September 12, 2016
2016 WACA National Conference
EU in the U.S.
The Iran Project
FPA to Honor Dixie Anderson
WACA Job Vacancy
Part-time Job Vacancy
APSIA's Graduate School Fair
Academic WorldQuest
World Affairs Councils Highlights
Travel the World
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November 16-18, 2016

As of last Friday, when early-bird registration closed, we tallied nearly as many paid registrants as the total number of paid attendees at last year's Conference! And we still have two months to go to build an even stronger audience!!

Already, representatives from more than 45 Councils have registered. Special thanks to the Naples Council on World Affairs, WAC Western Massachusetts, and WorldBoston - all will receive one free admission each for drumming up 5 registrations or more. WAC Dallas/FW, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, World Affairs Forum (Stamford), and WAC Kentucky/Southern Indiana have 4 each signed up so far. Several Councils will be represented by at least 3 registrants. This is just the kind of turnout that makes for great networking, constructive best-practices sharing, and an attractive draw for the best speakers to our big event and your Councils. Please keep promoting the 2016 Conference!

New this year!  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. 

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

Opening Dinner Keynote

Senator George J. Mitchell 
Former Special Envoy to the Middle East

Ambassadors Luncheon Keynote

David Abney
Chairman and CEO, UPS

Leadership Day Keynote

Ambassador Barbara Stephenson
President, American Foreign Service Assn.

Think Tank Off-site Visits (more to come) 

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy  
Syria: Arab and Islamic Politics
Andrew J. Tabler
Martin J. Gross Fellow

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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EU in the U.S. Program Series

EU in the U.S. 2016 is a grant-funded program administered by WACA in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. Its goal is to raise awareness, knowledge, and understanding about EU policies, the EU's role as an international actor, and the value of the EU-U.S. relationship.

Upcoming event:
September 13: WorldDenver
The Iran Project Program Series

In partnership with The Iran Project, we are pleased to continue the WACA Engage America Series on The Iran Nuclear Deal: Prospects for Cooperation, Competition and Confrontation. The program's objective is to deepen the understanding of implications of the U.S. policy towards Iran, the nuclear deal, and the Middle East. It is important to stimulate debate and air differences over U.S. dealings with Iran in Councils' nonpartisan forums. The centerpiece of the program is expert presentations and audience Q&A. 

This program is generously supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Upcoming events:
FPA to Honor Dixie Anderson

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. 

Dixie Anderson, Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan for the last twenty years, will be awarded with t he Foreign Policy Association Medal, during this year's Forum, for her outstanding work with Great Decisions in Western Michigan. This unique award recognizes individuals who demonstrate responsible internationalism and work to expand public knowledge of international affairs. Past recipients include the Honorable Michael Bloomberg, Mayor, New York City; Timothy Geithner, Chairman, Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank; Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister, Australia; Sheila C. Bair, Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and  Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dean, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, among others.

On behalf of the Council network, the WACA National Office congratulates Dixie on this great honor.
Job Vacancy:
Special Projects & Logistics Officer (WACA)

The World Affairs Councils of America  is hiring a full-time Special Projects and Logistics Officer to manage operational details for numerous    events in Washington, DC and other U.S. cities in support of a three-year EU public diplomacy program    being coordinated by Business and Strategies Europe (B&S Europe) in consortium with WACA, leading think tanks and other international affairs  organizations. 

The primary role of the special projects and logistics officer will be to work with the WACA network of local World Affairs Councils and dedicated Council event management staff to organize events, including all aspects of planning, implementation, and evaluation.

See the full job description.

To apply: Send your CV and cover letter to Bill Cliffordat  with the title "Application EU POP USA - Special Projects and Logistics Officer." The application deadline is   September 19 .   Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.
Part-time Job Vacancy:
Media and Online Media Expert (B&S in DC)

B&S Europe, on behalf of the European Union, seeks a media expert to work with national and local journalists in traditional and social media to promote a series of EU-U.S. public diplomacy events, research and exchanges in collaboration with the EU Delegation Press & Public Diplomacy unit and consortium partners, including WACA.

Primary responsibilities include: 
● Media outreach and public relations activities 
● Online media and promotion 
● Social media and content management

See the full job description.

