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October 2013


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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


News from the National Office

2013 National Conference -- Join the Discussion! 

Speaker Highlight: Former First Lady Laura Bush
It is our honor and privilege to announce that former First Lady of the United States, Laura Bush, will be our Honorable Keynote Speaker at our 2013 National Conference. Laura Bush is an advocate for empowering women and girls to transform their countries through access to education, health care, and economic opportunity. Read More 

Laura Bush

Former First Lady of the United States
Honorable Keynote Speaker


Watch the Video 

Top Six Reasons to Come to the 
2013 National Conference (1min 22s)


Still need a reason to come to the 2013 National 
Conference? We've got six of them.


Deadline to Book Hotel Room: October 23

The 2013 National Conference will be held at The Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel. We have secured a special group rate at The Liaison Capitol Hill of $225/night. To book rooms at this rate, click below or call 1-866-233-4642 and reference "National Conference - World Affairs." The deadline to book a room at the special rate is Wednesday, October 23. 

Reserve Hotel Room at The Liaison


Register Now


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  

Register for 2013 National Conference


Tentative Agenda

Wednesday, November 13

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Fall Leadership Meeting for Council CEOs and Staff/Annual Membership Meeting

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM: Opening Dinner


Thursday, November 14

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Main Plenaries

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM: Embassy Receptions

  • Embassy of Canada
  • Embassy of Portugal
  • Embassy of the United Arab Emirates

Friday, November 15

7:30 AM - 8:45 AM: 1918 Society Breakfast

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Main Plenaries

Conference concludes at 3:00 PM


Thank you to our generous sponsors: 
Chevron, NATO, Google, The Gambrinus Company, 
Raytheon, ExxonMobil, BP, Duke Energy, 
Thomson Reuters, Goldman Sachs, and Coca-Cola


National Conference Scholarship Recipients

The National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America is proud to offer 25 scholarships for outstanding college students from our national network to attend the 2013 National Conference. We received a high number of qualified nominees from across the National Network. Congratulations to the following recipients:


Jasmine Woodland, Alaska World Affairs Council

Holly Rapp, Cleveland Council on World Affairs

Olivia Miltner, Columbus Council on World Affairs

Camille Ridgeway, Institute of World Affairs

Nestor Avila-Miranda, International Affairs Council of North Carolina

Zachary Halaschak, Naples Council on World Affairs

Madeline Sposato, Peoria Area World Affairs Council

Ethan Brown, South Dakota World Affairs Council

Ben Evans, Tennesee World Affairs Council

Maya Boyle, Vermont Council on World Affairs

Jason Smith, World Affairs Council of Atlanta

Katherine Dougherty, World Affairs Council of Colorado Springs

Robert Liebendorfer, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

Juliette Holthaus, World Affairs Council of Jacksonville

Benjamin Gies, World Affairs Council of Kentucky & S. Indiana

Melania Jankowski, World Affairs Council of Maine

Buddy Hocutt, World Affairs Council of New Hampshire

Mwende Katwiwa, World Affairs Council of New Orleans

Kim Shearer, World Affairs Council of Northwest Ohio

Wilaene Gonzalez, World Affairs Council of Oregon

Nina Wroniak, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Julio Cabral-Corrada, World Affairs Council of Puerto Rico

William Resch IV, World Affairs Council of Rochester

Joshua Kelly, World Affairs Council of Santa Fe

Kevin Gomez, World Affairs Council of St. Louis

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.
Spotlight on Turkey 2014: Call for Applications
The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce its eighth 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 14 World Affairs Councils across the country.


Applications are due Friday, October 25, 2013
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 FoundationClick here to see the participating councils. This week's events include:


October 7 -- Alaska World Affairs Council


October 8 -- Cleveland Council on World Affairs


October 8 -- Northern Nevada International Center


October 10 -- World Affairs Council of Sonoma County


October 10 -- World Affairs Council of Seattle


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 week include:


October 9 -- World Affairs Council of Jacksonville


Great Decisions Pre-orders now open

Offer Expires: October 20

The Great Decisions briefing book features impartial, thought-provoking analyses on eight issues of concern to U.S. policymakers today. Each article is written by carefully selected experts, offers questions and tools for discussion, as well as policy options for U.S. officials. Pre-order at the Foreign Policy Association's website


The Great Decisions in Foreign Policy on PBS DVD features eight half-hour, in-studio interviews, each tackling a different challenge facing America today.  Produced in association with Thomson Reuters, each episode of the 2014 series features a single one-on-one interview (non-documentary) with host David Rohde. 

Questions? Contact program coordinator Hannah Gais at or at 212-481-8100 Ext. 391

World Affairs Councils in the News

World Affairs Council of Houston

For Woodlands teacher, journey to Israel an eye-opening, educational experience -- The Villager  


Alaska World Affairs Council

U.S. Ambassador in Alaska says Northern Nations are Scrambling to Meet Arctic Challenges -- KTTU Channel 2 


World Affairs Council of Montana

GFHS teacher Habel honored as MT "Global Educator of the Year" -- KRTV Channel 3


Los Angeles World Affairs Council

Syria Panel Breaks Down Obama's Speech -- USC Annenberg Digital News


Columbia World Affairs Council

Coble, Monk: 20 years of helping SC connect with the world -- The State


World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities

Bringing a World view to the Quad-Cities -- Quad City Times


World Affairs Council of Kentucky and S. Indiana

Experts, survivor of human trafficking host panel at Bellarmine Univeristy -- WHAS Channel 11


Columbia World Affairs Council

Tisdale discusses Claflin's global perspective at Columbia luncheon -- The Times and Democrat


World Affairs Council - Washington, DC

Cultural Awareness and Education Celebrated at the Embassy of Bulgaria -- Diplomatic Courier


World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

Q&A: Author A. Scott Berg on why Woodrow Wilson still roils politics today -- Dallas Morning  News


World Affairs Council of Hilton Head

Utah governor speaks to Hilton Head World Affairs Council about shutdown, Asia -- The Island Packet

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 65 World Affairs Council events scheduled this week 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

Be Part of the WACA Newsletter!

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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