December 12, 2016
Cover to Cover Author Series
WACA 2016 National Conference
Middle East Program Series
WACA Bids Althea Georgantas Farewell
New Executive Director at PAAC Niki Shishido
WAC of Houston Seeks Executive Director
Global I.Q. Minute Podcast Series
WAC of Pittsburgh to Host Jeffrey Rathke
World Affairs Councils Highlights
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Cover to Cover Author Series 

This Thursday, WACA's Cover to Cover will feature author Philip J. Crowley on his new book Red Line: American Foreign Policy in a Time of Fractured Politics and Failing States , on December 15 at 2:00 - 2:30 PM ET

P.J. Crowley, is Professor of Practice and Fellow at the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication at The George Washington University. He served as Assistant Secretary of State and Spokesman (2009-11) for U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Crowley appears frequently as a national security commentator on national and global television networks, including as a regular contributor to the BBC.
WACA 2016 National Conference 

We are grateful to all attendees, speakers, and sponsors who participated in the WACA 2016 National Conference. Thank you for making it such a successful and memorable event! 

All of WACA's official Conference recordings can be viewed on our YouTube channel

Save the Date! 
WACA's 2017 National Conference will be held November 8-10 at the Capital Hilton. We look forward to your attendance! 

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and UPS Chairman & CEO David Abney (left), give the Ambassadors Luncheon keynote on American Competitiveness. 

WACA Conference Scholarship sponsors Carlos and Malú Alvarez with this year's Scholarship Recipients.

Middle East Program Series 

With generous support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, WACA is delighted to present a fresh Engage America Speaker Series on  American Policy in the Middle East for a New Administration . Eight World Affairs Councils will participate in the program which is designed to inform the American public about policy options in response to opportunities as well as the multiple interconnected crises in the Middle East.  By bringing together policymakers and experts from the U.S. in public forums hosted by Councils, members of the public will benefit from balanced and high-level analysis to which they would not otherwise have access.

Upcoming event:
December 14WorldDenver
WACA Bids Althea Georgantas Farewell

The World Affairs Councils of America would like to sincerely thank Althea Georgantas, Program and Office Manager at the WACA National Office, for her seven years of service to the mission of the World Affairs Councils. Her last day is tomorrow (Tuesday, December 13).

Althea has played a major role in delivering the WACA National Conference, Academic WorldQuest, grant funded program series, and equally vital day-to-day administration duties. Her superior dedication to the goals of our organization never wavered. We wish Althea all the best both professionally and personally as she takes on a new position at Exponent Philanthropy in Washington, DC.
Hawaii's New Executive Director Niki Shishido

The World Affairs Councils of America would like to congratulate Niki Shishido on being promoted to Executive Director of the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC). Niki succeeds Jill Takasaki Canfield, our friend and colleague at the helm of PAAC for the past 11 years. We wish Jill continued success in her new role as Director of International Programs at Maryknoll, a K-12 school in Honolulu with a Business and Diplomacy academy within the school.

Niki has been with PAAC since 2013, serving as the Community Relations and IVLP Coordinator. Among her many accomplishments prior to joining the Council network, Niki was Project Manager at Global Green Forum Ltd. in Beijing, and also was the Executive Director at the World Trade Professional Education Institute Ltd.
WAC of Houston Seeks Executive Director

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston is hiring an  Executive Director

Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the administration of the Council - its finances, staff, programs, development, and planning. Other key duties include raising funds, marketing, and community outreach.  WAC Greater Houston is seeking a candidate with prior nonprofit and management experience who exhibits a commitment to the Council's mission. View full position description here .

To Apply: please submit a resume and cover letter to
Global I.Q. Minute Podcast Series

The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth is pleased to share its latest Global I.Q. Minute podcast series in which Council President Jim Falk  interviews some of the world's foremost thinkers, writers and diplomats.   Check out these discussions:

Ambassador Thomas PickeringPodcast

Bob Woodward, author and Washington Post Associate Editor. Podcast

Kati Marton, author of True Believer: Stalin's Last American Spy. Podcast

Parag Khanna, author of Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization. Podcast

H.E. Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States. Podcast 
WAC of Pittsburgh to Host Jeffrey Rathke

Pittsburgh The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh will host Jeffrey Rathke , Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), as a keynote speaker during their 85th annual meeting on Tuesday, December 13 , for a discussion on "The Future of Europe, U.S. Interests, and American Leadership."

