May, 2016
Leadership Mission to Israel
Rational Middle Energy Series
EU in the U.S.
Discover Diplomacy Weekend
Cover to Cover
2016 WACA National Conference
Councils in the News
Travel the World
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WACA Delegation to Israel Selected

Congratulations to the following individuals on their selection to participate in the June 2-10 WACA Leadership Mission to Israel:

Mitchell Abrams, WAC Philadelphia
Karen Burghart, Colorado Springs WAC
Lise Falskow, Alaska WAC
Arun Joshi, WAC Oregon
Katherine Keck, Los Angeles WAC
Farah Killidar, WAC Greater Houston
Rajesh Naik, WAC Atlanta
Lee Pasquarella, WACA National Board
Robin Pasquarella, Seattle WAC
Michael Phillip, WAC California Central Coast
Serge Tomassian, WAC Orange County
Mary Yntema, WorldBoston
Bill Clifford, WACA National Office (Head of Delegation)

This WACA Leadership Mission, in 
partnership with the America-Israel Friendship League, will focus on a variety of contemporary issues, including Middle East regional affairs, Israeli politics and diplomacy, counter-terrorism, immigration and refugees, innovation and entrepreneurship (alternative energy, IT, health care), and religious diversity. 

Rational Middle Energy Series

WorldBoston on Thursday, May 5, will present the final installment of the World Affairs Councils of America's  Rational Middle Energy Series tour . RMES counts more than 4 million views of the 22 episodes in the documentary film series. The videos have  sparked a productive national conversation around the current energy challenge and what it will take to achieve a cleaner energy future.

Rational Middle Energy Series producer and director Gregory Kallenberg, will moderate an expert panel featuring:  Greg Guidry, Executive Vice President at Shell; Henrietta Davis, former Mayor of Cambridge and a UN Climate Conference attendee; and Professor  Christopher Knittel, Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at MIT.

In addition to WorldBoston, these Councils participated in WACA's grant-funded program series: WAC Philadelphia; WAC Charlotte; WorldDenver; WAC Hilton Head; Alaska World Affairs Council; and WAC Greater Houston. 
EU in the U.S. Program Series

EU in the U.S. 2016 is a grant-funded program administered by WACA in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. Its goal is to 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. 

Scheduled Events for May: 

For the list of other participating Councils, see the WACA website

Ambassador O'Sullivan Discusses Europe's Future

David O'Sullivan, EU Ambassador to the United States, discussed the future of Europe in the context of challenges that include the refugee crisis, terrorism and security concerns, and a rise in populism and anti-establishment thinking. Speaking to the Cleveland Council on World Affairs in early April, Ambassador O'Sullivan said he is optimistic that these challenges, which require continental-level solutions, will tend to strengthen, not weaken, European cooperation. Listen to the podcast.

EU Trivia Q & A: What is Europe Day all about?

Europe Day marks the celebration of the European Union's birthday-the date in 1950 when Robert Schumann set out his vision for what would become today's European Union. Learn more.
Global Ties U.S.: Discover Diplomacy Weekend

Celebrate the role volunteers play in fostering international relationships and get an insider's view of the diplomatic world. Explore the nation's capital, home of the Department of State and the embassies of over 170 countries. Only during the Global Ties U.S. Discover Diplomacy Weekend Weekend Passes, Friday Passes, and Friday Lunch Passes are available!
Learn more by scoping out highlights from past years, check out this year's agenda, or read the FAQs

Or if you're ready to discover diplomacy, register now! for the weekend of May 6-8
Cover to Cover Author Series 

In May, we will host Dr. Steven Radelet on his new book The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World, on Wednesday, May 18, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

Dr. Radelet, is the Donald F. McHenry Chair in Global Human Development at Georgetown University, as well as a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. His work focuses on economic growth, poverty reduction, foreign aid, and debt, primarily in Africa and Asia. He has worked in developing countries around the world for 30 years and currently serves as economic adviser to the President of Liberia (full bio). 

COUNCIL LEADERS: Please share this opportunity with your members and supporters as a free benefit!
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. 

Further announcements on National Conference speakers, hotel reservations, and other program details will be made available later in the year.
World Affairs Councils in the News

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan
World Affairs Council of Greater Reading

World Affairs Council of South Texas

North American Borderplex Council

Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council

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

Ambassador Heather Hodges , President & Ambassador-in-Residence, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Across Spain and Portugal: September 6 - 22, 2016.
Kay Maxwell , Executive Director, World Affairs Forum, Stamford Journey through VietnamOctober 3 - 18, 2016.
Mimi Gregory, Vice President and Program Chairman, Naples Council on World Affairs, Cruising the Rivieras & Islands of France, Spain and Italy October 5 - 13, 2016.
Ambassador Sharon Wilkinson, former Board President, World Affairs Council of Arizona, Island Life in Cuba: October 23 - 31, 2016.
Dr. Carla 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.
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