January 4, 2015
President's Letter
2016 WACA National Conference
Cover to Cover
Council Highlights
Academic WorldQuest
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President's Letter  
Dear Council Leaders, Friends, and Supporters:
Happy New Year! We hope that you and your families enjoyed festive and relaxing holidays.
The National Office made at least one major New Year's resolution - in November. Following the success of our 2015 WACA National Conference that month - which several of you said was the best ever (visit our YouTube page)! - we resolved to announce the dates of our 2016  Conference in record time.
Having put out requests for proposals to several DC hotels, we negotiated a two-year deal with The Capital Hilton. Save the dates! A week after Election Day, WACA will host a most compelling National Conference on November 16-18, 2016. (You can also mark your calendar for November 8-10, 2017).
We hope that Councils will resolve to schedule your fall programs around the WACA Conference, and encourage as many of your members as possible to attend and find out what's in store for U.S. foreign policy in the next administration.
Other good news: more Councils than ever - 48 - have organized local Academic WorldQuest competitions. We will soon share details about the exciting Carlos and MalĂș Alvarez 2016 Academic WorldQuest National Competition on April 22-23. We look forward to welcoming all those local AWQ champion high school teams to DC!
The World Affairs Councils of America starts 2016 in healthy shape, thanks to the leadership and energy of our dedicated WACA National Board. Please continue to share your ideas on how we can make our influential Council network even stronger.
Good luck with your programs - and be sure to take advantage of ours (see Cover to Cover on Jan. 11 below!)
Here's to a new year of rewarding opportunities!
Bill Clifford
President and CEO
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. 
Cover to Cover  

January's Cover to Cover  will feature Thomas W. Lippman on his new book  Hero of the Crossing: How Anwar Sadat and the 1973 War Changed the World. Join us on Monday,  January 11, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

Tom Lippman was a featured speaker at WACA's 2015 National  Conference. He is an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute, specializing in Saudi Arabian affairs, U.S.-Saudi relations, and relations between the West and Islam. He is a former Middle East bureau chief for The Washington Post , who knew Anwar Sadat personally, and he's the author of numerous articles and books. 

February's Cover to Cover will feature innovation expert Alec Ross on his new book The Industries of the Future on Thursday, February 11, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.  Ross served for four years as Senior Adviser for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and serves as an adviser to investors, corporations, and government leaders. 

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 Date/Time  TBD

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 these opportunities with your members and supporters as a free benefit!
Council Highlights This Week
Monday, January 4

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts "Fall Discussion Series TV Broadcast" Details 

Tuesday, January 5

The World Affairs Council of Palm Beach hosts "Has the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process a Future?" Details 

The World Affairs Council of Maine hosts "Innovations on a Tradition: Henna Art and Women's Empowerment in Zanzibar" Details 

The World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "International Forum Connect" Details 

The Minnesota International Center hosts "News from Nigeria with U.S. Foreign Service Officer Lawrence Foster" Details 

Wednesday, January 6

The World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts "The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin" Details 

The Global Cincinnati World Affairs Council hosts "Refugees and the Responsibility to Welcome: Yours, Mine, and Ours" Details 

Thursday, January 7

The World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts "2016 Economic Forecast" Details 

The San Diego World Affairs Council hosts "Advances in Nuclear Power Technology" Details 

Friday, January 8

The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts "Frances G. Burwell: Europe and Its Refugee Crisis" Details 

The World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts "Tunisia and the Arab Springs" Details 

The World Affairs Council of Seattle, Washington hosts "National Security Challenges in a New Administration" Details 
Academic WorldQuest 2015-2016 

The Carlos and MalĂș Alvarez 2016 Academic WorldQuest National Competition will be held in Washington, DC on April 22-23 Stay tuned for hotel and venue information, which we will announce very soon.  For the 2015-2016 AWQ Study Guide, click here

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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. Clara 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.
Contact  www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004 x209 or x217.

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