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Rank #1: ATOMIC ENERGY AND THE ARROGANCE OF MAN: REVISITING THE CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR DISASTER | SERHII PLOKHII

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Serhii Plokhii 

On the morning of April 26, 1986, the world witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill. In his lecture, Serhii Plokhii draws on new sources to lay bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry, tracing the disaster to the authoritarian character of Communist party rule, the regime’s control of scientific information, and its emphasis on economic development over all else. Today, the risk of another Chernobyl, claims Plokhii, looms in the mismanagement of nuclear power in the developing world.

Serhii Plokhii is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of History and the director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. His research interests include the intellectual, cultural, and international history of Eastern Europe, with an emphasis on Ukraine. A leading authority on the region, he has published extensively in English, Ukrainian and Russian. His books deal with history of religion, origins of national identities, history of the Soviet Union and the Soviet-American rivalry in the Cold War, and won numerous awards, including the Lionel Gelber Prize for the best English-language book on the international relations and the Shevchenko National Prize (Ukraine). He is the author of Yalta: The Price of Peace (2010), The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union (2014), The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine (2015), and most recently, Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe (2018).
Serhii Plokhii’s books will be available for purchase at Alaska World Affair Council’s programs and events and office. Contact rachel.williams@alaskaworldaffirs.org with questions.

“An exemplary account of Europe’s least-known large country… leavened by aphorism and anecdote.” —Wall Street Journal

Award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy presents the authoritative history of Ukraine and its people from the time of Herodotus to the present crisis with Russia. As Ukraine once again finds itself at the center of global attention, The Gates of Europe provides unique insight into the origins of the most dangerous international crisis since the end of the Cold War.

In the fall of 1961, KGB assassin Bogdan Stashinsky defected to West Germany. After spilling his secrets to the CIA, Stashinsky was put on trial in what would be the most publicized assassination case of the entire Cold War. The publicity stirred up by the Stashinsky case forced the KGB to change its modus operandi abroad and helped end the career of Aleksandr Shelepin, one of the most ambitious and dangerous Soviet leaders. Stashinsky’s testimony, implicating the Kremlin rulers in political assassinations carried out abroad, shook the world of international politics. Stashinsky’s story would inspire films, plays, and books—including Ian Fleming’s last James Bond novel, The Man with the Golden Gun.

A thrilling tale of Soviet spy craft, complete with exploding parcels, elaborately staged coverups, double agents, and double crosses, The Man with the Poison Gun offers unparalleled insight into the shadowy world of Cold War espionage.


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Jun 13 2019

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Rank #2: THE U.S.- CANADIAN ALLIANCE FOR PEACE AND SECURITY IN ALASKA with BGEN SCOTT CLANCY

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BGen Scott Clancy

BGen Scott Clancy was born and raised in Ottawa Ontario where his parents still reside. He joined the Air Cadets when he was young in order to follow his dream of flying, becoming a glider and private pilot.

BGen Clancy joined the military in 1984 and attended the Royal Military College St Jean (RMC) Saint-Jean, graduating in 1989. He received his wings after completing the basic helicopter course in December 1990.

He has served in 427, 430 and 403 tactical helicopter squadrons. He has held staff appointments as a contingency planner in the 1st Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region HQ Winnipeg, Directing Staff at the Army Staff College at Fort Frontenac, and then as the Wing Operations Officer and finally Chief of Staff for 1 Wing Headquarters.

In 2008, BGen Clancy was charged with planning the deployment and sustainment of helicopter forces to Afghanistan, including the interim Chinook capability, for which he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM). In 2010 he was deployed to Haiti, in command of the Air Component there as part of the Canadian Forces response to the earthquake of 12 January 2010. His actions there earned him a second MSM.

In 2011, BGen Clancy took over as the Deputy Chief of the NORAD/USNORTHCOM Current-Operations Center (N2C2) in Colorado Springs. Over the next three years he was intimately involved in numerous homeland defence, and civil support operations including the response to Hurricane Sandy and wildland firefighting. In July 2014, BGen Clancy assumed command of 1 Wing Kingston. As 1 Wing Commander he was responsible for providing the CAF with integrated tactical aviation airpower effects. In 2016, he was appointed as Director General Air Readiness at NDHQ in Ottawa. Following his tour in Ottawa, BGen Clancy was posted to Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska in the summer of 2018 and appointed to his current position as Deputy Commander, Alaskan NORAD Region.

