September 26, 2016
2016 WACA National Conference
WACA's Clifford to Speak at WAC Orange County
Academic WorldQuest
Future of Korea 2016
FPA's World Leadership Forum
World Affairs Councils Highlights
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America and Global Megatrends
November 16-18, 2016

New this year!  CONFERENCE REGISTRATION REWARDS: For every five paid registrations from an individual Council community, WACA will provide free admission to a sixth individual designated by the Council CEO. 

UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS: The National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce that WACA will offer free registration plus 25 scholarships of $1,000 each, to cover travel and incidental expenses to undergraduate students from the Council network, to attend our 2016 National Conference - America and Global Megatrends - November 16-18 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. For full details on student eligibility as well as the Council nomination and application process, and other requirement, please see the  scholarship announcement  .

Check out our Conference Registration page! From the bar at the top you can find all conference information, and you can also book your hotel room at WACA's special group rates at the The Capital Hilton

Keynote Speakers

Ambassadors Luncheon Keynote

U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Ambassadors Luncheon Keynote

David Abney 
Chairman and CEO of UPS

Opening Dinner Keynote

Senator George J. Mitchell 
Former Special Envoy to the Middle East
Author of the forthcoming A Path to Peace

Leadership Day Keynote

Ambassador Barbara Stephenson
President, American Foreign Service Assn.

Think Tank Off-site Visits 

Global Risks 2035

Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative

Director, Project on International Order and Strategy

Diplomatic Receptions  (more to come)  

H.E. Hunaina Al Mughairy 
Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman

Open to  35 members of the 1918 Society.

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Friday, Nov. 18, at 2:00 - 5:00 PM
The above program is not finalized; more speakers and details will be added on a weekly basis.

The WACA 2016 National Conference is sponsored by:
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WACA's Clifford to Speak at WAC Orange County

Bill Clifford, President and CEO of the  World Affairs Councils of America , will speak at the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the   World Affairs Council of Orange County , on September 29. The dinner event will focus on the topic of "Realigning American Power and Purpose in a Fragmented World. Details
Pledge Your Academic WorldQuest Teams

Information for the 2016-2017 Academic WorldQuest program is now available!

This year's AWQ Study Guide, is now available, along with complete information about the Carlos and MalĂș Alvarez 2017 Academic WorldQuest  National Competition.

Councils: Register your local AWQ high school competition by submitting this Pledge Form to WACA  by October 12

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. For Topics, Study Guide, and other information click  here

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors: 
Future of Korea 2016 Program Series

The Wold Affairs Councils of America is an Engage America Speaker Series on the  Future of Korea in collaboration with the  Korea Economic Institute. The program is focused on broadening and deepening the understanding of Korea and the U.S.-Korea relationship among opinion leaders and academics. The centerpiece of the program is a three-person panel discussion, usually consisting of one representative each from the U.S. Department of State, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, and KEI. 

Upcoming event:
FPA's World Leadership Forum

fpa logo 1918 The Foreign Policy Association will host its 16th annual World Leadership Forum on September 28 in New York City. The event is one of the foremost public forums on global affairs. Over the years, heads of government and state, executives, investors and policy makers, have participated to exchange views on global trends and issues that shape business and foreign policy agendas. 
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, September 26

Richmond World Affairs Council hosts Farahnaz Ispahani, author and former media adviser to the President of Pakistan, on "Religious Minorities Under Attack: The Story of Pakistan"

Vermont Council on World Affairs hosts a panel on U.S.-Korean relations with Zachary Rosner, Korea Desk, U.S. State Department; Hohyun Jang, Minister for Economic Affairs, Embassy of the Republic of Korea; and Jenna Gibson, director of communications, Korea Economic Institute of America

World Affairs Council Upstate holds a book club event, discussing author Viet Thanh Nguyen's Sympathizer Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth holds "First Presidential Debate Watch Party" Details

Tuesday, September 27

World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts Dr. Ralf Horlemann, Consul General of Germany in Boston, for a discussion on "Brexit: A German Perspective" Details

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts Ambassador John F. Maisto, former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela and Nicaragua, for a discussion on "Venezuela and Colombia: Tough Realities and Contributing Challenges for U.S. Diplomacy" Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Stephen Schwartz, U.S. Ambassador to Somalia, to discuss the question "Can Somalia Rebuild?" Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Steven Kolati, author and guest scholar, Brookings Institution, and moderator Charles Slaughter, founder and CEO, Living Goods, for a discussion on "Peace Through Entrepreneurship? Details

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire holds its "2016 Global Business Summit on Cyber Security" featuring Trey Herr, cyber security fellow, Harvard Kennedy School; Dave Allen, DYN; Edna Conway, Cisco; and J.P. Harris, Sheehan Phinney, moderated by Massood Samii, SNHU Details

