November 2017
WACA 2017 National Conference
Cover to Cover
WACA Board Member Honored
Global I.Q. Minute with Jim Falk
Listen to WACA Podcasts
Student Essay Competition
WACA and Councils Hiring
Councils in the News
Travel the World
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1918 Society Night at the Newseum!
November 15-17
Washington, DC

1918 Society Night at the Newseum! 
WACA is pleased to announce that a special dinner for the 1918 Society will be held at the Newseum on Friday, November 17, at 6:30 PM. The "Night at the Newseum" is co-sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association and will feature a timely panel of journalists and editors ( TBA) for a discussion on "Media, Fake News, and Foreign Policy".

1918 Society Off-Site to the 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.  Be sure to renew your 1918 Society membership before the Conference to partake in these exciting opportunities!

Think Tank Expert Briefings

Karim Mezran  New!
Resident Senior Fellow
Rafiq Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

Faysal Itani  New!
Resident Senior Fellow
Rafiq Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

Deputy Director and Director of Research and Programs
Rafiq Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

Marek Gootman  New!
Fellow and Director
Strategic Partnerships and Global Initiatives
Metropolitan Policy Program
Brookings Institution

Joseph Kane  New!
Senior Research Analyst and Associate Fellow
Metropolitan Policy Program
Brookings Institution

Metropolitan Policy Program
Brookings Institution

Vice President and Director
Metropolitan Policy Program
Brookings Institutiion

For more think tank briefings, see the Friday agenda.

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Cover to Cover Author Series

Check out a special Cover to Cover Live session at the WACA 2017 National Conference: The Future of American Leadership, on Friday, November 17 from 10:00-11:00 AM.

Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow 
Middle East and Africa Studies
Council on Foreign Relations

Center on the United States and Europe
Senior Fellow
Project on International Order and Strategy
Brookings Institution 


In  Digital World War , seasoned diplomat Haroon Ullah, with deep knowledge of Islamist politics and digital innovation, investigates the unprecedented impact of social media on the discourse of recent events in the Muslim World--from the Arab Spring and its aftermath to ISIS's online recruitment.

While he identifies the roles of social media in these events and the use of the dark web, hacking, and digital attacks, he also reveals how political parties, corporations, and governments have learned to exploit digital tools to target and mobilize audiences, to ultimately achieve power and status.

In addition to his portfolio of digital transmedia strategy and countering violent extremism, Ullah is a senior adviser to the U.S Secretary of State, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an award-winning author and a Peabody TV Award recipient.
Register for the call
Join us for  December's Cover to Cover  Thursday, December 14, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.
WACA Board Member Receives Leadership Award
WACA is pleased to announce that Ljubomir (L.J.) Stambuk, WACA Board member and President and CEO of World Affairs Council of Charlotte, was honored with the Charlotte Business Journal's 2017 International Leadership Award.
L.J. was selected for this honor due to his leadership in promoting global business and international trade in Charlotte by inspiring the community to think globally and act locally.  
This award was equally a recognition of WAC Charlotte and all it does to ensure that Charlotte continues to grow as a competitive global city in the south eastern region of the United States. Read the full announcement here.   
Global I.Q. Minute with Jim Falk

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth 's Global I.Q. Minute  most recently featured Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down and Hue 1968 - A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam .   Listen here .
Listen to WACA Podcasts!

On Wednesday, October 25, WACA hosted Dr. Richard Wike, Director of Global Attitudes Research at Pew Research Center, to discuss research on the resilience of democracy and the U.S. global image. Listen to the podcast.
Academic WorldQuest 2017-2018

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.

There's still time! If you missed the October 20 deadline but would still like to pledge a team for the 2018 competition, please contact the National Office.

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

Foreign Affairs 2017 Student Essay Competition 
Does populism pose a threat to the international order? Why or why not, and what can be done about it? 
Undergraduate students, submit your essay responses by November 10 for a chance to be featured on the Foreign Affairs website! Details.
WACA and Councils Are Hiring!
Global Minnesota seeks an events manager.
Apply by November 8  

WACA National Office seeks Spring 2018 program and outreach interns.  
Apply by December 1. 
Councils in the News

World Affairs Council of Atlanta

World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan

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  or call 1-800-942-5004 , ext.  209  or 217 .

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