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October 2012


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A Note from our President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,


The last four months have been packed with activity on many fronts. I have had a chance to speak with many of you about your challenges and successes, which is valuable input as I lead the national network.  Please get in touch at any time to share your ideas and to let me know how things are going in your community. 

I was in New York this last week for a series of meetings, including three with foundations. One immediate result is the Carnegie grant we announced this past Friday on the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. If you are interested, please respond with application materials by October 5 and feel free to ask us questions at any point. You will also find details in this newsletter along with information about a new program opportunity in conjunction with Center for International Policy (CIP). We are also pleased to announce details of the 2013 Spotlight on Turkey program with the Turkish Cultural Foundation.

While in New York, I was also cordially hosted for lunch by National Board Member Noel Lateef as part of his World Leadership Forum at the Foreign Policy Association. It was inspiring to see several hundred people of all ages and from all walks of life gather in Manhattan during a very busy week to discuss current issues in foreign policy. 

The 2012 National Conference is little more than a month away, and we in the national office are busy making final preparations. October tends to be a big month for registrations, so please sign up as soon as possible to insure your space and to secure your nights at the historic Mayflower Hotel. You will find information about the most recent agenda below.

As part of the National Conference, our Fall Leadership Meeting on November 7 is shaping up to be an exciting and relevant discussion. This meeting is primarily for council CEOs, but we also welcome council board members and staff. The afternoon will include breakout sessions for CEOs and staff.  You will receive detailed information in the next several days. 

Thank you for all that you contribute to your communities and our network as a whole. There has never been a more important time for Americans to understand world events and foreign policy and take an active role in those important dialogues. 

I look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC in November.

Best regards,


S. Todd Culpepper
President & CEO
World Affairs Councils of America

News from the National Office
2012 National Conference

The 2012 National Conference Agenda to Date is now available. All plenary sessions, keynote speakers, embassy receptions, and meal times are listed. We look forward to seeing you all in November for what should be a great conference. See the confirmed speakers here.


Space is filling up fast. If you have not done so already, register for the 2012 National Conference, U.S. National Security Policy: Six Top Issues for the President in 2013. See below for hotel details, the last day to reserve a room at the Mayflower Hotel is Thursday, October 18.


The conference commences at a very exciting time in Washington: one day after the election on Wednesday, November 7. Join us November 7-9, 2012 at the historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC for the launch of our network-wide discussion and analysis of the issues the President of the United States will face in 2013. Conference Flyer


Registration Rates

$430 World Affairs Council CEO/Staff/Board Membe

$495 World Affairs Council Member

$545 Non-Member 


Click Here to Register Now


Lodging at the Mayflower Hotel 

The deadline to book a hotel room is Thursday, October 18. We have secured a special group rate at the Mayflower Hotel of $224/night. To book a room at this rate, click here or call 1-877-212-5752 and let the booking agent know you are with the "World Affairs Councils of America."  


National Conference Scholarships

The World Affairs Councils of America and the National Board would like to congratulate the 2012 National Conference Scholarship recipients.


Jacob Acker, World Affairs Council of Maine

Allison Barrett, Minnesota International Center

Maxwell Bonnie, World Affairs Council of Atlanta

Madeline Burak, Northern Nevada International Center

Katie Clark, Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

Alexandra Colemere, World Affairs Council of San Antonio

Margarita Dilane, World Affairs Forum (Stamford, CT)

Alicia Dondo, Santa Fe Council on International Relations

Max Ebacher, Worcester World Affairs Council

Bridget Franciscovich, World Affairs Council of New Hampshire

Ellie Gamache, International Affairs Council (Raleigh, NC)

