November 6, 2017
2017 National Conference
Oman 2018
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AWQ 2017-2018
Council Highlights
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WACA 2017 National Conference
November 15-17
Washington, DC

Distinguished Speakers

Forever Wars
Vice President and Director
International Security; Future of War; Fellows Programs
New America

Young Professionals
Chances for Children

NAFTA and the New Trade Agenda
Co-Director and Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy 
Center for East-Asia Policy Studies
Brookings Institution 

Seeds of Peace
Senior Director
APCO Worldwide

See our speaker roster

Special Friday Breakfast Presentation

Muslims for American Progress
Director of Research
Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Embassy Receptions


The WACA National Office will be requesting registered attendees' diplomatic reception and think tank preferences very soon. Please watch your email for further instructions!

Exclusive 1918 Society Programs

Night at the Newseum 

A special dinner for the  1918 Society will be held at the  Newseum on  Friday, November 17, at 6:30 PM. The "Night at the Newseum" is co-sponsored by the  Foreign Policy Association and will feature a timely panel of journalists and editors ( TBA) for a discussion on "Media, Fake News, and Foreign Policy".

Visit to the National War College

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 and tour will follow the talk at the National War College, hosted by the NWC Alumni Association's Col. Gene Russell (Ret.) .

Be sure to renew your 1918 Society membership before the Conference to take advantage of these opportunities!

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WACA Engage America: Oman 2018
The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce that we are expanding our collaboration with the  Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center   (SQCC).

The WACA   Engage America Series: Oman 2018   will feature SQCC experts on U.S.-Oman relations, and a presentation of the country's contributions to business, trade, investment, culture, and education.
We welcome Councils to submit applications for this program by November   13  ; eight Councils will be selected to participate. 

See the full program announcement and call for applications here
Cover to Cover Author Series

Check out a special Cover to Cover Live session at the WACA 2017 National Conference: The Future of American Leadership, on Friday, November 17 from 10:00-11:00 AM.

Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow 
Middle East and Africa Studies
Council on Foreign Relations

Center on the United States and Europe
Senior Fellow
Project on International Order and Strategy
Brookings Institution 


In  Digital World War , seasoned diplomat Haroon Ullah, with deep knowledge of Islamist politics and digital innovation, investigates the unprecedented impact of social media on the discourse of recent events in the Muslim World--from the Arab Spring and its aftermath to ISIS's online recruitment.

While he identifies the roles of social media in these events and the use of the dark web, hacking, and digital attacks, he also reveals how political parties, corporations, and governments have learned to exploit digital tools to target and mobilize audiences, to ultimately achieve power and status.

In addition to his portfolio of digital transmedia strategy and countering violent extremism, Ullah is a senior adviser to the U.S Secretary of State, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an award-winning author and a Peabody TV Award recipient.
Register for the call
Join us for  December's Cover to Cover  Thursday, December 14, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.
Academic WorldQuest 2017-2018

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 ú Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition.

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
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, November 6

Sarasota World Affairs Council hosts Aliz é Carrère, National Geographic Young Explorer, for "Sustainability in a Changing World." Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Meredith Hindley, Historian and Senior Writer at National Endowment for the Humanities, to discuss her new book, Destination Casablanca: Exile, Espionage, and the Battle for North Africa in WWII. Details

Tuesday, November 7

Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts Srdja Popovic, Serbian political activist and a founder of Otpor!, and Slobodan Djinovic, Chairman of the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS), for "Defending Democracy Through Social Movements." Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Daniel Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to the United States, for "Ireland and Its European Future." Details

Foreign Policy Association hosts Peter Krogh, Professor and former Dean of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, for "The Great War, Wilson, and the FPA." Details

World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina hosts Helga Welsh, International Politics faculty at Wake Forest University, for "Germany, Europe, and the Future of Transatlantic Relations." Details

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts Duncan Archibald, Commercial Specialist, for "Business Briefing on New Zealand and Australia." Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Bob Schieffer, CBS News Political Contributor, to discuss his new book, Overload: Finding the Truth in Today's Deluge of News . Details

WorldDenver hosts Steven Pifer, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, for "The Past and Future of U.S.-Ukraine Relations." Details

Wednesday, November 8

World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley hosts Chris Gibson, former Army Colonel and Congressman, to discuss his book, Rally Point: Five Tasks to Unite the Country and Revitalize the American Dream . Details

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Samantha Power, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, for "Fixing American Foreign Policy." Details

World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts Avi Melamed, Salisbury Fellow of Intelligence and Middle East Affairs for the Eisenhower Institute, for "The Middle East 2017: Game of Pawns." Details

WorldBoston hosts Timothy H. Edgar, Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute, for "Beyond Snowden: Privacy, Mass Surveillance, and the Struggle to Reform the NSA." Details

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts Ambassador Rufus Yerxa, President of the National Foreign Trade Council, for "Global Business Summit on International Trade." Details

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts Thomas Pickering, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, for "What's Next for the Iran Deal?" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Phillip J. (P.J.) Crowley, former Deputy Secretary of State, to discuss his book, Red Line: American Foreign Policy in a Time of Fractured Politics and Failing States . Details

World Affairs Council of Charleston hosts Scott Worden, Director of Afghanistan and Central Asia Programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace, for "Afghanistan: What Have We Achieved Over 16 Years of America's Longest War? What Are Current and Future Prospects As We Deploy More U.S. Troops?" Details

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts a panel of experts for "Perspectives on Cuba's Future: Exploring Policy Options & Paths for the U.S.-Cuba Bilateral Relationship." Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Robert Daly, Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the U.S., for "Analyzing the 2017 U.S.-China Relationship." Details

World Affairs Council of Inland S. California hosts Kelechi Kalu, member of World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California Board of Directors, for "Freedom of Speech in a Global Context." Details

Thursday, November 9

Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Gregg Roman, CEO of the Middle East Forum, for "The Middle East & The Trump Administration." Details

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Tony Wheeler, Co-Founder of Lonely Planet, for "A Life of Worldly Travels." Details

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Anthony Scaramucci, former White House Communications Director, for a roundtable discussion. Details

World Affairs Council of Rhode Island hosts Constanze Stelzenmueller, Senior Fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings Institution, for "Europe: America's Problem or America's Partner." Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Justin Spring, author, to discuss his book, The Gourmands' Way: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy . Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Sharad Sharma, Co-Founder of The Indian Software Product Industry Roundtable, for "India Disrupting FinTech." Details

World Affairs Council of Inland S. California hosts a panel of experts for "Faces of D.A.C.A." Details

Friday, November 10

World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts Paul Brockmann, Head of Mission at Doctors Without Borders, for "Death Is No Stranger: Working with Doctors Without Borders." Details

Worcester World Affairs Council hosts Constanze Stelzenmuller, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow at the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings Institution, for "Europe: America's Problem or America's Partner." 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
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