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November 2013


In this Issue
Letter from the President
News from the National Office
Recommended Speakers
What's Happening in the Network
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2013 National Conference Sponsors

Our Sponsors


Aviation Leasing


Barclays Capital




 1918 Society Members


Carnegie Corporation of New York






The Claremont Group


Duke Energy




The Gambrinus Company


German Marshall Fund of the U.S.


Goldman Sachs


Heydar Aliyev Foundation


Hutchins Family Foundation




Johnson + Sterling


Merrill Lynch -

Mr. Michael Phillip




Northrop Grumman




Steelcase, Inc.


Tomassian, Throckmorton & Inouye LLP


Thomson Reuters


Turkish Cultural Foundation


Weber Shandwick


Letter from the President
Dear Friends and Supporters,


We are just a week away from what is certain to be an excellent and informative National Conference, Leadership Day and Annual Membership Meeting here in Washington, DC.
I wish to thank our dedicated network leaders for their vigorous promotion of this annual event over the past few months. We will have a robust, multi-generational audience on hand. By interacting with our distinguished slate of speakers--and each other--on the Six Top Issues, we will set the tone for engaging more people throughout the Council network in 2014, locally and nationally.
You deserve a toast for that, and another opportunity to mingle: I'm pleased to invite all attendees to join me for a complimentary reception at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13 (one hour before the Opening Dinner).


We will certainly miss those unable to attend, but you won't be left out.  Follow our Conference updates on twitter (follow the hashtag #WACA2013) and Facebook--and don't forget to partake where possible of the 140-plus events World Affairs Council events around the country. No wonder so many Councils are in the news!


Bill Clifford
President & CEO
World Affairs Councils of America
News from the National Office


2013 National Conference
November 13-15, 2013
The Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel
Washington, DC


The World Affairs Councils of America thanks our 
generous 2013 National Conference sponsors: 


The countdown is on: one week remains! 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. The National Conference launches the National Network's year-long discussion of the Six Top Issues for 2014 selected by our network leadership across the country and helps plan our programming for the coming year. 


The Six Top Issues selected by the National Network's leadership as the most important national security issues for the coming year are: 

  • Cybersecurity
  • U.S. Energy Independence
  • Global Economic Realignment
  • Middle East
  • Global Environment Issues
  • U.S. Education 
Join the 1918 Society
The 1918 Society is comprised of individuals who wish to directly support the World Affairs Councils of America in its mission of educating Americans on global issues. 1918 Society members enjoy special privileges at the 2013 National Conference including an invitation to the exclusive 1918 Society breakfast, access to the hospitality green suite with the opportunity to meet conference speakers, reserved seating at all plenaries and luncheons, and special recognition throughout the National Conference. If you would like to learn more, please see the full list of 1918 Society benefits or contact Ian J. Byrne at  

This year's 1918 Society Breakfast will feature Peter Baker, White House Correspondent for The New York Times, and author of the upcoming book, Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House. Mr. Baker will speak on The President, the White House, and the Making of U.S. National Security. WACA National Board Chair Paula J. Dobriansky will moderate the discussion.
Academic WorldQuest 2014: Submit Pledge Form Now

The 2014 Academic WorldQuest National Competition will take place Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, DC. Read about the 2013 Academic WorldQuest National Competition here.


Councils, please fill out the 2013-2014 Academic WorldQuest Pledge Form, which is available here and in the WACA Leadership Network.


Competition Questions Available Those who fill out and return the form will be given confidential access to questions prepared by the WACA National Office for local competitions in 2013-2014.   


The 2013-2014 Study Guide has been released, as well as information and resources for councils and teachers. More Information


Not My Life Programs Underway

Our newest national program series focusing on human trafficking and modern-day slavery is underway. The program features screenings of the documentary film Not My Life 

 by Robert Bilheimer and Worldwide Documentaries at over 35 World Affairs Councils. The program is made possible by a generous grant from Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation
Click here to see the participating councils. This week's events include:


November 3 -- World Affairs Council of New Orleans


November 12 -- World Affairs Council of Charlotte


November 13 -- World Affairs Council of the Central California Coast


November 14 -- World Affairs Council of West Central Illinois


Spotlight on Turkey 2013 

The Spotlight on Turkey program, sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America and the Turkish Cultural Foundation, has entered Phase III of the 2013 program. Participating councils will be holding programs throughout the fall showcasing Turkish art, culture, and cuisine. More Information


Programs scheduled for this month include:


November 5 -- South Dakota World Affairs Council


November 15 -- World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth


November 18 -- Minnesota International Center


November 23 -- Sante Fe Council on International Relations 


World Affairs Councils in the News

World Affairs Council of Atlanta

Ambassador: Georgia High on Chile's List -- Global Atlanta


Worcester World Affairs Council 

Author details power of Dulles brothers in the 1950s -- News Telegram


World Affairs Council of Houston

Students talk Espionage with former CIA director -- The Huntsville Item


International Affairs Forum, Traverse City, MI

20 Years of Foreign Affairs in Traverse City -- Traverse Ticker


World Affairs Council of Greater Reading

Religion is fare at World Affairs Council breakfast in Wyomissing -- The Reading Eagle


Juneau World Affairs Council

Empire Editorial: Cooperation beyond boundaries -- Juneau Empire


Minnesota International Center

Changes and challenges at the top of the world -- Star Tribune 


Montana World Affairs Council

World Affairs Council hosts fun, informative Global Gauntlet -- The Missoulian


World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

Mexican ambassador addresses migration, security during Dallas trip -- The Dallas Morning News

Recommended Speakers Database
Leadership NetworkThe World Affairs Councils of America offers a Recommended Speakers Database on the WACA Leadership Network

Please log into the WACA Leadership Network and take advantage of this great resource. 

What's Happening in the Network 

There are over 140 World Affairs Council events scheduled this month across the country. 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

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If you would like to highlight an upcoming program, email Ian J. Byrne at with the relevant information. Of course, if there is anything else we can do to help promote your programs within the network, please let us know.

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