March 13, 2017
1918 Society Conference Call
New WACA Website
KNOW NOW Conference Call
AWQ 2016-2017
WACA 2017 National Conference
Global I.Q. Minute
World Affairs Council Highlights
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1918 Society Call with Amb. Jeffrey

WACA is delighted to present an exclusive conference call for members of the 1918 Society:  Ambassador James F. Jeffrey  will brief participants this Thursday, March 16, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET on the topic of "Charting America's Way Forward in the Middle East."

Ambassador Jeffrey is the Philip Solondz Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute, where he focuses on U.S. diplomatic and military strategy in the Middle East, with emphasis on Turkey, Iraq, and Iran. In addition to his service as ambassador in Ankara and Baghdad, he served as assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor in the George W. Bush administration ( full bio). 

1918 Society Members are welcome to invite up to three guests to participate on the call. RSVP by emailing Lian Esehaki at with your guests' names. 
Make Council Voices Heard: New WACA Website 

The World Affairs Councils of America will launch our new website in the coming months. As we begin this process we invite Council CEO's and experienced staff to weigh-in.

The new WACA site aims to do a much better job of highlighting Council events and programs, providing useful tools for member organizations, and strengthening Council network cohesion and visibility. 

Join us for a conference call next Monday, March 20, at 2 PM ET, to share your ideas with our Web designer Macky Hall, and WACA National office staff. Please register with  Lian Esehaki at
KNOW NOW Conference Call: The U.S., Japan and Asia

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits East Asian capitals this week, following Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's golf summit with President Donald Trump, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' trip to Japan and South Korea in February. WACA presents a KNOW NOW briefing by Jim Schoff, senior fellow in the Asia Program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, on the U.S.-Japan alliance, North Korea's nuclear threat, and security and economic challenges from China and the region. 

Register for the conference call, to be held Tuesday, March 21, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET. 

James L. Schoff, senior fellow at Carnegie Endowment, focuses his research on U.S.-Japan relations and regional engagement, Japanese politics and security, and the private sector's role in Japanese policymaking. He previously served as senior adviser for East Asia policy at the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense and as director of Asia Pacific Studies at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA). (Full bio)

If you missed last month's KNOW NOW, listen to our podcast with Anne Applebaum,  Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics, on "The U.S., Ukraine, and Russia's Western Ambitions."

KNOW NOW conference calls feature global thought leaders hosted by WACA, as well as local authorities in government, business, academia and cultural fields who are identified and moderated by local Councils. 

Council CEOs: Submit your ideas for local experts to bring community and national issues of global dimensions to our network, using our national conference call platform. Please email Lian Esehaki at
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

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors: 
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!
Global I.Q. Minute with Jim Falk

The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth's Global I.Q. Minute featured Stephen Biddle, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Defense Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. In this episode, Biddle discusses the future of American support in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. impact on the region's conflicts, and the contested Afghan/Pakistan border - an area where the sides have a "tendency to negotiate by 155 millimeter artillery."  Listen to the podcast here .
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, March 13

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts General Michael Hayden, former Director of the NSA and CIA, on "Intelligence Wars: U.S. Intelligence in the Wake of Terrorist Threats" Details

World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay presents "Great Decisions: Latin America's Political Pendulum" Details

World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts Jon Huntsman Jr., chairman of the Atlantic Council and co-chairman of No Labels, on "America's Changing Role in the Global Arena" Details

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan's Great Decisions lecture on "Afghanistan: To Fight ... or Run?" will feature Ronald Neumann, President of the American Academy of Diplomacy, and former Ambassador to Afghanistan Details

WorldBoston hosts Andy Molinsky, Professor of International Business at Brandeis University, on "The World in Your Workplace" Details

Tuesday, March 14

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts a two-day event featuring Jim Foley, Director of the International Trade Center and the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship, Operations and International Trade at Bradley University, on "Creating Export Success" Details

Alabama World Affairs Council hosts John Pomfret, award-winning journalist and author, on "U.S.- China Relations" Details

World Affairs Council of Central Illinois hosts Richard Hayes, Major General in the Illinois National Guard and Director of the Department of Military Affairs in the governor's cabinet, on "NATO and the Relationship between Poland and the Illinois National Guard" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Helene Cooper, Pentagon Correspondent for The New York Times, on "A Reporter's Global View" Details

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts a Department of State sponsored TESOL Exchange Program, on "Development of English Educational Curriculum." The event will be held March 14-19  Details

Wednesday, March 15

World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts The Honorable Nancy Johnson, representative of the 5th and 6th district of Connecticut, and Riva Levinson, President and CEO of KRL International LLC, on "A Celebration of International Women's Day" Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Sergey Vladimirovich Petrov, Consul General of the Russian Federation, on "U.S.- Russia Relations under the New Administration" Details

Indiana Council on World Affairs hosts Katherine Moon, Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College, on "How Will "New Koreans" Shape Inter-Korean Relations?" Details

Thursday, March 16

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts General Michael Hayden, former Director of the NSA and CIA, on "Intelligence Wars: A Discussion about the CIA and NSA" Details

Worcester World Affairs Council hosts Jeremy Haft, CEO of SafeSource Trading, author and professor at Georgetown University, on "Trading Places: America, China, and the Fight for Middle Class Jobs" Details

The North County Chapter of the San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Marilyn Bruno, retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer, on "Global Efforts to Combat MRSA: No Good Drugs for the Bad Bugs" Details

WorldDenver hosts Daniel Baer, former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and Stephen Bridges, Consul General of UK in Chicago, Illinois, on "The Special Relationship between the U.S. and UK" Details

International Affairs Forum (Traverse City) hosts retired USAF Major General Marke Gibson, senior advisor on Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration within the FAA, on "Keeping up with the Drones: Challenges and Opportunities for the U.S." Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Dr. Roberto Dondisch, Consul General for Mexico, on "North America in the 21st Century: A Mexican Perspective" Details

World Affairs Council of St. Louis' Great Decisions series presents "Conflict in the South China Sea" with Dr. Joel Glassman, Professor and Director of International Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis Details

Global Cincinnati hosts Jesse Holland, race and ethnicity editor for The Associated Press, on "Race in America: Then and Now" Details

Olympia World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Heather Grob, Professor of Economics at St. Martin's University, on "The Trade Policies of the Trump Administration" Details

World Affairs Council of Charleston hosts Clint Eisenhauer, Senior VP for external affairs at the South Carolina Ports Authority, on "Charleston's Ports: Economics and Security" Details

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts an International Women's Day Dinner followed by a screening of "Finding Dawn", a documentary on human trafficking of women and girls, featuring Dr. Mary Burke, Professor at Carlow University and Founder of the Project to End Human Trafficking; Christine Welsh, filmmaker; and Dr. Prajna Parasher, Director of Chatham's Film and Digital Technology Program Details

Friday, March 17

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts Deborah Wince-Smith, President and CEO on the Council of Competitiveness, on "Global Competitiveness" Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Benjamin Rohe, Co-founder of Germantech Digital and founding managing director of the German Tech Entrepreneurship Center, on "The New Oil: (Em-)Powering the 21st Century and Radical Economic Change" 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: 

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

Mimi Gregory, VP and Program Chairman, Naples Council on World Affairs, Cruise the Face of Europe:  May 15 - 30

Contact or call 1-800-942-5004, extension 209 or 217.

The World Affairs Councils of America 

1200 18th St., NW, Suite 902, Washington, DC 20036

Phone (202) 833-4557  Fax (202) 833-4555

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