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Week of September 10th, 2012
2012 National Conference

The World Affairs Councils of America is proud to announce the addition of three outstanding participants to our slate of confirmed speakers for the 2012 National ConferenceU.S. National Security Policy: Six Top Issues for the President in 2013. The most recent additions include:




Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff

Resident Fellow and Senior Director for Strategy, German Marshall Fund 






Danielle Pletka
Vice President for Foreign & Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute 





David Sanger

Chief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times, and author of the best-seller Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power



Click Here to Register  


The conference commences at a very exciting time in Washington: one day after the election on Wednesday, November 7. Join us November 7-9, 2012 at the historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC for a discussion and analysis of the issues the President of the United States will face in 2013.


The British Embassy and the Embassy of Sweden are two embassies that will host evening receptions for conference participants on Thursday, November 8.



Thank You to Our 2012 National Conference Sponsors


Conference Scholarships
The National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America is proud to announce that we will be offering 25 scholarships for students and young professionals from our national network to attend the 2012 National Conference, US National Security: Six Top Issues for the President in 2013, November 7-9, 2012 in Washington, DC at the Mayflower Hotel.
Council Heads and Staff: Stay tuned for a separate call for nominations announcement later this week. The scholarships will be awarded first come, first serve, so begin thinking about who you would like to nominate. 
We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to make our National Conference available to a very important audience: our young scholars and professionals. The scholarship includes the registration fee and $1000 per student/young professional to be used towards travel, lodging and/or incidentals. The scholarship will be implemented as follows:


  • Each Council Head may nominate up to two either young professionals under the age of 30 years old or students, 18 years or older. High School students are not eligible, nor are senior staff of the Council.
  • The students/young professionals nominated by the Council Head will be selected on a first come basis by the National Office.
  • The National Office will confirm the nominee's selection to the Council and will register the nominee for the Conference.
  • The National Office will then provide a scholarship check of $1000 per student/young professional participating, written to the Council to help cover travel, lodging and any other expenses for the scholarship winner. Councils are responsible for making these arrangements with/for the nominees and we hope that you will take advantage of the discounted block rate at the Mayflower Hotel.
Academic WorldQuest Study Guide
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The Study Guide for the 2012-2013 Academic WorldQuest Competition is now available here. The competition will take place Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Georgetown University


Academic WorldQuest 2012-2013 will mark the 11th Annual Academic WorldQuest, the World Affairs Councils of America's flagship education program for high school students on global issues. More Information


The categories are:
  • US Economic Competitiveness 
  • US Education: Competing Globally
  • US Energy Policy
  • Middle East 
  • Afghanistan/Pakistan
  • China
  • UN Millennium Goals: Environmental Sustainability
  • Geography
  • Current Events
  • Cuban Missile Crisis: 50th Anniversary

A Teacher's Guide is available to help Councils reach out to schools and explain how to get involved in Academic WorldQuest. Teacher's Guide

Leadership Mission to China

From left to right: Nigel Sutton, WAC-DC Board  & Raytheon executive; Dr. Lori Murray, WACA National Board; Judy Rubinstein, Naples Council on World Affairs Board; Todd Culpepper, President & CEO, WACA; Mr. Li Haiyan, Director General Department of International Cooperation NDRC; Michael Phillip, World Affairs Council of California Central Coast & WACA National Board; Patrick Terrien, President & CEO Columbus Council on World Affairs.


The World Affairs Councils of America's Leadership Delegation recently returned from the People's Republic of China. The five member delegation of World Affairs Councils representatives visited Beijing and Shanghai and met with government, business, and civic leaders during the seven day mission. The World Affairs Councils of America thanks its gracious host, The Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) for making the Leadership Mission possible. The delegation is already busy putting together the trip report for the national network, stay tuned in the coming weeks.


Future of Korea

KEI The World Affairs Councils of America is excited to announce our participating councils for the 2012-2013 Future of Korea program in collaboration with the Korean Economic Institute. The program runs from September 2012 - June 2013. Visit our website to view the participating World Affairs Councils.


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 60-90 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. 


Facebook Challenge

In the run-up to our National Conference in November, we invite you all to answer a question from the 2012 National Academic WorldQuest Competition posted on our Facebook page every Monday and Thursday. All those who have correctly answered a question through September 13, 2012 will be entered into a lottery to win a free pass to our National Conference. All questions come from the 2012 AWQ Study Guide

This week's category is Current Events. Why not give Monday's question a shot?


In the on-going Eurozone debt crisis, what two nations did not sign the new fiscal compact which aims to prevent the 17 euro states from repeating their debt?


