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March 2013


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A Note from the President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,


Spring is just around the corner, and we are busy in the National Office with a number of programs and events.


Many of you applied for the anti-trafficking program, Not My Life, funded by the Carlson & the Carlson Family Foundation, and we enjoyed reading your proposals. We had many more than we could include in this program, making the choice difficult, but we trust that those who are not able to participate in this program will apply for another program in the future. This is an important issue, and an ever growing concern worldwide, so thanks for your willingness to take up this issue in your communities and make others aware.


The Academic WorldQuest National Competition is coming up April 26-27 in Washington, DC, and we are expecting an outstanding event for all who participate. Part of our excitement this year is the new relationship we have formed with Weber Shandwick, a global public relations firm, who will support the event pro bono through strategic communications counsel. If you have not yet registered your team, please do so no later than March 27. For more details, contact Althea Georgantas at


Big news this month is the announcement of the Six Top Issues, selected by you, which will frame our 2013 National Conference and will guide our programming decisions in 2014. They are: Cybersecurity; U.S. Energy Independence; Global Economic Realignment; Middle East; Global Environmental Issues; and K-12 Education
We have put together a committee to assist us at the National Office in planning the conference, and have already had two meetings and are well underway in planning what will be another outstanding conference. I would like to thank the committee members for their time, talent, and guidance: Paula Dobriansky, Chair of the WACA National Board; Jim Falk, Dallas; Mimi Gregory, Naples; Anna Berry, New Hampshire; LJ Stambuk, Charlotte; and Trina Medarev, Jacksonville.


And last, but certainly not least, the mention of two additional events coming up soon: The Spring Leadership Meeting for council heads and a special trip to the United Nations for 1918 Society members.


The Spring Leadership meeting will take place in Chicago in early May, specific details to be announced this week. This is an important time for council heads to get together for networking and to share best practices. Once we share details, please make plans to attend!


The special trip to the United Nations for 1918 Society members is planned for April 21-23 and is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about UN operations and priorities and to meet with friends and colleagues in one of our most exciting cities, New York City. We are firming up details with the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and will be announcing those plans shortly. This trip is open to 1918 Society members only, but we welcome any of you to join the 1918 Society at any time in order to join the trip. You are more than welcome and we would love to have you!


Thank you, as always, for your support of the World Affairs Councils of America both at the national and local levels. Our mission is critical, and we could not accomplish it without you.

Best regards,


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

News from the National Office
Six Top Issues for 2013-2014

The World Affairs Councils of America conducted the Six Top Issues annual survey for 2013-2014. Over 400 people responded and let us know what their Six Top Issues are in the realm of global affairs. 


We are excited to announce the Six Top Issues for 2013-2014 are:

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

We look forward to examining and World Affairs Councils driving the conversation regarding these Six Top Issues. 


1918 Society Trip to the United Nations

The World Affairs Councils of America and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations will host a two-day trip to the United Nations in New York City April 21-23. More details to come this week. 1918 Society members, please contact Ian J. Byrne in the meantime with any questions at


Not in the 1918 Society? Please check out our website and feel free to contact Ian J. Byrne for membership details. 


Academic WorldQuest 2012-2013 Forms Due March 27

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The Academic WorldQuest National Competition is right around the corner! Team registration forms are due March 27. Download and complete the following forms and email to by March 27


Team Information Form (one per team)


Release of Liability/Consent to Recording Form (one per participant, including chaperone)


Weber Shandwicka premier global public relations agency, has signed on as our official Communications Sponsor for the Academic WorldQuest National Competition. Weber Shandwick is assisting the National Office with media relations and promotion and helping the World Affairs Councils of America take Academic WorldQuest to the next level. We thank Weber Shandwick for their time and dedication to our mission.


Local competitions are underway across the country. We are looking forward to hosting the local competition winners in April! Check out the recent winners and upcoming competitions on our website


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 $119 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

Board Nominations for 2013-2014

The World Affairs Councils of America is beginning the nomination process for members of the National Board of Directors, whose terms will begin on July 1, 2013 and continue for a three-year initial term. The Nominating Committee of the National Board of Directors is seeking individuals who fully support the World Affairs Councils of America's mission of educating, engaging, and inspiring the American public on global issues and are willing to work to fulfill it. 


On behalf of Art McHaffie, Chair of the Nominating Committee of the National Board, we are seeking your help in identifying the best candidates for directors for the National Board. 


We are interested in council staff executives, members of the governing body of a council, and those from the corporate sector who are willing to become Supporting Members of the network.


Make a Recommendation

If you would like to recommend an individual whom you believe has a clear commitment to our mission, a demonstrated understanding of the national network, and proven leadership experience, download the documents below and submit the nomination form along with all required materials via email to Ian J. Byrne at




Nominations for directors are due March 20, 2013. The nominating committee will review the submissions and recommend individuals for selection to the full National Board. Full World Affairs Council membership will vote on the slate by May 30, 2013.


Spotlight on Turkey

Sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America in collaboration with the Turkish Cultural Foundation, Spotlight on Turkey runs a full calendar year and educates communities about Turkey's rich culture primarily through teacher workshops in the spring, a teacher study tour of Turkey 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. See more program information and the full list of all 10 events for March on our our website.


