March 7 , 2016
Spring Leadership Meeting
Cover to Cover
Leadership Mission to Israel
EU in the U.S.
Spotlight on Turkey 2016
Academic WorldQuest
World Affairs Councils Highlights
2016 WACA National Conference
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WACA to Host President Poroshenko of Ukraine on Eve of 2016 Spring Leadership Meeting

Washington, DC  

Wednesday March 30, and Thursday, March 31

The WACA National Office is delighted to invite World Affairs Council CEOs, board directors, and staff to the annual leadership meeting. As those who have attended past meetings in Atlanta, San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Denver know, the program provides a unique, concentrated opportunity to network with fellow Council leaders and discuss best practices, covered in a variety of workshops. 

Due to an extraordinary opportunity for WACA to host President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine for a reception and address in the nation's capital, on March 30, we have decided to relocate this year's meeting to Washington, DC. A VIP Reception with President Poroshenko and his delegation will be open to WACA 1918 Society Membership only, onMarch 30, at 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM. 

The 2016 Spring Leadership Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 31, at 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, in Washington, DC. (venue TBD).  Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel accommodation arrangements. 

We thank the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston, the intended host for the 2016 meeting, for their flexibility and understanding.  We look forward to seeing you in the nation's capital for this special opportunity!

Cover to Cover Author Series 

Cover to Cover  in March will present New York Times bestselling author Clyde Prestowitz   on his new book Japan Restored: How Japan Can Reinvent Itself and Why This Is Important for America and the World, on  Tuesday, March 15, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET

Prestowitz is founder and President of the Economic Strategy Institute. He has played key roles in achieving congressional passage of NAFTA and in shaping the final content of the Uruguay Round, as well as providing the intellectual basis for current U.S. trade policies toward Japan, China, and Korea. He is the author of many books including  Trading Places (1988) which  revolutionized the thinking about Japan's economic miracle and its relationship with the United States.

COUNCIL LEADERS: Please share this opportunity with your members and supporters as a free benefit!
June Leadership Mission to Israel 

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce that the America-Israel Friendship League will host a WACA Leadership Mission to Israel during June 2-10, 2016

The Leadership Mission will be comprised of an AIFL escort, WACA President Bill Clifford, and  up to 14 delegates from the Council network. 

This unique trip to Israel will focus on a variety of contemporary issues, including Middle East regional affairs, Israeli politics and diplomacy, counter-terrorism, immigration and refugees, innovation and entrepreneurship (alternative energy, IT, health care), and religious diversity. Full details 

The deadline to apply is April 8, 2016. 
EU in the U.S. Program Series   

EU in the U.S. 2016 is administered by WACA in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States to raise awareness, knowledge, and understanding about EU policies, the EU's role as an international actor, and the value of the EU-U.S. relationship.

Upcoming Events: 

Spotlight on Turkey 2016

The  2016 Spotlight on Turkey program , conducted in partnership with the  Turkish Cultural Foundation , was launched this month with the selection of 10 World Affairs Councils. 

With a Teachers' Workshop in the spring, a Teachers' Study Tour in the summer, and public cultural programs in the fall, Spotlight on Turkey emphasizes classroom learning and public education about Turkey and its contributions to the global community.  More Information

Teacher workshops this week: 

Deadline to Book Hotel Approaching 

The Carlos and MalĂș Alvarez 2016 Academic WorldQuest National Competition will be held in Washington, DC on April 22-23

Register Your AWQ Team Now! Local champion teams of Academic WorldQuest competitions hosted by World Affairs Councils around the country  must complete this Registration Form by March 15, 2016 in order to participate in the April 22-23 National Competition.

WACA is delighted to announce that its AWQ opening Reception will be hosted by the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center , on Friday, April 22, at 5:30 to 6:45 PM.    

Hotel Reservations:  
To utilize our special hotel rates, book your room now at the Washington Hilton hotel! For reservations click here.