Elyse Jardine, World Affairs Council of Montana

Katie Krafka, Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council

Alana Laudone, World Affairs Council of Connecticut

Andrew Maheu, World Affairs Council of New Orleans

Philip Daniel Mawamba, World Affairs Council of the Florida Palm Beaches

Jerry Palermo, World Affairs Council of Northwest Ohio

Anthony J. Pellegrino III, World Affairs Council of Detroit

Danielle Rovelli, Tennessee World Affairs Council

Whitney Schneider, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

Sylvia Sedrak, Colorado Springs World Affairs Council

Crystey Smith, Peoria Area World Affairs Council

Meneka Thiru, Alaska World Affairs Council

Luka Vukadinovic, World Affairs Council of Jacksonville

Andrew Wright, Vermont Council on World Affairs


Apply Now: Confronting the Nuclear Threat

The World Affairs Councils of America has been awarded a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York for a new and very timely Engage America Speaker Series entitled, From the Cuban Missile Crisis to Iran: Confronting the Nuclear Threat. More Information

Councils: Applications to participate in the program are due COB Friday, October 5. Download Application


Top nuclear security experts will cover the broad range of issues and multifaceted challenges presented by nuclear weapons and will address some of the most pressing and time urgent issues before the international community today, including: the Iranian nuclear program, securing nuclear materials in key countries such as Russia and Pakistan, START, nuclear terrorism, and the North Korean challenge, among other issues. The specific topics for each Engage America Speaker program will be determined by the interest and focus of the speaker in coordination with the hosting council.

Apply Now: How Much for Defense?

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce its partnership with the Center for International Policy for a new Engage America Speaker Series entitled, How Much for Defense? National Security and Foreign Policy on a Budget. Applications are due COB Friday, October 12, for interested councils. Download Application More Information


Apply Now: Spotlight on Turkey 2013

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce its seventh year of collaboration with the Turkish Cultural Foundation on the National Spotlight on Turkey program. More Information

All councils may submit expressions of interest. The series will be offered for up to 15 World Affairs Councils across the country. Download Application

Applications are due COB Friday, October 12. Please email completed applications to Althea Georgantas at


Academic WorldQuest 2012-2013

Pledge Participation Now

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Councils: Pledge participation in the 2012-2013 Academic WorldQuest National Competition by submitting this AWQ Participation Pledge Form to Althea Georgantas at Councils who pledge to participate will have access to a full set of questions to utilize in local competitions.


The Study Guide for the 2012-2013 Academic WorldQuest Competition is now available here. The National Competition will take place Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Georgetown University


2012-2013 Categories 

  • US Economic Competitiveness 
  • US Education:Competing Globally
  • US Energy Policy
  • Middle East 
  • Afghanistan/Pakistan
  • China
  • UN Millennium Goals: Environmental Sustainability
  • Geography
  • Current Events
  • Cuban Missile Crisis: 50th Anniversary

A Teacher's Guide is available to help Councils reach out to schools and explain how to get involved in Academic WorldQuest. Teacher's Guide


EU Educational Outreach Program

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The World Affairs Councils of America's EU Educational Outreach Program is underway. WACA is conducting this program in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States and is working with 13 local World Affairs Councils to implement it in their communities as part of our Six Top National Security Issues programming - US Education: Competing Globally. The objective of the program is to engage American students and teachers on a personal level to deepen their understanding and knowledge of the European Union.


Materials for educators and presenters participating in the EU Educational Outreach Program are available. These materials are also available to any member of the network interested in learning more about Europe and the EU. More Information

WACs in the News

World Affairs Council of Harrisburg

President and CEO Joyce M. Davis had a busy month. She penned an op-ed for The Patriot-News titled, "U.S. can't be intimidated by Middle East attacks." She was also interviewed on WITF's Smart Talk on the recent protests and violence in the Middle East. Listen Here


World Affairs Council of Greater Reading

The Reading Eagle covered the World Affairs Council of Reading's Understanding Muslim Societies program with Princeton professor Dr. Amaney A. Jamal. The program is sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America and made possible by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The paper wrote not one, but two articles: "Arab scholar decries slaying of U.S. ambassador in Libya" and "Lifting veil on U.S.-Arab relations."


