October 10, 2017
2017 National Conference
AWQ 2017-2018
High School Study Abroad
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New Local Executive Directors
WAC Oregon Hiring
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WACA 2017 National Conference -
Deadlines This Week!
November 15-17
Washington, DC

Embassy Reception Announced New!

We are delighted and honored that the Embassy of Ukraine will host a diplomatic reception during the Conference, on Thursday, November 16.

Please stay tuned for more details and other embassy announcements!

WACA National Conference Student Scholarship Program
Councils: Submit your nominations
 by THIS
FRIDAY, October 13 .

WACA has reserved 25 rooms for student scholarship recipients at our discounted rate. Please contact the National Office with any questions you may have regarding student scholarship nominations.

Staying at the Capital Hilton
Conference hotel block ends THIS THURSDAY, October 12!  
Take advantage of our exclusive low rates before they're gone!
The WACA block for Tuesday, Nov. 14, has filled. 
Only 15 rooms remain at our special rate on Wednesday, Nov. 15, and Thursday, Nov. 16. Don't wait for the cutoff date!

WACA has secured a special group rate
Queen/King Deluxe Room: 
$279 / night 
plus tax 
(single/double occupancy). 

1918 Society Members-Only Program   

Captain Bernard D. Cole (Ret.)Professor Emeritus at the  National War College, will present a lecture Friday afternoon, November 17, on Chinese military affairs. A reception will follow the talk at the National War College, hosted by the NWC Alumni Association's Col. Gene Russell (Ret.).
Be sure to renew your 1918 Society membership before the Conference to participate in this exclusive opportunity!

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

NAFTA and the New Trade Agenda
Experts TBA

The War on Terror Reconsidered

Regional Upheaval: Syria, Egypt, and  Libya
More experts TBA

Global Cities and Inclusive Economic Growth
More experts TBA

U.S., Russia, and Changing Geopolitics

Thank you to our generous sponsors

Deadline to Pledge Your AWQ Team is October 20!

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
High School Students: Study Abroad Scholarships!
Experience a new world and expand your horizons - study abroad in high school! The U.S. Department of State offers full scholarships to high school students to study abroad for one academic year. Create long-lasting friendships with people around the globe, promote mutual understanding, learn a new language, and develop leadership skills. Find out more at the  U.S. Dept. of State high school study abroad webpage

Deadlines for the three programs are as follows: 
1. Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) with Germany , deadline is December 11, 2017
2. Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad) , deadline is December 5, 2017
3. National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), deadline is November 2, 2017.  
Listen to WACA Podcasts!

Last week, WACA hosted author Meghan L. O'Sullivan for October's edition of Cover to Cover. O'Sullivan discussed her new book, Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America's Power

Listen to the podcast.
Welcome to Two New Local Executive Directors!
Please join WACA in extending a warm welcome to the new Executive Directors at two of our local Councils:

Michael Van Denend
World Affairs Council of Western Michigan

Felicia Maxfield-Barrett
Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy
( Formerly UCCD's Communications & Events Director)
WAC Oregon Seeks Director of Development
The World Affairs Council of Oregon seeks an accomplished, dynamic development professional to lead its fundraising initiatives and drive a new era of impact and engagement for the organization. Learn more hereApplications are due by October 18 to search@worldoregon.org.    
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, October 9

World Affairs Council of Charleston hosted Dr. James Person, Director of the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy, for "Understanding North Korea." Details

Tuesday, October 10

World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts Dr. Robert Ballard, professor of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, for "Deep Sea Exploration - Past, Present and Future." Details

Global Minnesota hosts George Martin and Yiquang Li, lawyers at Faegre Baker Daniels, for "Chinese Trade Insights and Networking." Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Ali Velshi, News Anchor and Business Correspondent at NBC News, for "Knowing What to Trust - Fake News' Global Role in Society and Political Campaigns." Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Chase Untermeyer, former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar, and Robert Jordan, former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, for "Qatar & the Crisis in the Gulf: The High Stakes for the U.S." Details

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Steven A. Cook, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, for "The United States in the Middle East: No Strategy, No Exit." Details

Wednesday, October 11

Global Minnesota hosts Dr. Manju Parikh, Professor Emerita of Political Science at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University, for "Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan." Details

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts a panel of experts for "Wonder Girls: Changing Our World." Details

World Affairs Forum hosts Julianne Smith, Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, for "The Transatlantic Relationship: Defining Moment of Deja Vu?" Details

Worcester World Affairs Council hosts Evans J.R. Revere, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Center for East Asia Policy Studies, for "War or Peace on the Korean Peninsula: Dealing with a Nuclear-Armed North Korea." Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Ron Granieri, Executive Director of Foreign Policy Research Institute's Center for the Study of America and the West, for "Europe: Old Continent, New Challenges - Post Election EU." Details

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Miyuki Hino, Ph.D student of Environment and Resources at Stanford University, and Katharine Mach, Director of Stanford Environment, for "Taking Climate Change Seriously." Details

Thursday, October 12
World Affairs Councils of Delaware hosts Antony Blinken, Herter/Nitze Distinguished Scholar at Johns Hopkins SAIS and former Deputy Secretary of State. Details
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council hosts Michael Haltzel, Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, for "The Trump Foreign Policy." Details

Foreign Policy Association hosts Michael W. Doyle, Director of Columbia University's Global Initiative, for "Crossing Borders in a Globalized World: A New Model Treaty for Migrants and Refugees." Details

Friday, October 13

Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Emma Sky, Director of the World Fellows Program at Yale University, for "The Unraveling: High Hopes & Missed Opportunities in Iraq." Details

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts Anand Menon, professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at Kings College London, for "The Future of the European Union." 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
Contact www.wacphila.org/travel  or call 1-800-942-5004 , ext.  209  or 217 .

The World Affairs Councils of America 

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Phone (202) 833-4557  Fax (202) 833-4555

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