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts Wafa Ulliyan, Mercy Corps deputy mission director in Gaza, for a discussion on "Life and Markets in Ongoing Conflict" Details

World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosts Maridela Ortiz, vice consul in Hyderabad, and Jose M. Vega, vice consul at the U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad, for a World Traveler's Speaker Social Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle to hold an Educator's Workshop on "Brexit, Transatlantic Relations, and Russia: The Global Significance of a British Exit from the EU" featuring Robin Twyman, consul for business and government affairs, UK Government Office in Seattle; Phillip Shekleton, University of Washington's Foster School of Business; and Jacqueline Miller, president and CEO of WAC Seattle Details

World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities to hold a panel discussion on "Living as a Muslim in America" Details

World Affairs Council of Maine presents a discussion with Ian Fowler, director of the Osher Map Library, on "Mapping the World: the Osher Map Library"  Details

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Talmage Boston, noted author and historian, for a discussion on "The Ten Commandments of Leadership: Lessons Learned from Our Past Presidents" Details

Global Minnesota hosts Charlie Sennott, founder and executive director of The GroundTruth Project, for a discussion on "International Reporting in a Dangerous World" Details

Wednesday, September 28

Foreign Policy Association to hold its 16th annual World Leadership Forum, featuring multiple panel discussions with distinguished guest speakers Details

World Affairs Council of Tacoma to hold its annual Consular Association Reception with guest presenter John Kirby, VP of Alaska Air Group Details

WorldBoston hosts H.E. Professor Hassana Alidou, Ambassador of the Republic of Niger to the U.S., for a discussion on "Promoting Leadership Through Girls' Education" Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Cameron Munter, former U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, and Samson Desta, VP of New Operation CNN, for a discussion on "Inside Pakistan: The bin Laden Raid"  Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Valentino Achak Deng, co-founder, Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, and moderator Dave Eggers, author of What is the What , for a discussion on "South Sudan: Five Years Later" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Edward Michael, assistant special agent in charge at FBI, for a Young Professionals event on "The FBI's Evolving Role in a Changin g World" Details

World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts Malcolm Nance, counter-terrorism expert, author, and media commentator, on "Terrorism's New Paradigm: From Jihadists to Lone Shooters" Details

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts Dr. Kelly M. Greenhill, research fellow at Belfer Center's International Security Program and associate professor at Tufts University, for a discussion on "New Security Challenges" Details

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts Vice Admiral Raquel Bono for a discussion on "America's Navy and Military Health"

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts trivia night fundraiser for Academic WorldQuest Details

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts Talmage Boston, author and historian, for a discussion on "The 10 Commandments for America's Next Commander-in-Chief" Details

Thursday, September 29

World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts Bill Clifford, President and CEO of World Affairs Councils of America, for a discussion on "Realigning American Power and Purpose in a Fragmented World" Details

Juneau World Affairs Council hosts Ambassador Charles Shapiro, president of World Affairs Council of Atlanta, for a discussion on "Current Relations with Cuba" Details

Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts Hon. Abdulla Alsaboosi, Consul General of the UAE in Los Angeles, on "UAE and U.S. Trade Relations" Details

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Michael Ducker, president and CEO of FedEx Freight and vice chair of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce board of directors, on "The Great Trade Debate: A Front-line Perspective" Details

Alabama World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Blake McMahon, USAF Center for Strategy and Technology, for a seminar on "Nuclear Deterrence in the 21st Century" Details

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts John Shu, chairman of the Asian United News Service and National Committee on U.S.-China Relations member, on "International Trade: How It Works and Why It Is Sometimes Controversial" Details

World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts Andrew Nagorski, journalist and author, on "The Nazi Hunters" Details

Friday, September 30

World Affairs Council Upstate hosts Louise Blais, Consul General of Canada in Atlanta, for a discussion on "Canada's New Economic and Global Agenda: What Does It Mean for the Canada-South Carolina Partnership?" Details

Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Ambassador Charles Shapiro, president of World Affairs Council of Atlanta, on "Cuba: the Embargo Within the Embargo" Details

World Affairs Councils of Dallas/ Fort Worth hosts an event featuring Gen. David H. Petraeus (Ret.), chairman, KKR Global Institute Details

World Affairs Council of Las Vegas hosts Steven Seroka, a 30-year active duty fighter pilot and strategist, for a luncheon presentation Details

Pacific and Asian Affairs Council to hold a teacher workshop on "Indonesia: Sea of Islands" Details
Travel the World from WAC Philadelphia

Council Leaders to Lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!

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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