To apply: S end your CV and cover letter to Andrey Toromanov at  , with title "Application EU POP USA - MOME." The application deadline is  September 20  . Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.
APSIA's Graduate School Fair in DC

Find the Right Program   in 
International Affairs and Public Policy

September 14, 2016 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

Thinking about grad school? Searching for an international career in the private, public, or non-governmental sector?  Whether you've just started your search or have a shortlist in mind, representatives of APSIA's top international affairs and public policy graduate schools can help you navigate the admissions process.

Councils: share this with your Young Professionals! 
Academic WorldQuest 2016-2017

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. Topics, Study Guide, and other information to be announced shortly!
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, September 12
World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts H.E. Carlos Pinzón, Ambassador of Colombia to the U.S., for a discussion on "Colombia's Historic Moment"
World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads hosts a preview screening of "American Umpire" followed by a reception and book signing with its author Elizabeth Cobbs Details

World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley hosts a Great Decisions Program on "The United Nations" Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts a r eception to celebrate the founding of the Council Details

World Affairs Council Upstate starts its "Fall Language Classes" Details

Tuesday, September 13
World Affairs Council of Austin hosts Ambassador Charles H. Rivkin, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, on "TPP: Opening the World's Most Dynamic Region to U.S. Business" Details

WorldDenver hosts Christophe Lemoine, Consul General of France in LA, Joseph Jupille, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Colorado Boulder, and Martin Rhodes, Professor at Josef Korbel School of International Studies, on "What's Ahead for the EU?" Details 

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston holds its "Jesse H. Jones Award Gala" Details

WorldBoston hosts a networking session on "Global Affairs Education"

Wednesday, September 14
World Affairs Forum (Stamford) hosts Dr. Andrew C. Kuchins, Senior Fellow, Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, at Georgetown University on "What Went Wrong in the U.S.-Russia Relationship & Can We Fix It?" Details

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts "The Iran Nuclear Deal: A Reflection on Progress and Future Perspectives"

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Terry Cooke, Founding Director of the China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia on "China Comprehensively: Culturally, Politically, Economically, Environmentally, and Militarily"

World Affairs Council of Dallas/ Fort Worth hosts Joby Warrick, The Washington Post reporter and two-time winner of the Pulitzer on his book "Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS" Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts screening of "Petals in the Dust: The Endangered Indian Girls" followed by a discussion with the film's director and producer Nyna Pais-Caputi Details

Global Minnesota hosts Michael Eaton, Executive Director of NCCA-NMUN (National Collegiate Conference Association - National Model United Nations) on "The United Nations Post-2015" Details

World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts a Luncheon Ladder with Barbara Gubbin, Director of the Jacksonville Public Library Details

September 15
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Fethullah Gülen, Founder and Leader of the Hizmet Movement on "Turkey at a Crossroads" Details

Foreign Policy Association hosts Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict on "Sexual Violence as a Tactic of War and Terrorism: a 21st Century Threat"

Los Angeles World Affairs Council hosts a two day conference 15-16 on "Future of Asia"

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Edward B. Murray, Mayor of Seattle on "Seattle's Global Profile" Details

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts Ms. Zorica Ilin, Head of Texas Foreign Office of the Agency for Foreign Investment and Export Promotion of the Republic of Macedonia on "Macedonia Trade Briefing"

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Judith Hand, an evolutionary biologist, novelist, and pioneer in the emerging field of peace ethology on "Sex, War, and World Affairs: A Biological Perspective"

Savannah Council on World Affairs hosts Dr. Roby Barrett, Senior Fellow with the Joint Special Operations University and the Air Force Special Operations School on "Yemen: A Failed State, But Not a Failed Society"

Indiana Council on World Affairs hosts Sinan Ciddi, Executive Director, Institute of Turkish Studies on "Turkey's Coup of 15th July: A Gift for Erdogan"

International Affairs Forum (Traverse City) hosts Sally Howell, Director of the Center for Arab American Studies on "Coming To America: The Muslim Experience" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/ Fort Worth hosts Kris "Tanto" Paronto a Benghazi Soldier on "An Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi"

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post Reporter Joby Warrick on "ISIS: Understanding Its Origins and Rise" Details

Olympia World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Steve Niva, Evergreen State College on "Inside America's Shadow War with ISIS" 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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