April 18, 2016
Academic WorldQuest
The Iran Deal: What's Next for America?
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World Affairs Councils Highlights
2016 WACA National Conference
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2016 Academic WorldQuest: April 22-23 

The World Affairs Councils of America is proud to present the  Carlos and MalĂș Alvarez 2016 Academic WorldQuest National Competition. We are thrilled to welcome 50 high school teams from around the country to Washington, DC, and we look forward to a great event this weekend. 

Stay engaged, post updates and photos on the event using hashtag #AWQ2016 

WACA is delighted to announce that its AWQ opening Reception will be hosted by the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center , on Friday, April 22, at 5:30 to 6:45 PM.    

Competition Location: This year's competition will take place at  The National Press Club

For the 2015-2016 AWQ Study Guide,  click here

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The Iran Deal: What's Next for America?

Last July, the U.S. and five other nations reached a milestone diplomatic agreement with Iran (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) designed to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon and to ensure that its nuclear program be exclusively peaceful.

Will this deal achieve that objective and will it serve America's broader interests in the turbulent Middle East? In return for accepting severe restrictions that hobble Iran's nuclear program and open Iran's nuclear facilities to unprecedented access of international professional inspectors, the U.S., the European Union, and the United Nations have agreed to lift economic sanctions that had been crippling Iran's economy over the past six years. The implementation of that agreement is now under way.

The Columbus Council on World Affairs will delve into this critical topic with three experts in the field, Dr. Jessica Tuchman Mathews, Richard Nephew, and Dr. Richard Herrmann. Event details

This program is supported by the World Affairs Councils of America, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and The Iran Project. In the coming weeks, World Affairs Council of Oregon, World Affairs Council of Seattle, and Cleveland Council on World Affairs will also participate in this program series. 

Watch the event LiveStream here
Cover to Cover Author Series

Cover to Cover  in April will present author Marc Lynch  on his new book The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East on Tuesday , April 26, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET

Lynch is professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. From 2009-2015 he served as director of the Institute for Middle East Studies. He is the founder and director of the Project on Middle East Political Science. He is also a non-resident senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a contributing editor at the Monkey Cage blog for the Washington Post. He is the co-director of the Blogs and Bullets project at the United States Institute of Peace. (full bio

Please contact the WACA office if you are interested in hosting Marc Lynch at your local Council.

In May, we will host Steven Radelet on his new book  The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing Worldon Wednesday, May 18, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET

In June, we will host Anja Manuel on her new book THIS BRAVE NEW WORLD: India, China, and the United States  on Tuesday, June 14, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET

COUNCIL LEADERS: Please share these opportunities with your members and supporters as a free benefit!
World Affairs Councils Highlights
Monday, April 18

World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosts "Spring Diplomat Salon: 'Mongolia's Democratic Transformation over 25 Years"  Details

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts "'Comin' To America' - The West Michigan Response to Refugees" Details

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts "Women in Entrepreneurship" Details

Tuesday, April 19

Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council hosts "Ambassador Christopher Hill"  Details

Columbus Council on World Affairs hosts "The Iran Deal: What's Next for America?" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts "Dr. Mohamed Keshavjee - Migration, Integration and Civil Society" Details

World Affairs Council of Central Florida hosts "Good Health Is Good Business" Details

International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts "Harry and Arthur: Truman, Vandenberg, and the Partnership That Created the Free World"  Details

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts "Laurie Garrett: Who Is in Charge of Global Health? Bracing for Chaos"  Details

World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley hosts "The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-1923" Details

Wednesday, April 20

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "Diplomat Luncheon: Remarks by the Ambassador of Chile to the United States"  Details

World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts "Evening with the Consul General of Israel: David Siegel"  Details

World Affairs Council of New Orleans hosts "The Iran Nuclear Deal: A Round-Table Discussion"  Details

Foreign Policy Association: Brexit and the Future of the European Union"  Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts "Displacement, Resettlement, and Responding to the Global Refugee Crisis"  Details

Montana World Affairs hosts "Council on the Radio with Kenneth Pollack"  Details

World Affairs Council of California Central Coast hosts "Gas Is cheap... But Is That a Good Thing?"  Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts "Sharing Their Experience in Haiti"  Details

World Affairs Council of Tacoma hosts "Nepal Service and Study Tour" Details

Los Angeles World Affairs Council hosts "Discovering Gravitational Waves - Proof of Black Holes" Details

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts "2016 World Citizen Award Dinner Honoring Philip L. Dubois, Chancellor of UNC Charlotte " Details

Institute of World Affairs (Milwaukee) hosts "Study Abroad Cell Phone Advising Session"  Details

Thursday, April 21

International Affairs Forum (Traverse City) hosts "Canada: PM Trudeau's New Directions"  Details

Richmond World Affairs Council hosts "The China Effect"  Details

Olympia World Affairs Council hosts "The Changing U.S.-Cuba Relationship: Still the Best of Enemies?"  Details

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts "Venezuela and Beyond"  Details

World Affairs Council of Delaware hosts "History and Perspective: Is Terrorism Ever an Effective Means to Political Change?"  Details

Savannah World Affairs Council hosts "ISIS and Al-Qaeda: Tactical Twins and Strategic Enemies"  Details

Peoria Area World Affairs Council hosts "Program on Ukraine"  Details

World Affairs Council of Houston hosts "The Woodlands Series: National Security & Climate Change" Details

World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts hosts "International Business Breakfast with John Morse of Merriam Webster" Details

World Affairs Council Upstate hosts "ACE Leadership Symposium: Advancing Multicultural Leadership" Details

Friday, April 22

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts "On the Campaign Trail: A Foreign Policy Perspective"  Details

Alaska World Affairs Council hosts "Dr. Stephen Stedman on 'Managing Global Insecurity'"  Details

World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts "Luncheon Ladder with Michael Boylan" Details
2016 WACA National Conference  
Save the Date! 

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce that its 2016 National Conference will take place on November 16-18, at The Capital Hilton

This distinguished hotel is  located in the heart of Washington, DC - just two blocks from the White House. Convenient to three Metro stations and Ronald Reagan National Airport, the hotel is within walking distance of museums and memorials, theaters and art galleries, shopping, dining, nightlife, and more. 

Further announcements on National Conference speakers, hotel reservations, and other program details will be made available later in the year.
Travel the World from WAC Philadelphia
Just Announced:  Council Leaders to Lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!

Ambassador Heather Hodges , President & Ambassador-in-Residence, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Across Spain and Portugal: September 6 - 22, 2016.
Kay Maxwell , Executive Director, World Affairs Forum, Stamford Journey through VietnamOctober 3 - 18, 2016.
Mimi Gregory, Vice President and Program Chairman, Naples Council on World Affairs, Cruising the Rivieras & Islands of France, Spain and Italy October 5 - 13, 2016.
Ambassador Sharon Wilkinson, former Board President, World Affairs Council of Arizona, Island Life in Cuba: October 23 - 31, 2016.
Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs Councils of Northern California, Tanzania: October 29 - November 8, 2016 
Craig Snyder , President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Inside Oman, UAE and QatarNovember 2 - 16, 2016.
Contact  www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004 x209 or x217.

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