 Event Time: 7:00 p.m. via Zoom Presenter: Dr. Rajesh Govindaiah Rajesh Govindaiah, MD, is the Memorial Health System senior vice president and chief medical officer, responsible for administrative and clinical leadership and coordination. He collaborates with physicians, advanced practice providers, trainees, and the administrative/clinical staffs of all health system affiliates […]

Roses from Kenya: Labor, Environment, and the Global Trade in Cut Flowers”

Event Date: December 3, 2020 Event Time: 7:00 p.m. via Zoom Presenter: Dr. Megan Styles Kenya supplies more than 35% of the cut flowers, including roses, sold in the United Kingdom and the European Union. The industry provides a critical source of foreign exchange and employs more than 90,000 Kenyans, 65-70% of whom are women. […]

“Water Diplomacy in the Middle East”

Event Date: November 9, 2020 Event Time: 7:00 p.m. via Zoom Presenter: Dr. Rachel Havrelock Dr. Rachel Havrelock will explore water diplomacy in the Middle East, highlighting the region’s water history and the innovations making new forms of water use and distribution possible. After appraising new projects on the horizon, she will discuss their applicability […]

Diplomatic Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Cuban Relations

Event Date: October 15, 2020 Event Time: 7:00 p.m. via Zoom Presenter: Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis On July 20, 2015, a little more than five years ago, the United States and Cuba reestablished diplomatic relations after more than 55 years of acrimony. It was a victory for diplomacy, sanity and American interests and values, hailed throughout […]

The Saudi-Iranian Rivalry and the New Middle East Cold War

Event Date: September 9, 2020 Event Time: 7:00 p.m. via Zoom Presenter: Dr. Gregory Gause, Texas A&M University Saudi Arabia and Iran are contesting for influence across the Middle East, in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and the Gulf. Their contest is often framed as a sectarian fight, Sunni v. Shia. But the roots of the […]


The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a serious risk to public health. It has resulted in Governor Pritzker’s executive order to “shelter in place” and practice “social distancing” to reduce infections including the CDC’s guideline to limit indoor events to 10 people. Thus, the World Affairs Council of Central Illinois had to postpone the March-April Great Decisions program series, as […]