March 6, 2017
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World Affairs Council Upstate Month
Media Mention: Global Minnesota
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Cover to Cover Author Series 

To mark International Women's Day on March 8, The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to feature Amani Al-Khatahtbeh for this month's  Cover to Cover Author Series, on her book  Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age

The conference call will be held Wednesday, March 8, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.  

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh is the founder and editor-in-chief of, the #1 Muslim women's blog in the United States. She regularly provides commentary on social, cultural, and political issues on outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera, and the BBC, and has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, and made Forbes "30 Under 30" list. She is an activist, writer, and spoken word artist, who studies political science and Middle Eastern studies at Rutgers University. Amani is a frequent speaker at conferences and events addressing issues pertaining to women, Islam, and the Arab world. You can follow her on Twitter at @XOAmani. 
World Affairs Council Upstate - Cultural Month

The World Affairs Council Upstate (South Carolina) kicked-off its annual International Month on March 1st,  designed to highlight Upstate's rich blend of global cultures and celebrate it.

During this month, dozens of incredible cultural events take place. Guests enjoy  international cuisine, stunning traditional dance, and unforgettable international entertainment. C ultural exhibits, international art contests, global  business networking and community social events are organized as well. Check out the full calendar of events go to here
Media Mention: Global Minnesota 

Carol Engebretson Byrne, President of Global Minnesota has shared a recent Star Tribune editorial on "Why U.S. Shouldn't Alienate Latin America." Global Minnesota hosted Inter-American Dialogue President Michael Shifter on Feb. 22-23. Shifter is the author of the 2016 and 2017 Great Decisions sections on Cuba and Latin America, respectively.
AWQ 2016-2017: Hotel Block Expires March 30 

This year's  AWQ Study Guide , is now available, along with complete information about the Carlos and MalĂș Alvarez 2017 Academic WorldQuest  National Competition.  

The  Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2017 Academic WorldQuest National Competition  will be held on  Saturday, April 29,  at the  National Press Club  in  Washington, DC .

This year's National Competition will feature a welcome reception at the  United States Institute of Peace , on  Friday, April 28, at 4:30-6:00 PM.  For Topics, Study Guide, and other information click  here

Registration for the AWQ National Competition has started.  Teams  must complete this Registration Form as soon as possible in order to participate.  Registration forms are due no later than March 20! 

Please see the 2017 Program Schedule and stay tuned for updates. 

Hotel Reservations:  
To utilize our special hotel rates, book your room now at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center (775 12th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005)For reservations click here . Book now! These discounted rates expire March 30

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WACA 2017 National Conference 

Save the Date!

WACA's 2017 National Conference  will be held on November 15-17 
at the  Capital Hilton . Registration details will be available during summer. 

For more than two decades, the World Affairs Councils of America's annual conference has presented top government officials, diplomats, business executives, civic leaders, think tank policy experts and journalists to a national audience. Council leaders and members from WACA's affiliates across the country engage with these speakers and thought leaders over the course of three stimulating days in our nation's capital. The 2016 event was great, and we look forward to welcoming you back this November!
World Affairs Council Highlights

Monday, March 6

World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts a Great Decisions lecture on "U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum" Details

Naples Council on World Affairs hosts Dr. Cynthia Watson, Professor of national security strategy at the National War College, on "Latin America's Failing Democracies" Details

World Affairs Forum (Stamford) hosts Graeme Wood, Edward R. Murrow, Press fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and Lecturer in political science at Yale University, on "What ISIS Really Wants" Details

Tuesday, March 7

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts David Arnold, president of the Asia Foundation; Dr. Gloria Duffy, president and CEO at the Commonwealth Club of California; N. Bruce Pickering, VP of global programs and executive director for the Asia Society Northern California; and Jane Wales, CEO at the World Affairs and Global Philanthropy Forum and vice president at the Aspen Institute, on "President Trump and the Future of U.S.-Asia Relations: A View of the West Coast" Details

World Affairs Council of Rochester hosts Evans Revere, senior advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group, on "10 Things you Need to Know about a Nuclear-Armed North Korea" Details 

