October 23, 2017
WACA Vice Chair Honored
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WACA Vice Chair Receives 2017 ATHENA Award
We are pleased to announce that WACA Vice Chair  Sylvia Fields received the 2017 ATHENA Award, a recognition of women who mentor other women and girls, thereby helping to build a pipeline of future female leaders.

Under Fields' leadership as Executive Director of the Eden Hall Foundation, the organization granted more than $15 million to programs that facilitate transformative change for women and girls. Colleagues of Fields acknowledge that her personal leadership style fosters a positive environment for working mothers and is a model for other workplaces. Read the full press release and watch Fields' nomination video.  
Wednesday KNOW NOW on the Resilience of Democracy
A deepening anxiety about the future of democracy around the world has spread over the past few years. Emboldened autocrats and rising populists have shaken assumptions about the future of liberal democracy. Scholars have documented a global "democratic recession" and some now warn that even long-established democracies could lose their commitment to  freedom and slip toward more authoritarian politics.  A new  Pew Research Center  survey finds there are reasons for calm as well as concern when it comes to democracy's future.

Councils, members, and supporters are encouraged to participate in this KNOW NOW conference call featuring Dr. Richard Wike , Director of Global Attitudes Research at Pew Research Center,  Wednesday, October 25, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET .

Read Dr. Wike's new report on democracy, as well as his recent report on America's global image, and come with your questions! 
WACA 2017 National Conference
November 15-17
Washington, DC

Embassy Receptions


Distinguished Speakers

Richardson Center for Global Engagement

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
Director of Veterans Outreach, Boeing
United States Institute of Peace

Senior Vice President for International Trade Policy
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Director of Research
Institute for Social Policy and Understanding 

See our speaker roster

1918 Society Members-Only Programs   

Captain Bernard D. Cole (Ret.)Professor Emeritus at the  National War College, will present a lecture Friday afternoon, November 17, on Chinese military affairs. A reception will follow the talk at the National War College, hosted by the NWC Alumni Association's Col. Gene Russell (Ret.). 

WACA will soon announce a special dinner for 1918 Society members also.  Be sure to renew your 1918 Society membership before the Conference to participate in these exclusive opportunities!

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors


Santa Fe Council Celebrates Annual Gala
On Friday, October 20, the Santa Fe Council on International Relations held its annual Gala, featuring Nicholas Burns, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO. Burns' keynote address focused on "Challenges to U.S. Global Leadership."

SFCIR Executive Director Sandy Campbell proclaimed t he Gala "a huge success," drawing many from the greater Santa Fe area to recognize community members with awards such as CIR Teacher of the Year, CIR Student of the Year, and the Global Citizen Award.

Academic WorldQuest 2017-2018

Information for the 2017-2018 Academic WorldQuest program is now available!

This year's AWQ Study Guide is now available, along with more information about the Carlos and Mal ú Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition.

This year's AWQ National Competition will feature a welcome reception at the United State Institute of Peace on Friday, April 27. For topics, Study Guide, and more, click here.

Sponsored by: United States Institute of Peace
High School Students: Study Abroad Scholarships!
Experience a new world and expand your horizons - study abroad in high school! The U.S. Department of State offers full scholarships to high school students to study abroad for one academic year. Create long-lasting friendships with people around the globe, promote mutual understanding, learn a new language, and develop leadership skills. Find out more at the  U.S. Dept. of State high school study abroad webpage

Deadlines for the three programs are as follows:
  1. National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y),
    deadline is November 2, 2017;
  2. Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad), deadline is December 5, 2017;
  3. Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) with Germany, deadline is December 11, 2017
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, October 23

Global Minnesota hosts Guillaume Lacriox, Consul General of France in Chicago, for "Business News from France." Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Milan Vaishnav, Director of the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, for "When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics." Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Jalaa' Abdelwahab, Senior Health Advisor and Deputy Director of the Global Polio Team at UNICEF Headquarters, for "Eradicating Polio: The Road to Zero." Details

Tuesday, October 24

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts Charles Shapiro, WAC Atlanta President and former U.S. Coordinator for Cuban Affairs, for "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: The Future of U.S.-Cuba Policy." Details

