October 24, 2016
Cover to Cover Author Series
2016 WACA National Conference
Iran Project Program Series
Future of Korea 2016 Program Series
WAC New Hampshire's Foreign Policy Forums
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Cover to Cover Author Series

October's Cover to Cover will feature author Steven Koltai on his new book Peace through Entrepreneurship , on Thursday, October 27, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET


Steven Koltai is an expert on international entrepreneurship ecosystem development. He is a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and managing director of the entrepreneurship consultancy Koltai and Co. LLC. He is a successful entrepreneur in the telecommunications and event management industries, and from 2009-11 served as Senior Advisor for Entrepreneurship under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Full Bio.

COUNCIL LEADERS: Please share this opportunity with your members and supporters as a free benefit!  Contact the WACA National Office if you are interested in hosting Cover to Cover authors.
Hotel Block Expires Today, Oct. 24   

 
America and Global Megatrends
 
November 16-18, 2016

Be sure to  book your hotel room at our special group rates at  Capital Hilton!  WACA's rates will expire today,  Monday,  October 24. You may reserve your room at  our  Conference Registration page.

The World Affairs Councils of America is delighted to announce a special dinner with Tom Friedman  on Friday, November 18, at 6:30 - 8:30 PM . Internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist Thomas L. Friedman has been awarded three Pulitzer Prizes for his journalism and he has written six bestselling books, among them From Beirut to Jerusalem and The World Is Flat. (Full bio.)

This event follows the official conclusion of the Conference (see agenda) - and it is free for members of the 1918 Society. Others who wish to attend this special dinner may purchase tickets here for $100 each

At dinner, Friedman will discuss his new book, to be published in November, "Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations." After the Q&A, he will sign books, which WACA will present as complimentary gifts to all attendees. 
 
New this year! CONFERENCE 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's CEO. Congratulations to the Naples Council, WAC Western Massachusetts, WorldBoston, and the Cleveland Council on earning this benefit! Many other Councils need just one more registrant.  

Keynote Speakers


Ambassadors Luncheon Keynote

U.S. Secretary of Commerce


Ambassadors Luncheon Keynote

David Abney 
Chairman and CEO of UPS


Opening Dinner Keynote

Senator George J. Mitchell 
Former Special Envoy to the Middle East
Author of the forthcoming A Path to Peace

New Speakers added



President and Co-founder 
Muslim Public Affairs Council




Professor of Practice 
National Defense University






H.E. Gérard Araud
Ambassador of France to the Unites States



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 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:
October 25-26World Affairs Council of W. Michigan hosts Richard Nephew, non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution, Sebastian Maisel, associate professor of Arabic and Middle East Studies at Grand Valley State University, and moderator Chad Lingwood, associate professor of history at Grand Valley State University, to discuss "Eye on Iran: Assessing the Nuclear Deal; Conflict with Saudi Arabia; and the Future of U.S. Diplomacy in the Middle East".
Future of Korea 2016 Program Series

The World Affairs Councils of America is sponsoring an Engage America Speaker Series on the  Future of Korea in collaboration with the Korea Economic Institute. The program is focused on broadening and deepening the understanding of Korea and the U.S.-Korea relationship among opinion leaders and academics. The centerpiece of the program is a three-person panel discussion, usually consisting of one representative each from the U.S. Department of State, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, and KEI. 

Upcoming event:
October 27: World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts Choi Jin-won, from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Joshua Pierce, Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State, and Mark Tokola, VP of the Korean Economic Institute, and more for a discussion on "The Future of Korea".  
WAC New Hampshire's Foreign Policy Forums

new hampshire The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire will hold a series of foreign policy forums featuring the Democratic and Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate, in partnership with Southern NH University College Republicans, NH College Democrats, and NH Young Democrats. 

Senator Kelly Ayotte (R)  will take the stage on Wednesday, October 26 and Governor Maggie Hassan (D)  will speak on Friday, October 28 The forums, exploring each candidate's views on America's role in the world, will be moderated by Civic Scholar Dean Spiliotes with questions from attendees. The series will educate voters about current global challenges as part of the Council's mission to promote understanding of world affairs across the state. For more information,  contact WAC NH Executive Director  Anna Berry  at aberry@wacnh.org
Academic WorldQuest 2016-2017

Information for the 2016-2017 Academic WorldQuest program is now available!

This year's AWQ Study Guide, is now available, along with complete information about the Carlos and Malú 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. For Topics, Study Guide, and other information click  here

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors: 
   
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, October 24

World Affairs Forum (Stamford) hosts a debate on Foreign Policy between U.S. Representative Jim Himes (D) and Connecticut State Representative John Shaban (R) Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Bea Perez, Chief Sustainability Officer at The Coca-Cola Company, on "Business as an Agent for Change: Building a Sustainable Future" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Parag Khanna, global strategist, author, and CNN global contributor, on "Mapping the Future of Global Civilization" Details

World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley hosts a "Great Decisions: Climate Geopolitics" discussion with Steven Leibo, Professor of International History and Politics at The Sage Colleges Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts a  special Election Edition of the Global Cafe Details

