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America's Diplomats - WACA Film & Discussion Series  

Our seventh and final America's Diplomats film screening and discussion program series, sponsored by the American Academy of Diplomacy (AAD) will be held this week.  On Tuesday, June 27 , the WAC Kentucky and Southern Indiana will  feature Margaret Scobey, former Ambassador to Syria and Egypt
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The refugee crisis has continued to inflict the world, with forcibly displaced persons exceeding 65 million, the highest since World War II. Nancy Lindborg, President of the United States Institute of Peace, has spent her career working in fragile and conflict affected regions around the world. On World Refugee Day 2017, Lindborg joined Bill Clifford for a conversation about getting ahead of the refugee crisis and what WACA Councils can do to help. Listen now.

"I was told to come alone. I was not to carry any identification, and would have to leave my cell phone, audio recorder, watch and purse at my hotel." Washington Post reporter Souad Mekhennet, a Muslim woman born and educated in Germany, has interviewed the world's most wanted terrorists from the inner circles of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and ISIS. Hear her compelling story from behind the lines of jihad and her thoughts on why the Arab Spring fell short of its promise.
Councils Are Hiring!
Executive Director
World Affairs Council of Western Michigan is hiring! For details, click here!

Director, Programs and Administration Leadership
WorldDenver is hiring! For details, click here!
WACA 2017 National Conference: Hotel Block Open!

Book Your Hotel Now!

The  World Affairs Councils of America 2017 National Conference will be held  November 15-17 at the Capital Hilton in Washington DC. 

Staying at the Capital Hilton
We have secured a special group rate:
  • 1 Queen/King bed Deluxe Room: $279/night          (Single/Double Occupancy) plus tax

This distinguished hotel is located 
in  the heart of our nation's capital -  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, memorials,  shopping,  dining, nightlife, and more.

Further announcements on National Conference speakers and other program details will be made in the coming weeks.
Cover to Cover Author Series: July - September

WACA will host Lisa Palmer for a conference call to discuss her new book,  Hot, Hungry Planet  on  Tuesday, July 18, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET

Lisa Palmer is a fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and a journalist whose writing focuses on the environment, energy, science, and business sustainability .
Promote Your Council: Send Us Your Stuff!

WACA is about to launch our new website. The best way to bring your Council programs to life for the entire network is to email us - often - your  high-res photos, video, and audio

The new site will showcase Councils' convening power, innovative educational initiatives, and community impact. 

Help us promote your work by emailing Chelsea Beaulieu.
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, June 26
Pacific & Asian Affairs Council holds "Peace, Environment, Human Rights, and Global Peace." Details
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of Computer Science at Oxford, for "Artificial Intelligence: Fact & Fiction." Details
World Affairs Council - DC holds its WorldQuest Pub Quiz for international affairs trivia. Details

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia holds a screening of "Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS." Details

World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts Dr. Jerrold D. Green, President & CEO of the Pacific Council on International Policy, for "Crisis in the Persian Gulf - Where Will This Lead?" Details

Tuesday, June 27

World Affairs Council - DC hosts Ambassador James Dobbins to discuss his memoir, Foreign Service: Five Decades on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy. Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Jeff Graham, Executive Director of Georgia Equality, for "From Georgia Equality to Global Equality: Driving a Movement for LGBTQ Rights." Details

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts a panel of distinguished experts in Middle Eastern policy for "US, Iran, Saudi Arabia: A New Diplomatic Calculus?" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of Computer Science at Oxford, for "Artificial Intelligence: Fact & Fiction." Details

Foreign Policy Association hosts Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger for its Centennial Lecture series. Details

Wednesday June 28

International Institute of Buffalo hosts "Eat the World!" Details

WorldDenver hosts Abdülhamit Bilici, Editor-in-Chief of the Turkish newspaper, Zaman, for "Turkey in Turmoil." Details

Colorado Springs World Affairs Council holds a screening of "Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS." Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Ambassador Shapiro, World Affairs Council President and former Director of the Cuban Affairs Bureau at the U.S. State Department, for "Cuba: Back to Square One?" Details

International Affairs Forum hosts Dr. David Shambaugh, Director of the China Policy Program at The George Washington University, for "Where Great Powers Meet: America and China in Asia." Details

The International Relations Council hosts Brigadier General Peter Zwack, a former senior defense official, for "Russia in 2017: Perspectives & Challenges." Details

Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts Ambassador Ronald Schlicher and Ambassador Charles Bowers for "President Trump Abroad and a New US Foreign Policy." Details

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts an International Trivia Night. Details

Thursday, June 22

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of Computer Science at Oxford, for "Artificial Intelligence and Open Data." Details

San Diego World Affairs Council holds a discussion on "Fiber Optics: History, Security, Applications, and More". Details

World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosts "WorldQuest Warm-Up." Details

Friday, June 30

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and David Olson, Past Director of the Portland Cable Office, for "The FCC and the Future of Net Neutrality." Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts H.E. Carlos Pareja, Ambassador of Peru to the US, for their event "Strategic Alliance Between Peru and the U.S. 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!

2017-2018 travel schedule includes trips to: 
  • Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum (Stamford), Silk Road Odyssey: Oct. 3 - 19
  • Dr. Jerry Leach, former President, World Affairs Councils of America, Inside Morocco: Oct. 20 - Nov. 2
  • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President, Programs, World Affairs Council Northern California, Southern Africa: Feb. 18-Mar. 5
  • Patrick Ryan, President, Tennessee World Affairs Council, Tuscany: May 29-Jun. 6
Contact www.wacphila.org/travel  or call 1-800-942-5004 , ext.  209  or 217 .

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