WACA is pleased that several World Affairs Councils present a webcast: "China Town Hall 2017, " featuring Susan E. Rice, former U.S. National Security Advisor. Details

World Affairs Council of Palm Beach hosts Eytan Gilboa, Senior Research Associate at the BESA Center for Strategic Studies, for "The Future of U.S.-Israel Relations." Details

World Affairs Council of Central Illinois hosts Victor Cha, former Director for Asian Affairs in the White House National Security Council, for "The Problem with North Korea." Details

World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities hosts Christopher J. Shackelford, Historical Content Developer for the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, for "Across the 38th and Back Again: Iowans in the Korean War." Details

Montana World Affairs Council hosts Max Baucus, former U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, for "China, North Korea, and the U.S.: What Happens Next?" Details

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts Todd Moss, Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington DC, for " The Shadow List ." Details

Wednesday, October 25

World Affairs Forum hosts Richard Nephew, Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy at Columbia University for International and Public Affairs, for "The Future of the Iran Nuclear Deal." Details

Los Angeles World Affairs Council hosts Thomas Pickering, former U.S. Ambassador to UN, for "America and Iran: What Lies Ahead." Details

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts David Oualaalou,  global affairs consultant, for "China's Increasing Role in the Middle East." Details

World Affairs Councils of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Mark Bowden, National Correspondent for The Atlantic, to discuss his recent book, Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam . Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Dirk Wouters, Belgian Ambassador to the United States, for "Trump, the EU, and the Future of Transatlantic Relations." Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Jeremi Suri, Presidential Historian, to discuss his book, The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America's Highest Office . Details

Thursday, October 26

International Relations Council co-hosts Gerónimo Gutiérrez, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, for a luncheon and business roundtable. Details

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Herb Behrstock, retired senior executive at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), for "Does the United States Need the United Nations?" Details

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Shotaro Oshima, Japan's Former Special Representative for the TPP, for "Enhancing the Japan-US Alliance: Security to Economic Relations." Details

The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Daniel Lacalle, energy economist and author, for "The Energy World is Flat: Opportunities from the End of Peak Oil." Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Vitaly Mansky, Russian film and documentary maker of Jewish Ukrainian origin, for "'Under the Sun': An Inside Look at North Korean Propaganda." Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Jeff Sprecher, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Intercontinental Exchange, and Dennis Lockhart, former President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, for "The Intersection of Finance and Policy Luncheon." Details

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of the Italian Republic to the United States, for a roundtable discussion. Details

Global Cincinnati hosts Thomas E. Wheeler, former Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Justice, for "Civil Rights in the U.S.: The World is Watching." Details

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Malcolm W. Nance, counter-terrorism and intelligence officer for the U.S. government Special Operations and Homeland Security, for a roundtable discussion. Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Nicole Krauss, a finalist for the National Book Award, for a roundtable discussion of her recent book, Forest Dark . Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads hosts Dr. Michael R. Rouland, Senior Historian for the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, for "The 'Silk Maiden' and Kazakhstan: A Century of Contested Identities." Details

Friday, October 27

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts James Green, trade policy adviser to U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, for "U.S.-China Relations: Progress and Uncertainty." Details

Travel the World from WAC Philadelphia

Travel with Council Leaders - hear them lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!

2018 travel schedule includes trips to: 
  • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President, Programs, World Affairs Council Northern California, Southern Africa: Feb. 10-Mar. 5
  • Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum (Stamford), Ancient Kingdoms of China: May 5-19
  • Patrick Ryan, President, Tennessee World Affairs Council, Tuscany: May 29-Jun. 6
  • Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Cruise the Rhine, July 11-29
  • Anna Berry, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, Cambridge, Oxford, and the Cotswolds: July 20-28
  • Derrick Olsen, President, World Affairs Council of Oregon, Treasures of Ecuador: Aug. 27-31
  • Megan Torrey, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Hartford, Himalayan Kingdoms, Sept. 11-25
  • Mimi Gregory, Vice President of Programs, Naples Council on World Affairs, Inside Botswana: Oct. 4-16
Contact www.wacphila.org/travel  or call 1-800-942-5004 , ext.  209  or 217 .

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