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September 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


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$455 World Affairs Council Member ($495 after midnight)
$545 Non-Member 
$430 World Affairs Council CEO/Staff/Board Member 
Join the Discussion! 
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





Tarek Masoud
Associate Professor of Public Policy, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, JFK School of Government, Harvard University, on the Middle East





Barbara Slavin

Senior Fellow, Atlantic Center's South Asia Center; and Washington Correspondent, Al-Monitor, on the Middle East





Robin Wright

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 





Charles Sennott, Moderator
Vice President, Editor-at-Large and co-founder,Global Post




Click here to see the list of confirmed speakers


Councils, a flyer is available for your use to promote the National Conference to your members. Download Flyer


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

The World Affairs Councils of America will host its 2013 National Conference, Six Top Issues for 2014at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel. 


Register for 2013 National Conference


Reserve Hotel Room at The Liaison


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 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  


DC Recap in Virtual Library: Focus on Syria

virtual libraryWith 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


Visit the WACA Virtual Library

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 FoundationClick 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

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire

Teachers return from Turkey tour -- Foster's Daily Democrat 


World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

DFW World Affairs Council takes travelers on unforgettable adventures around the globe -- CultureMap Dallas 


World Affairs Council of Jacksonville

Workspace: Trina Medarev, executive director, World Affairs Council of Jacksonville -- Jacksonville Financial News & Daily Record


World Affairs Council of Atlanta

World Affairs Council Chair Encourages SMEs to Explore New Markets -- Global Atlanta


Vermont Council on World Affairs

Vermont teachers bring back lessons from Turkey -- Burlington Free Press


World Affairs Council of Seattle

Cheryl Shaw named president of World Affairs Council -- Northwest Asian Weekly

Recommended Speakers Database
Leadership NetworkThe World Affairs Councils of America has recently completed its most recent update of the 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 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

Be Part of the WACA Newsletter!

If you would like to highlight an upcoming program, email Ian J. Byrne at with the relevant information (a description of 200 words or less). 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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