Week of July 13
2015 WACA National Conference
APSIA Virtual Fair
Diplomacy Begins Here
WACA Global Ed Survey
July 'Cover to Cover'
Columbus Council Posting
MIC Postings
WACA Job Posting
Spotlight on Turkey
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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 Moisés Naím, 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.
Share with your Young Professionals: 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/.

World Affairs Council, Washington DC Foreign Policy Panel Series
"Thaw in US - Cuba Relations: What's Next?"


The World Affairs Council of Washington, DC will be hosting a foreign policy panel event on Tuesday, July 21.


On April 11th, 2015 President Obama and Raul Castro met at the Summit of the Americas in Panama, marking the first meeting between United States and Cuban heads of states since the countries severed ties in 1961. On July 1 the US and Cuba announced the reopening of their respective embassies in Washington and Havana for the first time in half a century. While diplomatic relations are renewed, what is the likelihood the trade embargo on Cuba will be lifted by Congress? What can be expected of a thawing in relations? Is the thaw positive for the United States and Cuba?

For more information and to register, click here

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.
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

Cover to Cover - August 5 at 2:00 PM

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 .

To register, e-mail Rachel Martin at rmartin@worldaffairscouncils.org
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
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 24, 2015.
Click here for full listing.
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 20

The World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Impacts on the US Economy." Details


The Minnesota International Center hosts "Culture Through Cuisine: Somalia." Details


Tuesday, July 21

The World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts "P.W. singer - Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War."  Details


The World Affairs Council of Kentucky/S. Indiana hosts "The Healing of America." Details


Wednesday, July 22

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts "The World Politics of a Changing Energy Landscape." Details


Thursday, July 23

The World Affairs Council of San Diego hosts "Dangerous Delusions." Details


The World Affairs Council of Western Colorado hosts "Whither US Foreign Aid?" Details


The World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts "Russia in the Ukraine." Details


WorldDenver co-hosts "Diplomacy Begins Here: Global Ties Regional Summit." Details

Thursday, July 24 

The World Affairs Council of Alaska hosts "Alaska's Global Economy: Where We've Been and Where We're Going - A Panel Discussion." 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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