March , 2016
Leadership Mission to Israel
2016 Spring Leadership Meeting
WACA's Newest Council Member
Cover to Cover
Spotlight on Turkey 2016
EU in the U.S.
Global Minnesota - New Name, Same Mission
WAC Oregon New Leadership
Job Announcement
Academic WorldQuest
2016 WACA National Conference
World Affairs Councils Highlights
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WACA Hosts President Poroshenko - March 30 

Dear Colleagues and Friends: 

On behalf of the WACA National Board of Directors, we invite you to attend a special event at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, March 30.

It is a privilege and an honor that the World Affairs Councils of America has been selected to host an address by His Excellency Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine
The WACA program will be held in the Congressional Auditorium and features: a general reception at 5:30 PM; President Poroshenko's address and Q&A moderated by WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford at 7:00-8:00 PM; and a VIP reception for 1918 Society members at 8:00 PM.

Preceding the program is a public forum, "Ukraine's Ongoing Battle for Freedom," organized by the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation and WACA. The forum starts at 1:30 PM, also in the Congressional Auditorium, at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.

Our program co-hosts are:  U.S.-Ukraine Business Council;  United States Institute of Peace; Ukrainian Congress Committee of America; Winner Group USA/Ukraine and Mr. John Hynansky; U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, and the Congressional Ukraine Caucus. We are grateful for the support of our partners and for the cooperation of The Embassy of Ukraine. 

We look forward to seeing you in the nations capital for this special opportunity!
Amb. Roman Popadiuk

Bill Clifford
President and CEO
2016 Spring Leadership Meeting 
Houston, Texas 

Thursday, March 17, and Friday, March 18

The World Affairs Councils of America is delighted to invite Member Council executives, staff, and board members to the 2016 
Spring Leadership Meeting . As those of you who have attended past meetings in Atlanta, San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Denver know, the program provides a unique, concentrated opportunity to network with fellow Council leaders and discuss best practices, covered in a variety of workshops.

The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston will host this year's meeting, starting with a Welcome Reception on Thursday evening, March 17, at the home of Dr. Stephen Kramer, CEO of Fabre-Kramer Pharmaceuticals and a Houston Council board member. A guest speaker on the global oil market will be announced soon.

AGENDA includes:
Training and Developing Staff and Volunteers  -- 
Lise Falskow, C EO, Alaska World Affairs Council
Toolkit for New Council Leaders -- 
Craig Snyder, CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
WACA Grants and Multi-Council Programs --  WACA Staff & Mortada Mohamed , CEO, World Affairs Council of Austin 
Marketing and Growing the National Conference -- 
Jim Falk, CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth  

June Leadership Mission to Israel 

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce that the America-Israel Friendship League will host a WACA Leadership Mission to Israel during June 2-10, 2016

The Leadership Mission will be comprised of an AIFL escort, WACA President Bill Clifford, and  up to 14 delegates from the Council network. 

This unique trip to Israel will focus on a variety of contemporary issues, including Middle East regional affairs, Israeli politics and diplomacy, counter-terrorism, immigration and refugees, innovation and entrepreneurship (alternative energy, IT, health care), and religious diversity. Full details 

The deadline to apply is April 8, 2016. 
WAC Upstate - Our Newest Member Council 

On behalf of the WACA Board of Directors and the national Council network, we are thrilled to welcome   World Affairs Council Upstate of  South Carolina  as our  newest member organization. 

Join us in congratulating Executive Director Tracie Frese and her team on this milestone! (Some of you may have met Tracie at WACA's 2015 National Conference in DC.) 

Established in 1997, Upstate International strives to empower people and businesses of all nations to thrive in the Upstate by connecting them through programs, events, and initiatives that foster the dynamic exchange of international cultures and ideas. Upstate International is joining the World Affairs Councils of America network to further expand its outreach to individuals and communities, and to engage globally-minded South Carolinians directly with each other and with elected officials, civic leaders, and professionals from around the world. 
Cover to Cover Author Series 

Cover to Cover  in March will present New York Times bestselling author Clyde Prestowitz   on his new book Japan Restored: How Japan Can Reinvent Itself and Why This Is Important for America and the World, on  Tuesday, March 15, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET

Prestowitz is founder and President of the Economic Strategy Institute. He has played key roles in achieving congressional passage of NAFTA and in shaping the final content of the Uruguay Round, as well as providing the intellectual basis for current U.S. trade policies toward Japan, China, and Korea. He is the author of many books including  Trading Places (1988) which  revolutionized the thinking about Japan's economic miracle and its relationship with the United States.

