October 2016
2016 WACA National Conference
Council of the Month
Academic WorldQuest
EU in the U.S.
The Iran Project
Future of Korea 2016
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America and Global Megatrends
November 16-18, 2016

UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS: The National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce that WACA will offer  free registration plus  25 scholarships of $1,000 each , to undergraduate students from the Council network, to cover travel and incidental expenses to attend our 2016 National Conference -  America and Global Megatrends  - November 16-18 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC.  For full details on student eligibility as well as the Council nomination and application process, and other requirements, please see the  scholarship announcement Nominations due: Friday, October 7.

New this year!
  CONFERENCE REGISTRATION REWARDS:  For every five paid registrations from an individual Council community, WACA will provide free admission to a sixth individual designated by the Council CEO. 

Check out our Conference Registration page  for agenda details and updates, and to book your hotel room at WACA's special group rates at  Capital Hilton.

Embassy Reception 

H.E. Gérard Araud
Ambassador of France to the Unites States


Program Manager, U.S. Operations
Institute for Economics and Peace

Moderator, Ambassadors Luncheon

Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, CFR

Keynote Speakers

Ambassadors Luncheon Keynote

U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Ambassadors Luncheon Keynote

David Abney 
Chairman and CEO of UPS

Opening Dinner Keynote

Senator George J. Mitchell 
Former Special Envoy to the Middle East
Author of the forthcoming A Path to Peace

Leadership Day Keynote

Ambassador Barbara Stephenson
President, American Foreign Service Assn.

Think Tank Off-site Visits 

Global Risks 2035

Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative

Director, Project on International Order and Strategy

Open to  35 members of the 1918 Society.

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Friday, Nov. 18, at 2:00 - 5:00 PM
The above program is not finalized; more speakers and details will be added on a weekly basis.

The WACA 2016 National Conference is sponsored by:
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Council of the Month: Foreign Policy Association

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The WACA National Office this month recognizes the Foreign Policy Association for programming excellence - especially its World Leadership Forum  - and for ongoing sponsorship of the Great Decisions keynote at the WACA National Conference.

The FPA has held the World Leadership Forum annually for the past 16 years.  During this time, the forum has become one of the most prominent platforms for sharing ideas and opinions on global affairs. The list of attendees, participants, and lecturers include distinguished guests from the corporate, political, and social realms.

This year, panel discussion topics ranged from international economic issues and trade, international organizations, the environment,  the impending U.S. presidential elections, and more. Secretary-General of the UN, H.E. Ban Ki-moon , delivered a keynote address on the importance of the United Nation's humanitarian, peacekeeping, and environmental missions in the face of a world with decreasingly significant borders. Panelists include: Anders Fogh Rasmussen , former Secretary General of NATO and Prime Minister to Denmark; Joseph Stiglitz, Professor at   Colombia University; Lord Mervyn King , Former Governor,  Bank of England; and others .

Councils and friends, be sure to submit your nominee for Council of the Month to Lian Esehaki at
Academic WorldQuest 2016-2017

Information for the 2016-2017 Academic WorldQuest program is now available!

This year's AWQ Study Guide, is now available, along with complete information about the Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2017 Academic WorldQuest  National Competition.

Councils: Register your local AWQ high school competition by submitting this Pledge Form to WACA  by October 12

The Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2017 Academic WorldQuest National Competition will be held on Saturday, April 29, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

This year's National Competition will feature a welcome reception at the  United States Institute of Peace, on  Friday, April 28. For Topics, Study Guide, and other information click  here

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors: 
EU in the U.S. Program Series

EU in the U.S. 2016 is a grant-funded program administered by WACA in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. Its goal is to raise awareness, knowledge, and understanding about EU policies, the EU's role as an international actor, and the value of the EU-U.S. relationship.

Upcoming events:
The Iran Project Program Series

In partnership with The Iran Project, we are pleased to continue the WACA Engage America Series on The Iran Nuclear Deal: Prospects for Cooperation, Competition and Confrontation. The program's objective is to deepen the understanding of implications of the U.S. policy towards Iran, the nuclear deal, and the Middle East. It is important to stimulate debate and air differences over U.S. dealings with Iran in Councils' nonpartisan forums. The centerpiece of the program is expert presentations and audience Q&A. 

This program is generously supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Upcoming events:
October 25-26: World Affairs Council of W. Michigan 
Future of Korea 2016 Program Series

The World Affairs Councils of America is sponsoring an Engage America Speaker Series on the  Future of Korea in collaboration with the Korea Economic Institute. The program is focused on broadening and deepening the understanding of Korea and the U.S.-Korea relationship among opinion leaders and academics. The centerpiece of the program is a three-person panel discussion, usually consisting of one representative each from the U.S. Department of State, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, and KEI. 

Upcoming event:
World Affairs Councils in the News

Foreign Policy Association
World Affairs Council of Western Michigan

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina

World Affairs Council of Austin

World Affairs Council of Atlanta

Northern Nevada International Center
Travel the World from WAC Philadelphia

Just Announced:  Council Leaders to Lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!
Kay Maxwell , Executive Director, World Affairs Forum, Stamford Journey through VietnamOctober 3 - 18, 2016.
Mimi Gregory, Vice President and Program Chairman, Naples Council on World Affairs, Cruising the Rivieras & Islands of France, Spain and Italy October 5 - 13, 2016.
Ambassador Sharon Wilkinson, former Board President, World Affairs Council of Arizona, Island Life in Cuba: October 23 - 31, 2016.
Dr. Carla 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.
Contact  www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004 x209 or x217.

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