April 25, 2016
Academic WorldQuest
Cover to Cover
Georgia PM to Speak at USIP
5th Annual Atlanta Summit on Global Health
World Affairs Councils Highlights
2016 WACA National Conference
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2016 AWQ National Competition Winners

Congratulations to the 200 high school students who participated Saturday at the  Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest  2016 National Competition! A thrilling tie-breaker round and sudden death round of questions were necessary to determine this year's winning team: Keystone School of San Antonio, Texas. A record 49 teams, including Hayah International Academy from Cairo, Egypt, competed at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Read the WACA press release

AWQ 2016 Champions:  Keystone School
World Affairs Council of San Antonio, TX
Katherine Mansfield, Nabil Kapasi, Christopher Zhu, and Emily Ye each received  $3,000 scholarship awards for  CIEE Summer Study Abroad Programs. They are pictured with AWQ sponsors Carlos and Malú Alvarez and WACA President  Bill Clifford

2nd Place:  Saint Edward's School 
World Affairs Council of Palm Beach, FL
Kishore Chundi, Katie Alerte, Zachary Alerte, Fawaz Naeem are holding their   $2,000 scholarship award certificates for  CIEE Summer Study Abroad Programs

3rd Place:  Plano West Senior High School 
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
Varsha Menon, Ankit Reddy, Noah Schochet, and Inan Sinha 

Thank you to the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center and Her Excellency Hunaina Sultan Ahmed Al Mughairy, Ambassador of Sultanate of Oman to the United States, for hosting the splendid Welcome Reception at SQCC's beautiful building. 
Last but not least, Academic WorldQuest would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of students, teachers, parents, chaperons, and all World Affairs Council staff and volunteers across the country. Thank YOU for helping to make the   Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest 2016 National Competition a great success!  See press release.

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors:



Tomorrow: Cover to Cover with Marc Lynch

Cover to Cover  in April will present author Marc Lynch  on his new book, The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East on Tuesday , April 26, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET

Professor Lynch teaches political science and international affairs at George Washington University. From 2009-2015 he served as director of the Institute for Middle East Studies. He is the founder and director of the Project on Middle East Political Science. He is also a non-resident senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a contributing editor at the Monkey Cage blog for the Washington Post. He is the co-director of the Blogs and Bullets project at the United States Institute of Peace (full bio). 

COUNCIL LEADERS: Please share this opportunity with your members and supporters as a free benefit! Contact the WACA office if you are interested in hosting Marc Lynch at your Council.
Georgia PM to Speak at USIP
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili of Georgia will speak at the United States Institute of Peace on Tues., April 26, 2:30 - 3:30 PM, on relations with the U.S. and Georgia's importance as an anchor for regional prosperity. PM Kvirikashvili will address his country's efforts toward economic and democratic progress and peace as vital sources of stability in the volatile region.  Details  
5th Annual Atlanta Summit on Global Health
The World Affairs Council of Atlanta , CARE USA , and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)  will present the 2016 Atlanta Summit on Global Health and Refugees on Monday, May 2 . The daylong program will examine the severe effects wars have had on health conditions in Syria, other parts of the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia. 

This is the fifth year the three organizations have held the global health summit, which previously has focused on water, food, Africa, and Latin America.

See the summit agenda and details here. The event will be simulcast; for information, contact WAC Atlanta. 
World Affairs Councils Highlights
Monday, April 25

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "Engage - The Prospects for Peace or War in Syria"  Details

World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts "Luncheon Meeting - Terrorist Financing: Past, Present, and Future"  Details

Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts "Pakistan, India & Nuclear Weapons" Details 

World Affairs Forum (Stamford) hosts "Great Decisions 2016 - ISIS" Details

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts "'Comin' to America' - Newcomers to Michigan" Details

World Affairs Council of Rochester hosts "Who Owns the Arctic? - U.N.C.L.O.S. The Arbitrator You Have Never Heard of" Details

World Affairs Council of Harrisburg hosts "Great Decisions 2016 - Climate Change" Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts "European Energy Security and Vulnerability" Details

Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council hosts "Global Education Training Workshop" Details

WorldBoston hosts "Chat & Chowder Series: 'Security Mom' featuring Juliette Kayyem" Details

Tuesday, April 26

World Affairs Council of Maine hosts "Islam Divided: The Ramification of the Sunni Shia Split"  Details

World Affairs Council of Buffalo hosts "Indian Cultural Night" Details

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts "Brazil's Leap from the BRICS to Economic and Political Turmoil" Details

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts "Evening Speaker Series: Vice Admiral (Ret.) Albert Calland III"  Details

World Affairs Council of Houston hosts "Volunteer Opportunity: World Cultures Summit"  Details

World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities hosts "Living to Die or Dying to Live: Understanding the Alliance for Living and Dying Well"  Details

Wednesday, April 27

Global Ties Arizona hosts "Setting the Diplomatic Stage - With The Honorable Michele Reagan, Arizona Secretary of State"  Details

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts "H.E. Domingos Fezas Vital, Ambassador of Portugal to the U.S. Discusses Investment and Business Opportunities in Portugal"   Details

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts "Rapid-Response: What's Next for Brazil?"  Details

Los Angeles World Affairs Council hosts "The Baltic States and a More Aggressive Russia"  Details

World Affairs Council of Central Illinois hosts "Roger-Mark de Souza - Earth Week Lecture"  Details

World Affairs Council Upstate hosts "Earth Fare Lunch"  Details

World Affairs Council of New Orleans hosts "Comparative Trends in Arts Funding"  Details

Thursday, April 28

World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts "Afghanistan: Fresh Perspectives on an Old Story"  Details

World Affairs Council of St. Louis hosts "Cuba and the U.S."  Details

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts "Bosnia: Tourist Destination or Conflict Zone?"  Details

World Affairs Council of Las Vegas hosts "Nevada Test Site Tour"  Details

Institute of World Affairs (Milwaukee) hosts "War Against All Puerto Ricans: A History of Economic Chaos and Political Terror in America's Colony"  Details

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts "TMS Global Social - International Paint Night at the Wine Palette"  Details

Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts "Lunch and Film: The Grocer's Son"  Details

Friday, April 29

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts "A Conversation with General Petraeus"  Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts "IPS: Bruce J. Dickson - China's Internal Politics: What Keeps the Party in Power and How Resilient Is that Power?" Details
2016 WACA National Conference  
Save the Date! 

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce that its 2016 National Conference will take place on November 16-18, at The Capital Hilton

This distinguished hotel is  located in the heart of Washington, DC - 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 and memorials, theaters and art galleries, shopping, dining, nightlife, and more. 

Further announcements on National Conference speakers, hotel reservations, and other program details will be made available later in the year.
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.
Contact  www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004 x209 or x217.

The World Affairs Councils of America 

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

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