October 17, 2016
2016 WACA National Conference
October Cover to Cover
Middle East Program Series
Beyond Convergence: World Without Order
Japan Matters to the U.S.
Future of Korea 2016 Program Series
Israel and Its Counter-Terrorism Strategies
WAC New Hampshire's Foreign Policy Forums
Academic WorldQuest
World Affairs Councils Highlights
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Special Dinner with Tom Friedman   

 
America and Global Megatrends
 
November 16-18, 2016

Be sure to  book your hotel room at our special group rates at  Capital Hilton!  WACA's rates will expire next Monday,  October 24. You may reserve your room at  our  Conference Registration page.

The World Affairs Councils of America is delighted to announce a special dinner with Tom Friedman  on Friday, November 18, at 6:30 - 8:30 PM . Internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist Thomas L. Friedman has been awarded three Pulitzer Prizes for his journalism and he has written six bestselling books, among them From Beirut to Jerusalem and The World Is Flat. (Full bio.)

This event follows the official conclusion of the Conference (see agenda) - and it is free for members of the 1918 Society. Others who wish to attend this special dinner may purchase tickets here for $100 each

At dinner, Friedman will discuss his new book, to be published in November, "Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations." After the Q&A, he will sign books, which WACA will present as complimentary gifts to all attendees. 
 
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's CEO. Congratulations to the Naples Council, WAC Western Massachusetts, WorldBoston, and the Cleveland Council on earning this benefit! Many other Councils need just one more registrant.  

Speakers added


New!

President and Co-founder 
Muslim Public Affairs Council



New!

Professor of Practice 
National Defense University


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



H.E. Gérard Araud
Ambassador of France to the Unites States



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
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Cover to Cover: This Wednesday at 2:00 PM ET

October Cover to Cover will feature author Jonathan Tepperman on his new book The Fix: How Nations Survive and Thrive in a World in Decline, on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.


Jonathan Tepperman is Managing Editor  of Foreign Affairs magazine. He began his career as a speechwriter at the UN in 1994, before pursuing journalism and taking editorship positions at publications such as Newsweek International. Tepperman is an accomplished contributor to a  variety of newspapers and magazines and the co-editor of se veral books. During his career, he has also conducted more than a dozen interviews with world leaders, including Bashar al-Assa d and Shinzo Abe.  ( Full bio.

COUNCIL LEADERS: Please share this opportunity with your members and supporters as a free benefit!  Contact the WACA National Office if you are interested in hosting Cover to Cover authors.
New Middle East Program Series

With generous support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, WACA is delighted to present a fresh Engage America Speaker Series on American Policy in the Middle East for a New Administration. Eight World Affairs Councils will participate in the program which is designed to inform the American public about policy options in response to opportunities as well as the multiple interconnected crises in the Middle East. By bringing together policymakers and experts from the U.S. in public forums hosted by Councils, members of the public will benefit from balanced and high-level analysis to which they would not otherwise have access. 

Kickoff event:
Beyond Convergence: World Without Order

The William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies and The Institute for National Strategic Studies, Center for Complex Operations, present a Hemispheric Forum and release of the book "Beyond Convergence:  World Without Order",  at the National Defense University in Washington, DC this  Tuesday, October 18 , at 1:30 - 5:00 PM.

Leading experts and contributing authors will discuss new developments in illicit networks and the efforts to combat them as part of the release of this edited volume published by National Defense University (NDU) Press.  Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, U.S. Navy, Commander of U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) , will address the audience on USSOUTHCOM's efforts to combat illicit networks in the Americas. 

The Hemispheric Forum will be broadcast live and recorded for people who didn't have the chance to attend in person.
Why Japan Matters 

cleveland The  Cleveland Council on World Affairs  will host a dinner event,  Tuesday, October 18, at 5:45 - 8:30 PM , on  Why Japan Matters to the United States  ( agenda)

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia will host an luncheon event,   Thursday, October 20, at 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM , on  Why Japan Matters to the United States  (agenda) 

The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election has ignited renewed interest among the Washington policy community to reinstate the benefits and importance of U.S. engagement in Asia. How does Asia serve U.S. security and economic interests? What are the costs and benefits of U.S. security alliances in Asia, including the U.S.-Japan alliance? What do Ohio and Pennsylvania have at stake in Asia and in the U.S.-Japan relationship? To answer these questions and present important data and facts about U.S. relations with Asia and Japan, Sasakawa USA has brought together these security and economics experts:

