November 7, 2016
2016 WACA National Conference
Embassy Receptions
Think Tank Visits
World Affairs Councils Highlights
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WACA 2016 National Conference    

America and Global Megatrends
November 16-18, 2016
New Keynote Confirmed 

United States Senator (D-CT)

Keynote Speakers

Ambassadors Luncheon Keynote

U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Ambassadors Luncheon Keynote

David Abney 
Chairman and CEO of UPS

Opening Dinner Keynote

Senator George J. Mitchell 
Former Special Envoy to the Middle East
Author of the forthcoming A Path to Peace
New Speakers added

Senior Fellow, CSIS Energy and National Security Program

Soref Fellow,  The Washington Institute 

Jasmine El-Gamal 
Resident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

Director, Center for Global Risk and Security, RAND Corporation 

Special evening with Tom Friedman 
The World Affairs Councils of America is delighted to announce a special dinner with Tom Friedman 
on  Friday, November 18, at 6:30 PM . Internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist Thomas L. Friedman has been awarded three Pulitzer Prizes for his journalism. He has written six bestselling books, among them,  From Beirut to Jerusalem  and  The World Is Flat . ( Full bio .)

This event follows the official conclusion of the Conference (see agenda) - and it is free for members of the 1918 Society. Others who wish to attend this special dinner may purchase tickets here for $100 each

At dinner, Friedman will discuss his new book, to be published in November, "Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations." After the Q&A, he will sign books, which WACA will present as complimentary gifts to all attendees. 

Open to  35 members  of the 1918 Society.

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Friday, Nov. 18, at 2:00 - 5:00 PM
The WACA 2016 National Conference is sponsored by:
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Embassy Receptions    

Mr. Denis Stevens, Deputy Head of Mission will host a reception at the Embassy of Canada 

H.E. Gerard Araud
Ambassador of France, will host a reception at his official residence. 
Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman, will host a reception at the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center.
Conference registrants who sent us their choice of Think Tank will receive a confirmation email this week. 
Think Tank Visits    
Choose one:  
Global Risks 2035 

Mathew J. Burrows -  Director  
Jasmine El-Gamal - Senior Fellow 
The Future of the International Order 

Thomas Wright - Director 
Tanvi Madan  - Director 
Michael Doran - Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

SVP for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; and Director, Europe Program
(other experts TBD)
Middle East Meltdown

Andrew J. Tabler  - Martin J. Gross Fellow 
Anna Borshchevskaya  - Ira Weiner Fellow 
Soner Cagaptay -  Beyer Family Fellow 
Sarah Feuer - Soref Fellow  
Conference registrants who sent us their choice of Think Tank will receive a confirmation email this week. 
World Affairs Councils in the News

Monday, November 7

World Affairs Council - DC hosts H.E. Petr Gandalovic, Ambassador of Czech Republic, for an event at the Chancery featuring an evening reception and a discussion on the Czech-U.S. relations Details

World Affairs Council of Charleston hosts Scott Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Program Director on U.S.-Korea Policy at the Council of Foreign Relations, on "North Korea: A Major Challenge for the United States" Details

Tuesday, November 8

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts the last three sessions of its Sixth Annual Fall Forum from Nov. 8-10, considering the ideas from Samuel P. Huntington's book "The Clash of Civilization and the Remaking of the World Order" Details

Wednesday, November 9

Foreign Policy Association hosts Prince Turki Al Faisal, Chairman at The King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies and former Director General of Saudi Arabia's General Intelligence Directorate, on "Emerging Realities in the Middle East: A Saudi Perspective" Details

Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts Ambassador Arnold Chacon, Director General of the U.S. Foreign Service; Ambassador Charles R. Bowers, U.S. Foreign Service (Ret.), and more on "POTUS 45: Global Challenges for the Next Administration" Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Gemi Jose Gonzalez Lopez, Consul General of Mexico, and moderator Terry Vogt, Managing Director at Terra Global Capital, for a diplomat luncheon Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Sinan Ciddi, Director of the Institute of Turkish Studies at Georgetown University, on "Turkey's Turmoil in an Unsettled Middle East" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Katy Oh Hassig, Senior Asian Scholar at the Institute for Defense Analysis, on "Kim Jong-Un's North Korea: Old Politics, New Economy, and Porcupine Policy" Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Steven Lee Meyers, author and reporter at The New York Times, and Moderator Jill Dougherty, expert on Russia and the former Soviet Union, on "The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin" Details

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Stephen Creskoff, author and international trade expert, on "International Trade and Trade Policies" Details

Thursday, November 10

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts Frederic Lefebvre, member of the National Assembly of France and a representative for French nationals living in North America, for a discussion on "The U.S. Elections: A View from Abroad" Details

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts Anand Gopal, journalist and author; Kathryn Lavelle, Ellen and Dixon Long Professor in World Affairs at Case Western Reserve University, and more on "Happy Dog Takes on the World: The Next President's Foreign Policy Inbox" Details

World Affairs Council - DC hosts H.E. Reka Szemerkenyi, Ambassador of Hungary to the U.S., for a reception and a discussion on "U.S.-Hungary Bilateral Relationship, Security Policy in Europe and Hungary's Relationship with the International Community"   Details

World Affairs Council of California Central Coast hosts Javier Vallaure, Consul General of Spain in Los Angeles, for a discussion on topics most challenging to Spain Details

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts Consul General of the Republic of Ireland Adrian Farrell for a special "Ireland Trade Briefing" Details

World Affairs Council of Central Illinois hosts Derek Reveron, Professor at the U.S. Naval War College, on "The Rise of China and the Future of Cybersecurity" Details

World Affairs Council of Western Colorado hosts former Peace Corps volunteers for a panel session commemorating the establishment of the Peace Corp Details

World Affairs Councils of Charlotte hosts its annual Joint WorldQuest / Academic WorldQuest competition Details

World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts The Admiral Jonathan T. Howe Academic WorldQuest 2016 Details

International Institute of Buffalo hosts the 13th Annual Academic WorldQuest Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts a "YPIN Behind the Scenes at the Gates Foundation" 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!
Ambassador Heather Hodges, President & Ambassador-in-Residence, Cleveland Council on World Affairs,  Colombia Rediscovered : February 3 - 13.

Joyce M. Davis, President, World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, Journey to  Southern Africa:  February 26 - March 13.

Megan Torrey, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Connecticut,  Cultural Cuba:  March 26 - April 3.

Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth,  Inside Iran:  April 21 - May 4.

Mimi Gregory, Vice President and Program Chairman, Naples Council on World Affairs,  Cruise the Face of Europe :   May 15 - 30.

Trina Medarev, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Jacksonville,  Italian Riviera & Chianti:  June 11 - 20.

Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs Councils of Northern California,  Circumnavigation of Iceland: August 1 - 9. 

Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum, Stamford,  Silk Road Odyssey: October 1 - 20.

Derrick Olsen, President, World Affairs Council of  Oregon,  Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia :  October 9 - 17.

Craig Snyder, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia,  Burma :   October 10 - 22.

Ambassador Mark Johnson, Founder, World Affairs Council of Montana,  Mystique of the Orient:  October 17 - 29.

Dr. Jerry Leach, former President, World Affairs Councils of America,  Inside Morocco:  October 20 - November 2.

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