Week of June 29
Paula Dobriansky bids WACA Farewell
Megan Torrey to be Honored
2015 WACA National Conference
July 'Cover to Cover'
WAC Pittsburgh President Search
WAC of Western Michigan Posting
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Paula Dobriansky Bids WACA Farewell

The World Affairs Councils of America would like to sincerely thank Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky for her four years of dedication and leadership as Chair of the National Board of Directors. Ambassador Dobriansky will be succeeded by Ambassador Roman Popadiuk on July 1, 2015.

Megan Torrey to be Inducted into CT Women's Hall of Fame 
On Friday, June 26, T he Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame  announced that Megan Clark Torrey, Executive Director of the  World Affairs Council of Connecticut , will be one of ten 2015 Global Impact Honorees. The Global Impact Honor is intended to highlight the contributions and the important role Connecticut women play internationally. The Global Impact Honorees with be recognized at the  22nd Annual Induction Ceremony of the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame  on  November 12, 2015 .


Megan is being recognized for her leadership in raising local awareness of global issues through world class community programming, including initiatives to equip Connecticut students with essential skills necessary to navigate the global marketplace.  


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.
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.  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

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 .
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 .

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.

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 

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 29
The World Affairs Council of Houston hosts "The Woodlands Series: Conflict in Yemen: The New Iran - Saudi Proxy War?" Details

Tuesday, June 30

The World Affairs Council of Houston hosts "Conflict in Yemen: The New Iran - Saudi Proxy War?" Details


Wednesday, July 1

The Columbus Council on World Affairs co-hosts  "CMC Forum on Big Data and Cyber Security." Details


The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville's Young Professionals group, the Magellan Society, hosts an Art Walk Meet-Up. Details


The World Affairs Council of Dallas Fort Worth hosts "A Conversation with his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama." 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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