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Letter from the President
Dear Council Leaders, Supporters, and Friends:

I hope that you are enjoying a pleasant summer while managing to keep abreast of the major diplomatic developments in Iran and Cuba, Europe's migration crisis, the mixed picture for international trade, and perhaps even China's sagging stock market - not to mention the emerging U.S. presidential campaign.

We will begin to tackle that head on at WACA's 2015 National Conference - Leading America: Foreign Policy Challenges and the 2016 Election - on November 11-13.

I am pleased to announce that registration is officially open as of today and urge you to take advantage of the early-bird rate. You will see more details below, and be sure to check out our new online registration platform called Bizzabo. It offers improved functionality, a more pleasing interface, and secure payment processing. Attendees will be encouraged to download the Bizzabo app to enhance the networking experience of the National Conference and take part in polling, real-time surveying, and other interactive audience features during the event.

Amb. Roman Popadiuk, who has been terrific in his first month as WACA Chair, and Barbara Propes, past president of WACA and now serving as Conference Vice Chair, are busy securing keynote speakers, panelists, and moderators. Board members Joyce Davis and Karen de Bartolomé will be guiding the Leadership Day sessions that precede the Conference. You won't want to miss it!


Wishing you a splendid August,

Bill Clifford

President and CEO
2015 WACA National Conference 
Leading America: Foreign Policy
Challenges and the 2016 Election
November 11-13, 2015
Washington, DC 

Held annually for over two decades, the WACA National Conference engages our Council leaders and members drawn from the business, civic, and education communities with leading policy-makers and experts.

Leading America: Foreign Policy Challenges and the 2016 Election  will provide original and essential insights. Keynote speakers and relevant panel discussion - on the Middle East, great power rivals Russia and China, the global economy, energy, and transnational challenges from cyber to migration - will frame the foreign policy agenda for candidates. Council programs in 2016 will be enriched by the policy conversations and networking that take place here.

Conference Registration
This year, Early Bird prices are available until September 11. 
  • Non-member Early Bird: $495 
  • Council member Early Bird: $465
  • Council Board member Early Bird: $435
  • and more...

Confirmed Speakers to Date

William Davidson Distinguished Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Thomas E. McNamara
Former Special Adviser, Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism 

Journalist and Author

Chair of the Board of Directors, World Affairs Councils of America
Staying at The Fairfax
We have secured a special group rate at The Fairfax at Embassy Row.
  • Superior King: $249/night (Single/Double occupancy)
  • Superior Two Doubles: $269/night (Single/Double Occupancy)

The Fairfax at Embassy Row is conveniently located in the Dupont Circle area. A Washington, DC landmark, The Fairfax's intriguing history spans more than 80 years.
Cover to Cover - August 5 at 2:00 PM

August Cover to Cover  conference call will feature  Dominic Tierney , Swarthmore professor and author of  The Right Way to Lose a War: America in an Age of Unwinnable Conflicts The call will be held  Wednesday, August 5, at  2:00 PM ET .

To register,  click here .

Save the Date: Tuesday, September 8 at 2:00 PM ET.  Our Cover to Cover will feature  Robert Jordan,  diplomat in residence at the Middle East Institute and former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. His new book is  Desert Diplomat: Inside Saudi Arabia Following 9/11

Diplomacy Begins Here: Upcoming Summits
Global Ties U.S. and our members, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, are hosting a series of summits across the United States that will bring together local, national, and international leaders from the business, government, and nonprofit world.

Upcoming Summits

August 27: Manchester, NH hosted by WorldBoston and the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.
Columbus Council on World Affairs Manager of Events & Public Programs Posting
The Columbus Council on World Affairs seeks to hire a Manager of Events and Public Programs to manage all aspects of the Council's events and public programs including Signature Luncheons, annual International Awards Ceremony, Global Scholars Diploma sessions, and more. 

The full description and application requirements can be found here. To apply, please email resume and cover letter including a) salary history for last three positions, b) three professional references, and c) start date availability to apply@columbusworldaffairs.org
WACA Communcations and Marketing Officer Posting
The World Affairs Council of America seeks a Communications and Marketing Officer.  The Communications and Marketing Officer reports to the President and CEO. S/he coordinates public relations and marketing efforts for WACA national flagship programs - both externally (including media, news stories, issuance of press releases, website updates) and internally (newsletters to member Councils and the national Board of Directors) - and other initiatives to support WACA and the national Council network. In addition, s/he assists in the development and execution of local Council communication pieces to ensure consistent, aligned national messaging.
Click here  for full listing.
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Travel the World from WAC Philadelphia
Just Announced:  Council Leaders to Lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!


Mimi Gregory, Vice President, Naples Council on World Affairs, Grand Danube: August 8-23, 2015. 

Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum Stamford,  Vietnam and Cambodia: October 12-27, 2015. 

Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs Council of Northern California, Cuba: December 6-14, 2015.

Ambassador Mark Johnson, Board, Montana World Affairs Council, The Mediterranean Through the Centuries: October 14-25. 2015. 

Dr. Jerry W. Leach, Former President, World Affairs Councils of America, Turquoise Coast Cruise, October 27-November 4, 2015. 

Contact www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004 x209 or x217.

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