April 24, 2017
AWQ 2016-2017
A Message from APSIA
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AWQ 2017 National Competition  

The  Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2017 Academic WorldQuest National Competition  will be held on  Saturday, April 29,  at the  National Press Club  in Washington, DC.

The National Press Club is a secure facility, all attendees must have a valid QR code to pass through security gates at the entrance of the Club. Attendees were sent an email with the code and instructions on April 19.  ALL GUESTS MUST HAVE A VALID CODE TO ENTER THE FACILITY.

United States Institute of Peace:

This year's AWQ National Competition will feature a welcome reception at the  United States Institute of Peace, on  Friday, April 28, from 4:30-6:00 PM. 

WACA is pleased to announce that Nancy Lindborg,
President of USIP,
will make welcoming remarks
 entitled "Peacebuilding in Practice," at the AWQ Reception at the  United States Institute of Peace's iconic headquarters.

The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)  will provide scholarships for the  High School Summer Abroad Programs  to students in the top two placing teams at the National Competition. Students may utilize these scholarships in Summer 2017 or Summer 2018.

AWQ 2017 Champion Team: $3,000 Scholarship/student

Second-Place Team: $2,000 Scholarship/student
Council VIPs for the AWQ National Competition are:

Emcee: Joyce Davis,
World Affairs Council of Harrisburg 
Judge: Rich Crepage, World Affairs Council of NW Ohio
Judge: Leslie Palmer, World Affairs Council of San Antonio
Judge: Pat Ryan, Tennessee World Affairs Council 

Competition Details:

For Topics, Study Guide, and other information click  here

Please see the 2017 Program Schedule and stay tuned for updates. 
This year's  AWQ Study Guide , is also on our website.

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors: 

A Message from APSIA

"Thanks to support from WACA and other partners, the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) will host programming throughout 2017 to engage U.S. minorities typically underrepresented in international affairs. APSIA, WACA, and all involved know that diversity is an asset in policy-making. We hope to inspire future leaders of all backgrounds to get involved. Learn more at www.apsia.org.  
KNOW NOW: First Muslim Elected to Be State Party Chair

Tricia Preston, Executive Director of the  Vermont Council on World Affairs,  will moderate this KNOW NOW conference call with Mr. Faisal Gill. Join the conversation about President Trump's revised travel and refugee ban, the Democratic Party's agenda in Bernie Sanders' adopted state, and more: Thursday, April 27, at 2-2:30 PM ET

Two days before the Trump administration rolled out the new version of what critics call a Muslim ban, Vermont Democrats elected the nation's first Muslim to serve as State Party Chairman

Faisal Gill, a Burlington, VT attorney, was born in Pakistan and immigrated to the U.S. as a child. Gill served five years in the U.S. Navy's JAG Corps before entering Republican politics in Virginia. That led to a post in the Department of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush - a position he opted to leave after he was accused by news media of lying on his security clearance forms. He was later cleared of wrongdoing by the department. Gill switched political parties, moved to California, where he volunteered for Democratic campaigns, and then moved again to Vermont. 

KNOW NOW conference calls feature global thought leaders hosted by WACA, as well as local authorities in government, business, academia and cultural fields who are identified and moderated by local Councils. 
WACA Leadership and Board Meetings: June 8-10


WACA is  pleased to announce that the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh will graciously host the Spring Leadership Meeting for Councils on June 8-9, one day before the WACA National Board's Summer Meeting on June 10 The program opens with a welcome reception (to which a prominent foreign policy expert has been invited) on Thursday, June 8. Spring Leadership workshops will be held from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on Friday, June 9. Including a keynote luncheon with  Chris Howard, President of Robert Morris University. 

Spring Leadership Meeting Registration Fee: $50 per person. Register here today!

Book your hotel now at WACA's group rates! 

Choose your Hotel: (for up to three nights)

The full Spring Leadership Meeting agenda and activities will be announced shortly.  We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh! 
Cover to Cover Author Series

WACA will host Thomas Wright to discuss his new book,   All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the 21st Century and the Future of American Power   (available May 23), for May's Cover to Cover. Join us for this conference call on Thursday, May 25, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET

Tom Wright is director of the Project on International Order and Strategy, as well as a fellow in the Center on the United States  and Europe, at Brookings . ( Full bio . )

June's Cover to Cover will feature Souad Mekhennet on the publication date of her compelling and evocative memoirI Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihadon Tuesday, June 13, at 2:00-2:30 PM ETMekhennet is a correspondent for The Washington Post's national security desk, and she has reported on terrorism for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, and NPR. (Full bio.)
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, April 24

Global Minnesota hosts Juan Carlos Pinzón, Ambassador of Colombia to the United States, on "Colombia: The Path to Peace with Ambassador Pinzon" Details

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts a screening of "He Named Me Malala" followed by a panel discussion with Noor Khan, former doctor at Mercy Hospital and Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, and Nadia Khawaja, former Presidential Management Fellow at the Department of Homeland Security and current member of the Muslim Association of Greater Pittsburgh Details

