July 17, 2017
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Cover to Cover Author Series: TOMORROW

Earth will have more than 9.6 billion people by 2050. With resources already scarce, how will we feed them all? Journalist Lisa Palmer (full bio.has traveled the world for years documenting the cutting-edge innovations of people and organizations on the front lines of fighting the food gap. Palmer breaks down this difficult subject and paints a hopeful picture of both the world we want to live in and the great leaps it will take to get there. 

Read Palmer's recent publication, and join us for  July's Cover to Cover  conference call series  Tuesday, July 18, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET .
JULY PROMOTION: WACA 2017 National Conference
November 15-17
Washington, DC

Head over to our conference website to purchase your tickets at our exclusive Early-Bird rates now!

July Promotion - Councils that purchase a Table of Eight will receive:
  • One additional complimentary Conference registration
  • Premium table location
  • One complimentary 1918 Society membership
WACA strongly encourages Councils to promote the Conference locally and through social media. Please reach out to the National Office for assistance with your publicity.


Rosa Brooks is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, a columnist for Foreign Policy, and a law professor at Georgetown University. ( Full bio.

Eliot A. Cohen is Robert E. Osgood professor at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). ( Full bio.)

Book your room at our special group rate now!

The  World Affairs Councils of America 2017 National Conference will be held  November 15-17 at the Capital Hilton in Washington DC. 

Staying at the Capital Hilton
We have secured a special group rate:
  • 1 Queen/King bed Deluxe Room: $279/night          (Single/Double Occupancy) plus tax

This distinguished hotel is located 
in  the heart of our nation's capital -  just two blocks from the White House. Convenient to three Metro stations and Ronald Reagan National Airport, the hotel is within walking distance of museums, memorials,  shopping,  dining, nightlife, and more.

Further announcements on National Conference speakers and other program details will be made in the coming weeks.
Listen to WACA Podcasts!

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed parts of President Trump's travel ban prohibiting the entry of people from certain countries to go into effect. While the court has yet to issue a final ruling, many questions have emerged. How many will this effect? Does religion play a role in this ban? How will this shape U.S. relations with the countries in question?

On Wednesday, July 12, Susan Cohen of Mintz Levin Immigration Practice spoke with Mary Yntema of WorldBoston for WACA's  KNOW NOW conference call series to illuminate this pressing topic. Listen to the podcast of the timely discussion here.
WACA and Councils Are Hiring!
Promote Your Council: Send Us Your Stuff!

WACA will launch our new website soon. The best way to bring your Council programs to life for the entire network is to email us - often - your  high-res photos, video, and audio

The new site will showcase Councils' convening power, innovative educational initiatives, and community impact. 

Help us promote your work by emailing Chelsea Beaulieu.
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Tuesday, July 18
Juneau World Affairs Council hosts David Ramseur, visiting scholar in public policy at University of Alaska Anchorage's Institute of Social and Economic Research, for "Melting the Ice Curtain - The Extraordinary Story of Citizen Diplomacy on the Russia-Alaska Frontier." Details
World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts Colleen Nelson, Editorial Editor for the Kansas City Star, and Brendan McCarthy, managing editor of the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, to discuss "The Rise of Fake News." Details
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Mike Decker, Principal and Partner of Wingate Partners, for "Who Says It's a Small World? Travel to 147 Countries & Counting with Mike Decker." Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Juan Fernando Cristo, Minister of Interior from Colombia, for "Negotiating with Guerillas: A Bumpy Peace for Colombia." Details

Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts the Great Decisions 2017 monthly session focusing on United States Foreign Policy and Petroleum. Details

Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts a screening of Babel. Details

Wednesday, July 19

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Allen Fromherz, Ph.D., Director of the Middle East Center at Georgia State University, and Michael Herb, Ph.D., Political Science Professor at Georgia State University, for "Qatar: Unpacking the Crisis." Details

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts Ross Harrison, Professor at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and scholar at the Middle East Institute for "The Middle East: Understanding the Region and Its Key Players." Details

Thursday, July 20

WorldDenver hosts Deborah Rohan, author of One Person Acted and Everything Changed . Details

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Rick Wartzman, Senior Advisor and former Executive Director of The Drucker Institute, and John Sepulvado, host of California Report on KQED Public Radio, for "The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs: Prospects for the American Dream?" Details

Peoria Area World Affairs Council presents "Southeast Asia - Our Yesterdays and Tomorrows," travelogue on Southeast Asia by PAWAC members Barb and Bernie Drake. Details

Friday, July 21

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts Zaher Wahab, Professor Emeritus at Lewis & Clark College and native of Afghanistan, to discuss the current Afghan crisis. Details

Pacific and Asian Affairs Council hosts the 2017 Howard Hughes International Golf Classic, a fundraiser for programs that empower high school students to become globally competent leaders. 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!

2017-2018 travel schedule includes trips to: 
  • Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum (Stamford), Silk Road Odyssey: Oct. 3 - 19
  • Dr. Jerry Leach, former President, World Affairs Councils of America, Inside Morocco: Oct. 20 - Nov. 2
  • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President, Programs, World Affairs Council Northern California, Southern Africa: Feb. 18-Mar. 5
  • Patrick Ryan, President, Tennessee World Affairs Council, Tuscany: May 29-Jun. 6
Contact www.wacphila.org/travel  or call 1-800-942-5004 , ext.  209  or 217 .

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