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2017 National Conference
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WACA 2017 National Conference
November 15-17
Washington, DC


U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley 

Nancy Lindborg
United States Institute of Peace

Leadership Day: Global Fluency Institute 

Patrick Terrien  
President and CEO
Columbus Council on World Affairs

Angelica Ocampo
President and CEO
World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Tracie Frese
Executive Director
World Affairs Council Upstate

Leadership Day: Innovative Programming 

Tim DuRoche
Director of Programs
World Affairs Council of Oregon

Think Tank Off-Sites:

Center for a New American Security

Brookings Institution

Atlantic Council

All attendees will be able to select one out of at least four think tanks to engage with top policy analysts. Stay tuned for updates!

Check out our  WACA 2017 National Conference website  to purchase your tickets at exclusive Early-Bird rates now!

Promotion Extended - Councils that purchase a Table of Eight by
August 15 will receive:
  • One additional complimentary Conference registration
  • Premium table location
  • One complimentary 1918 Society membership
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.
Cover to Cover Author Series: THURSDAY

Once the world's bastion of liberal, democratic values, Europe is now having to confront demons it thought it had laid to rest. The old pathologies of anti-Semitism, populist nationalism, and territorial aggression are threatening to teat the postwar European consensus apart. In riveting dispatches from this unfolding tragedy, James Kirchick shows us the shallow disingenuousness of the leaders who pushed for "Brexit;" examines how a vast migrant wave is exacerbating tensions between Europeans and their Muslim minorities; and describes how Russian imperial ambitions are destabilizing nations from Estonia to Ukraine. 

Read Kirchick's recent op-ed on Venezuelan politics, and join us for  August's Cover to Cover  on Kirchick's new book, The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age Thursday, August 10, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET .

September's Cover to Cover will feature Richard McGregor on his new book,  Asia's Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power on Tuesday, September 5, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.
AWQ Fundraising: Best Practices Conference Call

Do you have an  Academic WorldQuest program and want to increase your fundraising, add to your network of supportive adults, and share strategies for success with the WACA network? 

J oin our  AWQ Fundraising: Best Practices conference call on Thursday, August 17 at 2:00-2:30 PM ET to ask questions and share insights with your local Council peers. Click here to register for the call.
Future of Korea Program:  Greater Cincinnati WAC

The Future of Korea 2017 program series, sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute, continues this month.  Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council will host a panel of experts later this month on Korean Peninsula developments. See  details.
Councils Are Hiring!
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Tuesday, August 8
WorldDenver hosts Bill Decker, founder and managing partner of Partners International, Inc., for "Negotiating the Baggage of International Business." Details
World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Lieutenant General (Ret.) Ken Keen and Infantry Officer (Ret.) Jon Keen of the U.S. Army, for "The Longest War: Afghanistan's Past, Present, and Future." Details
Wednesday, August 9

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts a panel discussion on "Life as a Refugee - South Sudan in Focus." Details

Global Minnesota hosts Professor Joseph Underhill of Augsburg College for "Global Conversations: Nuclear Security." Details

World Affairs Council of South Texas hosts Dr. G. Alexander Crowther, Senior Fellow and Director of Research, Center for Technology and National Security Policy for "Cyber Warfare." Details

World Affairs Council of Maine a discussion group on American Foreign Policy. Details

Thursday, August 10

Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts Ambassador Vicki Huddleston, Ambassador Mark Asquino, and Ambassador Pat Hawkins for "The State of the State Department." Details

Columbia World Affairs Council hosts Michelle Abboud, North American Representative for the Cantonal Government of Lucerne, for "Making the Connection: Lucerne, Switzerland, Meets Columbia & South Carolina." Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts their annual WorldQuest night, "One Night in Bollywood." Details

Friday, August 11

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts its eleventh annual Summer Forum. Details

Saturday, August 12

World Affairs Council Austin hosts the "Doing Business in Japan" seminar during the Oita Summer Festival. 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!

2017-2018 travel schedule includes trips to: 
  • Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum (Stamford), Silk Road Odyssey: Oct. 3 - 19
  • Dr. Jerry Leach, former President, World Affairs Councils of America, Inside Morocco: Oct. 20 - Nov. 2
  • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President, Programs, World Affairs Council Northern California, Southern Africa: Feb. 18-Mar. 5
  • Patrick Ryan, President, Tennessee World Affairs Council, Tuscany: May 29-Jun. 6
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