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Support tomorrow's leaders by giving today.  

Investing in globally aware students is vital for an informed, productive citizenry. That's why WACA is participating in #GivingTuesday, the global day of giving. By joining the movement and making a gift to WACA today, you will help expand educational opportunities for students as well as strengthen public engagement with leaders on the world's most pressing issues.

At your WACA National Conference last month, we announced that contributions to our Academic WorldQuest Endowment Fund total $625,000. Help us reach our $1 million goal so that we can secure the annual AWQ National Competition in perpetuity, increase visibility and support for local Council AWQ competitions, and stimulate lifelong participation of AWQ students in World Affairs Council activities.

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Bill Clifford
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Our monthly   Cover to Cover   conference call  will feature  William McCants  on   The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State. The call will take place on 
Wednesday, December 16, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

The Islamic State is one of the most lethal and successful jihadist groups in modern history, surpassing even al-Qaeda. The ISIS Apocalypse is based almost entirely on primary sources in Arabic-including ancient religious texts and secret al-Qaeda and Islamic State letters that few have seen. The book explores how religious fervor, strategic calculation, and doomsday prophecy shaped the Islamic State's past and foreshadow its dark future.

William McCants is the Director of the project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution, and a fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy. He is an adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University and has held various government and think tank positions related to Islam, the Middle East, and terrorism. He served as a U.S. State Department senior adviser for countering violent extremism, and held positions as program manager of the Minerva Initiative for the Department of Defense; an analyst at the Institute for Defense Analyses, the Center for Naval Analyses, and SAIC. ( Full Bio)  
BoardSource Training Webinar 
A Path to Sustainability 

This webinar aims to explore a process that boards can use to develop sets of questions that will help them view their organization's sustainability through a broader set of indicators. This webinar aims to explore a process that boards can use to develop sets of questions that will help them view their organization's sustainability through a broader set of indicators.

Featured Speaker:    Lyn Corbett  a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer, is president of The Pivotal Group Consultants Inc., a California-based consulting firm providing organizational development and executive coaching services to nonprofit organizations and executives across the country. Lyn is also an adjunct professor for the School of Management at the University of San Francisco, where he teaches graduate courses in nonprofit administration on governance, leadership, and strategy. 

The WACA Board and National Office has made it possible for all Councils to take advantage and sign up for complimentary BoardSource membership. By doing so, all Council leaders, staff, and Board members will be able to register for this webinar, and enjoy an array of benefits that will help strengthen your Council's performance!

This BoardSource webinar will be held 
Wednesday, December 16, at 2:00-3:00 pm ET

If you have activated your BoardSource membership, simply
Spotlight on Turkey 
Now accepting applications for 2016: due December 18  

Spotlight on Turkey, sponsoredby the Turkish Cultural Foundation in collaboration with the World Affairs Councils of America runs a full calendar year and focuses on giving an overview of Turkey's rich culture. It consists of a spring Teacher Workshop, a Teacher Study Tour in the summer, and public cultural programs in the fall. More Information

Upcoming events this month: 

Academic WorldQuest 2015-2016 
Information for this year's Academic WorldQuest program is now available!

Click here for the Study Guide, information on the  Carlos and MalĂș Alvarez 2016 Academic WorldQuest National Competition, and more.

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Just Announced:  Council Leaders to Lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!
Dr. Jerry W. Leach , Former President, World Affairs Council of America,  Legends of the Nile February 23 - March 5, 2016.

Megan Torrey,  President, World Affairs Councils of Connecticut (Hartford), Cultural CubaMarch 13 - 21, 2016 .
Ambassador Heather Hodges , President & Ambassador-in-Residence, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Cuba Cruise: March 27 - April 5, 2016.
Mimi Gregory , V ice President and Program Chairman,  Naples Council on World Affairs, Cruising the Rivieras & Islands of France, Spain and ItalyOctober 5 - 13, 2016.
Dr. Clara Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs Councils of Northern California, Tanzania: October 29 - November 8, 2016 
Craig Snyder , President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Inside Oman, UAE and QatarNovember 2 - 16, 2016.
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