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January 2013


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What's Happening in the Network
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A Note from the President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,


As we start 2013, I hope each of you is excited about your council's programs and the impact you are making in your community. 

I am still receiving positive comments on the 2012 National Conference, which I appreciate. I also welcome your ideas and suggestions. Believe it or not, we are already starting to plan the 2013 National Conference. Soon we will ask you to complete the annual survey on the Six Top Issues, which will drive much of what we do at the conference later this year and programmatically the following year. As always, your input in invaluable as we develop and implement plans at the national level.


Before the National Conference arrives, however, we have the 2013 Academic WorldQuest National Competition, set for April 25-27 at Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center. Soon we will ask you to complete a registration form for the team you will send to the national level. We have some exciting plans underway, and will work hard to make it an educational experience to remember for all teams. 


Last, we are excited to announce a new national program focused on the critical global issue of human trafficking. The program, funded by a grant from the Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation, will center around the documentary film Not My Life. We will announce the call for proposals in the coming days, so please keep an eye out.


In the meantime, Happy New Year and best wishes for a prosperous and successful 2013!


With best wishes,


S. Todd Culpepper
President & CEO
World Affairs Councils of America

News from the National Office
Not My Life: U.S. Awareness Campaign
The World Affairs Councils of America is excited to announce it has received a grant from the Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation to premiere the film Not My Life throughout the national network. The film deals with the prevalence of human trafficking and how slavery is still very much alive throughout the world. Stay tuned for more details and a call for applications.


1918 Society Hot Topics Call on Iran

The World Affairs Councils of America will host a 1918 Society Hot Topics Conference Call early next week with Ambassador William H. Luers and Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering on the upcoming negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran regarding its nuclear program. 1918 Society members will receive an email in the following days with further details. If you are interested in joining the 1918 Society, please contact Ian J. Byrne at or visit the 1918 Society page on our website


From the Cuban Missile Crisis to Iran

The World Affairs Councils of America is excited for the upcoming events for the Engage America Speaker Series entitled, From the Cuban Missile Crisis to Iran: Confronting the Nuclear Threat. The program is made possible by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. More Information

January 8 -- World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads hosts Tim Naftali of the New America Foundation

February 21 -- World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts the Ploughshares Fund President Joe Cirincione


How Much for Defense?

The World Affairs Councils of America has a  partnership with the Center for International Policy for an Engage America Speaker Series focused on U.S. defense spending titled, How Much for Defense? National Security and Foreign Policy on a Budget. More Information 


This months events include:


January 23 -- Larry Korb speaks to the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan


January 28 -- Bill Hartung speaks to the Dayton Council on World Affairs


January 29 -- Larry Korb speaks to the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire 


Academic WorldQuest 2012-2013, Group Rate for Hotel

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Local competitions are underway across the country. We are looking forward to hosting the local competition winners in April! Recent and upcoming local competitions include:


December 13 -- World Affairs Council of the Desert

Winner: Desert Christian Academy


January 19 -- Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council


January 29 -- World Affairs Council of Greater Reading


The Study Guide  for the 2012-2013 Academic WorldQuest Competition is available here. The National Competition will take place Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Georgetown University
Group Rate at Georgetown University Hotel 
We have secured a group rate of $139 per night at the competition venue, the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center, for the nights of April 25-27. To book a room at this rate, click here or call 1-888-902-1606 or 202-687-3200 and reference "Academic WorldQuest."


2012-2013 Categories 

  • US Economic Competitiveness 
  • US Education:Competing Globally
  • US Energy Policy
  • Middle East 
  • Afghanistan/Pakistan
  • China
  • UN Millennium Goals: Environmental Sustainability
  • Geography
  • Current Events
  • Cuban Missile Crisis: 50th Anniversary

A Teacher's Guide is available to help Councils reach out to schools and explain how to get involved in Academic WorldQuest. Teacher's Guide


World Affairs Councils in the News

Los Angeles World Affairs Council

The Los Angeles World Affairs Council held a Venetian Ball on December 1. covered the event, remarking, "Diplomats from near and far, policy wonks and doyennes of the Westside social scene all enjoyed Montagne's captivating stories about her reporting trips to Afghanistan followed by Izzard's entertaining stories from his international travels which culminated in a rapid fire explanation of how the universe works." Read the story here.  

Consul General of Ireland Finbar Hill & Mrs. Carmel Hill

Also, Los Angeles World Affairs Council President & CEO Terry McCarthy penned an op-ed for YaleGlobal Online titled, "China's Aggressive Stance Reveals Lack of Coordination," arguing that China needs the equivalent of a National Security Council. Read the op-ed here.


World Affairs Council of Connecticut

The World Affairs Council of Connecticut arranged for a group of students involved in Model UN to travel to New York City to meet with a group of Iranian officials at the United Nations. Read the story here.  


World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley

The World Affairs Council of the Mid-Husdon Valley has a partnership with the Poughkeepsie Journal for "Hudson Valley World Views." Each month local residents and members of the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley write an article on a global issue. This month's topic is partisanship in American politics. Read the story here


Minnesota International Center

The Minnesota International Center has a partnership with the Minneapolis Star Tribune to write an editorial each month on foreign policy topic. This month's topic is the United States' relationship with Canada. Read Star Tribune editorial writer John Rash's article here, and Canadian Consul General Jamshed Merchant's article here

What's Happening in the Network 

There are over 80 World Affairs Council events across the country scheduled in January. 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

Available Authors

The World Affairs Councils of America works with publishers and has prepared a list of authors on the WACA Leadership Network who are available to receive invitations from World Affairs Councils around the country.


Among the latest additions to Available Authors is:


Ward Wilson's Five Myths about Nuclear Weapons

Using new, pragmatic arguments, Ward Wilson mounts what one observer has called "a lethal assault on the rationale forkeeping nuclear weapons." For the first time since the end of the Cold War a sweeping revision of ideas about nuclear weapons is underway. This radical rethinking will leave nuclear weapons policy profoundly changed.


This ground-breaking study shows why five central arguments used to promote nuclear weapons are, in essence, myths. It is a myth that nuclear weapons shocked Japan into surrendering at the end of World War II; that nuclear deterrence is reliable in a crisis; that destruction wins wars; that the bomb has kept the peace for sixty-five years; and that we can't put the nuclear genie back in the bottle.


Ward Wilson is a senior fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He has spoken at the House of Commons in Great Britain, Princeton University, Stanford University, the United Nations, the Naval War College, the Brookings Institution, the University of Chicago, Georgetown University, Los Alamos, Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Stimson Center, as well as others. He has published in International Security, the Nonproliferation Review, the World Today, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and others.

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