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August 2013


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Our Sponsors


Aviation Leasing


Barclays Capital


 1918 Society Members


Carnegie Corporation of New York






The Claremont Group


Duke Energy




The Gambrinus Company


German Marshall Fund of the U.S.


Goldman Sachs


Heydar Aliyev Foundation


Hutchins Family Foundation




Johnson + Sterling


Merrill Lynch -

Mr. Michael Phillip




Northrop Grumman




Steelcase, Inc.


Tomassian, Throckmorton & Inouye LLP


Thomson Reuters


Turkish Cultural Foundation


Weber Shandwick


News from the National Office


The World Affairs Councils of America will host its 2013 National Conference, Six Top Issues for 2014November 13-15, 2013 at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel

The confirmed line-up of speakers for the National Conference has  been announced and can be seen here

Take Advantage of Special Early-Bird Rate for Members
$455 World Affairs Council Member ($495 after September 1)
$545 Non-Member 
$430 World Affairs Council CEO/Staff/Board Member


Held annually for over two decades, the World Affairs Councils of America's National Conference engages our regional leaders and members drawn from the business, civic, and education communities with leading policy-makers and experts. The National Conference launches the National Network's year-long discussion of the Six Top Issues for 2014 selected by our network leadership across the country and helps plan our programming for the coming year. 


The Six Top Issues selected by the National Network's leadership as the most important national security issues for the coming year are: 

  • Cybersecurity
  • U.S. Energy Independence
  • Global Economic Realignment
  • Middle East
  • Global Environment Issues
  • K-12 Education 

For more information on the WACA Annual National Conference, click here.


Please join us! Conference registration and hotel reservations are now open. 


Register for 2013 National Conference


Reserve Hotel Room at The Liaison


Staying at The Liaison 

We have secured a special group rate at The Liaison Capitol Hill of $225/night. 


To book rooms at this rate, click here or call 1-866-233-4642 and reference "National Conference - World Affairs."


The Liaison is the closest hotel to the U.S. Capitol. The Smithsonian, the National Mall, Union Station, and dozens of the country's most visited museums and monuments are within walking distance.


Tentative Agenda

Wednesday, November 13

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Fall Leadership Meeting for Council CEOs and Staff/Annual Membership Meeting

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM: Opening Dinner  


Thursday, November 14

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Main Plenaries

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM: Embassy Receptions


Friday, November 15

7:30 AM - 8:45 AM: 1918 Society Breakfast

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Main Plenaries

Conference concludes at 3:00 PM 


Thank You to Our 2013 National Conference Sponsors




1918 Society Hot Topics Conference CallHot Topics and 1918

The World Affairs Councils of America will host General Michael V. Hayden, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency & the National Security Agency (full bio below), for an exclusive, off the record 1918 Society Hot Topics Conference Call on Understanding Data Surveillance, PRISM and NSA on Wednesday, August 7 at 3:00 PM EDT. The call will be moderated by Dr. Lori E. Murray, Distinguished Chair for National Security at the U.S. Naval Academy and President Emeritus of WACA. 
1918 Society members, please RSVP to Althea Georgantas at to receive call-in information.
As Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2006 - 2009), General Michael V. Hayden was responsible for overseeing the collection of information concerning the plans, intentions and capabilities of America's adversaries; producing timely analysis for decision makers; and conducting covert operations to thwart terrorists and other enemies of the US.

Before becoming Director of the CIA, General Hayden served as the country's first Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence and was the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the armed forces. Earlier, he served as Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency, Director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center, Director of the National Security Agency and Chief of the Central Security Service.

General Hayden graduated from Duquesne University with a bachelor's degree in history in 1967 and a master's degree in modern American history in 1969. He also did postgraduate work at the Defense Intelligence School conducted by the Defense Intelligence Agency. He is currently a Principal at the Chertoff Group and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Mason University. 

Join the 1918 Society 

1918 Society

Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to support the World Affairs Councils of America's mission to educate and engage Americans on global issues by joining the 1918 Society. Benefits include:

  • Special recognition as an individual sponsor of the World Affairs Councils of America on our website and in all materials, which are distributed to our vast national network throughout the year.
  • Access to exclusive, off-the-record 1918 Society Hot Topics Conference Calls where members are given first-hand access to distinguished policymakers, journalists, and experts on today's pressing news items.
  • An invitation for two to join the 1918 Society Breakfast at the World Affairs Councils of America's National Conference.
  • National Conference benefits include access to the hospitality "green room" suite and the opportunity to meet guest speakers and other leaders attending the conference, and priority seating at lunches and the opening banquet dinner.
  • Eligibility to apply for Leadership Missions, which overseas visits by delegation made up of civic and business leaders from around the national network to learn about a host country.
Please contact Ian J. Byrne at or at 202-833-4557 if you have any questions or are interested in joining the 1918 Society. 