Speakers
Admiral Dennis Blair, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Sasakawa USA
Dr. Marcus Noland, Executive Vice President and Director of Studies, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Dr. Satu Limaye, Director, East-West Center in Washington USA
Dr. Fukuo Hashimoto, President and Chief Scientist, AFT
Future of Korea 2016 Program Series

The World Affairs Councils of America is sponsoring 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:
Israel and Its Counter-Terrorism Strategies 

Alaska
The Alaska World Affairs Council will host a luncheon event  Friday, October 21, at 12:00 - 1:00 PM  with Israeli diplomat and author Ishmael Khaldi on Israel's counter-terrorism strategy. Council CEO Lise Falskow, who participated in WACA's Israel Leadership Mission in June, will moderate the discussion. 

Before joining the Foreign Ministry in 2004 as Israel's first Bedouin diplomat. Khaldi served in the Israeli Defense Forces,  Defense Ministry, and the Israeli Police. 

Khaldi has served in the ministry's Arabic Media Departmen t and the North American Division; he was Israel's Deputy  Consul General in San Francisco (2006-09), a policy   advisor to Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, and Counselor for Civil Society Affairs in the Embassy of Israel in London (2012-15).  In 2010 he published his autobiography, A Shepherd's Journey .
WAC New Hampshire's Foreign Policy Forums

new hampshire The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire will hold a series of foreign policy forums featuring the Democratic and Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate, in partnership with Southern NH University College Republicans, NH College Democrats, and NH Young Democrats. 

Senator Kelly Ayotte (R)  will take the stage on Wednesday, October 26 and Governor Maggie Hassan (D)  will speak on Friday, October 28 The forums, exploring each candidate's views on America's role in the world, will be moderated by Civic Scholar Dean Spiliotes with questions from attendees. The series will educate voters about current global challenges as part of the Council's mission to promote understanding of world affairs across the state. For more information,  contact WAC NH Executive Director  Anna Berry  at aberry@wacnh.org
Academic WorldQuest 2016-2017

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 Malú Alvarez 2017 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. For Topics, Study Guide, and other information click  here

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors: 
   
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, October 17

Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts its semi-annual International Careers & Jobs program featuring Ambassadors Charles Bowers and Ronald Schlicher and a panel of global affairs specialists  Details

Los Angeles World Affairs Council hosts David MacNaughton, Ambassador of Canada to the U.S., for a luncheon and discussion about future plans for the U.S. and Canada  Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian, former Iranian Ambassador and Spokesman for Nuclear Negotiations, and Dr. Suzanne Maloney, deputy director of the Foreign Policy Program at The Brookings Institution, on "Iran: A New Ally or the Same Old Foe?" Details

World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts Anne Applebaum, director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute in London on "An Intimate Evening of Dialogue" Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Jonathan Tepperman, Managing Editor of Foreign Affairs and author, for a discussion on "Fixing the Impossible: Innovative Solutions for a World in Decline" Details

Global Minnesota hosts Jill Dougherty, former Moscow bureau chief and correspondent at CNN, on "Vladimir Putin's Vision of a Resurgent Russia" Details

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts Ersin Kalaycioglu, professor of political science and senior scholar at Istanbul Policy Center at Sabanci University, on "How and Why Turkey Has Drifted Away from Democracy?" Details

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh presents "Diversity Through the Eyes of Women" featuring Sawsan Alobaidi, refugee senior case worker at Jewish Family and Children's Service; Kanak Iyer, president of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce-Pittsburgh; and others Details

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Talmage Boston, attorney and author, for a private dinner and small group conversation Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts an event to commemorate the 70th year anniversary of the Fulbright program Details

Tuesday, October 18

Global Ties Arizona hosts a China Town Hall program featuring a discussion with Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State, via webcast, and speakers Richard B. Levin and Karen R. Dickenson, members of the China Team at Polsinelli Law Firm Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State, for a webcasted China Town Hall followed by a discussion with Harry Harding, Professor of Public Policy at the University of Virginia Details

World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State, for a China Town Hall via webcast and a discussion with speaker Dan Murphy, Program Director of Yale Center Beijing Details