BGen Clancy is bilingual and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Military and Strategic Studies from the Collège Militaire Royal in Saint-Jean and a Master’s in Defence Studies from RMC in Kingston. He is a graduate of the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College, the Canadian Forces College and the USAF Air War College

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Date(s) – Friday, May 10, 2019
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm



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Jun 11 2019

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Rank #3: INUIT: THE ARCTIC WE WANT – DR. DALEE DOROUGH

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Dr. Dalee Sambo Dorough

Dr. Dalee Sambo Dorough (Inuit-Alaska) is the newly elected International Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, a non-governmental organization that represents approximately 165,000 Inuit from the Russian Far East, Alaska, Canada and Greenland. She holds a Ph.D. from University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law (2002) and a Master of Arts in Law & Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University (1991). She is affiliated with the University of Alaska Anchorage where she served as an Assistant Professor of International Relations within the Department of Political Science from 2008-2018; former Chairperson [2014] and Expert Member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2010-2016); and co-Chair of the International Law Association (ILA) Committee on Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Research interests relate to Indigenous peoples and Arctic issues. Her recent publications include “The Rights, Interests and Role of the Arctic Council Permanent Participants” R. Beckman, T. Henriksen, K. Kraabel, E.J. Molenaar and J.A. Roach (eds) Governance of Arctic Shipping. Balancing Rights and Interests of Arctic States and User States (Brill: 2017); and “Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Cultural Heritage”, co-authored with Siegfried Wiessner, University of Miami School of Law, chapter on Oxford Handbook on Cultural Heritage Law, A. Vrdoljak, ed, forthcoming. Dr. Dorough lives in Anchorage, AK with her husband, Luke Dorough (Waccamaw Siouan) and their 23-year old daughter, Hannah, who is embarking upon a Master’s degree in the UK.

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Date(s) – Friday, May 3, 2019
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm



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Jun 11 2019

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Rank #4: Alaska Leaders: Celebrating women at the helm of Alaska’s future

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Join Alaska World Affairs Council in honoring and celebrating the women leaders in our community.

Panelists include: Janet Weiss, President of BP Alaska, Sheri Buretta, Chairman of the Board, Chugach Alaska Corporation, Diane Kaplan, President and CEO of Rasmuson Foundation, & Col. Patricia Csànk, Commander, JBER and the 673rd Air Base Wing, Alaska



Diane Kaplan, President & CEO Rasmuson Foundation

Diane Kaplan became president and chief executive officer of Rasmuson Foundation, based in Anchorage, Alaska in 2001. She served as the first employee and administrator of the Foundation for six years prior to assuming the presidency.

Before joining the Foundation, Kaplan provided consulting services for philanthropic organizations, Native corporations and tribes, and broadcast nonprofit organizations. Prior to that, she served as chief executive officer of Alaska’s 28-station public radio network.

Kaplan earned a degree in communications and women’s studies from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating summa cum laude.

Kaplan is a member of the boards of the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics, The Alaska Community Foundation, United States Artists and The Foraker Group. She serves on the President’s Council of the ArtPlace national funding collaborative. She is also a member of the Philanthropy Northwest Honorary Council and the Anchorage Rotary Club.

Kaplan’s community contributions have been recognized by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Athena Society, Alaska Public Radio Network, Alaska Broadcasters Association, and YWCA. In 2013, Kaplan received the First Alaskans Institute Ted Stevens Award. She was named the Council on Foundations Distinguished Grantmaker of the Year in 2007 and in 2006 received the Alaska Federation of Natives’ prestigious Denali Award which recognizes a non-Native individual who has contributed to the growth and development of the Alaska Native community’s culture, economy and health. She was recognized with the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (N.O.B.E.L. Women) Shining Star Award in 2010.

Sheri Buretta, Chairman of the Board, Chugach Alaska Corporation

Alaska Federation of Natives, Director and Convention committee chair, Oct.1997 to present

  • Tatitlek Corporation Director, Board Treasurer 2005 to present
  • University of Alaska Board or Regent Director, Audit committee chair, March 2015 to present
  • ROSSIA Russian Orthodox Sacred Sites in Alaska, Inc., President, 2002 to present
  • Alaskans Standing Together, Director 2010 to present
  • Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, Director 2012-2015
  • Foraker Group Governance Board, Director 2007-2014
  • Mayor Dan Sullivan, Sister City Commission 2013-2014
  • Governor Bill Walker, Transition Team, member 2014
  • Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council, Director 1999 to 2012
  • ANCSA Regional Association Director, 1999 to 2012, President, 2004 to 2008
  • Mayor Mark Begich, Transition Team, Co-Chair, 2003
  • Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Group, 1996 to 2000

Sheri was born in Anchorage, Alaska, her family is from the village of Tatitlek, Alaska located in Prince William Sound.  Sheri graduated from the University of Alaska with an Accounting degree and Gulf Coast Community College in Florida with a Business degree.

