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 November 2014

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2014 National Conference
The World Affairs Councils of America kicks off its 2014 National Conference, America and the World 2014, today at The Fairfax at Embassy Row in Washington, DC. The Conference runs through Friday, November 7.

Held annually for over two decades, the Conference engages our national network's leaders and members drawn from the business, civic, and education communities with leading policy-makers and experts.

The Agenda examines: China, the U.S., and Asia; Russia/Eurasia; Cybersecurity; Future of Education; Youth, Jobs, and Social Unrest; Food and Water; Global Economic Realignment; Future of Energy; Africa; and Climate Change.


Keynote Speakers

Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

Vali Nasr
Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Mois�s Na�m
Internationally-syndicated Columnist and Best-selling Author, and Distinguished Fellow in the International Economics Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


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Application: Spotlight on Turkey
Call for Applications: Spotlight on Turkey
The World Affairs Councils of America and the Turkish Cultural Foundation have announced the ninth year of the Spotlight on Turkey program. Applications are due Wednesday, November 12Application Details
 News from the National Office
Combating Human Trafficking 

Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation renewed funding of the World Affairs Councils of America's national program on combating human trafficking. More than 30 World Affairs Councils participated in the 2013 program, which featured screenings of the documentary film Not My Life. The 2014 program features discussion forums as well as film screenings.

Events scheduled this month include:


Nov. 6 -- World Affairs Council of the Desert


Nov. 22 -- Pacific and Asian Affairs Council

Understanding Muslim Societies
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The World Affairs Councils of America, with the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York, continues its Engage America Series Understanding Muslim Societies. The program focuses on countries in the Middle East, as well as Afghanistan/Pakistan, and those relevant rising economic powers that are competing globally with the United States, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore.

Events this month include:

Nov. 13 -- Peoria Area World Affairs Council

2014 European Union Outreach

The World Affairs Councils of America hosts its  European Union Delegation to the U.S. With Europe Day (May 9) as a focal point, the program is designed 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. Activities will highlight the impact of local and regional economic, social, and cultural connections to Europe. More Information


This month's events include:


Nov. 19 -- World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California
Academic WorldQuest 2014-2015
The World Affairs Councils of America National Office has released the topics and study guide for the 2014-2015 Academic WorldQuest program.

2014-2015 Academic WorldQuest Topics
Russia / Eurasia; Human Trafficking; Youth, Jobs, and Social Unrest; Future of Energy; Millennium Development Goals: 2015 and Beyond; Food and Water; Asia and the New Global Economy; Great Decisions; Africa Rising; and Current Events.

National Competition
The 2015 Academic WorldQuest National Competition will take place Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, DC.

World Affairs Councils in the News

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth 

Montana World Affairs Council

Montana World Affairs Council Extends Educational Outreach -- The Missoulian


Cleveland Council on World Affairs

Brookings' Strobe Talbott Comes Home to Honor from Cleveland Council on World Affairs -- Plain Dealer


World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh-area Students Examine Ebola Crisis during International Video Conference -- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

What's Happening in the Network 

There are over 140 World Affairs Council events scheduled this month across the country. Sign up for the WACA Weekly Digest to receive 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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