YLAI Delegation Pitch Competition & Networking Reception

WorldDenver is pleased to announce that it will hold a Pitch Competition for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows. Each Fellow will present his or her business or organizational pitch to a group of prominent judges from the Denver community. The winner from this competition will go on to compete in the finals in Washington D.C. during the Closing Summit of the YLAI Program. A networking reception will follow the competition.

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Webcast with Hon. Susan Rice and Onsite Speaker Lloyd Neighbors

REGISTER BY OCT. 20. National webcast speaker, the Honorable Susan E. Rice, former National Security Adviser and U.S. Ambassador to the UN. Onsite speaker: “Five Decades As a Diplomat in China” by Mr. Lloyd Neighbors, who served as a diplomat for 30 years with the U.S. Information Agency and the Department of State. Most of his career was dedicated to work in greater China. As a junior officer he served in Taiwan (both Taipei and Kaohsiung) from 1975 to 1979.

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“Progress & Prosperity” a Lecture by Daan Roggeveen

The Chinese metropolis has developed into the world’s most successful urban scheme. Combining bottom-up energy with top-down force, it pushes cities and their inhabitants towards progress, fast-forward. China’s megacities are efficient, with well-functioning infrastructures, top-notch public transport, proper housing, steady economic growth, a low crime rate, an attractive climate for foreign investors, and a glitzy skyline to boot. Can this metropolis be the blueprint for cities worldwide?

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Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security

Sarah Chayes is a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program and the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment. Formerly special adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, she is an expert in South Asia policy, kleptocracy and anti-corruption, and civil-military relations. She is working on correlations between acute public corruption and the rise of militant extremism. Chayes is author of Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security

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North Korea

Kongdan Oh is a Senior Asia Specialist at the Institute for Defense Analyses. She is also a member of: the Council on Foreign Relations and its Korea Task Force, the Korea Working Group of the United States Institute of Peace, the Board of Directors of the United States Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific, and the co-founder and former co-director of The Korea Club of Washington, D.C. Oh was previously a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and is a specialist in East Asian affairs, focused on North and South Korea and Japan. Her research projects include regional security, inter-regional politics, and U.S. security and foreign policy on Asia.

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Practitioner-in-Residence Talk with Fred Tanner

Fred Tanner is currently Senior Adviser to the Crisis Management Centre of the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bern, Switzerland. From September 2013 to December 2016 he was Senior Adviser to the OSCE Secretary General in Vienna and OSCE Project Leader of the ‘’Panel of Eminent Persons for European Security as a Common Project’’. Throughout this period, he also served on the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.

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Turkey in Turmoil

Abdülhamit Bilici is a Turkish newspaper executive in exile in the United States following recent political turmoil and government oppression of the media in Turkey. Before leaving the country, Bilici served as editor-in-chief of the newspaper Zaman, the largest daily newspaper in Turkey. He also was Chief Executive Officer of its English-language version, Today’s Zaman. Bilici also served as general director of Cihan News Agency and editor of Aksiyon Weekly Magazine.

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Block Party: Denver’s International Networks

As Denver grows, it’s also becoming an increasingly global city, in part due to the work of organization seeking to establish Denver as a hub for trade, international visitors, and cultivating globally-minded citizens. Come to this Block Party to learn from three diverse networks based in Denver.

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A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax Code

At The Washington Post, T.R. Reid covered Congress and four presidential campaigns, served as the paper’s bureau chief in Tokyo and London, and has reported from 4 dozen countries on five continents. T. R. Reid has written ten books in English and three in Japanese, and translated one book from the Japanese. His 2009 book “The Healing of America” became a national best-seller. PBS Frontline made two documentaries, “Sick Around the World” and “India–A Second Opinion” following Reid as he did the reporting for that book.

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A New Era with Mexico

Ambassador Miguel Basáñez earned a bachelor’s degree in law at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 1969 and followed that in 1974 with an M.A. in public administration from Britain’s University of Warwick. Basáñez then earned a Ph.D. in political sociology from the London School of Economics in 1980. By the mid-1980s, Basáñez was attorney general of the state of Mexico, which surrounds Mexico City. Beginning in 1986, he was private secretary to Secretary of Energy Alfredo del Mazo.

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