World Affairs Councils of Maine hosts a China Town Hall program featuring a discussion with Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State, via webcast and speaker Min Ye, Associate Professor of International Relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University Details

WorldBoston hosts a China Town Hall program featuring a discussion with Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State, via webcast and speaker Steven M. Goldstein, Professor at Smith College Details

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts a China Town Hall program featuring a discussion with Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State, via webcast and local speakers Erin Ennis, Senior VP of the U.S.-China Business Council, and Y.K. Wang, associate professor of political science at Western Michigan University Details

International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts a China Town Hall program featuring a discussion with Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State, via webcast and speaker Anna Ashton, Director of Advisory Services at the U.S.-China Business Council Details

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts a China Town Hall program featuring a discussion with Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State, via webcast and speaker Douglas Spelman, Senior Advisor at the Kissinger Institute Details

Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts a China Town Hall program featuring a discussion with Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State, via webcast and a panel discussion with Brian Goldbeck, recently retired from the State Department, and Herb Thomas, CIR Board President Details

Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts the annual "China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections," a national webcast featuring Dr. Henry Kissinger, and a local panel with John Scannapieco, Elizabeth Rowland and Jeremy Goldkorn addressing China-Tennessee economic issues.   Details

Dayton Council on World Affairs hosts a China Town Hall program featuring a discussion with Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State, via webcast and speaker Laura Luehrmann, Director of Masters Program in International and Comparative Politics at Wright University Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts John Campbell, former ambassador to Nigeria, and Cedric Suzman, (ret.) executive vice president of the World Affairs Council, for a discussion and book signing for Campbell's Morning in South Africa Details

Alabama World Affairs Council hosts Jennifer M. Harris, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, for a discussion on "Geoeconomics and Statecraft" Details

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Bluford Putnam, Managing Director and Chief Economist of the CME Group, for a discussion on "Political Economy and the Challenges of Globally Integrated Markets" Details

World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts John Arquilla, professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, for a discussion on "Foreign Policy and the Presidential Election: A Nonpartisan Assessment" Details

Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council hosts author Nabil Echchaibi on "Satire and Resistance Against ISIS in the Middle East" Details

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Michael Horowitz, associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, on "Courageous or Cowardly? Assessing the Risk-taking Tendencies of the Presidential Candidates" Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Dina Smeltz, senior fellow on Public Opinion and Foreign Policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, for a discussion on "U.S. Attitudes, Foreign Policy, and the 2016 Election" Details

Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council hosts David and Janet Carle, authors and water resource experts, on "A Global View of Water Resources" Details

Wednesday, October 19

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Navanethem Pillay, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former International Criminal Court judge, for a discussion on "National Sovereignty vs. International Human Rights" Details

WorldBoston hosts its 7th Annual Consuls Reception in honor of the Consular Corps serving Boston and New England with keynote speaker Congressman Seth Moulton Details

World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosts Jeffrey Davidow, former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Venezuela, and Zambia, and Agustin Barrios Gomez, President of the Fundacion Imagen de Mexico and former member of the Mexican Congress, for "Let's Talk About Mexico: Voices from Both Sides of the Border" Details

World Affairs Forum (Stamford) hosts Adam Segal, Ira A. Lipman, chair in emerging technologies and national security and director at the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program of the Council on Foreign Relations, on "The Hacked World Order" Details

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts Allan H. Meltzer, professor of political economy at Carnegie Mellon University, and moderator Augustine Faucher, senior VP and deputy chief economist of the PNC Financial Services Group, "Is China the Next Global Power?" Details

International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Kazuyo Rumbach, specialist in Japanese language education, and Haruko Shukla, partner of Shukla and Associates and telecommunications specialist, on "Closing the Global Gap: Japan" series Details

World Affairs Council of South Texas hosts Chris Bischof, assistant professor of history at the University of Richmond, on "Why Britain Voted for BREXIT" Details

Columbia World Affairs Council hosts Terriah Proechel, Southeast regional advocacy coordinator for Care USA, on the International Day of the Girl Details

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts Sunil Khilnani, professor and director of the India Institute at King's College London, on his book India: In Fifty Lives Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Dr. Alan Peterson, award-winning physician, on the "Health Effects of Climate Change" Details

