February 13, 2017
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WACA 2017 National Conference
Future of Korea Program Series
Network Calls on U.S.-Mexico Relations
AWQ 2016-2017
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Cover to Cover Author Series

February's Cover to Cover will host David Biello, TED's new science curator, on his new book The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth's Newest Age  on Wednesday, February 15, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET .

David Biello is an award-winning journalist who has been reporting on the environment and energy since 1999. He has been an editor and contributing writer at Scientific American, and he also contributes frequently to the Los Angeles Review of Books, Yale e360, Nautilus, and Aeon. Biello has been a guest on radio shows, such as WNYC's The Takeaway, NHPR's Word of Mouth, and PRI's The World. He hosts the ongoing duPont-Columbia award-winning documentary Beyond the Light Switch for PBS. 
KNOW NOW Conference Call :
The U.S., Ukraine and Russia's Western Ambitions

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to present the KNOW NOW conference call series. These calls will feature global thought leaders hosted by WACA as well as local authorities in government, business, academia and cultural fields who are identified and moderated by local Councils, using our national conference call platform to bring local and national issues of global dimensions to our network.
WACA is pleased to feature Anne Applebaum, Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics Institute of Global Affairs, to discuss "The U.S., Ukraine and Russia's Western Ambitions"  on Tuesday, February 21, at 2 PM ET.

Anne Applebaum is a journalist and historian with a particular expertise in the history of communism and the experience of post-communist "democratization" in the Soviet Union and central Europe. At LSE's Institute of Global Affairs, she will run ARENA, a program on disinformation and 21st century propaganda, and build the Transformation Lab, a program focused on the political and economic transformation of individual countries. She writes a biweekly foreign affairs column for the Washington Post and is the author of several books, including Gulag: A History, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction, and Iron Curtain, which won the 2013 Cundill Prize for Historical Literature and was nominated for a National Book Award. Applebaum is featured in a short 15-minute documentary about the Holodomor, the genocidal famine in Ukraine engineered by the USSR's Joseph Stalin. The call comes days before the first Hollywood-style feature film set during the Holodomor, Bitter Harvest , will be in theaters on Feb. 24.  ( Full bio ).
WACA 2017 National Conference 

Save the Date!

WACA's 2017 National Conference  will be held on November 15-17 
at the  Capital Hilton

For more than two decades, the World Affairs Councils of America's annual conference has presented top government officials, diplomats, business executives, civic leaders, think tank policy experts and journalists to a national audience. Council leaders and members from WACA's affiliates across the country engage with these speakers and thought leaders over the course of three stimulating days in our nation's capital. The 2016 event was great, and we look forward to welcoming you back this November!
Future of Korea Series: Applications Due February 15

We are pleased to announce our continued collaboration with the  Korea Economic Institute of America  on the  Future of Korea  program series. The speaker program will focus on the economic and political situation on the Korean Peninsula as well as U.S.-Korea relations.

All Councils may submit applications; six to eight Councils will be selected to participate. 
About the Program
The centerpiece of the program is a panel discussion consisting of one representative each from the U.S. Department of State, the Korean Embassy, KEI, or other relevant institutions. The panel participants typically offer a general overview presentation, followed by a Q&A period. For more information about the program click here

To Apply
Councils interested in hosting need to send a completed Application Form to Tori Baskind at  tbaskind@worldaffairscouncils.org by February 15, 2017.
Network Calls on U.S.-Mexico Relations

WACA, in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, presented a pair of conference calls on U.S.-Mexico Relations. Council President  Jim Falk, a WACA Board member, moderated separate discussions  with former Mexican President Vicente Fox and James Jones, former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, on the  political, economic, and social issues affecting the relationship between Mexico and the United States, including the border wall, NAFTA, and migration

Listen to the podcasts here
Vacancies: Education Program Manager and Communications Associate 

Pittsburgh The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh seeks to hire an Education Program Manager and a part-time Communications Associate to join a dynamic team with a mission to increase global awareness in the Pittsburgh region.
The Education Program Manager will be responsible for engaging middle and high school students and teachers through global education programs with a focus on a range of international issues. The manager will be expected to continue developing the flagship education program and the Global Leadership Certificate. See full job description and requirements here.

