August 29, 2016
2016 WACA National Conference
WACA's Newest Staff Member
Cover to Cover
Global I.Q. Minute
World Affairs Councils Highlights
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Senator Mitchell to Keynote WACA Conference  

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November 16-18, 2016

George J. Mitchell is a highly regarded and impartial American diplomat who knows how to bring peace to troubled regions. He served as U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace from 2009 to 2011. The primary architect of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement for peace in Northern Ireland, an historic accord ending decades of conflict, he was awarded the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999. 

A Democrat, he served as U.S. Senator from Maine from 1980 to 1995, and Senate Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995.   

He was the main investigator in two "Mitchell Reports": one on the Arab-Israeli conflict (2001), and the other on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in professional baseball (2007).  Senator Mitchell currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of the law firm DLA Piper. 

He is the author of The Negotiator: A Memoir  (2015), and A Path to Peace: A Brief History of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and a Way Forward in the Middle East forthcoming in November.

Conference Registration
Save up to $100 by taking advantage of early-bird rates through September 9 .

New this year!  REGISTRATION REWARDS: For every five paid registrations from an individual Council community, WACA will provide free admission to a sixth individual designated by the Council CEO. 

Check out our Conference Registration page! From the bar at the top you can find all conference information, and you can also book your hotel room at WACA's special group rates at the The Capital Hilton (details are also provided below). 

Other Keynote Speakers

Ambassadors Luncheon 

David Abney
Chairman and CEO

Leadership Day

Ambassador Barbara Stephenson
American Foreign Service Association

Carl Gershman

National Endowment for Democracy

Diplomatic Receptions  (more to come)  

H.E. Hunaina Al Mughairy 
Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman

1918 Society Choose ONE of the following (priority first come first serve)

Open to 20 members of the 1918 Society.

Friday, Nov. 18, at 2:00 - 5:00 PM

Open to  35 members of the 1918 Society.

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Friday, Nov. 18, at 2:00 - 5:00 PM
The above program is not finalized; more speakers and details will be added on a weekly basis.

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Welcoming WACA's Newest Staff Member

Dear Council Leaders, Members, and Friends:

I am delighted to introduce Tori Baskind, WACA's new Administrative and Program Assistant.  

Tori is a 2016 graduate of The George Washington University. She earned her B.A. degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Conflict and Conflict Resolution. Prior to joining the WACA team, Tori held internship positions with the Department of Homeland Security, as well as nonprofit advocacy organizations including Refugees International and Women's Way.

Tori looks forward to working with all of you. Please join me in welcoming her at

Thank you,
Bill Clifford, President and CEO
Cover to Cover Author Series

September's Cover to Cover will host author Derek Chollet on his new book The Long Game: How Obama Defied Washington and Redefined America's Role in the World  on Wednesday, September 7, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET

Chollet is a counselor and senior advisor for security and defense policy at The German Marshall Fund of the United States. (full bio)

COUNCIL LEADERS: Please share this opportunity with your members and supporters as a free benefit! Contact the WACA National Office if you are interested in hosting Cover to Cover authors.
Global I.Q. Minute Podcast with Jeffrey Toobin

The  World Affairs Council of Dallas/ Fort Worth features  Jeffrey Toobin, CNN Legal Analyst and author of American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst, on Global I.Q. Minute

Toobin spoke with  Council President Jim Falk about the legacy of the Patty Hearst case, along with its connection to modern-day terrorism. Toobin also weighed in on the hotly contested Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland.

Listen to the podcast here.
World Affairs Councils Highlights 

Monday, August 29 
World Affairs Council Central Illinois hosts Senator Richard Durbin on "Obama's Foreign Policy"  Details

World Affairs Council Greater Houston presents Brian Winter, Editor-in-Chief of Americas Quarterly magazine, on "Rio's Post-Olympic Political Games"  Details

World Affairs Council Seattle hosts Walter Parker, Professor of Social Studies Education at the University of Washington,  for "A Mini Symposium about International Education"  Details

Tuesday, August 30
World Affairs Council San Diego hosts Mr. Jamal Khokhar, former Canadian Ambassador to Brazil, on "The Geopolitical Influence of Brazil in South America" Details

World Affairs Council Atlanta features Paulo Sotero, Director of the Brazil Institute at the Wilson Center, and  CNN Anchor  Gabriela Frias, on "Don't Bet against Brazil"  Details

Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents "Interactive Seminar on Modern India"  Details

World Affairs Council Dallas/ Fort Worth hosts historian and lawyer Talmage Boston on his book "Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents"  Details

World Affairs Council South Texas hosts George Banks, former CIA analyst and diplomat, on "Trump's Foreign Policy: What 'America First' means for the Global System"  Details

Wednesday, August 31
World Affairs Council Charlotte hosts the Magellan Society Young Professionals "Global Social Hour"  Details

World Affairs Council Tacoma hosts a fundraiser with Mackenzie Parks, Sommelier and Beverage Director for Miller's Guild Restaurant  Details

Thursday, September 1
World Affairs Council Seattle hosts Young Professionals International Network Salsa Dancing Lessons  Details

World Affairs Council Pittsburgh hosts "First Thursdays Happy Hour"   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, Across Spain and Portugal: September 6 - 22, 2016.
Kay Maxwell , Executive Director, World Affairs Forum, Stamford Journey through VietnamOctober 3 - 18, 2016.
Mimi Gregory, Vice President and Program Chairman, Naples Council on World Affairs, Cruising the Rivieras & Islands of France, Spain and Italy October 5 - 13, 2016.
Ambassador Sharon Wilkinson, former Board President, World Affairs Council of Arizona, Island Life in Cuba: October 23 - 31, 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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