September 25, 2017
2017 National Conference
Future of Korea 2017
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AWQ 2017-2018
Member Publication Discounts
World Affairs Council Highlights
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WACA 2017 National Conference
November 15-17
Washington, DC

Conference hotel block filling up!  
Take advantage of our exclusive low rates before they're gone!
Those who need a room Tuesday, November 14, will soon face a higher price (for that night) due to our reaching capacity.

Staying at the Capital Hilton
We have secured a  special group rate:
  • 1 Queen/King bed Deluxe Room: $279/night          (Single/Double Occupancy) plus tax

This distinguished hotel is located in the heart of our nation's capital - 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, memorials, shopping, 
dining, nightlife, and more.

Keynote Speakers

Governor Bill Richardson
Richardson Center for Global Engagement


United States Institute of Peace

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
Director of Veterans Outreach, Boeing

Anand Shah
Senior Vice President
Albright Stonebridge Group
India and South Asia

Think Tank Off-sites

American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Atlantic Council
More experts TBA

The Brookings Institution
More experts TBA

Center for a New American Security (CNAS)

Thank you to our generous sponsors

Future of Korea 2017 Program
The Future of Korea program, sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute, continues this week. Columbia World Affairs Council will host a panel of experts this Tuesday, and on Thursday, the program will be debuted by World Affairs Council of Upstate
Cover to Cover Author Series: Next Week!
In  Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America's Power , Meghan L.  O'Sullivan  (full bio), Harvard professor and former Deputy National Security Advisor for President George W. Bush, proposes that significant changes in the last decade of America's energy sector - the shift from scarcity to abundance of oil and gas, environmental concerns, technology, innovation and ingenuity within the industry - are transforming politics and foreign policy to the advantage of the United States. Her book calls for a change in the thinking of policymakers, government leaders and elected officials to a new energy reality that has more upsides than downsides for America's economy and its position in the world.
Register for the call
Read O'Sullivan's recent article on the geopolitics of energy in Bloomberg View, and join us for  October's Cover to Cover   Thursday, October 5, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET .
Houston Hosts East-West Center Panel
On September 13, the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosted panelists from the East-West Center for "The U.S.-Japan Partnership on Energy, Business, and the Challenges of China and North Korea."  This event was part of the East-West Center's Japan Matters for America program, sponsored in part by The Sasakawa Peace Foundation . This particular event aimed  to bring a greater understanding of why Japan  matters to Texans.

Panelists included:
  • Ambassador James P. Zumwalt, Chief Executive Officer of The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
  • Ambassador David Shear, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian-Pacific Affairs at the U.S. Dept. of State
  • Dr. Satu Limaye, Director of the East-West Center
View the entire panel discussion:
Pledge Your Academic WorldQuest Team!

Information for the 2017-2018 Academic WorldQuest program is now available!

This year's AWQ Study Guide is now available, along with more information about the Carlos and Mal รบ Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition.

Councils: Register your local AWQ high school competition by submitting this Pledge Form to WACA by October 20.

This year's AWQ National Competition will feature a welcome reception at the United State Institute of Peace on Friday, April 27. For topics, Study Guide, and more, click here.

Sponsored by: United States Institute of Peace

WAC Maine Is Looking for an Executive Director!
Know someone who'd be interested? Apply here by September 29 to be considered for this exciting opportunity!
WACA Member Publication Discounts 2017
World Affairs Councils Highlights
Monday, September 25

World Affairs Council of Seattle and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation co-host Bill Gates, Co-Chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Dr. Jim Young Kim, President of the World Bank, for the Global Burden of Disease 20th Anniversary Event. Details

World Affairs Council - DC hosts Suzy Hansen, author of Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World , for "Perspective on the World's Perception of the United States." Details

International Relations Council hosts Ross Wilson, former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan, for a roundtable discussion. Details

World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley hosts Jean-Claude Fouere, a faculty member at the School of Management at Marist College for "Great Decisions - The Future of Europe: Coping with the Crisis." Details

Tuesday, September 26

WorldBoston hosts Karen Eliott House, former Managing Editor at The Wall Street Journal, for "Great Decisions: Saudi Arabia in Transition." Details

Juneau World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Mustafa Elhawi, Associate Professor in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development at al-Aqsa University, for "Environment Knows No Boundaries." Details

