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WACA 2017 National Conference
November 15-17
Washington, DC

Speakers Announced
Director of Research
Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Senior Vice President for International Policy
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Think Tank Off-site Announced 

U.S. Economic Strategy for Asia
William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy
Senior Adviser for Asian Economics
Other CSIS Experts TBA; see all think tanks

Embassy Reception

We are delighted and honored that the  Embassy of Ukraine  will host a diplomatic reception during the Conference, on  Thursday, November 16 .

Keynote Speakers

Richardson Center for Global Engagement

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
Director of Veterans Outreach, Boeing
United States Institute of Peace

See our speaker roster

1918 Society Members-Only Programs   

Captain Bernard D. Cole (Ret.)Professor Emeritus at the  National War College, will present a lecture Friday afternoon, November 17, on Chinese military affairs. A reception will follow the talk at the National War College, hosted by the NWC Alumni Association's Col. Gene Russell (Ret.). 

WACA will soon announce a special dinner for 1918 Society members also.  Be sure to renew your 1918 Society membership before the Conference to participate in these exclusive opportunities!

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors


WAC Oregon Seeks Director of Development
The World Affairs Council of Oregon seeks an accomplished, dynamic development professional to lead its fundraising initiatives and drive a new era of impact and engagement for the organization. Learn more hereApplications are due by October 18 to search@worldoregon.org.    
Deadline to Pledge Your AWQ Team is October 20!

Information for the 2017-2018 Academic WorldQuest program is now available!

This year's AWQ Study Guide is now available, along with more information about the Carlos and Mal รบ Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition.

Councils: Register your local AWQ high school competition by submitting this Pledge Form to WACA by October 20.

This year's AWQ National Competition will feature a welcome reception at the United State Institute of Peace on Friday, April 27. For topics, Study Guide, and more, click here.

Sponsored by: United States Institute of Peace
Future of Korea Program Continues

The Future of Korea program series, sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute, continues this week. South Dakota World Affairs Council will host three expert panelists for its Thursday, October 19, event: 
  • Jang Hohyun, Minister of Economic Affairs, Embassy of the Republic of Korea
  • Zachary Alexander Rosner, Republic of Korea Desk Officer, U.S. Department of State
  • Jenna Gibson, Director of Communications, Korea Economic Institute
High School Students: Study Abroad Scholarships!
Experience a new world and expand your horizons - study abroad in high school! The U.S. Department of State offers full scholarships to high school students to study abroad for one academic year. Create long-lasting friendships with people around the globe, promote mutual understanding, learn a new language, and develop leadership skills. Find out more at the  U.S. Dept. of State high school study abroad webpage

Deadlines for the three programs are as follows: 
1. Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) with Germany , deadline is December 11, 2017
2. Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad) , deadline is December 5, 2017
3. National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), deadline is November 2, 2017.  
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, October 16

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts Gabor Garai, Consul General of Hungary to Boston, for "Hungary Today." Details

World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley holds "Great Decisions: The Future of Europe - Coping with the Crisis." Details

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Marrisa Boyers Bluestine, Executive Director of the PA Innocence Project, for "Innocent People in Prison: How do They Get There and How do They Get Out?" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Mustafa Akyol, New York Times journalist, for "Erdogan's Consolidation of Power and Its Impact on Turkey and the Region." Details

Tuesday, October 17

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts journalist Lisa Palmer (a WACA Cover to Cover author) for a discussion on her recent book, Hot, Hungry Planet . Details

Alabama World Affairs Council hosts Loch Johnson, Regents Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia, for "American Foreign Policy in a World Both Uncertain and Dangerous." Details

Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council hosts a roundtable discussion with T.R. Reid, author of A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System . Details

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts Reza Marashi, Research Director at National Iranian American Council, for "The Middle East: Regional Shifts and Global Responses." Details

South Dakota World Affairs Council hosts Seema Yasmin, JSK Knight Fellow in Journalism at Stanford University, for "Communicating About Disease in the Age of Epidemics." Details

World Affairs Council Dallas/Fort Worth hosts a panel of experts for "Evil at Our Door: Human Trafficking." Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Mustafa Akyol, author and New York Times journalist, for "Young Professionals - The Fascinating Similarities Between Islam and 'Jewish Christianity'." Details

Wednesday, October 18

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Jere Van Dyk, investigative journalist on the Middle East, for "The Political Kidnappings Financing Terrorist." Details

World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts a panel of experts for "The North Korean Nuclear Threat: What's Next?" Details

World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts Suki Kim, New York Times bestselling author, for "Undercover in North Korea." Details

Columbus Council on World Affairs hosts Lori Esposito Murray, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, for "North Korea, Russia, and the Future of U.S. National Security." Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Bonnie Rohde, business instructor at Albright College, for "NAFTA and Asia Trade." Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, for "Contributors' Circle: The Honorable Olusegun Obasanjo." Details

Thursday, October 19

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Steven Pifer, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, for "The Eagle and Trident: The Past and Future of U.S.-Ukraine Relations." Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts a panel of experts for "Women of Impact: Investing in Tomorrow." Details

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts a panel of experts for "Infrastructure Opportunities in Emerging Markets: Utilizing Commerce, USTDA, and MCC." Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies at King's College London, for a discussion of his recent book The Future of War: A History . Details

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts a panel of experts for "NAFTA: A Make or Break Moment?" Details

World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts Kerri Murray, President of ShelterBox USA, for "Global Disaster Relief & Responding to Humanitarian Crises." Details

Savannah Council on World Affairs hosts Ali Riaz, Chair of the Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University, for "Extremism, Political Islam, and Governance in Bangladesh." Details

Indiana Council on World Affairs hosts Bernard L. Weinstein, Associate Director at Maguire Energy Institute, for "America's Energy Future: U.S. Economy Unleashed." Details

World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts hosts Yehuda Yaakov, Consul General of Israel in New England, for "Israel at 70 Years." Details

International Affairs Forum hosts Allan Goodman, President and CEO at Institute of International Education, for "Meeting America's Global Education Challenge - Why Our Kids Need Passports and Should Use Them!" Details

Friday, October 20

Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Ambassador John Negroponte, Vice Chairman of McLarty Associates, for "America's Foreign Policy In a World of Turmoil." 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 Olsen, 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 www.wacphila.org/travel  or call 1-800-942-5004 , ext.  209  or 217 .

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