Future of Korea

KEI The World Affairs Councils of America is sponsoring the its 12th Engage America Speaker Series on the Future of Korea in collaboration with the Korea Economic Institute. The program is focused on broadening and deepening the understanding of Korea and the U.S.-Korea relationship among opinion leaders and academics. More Information

The centerpiece of the program is a panel discussion consisting of one representative each from the U.S. Department of State, the Korean Embassy, KEI, or other relevant institutions. The panel participants typically offer a general overview presentation (approximately 60-90 minutes in length), followed by a Q&A period. The speakers address political, security, economic and financial issues pertaining to the Korean Peninsula and U.S.-Korea relations. Upcoming events include:


March 14 -- The Minnesota International Center hosts Dayoun Choi, Heather Dresser, and Troy Stangarone 


Qatar: Sand, Sea and Sky with Diana Untermeyer

The World Affairs Councils of America, in collaboration with the Embassy of Qatar, is sponsoring an Engage America Speaker Series with Diana Untermeyer, author of Qatar: Sand, Sea, and Sky. Mrs. Untermeyer lived in Doha, the bustling capital of Qatar, from 2004-2007 while her husband Chase served as U.S. ambassador. Qatar: Sand, Sea, and Sky gives an overview of Qatar's rich culture and history and documents its journey into modernity. Though small in size, Qatar's strategic location and natural gas wealth make it a rising economic and political power. Breathtakingly illustrated by award-winning photographer Henry Dallal, Mrs. Untermeyer's personal narrative provides a unique perspective of this moderate Muslim country and the way it attempts to become modern and engaged with the world without losing its heritage. This month's events include:


March 19 -- South Dakota World Affairs Council


March 22 -- World Affairs Council of Harrisburg


World Affairs 2013
worldaffairs2013 The World Affairs Council of Northern California is holding its annual conference, World Affairs 2013: Transition, Disruption and Innovation, this week Thursday-Friday, March 7-8 in San Francisco. Join the World Affairs Council of Northern California via livestream to hear from some of the best minds in the field of world affairs. Visit our homepage and the World Affairs Council of Northern California's for more information.  

Course Offering from World Affairs Council of Atlanta
The World Affairs Council of Atlanta pleased to invite you to participate in the Certificate Program in Emerging Market Strategies developed by the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and offered by Georgia State University's Robinson College of Business from April 16 - 19 at the GSU Buckhead Center. We encourage anyone who is involved in emerging markets or is looking to expand their business to enroll in this course. As a member of the World Affairs Councils of America, you are able to take advantage of the reduced member rate offered for the course.


The Certificate Program in Emerging Market Strategies was first offered in November 2012 and received an approval score of 4.85 out of 5 points, an exceptionally high score for a first course offering, and consisted of executives and top level managers from First Data, Murata, The Coca-Cola Company, UPS, and CARE USA.


This program is designed to address the challenge of understanding the unique and complicated market environments of emerging markets. Click here for more information

World Affairs Councils in the News

World Affairs Council of the Desert

The World Affairs Council of the Desert recently hosted Ralph Nurnberge, professor of international relations at Georgetown University for "Arab-Israeli peace -- is it possible in 2013?" Read the story here.  


World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh recently hosted Ploughshares Fund President Joe Cirincione as part of the From the Cuban Missile Crisis to Iran: Confronting the Nuclear Threat program sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America and made possible by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Mr. Cirincione and Steve Sokol, President & CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, visited a school to discuss the Cold War and its impact on global security today. Read the story here


World Affairs Council of Western Michigan

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan was highlighted in the article, "World Affairs Council launches new downtown daytime lecture series for business audience." Read the story here.


Academic WorldQuest Coverage

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Wilmington Charter wins WorldQuest competition

World Affairs Council of Wilmington   


A Thirst for Global Knowledge

Minnesota International Center


Plano West wins area academic contest on world affairs

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth 


Frenchtown wins 200-student world affairs competition at UM; Skyview 2nd

World Affairs Council of Montana

What's Happening in the Network 

There are over 150 World Affairs Council events across the country scheduled in March! 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:


Stephen Kinzer's The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War


During the 1950s, when the Cold War was at its peak, two immensely powerful brothers led the United States into a series of foreign adventures whose effects are still shaking the world.

John Foster Dulles was secretary of state while his brother, Allen Dulles, was director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In this book, Stephen Kinzer places their extraordinary lives against the background of American culture and history. He uses the framework of biography to ask: Why does the United States behave as it does in the world? 

The Brothers explores hidden forces that shape the national psyche, from religious piety to Western movies-many of which are about a noble gunman who cleans up a lawless town by killing bad guys. This is how the Dulles brothers saw themselves, and how many Americans still see their country's role in the world.

Propelled by a quintessentially American set of fears and delusions, the Dulles brothers launched violent campaigns against foreign leaders they saw as threats to the United States. These campaigns helped push countries from Guatemala to the Congo into long spirals of violence; led the United States into the Vietnam War; and laid the foundation for decades of hostility between the United States and countries from Cuba to Iran.

The story of the Dulles brothers is the story of America. It illuminates and helps explain the modern history of the United States and the world.  


Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has covered more than 50 countries on five continents. Kinzer spent more than 20 years working for The New York Times, most of it as a foreign correspondent. His articles and books have led the Washington Post to place him "among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling." He lives in Boston.


If you would like to contact Mr. Kinzer, please contact his publicist Katie Kurtzman at

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