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Letter from the WACA Chair 
Dear Council Leaders, Friends, and Supporters:


As the new Chair, I look forward to working with all of you to further the goals and mission of the World Affairs Councils of America. Together I expect that we will be able to successfully move forward on a number of fronts, including membership growth, development and programming. In this regard, please feel free to contact me regarding any issues, ideas or questions that you may have.

I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and dedication that Ambassador Paula Dobriansky demonstrated during her tenure as Chair of the WACA Board of Directors. Her expertise and interest were valuable assets in moving WACA forward and in successfully enhancing our organization's goals. I know that I speak for the entire membership and for the Board of Directors in expressing our great appreciation for her service, guidance and counsel over the years and that we look forward to her continued participation in WACA events.

Our annual National Conference in November is an important event for us, and I hope that you will be able to attend. This year's conference will help identify the major challenges that the new president may face and will provide a roadmap for U.S. leadership on the international front. As such, WACA can play a key role in the foreign policy discussions that will take place over the next presidential cycle and provide the information base for the American public to better understand the role of the U.S. in the rapidly changing international environment. 


It is important, therefore, for each of our Councils and their members to be involved in the Conference, particularly by advertising the conference and by attending. I thank you in advance for your support in these efforts.


I wish you a pleasant and relaxing summer season.


Warm regards,
Amb. Roman Popadiuk
Chair of the Board
2015 WACA National Conference 

Leading America: Foreign Policy

Challenges for the Next President

November 11-13, 2015

Washington, DC
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.

Last year's conference hosted keynotes General David G. Perkins, Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command; Vali Nasr, Dean, Johns Hopkins School ofAdvanced International Studies; and Moisés Naím, best-selling author, and Distinguished Fellow in the International Economics Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. (To see our 2014 speakers and agenda, click here.)

Staying at The Fairfax
We have secured a special group rate at The Fairfax at Embassy Row.
  • Superior King: $249/night (Single/Double occupancy)
  • Superior Two Doubles: $269/night (Single/Double Occupancy)

The Fairfax at Embassy Row is conveniently located in the Dupont Circle area. A Washington, DC landmark, the Fairfax's intriguing history spans more than 80 years.
Paula Dobriansky Bids WACA Farewell 
The World Affairs Councils of America would like to sincerely thank Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky for her four years of dedication and leadership as Chair of the National Board of Directors. Ambassador Dobriansky will be succeeded by Ambassador Roman Papaduik on July 1, 2015.
Leaders in WACA Network Honored 
The World Affairs Councils of America congratulates Megan Clark Torrey, Executive Director of the  World Affairs Council of Connecticut , who will be one of ten 2015 Global Impact Honorees at the  22nd Annual Induction Ceremony of the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame on November 12, 2015. Megan is being honored for being a leader in raising local awareness of global issues through world class community programming, including initiatives to equip Connecticut students with essential skills necessary to navigate the global marketplace.  

The World Affairs Councils of America congratulates Board member Noel Lateef on receiving the title of Knight of the Ordre National du Quebec from Mr. Philippe Couillard, Premier of Quebec. Noel, who is President of the Foreign Policy Association, was honored on June 22 at an insignia ceremony at the Quebec government Office in New York. 
July Cover to Cover 
WACA's  July Cover to Cover Author Series features journalist Nina Ansary on her new book, Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran . The call will be held  Tuesday, July 14, at 2:00 PM ET . WACA President Bill Clifford will moderate the call.

Iranian-American author Nina Ansary challenges stereotypical assumptions by examining how the status of women has changed under Iran's secular and religious movements. Illuminating unanticipated consequences of the Islamic Revolution, her account charts the rise of a feminist movement within a post-revolutionary patriarchal society.