Sheri and her husband Gary have two beautiful children, Anastasia, and Bo.

Janet Weiss, President of BP Alaska 

Janet Weiss was named president of BP Alaska in 2013. As president she is responsible for BP’s oil and gas development and production activities in Alaska, as well as its interests in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) and involvement progressing an Alaska LNG project. During her 33-year career, she’s held various engineering and leadership positions in Alaska, North America Gas, global roles, and assignments such as vice president Gulf of Mexico Shelf and vice president Western Wyoming. Previous to her current role, Janet served as vice president reservoir development for BP Alaska. Janet started her career in Alaska as a process engineer then moved into reservoir engineering. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Oklahoma State University (OSU). In 2014 she was inducted into the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology hall of fame. Janet serves on the BP America Inc. Board of Directors. She is on the board of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association and serves on the University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor’s Board of Advisors. In 2017 she was named to the Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team by Alaska Governor Bill Walker. She is a member of the board of directors for both United Way and Covenant House Alaska. She is married to Troy and has two adult children, Jessica and Stormy and is a grandmother to Juliet.

Col. Patricia Csànk, Commander, JBER and the 673rd Air Base Wing, Alaska

Colonel Patricia A. Csànk is currently assigned as the Commander, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) and the 673d Air Base Wing, JBER, Alaska. The 673d ABW consists of four groups operating and maintaining the joint base for air sovereignty, combat training, force staging and throughput operations in support of worldwide contingencies. The installation hosts the headquarters for the U.S. Alaskan Command, Eleventh Air Force, U.S. Army Alaska and the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region. The 673d ABW comprises over 5,500 joint military and civilian personnel, supporting America’s Arctic Warriors and their families. The wing supports and enables three AF total-force wings, an Army Brigade and 55 other major mission partners. In addition, the wing provides medical care to over 35,000 joint service members, dependents, VA patients and retirees throughout Alaska. The 673d ABW maintains $11.4B in infrastructure encompassing 79,000 acres, ensuring JBER remains America’s premier strategic power projection platform.

Colonel Csànk was commissioned in 1997 from Boston University’s ROTC program and began her Air Force career as a logistician at Cannon AFB, New Mexico. Her past assignments include deployments supporting Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom, and various operational and staff positions from squadron to Headquarters Air Force and Joint Staff.

RECORDED: March 8, 2019 at Bear Tooth Theater

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Mar 22 2019

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Rank #5: The hidden curse of natural resources: economic impacts at home and abroad

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The Resource Curse: A Statistical Mirage?

A surprising feature of resource-rich economies is slow growth. It is often argued that natural-resource production impedes development by creating market or institutional failures. A declining resource sector is disproportionately reflected in resource-dependent countries. Dr. James Alexander argues that there is little evidence that resource dependence impedes growth in non-resource sectors.



Dr. James was born in Northern California and received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wyoming in 2012. After graduating, he worked for two years as a research fellow at the Center for the Analysis of Resource-Rich Economies at the University of Oxford and is currently Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage. His research interests broadly include resource-rich economies and he has published numerous articles that examine the social and economic consequences of natural-resource booms and busts.

The evening’s discussion was moderated by Larry Persily

Larry Persily has more than 20 years of experience as a reporter, editor and newspaper owner in Alaska, followed by more than 20 years in public policy work at state, municipal and federal jobs, focusing on fiscal, tax, oil and gas and budget issues.
Recorded: January 24, 2019 at 49th State Brewing Co.

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Mar 13 2019

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Rank #6: After the Arctic Ice Melts with Fran Ulmer

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(Photo courtesy of the Alaska World Affairs Council)

The Arctic has been warming almost twice as quickly as the rest of the planet and its effects can be felt worldwide. Research thus far shows the warming Arctic impacts weather patterns as far away as mid-latitude areas like California by weakening the jet stream. Colder water in the Pacific Northwest is becoming more acidic and unstable for farming shellfish, while melting permafrost and coastal erosion in Alaska is causing infrastructure collapse and loss of biodiversity. Join Alaska World Affairs Council and Former Lt. Gov & Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission Fran Ulmer for a conversation about the arctic, climate change, and the intersections of environmental science and policy.



Fran Ulmer is chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, where she has served since being appointed by President Obama in March 2011. In June 2010, President Obama appointed her to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. From 2007 to 2011, Ms. Ulmer was chancellor of Alaska’s largest public university, the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). Before that, she was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at UAA. She is a member of the Global Board of the Nature Conservancy and on the Board of the National Parks Conservation Association.

