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WAC Greater Houston Welcomes New Executive Director

WACA is pleased to share with our network colleagues that the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston has named  Maryanne Maldonado as its new Executive Director. 

Maryanne was Vice President and COO of Houston Technology Center. Previously, she held senior trade posts at the British Consulate General and the Canadian Consulate. On behalf of the WACA Board and National Office, we wish Maryanne  success in her new position and a very warm welcome!
TOMORROW: Cover to Cover Author Call at 2 PM ET

WACA will host Souad Mekhennet for a conference call to discuss her new book,  I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad  on  Tuesday, June 13, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET

Souad Mekhennet is a correspondant for The Washington Post's national security desk and a visiting fellow at Harvard, Johns Hopkins SAIS, and the Geneva Center for Security Policy. ( Full bio.)

Mekhennet's book will be published tomorrow and the following media have covered its launch:

Thank You, WAC Pittsburgh!

WACA would like to extend gratitude to the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh for hosting the Council Leadership and WACA Board Meetings in their fine city June 8-10. 

A highlight from the Leadership Day workshops was WAC Dallas/Fort Worth CEO Jim Falk's presentation on The Nonprofit Director's Role and Responsibility: Not an Option but an Obligation. Among the Board meeting successes were: officially launching the New Horizons fundraising campaign, establishing the WACA Advisory Council, and instituting the WACA National Conference Awards program. More details will follow in the coming weeks.

Thank you once again WACA Board member Sylvia Fields and WAC Pittsburgh CEO Angelica Ocampo and her team for their hospitality and an excellent weekend! 
America's Diplomats - WACA Program Series  

The America's Diplomats film screening and discussion program series, sponsored by the American Academy of Diplomacy, continues this week.  On Thursday, June 15 , the  Peoria Area World Affairs Council   will feature Academy President Ronald E. Neumann, former U.S. Ambassador to Algeria and Afghanistan
KNOW NOW Conference Call Series:
USIP President to Speak on World Refugee Day 2017

USIP President
Nancy Lindborg
The global humanitarian system is stretched to its limits. The world is challenged by the greatest flood of refugees since World War II. In Syria alone, the United Nations estimates that over 11 million people are displaced, with 4.8 million having fled the country as refugees. At the same time, the international community faces the specter of four concurrent famines in the fragile states of Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. 

As we mark World Refugee Day, there is a clear imperative to get ahead of these crises by understanding what drives instability and violent conflicts around the world, and the approaches that can prevent and resolve them. 

Join the president of the United States Institute of Peace, Nancy Lindborg, for a conversation with Bill Clifford, WACA President and CEO, about the tools the U.S. needs to address the causes and consequences of the global refugee crisis, and why this matters.  
Tuesday, June 20, at 2:00 - 2:30 PM ET  

KNOW NOW conference calls feature global thought leaders hosted by WACA, as well as local authorities in government, business, academia and cultural fields who are identified and moderated by local Councils. 
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, June 12
World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts Is Populism Prevailing? Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta presents Ambassador David MacNaughton, Canadian Ambassador to the U.S., and Dennis Lockhart, former CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, for Canada + NAFTA Modernization. Details

World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley features its own vice president, Matt Murray, in leading a discussion titled, U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum. Details

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts a private dinner with H.E. Dirk Wouters, Ambassador of Belgium to the U.S. Details

Tuesday, June 13

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts H.E. Dirk Wouters, Ambassador of Belgium to the U.S, for The New U.S. Administration and Transatlantic Relations. Details

World Affairs Council of California Central Coast hosts the Consul General from Azerbaijan. Details

Wednesday, June 14

World Affairs Council of Maine presents How the World is Responding to the Trump Administration for a member coffee and discussion group. Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston features Richard Fontaine, President of the Center for a New American Security, for The Growing Threat of North Korea. Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts H.E. Dirk Wouters, Ambassador of Belgium to the U.S., for Belgium - EU - U.S.: Business and Politics. Details

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts Michelle Breslauer, program director of the Institute for Economics and Peace, to discuss IEP's Global Peace Index 2017. Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Dr. Trita Parsi, founder and president of the National Iranian American Council, for A Diplomatic Solution: The Iran Nuclear Agreement. Details

Thursday, June 15
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts William Hogeland, author of Autumn of the Black Snake, in a discussion about The Creation of the U.S. Army. Details
Worcester World Affairs Council hosts Edward Alden, fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, for The Struggle Over Immigration: Making Sense of the Backlash in the U.S. and in Europe. Details
International Affairs Forum hosts author Dexter Filkins to discuss his book, The Forever War . Details
World Affairs Council of Rhode Island hosts Steve Koltai, business executive and entrepreneur for Peace Through Entrepreneurship. Details
World Affairs Council of Maine hosts a screening of After Spring, a documentary on the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Details
World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts Manal Al-Sharif, a women's rights advocate, to discuss her new book Daring to Drive . Details
Saturday, June 17
Global Minnesota holds its 2017 Gala: A Celebration of Colombia.  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 travel schedule includes trips to: 
  • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior VP of Programs, WAC of Northern California, Circumnavigation of Iceland: Aug. 1 - 9 
  • Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum (Stamford), Silk Road Odyssey: Oct. 3 - 19
  • Derrick Olsen, President, WAC of Oregon, Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia: Oct. 9 -17
  • Ambassador Mark Johnson, Founder, WAC of Montana, Mystique of the Orient: Oct. 17 - 29
  • Dr. Jerry Leach, former President, World Affairs Councils of America, Inside Morocco: Oct. 20 - Nov. 2
Contact www.wacphila.org/travel  or call 1-800-942-5004 , ext.  209  or 217 .

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