COUNCIL LEADERS: Please share this opportunity with your members and supporters as a free benefit!
Spotlight on Turkey 2016

The  2016 Spotlight on Turkey program , conducted in partnership with the  Turkish Cultural Foundation , was launched this month with the selection of 10 World Affairs Councils. 

With a Teachers Workshop in the spring, a Teachers Study Tour in the summer, and public cultural programs in the fall, Spotlight on Turkey emphasizes classroom learning and public education about Turkey and its contributions to the global community.  More Information

Upcoming teacher workshops: 

March 19: World Affairs Council of Washington, DC
EU in the U.S. Program Series   

EU in the U.S. 2016 is administered by WACA in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States 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: 

Global Minnesota: New Name, Same Mission  

Minnesota International Center ha announced that from March 1 its new name is Global Minnesota. President Carol Engebretson Byrne, her board and staff, and members and supporters recently  celebrated the organization's 60th anniversary. The new name better represents the programs, events, and connections Global Minnesota creates, as well as communities, organizations, and individuals who share in its work

Global Minnesota is committed to highlighting the world's most pressing issues that demand the global audience's attention, and providing the same high-quality and meaningful programs that connect and engage Minnesotans with the world.
WAC Oregon Names New President 

Derrick Olsen Takes the Helm in Portland

The World Affairs Council of Oregon is pleased to announce the appointment of Derrick Olsen as its new president. He succeeds Maria Wulff, who is retiring after 20 years of service to the Council. Read the press release 

Olsen was born and raised in Oregon, and  has extensive international experience. After having served 13 years as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department o f State in Latin America, Asia and Washington, DC, he managed international trade and investment issues at Business Oregon (the Oregon Business Development Department). Olse n is leaving his current post of Vice President for  Regional Strategy at Greater  Portland Inc and describes his appointment with WAC Oregon  as "a dream come true."
Job Announcement: Executive Director 

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations  is seeking an experienced, mission-driven, and innovative, Executive Director to secure major gifts and grants and expand relationships with donors, volunteers, and community leaders, increasing the Council's ability to engage the community in world affairs.  This is a salaried, full-time position based in New Mexico's capital, Santa Fe.

Applicants should submit a resume/CV, along with a cover letter expressing their vision for CIR and stating their salary requirement, to Correspondence sent to this secure account is accessible only by the CIR search committee. Full job details here.  

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REGISTER Teams for Academic WorldQuest 2016

The Carlos and MalĂș Alvarez 2016 Academic WorldQuest National Competition will be held in Washington, DC on April 22-23

Register Your AWQ Team Now! Local champion teams of Academic WorldQuest competitions hosted by World Affairs Councils around the country  must complete this Registration Form by March 15, 2016 in order to participate in the April 22-23 National Competition.

WACA is delighted to announce that its AWQ opening Reception will be hosted by the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center , on Friday, April 22, at 5:30 to 6:45 PM.    

Hotel Reservations:  
To utilize our special hotel rates, book your room now at the Washington Hilton hotel! For reservations click here.

Competition Location: This year's competition will take place at  The National Press Club

For the 2015-2016 AWQ Study Guide,  click here

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors:


2016 WACA National Conference  
Save the Date! 

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce that its 2016 National Conference will take place on November 16-18, at The Capital Hilton

This distinguished hotel is  located in the heart of Washington, DC - just two blocks from the White House. Convenient to three Metro stations and Ronald Reagan National Airport, the hotel is within walking distance of museums and memorials, theaters and art galleries, shopping, dining, nightlife, and more. 

Stay tuned for further announcements on National Conference speakers, hotel reservation, and other program details. 
World Affairs Councils in the News

World Affairs Council of San Antonio 

North American Borderplex Council

Tennessee World Affairs Council 

Montana World Affairs Council

World Affairs Council of W. North Carolina 

San Diego World Affairs Council 
Community Connections in North County  -- The San Diego Union Tribune

Los Angeles World Affairs Council 
Travel the World from WAC Philadelphia
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 AffairsCruising the Rivieras & Islands of France, Spain and ItalyOctober 5 - 13, 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.
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