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Speaker Highlights: Middle East
The Middle East is requiring some of the most determinant national security decisions before us as a country today. Join our Keynote Plenary discussion and take advantage of a special opportunity to engage on these issues directly with the leading experts and policymakers who are our special guests:
Keynote Panel Discussion: Middle East: On the Brink
Ambassador Ross Wilson
Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey; Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council; Lecturer, The George Washington University, on the Middle East
Associate Professor of Public Policy, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, JFK School of Government, Harvard University, on the Middle East
Senior Fellow, Atlantic Center's South Asia Center; and Washington Correspondent, Al-Monitor, on the Middle East
Joint Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; and author of Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic world, on the Middle East
Vice President, Editor-at-Large and co-founder,Global Post
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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:
- U.S. Energy Independence
- Global Economic Realignment
- Middle East
- Global Environment Issues
- U.S. Education
The World Affairs Councils of America will host its 2013 National Conference, Six Top Issues for 2014, at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel.
Register for 2013 National Conference
Reserve Hotel Room at The Liaison
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 the Kingdom of Morocco
- 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,
The Gambrinus Company, Raytheon, ExxonMobil, BP, Duke Energy, Goldman Sachs, and Coca-Cola
Deadline: National Conference Scholarships
The National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America is proud to announce that we will be offering 25 scholarships for college students from our national network to attend the 2013 National Conference, U.S. National Security: Six Top Issues in 2014, November 13-15, 2013 in Washington, DC at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel. For more information on how to apply, click here. The deadline is this Friday, September 6.
Councils, a flyer is available for your use to promote the National Conference to your members, which Ian J. Byrne has sent out. If you did not receive it, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DC Recap in Virtual Library: Focus on Syria
With the President asking Congress for the authorization to use military force against Syria to hold them accountable for their use of chemical weapons, the American people are directly engaged in this important decision. In accordance with our mission, the World Affairs Councils of America's National Office aims to provide the most up-to-date information regarding the decision-making process and will be updating the WACA Virtual Library with information on the decision as it becomes available over the next two weeks.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on the Authorization of the Use of Force in Syria
President Obama Speaks on Syria -- The White House
Government Assessment of the Syrian Government's Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21, 2013 -- The White House
President Obama Meets with Congressional Leaders on Syria -- The White House
Text of draft legislation submitted by Obama to Congress -- CNN
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Academic WorldQuest 2014: Study Guide Released
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.
The 2013-2014 Study Guide has been released, as well as information and resources for councils and teachers. More Information
Engage America Series: European Union
The World Affairs Councils of America has been invited by the Delegation of the European Union to the U.S. to submit a national bid for a grant for an Engage America Program designed to raise awareness about the EU and the EU-U.S. relationship. More Information
The events will take place on or around Europe Day, May 9, 2014. We are requesting councils to propose events to be included in this national grant proposal to the Delegation. Proposals are due September 15, 2013.
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 month's events include:
September 5 -- World Affairs Council of Las Vegas
September 10 -- World Affairs Council of Harrisburg
September 24 -- World Affairs Council of Connecticut
September 25 -- World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana
September 29 -- Tennessee World Affairs Council
World Affairs Councils in the News
Recommended Speakers Database
The World Affairs Councils of America has recently completed its most recent update of the Recommended Speakers Database on the WACA Leadership Network
What's Happening in the Network
There are over 80 World Affairs Council events across the country scheduled in September. 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 email@example.com.
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