October 5, 2015
2015 WACA National Conference
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Academic WorldQuest 2015-2016
9th Annual CHINA Town Hall
Rational Middle Energy Series
EU in the US Program Series
Migration Crisis
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Leading America: Foreign Policy
Challenges and the 2016 Election
November 11-13, 2015
Washington, DC 

Confirmed Speakers include:   
Leadership Day Keynote: 
Michael Maccoby 
President, The Maccoby Group 

Ambassadors  Luncheon Keynote:
Chairman, Goldman Sachs' International Advisors, Former President of the World Bank Group and U.S. Trade Representative

Ambassadors Luncheon Keynote:
Washington Bureau Chief,
The Wall Street Journal

President, World Ukrainian Congress 

Assistant Secretary, U.S. Dept. of State

Off-site Visit: Brookings 
Emerging Powers and the Liberal International Order
Kemal Kirisci - Turkey 
Tanvi Madan - India 
Jonathan D. Pollack - China, East Asia
Harold Trinkunas - Latin America 
Thomas Wright - Int'l Order & Strategy 

Off-site: Carnegie Endowment 
Middle East and North Africa in Turmoil: Roots of Radicalization & the Refugee Crisis 
Joseph Bahout - Syria 
Perry Cammack - Regional trends 
Michele Dunne - Egypt 
Frederic Wehrey - North Africa & the Gulf

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October Cover to Cover 
Our monthly  Cover to Cover  conference call will  feature S teven R. Weisman , Vice  President  at the Peterso n Institute for International  Economics, on  The Great Tradeoff: Confronting Moral Conflicts in the Era of Globalization .  

The call will be held Tuesday, October 13, at 2:00 PM ET. WACA President Bill Clifford will moderate. 

Save the Date!
Thursday, November 5, at 2:00 PM ET: Award-winning journalist  Rena Pederson on The Burma Spring: Aung San Suu Kyi and the Struggle for the Soul of a Nation
Best Practices Webinar: Free to all Members!
Strategic Planning

It's critical for a nonprofit to have a strategic plan. This free webinar, offered by BoardSource, will help you to understand how  to succeed in combining strategic thinking and practical planning in a new, purposeful, and useful way.

Featured Speaker:  Melanie Schmidt, Principal of Timpano Group LLC. Schmidt has more than 20 years of professional experience and offers expertise in management consulting, facilitation design, group dynamics, organizational strategy, brand development, and communications.

The WACA Board and National Office has made it possible for all Councils to take advantage and sign up for complimentary BoardSource membership. By doing so, all Council leaders, staff, and Board members will be able to register for this webinar, and enjoy an array of benefits that will help strengthen your Council's performance!

This BoardSource webinar will be held 
Thursday, October 29, at 2:00-3:00 pm ET

If you have activated your BoardSource membership, simply
Academic WorldQuest 2015-2016 
Information for the 2015-2016 Academic WorldQuest program is now available!

Click here for the Study Guide, information on the  Carlos and MalĂș Alvarez 2016 Academic WorldQuest National Competition, and more.

Councils: Please register your local competition by submitting your Pledge Form.

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9th Annual CHINA Town Hall 
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The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations will hold its ninth annual CHINA Town Hall, a national day of China-related programming, on  Monday evening, October 5 . Several World Affairs Councils have hosted CHINA Town Hall events over the years that have raised their audiences' understanding of U.S.-China bilateral relations as well as the effect of China's rise on their own communities.
Councils are holding CHINA Town Hall events today: 

Rational Middle Energy Series 
The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to continue  its national program series in partnership with the Rational Middle Energy Series. The 22-episode documentary film series, with more than 3.5 million views and/or downloads, has sparked a movement based on productive conversation around the current energy challenge and what it will take to achieve a cleaner energy future. More Information.

Upcoming event this month: 

EU in the U.S. Program Series 
"EU in the U.S." is administered in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States to raise awareness, understanding, and knowledge about EU policies, the EU's role as an international actor, and the value of strong EU-U.S. ties. More Information .

Upcoming events this month:

Migration Crisis 
With the WACA National Office's facilitation, several Councils over the coming months will host  Anne Richard , Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration ( bio ). A/S Richard will speak about the record number of refugees and migrants, and what Americans can do about the crisis.

Upcoming event this month:
World Affairs Councils in the News 
Columbia World Affairs Council 

World Affairs Council of West Michigan  

World Affairs Council of Harrisburg

World Affairs Council of Dallas

World Affairs Council of Charleston 

World Affairs Council of Northern California 

Los Angeles World Affairs Council  
War Reporting: Facing Danger and Death on the Front Lines  -- The Irish Times
Travel the World from WAC Philadelphia
Just Announced:  Council Leaders to Lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!
Kay Maxwell , Executive Director, World Affairs Forum Stamford, Vietnam and CambodiaOctober 12 - 27, 2015

Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs Council of Northern California, CubaDecember 6 14, 2015.
Ambassador Mark Johnson , Board member, Montana World Affairs Council, The Mediterranean Through the Centuries: October 14 - 25, 2015. 
Dr. Jerry W. Leach,  former President, World Affairs Councils of America, Legends of the Nile: February 23 - March 5, 2016.
Jim Falk , President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Inside MoroccoMarch 4 - 17, 2016.
Ambassador Heather Hodges , President & Ambassador-in-Residence, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Lima & the AmazonApril 16 - 24, 2016.
Mimi Gregory , V ice President and Program Chairman,  Naples Council on World Affairs, Cruising the Rivieras & Islands of France, Spain and ItalyOctober 5 - 13, 2016.
Craig Snyder , President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Inside Oman, UAE and QatarNovember 2 - 16, 2016.
Contact  www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004 x209 or x217.

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