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WACA 2017 National Conference

The Future of American Leadership

November 15-17
Washington, DC

The WACA National Office is excited to announce the launch of our 2017 Conference website!

We invite you to visit to view the developing agenda and purchase your tickets. Be sure to take advantage of individual Early-Bird discounts, good through Sept. 8!

WACA is pleased to offer a Special July Promotion: Councils that purchase  a Table of Eight  will receive these benefits:
  • One additional ticket free
  • Premium table location
  • Complimentary 1918 Society Membership (one year) 
We encourage Councils to promote the Conference locally and on social media, as we are sure that your respective networks will be very interested in the in-depth discussions about the opportunities and challenges facing the U.S. one year into the Trump Administration. The national office would be happy to assist with your publicity.

Special thanks to the WACA team: for building the Conference website internally this year, Program Assistant Lauren Blommel designed the site, Communications Officer Chelsea Beaulieu integrated the e-commerce architecture, and our interns Elizabeth Power and Natalie Volk provided support.


Rosa Brooks  is Professor of Law and Associate Dean at Georgetown Law. Her latest book is entitled, How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything (2016).  She is a columnist for Foreign Policy and a senior fellow with the New America/Arizona State University Future of War Project.  ( Full bio )

Eliot A. Cohen is Robert E. Osgood professor at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Cohen is the author of several books, including The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force (2017). He is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a contributing editor at The Atlantic.  ( Full bio )

Book your room at our special group rate now!

The  WACA 2017 National Conference will be held  November 15-17 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC.

Staying at the Capital Hilton
We have secured a special group rate:
  • 1 Queen/King bed Deluxe Room: $279/night          (Single/Double Occupancy) plus tax

This distinguished hotel is located 
in  the heart of our nation's capital -  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, memorials,  shopping,  dining, nightlife, and more.

Further announcements on Conference speakers and other program details will be made in the coming weeks.

The World Affairs Councils of America 

1200 18th St., NW, Suite 902, Washington, DC 20036

Phone (202) 833-4557  Fax (202) 833-4555

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