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July 'Cover to Cover'
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Diplomacy Begins Here
2015 WACA National Conference
WACA Global Ed Survey
Columbus Council Posting
WAC of Western Michigan Posting
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Tuesday, July 14 Cover to Cover 
WACA's  July Cover to Cover Author Series features journalist Nina Ansary on her new book, Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran . The call will be held  Tuesday, July 14, at 2:00 PM ET . WACA President Bill Clifford will moderate the call.

Iranian-American author Nina Ansary challenges stereotypical assumptions by examining how the status of women has changed under Iran's secular and religious movements. Illuminating unanticipated consequences of the Islamic Revolution, her account charts the rise of a feminist movement within a post-revolutionary patriarchal society.  A recently released trailer for the book challenges viewers' conceptions, and can be viewed here .

Born in Tehran, Iran, Nina Ansary left her country of birth at the onset of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and has not returned since. In 1996, Ansary moved to Los Angeles, and following her family's long and distinguished record, began to pursue her passion for humanitarian causes. She is a regular contributor to The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post and Women's eNewsFull Bio

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Our August Cover to Cover will feature Dominic Tierney , Swarthmore professor and author of The Right Way to Lose a War: America in an Age of Unwinnable Conflicts . The call will take place on Wednesday, August 5, at 2:00 PM ET .
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APSIA Virtual Fair - July 21
Thinking about grad school?


APSIA can help you take the next step in your career!


The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) invites you to a virtual graduate admissions fair on Tuesday, July 21.

Top graduate schools in international affairs and public policy will be on hand to answer your questions about:

  • application requirements
  • curricula and joint degrees
  • financial aid packages
  • career opportunities

You'll leave with new information and new connections to admissions staff. For more information and to register, visit www.apsia.org/admissions-fairs/.

Diplomacy Begins Here: Upcoming Summits
Global Ties U.S. and our members, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, are hosting a series of summits across the United States that will bring together local, national, and international leaders from the business, government, and nonprofit world.

Upcoming Summits

July 23: Denver, CO hosted by WorldDenver and the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council.   Click here to register.

August 27: Manchester, NH hosted by WorldBoston and the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.
2015 WACA National Conference 
Leading America: Foreign Policy
Challenges for the Next President
November 11-13, 2015
Washington, DC 

Held annually for over two decades, the WACA National Conference engages our Council leaders and members drawn from the business, civic, and education communities with leading policy-makers and experts.

Last year's conference hosted keynotes General David G. Perkins, Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command; Vali Nasr, Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; and Mois?s Na?m, internationally-syndicated columnist and best-selling author, and Distinguished Fellow in the International Economics Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  Click here to see our 2014 speakers and agenda.

Staying at The Fairfax
We have secured a special group rate at The Fairfax at Embassy Row.
  • Superior King: $249/night (Single/Double occupancy)
  • Superior Two Doubles: $269/night (Single/Double Occupancy)

The Fairfax at Embassy Row is conveniently located in the Dupont Circle area. A Washington, DC landmark, The Fairfax's intriguing history spans more than 80 years.
WACA Global Ed Survey: Respond by August 1 
Dear WACA Board Members and Council Leaders:

On behalf of the  Global Education Task Force, I encourage you to participate in a survey to collect education program models from various World Affairs Councils in order to facilitate the sharing or scaling of  global ed programs via the WACA network. Feel free to share more than one program. After submitting your response, you can generate a new form by clicking on the survey link in the confirmation message.

Your voice is vital!    Please complete the survey by August 1 .

Thank you,
Patrick Terrien

Global Education Task Force Members

Chair: Patrick Terrien, President & CEO, Columbus Council on World Affairs
Vice Chair:  Xiao Yin Zhao, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Kentucky and So. Indiana
Jennifer Bowden, M.Ed., Executive Director of Education, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
Uli Decker, Director of Education and Community Outreach, World Affiars Council of Jacksonville
Kevin Draper, Director of Global Education, Columbus Council on World Affairs
Jacqueline Miller, President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Seattle
Maura O'Donnell-McCarthy, CEO, Cleveland Council on World Affairs 
Craig Perrier, High School Social Studies Specialist, Fairfax County Schools
Annie Prucey, Vice President, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
Don Samford, President, Peoria Area World Affairs Council
Megan Torrey, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Connecticut

Columbus Council on World Affairs Manager of Events & Public Programs Posting
The Columbus Council on World Affairs seeks to hire a Manager of Events and Public Programs to manage all aspects of the Council's events and public programs including Signature Luncheons, annual International Awards Ceremony, Global Scholars Diploma sessions, and more. 

