May 15, 2017
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World Affairs Councils Highlights
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Council CEO & WACA Board Meetings:  
June 8-10 in Pittsburgh

Hotel Blocks Expiring - Reserve Your Room Now! 

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 10 The program will open with a welcome reception featuring Asia expert 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. 

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

Book your hotel TODAY before WACA group rates expire! 

Choose your Hotel (for up to three nights): 
Drury Plaza Pittsburgh Downtown: This block expires 
TONIGHT, May 15, at Midnight
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THURSDAY, May 25th

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. Prior to that, Dr.  Paal held positions at the State Department, CIA, and at U.S. embassies in Singapore and China.

Dr. Chris Howard is the eighth President of Robert Morris University and one of the youngest college presidents in the U.S. He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and earned a doctorate in politics as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. He also has an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. Dr. Howard's service to his country began as a helicopter pilot, then as an intelligence officer, where he was assigned to the elite Joint Special Operations Command. After 9/11, he served in Afghanistan in the Air Force Reserve and was awarded the Bronze Star. Before coming to RMU, Dr. Howard was President of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and vice president for Leadership & Strategic Initiatives at the University of Oklahoma. (Full bio)

The full Spring Leadership Meeting agenda and activities will be announced shortly.  We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh! 
WACA Staff Updates: Welcome and Farewell

Chelsea Beaulieu, our new Communications and Marketing Officer, comes to WACA from the Vermont Council on World Affairs, where she helped build organizational capacity through branding and membership initiatives. Chelsea holds a BA in French and Global Studies from Salve Regina University, where she is completing her MA in International Relations.

Lauren Blommel is WACA's new Program and Administrative Assistant. A 2017 graduate of John Carroll University with a BA in Political Science, she also holds a Certificate of Professional Achievement in Human Rights from Columbia University. Lauren has worked for The American Prospect magazine and the Advocacy Project. She has also served as a French interpreter for the NYU/Bellevue Program for Survivors of Torture in New York City.

Lauren will take the reins from Tori Baskind, whose last day in the office is this Friday. We wish Tori great success in her new position as marketing Coordinator at the Newseum in Washington D.C. 

Many of you got to know Tori at last year's WACA National Conference. You will have an opportunity to meet Chelsea and Lauren at our June 8-10 meetings in Pittsburgh!
America's Diplomats - Program Events  

This week, the America's Diplomats film screening and discussion program series continues with events hosted by Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council and World Affairs Council of Central Florida.

On Tuesday, May 16, Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council will host Ambassador Gordon Gray, the Executive Vice President at the National U.S.- Arab Chamber of Commerce. He recently retired from the U.S. government after 35 years of public service. Prior to his retirement he was the Deputy Commandant at the National War College. Ambassador Gray served as the U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia from 2009 until 2012.

From Thursday, May 18, to Saturday, May 20, World Affairs Council of Central Florida   will continue the series with events featuring Ambassador Katherine Canavan, a former Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State. She retired after a distinguished career in November 2011 with the rank of Career Minister, the second highest in the Foreign Service. Many thanks to our program series sponsor,  the  American Academy of Diplomacy .
Cover to Cover Author Series

WACA will host Thomas Wright to discuss his new book,   All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the 21st Century and the Future of American Power   (available May 23), for this month's Cover to Cover. Join us for this conference call on Thursday, May 25, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET

Tom Wright is director of the Project on International Order and Strategy, as well as a fellow in the Center on the United States  and Europe, at Brookings . ( Full bio . )
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, May 15
Cleveland Council on World Affairs holds its annual Global Impact Award Event, honoring Condoleezza Rice, the 66th U.S. Secretary of State Details

World Affairs Council - Washington DC hosts His Excellency Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States for a reception and discussion on Pakistan-United States bilateral relations, as well as regional domestic successes and challenges Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle, Washington hosts Dr. Stephanie Selover, Assistant Professor in archaeology in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilization department at the University of Washington, on "Antiquities at Risk in the Middle East" Details

Tuesday, May 16

WorldBoston hosts Deidre Berger, Director of the AJC Berlin Office and the Lawrence and Lee Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations, for an off-the-record lunch discussion on "The EU, Elections, and Anti-Semitism in Europe" Details

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts a film screening on "Crossroads Film & Discussion Series: The James Foley Story" Details  