World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities hosts Renee Meyer Ernst, Associate Professor of Art at St. Ambrose University, for "Global Gathering: Korea I: International Adoption." Details

World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts David Biello, Science Curator for TED, and James Bruggers, Reporter at The Courier-Journal, for "The Un-Natural World: The Race to Remake Civilization." Details

World Affairs Council of Maine hosts John Doughty, Vice President and Director of Research at R.M Davis, Inc. and Ali Al Mshakheel, Iraqi journalist, for "Global Migration and Refugees." Details

World Affairs Council of Albuquerque hosts Ambassador Kristie Kenney, former Counselor of the U.S. Department of State, for "The View From Washington: Foreign Policy Opportunities and Challenges." Details

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts Todd Moss, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, for "Truth Stranger Than Fiction? How Thrillers are a Window into how U.S. Foreign Policy Really Works." Details

Wednesday, September 27

Los Angeles World Affairs Council hosts Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico, for "A View from Mexico." Details

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts a panel of experts for "Crisis Code: Humanitarian Protection in the Digital Age." Details

World Affairs Council Orange County hosts Howard Gutman, former U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, for "Europe: An Ambassador's Perspective On What No One Will Tell You." Details

WorldDenver hosts Carlos Lucero, Denver Circuit Judge, for "Presidential Power in Foreign Policy." Details

World Affairs Forum hosts Lori Esposito Murray, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, for "Great Decisions: The Rising Nuclear Challenges." Details

World Affairs Council of Delaware hosts Jeremy Black, Professor of History at the University of Exeter, for a discussion of his book Naval Warfare: A Global History Since 1860. Details

WorldBoston hosts William Taubman, Bertrand Snell Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Amherst College, for "Gorbachev: His Life and Times." Details

World Affairs Council of Las Vegas hosts Anna Maria Anders, Senator and Minister in the Republic of Poland, for "Poland in the European Union: Current Issues and Prospects." Details

Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts Patrick W. Ryan, President of Tennessee WAC and former U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer, for "Hard Case: Political Military Dimensions of the Korea Crisis." Details

World Affairs Councils of Greater Houston hosts Todd Moss, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, for "Nigerian Princes, Russian Mob Bosses, and Colombian Drug Lords: The Impact of International Criminal Networks." Details

World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosts "Young Professionals: WorldQuest 2017." Details

Thursday, September 28

Foreign Policy Association hosts its annual World Leadership Forum, featuring several expert panels on "The U.S. and China: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead." Ambassador Zhang Qiyue, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in New York, will deliver the luncheon keynote address. Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Dr. Vjosa Osmani, winner of the University of Pittsburgh Sheth International Young Alumni Achievement Award, for "Nation Building? It Worked in Kosovo." Details

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts Eliot Cohen, Director of Strategic Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University, for "Military Power & American Foreign Policy in the Trump Administration & Beyond." Details

World Affairs Council of Rhode Island hosts Peter Kornbluh, Director of the Cuba Documentation Project at the National Security Archive, for "Cuba, Trump, and Secret Negotiations." Details

World Affairs Councils of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Jeremi Suri, Professor at the University of Texas Austin, for "The Impossible Presidency." Details

World Affairs Councils of Greater Houston hosts Geoffrey Corn, Presidential Research Professor of Law at the South Texas College of Law Houston, for "Young Professionals: The Reality of Combat & the Myth of High Tech War." Details

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Mike Williams, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of San Diego, for "The State of South Africa's Democracy in 2017." Details

Saturday, September 30
World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts General (Ret.) George Casey, former Chief of Staff of the United States Army, for "Security in a Shifting World."  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!

2018 travel schedule includes trips to: 
  • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President, Programs, World Affairs Council Northern California, Southern Africa: Feb. 10-Mar. 5
  • Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum (Stamford), Ancient Kingdoms of China: May 5-19
  • Patrick Ryan, President, Tennessee World Affairs Council, Tuscany: May 29-Jun. 6
  • Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Cruise the Rhine, July 11-29
  • Anna Berry, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, Cambridge, Oxford, and the Cotswolds: July 20-28
  • Derrick Olsen, President, World Affairs Council of Oregon, Treasures of Ecuador: Aug. 27-31
  • Megan Torrey, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Hartford, Himalayan Kingdoms, Sept. 11-25
  • Mimi Gregory, Vice President of Programs, Naples Council on World Affairs, Inside Botswana: Oct. 4-16
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