August, 2016
President's Letter
2016 WACA National Conference
Cover to Cover
Council of the Month
IRC Announces New Executive Director
Job Announcement
Global I.Q. Minute
Peace Day Challenge
World Affairs Councils in the News
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President's Letter

Dear Council Leaders, Friends, and Supporters:

I want to acknowledge the excellent efforts and guidance of this year's National Conference committee: Council leaders  Jim Falk (chair), Mimi Gregory, Noel Lateef, L.J. Stambuk, and WACA Chair Roman Popadiuk

The committee convenes weekly. We have  invited dozens of keynote speakers and panelists already, and we are under way with embassy receptions and think tank off-sites -- popular activities open to all attendees. Be sure to sign up for the early-bird registration discount on the America and Global Megatrends website, and visit often for agenda updates.

In addition, we have confirmed two special events for members of the 1918 Society: briefings and tours at the Pentagon and the CIA will take place Friday afternoon, November 18, from 2:00-5:00 PM. These will follow the Closing Luncheon Keynote.

The committee and I welcome your speaker recommendations, and we look forward to seeing you in DC in November!

Bill Clifford
President and CEO
2016 WACA National Conference  

America and Global Megatrends

November 16-18, 2016

Washington, DC

Conference Registration
Save up to $100 by taking advantage of early-bird rates through September 9 .

New this year!  REGISTRATION REWARDS: For every five paid registrations from an individual Council community, WACA will provide free admission to a sixth individual designated by the Council CEO. 

Check out our conference registration page! There, you can also book your hotel room at WACA's special group rates at the The Capital Hilton (details are also provided below).

Capt. Bernard D. Cole, USN (Ret.)
Author and Professor, National War College

Jeremy R. Haft 
CEO, SafeSource Trading

Dr. Seema Yasmin
Public Health Doctor, Journalist 
University of Texas; Dallas Morning News

Brian P. McKeon
Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

Keynote Speakers 

Leadership Day Keynote

Ambassador Barbara Stephenson
President, American Foreign Service Association

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Syria: Arab and Islamic Politics 

Andrew J. Tabler
Martin J. Gross Fellow

Book your room at our special Group Rate now! 
Staying at The Capitol Hilton:
  • Queen/King bed Deluxe Room: $279/night (Single/Double occupancy) plus tax
  • Queen/King/Double bed Executive Floor: $349/night (Single/Double Occupancy) plus tax

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Updates on National Conference speakers, and other program details will be announced each week.
Cover to Cover Author Series

August's Cover to Cover will feature author Talmage Boston on his new book Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents next Tuesday, August 9, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

Boston has been a commercial litigator in Dallas, Texas, since 1978 and a shareholder at the Winstead PC law firm since 1997. He's been recognized in Texas Monthly magazine as a "Texas Super Lawyer" every year since 2003 and named among the "Best Lawyers in America" since 2013. He will discuss his newst book that is coming in Septemeber 2016. (full bio)

COUNCIL LEADERS: Please share this opportunity with your members and supporters as a free benefit! Contact the WACA National Office if you are interested in hosting Cover to Cover authors at your Council. 
Council of the Month: Columbus

The WACA National Office this month recognizes the Columbus Council on World Affairs  for their Global Fluency Training program. The Columbus Dispatch recently published a story spotlighting this program, its importance, and success. 

Today's global economy demands that all employees are able to interact effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds. The Columbus Council's Global Fluency Training  program offers a comprehensive framework for understanding how cultures differ in order to ensure sustainable cross-cultural acumen and how to navigate successful, professional, cross-cultural interactions. The program serves as the region's premier training resource for cross-cultural competence for business professionals and executives. More than 300 professionals have rated the training as critical to their global business success.

We commend the Columbus Council on this program and on the publication of its 2016-2017 Global Report.

Councils and friends, be sure to submit your September nominee for Council of the Month to Lian Esehaki at
IRC Announces New Executive Director

On behalf of the WACA Board and National Office, we extend a warm welcome to Matthew Hughes, newly appointed Executive Director of the International Relations Council (Kansas City).

Matthew brings robust international experience and true passion for the work of the WACA network and building grassroots awareness of global issues for a more globally competent community.

Matthew's professional experience bridges the education and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, he managed Global Education Programs for People to People International. A K-12 teacher for six years, he has developed curricula for schools and nonprofits, and is a dynamic trainer and presenter. Matthew has served on the board of the UN Association of Greater Kansas City. He has lived in South America and on the U.S.-Mexico border. See the full IRC announcement
Job Announcement: Executive Director 

The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head (WACHH) is seeking a full time Executive Director , to start November 1, 2016 . The community leader position will be responsible for overseeing the administration of WACHH and its intellectually stimulating programs on world affairs.  
A  complete job description is available on or  here

To apply , please submit a cover letter, current resume, and any letters of recommendation you would like to include by August 26, 2016 to:
Global I.Q. Minute with Kyle Kondik
The  World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth  is pleased to share  its Global I.Q. Minute podcast series featuring Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato's Crystal Ball and the author of The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the President

Council President and CEO  Jim Falk  and Mr. Kondik discussed last month's 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland.  Listen to the podcast .
Peace Day Challenge 

International Day of Peace  is Sept. 21 

The WACA National Office thanks  Ann-Louise Colgan , Director of the Global Peacebuilding Center at the USIP,  and Joyce Davis , President & CEO of the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, for last week's informative and inspiring best practices call. 

The call was designed to help Councils learn about how to get involved in the #PeaceDayChallenge, and to access resources to work with communities and schools on peace themes in an ongoing way. 

Here is what you need to effectively participate in USIP's Peace Day Challenge this year: 
  • This article by USIP President Nancy Lindborg explains why Peace Day Challenge matters. 
  • The website provides more information, action ideas, and other resources to support engagement in the Peace Day Challenge will be posted soon.
  • Personal contact information for Ann-Louise Colgan: or 202-429-3894We encourage you to contact her anytime for action ideas and other suggestions to support your Council's engagement in Peace Day.
World Affairs Councils in the News

World Affairs Council of Connecticut

World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh 
What's up with the World?: Briefing Presidential Candidates -- A biweekly video program launched by the Council and the Global Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh 

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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