August 21, 2017
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Future of Korea
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KNOW NOW: Afghanistan on the Brink

President Trump is set to outline a new U.S. strategy for Afghanistan in a prime-time national address tonight. WACA will turn to Ronald Neumann, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and President of the American Academy of Diplomacy, for his take on whether the likely increased U.S. troop presence and further NATO support will help bring the 16-year Afghan war to an end. 

Councils, their members, and supporters are encouraged to join us for a KNOW NOW conference call featuring Ambassador Neumann on Friday, August 25, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET

Read Ambassador Neumann's August 9 Washington Post op-ed on this topic, and come with your questions.

WACA 2017 National Conference
November 15-17
Washington, DC

Just a few weeks left to purchase Early-Bird tickets!   
Check out our  2017 National Conference website  to grab your tickets at our exclusive low rates now!

Think Tank Off-Site:
WACA is pleased to announce expert panelists thanks to a new partnership with the Center for a New American Security (CNAS):

Julianne Smith
Senior Fellow and Director 
Transatlantic Security Program

Elizabeth Rosenberg
Senior Fellow and Director 
Energy, Economics and Security Program

Jerry Hendrix
Senior Fellow and Director
Defense Strategies and Assessments Program

All attendees will be able to select one out of at least four think tanks to engage with top policy analysts. See Conference agenda.

Leadership Day: Influential Messaging

Melinda Wuellner
Deputy Director  
Global Communications and Media Relations
Council on Foreign Relations

Megan Clark Torrey  
Executive Director
World Affairs Council of Connecticut

Staying at the Capital Hilton
We have secured a special group rate:
  • 1 Queen/King bed Deluxe Room: $279/night          (Single/Double Occupancy) plus tax

This distinguished hotel is located 
in  the heart of our nation's capital -  just two blocks from the White House. Convenient to three Metro stations and Ronald Reagan National Airport, the hotel is within walking distance of museums, memorials,  shopping,  dining, nightlife, and more.
Future of Korea Program:  Greater Cincinnati WAC

The Future of Korea 2017 program series, sponsored by Korea Economic Institute, continues tomorrow.  Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council will host a discussion panel of Korea experts on Tuesday, August 22See details.

Panelists include: 
Audrey Hsieh, Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State; 
Troy Stangarone, Senior Director, KEI;
Jin Nam, 1st Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Korea 
Cover to Cover Author Series: September

Geopolitical cracks are widening in East Asia, a region that has flourished under an American security umbrella for more than half a century. The historic rivalry between China and Japan is threatening to upend the peace that has held since World War II. With unrivaled access to archives in the U.S. and Asia, and to many of the major players in all three countries, Richard McGregor (full bio) has written a tale which blends the tectonic shifts in diplomacy with the domestic 
political trends and personalities driving them.

Read McGregor's recent article on China-Japan relations, and join us for  September's Cover to Cover  on the release date of his new book, Asia's Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power Tuesday, September 5, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET .
AWQ Fundraising: Best Practices Conference Call

Not able to join last week's   AWQ Fundraising: Best Practices  conference call?

Listen to a recording of the discussion here. Also, be sure to check out Council Highlights below for program examples.
Councils Are Hiring!
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Tuesday, August 22

Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Etienne Schneider, Luxembourg Deputy Prime Minister for "Alaska's Role in a Commercial Space Industry." Details

Columbus Council on World Affairs hosts Dr. Frederick Bertley, President and CEO of COSI, and Elaine Larson, Director of Education and Grants at the National Geographic Society, for "Fueling Economic Growth: STEM and Global Competitiveness." Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts David Priess, a WACA Cover to Cover author of The President's Book of Secrets, for "Trump and Top Secret Intelligence: From the Campaign to the Oval Office." Details

Wednesday, August 23

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts a panel of experts for "Global Footprint of Chinese Technology" Details

Thursday, August 24

World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California hosts Graeme Auton, University of Redlands Professor, for "North Korea's Military Challenges" Details

Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts Mike Vigil, former DEA Chief of International Operations, for "Enforcing the Border." Details

World Affairs Council of San Antonio holds "WorldQuest Warm Up." Details

Friday, August 25

World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts Thomas H. Johnson, Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, for "The Taliban and the Future of the Afghan Conflict." Details

Colorado Springs World Affairs Council holds "2017 Pikes Peak WorldQuest" trivia night. Details

Saturday, August 26

World Affairs Council of Rhode Island hosts Dr. Richard Lobban, Naval War College Professor, for "Is ISIS on the Way Out?" Details
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!

2018 travel schedule includes trips to: 
  • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President, Programs, World Affairs Council Northern California, Southern Africa: Feb. 10-Mar. 5
  • Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum (Stamford), Ancient Kingdoms of China: May 5-19
  • Patrick Ryan, President, Tennessee World Affairs Council, Tuscany: May 29-Jun. 6
  • Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Cruise the Rhine, July 11-29
  • Anna Berry, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, Cambridge, Oxford, and the Cotswolds: July 20-28
  • Derrick Olson, President, World Affairs Council of Oregon, Treasures of Ecuador: Aug. 27-31
  • Megan Torrey, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Hartford, Himalayan Kingdoms, Sept. 11-25
  • Mimi Gregory, Vice President of Programs, Naples Council on World Affairs, Inside Botswana: Oct. 4-16
Contact  or call 1-800-942-5004 , ext.  209  or 217 .

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