May 30, 2017
WACA Leadership and Board Meetings
Cover to Cover
America's Diplomats
World Affairs Council Highlights
WAC Greater Houston Honors GE's Immelt
Cleveland Council Honors Condoleezza Rice
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Council CEO & WACA Board Meetings:  
June 8-10 in Pittsburgh


WACA is pleased that the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh will graciously host the Spring Leadership Meeting for Councils on June 8-9, one day before the WACA National Board's Summer Meeting on June 10The program will open with a welcome reception featuring Douglas H. Paal, Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on Thursday, June 8. Spring Leadership workshops will be held from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on Friday, June 9 and will include a keynote luncheon with Dr. Chris Howard,
President of Robert Morris University. 

SEE AGENDA:  Council CEOs and  WACA Board Members

Meeting Registration Fee: $50 per person. Register here!

For hotel accommodation suggestions please contact the WACA National Office at 202-833-4557.

Douglas H. Paal is Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He previously served as vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase International and was an unofficial U.S. representative to Taiwan as Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (2002-06). He served in senior posts on the National Security Council staffs of Presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush.

Dr. Chris Howard is the eighth President of Robert Morris University. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, he earned a doctorate in politics as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. He has an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. Dr. Howard served as an intelligence officer in the elite Joint Special Operations Command. After 9/11, he served in Afghanistan in the Air Force Reserve and was awarded the Bronze Star. (Full bio)

Spencer Abruzzese is a fundraising coach and consultant at Transformative Development, which she founded. She is passionate about development and uses her skills to match donors' philanthropic priorities with an organization's mission to do good. Spencer was a major gifts officer for four years at the Environmental Defense Fund, and prior to that, worked eight years in progressively senior development roles at Johns Hopkins SAIS, where she earned a master's degree.
Cover to Cover Author Series

WACA will host Souad Mekhennet for a conference call to discuss her new book,  I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad  on  Tuesday, June 13, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET

Souad Mekhennet is a correspondant for The Washington Post's national security desk and a visiting fellow at Harvard, Johns Hopkins SAIS, and the Geneva Center for Security Policy. ( Full bio.)

Coming up on Cover to Cover:
July: Lisa Palmer, author of Hot, Hungry Planet
August: James Kirchik, author of The End of Europe
September: Richard McGregor, author of Asia's Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power
America's Diplomats - WACA Program Series  

The America's Diplomats film screening and discussion program series, sponsored by the American Academy of Diplomacy, continues next week.  On Wednesday, June 7,  Dayton Council on World Affairs  will host the program, including a conversation with Robert Blake, former U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia and Singapore
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Tuesday, May 30
Global Minnesota hosts Jeffrey Gettleman, Pulitzer Prize-winning East Africa Bureau Chief for The New York Times for a book discussion on  Love, Africa . Details

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Stories from Our Veterans: From Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan, featuring James Wright, author of Enduring Vietnam. Details

Columbia World Affairs Council presents Starless Dreams, a film screening and conversation on Iranian culture. Details

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts Jeremy Haft, expert commentator on China, author of Unmade in China and adjunct professor at Georgetown for Hot Topic: How to Fix Trade and Save U.S. Jobs. Details Haft spoke at the WACA 2016 National Conference.

Wednesday, May 31

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Arlie Hochschild, Professor Emerita of Sociology at UC Berkeley to discuss her new book Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right. Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Garrett M. Graff, a pioneering journalist, to discuss his book, Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government's Plan to Save Itself - While the Rest of Us Die. Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Leopoldo Lopez Gil, father of the influential political prisoner and Venezuelan opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez Mendoza, on Venezuela in Crisis. Details

Richmond World Affairs Council hosts Dr. James J. Zogby, Founder and President of the Arab American Institute, on Trump and the Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian Peace. Details

Thursday, June 1

W orld Affairs Council of Orange County hosts Transatlantic Policy in the Trump Era panel with the British American Business Council to discuss the new world of Trump and Brexit. Details

World Affairs Council of Western Colorado hosts Dr. Kathleen Hynes, speaker for the ACLU of Colorado, on Immigration Policy & Rights in the Age of Trump. Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Unmade in China: The Hidden Truth About China's Economic Miracle with author Jeremy Haft, an expert commentator on China and adjunct professor at Georgetown. Details

Friday, June 2
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts its fourth annual Addison Economic Development Luncheon with Robert Kaplan, President and CEO of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank. Details
Los Angeles World Affairs Council hosts Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Ricks to discuss the current challenges the U.S. military faces. Details
Global Minnesota hosts a film-screening of Colombia Magia Salvaje a documentary on Colombia's natural wonders and biodiversity. Details
WAC Greater Houston Honors GE's Immelt

On May 25, in celebration of the 18th Annual Jesse Jones Award, the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston honored General Electric Chairman and CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt as its 2017 International Citizen of the Year. 

Mr. Immelt is the ninth chairman of GE, a post he has held since 2001. Named one of the "World's Best CEOs" three times by Barron's, Mr. Immelt will discuss innovation, globalization, the necessity for multinational agreements, and why a company like GE must have its own "foreign policy" for doing business throughout the world.
Cleveland Council Honors Condoleezza Rice

On May 15, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs presented Condoleeza Rice, the 66th U.S. Secretary of State, with its 2017 Global Impact Award for her distinguished career in international affairs. Dr. Rice delivered the Brooks Emery Distinguished Lecture before taking part in a moderated conversation with Ronald B. Richard, CEO of the Cleveland Foundation, about her newest book, Democracy: Stories form the Long Road to Freedom .

Proceeds from the event went to support the Cleveland Council's educational programs, specifically their Model United Nations program for middle and high school students and Speaker Forum programs.
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!

2017 travel schedule includes trips to: 
  • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior VP of Programs, WAC of Northern California, Circumnavigation of Iceland: Aug. 1 - 9 
  • Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum (Stamford), Silk Road Odyssey: Oct. 3 - 19
  • Derrick Olsen, President, WAC of Oregon, Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia: Oct. 9 -17
  • Ambassador Mark Johnson, Founder, WAC of Montana, Mystique of the Orient: Oct. 17 - 29
  • Dr. Jerry Leach, former President, World Affairs Councils of America, Inside Morocco: Oct. 20 - Nov. 2
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