September 19, 2016
2016 WACA National Conference
The Iran Project
Peace Day Challenge
Academic WorldQuest
Utah Council Lecture Seriesr Citizes
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WACA and Councils to Provide 25 Student Scholarships for 2016 National Conference  

America and Global Megatrends
November 16-18, 2016

The National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce that WACA will offer 25 scholarships for undergraduate students from the Council network to attend our 2016 National Conference - America and Global Megatrends - November 16-18 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. For full details on application process, eligibility, and requirements see announcement .

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
Author of the forthcoming A Path to Peace

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 

Global Risks 2035

Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative


Director, Project on International Order and Strategy

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy  
Syria: How to Bring Lasting Peace
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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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 event:

United States Institute of Peace's Peace Day Challenge exists  to raise the profile of the International Day of Peace and to affirm peace as a real alternative to the violence we see every day in the news.

It is all about inspiring a day of action on September 21, focused on building peace through real-life activities and sharing on social media at #PeaceDayChallenge.

In 2015, the Peace Day Challenge reached 21 million people in 129 countries on social media, engaged dozens of organizations, and inspired activities in 36 countries & 21 U.S. states.

Here is what you need to effectively participate in USIP's Peace Day Challenge this year:
  • This article by USIP President Nancy Lindborg explains why Peace Day Challenge matters. 
  • The website provides more information, action ideas, and other resources to support engagement in the Peace Day Challenge will be posted soon.
  • Personal contact information for Ann-Louise Colgan: or 202-429-3894. We encourage you to contact her for action ideas and other suggestions to support your Council's engagement in Peace Day.
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!
Utah Council Lecture Series

The Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy announces its 2016-2017 Ambassador John Price and Marcia Price Lecture Series . The series features leading authorities in international relations and is designed to cover key foreign policy issues and foster a globally savvy community through dialogue. 

The Price Lecture Series will kickoff September 20 with a talk on "Climate Change and Low Lying Island Nations: Relocation, Foreign Aid, and International Opportunity."  Ms. Brook Meakins, Attorney at Law, will discuss   the unique challenges that face low lying islanders, including big picture politics such as international negotiations and litigation, relocation and outside  opportunity and the difficulty of accepting foreign aid while maintaining an advocacy role.

See full lecture lineup and details  here.
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, September 19 

Foreign Policy Association hosts H.E. Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico, to address U.S.-Mexico relations at its annual World Leadership Forum Dinner Details

Tennessee World Affairs Council to hold a Town Hall Meeting on "The Iran Nuclear Deal: Prospects for Cooperation, Competition, and Confrontation," featuring Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and David Plazas, opinion engagement editor of The Tennessean Details

World Affairs Council of Jacksonville holds a Conversation in the Round with Dr. John C. Mirsalis, VP of Translational Development at SRI International Details

World Worcester hosts Richard Nephew, professor of religion at Georgetown University's International Affairs and Islamic Studies program Details

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts screening of documentary "Around the World in Pittsburgh" followed by a Q&A session with the students featured in the film Details

Tuesday, September 20

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Ambassador Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative, for "A Conversation on International Trade" Details

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Sue Klebold, mother of one of the gunmen responsible for the Columbine High School shootings Details

Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Gregory Young, professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Colorado, Boulder, on "Turkey: Still a Democratic NATO Ally or Did the Attempted Coup Change Everything?" Details

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts a Global Spotlight Speaker Panel featuring Mark Moore, CEO of MANA Nutrition, Dr. Tamara Johnson, research associate and adjunct professor at UNC Charlotte, and Oliver Merino, Latino New South coordinator at the Levine Museum Details

Alabama World Affairs Council hosts Joseph Wilson, former U.S. Ambassador to Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe, for a discussion on "Africa and the U.S.: Past and Present" Details

Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Charles G. Cogan, associate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, on "Saudi Arabia in the Throes of Dramatic Change" Details

Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Karen Petrone, professor and chair of the history department at the University of Kentucky, for a discussion on "National Security and Russia" Details