Mr. Rathke, a Pittsburgh native, was a featured speaker at the CSIS "think tank offsite" visit at the WACA National Conference last month, where he discussed "Transatlantic Relations" with our members and leaders. He is a retired Foreign Service Officer and former Director at the State Department Press Office ( full bio ) .
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, December 12

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Almudena Bernabeu, International Attorney and Transitional Justice Program Director at the Center for Justice and Accountability; Diana Essex-Lettieri, Deputy Director of Asylum Access, and more for an "International Human Rights Day Townhall Discussion" Details

International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Col. Nicolas Auboin, French Liaison Officer at the Combined Arms Center, for a discussion on "The Role of the Military in a 21st Century World" Details

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Ron Bee, International Relations expert and lecturer at San Diego State University, for a discussion on "Challenges Confronting President-elect Trump" Details

Tuesday, December 13

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Stephen Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, for a conversation, luncheon, and book signing in Dallas Details

Montana World Affairs Council hosts John Limbert, survivor of the Iranian Hostage Crisis and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran in the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, for a discussion on "U.S. and Iran: Endless Enemies?" Details

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts Stephen Walt, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, on "Future Foreign Policy Challenges" Details

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts its Fall Forum from December 13-15 Details

Wednesday, December 14

WorldDenver hosts Amb. Ryan Crocker, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and six-time ambassador in the Middle East; Amb. Christopher Hill, Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver; and Barbara Slavin, Acting Director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council and Washington correspondent for Al-Monitor, on "Middle East Policy in the New Administration" Details

World Affairs Council - DC hosts H.E. Anne Anderson, Ambassador of Ireland to the U.S., for a discussion on current events in Ireland's international relations Details

World Affairs Council of Charleston hosts Ambassador Jerry P. Lanier on "The Global Challenges Facing the Trump Administration" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Captain Paul Tortora, U.S. Navy (ret.), for a discussion on "Cyber Security" Details

World Affairs Council of Las Vegas hosts Bernadette Pardo, veteran broadcast journalists, for a discussion on "Cuba: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" Details

World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts James Coyle, of Chapman University; Robert O'Brien Esq, from Larson Obrien LLP, and more for the 1st Annual Sir Eldon Griffiths "Around the World Discussion in 60 Minutes or Less" Details

Global Minnesota hosts Gary Prevost, Political Science professor at the College of Saint Benedict of Saint John's University, for a discussion on "Cuba and the U.S." Details

Richmond World Affairs Council hosts William W. Newmann, Associate Professor in the Political Science Program at Virginia Commonwealth University, on "Trump Foreign Policy: A New Era?" Details

World Affairs Forum (Stamford) hosts Aleksandr Troyb, Attorney at Law of Benjamin, Gold & Troyb, P.C., for a discussion on "Myth-Busting: Immigration Today" Details

World Affairs Council of Tacoma hosts Brian Birkenstein, author and world traveler on "Antarctica: Cleaning Up After Science" Details

Thursday, December 15

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts an event on "Cuba after Fidel" featuring Amb. Charles Shapiro, former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela; Collin Laverty, President of Cuba Educational Travel and Senior Partner at Havana Strategies, and more Details

Rancho Bernardo, North County Chapter of San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Vojin Joksimovich, expert on international political issues and nuclear engineering, for a discussion on "Is There Still a Need for NATO?" Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Marc McLeod, Professor of History, Director of Latin American Studies, and Director of the International Studies Program at Seattle University, for discussion on "Cuba after Fidel" Details

Olympia World Affairs Council hosts the Annual Small Group Discussion on "Global Issues Confronting the Trump Administration" Details
World Affairs Council of Tacoma hosts C.R. Roberts, retired News Tribune columnist, on "Tacoma's Evolution as an International City" Details

Friday, December 16

World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts Ethan Chorin, CEO of Perim Associates, on "The United States and Libya in the Age of ISIS" Details

Juneau World Affairs Council hosts Artem Zagorodnov, Russian media and affairs expert, on "Putin and Russia's Evolving Image in the United States" 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,  Colombia Rediscovered : February 3 - 13.

Joyce M. Davis, President, World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, Journey to  Southern Africa:  February 26 - March 13.

Megan Torrey, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Connecticut,  Cultural Cuba:  March 26 - April 3.

Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth,  Inside Iran:  April 21 - May 4.

Mimi Gregory, Vice President and Program Chairman, Naples Council on World Affairs,  Cruise the Face of Europe :   May 15 - 30.

Trina Medarev, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Jacksonville,  Italian Riviera & Chianti:  June 11 - 20.

Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs Councils of Northern California,  Circumnavigation of Iceland: August 1 - 9. 

Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum, Stamford,  Silk Road Odyssey: October 1 - 20.

Derrick Olsen, President, World Affairs Council of  Oregon,  Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia :  October 9 - 17.

Craig Snyder, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia,  Burma :   October 10 - 22.

Ambassador Mark Johnson, Founder, World Affairs Council of Montana,  Mystique of the Orient:  October 17 - 29.

Dr. Jerry Leach, former President, World Affairs Councils of America,  Inside Morocco:  October 20 - November 2.

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