November 2, 2015
2015 WACA National Conference
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SIGN UP NOW!  2015 National Conference 
Leading America: Foreign Policy
Challenges and the 2016 Election
November 11-13, 2015
Washington, DC 

Confirmed Speakers include:   

New Keynote Speaker!
Former Director, CIA
Chancellor, The Institute of World Politics Chairman, Foundation for Defense of Democracies 

Ambassadors  Luncheon Keynote

Chairman, Goldman Sachs' International Advisors, Former President of the World Bank Group and U.S. Trade Representative

Keynote: Syria in Crisis

Founder and Director 
Organization for Democracy and Freedom in Syria 

Panel: New Map of the Middle East

Representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to the United States

Panel: New Map of the Middle East

Counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow,  The Washington Institute for Near East Policy 

Panel: New Map of the Middle East

Award-winning author and Adjunct Scholar, Middle East Institute  

WACA Announces the 2015 Embassy Receptions
Embassy of the Czech Republic

Kurdistan Regional Government Representation in the United States 

Embassy of Spain 

Conference Speakers' Books -- Pre-Order Today! 

"Strategic Intelligence: Conceptual Tools for Leading Change" by Dr. Michael Maccoby pre-order price: $25

"Doomed to Succeed: The U.S. - Israel Relationship From Truman to Obama" by Amb. Dennis Ross, pre-order price $22  

These books will be on sale at the conference. For your convenience, you may now pre-order them at a discounted price from our event website (registration section) and pick them up at the Conference. 

Staying at The Fairfax 

We have secured a special group rate at The Fairfax at Embassy Row.
  • Superior King: $249/night (Single/Double occupancy)
  • Superior Two Doubles: $269/night (Single/Double Occupancy)

The Fairfax at Embassy Row is conveniently located in the Dupont Circle area. 

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November Cover to Cover 
Our monthly  Cover to Cover  conference call  will feature award-winning journalist and former speechwriter for the  Department of State Rena Pederson   on  The Burma Spring: Aung San Suu Kyi and the Struggle for the Soul of a Nation. The call will take place on Thursday, November 5, at 2:00 PM ET.    

Historic general elections will take place in Myanmar (Burma) on November 8, 2015.  Rena Pederson ( Full Bio ) brings to light fresh details about the charismatic Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, the inspiration for the country's first steps towards democracy. Suu Kyi's party will be a major contender in the elections, a breakthrough after years of military dictatorship. Using exclusive interviews with Suu Kyi since her release from 15 years of house arrest, as well as recently disclosed diplomatic cables, Pederson uncovers new facets to Suu Kyi's extraordinary story. 
BoardSource Training Webinar 
Building a Collaborative Board Team 

This webinar 
will explore team building and the importance of determining a common purpose, developing trust, managing power and group dynamics, and fostering an innovative culture focused on leading together for better governance and ultimately the public good.

Featured Speaker:    David Styers  is  a senior governance consultant for BoardSource. He serves as the manager of program and business development at the Presidio Institute, where he presents leadership development programs and convenes events that equip and connect champions for change. He is a Certified Governance Trainer, Civic Change Leadership Trainer, and Youth Leadership Trainer. 

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 
Thursday, November 18, at 2:00-3:00 pm ET

If you have activated your BoardSource membership, simply
Spotlight on Turkey 
Spotlight on Turkey, sponsored by 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.

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors:


Ocampo Takes the Helm of WAC Pittsburgh 
The World Affairs Councils of America congratulates Angelica  Ocampo on her appointment as new President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. She will begin on November 16.   

Ocampo is currently the executive director of Worldfund, a New York nonprofit that provides training and other support to public school teachers in Mexico and Brazil. A native of Argentina, Ocampo has worked with organizations in Argentina, Colombia, and the United States. 

World Affairs Council Announces New President/CEO -- The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
World Affairs Councils in the News 
Minnesota International Center

Foreign Policy Association announces  DC premiere of America's Diplomats, a film produced by the FPA  View the trailer

The Columbus Council on World Affairs  

World Affairs Council of Atlanta

Alabama World Affairs Council 
Expert: U.S. Oil Squeezing OPEC, Saudis -- Montgomery Advertiser 

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head
Santa Fe Council on International Relations

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. Carla Thorson , Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs Council of Northern California,  Cuba December  6 - 14, 2015.

Dr. Jerry W. Leach,  former President, World Affairs Councils of America, Legends of the Nile: February 23 - March 5, 2016.
Jim Falk , President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Inside MoroccoMarch 4 - 17, 2016.
Ambassador Heather Hodges , President & Ambassador-in-Residence, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Lima & the AmazonApril 16 - 24, 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.
Craig Snyder , President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Inside Oman, UAE and QatarNovember 2 - 16, 2016.
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