April 10, 2017
Cover to Cover Author Series
WACA Leadership and Board Meetings
Global Fluency in Columbus Region
Global I.Q. Minute
AWQ 2016-2017
World Affairs Council Highlights
Travel to Cuba with WAC Atlanta
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TOMORROW: Cover to Cover on China's Global Rise

WACA will host  Howard French to discuss his new book,  Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power , for this month's Cover to Cover conference call Tuesday, April 11, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

Howard French is Associate Professor of Journalism at Columbia University. He wrote from Africa for The Washington Post, and later was The New York Times bureau chief in Central America and the Caribbean, West and Central Africa, Japan, and China. French is the recipient of two Overseas Press Club awards and a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee. He has written for The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and Rolling Stone, among other national publications. (Full bio.)

"Everything Under the Heavens is the most persuasive account I've ever read of how China's history shapes its foreign policy and that of its neighbors today. A subtle and beautifully written book that offers surprising lessons for how Americans and Asians should respond to China's rise. Strongly recommended for policy makers and citizens alike." - Susan Shirk, Chair of 21st Century China Center, University of California, San Diego.
WACA Leadership and Board Meetings: June 8-10


WACA is  pleased to announce that the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh will graciously host the Spring Leadership Meeting for Councils on June 8-9, one day before the WACA National Board's Summer Meeting on June 10 The program opens with a welcome reception (to which a prominent foreign policy expert has been invited) on Thursday, June 8. Spring Leadership workshops will be held from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on Friday, June 9. Including a keynote luncheon with  Chris Howard, President of Robert Morris University. 

Dr. Howard is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and earned a doctorate in politics as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. He also has an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. Dr. Howard's service to his country began as a helicopter pilot, then as an intelligence officer, where he was assigned to the elite Joint Special Operations Command. After 9/11, he served in Afghanistan in the Air Force Reserve and was awarded the Bronze Star. He also served as the Reserve Air Attaché to Liberia. Dr. Howard won the Campbell Trophy, the nation's highest academic award for a senior college football player. Dr. Howard is the founder and a trustee of the Impact Young Lives Foundation, a nonprofit organization that brings South African college students of color to the US for summer educational and cultural tours.

WACA will share reservation links later this week for our group blocks at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh and Drury Plaza Pittsburgh Downtown (for up to three nights in downtown Pittsburgh).
The full Spring Leadership Meeting agenda, activities such as visits to The Andy Warhol Museum and Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, and the program registration fee and hotel information, will be announced as soon as possible.

We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh! 
Global Fluency in Columbus Region 

Brookings Institution highlights  the Columbus Council on World Affairs in a post "Creating a Globally Fluent Region in Columbus, Ohio" about CCWA's new program  to educate and train its community. "Global fluency," the Brookings authors say, enables communities to "identify and capitalize on new economic opportunities, successfully integrate newcomers, and ensure the population is prepared to adapt to rapidly changing economic realities." 

"The CCWA's programs are unique in that they are designed to better ensure long-term economic vitality and quality of life in the Columbus region by increasing the global fluency of its existing residents, not just support executives that conduct business internationally or help new foreign executives make the adjustment to living in the region."  Read full article here

World Affairs Council Upstate on April 27 will host a half-day  Global Fluency Training and Regional Forum led by Brad Gosche, Senior Director of the Global Fluency Institute of the Columbus Council.
Global I.Q. Minute with Jim Falk

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth's Global I.Q. Minute featured Mexico's Ambassador to the United States Gerónimo Gutiérrez. I n this episode with Jim Falk, Ambassador Gutiérrez touches on what he sees as a hopeful future for an improved NAFTA. Regarding campaign issues, i.e., the "wall," the Ambassador says that does not form "part of the bilateral agenda."  Listen to the podcast .
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

Please see the 2017 Program Schedule and stay tuned for updates. 
This year's  AWQ Study Guide , is also on our website. 

USIP Reception Welcoming Remarks: 

WACA is pleased to announce that  Ambassador William Taylor, Executive Vice President of USIP, will make welcoming remarks entitled  " Peacebuilding in Practice" , at the AWQ 2017 Reception at the  United States Institute of Peace .

