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Quebec Premier Honors FPA's Lateef
The World Affairs Councils of America congratulates Board member Noel Lateef on receiving the title of Knight of the Ordre National du Quebec from Mr. Philippe Couillard, Premier of Quebec. Noel, who is President of the Foreign Policy Association, is to be honored Monday evening at an insignia ceremony at the Quebec government Office in New York. 
1918 Society Conference Call
The World Affairs Councils of America will host a  1918 Society Members Conference Call  with  Governor Christine Todd Whitman , Co-Chair of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition (CASEnergy Coalition), and former Governor of New Jersey and EPA Administrator, on   Wednesday, June 24, at 3:30 PM ET . Ambassador Roman Popadiuk, WACA Chair-Elect, will moderate the call.

Gov. Christine Todd Whitman served as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (Jan. 2001-June 2003). She was the 50th Governor of the State of New Jersey, serving as its first woman governor (1994-2001). Gov. Whitman serves a number of non-profit organizations: she heads the Trustees' Executive Committee of the Eisenhower Fellowships; co-chairs CASEnergy with Amb. Ron Kirk, and chairs the American Security Project. She serves on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for Sustainable Shale Development. Full Bio


1918 Society Members, you are welcome to invite up to three guests to participate on the call. RSVP by replying to this email or write to Althea Georgantas at ageorgantas@worldaffairscouncils.org with you and your guests' names. 

Interested in joining the 1918 Society? Please contact Althea Georgantas at 202-833-4557 or  visit our website.

2015 National Conference
Leading America: Foreign Policy Challenges
 for the Next President

November 11-13, 2015
Washington, D.C.

Held annually for over two decades, the World Affairs Councils of America's National Conference engages our regional 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 per night (Single/Double Occupancy)
  • Superior Two Doubles: $269 per night (Single/Double Occupancy)
Reservation link coming soon!  

The Fairfax at Embassy Row is a historic Washington, DC hotel is located in the Dupont Circle area. A Washington, DC landmark, the hotel has an intriguing history that spans more than 80 years.
July 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.

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

June's Cover to Cover hosted Walter Laqueur, historian and author of  Putinism: Russia and Its Future with the West . The call was held on June 18 and moderated Jackie Miller, President and CEO of WAC Seattle.  Listen to the recording .

Save the Date
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 .
The Rational Middle Energy Series
The World Affairs Councils of America's newest national program series in partnership with  The Rational Middle Energy Series  is underway. With nearly 2 million views and counting, the 22-episode documentary film series has sparked a movement based on productive conversation around the current energy challenge and what it will take to achieve a cleaner energy future.

Upcoming events include:

June 23 -- WorldDenver

Recent coverage:

World Affairs Council of Charlotte and Philadelphia
The Rational Middle Energy Series

World Affairs Council of Charlotte -- June 3
Charlotte seen as 'path to the energy future' 
The Charlotte Observer

WAC of Western Michigan Program/Events Director Posting
The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan seeks 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 thru Friday, July 10, 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 .

Spotlight on Turkey Teacher Study Tours
The first group of teachers selected from World Affairs Councils across the country participating in this year's  Spotlight on Turkey  program depart this week 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

Subscribe to PRISM
The Center for Complex Operations at the National Defense University is pleased to offer a free subscription of their quarterly journal, PRISM, to World Affairs Councils and their members. PRISM is a security studies journal chartered by the Department of Defense to inform policymakers, allies, and academics on complex and integrated national security operations; reconstruction and state-building; and developments in training and education. Each journal features academic and policy-driven articles, book reviews, commentaries, and lessons from the field. Recent contributors include former U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman, former U.S. Army General and CIA Director David Petraeus, former DIA Director Michael T. Flynn, and former U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan James F. Dobbins.
Weekly Highlights

Monday, June 22
The World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts "Japan's China Challenge." Details

Tuesday, June 23

The World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "Responding to Crises: Remarks by the Director-General of the Red Cross." Details

The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts "H.W. Brands - Reagan: The Life." Details


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


The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts "#GlobalConnections Night in Japan at Meijer Gardens." Details

The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts an "I digress..." Social. Details


Wednesday, June 24

The World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts "Climate Change: Fact & Faith." Details


The World Affairs Council of Las Vegas hosts "Waging Modern Warfare: Is Afghanistan the Model?" Details


The World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts a "Young Leaders Evening Briefing." Details


The World Affairs Council of South Texas hosts "Scotland and the Future of the United Kingdom." Details 

The Foreign Policy Association hosts "Statesman Dinner with Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel." Details 


The World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts "June 2015 International Development Networking Happy Hour." Details 


Thursday, June 25

The World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "Japan's China Challenge." Details


The San Diego World Affairs Council hosts "Jammu and Kashmir: History and Geography Determine Geopolitics." Details


The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts "Adrian Wooldridge - The Great Disruption." Details 

The Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts its 2015 Annual Meeting. Details 

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts "The Iran Framework Agreement: A breakthrough, a good gamble or folly?" Details

The World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts "Global Water Security." Details


The Columbus Council on World Affairs hosts a Great Decisions discussion: "International Refugee Crisis." Details


WorldBoston hosts a Great Decisions discussion: "The Mideast and Mediterranean Refugee Crisis." Details


Friday, June 26

The World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "The United Nations at 70: A Conversation with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon." Details


The Alaska World Affairs Council hosts "Ireland, the U.S., and Europe: A 21st Century Perspective." Details


Saturday, June 27

The International Relations Council of Kansas City hosts "Is the United Nations Still Relevant?" 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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