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts Kathy Levit, board member of Tiny Hands International, on "Working to Fight Human Trafficking in Nepal, India, and Bangladesh" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Hillel Schuster, Principal at KPMG Israel and delegate of Israel Public Diplomacy Forum, on "New Energy Dynamics for Israel and Its Neighbors" Details

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Serge Dedina, Mayor of Imperial Beach, California, on "Coastal and Marine Conservation and Urban Revitalization on the U.S.-Mexican Border and Beyond" Details

WorldBoston hosts Elaine Kamarck, author and director at the Brooking Institution's Center for Effective Public Management, on her book Why Presidents Fall and How They Can Succeed Again Details

Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts a Great Decisions presentation on Korea with facilitator Rob Reider, former CIR Board Member Details

Wednesday, September 21

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Eytan Gilboa, chair and academic director, Israel Public Diplomacy Forum, on "Geopolitical Transformations in the Middle East: Causes, Developments, and Consequences" Details 

World Affairs Council of South Texas hosts Dr. Faruk Taban, president of the Turkic American Alliance, on "Turmoil in Turkey and Its Impact" Details

Alaska World Affairs Council hosts a panel discussion with speakers Eugenia Urania Da Costa Carreia of NGO Belun, Margaret Mustamvi, program manager at Savanna Trust, and moderator Hilary A. Morgan, CEO of YWCA Alaska, on "Community Connections and Solutions: From Zimbabwe & East Timor to Alaska" Details

World Affairs Council of California Central Coast hosts Dr. Margaret Orchowski, congressional immigration journalist and author, on "Terrorism and the Migration/ Refugee Crisis: How It Changed the Immigration Reform Debate" Details

World Affairs Forum (Stamford) hosts Dr. John Entelis, professor and associate director of the Middle East Studies Program at Fordham University, for a discussion on "Middle East Alliances" Details

Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts Steve Clemons, editor at The Atlantic, on "The 2016 Election: Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Sid Forrest, head of the Global HR team for EnerSys, on "International Trade Opportunities and Challenges: The EnerSys Approach" Details

World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosts a WorldQuest trivia competition and dinner event Details

Thursday, September 22

South Dakota World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Marc Lynch, professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, on "The New Arab Wars: Anarchy and Uprisings in the Middle East" Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Fred H. Lawson, professor and head of the government department at Mills College, on "The Syrian Uprising Five Years On: The Ba'thi Regime Strikes Back" Details; and "Russia Vs. NATO: Is There an Endgame?" with speaker Edward W. Walker, executive director of the Program in Eurasian and East European Studies at UC Berkeley Details

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Kiki Munshi, commentator and former diplomat, on "From the Edge of Europe: Romanian Worldview and Foreign Policy" Details

World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosts Professor Eytan Gilboa, Middle East scholar and commentator, for a discussion on "U.S. in the Middle East: Interests and Dilemmas" Details

World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts Dr. Daniel R. Soto, assistant professor at Sonoma State University, to discuss accessibility and over-consumption of electricity, and to look at energy efficient technologies Details

International Relations Council (Kansas City) holds its Eliot S. Berkley Annual Dinner, featuring political analyst James Carville Details

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts a screening of documentary "Our Man in Tehran" followed by a discussion with Consul General of Canada in Detroit Douglas George Details

World Affairs Council of Rhode Island hosts Donna M. Hughes, professor and chair of the Women's Studies Program at the University of Rhode Island, to discuss human trafficking Details

Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts a symposium for high school students about the implications that this year's elections will hold for U.S. foreign policy Details

Friday, September 23

Columbia World Affairs Council hosts Huei-Yuan Tai, general director of the Taipei Economic Cultural Office in Atlanta, to provide a "Taiwan and Taicung Update" Details

World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts Colonel (ret.) Danial Pick to speak at its monthly luncheon, on "America's Foreign Language Deficit: A National Security Crisis?" Details

Windham World Affairs Council begins its "Understanding Cuba through Film" series by screening the film "Conducta" followed by a discussion with film co-star Idalmis Garcia Details

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts a Happy Hour at Platform Brewery to raise money for Academic WorldQuest 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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