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New! Embassy of Canada to Host Reception 

The World Affairs Councils of America is delighted to announce that the Embassy of Canada will host a reception during the WACA 2016 Conference. Mr. Denis Stevens,  Deputy Head of Mission will preside at the event. 

Mr. Stevens has served with the Canadian Government for 17 years, 10 of them in management positions in the departments of Justice; Indian and Northern Affairs; Public Safety and at the Privy Council Office, the department that serves the Prime Minister and the Cabinet.  Immediately prior to his current appointment, Mr. Stevens served as Consul General of Canada in Seattle.

WACA Conference participants may choose from one of three Embassy Receptions - Canada, France, and Oman - to be held Thursday evening, November 17 (see agenda). Please be advised that space is limited, and RSVPs are required for security purposes.     

Reception option 2:

H.E. Gérard Araud , Ambassador of France, will host a reception at his official residence. 
Reception option 3: 

H.E. Hunaina Al Mughairy , Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman, will host a reception at the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center.
Conference registrants: reply by Thursday, Nov. 3, with your Embassy and Think Tank preferences. If you have any questions, contact WACA's national office at  202-833-4557
Think Tank Visits - New Experts Added   
Choose one:  
Global Risks 2035 

Mathew J. Burrows -  Director  
New!  Jasmine El-Gamal - Senior Fellow 
The Future of the International Order 

Thomas Wright - Director 
New!  Tanvi Madan  - Director 
New!  Michael Doran - Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

SVP for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; and Director, Europe Program
(other experts TBD)
Middle East Meltdown

Andrew J. Tabler  - Martin J. Gross Fellow 
New!  Anna Borshchevskaya  - Ira Weiner Fellow 
New!  Soner Cagaptay -  Beyer Family Fellow 
New!  Sarah Feuer - Soref Fellow  
Conference registrants: reply by Thursday, Nov. 3, with your Embassy and Think Tank preferences. If you have any questions, contact WACA's national office at  202-833-4557 .
WACA 2016 National Conference    

America and Global Megatrends
November 16-18, 2016
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

Special evening with Tom Friedman 
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. 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. 

Speakers added

Senior Associate, Asia Program 
Woodrow Wilson Center

President and Co-founder 
Muslim Public Affairs Council

Professor of Practice 
National Defense University

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.  

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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WAC of Hilton Head: New Executive Director

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to introduce  Maureen Korzik , the newly appointed  Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Hilton Head .

Most recently, Maureen was the Executive Director of Second Helpings, a transportation and redistribution entity of foodstuffs from grocery retailers to the area's various food banks.  She held previous positions as Executive Director at Matthews Health Clinic and as a Specialty  Sales Representative for Rhone-Poulenc Rorer. Maureen is a graduate of Marquette University, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Biology.

Maureen was selected as the best choice for the  position  from a pool of over 100 well-qualified applicants. She  will be working with Joan Apple Lemoine, the current Executive Director, starting November 1, and will make her solo flight starting January 1, 2017. 
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

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News Spotlight: Alaska World Affairs Council

Lise Falskow, President and CEO of the Alaska World Affairs Council in an special interview with Your Alaska Link.com, discussed the Council's upcoming fall programming. Lise talked about the Council's mission and the list of distinguished speakers recently hosted such as: the Ambassadors of Indonesia and Qatar, and Israel's first Bedouin diplomat Ishmael Khaldi. She highlighted the accessible and open nature of the Council's speaker events and encouraged viewers to attend future programs. View the Interview

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World Affairs Councils in the News

Peoria Area World Affairs Council

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia

World Affairs Council of Charlotte

World Affairs Council of Las Vegas

World Affairs Council of Connecticut

World Affairs Forum (Stamford)

World Affairs Council of Atlanta

World Affairs Council of Dallas/ Fort Worth

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Naples Council on World Affairs
" Firmly Rooted in Community and Public Service " -- Naples Florida Weekly

World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts

International Affairs Forum (Traverse City)
" Congressional Candidates Spar on Issues " -- Traverse City Record-Eagle

Global Minnesota

Northern Nevada International Center

World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley

Cleveland Council on World Affairs

Columbus Council on World Affairs

World Affairs Council of Oregon

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading

World Affairs Council of Charleston

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