January 9, 2017
Future of Korea Program Series
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WACA-Global Ties Conference Breakfast
Academic WorldQuest 2016-2017
World Affairs Councils Highlights
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Future of Korea Program Series 

WACA is sponsoring an Engage America Speaker Series on the  Future of Korea  in collaboration with the  Korea Economic Institute . The program aims to broaden and deepen 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, consisting of one representative each from the U.S. Department of State, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, and KEI.

Upcoming event:
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Author Series

Author David Priess will join WACA for a timely  conference call Thursday, January 19, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET , to discuss The President's Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to American Presidents from Kennedy to Obama . Published last March, the book comes out in paperback this month.

Every day, the President receives a report revealing the most sensitive intelligence and analysis of world events: the President's Daily Brief, or PDB. As has been widely reported, President-elect Trump has largely rebuffed intelligence briefers since his election win. See the Jan. 3 piece by Jennifer Rubin, a conservative writer whose "Right Turn" column appears in the Washington Post.
Dr. David Priess served during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations as an award-winning intelligence officer, manager, and daily intelligence briefer at the CIA as well as a desk officer at the State Department ( full bio).  
WACA-Global Ties Conference Breakfast

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to sponsor the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting once again this year as part of a reciprocal arrangement to strengthen collaboration between our organizations.

For those Council leaders, staff, and board members who plan to attend the Global Ties "Unity in Community " Conference in Washington, DC, we cordially invite you to participate in the  World Affairs Councils of America breakfast on  Thursday, February 9 , hosted by WACA President Bill Clifford  at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Carol Byrne, President of Global Minnesota, and Scott Gillespie, Editor of the Editorial Pages at the Star Tribune will be among the featured speakers at the upcoming Global Ties U.S. meeting. Their topic is media partnerships; the Star Tribune's Jan. 6 column highlighted the Council's 2017 Great Decisions program.

For more on our partner Global Ties' accomplishments in building peace and prosperity through exchanges, check out this video
Academic WorldQuest 2016-2017

This year's  AWQ Study Guide , is now available, along with complete information about the Carlos and MalĂș 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, at 4:30-6:00 PM.  For Topics, Study Guide, and other information click  here

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World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, January 9

Naples Council on World Affairs hosts General John R. Allen and Dr. Michael O'Hanlon on "Foreign Policy Challenges for the New Administration" Details

Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy hosts Professor Kevin Bales on "Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World" Details

Windham World Affairs Council (Vermont) hosts Javed Chaudhri, Board member of the Windham WAC, on "Islam and Muslims: The Rise of A New World Order" Details

World Affairs Council Upstate (South Carolina) hosts a book club on "Skylark Farm" by Antonia Arslan, on the  life of a family struggling for survival during the Armenian genocide in Turkey  Details

Tuesday, January 10

World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosts Henry Bonilla (R, TX), and Charlie Gonzalez (D, TX) on "Bipartisan Foreign Policy" Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Omar Saif Ghobash, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Russia, on "Letters to a Young Muslim: Countering Extremist Narratives" Details

World Affairs Council of Palm Beach hosts Dr. Michael Pillsbury, Senior Fellow and Director of Chinese Strategy at the Hudson Institute, on "China's Secret Strategy to Replace America as a Global Power" Details

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts former U.S. diplomat Todd Huizinga to discuss "Central Europe Case Studies: Poland and Hungary" Details

Wednesday, January 11
World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Ambassador Michael Punke, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Ambassador to the WTO, on "U.S. Trade Policies and Priorities: A Retrospective" Details
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts WACA 2016 Conference speaker Michael Doran, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute and a former White House advisor, on "The Future of U.S. Security Policy in the Middle East" Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Dana Hyde, Chief Executive Director of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and Richard Leach, President and CEO of the World Food Program USA, on "U.S. Development Aid: What Does the Next Administration Hold?" Details

World Affairs Council of South Texas hosts Dr. Sky Foerster, Brent Snowcroft Professor of National Security Studies at the U.S. Air Force Academy and at the Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies on "Trump Presidency and U.S. Foreign Policy: What Now?" Details

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts KRG Representative Bayan Abdul Rahman on "The United States and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Essential Partners in a Turbulent Middle East" Details

World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts KRG Representative Bayan Abdul Rahman on "The Rising Voice of the Kurds" Details

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts Peter Laufer, Professor in Journalism at University of Oregon, and Gabriela MartĂ­nez, award-winning documentary filmmaker and co-creator of the Latino Roots in Oregon, for a discussion on "Spanglish and Border Culture" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Dr. Randall Fegley, political historian at Pennsylvania State University on "Rwanda Rebuilding after Trauma" Details

Alaska World Affairs Council hosts an evening of Filipino and Dominican food and culture Details

Thursday, January 12

World Affairs Council - Washington, DC hosts its an event at the residence of His Excellency Prasad Kariyawasam, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the U.S. Details

World Affairs Council of Rhode Island hosts Dr. Roehrig, Professor of National Security Affairs and Director of the Asia-Pacific Studies Group at the U.S. Naval War College, on "North Korea's Nuclear Ambitions and U.S. Policy Responses" Details

The North County Chapter of the San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Farouk Al-Nasser to discuss "Egypt: from Nasser - Mubarak - Morsi - Sisi" Details

Friday, January 13

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts a Great Decisions Lecture Series on "Geopolitics of Energy" Details

World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts Anja Manuel, former diplomat and author on "What the Rise of Asia Means for the U.S." Details

World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts a pre-show reception of the documentary "Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars" Details

Global Minnesota hosts Her Excellency Kirsti Kauppi, Ambassador of Finland to the U.S., on "The Important Relationship between our Two Nations" Details

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts Johanna Mendelson-Forman, Scholar in Residence at American University's School of International Service on "Is the Kitchen the New Venue of Foreign Policy?" 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!
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.

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.

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.

Contact  www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004, extension 209 or 217.

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