The Communications Associate will develop and implement a comprehensive communication plans and marketing ideas to further the awareness of the Council. Through social media outlets, management of the official website of the Council, and other forms of contact, this position will keep community members informed on current and upcoming events. See full job description and requirements here.

We encourage anyone who is interested to send all pertinent information jobs@worldpittsburgh.org by the appropriate deadlines.
Academic WorldQuest 2016-2017

This year's  AWQ Study Guide , is now available, along with complete information about the Carlos and MalĂș 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, at 4:30-6:00 PM.  For Topics, Study Guide, and other information click  here

Registration for the AWQ National Competition has started.  Teams  must complete this Registration Form as soon as possible in order to participate.  Registration forms are due no later than March 20! 

Please see the 2017 Program Schedule and stay tuned for updates. 

Hotel Reservations:  
To utilize our special hotel rates, book your room now at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center (775 12th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005)For reservations click here . Book now! These discounted rates expire March 30

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World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, February 13

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Sareta Ashraph, former UNHCR chief analyst for the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria; Scott Gilmore, attorney at the Center for Justice and Accountability; Stephen Rapp, former U.S. Ambassador-at-large for War Crimes, on "The Battle for Aleppo: Achieving Accountability for Syrian War Crimes" Details

Naples Council on World Affairs hosts Steven Cook, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, on "Turkey's Lost Democracy" Details

World Affairs Council - Washington DC hosts a distinguished panel discussion on "Executive Order 13769: Origins, Application, and Implications" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Ned Price, former special assistant to President Obama and senior director for the National Security Council at the White House, on "The Obama White House: Successes and Challenges" Details

Worcester World Affairs Council hosts Martin Burt, founder and CEO of Fundacion Paraguaya, on "Social Entrepreneurship to Eliminate Poverty" Details

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts Keith Schneider, senior editor and chief correspondent at the Circle of Blue and Liz Kirkwood, the executive director of FLOW, for a Great Decisions lecture on "New Rules of the Game: The World's Water, Food, and Energy Choke Points" Details

Tuesday, February 14

World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts Douglas George, Consul General of Canada in Detroit, to discuss "Canada-U.S. Ties, Canada-Kentucky Ties, and Canada-U.S. Cooperation in the World" Details

World Affairs Council of Central Florida hosts Ted Reynolds, visiting lecturer and senior research fellow at the University of Central Florida, on "Cell Phones, Computers, and Human Trafficking: How to Stay Safe" Details

World Affairs Council of Oregon, in partnership with the City of Portland's New Portlander program, takes a look at the current state of resettlement and refugees in the region through a "Rapid-Response: Understanding Resettlement" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts its 10th Annual International Educator of the Year, honoring Robert Gates, the 22nd U.S. Secretary of Defense Details

Alabama World Affairs Council hosts a Great Decisions 2017 Seminar Series on "U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum" Details

Wednesday, February 15

Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council hosts Nancy Lindborg, President of the United States Institute for Peace, on "Building Peace in a Fragile World" Details

Sarasota World Affairs Council hosts Robert Gallucci, Director of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress and professor at Georgetown University, on "Nuclear Weapons: They're Back" Details

Foreign Policy Association hosts Ruchir Sharma, head of Emerging Markets and chief global strategist at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, on "The Rise and Fall of Nations" Details

World Affairs Council of Maine hosts "WorldQuest 2017" Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Mariusz M. Brymore, Consul General of Poland in Los Angeles, on "The Future of the European Union" Details

Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts Louise Blais, Consul General of Canada; Javier Diaz de Leon, Consul General of Mexico; Masami Kinefuchi, Consul General of Japan; Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford, Consul General of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; and Doreen M. Edelman, shareholder at Baker Donelson, on "Trade and Foreign Investment under the New Presidential Administration" Details