A. Germany and France

B. Greece and Portugal

C. United Kingdom and Czech Republic

D. Hungary and Italy


Visit Our Facebook Page to Answer 

Weekly Highlights
Last month, Russia joined the World Trade Organization more than 20 years after the fall of the Soviet Union despite being the seventh largest economy in the world. The Alaska World Affairs Council is hosting a King Salmon fishing expedition on Prince of Wales Island June 16-20, 2013 in celebration the 25th anniversary of the opening of the border between Russia and Alaska following the end of the Cold War. More Information


Monday    September 10
The World Affairs Council of Houston hosts Andrew H. Card, Jr., acting dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M, for "Geopolitics and the Implications for Business." More Information

The International Relations Council Kansas City hosts their Annual Awards Banquet. More Information


The World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chairperson, BRAC, for "Poverty Alleviation in Bangladesh: Lessons for Africa and Asia." More Information

Tuesday    September 11
The World Affairs Council of Alabama hosts Brian Latell for "Fidel Castro's Startling Secrets." More Information
WorldBoston hosts Robert F. Cekuta, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Statefor Energy Resources, for a Great Decisions discussion on "The Geopolitics of Energy."More Information
The World Affairs Council of Central Florida hosts "Business in China with IT." More Information 
WorldDenver hosts Richard Whittle, author of The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey and of a forthcoming book on the Predator drone, for "The Drone Revolution." More Information
The World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads hosts Dr. Christopher Preble, Vice President of Defense and Foreign Policy at the CATO Institute, as part of their Broader Perspectives program. More Information
The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts Greg Ip, U.S. Economics Editor, The Economist, for a Global Business Luncheon on "The European Debt Crisis: Implications for the U.S. Economy." More Information
The World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "Aid vs Trade: The Future of International Development?" as part of their Global Town Hall program series. More Information
The World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts Trita Parsi, author and President of the National Iranian American Council, for "Obama & Iran: Between War, Sanctions and Diplomacy." More Information
The San Diego World Affairs Council hosts a Great Decisions discussion on "State of the Oceans." More Information
The South Dakota World Affairs Council hosts Reese Erlich, full-time print and broadcast, freelance reporter & author, for "Filbrandt Forum - The Arab Spring in Syria, Egypt & Gaza." More Information
Wednesday    September 12
The World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Ljubomir (L.J.) Stambuk, President of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte for "Afghanistan: Should We Leave or Stay? An Eyewitness Account." More Information

The World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Dr. Amaney A. Jamal, associate professor of politics at Princeton University, for an event as part of the World Affairs Councils of America's Understanding Muslim Societies program made possible by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. More Information


The World Affairs Council of Houston hosts William Dobson, Politics & Foreign Affairs editor for Slate, for "The World's Remaining Dictators." More Information


The Peoria Area World Affairs Council hosts Arsalan Iftikhar, an International Human Rights Lawyer, Media Commentator, and author, for "Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era." More Information

The World Affairs Council of South Texas hosts Dr. Steven Cook, a Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, for "The Struggle for Egypt." More Information
The World Affairs Forum hosts Ken Zita, President, Network Dynamics Associates, for "State Building in the Digital Era." More Information
The World Affairs Council - Washington, DC hosts Odd Arne Westad, author of "Restless Empire China and the World Since 1750." More Information

Thursday    September 13
The World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts a webcast of a Young Leaders Evening Briefing on "Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan & Afghanistan." More Information
WorldDenver hosts a Young Professionals event on "Water: The Fate of the World's Most Important Resource." More Information
The World Affairs Council of Maine hosts Murhaf Jouejati, Professor of Middle East Studies, National Defense University, for "Syria: Regime Change Imminent?" More Information
The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts Dr. Charles A. Kupchan, Professor at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, for "The 'American Century' or Retrenchment? Challenges Facing the Next President." More Information
The Savannah Council on World Affairs hosts Sylvia Longmire for "Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico's Drug Wars." More Information
The World Affairs Council - Washington, DC hosts Rajiv Chandrasekaran, author of "Little Afghanistan: The War Within the War for Afghanistan." More Information 

Friday    September 14
The Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli as part of the World Affairs Councils of America's Understanding Muslim Societies program made possible by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. More Information
The World Affairs Council of Greater Richmond hosts Dr. Madge Dresser, Dr. Rozena Maart, and Javier Fern�ndez Galeano for "Freedom and Social Memory in Global Perspective." More Information
The World Affairs Council of Houston hosts Duncan Wood, director of the International Relations Program and the Canadian Studies Program at the Instituto Tecnol�gico Aut�nomo de Mexico (ITAM) in Mexico City, for "Assessing Mexico's Election: Pemex and Reforms." More Information
The World Affairs Council of Las Vegas hosts Jack Chiang, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Director- General. More Information
The World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts Captain Wayne Porter, U.S. Navy, for "Our National Strategic Initiative." More Information
The Vermont Council on World Affairs hosts "Spotlight on Turkey: Terry Abrams Photo Exhibit Opening." More Information

Sunday    September 16
The World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts their monthly International Forum's Book Club meeting. This month's book is "The Ascent of Money," by Niall Ferguson. More Information

The World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts its Annual Trustees Luncheon at the Balboa Bay Club and Resort. More Information


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