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Future of Korea 2016
Leadership Mission to Israel
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WACA to Host President Poroshenko of Ukraine on Eve of 2016 Spring Leadership Meeting

Join us for this special opportunity in

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.

It is an honor for WACA to host President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine for a reception and major speech at the U.S. Capitol on March 30. 

All members of WACA are invited to attend our program with President Poroshenko at the U.S. 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, 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: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 2020 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006). 

Note: Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel accommodation arrangements. 
Last Call to Book Hotel at AWQ Special Rate 

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

Hotel Reservations:  
WACA has arranged a group hotel block at the  Washington Hilton for $169 per night. This special group rate expires TOMORROW (Tuesday), March 22For reservations click here .

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, 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.    

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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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. 
Cover to Cover Author Series 

Cover to Cover  in April will present author Marc Lynch  on his new book The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East on Tuesday , April 26, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET

Lynch is professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. He served from 2009-2015 as director of the Institute for Middle East Studies. He is the founder and director of the Project on Middle East Political Science. He is also a non-resident senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a contributing editor at the Monkey Cage blog for the Washington Post. He is the co-director of the Blogs and Bullets project at the United States Institute of Peace.

COUNCIL LEADERS: Please share this opportunity with your members and supporters as a free benefit!
The American Academy of Diplomacy 

The American Academy of Diplomacy, a member organization of over 250 former senior ambassadors and practitioners of diplomacy, posts articles written by members in major publications on their social media pages as well as distributing these articles in email form on a regular basis. You can follow the American Academy of Diplomacy on Facebook and Twitter, or request to be added to their article distribution list by emailing
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. 
Global Minnesota and Star Tribune Column 

Global Minnesota in collaboration with the Star Tribune produces a monthly column on a global topics. This month, in highlighting the Council's new name, the column speaks to the important mission and work of all of our Councils to raise the global mindset in our communities. Check out this month's article here
World Affairs Councils Highlights
Monday, March 21

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts "What's Next for the TPP?" Details

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts "Security Situation in South Asia" Details

World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts "Luncheon Meeting - Nuclear Weapons Proliferation in the Middle East: How Big a Threat?"  Details

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts "ISIS: What Don't We Know?" Details

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

Foreign Policy Associ ation hosts "The Andrew Carnegie Distinguished Lecture on Conflict Prevention in Honor of David Hamburg" Details

Naples Council on World Affairs hosts "Does Pakistan Still Matter to the United States?" Details 

Tuesday, March 22

World Affairs Council of Palm Beach hosts "Ambassador Thomas Pickering - Russia and the U.S.: The Challenges Ahead" Details

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts "WACC Ambassador's Circle Series with H.E. Gerard Araud, Ambassador of France to the U.S." Details

World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts "Global Inequality: How Innovative Efforts are Closing the Gap and Saving Lives" Details

World Affairs Council of Central Florida hosts "Global Nights" Details

World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities hosts "Cuba Today" Details

Indiana Council on World Affairs "Great Decisions: Karen Erica Bravo - Migration" Details

WorldBoston hosts "Members Appreciation Evening" Details

Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council hosts "Selling to the Government of Canada" Details

Dayton Council on World Affairs hosts "League of Women Voters Presents Homegrown Terrorism a Community Discussion with Angela Byers, FBI Special Agent" Details

World Affairs Council of Las Vegas hosts "The Future of U.S.-China Relations in Light of America's 'Pivot to Asia'" Details

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts "Evening Speaker Series: Lt. General (ret) Claudia Kennedy - The Turbulent Years: 1968 to 2000" Details

Wednesday, March 23

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts "Crossroads Film & Discussion Series: He Named Me Malala"  Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "Narco-Terrorism: Terrorists in the Drug Trade?" Details

World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts "Ambassador Robert Jordan - Personal Insights from the Front Line of Diplomacy" Details

World Affairs Council of Western Colorado hosts "Dr. Gerald Nelson" Details

World Affairs Council of Washington, DC hosts "Author Series: Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror" Details

Thursday, March 24

World Af fairs Council of Sonoma County hosts "Joe Lurie - A Mind-Opening Journey Across Cultures" Details

World Affairs Council of St. Louis hosts "Brent Shapiro - Migration"  Details

WorldDenver hosts "Sarah Chayes - Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security" Details

Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts "Educating Women & Girls: Keys to Sustainable Development" Details

World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts "Trends in Transportation" Details

Institute of World Affairs (Milwaukee) hosts "Study Abroad Air Travel Advising" Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts "Ambassador Alice G. Wells - U.S.-Jordan Business Roundtable: Opportunities and Challenges" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts "IPS: Storm over Europe: Germany, the Future of the European Project, and Why America Should Care - Constanze Stelzenmuller" Details

Friday, March 25

Windham World Affairs Council hosts "Special Screening of Important Documentary - Frame by Frame"   Details

Alaska World Affairs Council hosts "Jodi Fischer on 'Education and Economic Opportunities for Women: Solutions to Poverty and Conflict in Pakistan'" Details

World Affairs Council Upstate hosts "Lunch and Learn: Korea"  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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