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December 2013


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Letter from the President
News from the National Office
Recommended Speakers
What's Happening in the Network
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Letter from the President
Note: It came to our attention that this week's newsletter had broken links. We have worked with ConstantContact to remedy the issue. Please let us know if you experience any problems. -The National Office
Dear Friends and Supporters,


I hope that you all enjoyed a relaxing Thanksgiving. It's my favorite holiday of the year because, as a tradition, Thanksgiving binds us nationally while allowing us and our families to celebrate gratitude in our own unique ways.


There's something of a parallel with the World Affairs Councils of America's annual National Conference in November, and how individual Councils draw from the experience to create unique programming for the coming year.


I am grateful to the Minnesota International Center's Carol Engebretson Byrne for sharing news coverage of the 2013 Conference provided by Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist John Rash: Marilyn Carlson Nelson's fight to end sex trafficking and Caught in the Web: U.S. defense, foreign policies. The "Strib" also carried a piece by Leni Moore, MIC's Board Chair, highlighting MIC's value to the Twin Cities and Minnesota over the years since its founding in 1953. Happy 60th, MIC, and may all board chairs find the right opportunity to write as Leni has about their Council's impact and doings!


I also encourage you to view (or review) 2013 Leadership Day "best practice" presentations, here on our YouTube channel. And if you haven't already done so, please take part in our Conference Survey. Your feedback and comments are important to the National Office.


Happy Holidays!

Bill Clifford
President and CEO
News from the National Office

Academic WorldQuest 2014: Pledge Forms Due Now!

The 2014 Academic WorldQuest National Competition will take place Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, DC. Read about the 2013 Academic WorldQuest National Competition here.


Councils, please fill out the 2013-2014 Academic WorldQuest Pledge Form, which is available here and in the WACA Leadership Network


Competition Questions Available

Those who fill out and return the form will be given confidential access to questions prepared by the WACA National Office for local competitions in 2013-2014.   


The 2013-2014 Study Guide has been released, as well as information and resources for councils and teachers. More Information


It's that time of the year! Local Academic WorldQuest competitions are under way. Recent and upcoming local competitions include:


Nov. 23 -- Pacific and Asian Affairs Council  

Winning Team: Kealakehe High School 


Dec. 12 -- World Affairs Council of the Desert


Not My Life Programs

Our newest national program series focusing on human trafficking and modern-day slavery continues. The program features screenings of the documentary filNot My Life by Robert Bilheimer and Worldwide Documentaries at over 35 World Affairs Councils. The program is made possible by a generous grant from Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation. See the participating councils here. Upcoming programs include:


Dec. 6-7 -- Arizona Council for International Visitors


Spotlight on Turkey 2013 

The Spotlight on Turkey program, sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America and the Turkish Cultural Foundation, has entered Phase III of the 2013 program. Participating councils will be holding programs throughout the fall showcasing Turkish art, culture, and cuisine. More Information


Upcoming programs include:


Dec. 5 -- Peoria Area World Affairs Council


Dec 12. -- World Affairs Council of Seattle

2013 National Conference
We, the National Office, again extend our sincere thanks to all attendees, speakers, and sponsors for helping to make the World Affairs Councils of America's 2013 National Conference a great success. We still want to give you the opportunity to let us know what aspects went well and appealed to you most, and what areas for improvement deserve our attention. We depend on your feedback and welcome your ideas -- let's make next year's National Conference an even greater experience. Please take the following survey:



Thank you to our generous sponsors: 
Chevron, NATO, Google, The Gambrinus Company, 
Raytheon, ExxonMobil, Duke Energy, Johnson Sterling, 
Thomson Reuters, Goldman Sachs, and Coca-Cola

World Affairs Councils in the News

World Affairs Council of Atlanta

U.S. Power and Construction Firms Welcome in Philippines Rebuilding -- Global Atlanta


World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

Middle School Students Spend Day Focused On Human Rights -- The Dallas Weekly


The diplomats' role in Dallas's 'global city' designation -- The Dallas Morning News 


World Affairs Council of Northern California

Those Dutch painters were ahead of their times -- San Francisco Chronicle


World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

General Hayden speaks at Peters Twp. High School -- The Almanac


Chile on the rise: An ambassador's visit becomes a teachable moment -- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Recommended Speakers Database
Leadership NetworkThe World Affairs Councils of America offers a Recommended Speakers Database on the WACA Leadership Network

Please log into the WACA Leadership Network and take advantage of this great resource. 

What's Happening in the Network 

There are over 80 World Affairs Council events scheduled this month across the country. Visit News from the National Network on our homepage for updates from around the network that include programs you can attend, participate in virtually, get ideas about speakers or model format. Also be sure to check out travel programs offered by World Affairs Councils on our homepage. We encourage you to follow-up with the sponsoring council for more information. If we missed something or if you have a program that you would like highlighted on our website or in the WACA Weekly, please contact Ian J. Byrne at

Be Part of the WACA Newsletter!

If you would like to highlight an upcoming program, email Ian J. Byrne at with the relevant information. Of course, if there is anything else we can do to help promote your programs within the network, please let us know.

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