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About the International Affairs Forum
The International Affairs Forum was founded 20 years ago to educate and engage our community on global issues. Today, more than ever, it is essential that our community be prepared for success in a global society and economy. We are not alone in this emphasis: NMC’s Global Opportunities Fund and outreach initiatives, TCAPS' international education programs, the many businesses located here with a global reach, and our longtime supporters are our natural partners in the effort to help this region engage successfully in the world.
We were excited to use this anniversary year to strengthen these partnerships through the launching of new initiatives aimed at students, businesses, and civic leaders, all who have the potential to lead local-global engagement.
The year culminated with a special 20th Anniversary Conference (June 5-6, 2014) devoted to what will be America’s most important relationship of this century — China.
The conference, “China Today: Competitor or Partner?”, explored business, cultural, educational, and social aspects of our region's engagement with the world's fastest growing economy. This event received support from NMC, the Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City Area Public Schools, The Economic Club of Traverse City, and the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce.
We will kick off another series in September. See our Lecture Series pages for more information on coming events.