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Future of Korea 2016
Leadership Mission to Israel
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WACA to Host President Poroshenko of Ukraine on Eve of 2016 Spring Leadership Meeting

WACA is honored to host President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine  for a reception and major speech at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center on Wednesday March 30Following his address, a VIP Reception with President Poroshenko and his delegation will be open to WACA's 1918 Society members and selected guests of partner organizations. 

With 450 registrants, the evening with President Poroshenko is sold out!

The 2016 Spring Leadership Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 31, at 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, in Washington, DC. VENUE: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 2020 K Street, NW - 11th Floor, Washington, DC 20006.  We look forward to welcoming many of you in sharing best-practice management techniques and programming advice.
Korea: Application Deadline April 1 

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce the continued collaboration with the  Korea Economic Institute of America  on the  Future of Korea  program series. The speaker program focuses on the economic and political situation on the Korean Peninsula as well as U.S.-Korea relations.
The centerpiece of the program is a panel discussion consisting of one representative each from the U.S. Department of State, the Korean Embassy, KEI, or other relevant institutions. The panel participants typically offer a general overview presentation (approximately 45-60 minutes in length), followed by a Q&A period. The speakers address political, security, economic and financial issues pertaining to the Korean Peninsula and U.S.-Korea relations. Details

All Councils may submit applications; four to eight Councils will be selected to participate. Councils interested in hosting need to send a completed Application Form to Althea Georgantas at by
April 1, 2016.
June Leadership Mission to Israel 

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce that the
America-Israel Friendship League will host a WACA Leadership Mission to Israel during  June 2-10, 2016 .

The Leadership Mission will be comprised of an AIFL escort, WACA President Bill Clifford, and  up to 14 delegates  from the Council network. 

This unique trip to Israel will focus on a variety of contemporary issues, including Middle East regional affairs, Israeli politics and diplomacy, counter-terrorism, immigration and refugees, innovation and entrepreneurship (alternative energy, IT, health care), and religious diversity. Full details 

The deadline to apply is April 8, 2016. 
Academic WorldQuest 

The Carlos and MalĂș Alvarez 2016 Academic WorldQuest National Competition will be held in Washington, DC on April 22-23

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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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.

COUNCIL LEADERS: Please share this opportunity with your members and supporters as a free benefit!
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.
World Affairs Councils Highlights
Monday, March 28

World Affairs Council of Harrisburg hosts "Great Decisions 2016 - The Koreas" Details

Juneau World Affairs Council hosts "Timeline: Palestine-Israel"  Details

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts "Cuba and the U.S.: What Does the Future Hold?"  Details

Tuesday, March 29

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts "Peter Bergen - United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists" Details

Vermont Council on World Affairs hosts "International Visitor Leadership Program: Low Carbon Energy Technologies" Details 

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "The Congressional Role in Foreign Policy"  Details

Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts "Update on U.S. Policy in the Middle East"  Details

World Affairs Council of Maine hosts "Myanmar's Democratic Transition and the Challenges Ahead" Details 

Wednesday, March 30

Cleveland World Affairs Council hosts "EU-U.S. Free Trade & the Future of World Trade"  Details

World Affairs Council of Houston hosts "How to Defeat ISIS"  Details

Richmond World Affairs Council hosts "Turkey's Role in the Shaping of a New Middle East"  Details

Dayton Council on World Affairs hosts "WSU Movie Showing: Timbuktu"  Details

World Affairs Council of Delaware hosts "Prof. Jeremy Black on 'Airpower: A Global History'"   Details

WorldDenver hosts "Jake Bright, the Next Africa"  Details

Global Minnesota hosts "Cooking with Kimchi"  Details

Thursday, March 31

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts "Nowhere People"  Details

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts "Beyond the Nuclear Deal: What Is the Future of U.S.-Iran Relations?"  Details

South Dakota World Affairs Council hosts "Putting a Human Face on Syria"  Details

Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts "Trans-Pacific Partnership Panel Discussion, Luncheon"  Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts "Bolstering National and Global Resilience in the Face of 21st Century Mayhem"  Details

World Affairs Council of Tacoma hosts "Quarterly Networking Social!"  Details

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts "TMS Global Social Hour with the Young Professionals of the Charlotte City Club"  Details

Institute of World Affairs (Milwaukee) hosts "Financing Study Abroad 101 Session"  Details

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts "International Issues and Uses of Drones Aircraft"  Details

World Affairs Council of Central Florida hosts "UCF Global Perspectives: Humanitarian and Founder of Tostan"  Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts "Movie Screening and Panel Discussion: He Named Me Malala" Details

World Affairs Council of St. Louis hosts "The Koreas" Details

International Relations Council (Kansas) hosts "Understanding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)"  Details

World Affairs Council Upstate hosts "Traditional Chinese Cooking Class"   Details

Friday, April 1

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts "Reza Aslan 'Fear, Inc. Confronting Islamophobia'"  Details

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts "Global Business Series: International Dimensions of Strong Corporate Cultures"  Details

Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy hosts "WorldQuest - UCCD Presents the Third Annual WorldQuest Trivia Challenge"  Details
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.
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