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Bill Clifford to Speak at UN Film Screening

Quinn Studios and Lookback Productions will present a special screening of "One Rock, Three Religions" at the United Nations on Wednesday, April 13, at 6:00 PM The event will featured a post-screening panel discussion with film producer Valentina Castellani-Quinn, director Isaac Hertz, WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford, and others.  See event details/invitation

"You are nobody if you don't remember where you come from." - Father David Neuhaus 

Drawing from this powerful statement, "One Rock, Three Religions" explores humanity's  connection to one of the world's most revered and disputed places, Jerusalem's Haram  Al Sharif or The Temple Mount.

Jerusalem has been at the center of some of humanity's most creative and dramatic periods. Today it finds itself again at the crossroads between East and West. The Israel-Arab conflict has defied resolution for decades. It has horrified and outraged with its cynicism and cruelty. In the light of recent developments, we find the urgency to try to "connect" with the history of this place, the people, their beliefs...to finally find a
key which can allow people to accept each other.

For more information, visit One Rock, Three Religions . View the trailer.
Academic WorldQuest 

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

Stay engaged, post updates and photos on the event using hashtag #AWQ2016 

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. (full bio

Please contact the WACA office if you are interested in hosting Marc Lynch at your local Council.

In May, we will host Steven Radelet on his new book  The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing Worldon Wednesday, May 18, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET

In June, we will host Anja Manuel on her new book THIS BRAVE NEW WORLD: India, China, and the United States  on Tuesday, June 14, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET

COUNCIL LEADERS: Please share these opportunities with your members and supporters as a free benefit!
World Affairs Councils Highlights
Monday, April 11

Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council hosts "Dinner and Conversation with the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Herbert Quelle, on The Refugee Crisis" Details

Pacific and Asian World Affairs Council hosts "Sino-Capitalism Spring Forum" Details

World Affairs Council of Maine hosts "Syria, the Middle East, and the New Cold War: How Three Tiers of Conflict Created an Apocalypse" Details

International Institute of Buffalo hosts "Great Decisions 2016 - Chinese Ambition in the South China Sea" Details

International Affairs Forum (Traverse City) hosts "North Korea: The Hermit Kingdom" Details

Tuesday, April 12

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts "Amb. Marc Grossman - Understanding the Muslim World: Were We Fooled by the Promise of an Arab Spring?" Details

SouthEast Connecticut World Affairs Council hosts "The Story Behind the Syrian Refugee Story - the Need for Rehabilitative Care during Humanitarian Crises" Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts "Global Leadership Dialogue Series - From Refugee to Global Leader" Details

World Affairs Council of Washington - DC hosts "Author Series: Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East" Details

Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts "How Did the Middle East Get into This Condition?"  Details

Montana World Affairs Council hosts "America's Diplomats Video Screening" Details

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts "Global Tipping Points: Juliette Kayyem" Details

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts "Venezuela: The Erstwhile Ally" Details

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts "U.S.-Cuba Relations: Past, Present, and Future"  Details

Institute of World Affairs (Milwaukee) hosts "Study Abroad Cell Phone Advising Session"  Details

Wednesday, April 13

World Affairs Forum (Stamford) hosts "Amb. Thomas M.T. Niles - In or Out: UK Referendum on the EU" Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "Diplomat Luncheon: Remarks by the Consul General of Turkey"  Details

Global Minnesota hosts "Global Conversation: The Future of Kurdistan"  Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts "India Changes Course-Right or Far Right"  Details

Global Ties Arizona hosts "2016 Genocide Awareness Conference"  Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts "Annette Gordon-Reed - Thomas Jefferson"  Details

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts "Comparative Global/Regional Migration and Displacement Challenges: Exploring Security and Moral Dimensions"  Details

International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts "WorldQuest: A Journey around the World"  Details

Thursday, April 14

World Affairs Council of St. Louis hosts "Climate Change"  Details

Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts "Eric Hirschhorn Addresses National Security Strategy behind Export Controls"  Details

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts "The Making of Asian America"  Details

World Affairs Council of Houston hosts "Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields and the New Politics of Latin America"  Details

WorldBoston hosts "WARA and WorldBoston's Young Professionals Meet Up"  Details

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts "Canada Customs 101: Securing Hassle-Free Access to Your Northern Market"  Details

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts "The Impact of the Recent Iran-West Nuclear Agreement on Nuclear Proliferation"  Details

Friday, April 15

WorldDenver hosts "Frank Rose, Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, U.S. Department of State" Details

Windham World Affairs Council hosts "Post-Genocide Peacebuilding and Reconciliation in Rwanda" Details
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.
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.
Contact  www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004 x209 or x217.

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