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Gov. Richardson to Keynote WACA Conference Ambassadors Luncheon
November 15-17
Washington, DC

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For more than 30 years, Governor Bill Richardson has led a distinguished public service career as a U.S. Congressman (1982-86), U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1997-98), Secretary of Energy under President Bill Clinton (1998-2000), and as the two-term Governor of New Mexico (2003-11).

In 2008, he sought the Democratic nomination for President, dropping out after the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries. As a diplomat and Special Envoy, Richardson received four Nobel Peace Prize nominations and successfully won the release of hostages and American servicemen in North Korea, Cuba, Iraq, and the Sudan.

Since leaving public office, he has authored three books, including, How to Sweet Talk a Shark: Strategies and Stories from a Master Negotiator, published in 2013. He is a widely sought-after international speaker who appears frequently on CNN, FOX, Univision, Meet the Press, and This Week with George Stephanopolous. Richardson has served as a Special Envoy to the Organization of American States (OAS) and as a Special Fellow on Latin America at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University.

Richardson has also started two foundations: The Richardson Center for Global Engagement, focusing on conflict resolution and prisoner release, and the Foundation to Preserve New Mexico Wildlife with actor and conservationist Robert Redford.

Other Keynote Speakers


United States Institute of Peace

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
Director of Veterans Outreach, Boeing

Think Tank Off-sites

American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Atlantic Council
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The Brookings Institution
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Center for a New American Security (CNAS)

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.
Council of the Month:  WAC Atlanta
UPS Chairman & CEO Abney
The WACA National Office is proud to recognize the  World Affairs Council of Atlanta as  Council of the Month for September

The Council celebrated its 7th anniversary on August 30 with a reception hosted by SunTrust Banks and keynoted by David Abney, Chairman and CEO of UPS and a WACA 2016 National Conference keynote speaker. Nearly 200 Council members attended to celebrate the founding of the Council, the organizations and people who made it possible, and the importance of global engagement.
Since its establishment in 2010 at Georgia State University's Robinson College of Business, the World Affairs Council of Atlanta has grown rapidly to over 1,200 individual members and 60 corporate and organizational members. During FY2017, the Council organized 65 programs with a reach of over 5,000 participants. The Council is working on a new strategic plan to ensure it evolves as Atlanta grows and the international environment changes.
The Council also offers unique travel opportunities, hosted by Ambassador Charles Shapiro, WAC Atlanta's president. Upcoming trips include Colombia and Cuba. Please see here or email Clare Morton for more details.
Future of Korea 2017 Program

The Future of Korea 2017 program series, sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute, continues this fall, beginning with World Affairs Council of Atlanta. The September 12 program will feature the following panelists: Hohyun Jang, Minister of Economic Affairs, Embassy of the Republic of Korea; Zack Rosner, Korea Desk Policy Analyst, U.S. Dept. of State; and Mark Tokola, Vice President, KEI.  See details .

Later in the month, both Columbia World Affairs Council and World Affairs Council Upstate will host Future of Korea 2017 programs.
#PeaceDayChallenge 2017
International Day of Peace is September 21
The United States Institute of Peace's Peace Day Challenge exists to raise public awareness of the International Day of Peace and to affirm peace as a real and practical alternative to the violence we see in the news.
It is all about inspiring a day of action, focused on building peace through real-life activities, and then sharing on social media at #PeaceDayChallenge.
In the last two years, the Peace Day Challenge reached tens of millions of people around the world on social media, and last year alone recorded activities by schools, organizations, and communities in 41 U.S. states-a number of which were organized or promoted by local World Affairs Councils!
Here is what you need to effectively participate in USIP's Peace Day Challenge this year:
  • The website is the hub for information, action ideas, and other resources to support engagement in the Peace Day Challenge. UPDATES COMING LATER THIS WEEK!
  • For more on USIP's public education work, see:
  • Personal contact information for Ann-Louise Colgan, USIP's Director of Public or 202-429-3894. We encourage you to contact her for action ideas, advice, or other suggestions to support your Council's engagement in the Peace Day Challenge.
Global I.Q. Minute with Jim Falk

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth 's Global I.Q. Minute  most recently featured Joshua Partlow, Bureau Chief in Mexico and former Bureau Chief in Kabul for The Washington Post . I n this two-part episode with Council CEO Jim Falk, Partlow first delves into the political intrigue surrounding Karzai's administration in Afghanistan and then turns to discuss his observations on the current strain on the United States relationship with Mexico. 
Listen to part I and part II.
Cover to Cover Author Series: October

Harvard Kennedy School professor and former  Washington  policymaker  Meghan O'Sullivan  ( full bio ) will discuss   Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America's Power   on  Thursday, October 5, at 2 PM ET .   O'Sullivan's new book reveals how fe ars of energy scarcity have given way to the reality of energy abundance in the boldest profile of the world's energy resources since Daniel Yergin's The Quest.

Academic WorldQuest 2017-2018

The World Affairs Councils of America will host the  Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2017 Academic WorldQuest  National Competition on  Saturday, April 28  in  Washington, DC .

This year's National Competition will feature a welcome reception at the  United States Institute of Peace, on  Friday, April 27. AWQ topics, Study Guide, and other information to be announced shortly! 
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Councils in the News

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World Affairs Council of Houston

Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council

San Diego World Affairs Council

World Affairs Council of Atlanta

What to Do with Venezuela? -- The Atlantic

World Affairs Council of Maine

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire

Peoria Area World Affairs Council

World Affairs Council of Palm Beach

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
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