The full description and application requirements can be found here. To apply, please email resume and cover letter including a) salary history for last three positions, b) three professional references, and c) start date availability to apply@columbusworldaffairs.org
WAC of Western Michigan Program/Events Director Posting
The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan is seeking a Program/Events Director to market and manage WAC's member-and-community-based programs. Requirements include: Ability to manage rapid changes and less-defined work environment with a positive, calm attitude. Able to work some evenings, including Mondays in February and March of each year. Ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing. Send resume and cover letter detailing reasons for interest to rsvp@worldmichigan.org
. Mention in cover letter if you are in the Council system. Please mention "Programming Director" in subject line. Resumes accepted through  Friday, July 10, 2015.
Click here for full listing.
Minnesota International Center Postings
The Minnesota International Center seeks a Corporate Relations Director with a knowledge of Minnesota's corporate landscape and global affairs. Must have completed a bachelor's degree and have a minimum of 3 years demonstrated success in business-to-business sales, business development, or corporate fundraising as a full time employee.  Send resume, cover letter, and one writing sample (global themed preferred)to Kathleen Oscarson at mic@unm.edu  . Do not call or email to ask regarding the status of your application. Applications accepted through 5 PM Friday July 31, 2015.
Click here for full listing.

The Minnesota International Center seeks a Program Director to strategize with and implement globally-focused programs. Must have completed a bachelor's degree in international relations, global studies, or related fields (M.A. strongly preferred). Must also have a minimum of 4 years experience in program management and a minimum of 5 years leading employees.   Send resume, cover letter, and one writing sample (global themed preferred)to Kathleen Oscarson at mic@unm.edu  . Do not call or email to ask regarding the status of your application. Applications accepted through 5 PM Friday July 22, 2015.
Click here for full listing.
WAC Pittsburgh President & CEO Posting
The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh seeks a new President and CEO who has passion for the mission, a desire to operate the Council like an entrepreneurial, creative and value adding business, and with a tempo that captures the energy of the issues which the Council brings to the community. Partnerships need to be built and monetized; the revenue base needs to expand and diversify; and, the Council needs to be positioned with a compelling value proposition that resonates with multiple audiences and contributes meaningfully to the community. Click here for the full posting.  Contact:  worldaffairscouncil@divsearch.com .
WACA Communcations and Marketing Officer Posting
The World Affairs Council of America seeks a Communications and Marketing Officer.  The Communications and Marketing Officer reports to the President and CEO. S/he coordinates public relations and marketing efforts for WACA national flagship programs - both externally (including media, news stories, issuance of press releases, website updates) and internally (newsletters to member Councils and the national Board of Directors) - and other initiatives to support WACA and the national Council network. In addition, s/he assists in the development and execution of local Council communication pieces to ensure consistent, aligned national messaging.
Click here  for full listing.
Spotlight on Turkey Teacher Study Tours
At the end of June, the first group of teachers selected from World Affairs Councils across the country participating in this year's  Spotlight on Turkey  program will depart for Turkey for a two-week study tour. The trip is part of Phase II of the full calendar year program focused on giving an overview of Turkey's rich culture. It consists of a spring Teacher Workshop, a Teacher Study Tour in the summer, and public cultural programs in the fall.

World Affairs Councils represented in the first group include:

Pacific and Asian Affairs Council 
Santa Fe Council on International Relations 
World Affairs Council of Houston 
World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana 
World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh 
World Affairs Council - Washington, DC 

Weekly Highlights
Monday, July 13

The World Affairs Council of Las Vegas hosts "Pakistan and its Neighbors: Impact of the War within Islam on Stability in South Asia." Details


The Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council hosts "FPLC - Irregular Warfare: How US Special Operations Forces Are Fighting the Third World War." Details


The Los Angeles World Affairs Council hosts "Screening: Phoenix." Details

Tuesday, July 14

The International Relations Council of Kansas City hosts "Dinner with S. African Ambassador Mninwa Mahlangu." Details

Wednesday, July 15

The World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "Remarks by General Stanley McChrystal, US Army (Ret)." Details

The World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "Not a Drop to Drink: Dealing with Drought." Details


The Minnesota International Center hosts "Global Conversations - Brazil in Metamorphosis." Details


The Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts "Asian Dinner at Film: Now and Forever." Details

WorldBoston hosts "Chat and Chowder Series: The World Politics of a Changing Energy Landscape." Details


Thursday, July 16

The Peoria Area World Affairs Councils hosts "World War Battle Sites with Don Samford." Details


The World Affairs Council of San Diego hosts "The Euro Crisis That's Not Going Away." Details

The World Affairs Council of Maine hosts "Ambassadors Forum: Energy Security in the US and Europe." Details

Travel the World from WAC Philadelphia
Just Announced:  Council Leaders to Lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!


Mimi Gregory, Vice President, Naples Council on World Affairs, Grand Danube: August 8-23, 2015. 

Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum Stamford,  Vietnam and Cambodia: October 12-27, 2015. 

Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs Council of Northern California, Cuba: December 6-14, 2015.

Ambassador Mark Johnson, Board, Montana World Affairs Council, The Mediterranean Through the Centuries: October 14-25. 2015. 

Dr. Jerry W. Leach, Former President, World Affairs Councils of America, Turquoise Coast Cruise, October 27-November 4, 2015. 

Contact www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004 x209 or x217.

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