World Affairs Council back with Ruan Zongze

Clubs & Assns, Politics | | May 14, 2009 at 10:53

I’m happy to report that the Las Vegas chapter of the World Affairs Council is back in action.  They have changed their name and merged with the local chapter of the NCFR (Nevada Council on Foreign Relations) to form the Nevada World Affairs Council

Their next major event will be an evening with Ruan Zongze, the Minister Counselor of the political department of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC.  Mr. Ruan’s topic is "China-U.S. Relations in an Emerging New World Economy."   The UNLV Institute for Security Studies is co-sponsor for the dinner at the Pinot Brasserie, Venetian Hotel

Both Members and non-members are invited to attend Friday May 29 from 6pm-9pm.  The cost is $50 pp, paid with cash or check at the door, and includes a 3 course dinner.  The no-host cash bar and social reception are from 6pm-7pm, with dinner starting at 7pm. Mr. Ruan will speak and allow time for questions.

Email: for this great opportunity to meet the Minister Counselor of China, Ruan Zongze.

Regular meetings of the WAC are held on the second Wednesday each month, 6:30p-8:00p, at venues alternating between the eastside and the westside.  There is a nominal charge (usually $20 pp) which may include a wine tasting or appetizers, depending on the locale. 

The monthly meetings revolve around specific discussion topics such as "Peace in Peril: The Indian sub-continent – Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and the U.S."  The discussions are lead by a moderator with active group participation in the form of questions, comments and friendly debate.

The merger of the WAC and NCFR makes sense. Both have the same mission – to provide a forum for globally-thinking Las Vegans to meet, to be informed by national and international figures, and to discuss international events, especially the direction or misdirection of American foreign policy.

Las Vegas has a bad reputation for low intellectualism, probably not undeserved.  This group demonstrates that there are people here who think – and think about a world beyond work, daily life and the Strip. If you are looking to meet other people interested in the complex and intriguing U.S. role in global politics, this is the group for you.

Email for more information and be placed on the email list.

For more on Ruan Zongze, visit

For more on the World Affairs Council visit

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