August 22, 2016
2016 WACA National Conference
Cover to Cover
Job Announcement
World Affairs Councils Highlights
Travel the World
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2016 WACA Conference  

America and Global Megatrends
November 16-18, 2016

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). 

Newly Confirmed Speakers


David Abney
Chairman and CEO

Dr. Angela E. Stent
Director, Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies
Georgetown University


Dr. Omer Taspinar
Professor, National War College
Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins SAIS

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

Leadership Day Keynote

Ambassador Barbara Stephenson
President, American Foreign Service Assn.

Carl Gershman

National Endowment for Democracy

Syria: Arab and Islamic Politics 

Andrew J. Tabler
Martin J. Gross Fellow

Diplomatic Receptions  (more to come)  

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

The above program is not finalized; more speakers and details will be added on a weekly basis.

Book your room at our special Group Rate now! 
Staying at The Capitol Hilton:
  • Queen/King bed Deluxe Room: $279/night (Single/Double occupancy) plus tax
  • Queen/King/Double bed Executive Floor: $349/night (Single/Double Occupancy) plus tax

This Conference is sponsored by:

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Updates on National Conference speakers, and other program details will be announced each week.
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.
Job Announcement: Executive Director 

The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head (WACHH) is seeking a full- time Executive Director , to start November 1, 2016 . The community leader position will be responsible for overseeing the administration of WACHH and its intellectually stimulating programs on world affairs.  
A  complete job description is available on or  here

To apply , please submit a cover letter, current resume, and any letters of recommendation you would like to include by August 26, 2016 to:
World Affairs Councils Highlights 

Monday, August 22 
World Affairs Council of Central Florida hosts "Venezuela: Human Civil Rights for the LGBT Community" Details

World Affairs Council Upstate hosts a Book Club discussion on "The Professor and the Madman" Details

Tuesday, August 23
World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "Traveling with a Purpose: Changing Careers, Changing Lives" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin for a book talk on "American Heiress" Details

Wednesday, August 24
World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Gillian Tett, U.S. Managing Editor of the Financial Times, on "The U.S. and Global Economy, and the Global Ramifications of Britain's Pending Exit from the EU" Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Matt Boynton, Senior Partner at Control Risks to discuss "The Realities of Kidnapping: Off-the-Record" Details

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts an informal Young Professionals Discussion Group Details

Thursday, August 25
Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr. to discuss "The Arctic in Action: Accomplishments of the Arctic Council as We Look to the Future" Details

World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts Professor Heather Gregg, Naval Postgraduate School on "The Evolution of ISIS" Details

World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts Consul General of Pakistan Niaz Tirmizi on "Pakistan's Socio-economic Challenges"  Details

Columbia World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Bob Cox, Director of the Walker Institute at the University of South Carolina, and Russ Froneberger, President of Global Consulting, on "The Impact of Brexit Three Months Later" Details

Los Angeles World Affairs Council hosts Chris O'Connor, Consul General of the United Kingdom, and Joe Brusuelas, Chief Economist for RSM US LLP on "Britain's Future"  Details

Friday, August 26
Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts Ambassador Jennifer Zimdahl Galt, U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia on "Mongolia Today: Opportunities and Challenges" Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts "YPIN Lake Union Cruise with Activists and Changemakers" 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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