August 28, 2017
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A Message from the President
Dear Council Leaders, Friends, and Supporters:    

The WACA National Office has been in touch with our Texas Councils that are in harm's way to share our concern and extend our support. We are monitoring the devastating situation with them, and we will keep you apprised of major developments while hoping for the best possible outcome for all those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

If you feel so inclined, please consider donating to the Red Cross and other emergency relief organizations that are working tirelessly to protect and save lives in the affected areas.

Bill Clifford, President and CEO
WACA 2017 National Conference
November 15-17
Washington, DC

Only 12 days left to purchase Early-Bird tickets!   
Check out our  2017 National Conference website  to grab your tickets at exclusive low rates now!

Think Tank Off-Site:
WACA is pleased to announce a new expert panelist thanks to an ongoing partnership with the Brookings Institution:

Vice President and Director 
Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings

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

Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian Peace:

Mahmoud Jabari
Graduate Student, The Fletcher School
Alumnus, Seeds of Peace

Doron Shapir
Malkin Scholarship Recipient, Brandeis University
Alumnus, Seeds of Peace

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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.
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 .
Listen to WACA Podcasts!

On Friday, August 25, WACA turned 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. 

Over 70 participants from around the country tuned in for this important discussion on one of the most pressing topics in U.S. military engagement of our time. Listen to a recording of the call. 
Councils Are Hiring!
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, August 28

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Vice Admiral (Ret.) Robert L. Thomas for "U.S. Alliances in the Indo-Pacific: A Practitioner's Perspective." Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Joshua Partlow, Bureau Chief in Mexico and former Bureau Chief in Kabul at The Washington Post, for "The War in Afghanistan and the Karzai Family." Details

Santa Fe Council on International Relations holds a screening of "Wrestling Jerusalem." Details

Tuesday, August 29

World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, for "The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House." Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Michael Hammer, Deputy Commandant at the National Defense University and former U.S. Ambassador to Chile, for "Promoting America: Diplomacy in the Digital Age." Details

Wednesday, August 30

World Affairs Council of Atlanta holds "7th Annual Founder's Day Reception." Details

World Affairs Council of Jacksonville holds "Great Decisions Planning Session." Details

Columbia World Affairs Council holds a panel on "Women's Economic Advancement and Policy: A Look Abroad and at Home. " Details

Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts John Scannapieco, Co-Chair of the Global Business Team at Baker-Donelson, for "U.S.-China Commercial Relations: The Way Forward." Details

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts Alexander Dixon, Senior Director of Finance, Investment, and Trade at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, for "America's Global Leadership." Details

Thursday, August 31

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts H.E. Aung Lynn, Ambassador of Myanmar to the U.S., for "Introducing Myanmar: Culture, Politics, and Foreign Relations." Details

Friday, September 1

Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Omer Taspinar, Professor of National Security at the U.S. National War College and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, for "The Turkish Predicament: From Strategic Ally to Strategic Challenge?" 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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