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Angela Stent, director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and Eastern European Studies at Georgetown University and a member of the senior advisory panel for the NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, on "Washington, Moscow, and Beijing in the Trump Era" Details
World Affairs Council of Palm Beach hosts Frank Holder, managing director of the Latin America Practice at the Berkeley Research Group, on "Democracy, Populism, and Oil - Challenges and Opportunities in Venezuela" Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts a Sustainability Series event on "Water," featuring Marcela Hahn, executive director of the Strategic Partnerships Unit at CARE, and Matthew Diserio, president of Water Asset Management Details

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts Aaron David Miller, VP for New Initiatives and distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, on "Future of U.S. Involvement in the Middle East" Details

Wednesday, March 8

World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts Thomas Graham, managing director at Kissinger Associates, Inc., senior fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, and co-director of the Russian Studies Project at Yale, on "Russia and the U.S. in the Trump Era" Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts International Women's Day Breakfast "Be Bold For Change" with Ambassador Mary Ann Peters, CEO of The Carter Center; Dr. Amy Baxter, CEO of MMJLabs; Hala Moddelmog, President and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber; and Rickey Bevington, senior anchor and correspondent at Georgia Public Broadcasting Details

WorldDenver hosts International Women's Day Gala featuring Sheryl WuDunn, co-author of A Path Appears:Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunities ; Amy Livingston, executive director of the Global Health Foundation; Deb Thomas, Professor at the University of Colorado; Dr. Patricia Gabow, founding member of Federal Medicaid, CHIP Payment, and Access Commission Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts an International Women's Day Town Hall featuring Linda Calhoun, executive producer at Career Girls; Ana Teresa Fernandez, multimedia artist; and Musimbi Kanyoro, president and CEO at the Global Fund for Women Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts International Women's Day Breakfast Panel Discussion with Julia Vicente, superintendent of the Wyomissing School District; Andi Funk, CEO of Cambridge Lee; Lisa Frye, chair of computer sciences and IT at Kutztown University; and Shruti Modi, manager of data platforms at Penske Truck Leasing Details

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Shadi Hamid for a discussion of his book Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle over Islam Is Reshaping the World Details

Global Minnesota hosts Varadarajan Chari, Professor and founding director of the Heller-Hurwitz Economics Institute at the University of Minnesota, on "Global Conversations: Trade and Politics" Details

World Affairs Council of Maine hosts Rebecca Davis Gibbons, visiting assistant international relations professor at Bowdoin College, on "Nuclear Security: The Enduring Challenge of Nuclear Weapons" Details

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Dr. Shelley Rigger, Professor of East Asian Politics at Brown University and chair of Chinese Studies, and Assistant Dean of Educational Policy at Davidson College, on "U.S.-Taiwan-China Relations under the New Administration" Details

Thursday, March 9

World Affairs Council of Tacoma hosts Governor Jay Inslee of Washington State and Mayor Marilyn Strickland of the City of Tacoma, on "How Washington State Factors in the Values and Vision of the Nation" Details

Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts Ambassador Ross Wilson, former ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan, distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council, and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Institute of Turkish Studies, on "Turmoil in Turkey" Details

World Affairs Council of Rhode Island hosts Stephen Kinzer, internationally recognized foreign correspondent and author of The True Flag , on "Should Americans Try to Re-Shape the World?" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Scott Miller, author and former foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, on "The History of Allen Dulles and the German Resistance in World War II" Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts three Professors of law with the Berkeley School of Law at the University of California: Daniel Farber, Sho Sato, and John Yoo, on "President Trump and Executive Power" Details

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts Michael Posner, Professor at the New York University Stern School of Business, on "Making Practical Progress on Human Rights: An Essential Element of Sustainable Business" Details

Friday, March 10

World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts Brad Roberts, director at the Center for Global Security Research with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, on "The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century" 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!

2017 travel schedule includes trips to: 

Joyce M. Davis, President, WAC of Harrisburg, Journey to Southern Africa:  Feb. 26 - Mar. 13

Megan Torrey, Executive Director, WAC of Connecticut, Cultural Cuba: Mar. 26 - Apr. 3

Jim Falk, President and CEO, WAC of Dallas/Fort Worth, Inside Iran:  Apr. 21 - May 4

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