The Worldview Institute | Winter 2017 Semester




Please see our main Worldview Institute page for general information on the programs and complete details about enrollment and registration.


New Participants
$595 — Winter 2017 Semester w/Graduation Dinner
$520 — Winter 2017 Semester w/out Dinner

Previous Worldview Institute Alumni
$545 — Winter 2017 Semester w/Graduation Dinner
$470 — Winter 2017 Semester w/out Dinner

The full Worldview semester package includes:

  • Wine reception and dinner with each seminar
  • Tour of the United Nations building followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant
  • Special three-course graduation dinner — with wine and cocktail hour, including the Keynote Speaker presentation — at the prestigious National Arts Club

NOTE: These seminars are not open to the general public, and are offered to UNA Members only, whose registration is required before attendance. Walk-ins are not allowed. Programs are subject to change without notice.

If you are not currently a UNA member and wish to attend the Worldview Institute Winter 2017 semester, find out about becoming a member here.

Register for the 2017 Winter semester HERE

NOTE: The Registration deadline date has now been extended — it must be completed by submitting all applications and materials before or by February 6


SEMINAR 1 : February 15, 2017

The UN in a Transforming World

Faculty: Dr. H.E. Tomas Anker Christensen, Chef de Cabinet of the President of the UN General Assembly

United Nations Secretariat Building
405 East 42nd Street
Room S-1525 – 15th floor
UN Plaza, New York, NY

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar

SEMINAR 2 : February 22, 2017

U.S.-China Relations: Past, Present and Future

Our discussion will focus on the underlying forces that have shaped the growing rivalry between the United States and China since the end of the Cold War, the strategies that the two powers have pursued in dealing with one another to date, and the possible future development of relations as Donald Trump assumes the presidency and Xi Jinping enters his second 5 year term.

Faculty: Dr. Aaron Friedberg, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Conference Room 44A
One Bryant Park, New York, NY

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar

SEMINAR 3 : March 1, 2017

International Relations in the Light of
Current Transitions

2016 was an eventful year on the global stage, leaving a number of open-ended questions and new challenges to be met. Looking ahead to 2017, we are entering an important period of transition. President Trump is taking office, Brexit negotiations are likely to begin, and António Guterres assumes the helm of the UN with an ambitious agenda, aiming to tackle numerous global challenges including the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the situation in Syria, huge swells of migration, protracted conflicts, and terrorism, as well as UN reform. In such an interconnected world, it is increasingly clear that national responses are not enough….

Faculty: Ambassador Joao vale de Almeida, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the UN

Delegation of the European Union to the UN
666 Third Avenue
New York, NY

5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Dinner
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Seminar

Note: earlier start time for this date

SEMINAR 4 : March 8, 2017


Program Description TBA

Faculty: H.E. Ambassador Gholam Ali Khoshroo, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the UN

Iranian Mission to the UN
622 Third Avenue
New York, NY

Schedule TBA

SEMINAR 5 : March 15, 2017

Tough Road Ahead:
Global Response and the Syria Refugee Crisis

Ambassador Sima Bahous will give an overview of the Syria refugee crisis and challenges facing the international community with special focus on the situation in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan — one of the largest hosts of refugees in the world, and with limited resources. She will look at the global response needed to tackle the protracted nature of the crisis and how such a response should complement the global community's endeavours for peace and the realization of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Faculty: Ambassador Sima Bahous, Permanent Representative of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the UN

Phillips Nizer LLP
666 Fifth Avenue (at 52nd/53rd Streets)
New York, NY 10103

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar

SEMINAR 6 : March 22, 2017

A Visit to the United Nations

A private tour of the United Nations with fellow Worldview participants, with the opportunity to discuss your impressions at dinner following the tour.

Meet-up Location: United Nations Visitors Lobby

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Tour
followed by Dinner (restuarant TBA)

SEMINAR 7 : March 29, 2017

On Globalization

Program description TBA

Faculty: John Authers, Senior Investment Commentator, Financial Times

Financial Times
330 Hudson Street (SoHo)
New York, NY 10013

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar

SEMINAR 8 : April 5, 2017

Freedom of the Press and Expression in the Age of Populism – Security, Censorship, and Post-Truth

The seminar will adopt a global standpoint to explore some of the current challenges to freedom of expression and freedom of the press, and discuss the continuing relevance of international human rights standards to protect the right to seek, receive and access information. It will examine the complex, and often awkward, interplay of global information flows with national jurisdiction and state sovereignty, as well as the challenges arising from the inner working of the Media in the digital age. It will conclude by presenting some of the global norms that have emerged over time to enshrine the protection of freedom of expression and information, across and above national and regional differences and insisting on their continuing relevance and importance.

Faculty: Dr. Agnes Callamard, Director, Global Freedom of Expression, Columbia University

McCarter & English LLP
245 Park Avenue (between 46th and 47th Streets)
27th Floor
New York, NY

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar

SEMINAR 9 : April 12, 2017

Colombian Political and Economic Perspectives
After the Peace Agreement

The peace agreement signed in 2016 by the Colombian government and FARC is now in force. This talk will reflect on the political and economic perspectives: how the peace process affects those perspectives, and how those perspectives affect the peace process. It would place particular emphasis on rural development, the central economic issue negotiated between the government and FARC.

Faculty: Jose Antonio O'Campo, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

UN Foundation
801 Second Avenue (at 43rd Street)
9th Floor
New York, NY

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar

SEMINAR 10 : April 19, 2017

Ukraine–Russia Relations: Roots and Causes

Ukraine as a successor of the Principality of Kyiv Rus (whose rulers founded Moscow in 13 century) has been and remains a historical watershed between Asian and European civilizations and was playing for centuries the role of either a bridge, or a buffer, or a barrier, or an outpost, or a bridgehead between Russia and the West. Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev's seminar will focus on the ongoing Ukrainian-Russian conflict as a conflict of civilizational choice between the Soviet past and the European human values. Ambassador Sergeyev will share his view on the exact goals of Russia's aggression in Ukraine and on foresight of crisis settlement including the mediating role of UN, USA and EU.

Faculty: Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev, Senior Fellow, MacMillan Center for International and Regional Studies at Yale

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Conference Room 44A
One Bryant Park, New York, NY

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar

April 21, 2017

Worldview Winter 2017 Graduation Dinner

Keynote Speaker Yasmine Sherif, Vice President & Director of International Relations, Global Center for Justice & Humanity

Location: The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York

For more information, please contact Ann Nicol at (212) 907-1353 or email