Competition Location: This year's competition will take place at  The National Press Club

For the 2015-2016 AWQ Study Guide,  click here

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World Affairs Councils Highlights
Monday, March 7

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts "Iran after the Nuclear Deal" Details 

Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council hosts "The Irish Peace Process: How It Happened, and Will It Unite the Country" Details

World Affairs Council of Washington, DC hosts "WorldQuest Pub Quiz" Details

World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts "Great Decisions 2016 - The Koreas" Details

Naples Council on World Affairs hosts "What ISIS Really Wants" Details 

World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts "Transparency and Accountability: A Regional Project for Europe" Details

Los Angeles World Affairs Council hosts "Dr. Ben S. Bernanke on the 2008 Financial Crisis and Predictions for the Future"  Details 

Tuesday, March 8

World Affairs Council of Palm Beach hosts "WACA President Bill Clifford - Will Foreign Policy and National Security Be a Key Driver of the 2016 Election?" Details 

Alabama World Affairs Council hosts "Philip Brenner: Behind the Scenes of the U.S.-Cuba Turnaround" Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "Screening: The Value of Diplomacy" Details

World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts "Middle East Crisis through the Lens of Iason Athanasiadis" Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts "International Women's Day: Pledging for Parity" Details

WorldBoston hosts "From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives" Details

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts "Welcoming Refugees - Do Unto Others" Details

WorldDenver hosts "International Women's Day 2016 Seminar and Gala Luncheon" Details

Wednesday, March 9

World Affairs Council of Houston hosts "Between Faith & Extremism: An Interfaith Conversation in Collaboration with Rice University's Boniuk Institute" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts "Paulo Sotero - Challenges Facing Brazil Including a Possible Impeachment and an Oil Corruption Scandal" Details

Global Minnesota hosts "Global Conversations: Migration" Details

International Relations Council (Kansas) hosts "European Union: Closing the Global Gap between U.S. and Them" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts "Micah Zenko - From the CIA to Cybersecurity: How Red Teams Discover Vulnerabilities Before the Enemy" Details

Thursday, March 10

World Affairs Council of Las Vegas hosts "Women's Global Leadership Alliance Conference"

Savannah Council on World Affairs hosts "How Saudi Arabia Will Drive the New Middle East and the War on Terror"  Details

Friday, March 11

World Affairs Council Upstate hosts "Bilingual Story Time/Cuentos Bilingues" Details

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts "Impact through Innovation Forum"  Details

Alaska World Affairs Council hosts "Lixin Huang on: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science - Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in the U.S. Healthcare System"   Details

World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts "The U.S. and China Are Rivals, Adversaries and Partners. Where Does All This Lead?"  Details
2016 WACA National Conference  
Save the Date! 

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce that its 2016 National Conference will take place on November 16-18, at The Capital Hilton

This distinguished hotel is  located in the heart of Washington, DC - 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 and memorials, theaters and art galleries, shopping, dining, nightlife, and more. 

Stay tuned for further announcements on National Conference speakers, hotel reservation, and other program details. 
Travel the World from WAC Philadelphia
Just Announced:  Council Leaders to Lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!
Dr. Jerry W. Leach , Former President, World Affairs Council of America,  Legends of the Nile February 23 - March 5, 2016.

Megan Torrey, President, World Affairs Councils of Connecticut (Hartford) Cultural CubaMarch 13 - 21, 2016 .
Ambassador Heather Hodges , President & Ambassador-in-Residence, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Cuba Cruise: March 27 - April 5, 2016.
Mimi Gregory , V ice President and Program Chairman,  Naples Council on World AffairsCruising the Rivieras & Islands of France, Spain and ItalyOctober 5 - 13, 2016.
Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs Councils of Northern California, Tanzania October 29 - November 8, 2016 
Craig Snyder , President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Inside Oman, UAE and QatarNovember 2 - 16, 2016.
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