World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts Ambassador Dennis Ross, Special Envoy to the Middle East for President George H. W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, and President Barack Obama, on: Will The Trump Administration Change U.S. Policy Toward Israel, the Palestinians, and the Rest of the Middle East?  Details

Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Councils hosts Ambassador Gordon Gray,  Executive Vice President at the National U.S.- Arab Chamber of Commerce, for an American Academy of Diplomacy-sponsored program series on "America's Diplomats" Details

Colorado Foothills World Affairs Councils hosts Robert Daly, Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson Center, on "U.S.- China Relations after the American Election" Details

World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts its Annual Member Celebration on "U.S.-Russia Relations: A Unique Moment or Cold War 2.0?" Details

Wednesday, May 17

Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts Molly Williamson, Scholar with the Middle East Institute, Consultant, and Retired Career Minister and Foreign Service Officer, on "Geo-economic Factors in Diplomacy" Details

World Affairs Council of Alaska hosts Nicholas Begich, CEO and Founder of FarShore Partners; Ben Kellie, CEO of K2 Dronotics; Mary Miner, Co-Founder of Atikus; and moderator Katherine Jernstrom, Co-Founder and CEO of The Board Room, on "WorldMatters: Alaskan Entrepreneurs & the Global Market" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Ambassador H.E. Faycal Gouia, Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia to the United States, on "Navigating Democracy and Open for Business" Details

WorldDenver hosts Robert Daly, Director at the Kissinger Institute on China & the U.S., on "China and the New Administration" Details

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Andrew Solomon, Professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University, President of PEN American Center, and contributor to The New Yorker, NPR, and The New York Times Magazine, on his featured book "Far & Away: How Travel Can Change the World" Details 

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Bill Scroggie, Senior Vice President of International Operations at Penske Logistics, for a breakfast meeting on "Doing Business Internationally" Details

World Affairs Council of South Texas hosts Lt. Colonel (U.S. Army, ret.) Jeffrey Addicott, Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas, on "Addressing the Threat of Domestic Terrorism"  Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Zeynep Tufekci, Contributing Opinion Writer, New York Times, and Assistant Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina; and moderator Xiao Qiang, Adjunct Professor, School of Information, University of California, Berkeley, and Founder and Editor-in-Chief, China Digital Times, on "Twitter and Tear Gas: Social Media and Political Mobilization" Details

Thursday, May 18

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Chinesom Ejiasa, Director of Investments at Africa Integras; De Shawn Jenkins, Programs and Operations Manager at Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology; Erastus Mong'are, Founder and Executive Director at StartUpAfrica; and moderator Cedric Suzman, former Executive VP and Director of Programming, WAC Atlanta, on "Doing Business in Africa: The Startup Economy at Tower Place 200" Details

World Affairs Council of Maine hosts its inaugural Global Health Forum, featuring Dr. Sheila Davis, Chief of Clinical Operations and Chief Nursing Officer at Partners in Health, on "The Globalization of Disease and the work of Partners in Health" Details

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts Mahir Zeynalov, Turkish journalist, analyst, and CNN News Commentator, on "The Fate of Turkey's Democracy" Details

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Darius Gaidys, Consul General for Lithuania in Los Angeles, and Simona Valanciute, President and CEO of San Diego Oasis, on "Lithuania: At the Heart of Historic Action - Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" Details

World Affairs Council of Central Florida hosts Ambassador Katherine Canavan,  a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer for an American Academy of Diplomacy sponsored program series, including a film presentation of America's Diplomats and a dinner on "Building Bridges and Breaking Bread Banquet 2017" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Milan Vaishnav, a senior fellow in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, for a young professionals event on his book "When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics" Details

International Affairs Forum (Traverse City) hosts Sam Visner, Senior VP/General Manager of Cybersecurity at ICF International, on "The Cybersecurity Storm Front" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts its Global Forum, which includes a Dutch dinner as well as a guided tour of the Kimbell Art Museum, led by Museum Deputy Director George Shackelford, on "A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from the Phillips Collection" Details

World Affairs Council of Rhode Island hosts Jennifer Harris, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, on "War By Other Means: Geo-Economics and Statecraft in U.S.-China Relations" Details

Friday, May 19

GlobalTies Arizona hosts Suzanne Klapp, Vice Mayor of Scottsdale, for a Global Cafe event 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!

2017 travel schedule includes trips to: 
  • Mimi Gregory, VP and Program Chairman, Naples Council on World Affairs, Cruise the Face of Europe:  May 15 - 30
  • 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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