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts a Great Decisions Lecture Series, with Dr. Greg Weeks, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Carolina, on "Latin America's Political Pendulum" Details

World Affairs Council of Tacoma hosts Frank and Kathy Erickson and Bruce and Paula Foreman, to discuss "Travel with Purpose" Details

World Affairs Council of Charleston hosts Dr. Javier Corrales, professor of political science at Amherst College, on "Venezuela's Hugo Chavez Regime: Collapse or Consolidation During a Time of Humanitarian Crisis?" Details

World Affairs Council on Greater Reading hosts Cathy Curran-Myers, assistant professor at Alvernia University, on "The Paris Climate Agreement" Details

T hursday, February 16

World Affairs Forum (Stamford) hosts Greg Ip, chief economics commentator for the Wall Street Journal, on "Globalism vs Nationalism: The New Ideological Divide" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Richard Haass, President of the Council of Foreign Relations, on "A World Disarray: U.S. Foreign Policy under a New Administration" Details

International Affairs Forum (Traverse City) hosts Humaira Wakili, executive director at the Gen Next Foundation, on "The Fractured Middle East: Connecting to the Next Generation" Details

WorldBoston hosts its Great Decisions kickoff event with Denise Garcia, associate professor at Northeastern University, and David Offensend, President and CEO of EDC, on "The Future of Development: The United Nations and Beyond" Details

Institute of World Affairs (Milwaukee) hosts Mary Flynn, refugee program director for Lutheran Social Services, and Kime Abduli, immigration attorney, on "Beyond the Wall: Immigration, Refugees, and Society" Details
Olympia World Affairs Council hosts Thomas Rainey, professor at Evergreen State College, on "Vladimir Putin's Plan to Make Russia Great Again" Details

Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, on "Islam in the Time of Trump" Details

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts Ambassador Earl "Anthony" Wayne, former ambassador to Mexico and Argentina, on "Where Do We Go from Here: The Future of Global Trade" Details

Savannah Council on World Affairs hosts Michael Krepon, co-founder of the Stimson Center, on "President Trump and Nuclear Dangers" Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer of Microsoft, on "Future of Technology: Issues for Washington and the World" Details

Pacific and Asian Affairs Council hosts "A Global Affair, Annual Dinner", honoring Servco Foundation with the Paul S. Bachman Award; and Merle Grybowski, PAAC's Director of Teacher Training will be recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award Details

Global Ties Arizona hosts Mark Brnovich, Attorney General of Arizona, as the keynote speaker; Suzanne Klapp, councilwoman in Scottsdale City; and moderator Phil Latzman, producer and host of a radio show on KJZZ, on "Investigative Journalism's Impact on Public Opinion and Policy-Making around the World" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, on "A World in Disarray" Details

Columbus Council on World Affairs hosts Dr. Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, on "Global Health: How China Impacts the World" Details

The North County Chapter of the San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Jim Verdi, FBI special agent and bomb technician, on "FBI Counter-IED Operations Overseas" Details

Friday, February 17

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts Tamara Cofman Wittes, senior fellow and rector of the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, on "The U.S.-Israel Relationship: Challenges for the Trump Administration" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Joseph M. Young, director for Japanese Affairs in the East Asia/ Pacific Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Department of State and Dr. Haruo Iguchi, professor of international studies at Kwansei Gakuin University, on "U.S.-Japan Relations Under the New U.S. Administration" Details

Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Captain Gary (Yuri) Tabach (U.S. Navy, Ret.), on "Predictions on Russia's Maneuvering and the U.S. Response" Details

World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts Ryan Gingeras, professor of the Naval Postgraduate School, on "Turkey on the Brink: Assessing the Uncertainties of the Erdogan Era" 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!
Joyce M. Davis, President, World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, Journey to Southern Africa:  February 26 - March 13.

Contact  www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004, extension 209 or 217.

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