Mroz Institute World Affairs Colloquium


Panel discussion with Brian Finlay, David Firestein,  Bruce McConnell, and Anneleen Roggeman

The Mroz Institute World Affairs Colloquium brings to the campus and community speakers with prominent international experience to address topics of world interest. In this series the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs’ (LCWA) faculty and advisory board, as well as alumni of the EastWest Institute, invite prominent global citizens to present their life and work.

The World Affairs Colloquium stimulates discussions with students, faculty and the community as a part of LCWA’s mission to be the College’s place where disciplines merge, the realities of the world are confronted and where knowledgeable, engaged citizens of that world come of age. 

The World Affairs Colloquium is connected thematically to LCWA’s World Affairs Signature Series, a coordinated year-long series of courses, events and community outreach organized around a specified theme.

The schedule for the Fall 2022 semester is coming soon. Check our events page for more details about the registration for these events. Our events from previous semesters are listed below.

Spring 2022

“Forging a Coalition in Favor of Freedom Around the World”
Mroz World Affairs Colloquium Series with Damon Wilson

January 27, 2021

Join us for a talk on democracy and democratic renewal around the world. Our guest is Damon Wilson, President CEO of the National Endowment for Democracy, a private, non-profit, non-partisan foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democracy throughout the world. Prior to joining the Endowment, he helped transform the Atlantic Council into a leading global think tank as its executive vice president. Previously, Wilson served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council helping to enlarge a Europe whole, free, and at peace; to secure freedom through NATO enlargement; to deter and counter Russian aggression; and to work with a united Europe as a leading US partner to support democracy in the world. This talk is a co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Charleston (WACC) and the Mroz Global Leadership Institute.

“US-EU relations and security challenges”
Mroz World Affairs Colloquium Series with Belgium Ambassador to the US Jean-Arthur Régibeau

January 26, 2021

Ambassador Régibeau will discuss the US-EU relations and security challenges. This talk is co-sponsored by the Mroz Global Leadership Institute, the Department of German and Russian Studies, and the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs.
Ambassador Régibeau served as the diplomatic advisor to the Minister of Defense from 1999 to 2002 and he went on to be First Secretary at the Belgian Embassy in Berlin. In 2016, he served as Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Armenia, Belarus & Uzbekistan.

Fall 2021

“The Forcibly Displaced: Global Response to Refugee Crises“
Mroz World Affairs Colloquium Series with Ambassador Allan Rock

November 8, 2021

Today millions of people are displaced around the world due to conflicts, violence, persecution, and natural disasters. Displaced people face many challenges related to basic needs such as safety, shelter, food, health, and education, to name just a few. Who is responsible for the safety and protection of displaced people? Allan Rock will discuss the role of individual countries, international organizations, and the international community in protecting the lives and the rights of displaced people.
Allan Rock is president emeritus and a professor of law at the University of Ottawa and senior adviser at the World Refugee and Migration Council. He served as Canada’s Ambassador to the UN and as Justice Ministers and Health Minister. Rock is president emeritus and a professor of law at the University of Ottawa and senior adviser at the World Refugee and Migration Council. He served as Canada’s Ambassador to the UN and as Justice Ministers and Health Minister.

“The art and value of diplomacy in an interconnected world,”
Mroz World Affairs Colloquium Series with Dr. Richard Haass

October 14, 2021

Does the Vegas rule – what happens there stays there – apply to today’s world? Richard Haass’ answer to this question is “no.” He suggests that events outside our borders affect all of us and shape our understanding of the world. We cannot simply ignore the outside world. Dr. Haass will discuss the challenges of our interconnected world and the role of diplomacy in addressing these challenges.
Richard Haass is the President of the Council on Foreign Relations, a veteran diplomat, and a prominent voice on American foreign policy. He is a veteran diplomat and an established leader of nonprofit institutions.

“US-China Relations: Issues, Challenges, and Prospects,”
Mroz World Affairs Colloquium Series with David Firestein

October 4, 2021

US-China relations have deteriorated in the past years as the two states engaged in disputes about trade, human rights in Hong Kong, technological competition, security concerns in the South-China Sea, and the status of Taiwan. David Firestein will discuss the US-China relations and the prospects for the future.

David Firestein is the president and CEO of the George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations and he is an expert on China, Russia, diplomacy, and foreign policy. The Voice of America’s Mandarin Service wrote in 2016 that Firestein is “one of the world’s best non-native speakers of Mandarin Chinese.”

“Understanding International security and addressing global challenges,”
Fireside chat with Deborah Lee James

September 24, 2021

In the next 20 years, our country and world will face unprecedented challenge and complexity. Changing climate, aging populations, disease, financial crises and technologies that divide more than they unite, are straining societies and governments. At the international level, the world will be shaped by China’s competition with the US and Western led international system, with a greater risk of conflict. Meanwhile, North Korea, Iran and terror will continue to threaten the US and our allies. How should the US and the international community address these challenges? Deborah James served as the 23rd Secretary of Air Force. She spent 11 years at SAIC, government technology contractor working on cyber security and technological innovations. SAIC has an office in North Charleston. She is the author of “Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success.”