Born in Tehran, Iran, Nina Ansary left her country of birth at the onset of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and has not returned since. In 1996, Ansary moved to Los Angeles, and following her family's long and distinguished record, began to pursue her passion for humanitarian causes. She is a regular contributor to The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post and Women's eNewsFull Bio

Save the Date
Our August Cover to Cover will feature Dominic Tierney , Swarthmore professor and author of The Right Way to Lose a War: America in an Age of Unwinnable Conflicts . The call will take place on Wednesday, August 5, at 2:00 PM ET .
The Dalai Lama Visits Texas
On July 1, 2015, the Dalai Lama discussed compassion and forgiveness and a sold out event at Southern Methodist University. The event was hosted by the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, in conjunction with SMU and the George W. Bush Presidential Center, and hosted by ABC News political correspondent Cokie Roberts. 
Spotlight on Turkey Teacher Study Tours
At the end of July, the second group of teachers selected from World Affairs Councils across the country participating in this year's  Spotlight on Turkey  program will depart for Turkey for a two-week study tour. The trip is part of Phase II of the full calendar year program focused on giving an overview of Turkey's rich culture. It consists of a spring Teacher Workshop, a Teacher Study Tour in the summer, and public cultural programs in the fall.

Councils represented in the second group include:

Dayton Council on World Affairs
Montana World Affairs Council
Northern Nevada International Center
World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California
World Affairs Council of Las Vegas
World Affairs Council of Seattle 

Minnesota International Center Program Director Posting
The Minnesota International Center seeks a Program Director to strategize with and implement globally-focused programs. Must have completed a bachelor's degree in international relations, global studies, or related fields (M.A. strongly preferred). Must also have a minimum of 4 years experience in program management and a minimum of 5 years leading employees.  Send resume, cover letter, and one writing sample (global themed preferred)to Kathleen Oscarson at mic@unm.edu . Do not call or email to ask regarding the status of your application. Applications accepted through 5 PM Friday July 22, 2015.
Click here for full listing.

WAC of Western Michigan Program/Events Director Posting
The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan seeks a Program/Events Director to market and manage WAC's member-and-community-based programs. Requirements include: Ability to manage rapid changes and less-defined work environment with a positive, calm attitude. Able to work some evenings, including Mondays in February and March of each year. Ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing. Send resume and cover letter detailing reasons for interest to rsvp@worldmichigan.org. Mention in cover letter if you are in the Council system. Please mention "Programming Director" in subject line. Resumes accepted through Friday July 10, 2015.
Click here for full listing.

WAC Pittsburgh President & CEO Posting
The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh seeks a new President and CEO who has passion for the mission, a desire to operate the Council like an entrepreneurial, creative and value adding business, and with a tempo that captures the energy of the issues which the Council brings to the community. Partnerships need to be built and monetized; the revenue base needs to expand and diversify; and, the Council needs to be positioned with a compelling value proposition that resonates with multiple audiences and contributes meaningfully to the community. Click here for the full posting.  Contact:  worldaffairscouncil@divsearch.com .

Subscribe to PRISM
The Center for Complex Operations at the National Defense University is pleased to offer a free subscription of their quarterly journal, PRISM, to World Affairs Councils and their members. PRISM is a security studies journal chartered by the Department of Defense to inform policymakers, allies, and academics on complex and integrated national security operations; reconstruction and state-building; and developments in training and education. Each journal features academic and policy-driven articles, book reviews, commentaries, and lessons from the field. Recent contributors include former U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman, former U.S. Army General and CIA Director David Petraeus, former DIA Director Michael T. Flynn, and former U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan James F. Dobbins.
World Affairs Councils in the News

World Affairs Council of Kentucky/S. Indiana

World Affairs Council of Houston
Local teacher to embark on journey to Turkey -- West University Examiner

World Affairs Council of Charlotte

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

Upcoming author tours -- The Dallas Morning News 

Columbus Council on World Affairs

Alaska World Affairs Council
Local couple meets the king of Norway-- Petersburg Pilot

Travel the World from WAC Philadelphia
Just Announced:  Council Leaders to Lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!


Mimi Gregory, Vice President, Naples Council on World Affairs, Grand Danube: August 8-23, 2015. 

Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum Stamford,  Vietnam and Cambodia: October 12-27, 2015. 

Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs Council of Northern California, Cuba: December 6-14, 2015.

Ambassador Mark Johnson, Board, Montana World Affairs Council, The Mediterranean Through the Centuries: October 14-25. 2015. 

Dr. Jerry W. Leach, Former President, World Affairs Councils of America, Turquoise Coast Cruise, October 27-November 4, 2015. 

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

What's Happening in the Network
There are over 40  World Affairs Council events  scheduled this month across the country. Sign up for the  WACA Weekly Digest   to receive updates from around the network, including 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 Althea Georgantas at ageorgantas@worldaffairscouncils.org.

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