World Affairs Council of Washington - DC hosts a WorldQuest Pub Quiz Details

World Affairs Council Upstate hosts a book club featuring a discussion on "The Girl Who Stole My Holocaust" by Noam Chayut Details

Tuesday, October 25

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts the Global Impact Award Dinner honoring former Secretary of State James A. Baker III Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts a luncheon and program featuring H.E. Gerard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States Details

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts Moon Dok-ho, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Seattle, for a discussion on "The World...In General" Details

World Affairs Council of Maine hosts Louis Sell, retired foreign service officer and author, on "The Soviet Collapse 25 Years on: How It Happened and What It Means Today" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Joe Barnes, former career diplomat for the U.S. State Department, and Christian Whiton, former special advisor for Under Secretary of State, on "Clinton, Trump, the Election and the Future of U.S. Foreign Policy" Details

Foreign Policy Association hosts Mark S. Wrighton, Chancellor of Washington University at St. Louis, on "Graying China: The Global Impact on Society and Healthcare" Details

World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities hosts Arturo Meijide, Associate Professor and chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at St. Ambrose University, on "Europe's Next Greece? Economic and Political Turmoil in Spain" Details

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts Dov Waxman, Professor of political science, international affairs, and Israel studies at Northeastern University, on "The American Jewish Conflict over Israel" Details

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts Eisuke Tsuyuzaki, JETRO Japan Technology Advisor, for a discussion on "Successfully Entering Japan's IoT Market" Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Mary Thompson-Jones, faculty director of the Master of Science in global studies and international relations program at Northeastern University, for a discussion on her recent book "To the Secretary: Leaked Embassy Cables and America's Foreign Policy Disconnect" Details  

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts photographer Eugene Reshetov for a photo exhibition titled "From Orissa to Nagaland" Details

International Institute of Buffalo hosts a German Cultural Night featuring chef Tina Grant from the Professional Culinary Academy for a cooking demonstration Details

World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts a Luncheon Ladder event featuring Harry Goodall Details

WorldDenver hosts a Young Professionals Networking Happy Hour with Young Leaders of the Americas Fellows Details

Wednesday, October 26

World Affairs Council of Houston hosts Zalymay Khalilzad, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the UN, to be interviewed by Chase Untermeyer, former Ambassador to Qatar, on "The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House" Details

WorldBoston hosts Paul Webster Hare, former British Ambassador to Cuba and professor of international relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, on "Cuba and the United States" Details

Los Angeles World Affairs Council hosts Congressman Adam Schiff (D) for a discussion on "National Security: Keeping America Safe" Details

World Affairs Council of Charlotte and E4 Carolinas hosts Patrick Duddy, Former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela and International Visiting Lecturer at Duke University's Office of Global Strategy and Programs, for a discussion on "Petroleum, Populism, and Growth: The Development Challenge in Latin America" Details

Richmond World Affairs Council hosts Herman Cohen, former U.S. Ambassador and expert in African geopolitical and economic affairs, on "The Strategic Importance of Africa" Details

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts David Hickton, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Matthew LaVinga, interim president and CEO at the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance, and more, on "Exploring Cybersecurity through a Legal Lens" Details

WorldDenver hosts Steve Clemons, Washington editor at large for The Atlantic, on "Foreign Policy and Presidential Politics" Details

International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts James C. Harrington, human rights attorney, for a discussion on "Perspectives on the Crisis in Turkey" Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Riyadh Lafta, Professor of medicine at Mustansiriya University, for a discussion on "Impacts of Conflict on Population Health" Details

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts cardiologist John Rudoff for a Q&A session after screenings of the films "After Spring" and "The Crossing" Details

Thursday, October 27

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Joyce Chang, global head of research at J.P. Morgan; Steve Wray, executive director at Economy League; and more, on "From Overseas to Center City: Global Economics and the Impact on Philadelphia Business" Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Alana Montano, director of investigations from Montano and Associates, on "Global Terrorism and the Black Market Behind It" Details

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Jamal Khokhar, President and CEO of the Institute of the Americas, on "Geopolitical Issues and Influences of Brazil: From a Top 10 Global Economy to Presidential Impeachment" Details

World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts Ethan Chorin, former foreign service officer in Libya and CEO of Perim Associates, on "U.S., Libya, and the Rise of the Islamic State" Details

Olympia World Affairs Council hosts Mary Thompson-Jones, faculty director of the Master of Science in Global Studies and international relations program at Northeastern University, for a discussion on "To the Secretary: Leaked Embassy Cables and America's Foreign Policy Disconnect" Details  

World Affairs Council of St. Louis presents the sixth annual International Humanitarian of the Year Awards Details

World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts Anne-Marie O'Connor, veteran foreign correspondent and culture writer, to discuss the famous painting "The Woman in Gold" Details

Friday, October 28

World Affairs Council of Northern California is sponsoring an all-day panel "Day One: The World that Awaits" of nine speakers including: Francis Fukuyama, senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for international studies, Thomas Pickering, Vice Chairman at Hills and Company, and others for the event World Affairs 2016: "Day One: The World that Awaits" Details

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts "One Night to Save the World," a trivia night to fundraise for 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 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.

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