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January 2014


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Letter from the President
News from the National Office
Recommended Speakers
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Letter from the President
Dear Friends and Supporters,


Greetings from balmy Grand Rapids! I am here at the invitation of Dixie Anderson, WACA Vice Chair, to participate in the strategic planning offsite today for the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, which she leads.

This is a vital exercise for all Councils to undertake from time to time -- and very helpful to the National Office and Board, as WACA develops its own strategic plan this year.

The National Office is rolling out two initiatives. First, in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, is the Weekly World News Digest. Starting Wednesday, we will e-mail a collection the past week's top news articles, reports, and op-eds from various domestic and international sources. Some of you are familiar with WAC Pittsburgh's offering; we think the national network will benefit from the timely sharing of perspectives.


Also, Wednesday, January 8, we will kick off Cover to Cover - our new monthly author series - with cybersecurity expert Peter W. Singer (details below). February's Cover to Cover will feature Jordan's former foreign minister on his new book, The Second Arab Awakening.

Here's to a new year of opportunities!
Bill Clifford
President and CEO
News from the National Office
NEW! Introducing 
Cover to Cover
The World Affairs Councils of America's National Office is excited to kick off 2014 by announcing our newest program: Cover to Covera monthly conference call featuring the most influential authors on subjects of national and international importance. Over the next six months in particular, our aim is to convene authors on the Six Top Issues for 2014 that we addressed in our National Conference in November.  


This month, Cover to Cover presents Peter W. Singer, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Brookings Institution, and author of Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know on Wednesday, January 8 at 2:00 PM ET. The call with be moderated by Bill Clifford.
To register, please respond to this email or write Ian J. Byrne at to receive call-in information.


Cybersecurity and Cyberwar (Oxford University Press) will be released on January 3. The book is structured around answering the key questions we all face in the cyber age (how it all works, why it all matters, and what can we do?). Peter W. Singer is the director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. His research focuses on three core issues: current U.S. defense needs and future priorities; the future of war; and the future of the U.S. defense system. Full Bio

Upcoming speaking engagements include the World Affairs Council of Oregon (January 16) and the Naples Council on World Affairs (April 7). Peter W. Singer is keen to visit more Councils; please contact the WACA National Office if you would like to be introduced to his agent.

EU in the U.S. 2014
The Delegation of the European Union to the United States has awarded the World Affairs Councils of America a contract for a 2014 Engage America Series based on the proposals of member World Affairs Councils submitted in Fall 2013. Using Europe Day, May 9, as a focal point, this Engage America Series program will 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. Visit our website to see the list of participating councils and to learn more about the program.


Spotlight on Turkey 2014 

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce its eighth year of collaboration with the Turkish Cultural Foundation on the national Spotlight on Turkey program. The program runs a full calendar year and focuses on giving an overview of the history of Anatolia and Turkey with a special emphasis on Turkish culture to American educators and the general public.

With a Teachers Workshop in the spring, a Teachers Study Tour in the summer, and public cultural programs in the fall, the program emphasizes classroom learning and public education about Turkey and its contributions to the global community. Visit our website to learn more about the program and to see the participating councils.


Freedom and Power in the Digital Age

The World Affairs Councils of America has announced the eight selected Councils for its newest Engage America Speaker Series in partnership with Google. The program is two-fold: a Speaker Event featuring a Google expert speaking on Freedom and Power in the Digital Age and an Educators Seminar focusing on how teachers and students can best leverage the tools of the new digital age to further their educational missions. For more information and to see the Councils selected by Google, please visit our website.


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.


The 2013-2014 Study Guide has been released, as well as information and resources for councils and teachers. More Information


Local Academic WorldQuest competitions are under way. Upcoming local competitions include: 


January 18 -- Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council


January 18 -- World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts


World Affairs Councils in the News

World Affairs Council of Atlanta

Georgians Gather For Nelson Mandela Memorial -- Georgia Public Broadcasting 


World Affairs Council - Washington, DC

Diplomatic Life Distinguished in December -- Diplomatic Courier 


World Affairs Council of Charlotte

Disarmament expert brings nuclear optimism to Charlotte -- Charlotte Observer 


Brazilian Ambassador to the US speaks at Charlotte luncheon -- News 14 Carolina


World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

McKeesport Area hosts student summit -- Trib Total Live


World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

Understanding religion is central to understanding global conflicts -- The Dallas Morning News 

Recommended Speakers Database
Leadership NetworkThe World Affairs Councils of America offers a 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 95 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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