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World Affairs Council Hilton Head

WACHH strives to keep members abreast of developments in national interests and international affairs through extensive educational programming and participation in Council-sponsored events. We use a variety of avenues to accomplish this. Each has a slightly different approach but all focus on World Affairs.

Our principal program is the Friday Speaker Series, which usually takes place on the first and third Fridays of each month – October through May. Speakers come from around the globe who are known for their international experience in government, business, military affairs and academia. Please check the program calendar for exact dates and topics. Friday Speaker meetings are held at the First Presbyterian Church. Attendance at the Friday Speaker Series is a primary benefit of joining WACHH. Guests are invited to attend as well(fee).

upcoming events:

Social Media & the Local Newspaper

July 17 @ 10:00 am thru July 17 @ 11:30 am
These days, nearly everyone over the age of 10 carries a small but mighty computer in his or her pocket. We feel the need to stay connected, now more than ever, so we seem to continually email, text, take photos – and check our social … media, that is. Social media has claimed a space of high priority for many of us, to the point that we treat our Facebook friends and Instagram contacts as sources of much of our news. But where is the confirmation of facts, where’s the credibility of a reporter and the reliability of a believable source? Streaming a live video of an event is one thing, but can we trust the rest?   Lynne Cope Hummell, editor of The Bluffton Sun and The Hilton Head Sun, two independently owned community newspapers will speak about the impact social media has on local news and the implications it has on local journalism.
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David Lauderdale- writing in the Digital Age

August 14 @ 10:00 am thru August 14 @ 11:30 am

Wednesday, August 14,2019

David Lauderdale, Senior Editor and Columnist,  the Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette

Mr. Lauderdale's columns and editorials capture life in the Lowcountry, highlighting our history, and our natural environment.  He will talk about being a newspaper writer in the digital age.

Summer Forum programs are free and open to the public

Time: 10:00 AM– 11:30 AM

Place: Tide Pointe Ball Room, 700 Tide Pointe Way, Hilton Head, SC

For more information go to or contact WACHH office: 843-384-6758 /

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Friday Speaker Series: Ambassador Peter Ammon, US and German Relations post 1989

October 04 @ 10:00 am thru October 04 @ 11:30 am
30 years have passed since the heady days of German re-unification. The generation whose world-view was shaped by comradeship in arms between Germany and America in the Cold War is slowly fading away. With the UK leaving the European Union, and populist parties triumphant in the East and the South of the bloc, this historic project, once masterminded and critically supported by the US, is at a dangerous juncture. Further to the East, an opportunistic Russia is filling the space where the West withdraws, and an increasingly authoritarian China is pursueing its long-term plan of taking the pole position in the world. Today, both the German and the US society are internally divided by new fault lines, some cultural, some economic, some political in nature. The vision of a transatlantic free trade and investment partnership is dead. In the foreign policy debates, short-term gain trumps long-term strategic thinking, thus producing dangerous narratives of neglected self-interest on both sides. The US-German relationship is in crisis and needs fresh thinking.
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General Wesley Clark

October 05 @ 10:00 am thru October 05 @ 11:30 am
In 38 years of service in the United States Army, Wesley K. Clark rose to the rank of four-star general as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. Since retiring from the military in 2000, he has become an investment banker, businessman, commentator, author and teacher.  In September 2003, he answered the call to stand as a Democratic candidate for President of the United States, where his campaign won the state of Oklahoma and launched him to national prominence before he returned to the private sector in February 2004. Clark has chaired several public and private companies, and is a progressive leader in pursuing energy solutions. The author of three books, “Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo and the Future of Combat,” “Winning Modern War: Iraq, Terrorism and the American Empire” and “A Time to Lead: For Duty, Honor, Country,” Clark also serves as Chairman/CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a strategic consulting firm, and Co-Chairman of Growth Energy. Gen. Clark will be the Keynote speaker for the World Affairs Council Friday Speaker Series. For more information, contact the WACHH office at 843-384-6758 or
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Global Speakers Program: Monica Araya, A Small Country with Big Ideas

November 01 @ 10:00 am thru November 01 @ 11:30 am
The talk will discuss whether Costa Rica will become the world´s first fossil free country and why this is relevant even if the country is small. We will discuss the national plan to go fossil free and what needs to happen to deliver this vision to engage the public and the private sector. Visit
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