Ms. Ulmer served as an elected official for 18 years as the mayor of Juneau, a state representative, and as Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. She previously worked as legal counsel to the Alaska Legislature, legislative assistant to Governor Jay Hammond, and Director of Policy Development for the state. In addition, she was the first Chair of the Alaska Coastal Policy Council and served for more than 10 years on the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission. She has served on numerous local, state, and federal advisory committees and boards. Ulmer earned a J.D. cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School, and has been a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government.

Recorded: Thursday, January 31 at 49th State Brewing Co.

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Feb 14 2019

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Rank #7: What you should know about US-China trade tensions and why that matters for Alaska

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Erin Ennis, Senior Vice President of the US- China Business Council. (Photo courtesy of the Alaska World Affairs Council)

The United States and China are major trade partners, but current economic tensions between the two countries could have far-reaching affects. Erin Ennis, Senior Vice President of the US-China Business Council spoke at the Alaska World Affairs Council about what these trade issues might mean for Alaska.

SPEAKER:
  • Erin Ennis: Senior Vice President of the US-China Business Council

RECORDED: Friday, November 16th, 2018 at 49th State Brewing Co.

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Jan 15 2019

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Rank #8: Europe of the future: The Czech view

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This unfiltered conversation will feature, Hynek Kmoníček, current Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the USA, speaking on Czech’s role in European affairs, the Middle East, energy, and more. There will also be time for a number of audience members to pose their questions to the Ambassador directly.

Pavol Šepeľák, current Consul General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles, was also in attendance and answered questions.

Thanks for listening!

MODERATOR:

  • Lise Falskow- President and CEO of the Alaska World Affairs Council and she serves as the Norwegian Honorary Consul for Alaska where she is responsible for assisting Norwegian Citizens in Alaska, public diplomacy, and business promotion.

SPEAKERS:

  • Hynek Kmoníček, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the USA
  • Pavol Šepeľák, Consul General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles

HOSTS: 

RECORDED: Friday, July 25th, 2018 at 49th State Brewing Company.

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Aug 30 2018

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Rank #9: Ice Race – Who will be active in the changing Arctic landscape?

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A distinguished panel discussion with Rear Admiral (RET) Lars Saunes, Chief Liasion Michael Hjorth, Deputy Chief Hreinn Pálsson, and US State Department Jon Harrison.

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MODERATOR:

  • Dr. Rebecca Pincus, U.S. Naval War College

SPEAKERS:

  • Hreinn Pálsson, Deputy Chief of Mission – Minister Councelor for Iceland Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Micheal Hjorth, Chief Liaison Element Faroe Islands, Joint Arctic Command
  • Rear Admiral (RET) Lars Saunes, Chief of Royal Norwegian Navy
  • Jon Harrison, OES Bureau, US State Department Senior Advisor

HOSTS: 

RECORDED: Friday, August 16th, 2018 at 49th State Brewing Company.

BROADCAST: Tuesday, August 28th, 2018. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

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Addressing Alaskans features local lectures and forums recorded at public events taking place in Southcentral Alaska. A variety of local organizations host speakers addressing topics that matter to Alaskans. To let us know about an upcoming community event that you would like to hear on Addressing Alaskans, please Contact Us with details.

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Aug 24 2018

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Rank #10: Middle East Myth or Reality: Separating Fact from Fiction

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“Middle-East-Map” from Flickr user: Amy Statton

On this week’s program we have “Middle East Myth or Reality: Separating Fact from Fiction” presented by the Alaska World Affairs Council. This conversation features John Moore, a 20-year veteran of public, private, and non-profit organizations throughout the Islamic world, and Lt. Col. Ty Moore – no relation – who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The two speakers offer their insight into the Middle East and take questions from the audience.

Thanks for listening!

SPEAKERS:

  • John Moore – With 20 plus years of international experience in the service of public, private and non-profit interests across the Islamic world, John Moore brings a unique perspective on the evolution of the political economy of security and development in the region.
  • Lt. Col. Ty Moore – Born and raised in Alaska, Lt Col Moore enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1995 as a Reconnaissance Marine in Echo Company, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion aboard Elemendorf Air Force Base where he served in a variety of billets including Reconnaissance Team Leader.

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RECORDED: Friday, May 16th, 2018 at 49th State Brewing Company.

BROADCAST: Tuesday, August 14th, 2018. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

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Addressing Alaskans features local lectures and forums recorded at public events taking place in Southcentral Alaska. A variety of local organizations host speakers addressing topics that matter to Alaskans. To let us know about an upcoming community event that you would like to hear on Addressing Alaskans, please Contact Us with details.

SUBSCRIBE: Get Addressing Alaskans updates automatically via emailRSS or podcasts.

ADDRESSING ALASKANS ARCHIVE

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Aug 10 2018

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