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 April 2014

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Letter from the President
Dear Friends and Supporters,


This month, I plan to attend every one of the 170+ World Affairs Council events on tap. (April Fools!)

Wish I could because it's an impressive calendar, showcasing the depth and breadth of our national network: from WAC Jacksonville's timely post-election talk on Afghanistan to WorldDenver's luncheon with former Defense Secretary Bob Gates and from WAC Las Vegas's kicking off our national European Union program to the Alaska World Affairs Council's inaugural Alaska World Music Festival!

Here in DC, we will welcome more than 200 high school students and teachers, representing 44 Councils, to our 12th Annual Academic WorldQuest National Competition. The Ambassador of Singapore will host these clever AWQ competitors for an embassy reception on Friday, April 25. The competition will take place the next day. Thanks to Council AWQ organizers and good luck to all!


For the 1918 Society, we present a conference call on April 16 with Susan Glasser, Editor of POLITICO Magazine. 1918 Society members: as an additional benefit, you may to invite up to three guests for the call (see RSVP instructions below).


And to learn about how to inspire young people to become global leaders, you don't even have to get out of your chair: tomorrow, at 12:00 ET, the Columbus Council on World Affairs presents its signature luncheon via livestream.
All the best,
Bill Clifford
President and CEO
News from the National Office
Academic WorldQuest National Competition

The 2014 Academic WorldQuest National Competition will take place Saturday, April 26 at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, DC. Read about last year's Academic WorldQuest National Competition here.


The Embassy of Singapore and Ambassador Ashok Kumar Mipuri have agreed to host a reception for students and chaperones on the evening of Friday, April 25. More details to follow shortly. 

Registration forms were due Wednesday, March 26. Teams who have won their local competition must submit these forms:


1. Team Form - One per team
2. Release of Liability Form - One per participating student


The 2013-2014 Study Guide is available here. More information and resources for councils and teachers can be found on our website.


Local Academic WorldQuest competitions are finishing up. Take a look at the local competition schedule and winners on our website.


The World Affairs Councils of America's Bill Clifford will host this month's 1918 Society Conference Call with Susan Glasser on Wednesday, April 16, at 2:00 PM ET.

Susan Glasser is editor of POLITICO Magazine. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy for several years, during which the magazine won several awards. Glasser was a foreign correspondent, editor, and political reporter for The Washington Post. She spent four years as co-chief of the Post's Moscow Bureau with her husband Peter Baker, now White House Correspondent for The New York Times.  Full Bio


1918 Society members: As an additional benefit, you are welcome to invite up to three guests to join the call. RSVP to for dial-in information. 


Columbus Council: Livestream Tomorrow

The Columbus Council on World Affairs will livestream its Signature Luncheon, "Creating Global Leaders: Empowering Youth to Change the World," featuring Marc Kielburger, Activist, Humanitarian, and Social Entrepreneur, on Wednesday, April 2, at 12:00 PM ET. Mr. Kielburger is the co-founder of Free The Children, an international charity and educational partner that empowers youth to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. Details


Register here to receive a reminder e-mail containing the livestream link prior to the webcast. 


Alaska World Music Festival

The Alaska World Affairs Council presents the Alaska World Music Festival in Anchorage, April 4-6. The three-day festival includes lectures, exhibitions, workshops, a local talent show, and, of course, music from around the world. Visit Alaska WAC's website for more information. 


2014 European Union Outreach

This month, we kick off our newest program with the European Union Delegation to the U.S. With Europe Day (May 9) as a focal point, the program is designed 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. Activities will highlight the impact of local and regional economic, social, and cultural connections to Europe. More Information


Events this month include:


April 28 -- World Affairs Council of Las Vegas 


Future of Korea 2014

We continue our collaboration with the Korean Economic Institute on the Future of Korea. This program features expert panels consisting of one representative each from the U.S. Department of State, the Korean Embassy, KEI, or other relevant institutions. The panelists typically offer a general overview presentation, followed by a Q&A period. The speakers address political, security, economic, and financial issues pertaining to the Korean Peninsula and U.S.-Korea relations. More Information


Events this month include:


April 15 -- Alabama World Affairs Council

Understanding Muslim Societies
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The World Affairs Councils of America, with the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York, continues its very successful Engage America Series Understanding Muslim Societies. The program will be held throughout 2014 and focuses on countries in the Middle East, as well as Afghanistan/Pakistan, and those relevant rising economic powers that are competing globally with the United States, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore.


Events this month include:



April 29 -- Institute of World Affairs (Milwaukee, WI)


April 30 -- WorldBoston


World Affairs Councils in the News


World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Google executive visits Pittsburgh, discusses Internet freedom, power and digital literacy -- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


International presentation at Shaler Area helps students expand horizons -- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


World Affairs Council of Oregon

Hillary Clinton's Portland pit stop -- The Oregonian


Montana World Affairs Council

Global problem of human trafficking present in Montana, experts say -- The Missoulian 


Peoria World Affairs Council

Expert on Ukraine: Why America Should Care -- CI-PROUD News 31


Cybersecurity conference examines dangers of the digital world -- Journal Star  


World Affairs Council of Atlanta

European Ambassadors: U.S. Gas Exports Would Undercut Russia's Influence in Ukraine -- Global Atlanta


World Affairs Council of Philadelphia

Panel Debates Affordable Care Act In Philadelphia -- CBS-3 Philadelphia


World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana

Women in politics event to feature local and international panelist -- WAVE-3 News


World Affairs Council of New Orleans

Honorary consul to Finland special guest at Metairie library -- The Times-Picayune


World Affairs Council of Northwest Ohio

English teachers from around the world gather at University -- The BG News


World Affairs Forum (Stamford, CT) 

World Affairs Forum focuses on global issues -- Greenwich Time

Recommended Speakers Database
Leadership NetworkThe World Affairs Councils of America offers a Recommended Speakers Database on the WACA Leadership Network

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What's Happening in the Network 

There are over 170 World Affairs Council events scheduled this month across the country. Visit News from the National Network on our homepage for updates from around the network that include programs you can attend, participate in virtually, get ideas about speakers or model format. Also be sure to check out travel programs offered by World Affairs Councils on our homepage. We encourage you to follow-up with the sponsoring council for more information. If we missed something or if you have a program that you would like highlighted on our website or in the WACA Weekly, please contact Ian J. Byrne at

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