May 22, 2017
Cover to Cover
WACA Leadership and Board Meetings
WAC Greater Houston Honors GE's Immelt
World Affairs Council Highlights
Cleveland Council Honors Condoleezza Rice
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Geopolitics has returned with a vengeance, with an array of new threats to the liberal international order. As Donald Trump continues his first trip abroad as president, Cover to Cover takes a timely look at U.S. strategy for navigating the new geopolitical landscape. 

WACA will host Thomas Wright for a conference call to discuss his new book,   All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the 21st Century and the Future of American Power.  Join the conversation this  Thursday, May 25, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET

Tom Wright is director of the Project on International Order and Strategy and a fellow in the Center on the United States  and Europe at the Brookings Institution . ( Full bio . )
Council CEO & WACA Board Meetings:  
June 8-10 in Pittsburgh

Hotel Blocks Expiring - Reserve Your Room Now! 

WACA is  pleased that the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh will graciously host the Spring Leadership Meeting for Councils on June 8-9, one day before the WACA National Board's Summer Meeting on June 10 The program will open with a welcome reception featuring Asia expert Douglas H. Paal, Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on Thursday, June 8. Spring Leadership workshops will be held from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on Friday, June 9 and will include a keynote luncheon with Dr. Chris Howard President of Robert Morris University. 

Meeting Registration Fee: $50 per person. Register here!

Book your hotel TODAY before WACA group rates expire! 

Choose your Hotel (for up to three nights): 
Drury Plaza Pittsburgh Downtown: This block 
EXPIRED Monday, May 15, at Midnight
*If you would still like to book here, please contact the National Office and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Kimpton Hotel Monaco: This block expires 
THURSDAY, May 25th

Douglas H. Paal is Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He previously served as vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase International and was an unofficial U.S. representative to Taiwan as Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (2002-06). He served in senior posts on the National Security Council staffs of Presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush. Prior to that, Dr.  Paal held positions at the State Department, CIA, and at U.S. embassies in Singapore and China.

Dr. Chris Howard is the eighth President of Robert Morris University and one of the youngest college presidents in the U.S. He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and earned a doctorate in politics as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. He also has an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. Dr. Howard's service to his country began as a helicopter pilot, then as an intelligence officer, where he was assigned to the elite Joint Special Operations Command. After 9/11, he served in Afghanistan in the Air Force Reserve and was awarded the Bronze Star. Before coming to RMU, Dr. Howard was President of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and vice president for Leadership & Strategic Initiatives at the University of Oklahoma. (Full bio)

We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh! 
WAC Greater Houston Honors GE's Immelt

On May 25, in celebration of the 18th Annual Jesse Jones Award, the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston will honor General Electric Chairman and CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt as its 2017 International Citizen of the Year. 

Mr. Immelt is the ninth chairman of GE, a post he has held since 2001. Named one of the "World's Best CEOs" three times by Barron's, Mr. Immelt will discuss innovation, globalization, the necessity for multinational agreements, and why a company like GE must have its own "foreign policy" for doing business throughout the world.
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, May 22
World Affairs Council - Washington D.C. hosts former Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily for a talk on rebuilding a country and society after conflict Details

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia with Masha Gessen Details

Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts  The Changing World Order  with journalist Bill Stewart Details 

Tuesday, May 23

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Africa After Ebola discussion panel featuring global health and epidemiology experts Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle  hosts European Populism After Trump with Eckart Woertz, Senior Fellow at the Barcelona Center for International Affairs Details  

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Five G's that Define the World: Generations, Gender, Geography, Global Cities, and Graduation with public opinion expert Robert Moran  Details

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Israel and Palestine and Peace in the Middle East with WAC Philadelphia CEO Craig Snyder and Middle East expert Jerry Sorkin; Philadelphia Inquirer foreign affairs columnist and editorial board member Trudy Rubin will moderate  Details

Global Minnesota hosts Opportunities in a Vibrant Region: Doing Business in Latin America discussion panel, featuring leaders of local businesses with expertise in the region  Details

World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts The Burning Years: Author talk and Community Climate Action with author and former WAC Connecticut Executive Director Felicity Harley and climate activist Ben Martin  Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Asia's Rise and America's Decline: Obama to Trump and Beyond with Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator of the Financial Times, Gideon Rachman  Details

Wednesday, May 24

World Affairs Council of Alaska hosts Cybersecurity: National Events and Policy Dilemmas with Dr. Bill Scherlis, head of the Institute for Software Research at Carnegie Mellon University Details 

Foreign Policy Association hosts its Annual Dinner (multiple honorees) Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts The New "New Middle East": Egypt and Turkey with Steven A. Cook, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations Details

WorldDenver hosts A New Era with Mexico? featuring former Mexican Ambassador Miguel Basanez Details

Thursday, May 25
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts its Jesse H. Jones Award Luncheon honoring Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman and CEO of General Electric Details
Columbus Council on World Affairs hosts its Global Fluency Training on China, Germany, and India with Brad Goesche, CCWA Senior Director of the Global Fluency Institute Details

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Dr. Cindy Combs of UNC Charlotte for a talk on foreign relations in the Korean Peninsula  Details

Foreign Policy Association hosts The Sovereign Citizen with Prince Philipp of Liechtenstein  Details

WorldBoston hosts  Nuclear Opportunities and Risks under President Trump: North Korea and Beyond  with Joe Cirincione, President of Ploughshares Fund, and Jon Wolfsthal, Fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard and the Carnegie Endowment Details

World Affairs Council of Maine hosts Trump's 3 AM Phone Call: North Korea on the Line  with Frank Jannuzi, President and CEO of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, and Bradley Babson, consultant on Asian affairs Details

World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts a book discussion on 
Five Wars: A Soldier's Journey to Peace   with author Fred Johnson Details

WorldDenver hosts Refugee Policy Under the Trump Administration   with Anne Richard, former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Details

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Trade Routes and the Evolving Geopolitics of the Middle East  with Dr. Robert Meyer  Details

Friday, May 26

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts a panel discussion:  Stories of Refugee Resettlement in Dallas  Details
Cleveland Council Honors Condoleezza Rice

On May 15, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs presented Condoleeza Rice, the 66th U.S. Secretary of State, with its 2017 Global Impact Award for her distinguished career in international affairs. Dr. Rice delivered the Brooks Emery Distinguished Lecture before taking part in a moderated conversation with Ronald B. Richard, CEO of the Cleveland Foundation, about her newest book, Democracy: Stories form the Long Road to Freedom .

Proceeds from the event went to support the Cleveland Council's educational programs, specifically their Model United Nations program for middle and high school students and Speaker Forum programs.
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: 
  • Mimi Gregory, VP and Program Chairman, Naples Council on World Affairs, Cruise the Face of Europe:  May 15 - 30
  • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior VP of Programs, WAC of Northern California, Circumnavigation of Iceland: Aug. 1 - 9 
  • Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum (Stamford), Silk Road Odyssey: Oct. 3 - 19
  • Derrick Olsen, President, WAC of Oregon, Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia: Oct. 9 -17
  • Ambassador Mark Johnson, Founder, WAC of Montana, Mystique of the Orient: Oct. 17 - 29
  • Dr. Jerry Leach, former President, World Affairs Councils of America, Inside Morocco: Oct. 20 - Nov. 2
Contact  or call 1-800-942-5004 , ext.  209  or 217 .

The World Affairs Councils of America 

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