November 27, 2017
2017 National Conference
Cover to Cover
AWQ 2017-2018
IRC Hosts Khizr Khan
Council Highlights
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Ariel Garfinkel, who led the session for student scholars and young professionals at the WACA 2017 National Conference, is a human rights scholar and activist with a background in international law and women's rights. WACA is pleased to present members with a 20% discount towards the purchase of her forthcoming book,  Scofflaw: International Law and America's Deadly Weapons in Vietnam (paperback edition to be released in January 2018). Order the book here and access the discount through November 30 using the code SCOFFLAW15 at checkout.

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Cover to Cover Author Series - Dec. 14

In  Digital World War , seasoned diplomat Haroon Ullah, with deep knowledge of Islamist politics and digital innovation, investigates the unprecedented impact of social media on the discourse of recent events in the Muslim World--from the Arab Spring and its aftermath to ISIS's online recruitment.

While he identifies the roles of social media in these events and the use of the dark web, hacking, and digital attacks, he also reveals how political parties, corporations, and governments have learned to exploit digital tools to target and mobilize audiences, to ultimately achieve power and status.

See Ullah's recent appearances on ABC's 20/20 with Diane Sawyer, as a guest on CNN, and read his article on ISIS in the Daily Beast.
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Join us for  next month's Cover to Cover on  Thursday, December 14, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.
Academic WorldQuest 2017-2018

Information for the 2017-2018 Academic WorldQuest program is now available!

This year's AWQ Study Guide is now available, along with more information about  The Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition, to be held  Saturday, April 28, 2018.

This year's AWQ National Competition will feature a welcome reception at the United States Institute of Peace on 
Friday, April 27. For topics, Study Guide, 
and more, click here.

Please note: the links in this block for the AWQ Study Guide are up to date. Links from previous emails may no longer be active due to the launch of the new WACA website

Sponsored by: United States Institute of Peace
International Relations Council (Kansas City) Hosts Khizr Khan

Khizr Khan will present and sign his new book, An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice, at the International Relations Council (Kansas City) this Thursday, November 30.
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Tuesday, November 28

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts a panel of experts for "DACA: The Impact on the Economy & Individuals." Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, for "Leonardo Da Vinci." Details

World Affairs Council of Maine hosts Chris Monroe, Attorney at Verrill Dana, for "The South China Sea." Details

Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts Elaina Vermeulen, Peace Corps Guatemala Volunteer, for "Reconciling Privilege." Details

World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, for "Assessment of President Trump's Emerging 'America First' Foreign & Economic Policies." Details

Wednesday, November 29

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts David Ignatius, Prize-Winning Washington Post Columnist, to discuss his book, The Quantum Spy . Details

World Affairs Council of Tacoma hosts a panel of experts for "Understanding Ethnic Conflicts at Home and Abroad." Details

Thursday, November 30

World Affairs Council of Maine hosts Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the United States, for "Prospects for U.S.-Southeast Asia Relations." Details

World Affairs Council - DC hosts Dr. Aisha Ahmad, author of Jihad & Co.: Black Markets and Islamist Power , for a roundtable discussion. Details

WorldBoston hosts Michael Shifter, President of Inter-American Dialog, for "Latin America's Political Pendulum." Details

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts James Astill, Lexington Columnist for The Economist , for "Global Emerging Markets: India, a Case-Study." Details

Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts Martha Crenshaw, Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, for "The Collapse of the Caliphate." Details

Friday, December 1

Alaska World Affairs Council hosts a panel of experts for "Incredible Tales From Alaskans Who Helped End the Cold War: The Inside Story of the Melting the Alaska - Russia Ice Curtain." Details

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, for "How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy." Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Brandon A. Lee, Canadian Consul General, and Roberto Dondisch, Mexican Consul General, for "Future of North American Trade." Details

Travel the World from WAC Philadelphia

Travel with Council Leaders - hear them lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!

2018 travel schedule includes trips to: 
  • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President, Programs, World Affairs Council Northern California, Southern Africa: Feb. 10-Mar. 5
  • Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum (Stamford), Ancient Kingdoms of China: May 5-19
  • Patrick Ryan, President, Tennessee World Affairs Council, Tuscany: May 29-Jun. 6
  • Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Cruise the Rhine, July 11-29
  • Anna Berry, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, Cambridge, Oxford, and the Cotswolds: July 20-28
  • Derrick Olsen, President, World Affairs Council of Oregon, Treasures of Ecuador: Aug. 27-31
  • Megan Torrey, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Hartford, Himalayan Kingdoms, Sept. 11-25
  • Mimi Gregory, Vice President of Programs, Naples Council on World Affairs, Inside Botswana: Oct. 4-16
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