October 2017
WACA 2017 National Conference
USIP Program
Council of the Month
Cover to Cover
Future of Korea
Global I.Q. Minute with Jim Falk
AWQ Topics
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Two Conference Off-Site Visits Just Announced!
November 15-17
Washington, DC

Capital Hilton hotel block nearly sold out!   
Take advantage of our exclusive low rates before they're gone.
The WACA block for Tuesday, Nov. 14, has filled. Available rooms at our special rate are very scarce on Wednesday, Nov. 15, and Thursday, Nov. 16. Don't wait for the cutoff date (Oct. 12).

1918 Society Off-Site at National War College 

Captain Bernard D. Cole (Ret.)Professor Emeritus at the  National War College, will host a lecture and reception exclusively for 1918 Society members on Friday afternoon, November 17. (Separately, WACA is planning a special dinner event.) Be sure to renew your 1918 Society membership before the Conference to partake in these exciting opportunities!

WACA National Conference Student Scholarship Program
Councils: Submit your nominations by  Friday, October 13 .

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Joins Think Tank Off-Sites
Visit our Conference website for expert speakers and briefings

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
NAFTA and the New Trade Agenda

The War on Terror Reconsidered

Regional Upheaval: Syria, Egypt, and Lybia

Global Cities and Inclusive Economic Growth

U.S., Russia, and Changing Geopolitics

Staying at the Capital Hilton
We have secured a special group rate:
  • 1 Queen/King bed Deluxe Room: $279/night          (Single/Double Occupancy) plus tax

This distinguished hotel is located 
in  the heart of our nation's capital -  just two blocks from the White House. Convenient to three Metro stations and Ronald Reagan National Airport, the hotel is within walking distance of museums, memorials,  shopping,  dining, nightlife, and more.
WACA - United States Institute of Peace Program
The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce a partnership with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) to engage American communities in discussions on peacebuilding abroad as a practical way to strengthen U.S. security. While violence worldwide fuels extremism and uproots millions, national and local peace agreements from Colombia to Iraq show how even bitter conflicts can be ended nonviolently.
This fall, three Councils will host top USIP experts for a series of activities in Nashville, Naples, and Kansas City. In the inaugural event, USIP President Nancy Lindborg will join the Tennessee World Affairs Council for a public, town hall-style forum at Belmont University, as well as other discussions at the Nashville Rotary Club and at local high schools.
"We can think of no better partner than the World Affairs Councils of America to connect global policy experts with Americans who are deeply interested in the critical global issues of our times," said Lindborg.
This is not the first collaboration between WACA and USIP. Each year, Academic WorldQuest includes a peace and conflict section by USIP, and the WACA 2017 National Conference will feature Nancy Lindborg in conversation with two leading U.S. Senators. 
Council of the Month:  Naples Council on World Affairs
The WACA National Office is proud to recognize the  Naples Council on World Affairs as  Council of the Month for October

WACA is particularly appreciative of Mimi Gregory, NCWA's Vice President for Programs, for playing an integral role as Chair of the WACA 2017 National Conference planning committee. Thanks to Mimi's leadership and contacts, WACA is proud to bring you its exciting 1918 off-site visit to the National War College.
Additionally, Naples has been chosen as one of the three Councils to participate in the WACA-USIP Engage America speaker program this October 30.
THURSDAY: Cover to Cover Author Series

Meghan L. O'Sullivan , Harvard professor and former Deputy National Security Advisor for President George W. Bush, posits that significant changes in America's energy sector over the last decade - the shift from scarcity to abundance of oil and gas, environmental concerns, technology, innovation and ingenuity within the industry - are transforming politics and foreign policy to the advantage of the United States. Her new book, Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America's Power, calls on policymakers, government leaders, and elected officials to embrace the new energy reality that has more upsides than downsides for America's economy and its position in the world.
Register for the call
Read O'Sullivan's  recent article on the geopolitics of energy in  Bloomberg View, and join us for  October's Cover to Cover  Thursday, October 5, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.
Future of Korea 2017 Program

The Future of Korea 2017 program series, sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute, continues this October. Last month the program was successfully presented by three Councils: World Affairs Council of Atlanta, Columbia World Affairs Council, and World Affairs Council Upstate. Check out some highlights from these September events below, and keep an eye out for the October editions of the program at Sarasota World Affairs Council on October 5, and South Dakota World Affairs Council on October 19!

WAC Atlanta President Ambassador Charles Shapiro moderates the September 12 Future of Korea panel

Future of Korea panelists pose with Columbia WAC Executive Director Dickson Monk and staff at the September 26 event

A Future of Korea attendee poses a question to panelists at the Upstate International September 28 event
Global I.Q. Minute with Jim Falk

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth 's Global I.Q. Minute  most recently featured Leslie Schweitzer, President and Chair of Friends at the American University of Afghanistan . I n this episode with Council CEO Jim Falk, Schweitzer delves into education issues facing Afghanistan and how the university has sought to solve them. 
Pledge Your Academic WorldQuest Team!

Information for the 2017-2018 Academic WorldQuest program is now available!

This year's AWQ Study Guide is now available, along with more information about the Carlos and Mal รบ Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition.

Councils: Register your local AWQ high school competition by submitting this Pledge Form to WACA by October 20.

This year's AWQ National Competition will feature a welcome reception at the United State Institute of Peace on Friday, April 27. For topics, Study Guide, and more, click here.

Sponsored by: United States Institute of Peace

WAC Oregon Seeks Director of Development
The World Affairs Council of Oregon seeks an accomplished, dynamic development professional to lead its fundraising initiatives and drive a new era of impact and engagement for the organization. Learn more hereApplications are due by October 18 to search@worldoregon.org.    
Councils in the News

Alaska World Affairs Council
World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay

World Affairs Council - DC

World Affairs Council of Atlanta

World Affairs Council of Quad Cities

Worcester World Affairs Council

The Enduring Israeli-Palestinian Conflict  -- The National Interest

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan

South Dakota World Affairs Council

World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth


Vermont Council on World Affairs

World Affairs Council of Charlotte

Helping Bring the World to Charlotte -- Charlotte Business Journal
Travel the World from WAC Philadelphia

Travel with Council Leaders - hear them lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!

2018 travel schedule includes trips to: 
  • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President, Programs, World Affairs Council Northern California, Southern Africa: Feb. 10-Mar. 5
  • Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum (Stamford), Ancient Kingdoms of China: May 5-19
  • Patrick Ryan, President, Tennessee World Affairs Council, Tuscany: May 29-Jun. 6
  • Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Cruise the Rhine, July 11-29
  • Anna Berry, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, Cambridge, Oxford, and the Cotswolds: July 20-28
  • Derrick Olsen, President, World Affairs Council of Oregon, Treasures of Ecuador: Aug. 27-31
  • Megan Torrey, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Hartford, Himalayan Kingdoms, Sept. 11-25
  • Mimi Gregory, Vice President of Programs, Naples Council on World Affairs, Inside Botswana: Oct. 4-16
Contact www.wacphila.org/travel  or call 1-800-942-5004 , ext.  209  or 217 .

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