National Conference Scholarships Available

The National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America is proud to announce that we will be offering 25 scholarships for college students from our national network to attend the 2013 National Conference, U.S. National Security: Six Top Issues in 2014, November 13-15, 2013 in Washington, DC at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel. For more information on how to apply, click here


Councils, a flyer is available for your use to promote the National Conference to your members, which Ian J. Byrne has sent out. If you did not receive it, please send an email to  

Save the Date: Academic WorldQuest 2014

The 2014 Academic WorldQuest National Competition will take place Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, DC. Read about the 2013 Academic WorldQuest National Competition here.


CONTEXT: Mixed Set of Expectations for Iran's New President

When Hassan Rouhani takes office as Iran's newly elected president on August 3, the expectations of those who elected him and expect him to pursue a moderate course will be high. And while no one doubts that President Rouhani's tone will be much different than that of his predecessor, many remain skeptical about the prospects for real change. We spoke with a leading Iran expert and asked him to provide context on expectations for the new president. Click here to watch.


WACA-U.S. Department of State Partnership 

The World Affairs Councils of America is partnering with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to provide exciting opportunities for World Affairs Councils members and their families to promote relationships between the United States and other countries of the world. Enrich your family and community by joining our "C2C" - Culture2Culture, Country2Country and Community2Comunity initiative. Volunteer to host an international exchange student starting this fall.


Many people ask what they can do to make things better for themselves, their children, their communities, and the world. By sharing your home and heart with an international high school exchange student, you will make a difference. What begins as an exchange of kindness, customs and culture within a family extends throughout a high school and community to touch thousands of lives. The Department of State needs host families from all over the U.S. - from large cities to small towns. If you or someone you know would be interested in hosting a student, please visit for more information and to fill out a short form so that a local representative can contact you.


Not My Life Programs Underway

Our newest national program series focusing on human trafficking and modern-day slavery is underway. The program features screenings of the documentary film Not My Life by Robert Bilheimer and Worldwide Documentaries at over 35 World Affairs Councils. The program is made possible by a generous grant from Carlson & The Carlson Family FoundationClick here to see the participating councils. This month's events include:


August 20 -- Minnesota International Center


World Affairs Councils in the News

World Affairs Councils of America

Laurel High School teacher uncovers Turkey's wonders for students -- The Washington Post


Minnesota International Center

Dehumanizing human trafficking on, off screen -- Minneapolis Star Tribune


Native women easy prey for traffickers -- Minneapolis Star Tribune 


World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts

World leaders visiting United States -- WWLP 22 News 


South Dakota World Affairs Council

New directors join SD World Affairs Council -- Prairie Business 


Peoria Area World Affairs Council

Expert shares insights on Egypt -- Peoria Journal Star 


World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana

Iraqi students learn about entrepreneurship at Velocity in Jeffersonville -- The Courier-Journal


DC Recap in Virtual Library

virtual libraryEach Monday, the World Affairs Councils of America posts a selection of events from the past week, with an emphasis on the Six Top Issues, in the WACA Virtual Library to get you caught up on what's going on in Washington, DC. The Six Top Issues for 2013 are U.S. Education--Competing Globally, U.S. Energy Policy, U.S. Economic Competitiveness, China, the Middle East and Afghanistan/Pakistan. This week's selection features:


National Security
American Enterprise Institute: Squaring the circle: General Raymond T. Odierno on American military strategy in a time of declining resources -- 7/29/13 

Wilson Center: Congress & the President at War: Checks or Imbalance? -- 7/30/13 

U.S. Economy
Center for American Progress: Is It Time to Hit the Reset Button on the Fiscal Debate? -- 7/29/13 

Center for American Progress: Chairman Fred Hochberg on American Competitiveness -- 7/30/13 

Middle East
U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs Where Is Turkey Headed? Gezi Park, Taksim Square, and the Future of the Turkish Model -- 7/31/13 


Visit the WACA Virtual Library

Updated Recommended Speakers Database
Leadership NetworkThe World Affairs Councils of America has completed its most recent update of the Recommended Speakers Database on the WACA Leadership Network

Please log into the WACA Leadership Network and take advantage of this great resource. 

What's Happening in the Network 

There are over 50 World Affairs Council events across the country scheduled in August. 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

Be Part of the WACA Newsletter!

If you would like to highlight an upcoming program, email Ian J. Byrne at with the relevant information (a description of 200 words or less). Of course, if there is anything else we can do to help promote your programs within the network, please let us know.

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