World Affairs Council of Tacoma hosts Peter Selkin, geophysicist and member of the Interdisciplinary Arts and Science faculty at UW Tacoma, on "Science on a Ship in the Indian Ocean" Details

Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council hosts an event on "Challenges in the Pacific: North Korea and China" Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts a networking event with visitors from the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative and members of the HANDS Professional Fellows Program Details

WorldDenver hosts a Presidential Debate Watch Party with young professionals Details

Thursday, October 20
Peoria Area World Affairs Council hosts the special summit "Peace Through Strength and Diplomacy: Policy Options Past and Present" featuring Roman Popadiuk, WACA Chairman and former Ambassador to the Ukraine, and Arya Amirie, former Middle East advisor to President Reagan Details

Juneau World Affairs Council presents the 2016 World Affairs Forum featuring Larry Yungk, senior resettlement officer for the UNHCR region office in Washington, Stefan Schluter, German Consul General to the U.S. in San Francisco, and many more over the course of 3 days to discuss "Human Migration and Refugees-Peril and Hope" Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Maen Rashid Areikat, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of The General Delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization to the U.S., Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder and president of J-Street, and moderator Janine Zacharia, former Jerusalem bureau chief and Middle East correspondent of The Washington Post, on "Partnering for a Peaceful Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts an event featuring H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador of the UAE to the United States Details

Columbus Council on World Affairs hosts Youjin Oh, Second Secretary for Economic Affairs at the South Korean Embassy, and Vanna Chan, diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the U.S. Department of State's Office of Korean Affairs, on "U.S.-South Korea: Economic and Political Relations" Details

Savannah Council on World Affairs hosts Charles W. Dunne, scholar at the Middle East Institute and member of the John Haye Initiative, on "Egypt Under El-Sisi...and Where Do We Go From Here?" Details

International Affairs Forum (Traverse City) hosts Rear Admiral W. Titley, U.S. Navy (ret.), on "The U.S. National Security Risks of a Changing Climate" Details

Olympia World Affairs Council hosts Patrick O'Neil, professor of politics and government at the University of Puget Sound, for a discussion on "European Disunion: Populism, Nationalism, and the Crisis of European Integration" Details

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Hamsatu Allamin and Jane Anyango, residents at the University of San Diego's Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, on the "2016 Women Peacemakers Program - Africa" Details

Indiana Council on World Affairs hosts Muhammad Shafiq, Executive Director of the Brian and Jean Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue at Nazareth College, for a discussion on "Historic and Political Streams of Islam: Intra-faith and Inter-faith Challenges and Opportunities" Details

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts Jennifer Sims, member of the Senior Advisory Group to the Director of National Intelligence and senior fellow with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, for a discussion on "U.S. Intelligence and Cyber Security" Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Jill Dougherty, CNN Moscow bureau chief; Joe Borich, former U.S. General Consul in Shanghai; and more on "U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges and a New President" Details

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts Dante Paradiso, author and historian, for a discussion on his book The Embassy - A Story of War and Diplomacy Details

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts Thomas M. Sanderson, director and senior fellow at the Transnational Threats Project for CSIS, on "Global Terrorism Situation Report" via video conference Details

World Affairs Council of Rhode Island hosts a Foreign Policy Forum on "Issues Facing a Trump or Clinton Administration" featuring a moderated panel discussion Details

World Affairs Councils of Greater Houston hosts documentary director Zosya Rodkevitch for a screening of her film "My Friend Boris Nemtsov" followed by a discussion with Rodkevitch Details

Friday, October 21

World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts H.E. Ahn Ho-Young, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, for a global connections luncheon Details

World Affairs Council of Western Colorado hosts author Timothy Winegard to launch his book The First World Oil War with a discussion and book signing Details

World Affairs Council of Delaware hosts Jeremy Black, author and professor at Exeter University, for a discussion on Britain's exit from the EU Details

World Worcester hosts Imam Mohammad Musri, President and Board Chairman of the Islamic Society of Greater Florida, for a discussion on "Islam in America" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/ Fort Worth hosts David Priess, director of analytic services for Analytic Advantage, Inc. and former CIA Daily Intelligence Briefer, for a book signing and discussion on The President's Book of Secrets Details

Windham World Affairs Council hosts director Benjamin Murray for a discussion on and screening of the film he co-directed "Unfinished Spaces" 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!
 
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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