March 27, 2017
Cover to Cover Author Series
Travel to Cuba with WAC Atlanta
WAC Atlanta Hosts UK's Nigel Farage
Global I.Q. Minute
AWQ 2016-2017
World Affairs Council Highlights
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Cover to Cover Author Series

WACA will host  Howard W. French on his new book,  Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power , for April's Cover to Cover conference call Tuesday, April 11, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

Howard. W. French is Associate Professor of Journalism at Columbia University. He wrote from Africa for The Washington Post, and at The New York Times he was bureau chief in Central America and the Caribbean, West and Central Africa, Japan, and China. French is the recipient of two Overseas Press Club awards and a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee. He has written for The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and Rolling Stone, among other national publications.

"Everything Under the Heavens is the most persuasive account I've ever read of how China's history shapes its foreign policy and that of its neighbors today. A subtle and beautifully written book that offers surprising lessons for how Americans and Asians should respond to China's rise. Strongly recommended for policy makers and citizens alike." - Susan Shirk, Chair of 21st Century China Center, University of California, San Diego. 
TRAVEL: Cuba - the Transition Begins (April 22-26)

Amb. Charles Shapiro, President 
of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, will lead a trip to Havana, Cuba from Saturday, April 22, to Wednesday, April 26 . Shapiro has led five trips to Cuba over the past two years. He served as the State Department's Coordinator for Cuban Affairs from 1999 to 2001.

In March 2018 Cuba will find itself in unknown territory - without a Castro running the country. Rául Castro will step down as president in February 2018. His brother Fidel of course ran Cuba, first as prime minister and then as president, from 1959 to 2008. 

Participants on the trip will meet with government officials to understand Cuba's domestic policies, changes in the economy, efforts to attract foreign investment, and what the government will look like after Rául. Expect a deep dive into the real Cuba: the group will meet with independent entrepreneurs who are making their businesses succeed against all odds; visit people in their homes to learn about daily life such as how their ration cards work; be briefed by the U.S. chargé d'affaires (acting ambassador) at the U.S. Ambassador's Residence. And we will have a great time - mojitos, culture, art, and more. Maybe even a cigar or two. The trip is only three work days out of the office - depart Saturday, return Wednesday afternoon. If you want to finish out the week in Cuba, WAC Atlanta can help you make arrangements. 

For more information, contact Clare Morton at Prices start at $3,600 per person based on double occupancy. Click here for trip flyer and here for itinerary.
KNOW NOW Podcasts Available

Our KNOW NOW conference call series last week featured Lindsay Lee Plack, director of government relations at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, on the implications of the proposed budget cuts and USGLC's efforts to stop them.  Listen to the podcast

KNOW NOW also hosted 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. Listen to the podcast . 

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, using our national conference call platform to bring local and national issues of global dimensions to our network.

Council CEOs: we welcome your recommendations of local speakers and invite you to moderate KNOW NOW calls. Please contact Lian with your ideas at
UK's Nigel Farage at WAC Atlanta

World Affairs Council of Atlanta last week hosted Nigel Farage, former chair of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), for an event titled "From Brexit to Trump". Mr. Farage, a key Brexit architect, spoke with Council CEO Charles Shapiro about the United Kingdom and Europe after Brexit, the rise of populism, and the U.S. under President Trump. See Global Atlanta's coverage and check out the photo album
Global I.Q. Minute with Jim Falk

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth CEO Jim Falk hosts some of the world's leading thinkers, writers, and diplomats for Global I.Q. Minute. Check out the latest podcasts:

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   ASAP

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 Hotel block sold out.

Please see the 2017 Program Schedule and stay tuned for updates. 
This year's  AWQ Study Guide , is also on our website. 

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World Affairs Council Highlights

Monday, March 27

Richmond World Affairs Council hosts Allen Lynch, Professor at the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics at the University of Virginia, on "Contemporary Russian Foreign Policy" Details

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan presents a Great Decisions lecture on "The EU: Uncertain Future" featuring John McCormick, Professor in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Details

World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay presents "Great Decisions lecture on: Nuclear Security"   Details

Tuesday, March 28

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts two events: "The Future of Climate Security" featuring Lukas Haynes, Executive Director of the David Rockefeller Fund, Vice Admiral Robert Parker, an independent adviser for the National and Homeland Security, Maritime Security and Operations, and Cyber Awareness, and Ian Kraucunas, Director of the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Divisio Details
"Written in Water: Issues around Access in India and Bangladesh" featuring Marla Smith-Nilson, founder and Executive Director of Water1st International Details

