March 14, 2016
Spring Leadership Meeting
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Future of Korea 2016
Leadership Mission to Israel
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Upstate International Month
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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. All members of WACA are invited to attend Poroshenko's reception and address in the United States Capitol Visitor Center at 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM. Following his address a VIP Reception with President Poroshenko and his delegation will be open to WACA 1918 Society Membership only, on March 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: Prestowitz on Japan 

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  Tomorrow, 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!
Future of Korea 2016 Program Series 

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce the continued collaboration with the  Korea Economic Institute of America  on the  Future of Korea  program series. The speaker program focuses on the economic and political situation on the Korean Peninsula as well as U.S.-Korea relations.
The centerpiece of the program is a panel discussion consisting of one representative each from the U.S. Department of State, the Korean Embassy, KEI, or other relevant institutions. The panel participants typically offer a general overview presentation (approximately 45-60 minutes in length), followed by a Q&A period. The speakers address political, security, economic and financial issues pertaining to the Korean Peninsula and U.S.-Korea relations. Details

All Councils may submit applications; four to eight Councils will be selected to participate. Councils interested in hosting need to send a completed Application Form to Althea Georganta at by
April 1, 2016.
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. 
AWQ: 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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Upstate International Month 

World Affairs Council Upstate, our new affiliate in Greenville, South Carolina, is hosting a month-long program of international activities. The program is wide-ranging and includes arts activities, community readings, museums and restaurants. For a complete list of activities and festivals, go to Upstate's calendar.
World Affairs Councils Highlights
Monday, March 14

Naples Council on World Affairs hosts "Unmade in China: The Hidden Truth about China's Economic Miracle" Details

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts "Women Leaders Making their Mark" Details

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts "Is Korean Reunification Possible?" Details

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

Tuesday, March 15

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "Engage - Understanding Islam: Moving beyond Extremism"  Details

Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts "Refugee Issues in the Post-Cold War Era" Details

Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy hosts "Steve Ehlich - Friend or Foe? Unmasking Bitcoin and What It Means for Global Development"  Details

World Affairs Council of Houston hosts "World Speech Day: #UnexpectedVoices"  Details

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts "Content Korea Startup Roadshow"  Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts "Contributors' Circle Private Tour of Chagall: Intersecting Traditions"  Details

Los Angeles World Affairs Council hosts "City of Gold - Jonathan Gold"  Details

Wednesday, March 16

World Affairs Forum hosts "Turkey's Dark Future"  Details

World Affairs Council of Tacoma hosts "Inside Cuba: An In-Depth Island Journey" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts "Dr. Jeffrey Lupowitz - Communication That Works for International and Personal Relations" Details

Global Minnesota hosts "The Art of Korea: Mia Gallery Tour" Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts "Multilateral Tugs of War: Geopolitics in Northeast Asia" Details

World Affairs Council of California Central Coast hosts "Floating Stories, Ancient Waves" Details

Thursday, March 17

Olympia World Affairs Council hosts "Maintaining the Mandate of Heaven: Power, Prosperity and Problems in 21st Century China"  Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts "YPIN March Networking: Peace Corps"  Details

World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosts "The Implications of Russia's Military Intervention in Syria: The Ambassador Luncheon Series"  Details

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts "Regional Health Challenges: Research and Remedies"  Details

World Affairs Council of St. Louis hosts "The Future of Kurdistan" Details
International Affairs Forum (Traverse City) hosts "Is ISIS a Threat to Central Asia?"  Details

Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts "The Next Africa: An Emerging Continent Becomes a Global Powerhouse"  Details

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts "Green Nuclear Power"  Details

Friday, March 18

Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council hosts "Chinese Yuan's Changing Role in the Global Financial Markets" Details

Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts "India Tour Featured in Presentation by Martha and Ray Wallace" Details

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts "Jeremi Suri, Ph.D.: The Legacy of World War II Today"  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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