January 23, 2017
Middle East Program Series
Cover to Cover
WACA-Global Ties Conference Breakfast
PRISM - Call for Manuscripts
Academic WorldQuest 2016-2017
World Affairs Councils Highlights
Travel the World
Join Our List

Follow Us

Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  View our videos on YouTube
Our Sponsors
 

























UPS
Middle East Program Series 

With generous support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, WACA is delighted to present a fresh Engage America Speaker Series on  American Policy in the Middle East for a New Administration . Eight Councils have been selected to participate in the program, which is designed to inform the American public about policy options in response to opportunities as well as the multiple interconnected crises in the Middle East. On January 18, the World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosted Thomas R. Pickering, former undersecretary of state and long-time ambassador, and Jim Walsh, research associate at MIT's Security Studies Program. The Charlotte Observer published a piece co-authored by Pickering and Walsh on the current situation in Iran and the future of the nuclear deal.

Upcoming events:
In a sold-out event, Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer, S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East policy studies at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, will discuss U.S. and the Middle East: 2017 & Beyond.

Dr. Jessica Tuchman Mathews, distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Amb. James B. Smith, executive vice president and dean of the College of Engineering, Technology and Aeronautics at SNHU; and Dr. William Zemp, senior vice president and chief of staff for Southern New Hampshire University, for a Town Hall on "What Should America Do in the Middle East?"
Cover to Cover
Author Series

February's Cover to Cover will host David Biello, TED's new science curator, on his new book The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth's Newest Age  on Wednesday, February 15, at 2 PM ET .


David Biello is an award-winning journalist who has been reporting on the environment and energy since 1999. He has been an editor and contributing writer at Scientific American, and he also contributes frequently to the Los Angeles Review of Books, Yale e360, Nautilus, and Aeon. Biello has been a guest on radio shows, such as WNYC's The Takeaway, NHPR's Word of Mouth, and PRI's The World. He hosts the ongoing duPont-Columbia award-winning documentary Beyond the Light Switch for PBS.
WACA-Global Ties Conference Breakfast

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to sponsor the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting once again this year as part of a reciprocal arrangement to strengthen collaboration between our organizations.

For those Council leaders, staff, and board members who plan to attend the Global Ties "Unity in Community " Conference in Washington, DC, we cordially invite you to participate in the  World Affairs Councils of America breakfast on  Thursday, February 9 , hosted by WACA President Bill Clifford  at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Please rsvp here
by January 31

Carol Byrne, President of Global Minnesota, and Scott Gillespie, Editor of the Editorial Pages at the Star Tribune will be among the featured speakers at the upcoming Global Ties U.S. meeting. Their topic is media partnerships; the Star Tribune's Jan. 6 column highlighted the Council's 2017 Great Decisions program.

For more on our partner Global Ties' accomplishments in building peace and prosperity through exchanges, check out this video
PRISM - Call for Manuscripts 

PRISM - the premier quarterly journal published by the Center for Complex Operations (CCO) at the National Defense University - is pleased to invite manuscripts that illuminate and provoke debate on whole-of-government efforts to conduct reconstruction, stabilization, counterinsurgency, and irregular warfare operations. It is a general call for papers, authors are encouraged to aggressively seek out and identify problems that should be fixed irrespective of prevailing USG policy or current military doctrine. 

The CCO was established in 2009 at the National Defense University when the Congress authorized it for the purpose of improving inter-agency collaboration and performance in complex operations. PRISM is now in its seventh year of publication, and has a quarterly print run of 12,000, with recipients in more than 80 countries. PRISM has proudly published articles by heads of state and government, as well as thought leaders from the defense, development, and diplomatic - or D3 -communities.

WACA has been offering a  free subscription to PRISM to World Affairs Councils and their members  since July 2014.  To receive the quarterly journal please s ubscribe  here .

Please do not hesitate to email  prism@ndu.edu with any questions.
Academic WorldQuest 2016-2017

This year's  AWQ Study Guide , is now available, along with complete information about the Carlos and Malú 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

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: 
   
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, January 23

World Affairs Council of Palm Beach hosts Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer, S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East policy studies at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, on "Challenges in the Middle East for the New Administration" Details

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts a half-day seminar on "Doing Business with Cuba" Details

W orld Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts journalist Carla Power, a 2016 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in general non-fiction, on "A Journey to the Heart of the Quran" Details

Tuesday, January 24

Columbus Council on World Affairs hosts Dr. Richard Herrmann, Chair of the political science department and i nterim director of Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University, on "U.S. & the Middle East: Policy Challenges for the New Administration" Details

Alabama World Affairs Council hosts a Great Decisions 2017 Seminar Series on "Trade and Politics" Details  

World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts Edward Alden, the Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, on "Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy" Details    (WACA National Conference Speaker)

Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council hosts Dick Shriver, Management Consultant and Mentor, on "The Cold War: Its Start, End, and Aftermath, and Relevance Today" Details

World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities hosts pediatrician Majdi Omar, MD, on "The Syrian Refugee Crisis: An Eyewitness Perspective" Details

Global Minnesota hosts Tom Hanson, diplomat in residence and former career foreign service officer, on "2017 U.S. Foreign Policy Update" Details

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts "The World...in General" Program Series, featuring Vincent Chin Hsiang Yao, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Details

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts Rear Admiral Jonathan White (Ret.) and member of the Center for Climate and Security's Advisory Board, and President and CEO of the Ocean Leadership Consortium, on "The Arctic and Climate Change" Details  (WACA National Conference Speaker)

