October 11, 2016
2016 WACA National Conference
October Cover to Cover
Academic WorldQuest
EU in the U.S. Program Series
Japan Matters for the U.S.
Global I.Q. Minute Podcast Series
World Affairs Councils Highlights
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Special Dinner with Tom Friedman   

America and Global Megatrends
November 16-18, 2016

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

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. 

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

Leadership Day Keynote

Ambassador Barbara Stephenson
President, American Foreign Service Assn.

The above program is not finalized; more speakers and details will be added on a weekly basis.

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

H.E. Hunaina Al Mughairy 
Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman

Global Risks 2035

Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative

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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October Cover to Cover 

October Cover to Cover will feature author Jonathan Tepperman on his new book The Fix: How Nations Survive and Thrive in a World in Decline, on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 2:00 PM ET.

Jonathan Tepperman is Managing Editor  of Foreign Affairs magazine. He began his career as a speechwriter at the UN in 1994, before pursuing journalism and taking editorship positions at publications such as Newsweek International. Tepperman is an accomplished contributor to a  variety of newspapers and magazines and the co-editor of se veral books. During his career, he has also conducted more than a dozen interviews with world leaders, including Bashar al-Assa d and Shinzo Abe.  ( 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.
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.

Councils: Register your local AWQ high school competition by submitting this Pledge Form to WACA  by October 12

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: 
EU in the U.S. Program Series

EU in the U.S. 2016 is a grant-funded program administered by WACA in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. Its goal is to raise awareness, knowledge, and understanding about EU policies, the EU's role as an international actor, and the value of the EU-U.S. relationship.

Upcoming event:
Why Japan Matters 

cleveland The  Cleveland Council on World Affairs  will host a dinner event,  Tuesday, October 18, at 5:45 - 8:30 PM , on  Why Japan Matters to the United States  ( agenda)

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia will host an luncheon event,   Thursday, October 20, at 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM , on  Why Japan Matters to the United States  (agenda) 

The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election has ignited renewed interest among the Washington policy community to reinstate the benefits and importance of U.S. engagement in Asia. How does Asia serve U.S. security and economic interests? What are the costs and benefits of U.S. security alliances in Asia, including the U.S.-Japan alliance? What do Ohio and Pennsylvania have at stake in Asia and in the U.S.-Japan relationship? To answer these questions and present important data and facts about U.S. relations with Asia and Japan, Sasakawa USA has brought together these security and economics experts:

Admiral Dennis Blair, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Sasakawa USA
Dr. Marcus Noland, Executive Vice President and Director of Studies, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Dr. Satu Limaye, Director, East-West Center in Washington USA
Dr. Fukuo Hashimoto, President and Chief Scientist, AFT
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 and CEO   Jim Falk  interviews some of the world's foremost thinkers, writers and diplomats.  Check out these discussions:

Steven Lee Myers, author of The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin. Podcast 

Joby Warrick, Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS. Podcast

Gen. David H. Petraeus (U.S. Army, Ret.), on the tangled web of internal conflict and overall complexity of Iraq. Podcast

Gen. Michael Hayden, on Russia's influence in the 2016 election, Trump's connection to authoritarian populism, and breaking news on the delicate balance between privacy and national security. Podcast
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Tuesday, October 11

World Affairs Council - DC hosts H.E. Hunaina Sultan Ahmed Al Mughairy, Ambassador of Oman to the U.S., for a discussion on her diplomatic career Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Suzi LeVine, U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, and Eric LeVine, entrepreneur and small business owner, on the "Swiss-U.S. Partnership" Details

Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy hosts Mark Scott, European Technology Correspondent for the New York Times, for a discussion on "Who Controls Your Digital Identity? How Europe Wants to Become a Global Watchdog in the Internet Age" Details

World Affairs Council of Western Colorado hosts political science professors Dr. Tim Casey and Dr. Bill Flanik for a panel discussion and presentation on "Vladimir Putin: The Man and the Myth" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Philippe Le Corre, visiting fellow at The Brookings Institution, for a discussion on "China Going Global: The Rise of a New Player in International Economics and Politics" Details

WorldBoston hosts Steven Koltai, Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, for a discussion on "Peace Through Entrepreneurship: Investing in a Startup Culture for Peace and Development" Details

World Affairs Council of Tacoma hosts Bill Lincoln, founder of the Lincoln Institute, for an event entitled "In Search of Resolution" Details

Global Minnesota hosts Khawar Nasim, Consul General of Canada in Minneapolis, and Gerardo Guerrero, Consul of Mexico in St. Paul, for a discussion on "Two Decades of NAFTA: What Has Been the Impact on Minnesota?" Details

World Affairs Council of Ma ine hosts a memb er coffee and discussion group on "North Korea" Details

Wednesday, October 12

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts its 67th Anniversary Event with H.E. David MacNaughton, newly appointed Ambassador of Canada to the U.S. Details

Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Mead Treadwell, president of Pt Captial, Dave Harbour, business and trade expert, and Dr. Forrest Nabors, professor, researcher, and former business executive, for a panel discussion on "U.S. Foreign Policy & Election Readiness" Details

Los Angeles World Affairs Council hosts Hector Aristizabal, psychologist, peace activist, and founder of ImaginAction, for a discussion on "Colombia's Surprise Vote against a Peace Deal: What Next?" Details

Sarasota World Affairs Council hosts Rogelio Novey, international development specialist in U.S.-Latin American relations, for a discussion on "The Panama Papers" Details

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts Ali Dadpay, Advisory Board Member of the United States-Iran Chamber of Commerce, for a discussion on "Iran - Post Sanctions" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Philippe Le Corre, visiting fellow at The Brookings Institution, for a discussion on "China's Offensive in Europe" Details

Vermont Council on World Affairs hosts Ambassador Kmec of Slovakia for a discussion on U.S.-Slovakian relations Details

Columbus Council on World Affairs hosts a Global Fluency Training session with featured speaker Brad Gosche, CCWA Director of Global Education Details

Thursday, October 13

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts Ardi Hermawan, Consul General of The Republic of Indonesia in San Francisco, for a discussion on "The World...in General" Details

World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts Senator Chris Murphy on "Foreign Policy in the Next Election" Details

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is holding a luncheon featuring "A Conversation with Patrick T. Harker, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia" Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Judge Najla Ayubi, lawyer and human rights activist, on "Women Pursuing Justice in an Age of Extremism: Afghanistan after Obama" Details

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts David Edick, Jr., former President of the San Diego World Affairs Council, for a discussion on "Russia and the Application of Asymmetric Power" Details

World Affairs Council of Central Illinois hosts Dr. Juan Carlos Donoso, Director of the Survey Research Office in the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield, for a discussion on "U.S. and Latin American Relations" Details

Windham World Affairs Council hosts James Galbraith, Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. chair of government/business relations at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, on "Inequality: What Everyone Needs to Know" Details

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts "Adventures in Dining: Serbian Cuisine" night with The Magellan Society Details

Friday, October 14

World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts Jeffrey Ball, Scholar-in-Residence at Stanford University's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, for a discussion on "The Global Race for Cleaner Energy" Details

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts Clyde Prestowitz, founder and President of the Economic Strategy Institute and WACA Cover to Cover author, on "Japan Restored: The Importance of a Strong Japanese Economy to the U.S." Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta sends ten Young Leaders to China through the Young Leaders China Fellowship Program 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!
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.

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