World Affairs Council of San Antonio and Saint Mary's University School of Law host Right Honorable Henry McLeish, member of Parliament, First Minister of Scotland, and member of the Queen's Privy Council, on "The European Union: What Is Next for This Unique Project?" Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Isaac Bekalo, President of the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction, Meena Palaniappan, founder and CEO of Atma Connect, and Birger Stamperdahl, President and CEO of Give2Asia, on "Disaster Preparedness: Views from the Epicenter" Details

World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities hosts Dr. Richard Dienesch, Professor at the Department of Managerial Studies at the Saint Ambrose University, on "Culture Matters: Working with and Managing People All over the Globe" Details

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts James Roberts, retired U.S. Army Colonel, on "Special Operations Forces Overseas Capabilities" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts a two-day event on March 28-29 with Doug Mack, author and travel writer, on "The Role of U.S. Territories and Outposts" Details

World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts Dr. Casey Lucius, former Professor at the National Security Naval War College, on "Tests of American Resolve: U.S. National Security Challenges in the Year Ahead" Details
Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts Chas Freeman, former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and senior fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, on "Reimagining Relations with the Middle East" Details
Wednesday, March 29

World Affairs Council of Washington D.C. hosts its "2017 Global Education Gala" Details

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Nico Ravanilla, Assistant Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy of University of California San Diego, on "The Philippines under President Duterte: Nagging Questions and an Optimistic Outlook" Details

Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts Mahir Zeynalov, distinguished Turkish journalist and analyst, on "Turkey's Unraveling Democracy and Impact on U.S.-Turkey Relations" Details

World Affairs Council Northern California hosts Daniel Franklin, executive editor of The Economist, and moderator Quentin Hardy, head of editorial of Google Cloud, on "Technology and the Future: A Vision of Our Lives in 2050" Details

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts a forum on "Global Business" Details

Thursday, March 30

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Her Excellency Ligia Fonseca, lawyer, advocate, and First Lady of Cape Verde, on "The Success Story of Cape Verde" Details

Foreign Policy Association hosts Parag Khanna, best-selling author of "Technology in America: Rise of the Info-State" and global strategist, on "Connectivity as Strategy: A Vision for America's Next World Role" Details

Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts Horstpeter Kreppel, retired judge of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, on "Brexit and Migration: Challenges for Europe" Details

WorldDenver hosts Ambassador Chris Hill, Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, General George Casey, former Chief of Staff of the United States Army, Graeme Wood, correspondent for The Atlantic, on "What ISIS Really Wants" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads hosts Dr. Jeffrey Garten, Dean at the Yale University School of Management, and Dr. Jeff Tanner, Dean of the Strome College of Business at Old Dominion University, on "To Trade or Not to Trade: Globalization vs. Nationalization" Details

World Affairs Council Las Vegas hosts Deborah Hensler, Associate Dean and Director of Law and Policy Lab at Stanford University, on "Re-Inviting Arbitration: Drawing Lessons from International Trade Treaty Controversies" Details

World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley hosts Andrew Oros, Professor at the Washington College, on "Japan in the Trump Era Details

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts Bill Adams, Senior International Economist at the PNC Financial Services Group, and Guhan Venkatu, Vice President and Senior Regional Officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, on "Prospects for the U.S. and Global Markets" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Jonathan Clark, six-time space shuttle crew surgeon and assistant professor of Neurology and Space Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, on "Space Tourism: Commercial Potential in the New Space Era" Details

The North County Chapter at the San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Jack Bowsher, former NCC Board member and retired corporate executive at IBM, to discuss two case studies (IBM and Accenture) to illustrate how international companies develop worldwide markets that provide thousands of good-paying American jobs Details

World Affairs Council of Maine hosts Peter Robbins, photographer, to share stories and photographs about his bike trip from China to Italy via the Silk Road Details

Friday, March 31

World Affairs Council Orange County hosts General Michael Hayden, former Director of the NSA and CIA, on "Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror" Details
Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Eric Trager, Esther K. Wagner Fellow at The Washington Institute, and expert on Egyptian politics and on the Muslim Brotherhood, to discuss "Arab Fall: How the Muslim Brotherhood Won and Lost Egypt in 891 Days" Details   
World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts Medical Teams International members: Joe DiCarlo, Global Ambassador for MTI and Felix Omodi, Country Director for MTI's Uganda program, on "Mending the World: MTI's Mission and Work" Details

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts Rosa Brooks, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and senior fellow at New America, on "How Everything Became War and the Military Everything" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts General Hans Ilis-Alm, Senior National Representative at U.S. CENTCOM and a Brigadier General in the Swedish Armed Forces, on "Security Challenge: Sweden, U.S. Team in Baltic Region" 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: 
  • 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. 1 - 20
  • 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, fmr. President, World Affairs Councils of America, Inside Morocco: Oct. 20 - Nov. 2
Contact  or call 1-800-942-5004 , ext.  209  or 217 .

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