World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette covered the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh's program with Burma expert Michelle Fanzo. Read Here


World Affairs Council of Dallas/Forth Worth

D Magazine covered the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Forth Worth's program with political analyst Dr. Larry Sabato. Read Here

What's Happening in the Network 

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. We encourage you to follow-up with the sponsoring council for more information. If you have a program that you would like highlighted on our website or in the WACA Weekly, please contact Ian J. Byrne at

 WACA Leadership Network

To access the World Affairs Councils of America Leadership Network, go to our homepage and click on WACA Leadership Network on the right-hand side.  The Leadership Network includes program resource materials, best practices, available authors and speaker recommendations, as well as a host of other information.

Recommended Speaker
Dr. Jerry Leach is the former President of the World Affairs Councils of America and a former Professor and Director of the American Studies Center at the American University in Cairo. 

Dr. Leach has held a number of position in government and in the private sector. He is the former National President of the World Affairs Councils of America. He has also been the Peace Corps Regional Director for Eastern Europe, the Soviet Republics, Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific.  In the U.S. government, Dr. Leach served as the National Security Council Director of International Economic Affairs at the White House, as the Deputy Director in the Office of Strategic Technology Affairs, State Department, and as a Consular Officer in the U.S. Embassy, on post in London, UK. Dr. Leach has also been an Assistant Lecturer at Cambridge University, Instructor at the University of Papua New Guinea; and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkey.

Dr. Leach obtained a BA from Emory University (magna cum laude), an MA from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MA and PhD from Cambridge University. He has also received a certificate from the Kennedy School, Harvard in Senior Executive Programs and a certification from the U.S. Foreign Service Institute for Diplomatic Training Programs.
Access the full list of Recommended Speakers in the WACA Leadership Network.

Available Authors

The World Affairs Councils of America works with publishers and has prepared a list of authors on the WACA Leadership Network who are available to receive invitations from World Affairs Councils around the country.


button conferenceWe have specifically highlighted authors who can speak to one of the Six Top National Security Issues voted on by our Council Leaders. These authors will help us in our effort to conduct a national conversation and debate on these six top issues in the run up to the 2012 elections. We also have a listing of authors who can speak on other foreign policy topics under General Interest.


Among the latest additions to the Available Authors is:


Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett's Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran


Less than a decade after Washington endorsed a fraudulent case for invading Iraq, similarly misinformed and politically motivated claims are pushing America toward war with Iran. Today the stakes are even higher: such a war could break the back of America's strained superpower status. Challenging the daily clamor of U.S. saber rattling, Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett argue that America should renounce thirty years of failed strategy and engage with Iran-just as Nixon revolutionized U.S. foreign policy by going to Beijing and realigning relations with China.


Former analysts in both the Bush and Clinton administrations, the Leveretts offer a uniquely informed account of Iran as it actually is today, not as many have caricatured it or wished it to be. They show that Iran's political order is not on the verge of collapse, that most Iranians still support the Islamic Republic, and that Iran's regional influence makes it critical to progress in the Middle East. Drawing on years of research and access to high-level officials,Going to Tehran explains how Iran sees the world and why its approach to foreign policy is hardly the irrational behavior of a rogue nation.


A bold call for new thinking, the Leveretts' indispensable work makes it clear that America must "go to Tehran" if it is to avert strategic catastrophe.

Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett are two of America's most renowned Middle East analysts. They have served in senior positions at the National Security Council and the State Department, and currently teach international relations at Yale University. Flynt Leverett also directs the New America Foundation's Iran Initiative. Their writing has appeared in the 
New York TimesPoliticoForeign Policy, and Washington Monthly, among other publicationsThey live in northern Virginia.


For more information on these authors and more, go to our homepagethen click on WACA Leadership Network. Once logged in, click on "Available Authors."

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