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World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, April 10

World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley hosts James Ketterer, Director of International Academic Initiatives and Senior Fellow at the Institute of International Liberal Education at Bard College, for a Great Decisions lecture on "Saudi Arabia in Transition" Details

World Affairs Council Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Helene Cooper, Pentagon Correspondent of The New York Times and Pulitzer Prize-Winner for Ebola Coverage, on "A Reporter's Global View" Details

Tuesday, April 11

Alabama World Affairs Council hosts Marc Grossman, former Ambassador to Turkey and Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, on "Turkey, Europe, and the U.S." Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Andrew Weiss, Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, on "U.S.-Russia Relations: Illusions vs. Reality" Details

World Affairs Council - Washington DC hosts author John Zogby, on his book "We are Many, We are One: Neo-Tribes and Tribal Analytics in 21st Century America" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts two events April 11-12 featuring John Nixon, former CIA Senior Analyst, on his book " Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein " Details

Wednesday, April 12

Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Glen Klinkhart, Chief Executive Office and Director of the Forensics for DigitalSecurus to discuss "Cyber-security" Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Daniel Sneider, Associate Director for research at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, Philip Yun, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at the Ploughshares Fund, and Neil Joeck, research scholar at the Institute for International Studies at the University of California- Berkeley, on "North Korea: On the Verge?" Details

WorldDenver hosts Joe Cirincione, President of Ploughshares Fund, on "Nuclear Non-Proliferation" Details

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts Bernard Buecker, Attorney at Law and former Honorary Consul at the Federal Republic of Germany, and Stefan Felsner, Attorney at Law and Partner with Toennes and Felsner Fachanwalt, on "Germany and Migration" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/ Fort Worth hosts Chase Untermeyer, Chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission and former Ambassador to Qatar, on "In the White House with George H.W Bush" Details

Thursday, April 13

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts Ann-Louise Colgan, Director of Public Education at the Global Peacebuilding Center of the United States Institute of Peace, on "Peace in Action" Details

World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts Oscar Munoz, Chief Executive Officer of United Airlines, on "The Changing Global Dynamic of Commercial Aviation" Details

Vermont Council on World Affairs hosts Robert Ford, former U.S. Ambassador to Syria, Abdulhamit Bilisi, editor-in-chief of Zaman newspaper, Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, KRG representative to the U.S., and moderator, Peter Clavelle, former mayor of Burlington, Vermont, on ""U.S. & a Region in Conflict: on Turkey, Syria, Iraq and the Kurds"" Details

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts Jennifer Harris, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, on "Global Tipping Points: War by other Means," a three-part series on current world affairs Details

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts lead U.S. negotiator on the Paris Climate Agreement, Susan Biniaz, to discuss the Agreement and what next Details

Global Minnesota hosts Duncan McCampbell, Professor of law and international business at the Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis, on "Conflict in the South China Sea" Details
TRAVEL: Cuba - the Transition Begins (April 22-26)

Amb. Charles Shapiro, President 
of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, will lead a trip to Havana, Cuba from Saturday, April 22, to Wednesday, April 26 . Shapiro has led five trips to Cuba over the past two years. He served as the State Department's Coordinator for Cuban Affairs from 1999 to 2001.

In March 2018 Cuba will find itself in unknown territory - without a Castro running the country. Rául Castro will step down as president in February 2018. His brother Fidel of course ran Cuba, first as prime minister and then as president, from 1959 to 2008. 

Participants on the trip will meet with government officials to understand Cuba's domestic policies, changes in the economy, efforts to attract foreign investment, and what the government will look like after Rául. Expect a deep dive into the real Cuba: the group will meet with independent entrepreneurs who are making their businesses succeed against all odds; visit people in their homes to learn about daily life such as how their ration cards work; be briefed by the U.S. chargé d'affaires (acting ambassador) at the U.S. Ambassador's Residence. And we will have a great time - mojitos, culture, art, and more. Maybe even a cigar or two. The trip is only three work days out of the office - depart Saturday, return Wednesday afternoon. If you want to finish out the week in Cuba, WAC Atlanta can help you make arrangements. 

For more information, contact Clare Morton at travel@wacatlanta.org. Prices start at $3,600 per person based on double occupancy. Click here for trip flyer and here for itinerary.
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: 
  • Mimi Gregory, VP and Program Chairman, Naples Council on World Affairs, Cruise the Face of Europe:  May 15 - 30
  • 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, fmr. 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 .

The World Affairs Councils of America 

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