June 6, 2016
Cover to Cover
2016 WACA National Conference
WACA Israel Leadership Mission
The Iran Project
Amb. Ashok on Asia-Pacific Region
World Affairs Councils in the News
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Cover to Cover Author Series 

Cover to Cover  in June will present author 
Anja Manuel on her new book  THIS BRAVE NEW WORLD: India, China, and the United States on  Tuesday, June 14, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.  

Anja Manuel Anja Manuel is a Lecturer at Stanford University and a cofounder and partner with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, in RiceHadleyGates LLC, a strategic consulting firm ( full bio ). 

Cover to Cover in July will feature author Jennifer M. Harris on her new book War By Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft  on Wednesday, July 13, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET . Harris is a  senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously served as the  lead architect of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Economic Statecraft agenda (full bio). 

COUNCIL LEADERS: Please share these opportunities with your members and supporters as a free benefit! Contact the WACA office if you are interested in hosting these authors at your Council.
2016 WACA National Conference  
Book Your Hotel Now!

The World Affairs Councils of America's 2016 National Conference will take place on November 16-18, at The Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. 

Staying at The Capitol Hilton
We have secured a special group rate:
  • Queen/King bed Deluxe Room: $279/night (Single/Double occupancy) plus tax
  • Queen/King/Double bed Executive Floor: $349/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 and memorials, theaters and art galleries, shopping, dining, nightlife, and more. 

Further announcements on National Conference speakers, and other program details will be made in the coming weeks.
WACA Israel Leadership Mission  

The WACA delegation is currently in Israel for the 
June 2-10    Leadership Mission , in partnership with the  America-Israel Friendship League . The mission will focus on a variety of contemporary issues, including Middle East regional affairs, Israeli politics and diplomacy, counter-terrorism, immigration and refugees, innovation and entrepreneurship (alternative energy, IT, health care), and religious diversity. 

The following leaders from our network will represent the WACA delegation to Israel: 

Mitchell Abrams, WAC Philadelphia
Karen Burghart, Colorado Springs WAC
Lise Falskow, Alaska WAC
Arun Joshi, WAC Oregon
Katherine Keck, Los Angeles WAC
Rajesh Naik, WAC Atlanta
Lee Pasquarella, WACA National Board
Robin Pasquarella, WAC Seattle 
Michael Phillip, WAC California Central Coast
Serge Tomassian, WAC Orange County 
Mary Yntema, WorldBoston
Bill Clifford, WACA National Office (Head of Delegation)

See agenda  here.
The Iran Nuclear Deal Program Series

In partnership with The Iran Project , WACA is pleased to introduce The Iran Nuclear Deal: Prospects for Cooperation, Competition and Confrontation as part of our WACA Engage America Series. The objective of this program is to deepen the understanding of implications of the U.S. policy towards Iran, the nuclear deal, and the Middle East. It is important to stimulate debate and air differences over U.S. dealings with Iran in Councils' nonpartisan forums. The centerpiece of the program is the panelists' presentations and audience Q&A. 

This program is generously supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Events This Week: 
June 8: World Affairs Council of Oregon 
June 9: World Affairs Council of Seattle 

Read the op-ed in The Ohio State University's Alger Magazine by Dr. Jessica Matthews and Richard Nephew, who spoke with OSU Professor Richard Hermann at the Columbus Council on World Affairs event in this WACA program series on April 19.
Event with Amb. Ashok on Asia-Pacific Region

The Montana World Affairs Council will be hosting Singapore's ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Ashok Mirpuri . Join this exciting event luncheon as Ambassador Mirpuri discusses Singapore's perspective on the Asia-Pacific region and how events occurring on the other side of the world affect Montanans. 

The event will take place on Tuesday, June 28, 12:00-1:30 PM MDT .   For event details and to RSVP click  here
World Affairs Councils Highlights 

Monday, June 6

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts "Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen" Details

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts "Diversity through the Eyes of Women" Details 
San Diego World Affairs Council hosts "Afghanistan - The Forgotten War and Pakistan's Role" Details 

Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts "United Nations Climate Change Expert to share views on Paris Climate Talks" Details 

World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley hosts "Great Decisions: 'The Kurds'" Details

Tuesday, June 7

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts "Is Development Aid as Effective as Donors Would Like?" Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "The Mirror Test by J. Kael Weston"  Details 

WorldDenver hosts "Ambassador Gary Grappo: Saudi Arabia's Relationship with Gulf State Neighbors" Details

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts "Happy Dog Takes on the World: The Panama Papers" Details

Global Cincinnati hosts "The Future of Energy: A View from the Front-lines of the Energy Wars" Details 

Wednesday, June 8

World Affairs Forum (Stamford) hosts "Wilbur Miller Annual Meeting and Dinner" Details 

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts "Business Breakfast with Ambassador Kipyego Cheluget, Assistant Secretary General, Common Markets for Eastern and Southern Europ" Details

World Affairs Council of Las Vegas hosts "Can We Please Get Along? The Enduring Conflicts of South Asia" Details

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts "The Council's Annual Meeting and a Community BBQ " Details

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts "2016 Annual Meeting" Details

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts "What's the Deal? The Road Ahead for Iran, the U.S. & the Gulf Region" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts "What Next Venezuela? Oil Prices Down/Opposition to President Up" Details

Thursday, June 9

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts "The Iran Deal and U.S. Policy in the Middle East" Details

World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts "The Next Africa" Details

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts "Helping Somalia From San Diego" Details  

World Affairs Council Upstate hosts "Inter-Faith Fast" Details 

Friday, June 10

World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts "Beyond the Headlines with Cheryl Jennings: Her Dangerous Mission to Meet Afgan President Ashraf Ghani" Details 

WorldDenver hosts "Women and Foreign Policy with Ambassador Barbara Stephenson" Details 

Los Angeles World Affairs Council hosts "J. Kael Weston Former State Dept policy officer in Iraq and Afghanistan" Details 

Windham World Affairs Council hosts "The New Map of the Middle East: The Disastrous Centennial of the Disastrous Sykes-Picot Agreement" 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!

Ambassador Heather Hodges , President & Ambassador-in-Residence, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Across Spain and Portugal: September 6 - 22, 2016.
Kay Maxwell , Executive Director, World Affairs Forum, Stamford Journey through VietnamOctober 3 - 18, 2016.
Mimi Gregory, Vice President and Program Chairman, Naples Council on World Affairs, Cruising the Rivieras & Islands of France, Spain and Italy October 5 - 13, 2016.
Ambassador Sharon Wilkinson, former Board President, World Affairs Council of Arizona, Island Life in Cuba: October 23 - 31, 2016.
Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs Councils of Northern California, Tanzania: October 29 - November 8, 2016 
Craig Snyder , President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Inside Oman, UAE and QatarNovember 2 - 16, 2016.
Contact  www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004 x209 or x217.

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