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 September 2014

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Letter from the President

Dear Friends and Supporters:


With scores of events scheduled at World Affairs Councils around the country this month - including many in our Combating Anti-Trafficking and our Understanding Muslim Societies series - the national network is clearly in "back to school" / "back to business" mode. 


The National Office is gearing up for a busy fall, too, and I want to note a few very important dates:


This Friday, September 5, is the deadline to apply for the WACA China Leadership Mission in mid-October. A diverse group of 10 Council leaders will form the delegation. Complete details are provided below.


Also on September 5, the early-bird registration rate expires for our America and the World 2015 National Conference.  Be sure to share the information with your Council memberships and take advantage yourselves of the discounted rates to our premier national event.


Last but not least, I urge Councils to nominate promising undergraduates for the 25 Conference scholarships made available by the WACA National Board of Directors. Information is below; the deadline for nominations is September 12.


We are putting together a terrific roster of fresh, insightful speakers on the major issues you identified for this year's Conference. With all that is afflicting our world, we will get beyond the headlines in conversations that will engage all generations and shape your programming for the year ahead.



Bill Clifford
President and CEO
2014 National Conference
Early Bird Ends Friday, September 5
The World Affairs Councils of America will host its 2014 National Conference, America and the World 2015, on November 5-7 at The Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel in Washington, DC.

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 2014 National Conference Agenda will examine: 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. More Information

Register Now


Reserve Hotel Room


Non-Member (Reg. $595): $495
World Affairs Council Member (Reg. $495): $465
World Affairs Council Board Member (Reg. $465): $435
World Affairs Council CEO (Reg. $465): $435
World Affairs Council Staff (Non-Executive, Reg. $435): $395
World Affairs Council Volunteer Executive (Reg. $435): $395

(Early Bird Rate Expires Friday, September 5)


Newly Confirmed Speakers to Date

Head of Cyber Risk, Dow Jones & Company

Visiting Fellow for Cybersecurity, Brookings Institution

Senior Associate, Project on Prosperity and Development, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Senior Advisor to the Acting President, United States Institute of Peace

Professor and Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies, Georgetown University





Confirmed Embassy Receptions


Staying at The Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel 
We have secured a special group rate at The Fairfax at Embassy Row:


Superior King: $234 per night (Single/Double Occupancy)


Superior Two Doubles: $254 per night (Single/Double Occupancy)


Reserve Room Here


The Fairfax at Embassy Row is a historic Washington, DC hotel is located in the Dupont Circle area. A Washington, DC landmark, the hotel has an intriguing history that spans more than 80 years. More Information

National Conference Scholarship Deadline: Sept. 12
WACA LogoThe National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America is proud to announce that we will be offering 25 scholarships for college undergraduate students from our national network to attend the 2014 National Conference, America and the World 2015, November 5-7, 2014, in Washington, DC at The Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel. Details and Nomination Instructions 



Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

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Leadership Mission App. 
Deadline: Friday

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce that the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) has agreed to host a Leadership Mission to the People's Republic of China from October 11-19, 2014. Note: Delegates will depart the U.S. on October 11 and arrive on October 12.

Please click here for further details and application instructions. The Leadership Mission will include up to 10 delegates. Applications are due Friday, September 5.

A Leadership Mission is a working visit made by a WACA National Leadership Delegation to a foreign country. It is an important membership benefit for our network leaders and sponsors. Missions allow participants to obtain firsthand knowledge of the host country, which helps them to design and operate programs, events and activities for their councils that make a real difference in fostering grassroots understanding and engagement in international affairs.

Itineraries and meetings are organized by the host. Arrangements will be made for the delegation to interact with selected government agencies, major political parties and NGOs in order to further enhance the delegates' understanding of the People's Republic of China.
News from the National Office
1918 Society Conference Call on Energy
The World Affairs Councils of America will host Karen Alderman Harbert, President and CEO of the Institute for 21st Century Energy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, on Tuesday, September 9, at 1:00 PM ET. The call will be moderated by WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford.

reply to this email to receive dial-in information.

1918 Society Members: As an added benefit, 
you are welcome to invite up to 
three guests to join this call.

Karen Alderman Harbert is president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy (Institute). Harbert leads the Institute's efforts to build support for meaningful energy action nationally and internationally through policy development, education, and advocacy. Under Harbert's leadership, the Energy Institute has evolved into a premier national and international organization dedicated to advancing a constructive energy agenda with the business community, policymakers, and consumers. Harbert frequently testifies in front of Congress and provides analysis to the media, policymakers, and industry leaders. Full Bio

The World Affairs Councils of America hosted Ambassador Martin S. Indyk for a 1918 Society Conference Call last week on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. 

Interested in joining the 1918 Society? Learn more here.

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:


September 1 -- South Dakota World Affairs Council


September 16 -- Alaska World Affairs Council, International Center of the Capital Region (Albany, NY), and World Affairs Council of Connecticut


September 18 -- World Affairs Council of Northwest Ohio


September 24 -- World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley (Poughkeepsie, NY)


September 26 -- World Affairs Council of Austin

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 very successful 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:

September 25 -- World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads and World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana

September 26 -- Columbus Council on World Affairs

September 30 -- World Affairs Council of Northwest Ohio
World Affairs Councils in the News

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

Exxon Mobil CEO to Get This Year's Mallon Award -- The Dallas Morning-News 


World Affairs Council of the Desert

Newsmaker: Retired General Explores World's Great Issues -- The Desert Sun


World Affairs Council of Philadelphia

Rep. Ryan Makes Philly First Stop on Book Tour -- The Philadelphia Inquirer

What's Happening in the Network 

There are over 60 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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