Wednesday, November 7, 2007

More World Affairs Council Events

With one World Affairs Council event recorded and being prepared for broadcast it seemed natural to move forward and work toward piloting the series with at least three programs. Their event tonight in Juneau will be shot and packaged with the previous program for air later this winter.

Gerard Baker
"US European Economic Relations"

Gerard Baker is the US Editor and columnist of Times of London. He joined in 2004 from the Financial Times, where he had spent over ten years as Tokyo correspondent and Washington Bureau Chief.

On November 20, 360 North will videotape a lecture by:

Ambassador Said T. Jawad

"Beyond the Headlines - Afganistan's Stability and Global Security."

Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, he served as the President’s Press Secretary, Chief of Staff as well as the Director of the Office of International Relations at the Presidential Palace. Ambassador Jawad (photo at left) has worked closely with President Karzai in formulating strategies, implementing policies, building national institutions and prioritizing reforms in Afghanistan. He also worked with the U.S. and Afghan military experts to help reform the Ministry of Defense and rebuild the Afghan National Army. Among his many accomplishments, he was instrumental in drafting Afghanistan’s foreign investment laws and also served as President Karzai’s principal liaison with the constitutional commission during the process of the drafting of Afghanistan’s new constitution.

We hope that these initial World Affairs Council programs will help lead to a permanent arrangement for many future presentations to come. The reality of working on a demonstration project that is funded by grant money, like the start-up of 360 North, is that everything will have to eventually be sustainable for the long term. We hope to find underwriters or partners in the future to help defray the costs of production of programs like the World Affairs Council events.

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