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts a briefing with senior officers representing several branches of the United States military, to discuss "U.S. National Security Challenges for the New Administration" Details  

Wednesday, January 25

World Affairs Forum (Stamford) hosts Dr. David Cameron, professor of political science and director of EU studies, Yale University, on "The EU and the UK after Brexit" Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Brandon Lee, Consul General of Canada, Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco; and Kenneth Smith, director of the Trade and NAFTA office, Embassy of Mexico in Washington DC, for a "Diplomat Luncheon: NAFTA Under Threat?" Details

World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts Salam Al Marayati, Co-founder and President of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (WACA National Conference Speaker) ; and M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D., founder and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) and Co-Founder of the Muslim Reform Movement, on "Muslim Reform Movement: Is This Necessary and Why?" Details  

World Affairs Council Jacksonville hosts Andrew Nagorski, award-winning journalist and author, on "The Nazi Hunters at MOSH" Details

Dayton Council on World Affairs hosts Dr. Mehnaz Afridi, assistant professor of religious studies and director of the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College, on "Jewish-Muslim Relations During the Holocaust & Colonialism" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Peter Kornbluh, senior analyst, National Security Archive "Post-Fidel Cuba and Its Future with the U.S." Details (WACA Cover to Cover Author)

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts T.J. Stiles, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the National Book Award for nonfiction, on "Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America" Details

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts its "Austin Business Professionals Series Inaugural Event: Business Dining Etiquette & Modern Table Manners" featuring Sharon Schweitzer, author, cross-cultural trainer, international etiquette expert Details

Thursday, January 26

Savanah World Affairs Council hosts J. Matthew McInnis, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, on "Iran, the U.S., and the Future of the Nuclear Deal" Details

Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts David Straub a researcher, educator, lecturer, and commentator on current Korean Peninsula affairs, to discuss "The Korean Peninsula Problem" Details

Foreign Policy Association hosts a panel on "The 2016 Presidential Election: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead" featuring Ellen Fitzpatrick, Professor, University of New Hampshire; Nicholas Wapshott, biographer and international editor at Newsweek; and moderator Stephen Schlesinger, fellow at The Century Foundation Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Oscar Jonsson, researcher, department of War Studies, King's College London, on "Russia and EU/NATO: A Systemic Conflict" Details

The North County Chapter of the San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Dipak Gupta, Professor Emeritus at SDSU, on "Can ISIS Be Defeated?" Details

World Affairs Council of California Central Coast hosts Jorge Tagle, Council General of Chile, to discuss current events in Chile Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts the 10th Earl of Dartmouth, Lord William Legge, representative of the United Kingdom Independence Party in the European Parliament, on "I Campaigned for Brexit" Details

World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts Lew Nescott, Jr., member of the intelligence unit at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and strategic advisor with TradeFlow21; and John Lucker, principal in Deloitte & Touche LLP, on "Global Threats and Big Data" Details

Sarasota World Affairs Council hosts Alex Tait, The Geographer for the National Geographic Society in Washington DC, on "Ocean Exploration and Protection for a Bold, Blue, and Prosperous Future" Details  

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts former U.S. diplomat Todd Huizinga, and former Croatia/EU diplomat Jelena Grčić Polić, to discuss "Central Europe and U.S. Foreign Policy" Details

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts Dr. Jessica Tuchman Mathews, distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Amb. James B. Smith, Executive Vice-President and Dean of the College of Engineering, Technology and Aeronautics at SNHU; and Dr. William Zemp, senior vice president and chief of staff for Southern New Hampshire University, for a Town Hall on "What Should America Do in the Middle East?" Details

World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosts Geneive Abdo, senior fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council, on "The New Sectarianism: The Arab Uprisings and the Rebirth of the Shi'a-Sunni Divide" Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center hosts an educator's workshop on "Sustainable Development Goals: Girls at the Center of Development" Details; and the Council  hosts Reem Mohammad Asaad, a Saudi Arabian financial adviser and writer, to discuss "Saudi Arabia and Socio-Economic Change in the Digital Age" Details

Northern Nevada International Center hosts from January 26-31 an IVLP Delegation from Belarus on American Libraries Details

Friday, January 27

Los Angeles World Affairs Council hosts Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, on "U.S. Foreign Policy in an Age of Disarray" 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!
 
Ambassador Heather Hodges, President & Ambassador-in-Residence, Cleveland Council on World Affairs,  Colombia Rediscovered : February 3 - 13.

Joyce M. Davis, President, World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, Journey to  Southern Africa:  February 26 - March 13.

Megan Torrey, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Connecticut,  Cultural Cuba:  March 26 - April 3.

Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth,  Inside Iran:  April 21 - May 4.

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

Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs Councils of Northern California,  Circumnavigation of Iceland: August 1 - 9. 

Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum, Stamford,  Silk Road Odyssey: October 1 - 20.

Derrick Olsen, President, World Affairs Council of  Oregon,  Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia :  October 9 - 17.

Ambassador Mark Johnson, Founder, World Affairs Council of Montana,  Mystique of the Orient:  October 17 - 29.

Dr. Jerry Leach, former President, World Affairs Councils of America,  Inside Morocco:  October 20 - November 2.

Contact  www.wacphila.org/travel 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

Email waca@worldaffairscouncils.org Website www.worldaffairscouncils.org