WorldBoston hosts author Stephen Kinzer on his book The True Flag Details 

World Affairs Forum (Stamford) hosts Herrick Chapman, Associate Professor of History and French Studies at the Department of History & Institute of French Studies at NYU, on "Whither France and the EU in a Time of Resurgent Nationalism" Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Author James Kirchick, and  Jonah Levy, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, on "Le Pen vs. Macron: A French Rejection of Establishment Parties?" Details

Tuesday, April 25

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts Randi Weingarten, President of American Federal of Teachers, on "The Future of Public Education" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Graeme Wood, National Correspondent with The Atlantic, on "What ISIS Really Wants" Details

WorldDenver hosts two events: Sidney Brooks, Retired United States Bankruptcy Judge, on "Rule of Law in Russia in 2017: Fact or Fiction" Details ; and a panel on "UN Sustainable Development Goals: Health and Well-Being" featuring Gretchen Heinrichs, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Denver Health and University of Colorado School of Medicine, Dr. Blair Gifford, Professor of international health management in the Business School at the University of Colorado Denver, Gretchen Berggren, founder of Children's Nutrition of Haiti Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Mark Huang, Economic Director in Providence, Rhode Island, Director at Tern, and former U.S. Army Reserves member, on "The War in Iraq: Up Close and Personal" Details

World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities hosts Dr. Duk Kim, Professor of Political Science at Saint Ambrose University, on "Can You Hear Me Now?: North Korea's Nuclear Brinkmanship" Details

World Affairs Council of Maine hosts Dr. Laura Grego of the Union of Concerned Scientists, on "Strategic Missile Defense: Shielded from Oversight" Details

World Affairs Council of Austin in collaboration with the Kozmetsky Center, host a conference, on "Russia and the West: Significance, Challenges, and Potential"

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts Bill Pendley, retired Rear Admiral who served as Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy for both the Chief of Naval Operations and the Commander of U.S. Pacific Command, on "North Korea and Its Evolving Military Capabilities" Details

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts a screening of "Crossroads" followed by a discussion with Bill Gillett, Chairman of the International Institute of New England Details

Wednesday, April 26

World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts Thomas Hout, Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, on "U.S.-China Trade Relations" Details

Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council hosts Kirsti Kauppi, Ambassador of Finland to the United States, on "Finland: How a Small Country Punches above Its Weight in International Politics" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts George Friedman, founder of Geopolitical Futures, on "The Next Four Years: The Role of the U.S. in the World" Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Malo Hutson, Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Blaine Merker, Director at Gehl, and moderator Tanu Sankalia, Program Director at the University of San Francisco, on "The City of Tomorrow" Details

World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts Adel Elmaghraby, Professor and Chair of the Computer Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Louisville, on "Armchair Warfare: A Conversation about Cybersecurity" Details

WorldBoston hosts Dr. Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, on "Nuclear Security" Details

Richmond World Affairs Council hosts Eric Trager, the Esther K. Wagner Fellow at the Washington Institute and author of Arab Fall: How the Muslim Brotherhood Won and Lost Egypt in 891 Days , on "Trump and Egypt" Details

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts James Kirchick, fellow at the Foreign Policy Initiative and correspondent for the Daily Beast, on his book " The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age " Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts John Pomfret, award-winning journalist with the Washington Post, and moderator Nelson Doug, partner in Dorsey's Corporate Group, on "U.S.- China Relations through the Scope of History" Details

Thursday, April 27

Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts author Howard French, Associate Professor of Journalism at Columbia University, on his book " Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power " Details

Global Cincinnati hosts Evans Revere, nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution's Center for East Asia Policy Studies and a Senior Advisor with the Albright Stonebridge Group, on "Rattling the Pacific Rim" Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Anthony Zurcher, senior North America reporter for BBC News, and moderator Amy Radil, reporter for KUOW covering politics and government, on "Trump's First 100 Days" Details

World Affairs Forum (Stamford) hosts Anne Richard, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Populations, Refugees, and Migration, Claudia Connor, President and CEO of International Institute of Connecticut, Aleksandr Troyb, Chair of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and moderator, Krishna Patel, Justice Initiatives Director and General Counsel at Grace Farms Foundation, on "Refugees and America: Toward an Informed Public Discourse" Details

World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts Jessica Varnum, Senior Research Associate and Project Manager at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, on "Bridge to Nowhere? Turkey and the West after the Attempted Coup" Details

World Affairs Council of California Central Coast hosts Nasimi Aghayev, Consul General of Azerbaijan, on "Regional Role of Azerbaijan: A Secular Muslim Country" Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Budd MacKenzie, founder of Trust in Education, on "Helping Education in Afghanistan: War for Hearts and Minds" Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Jeremy Martin, Vice President of energy and sustainability at the Institute of the Americas, on "U.S.- Mexico Energy Trade" Details

Savannah Council on World Affairs hosts Lieutenant General Walter Gaskin, former Deputy Chairman for NATO Military Committee, on "NATO: The Political and Military Alliance that Created Modern Europe" Details

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts Dr. Frederic Pearson, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University, on "Perspectives on Peace in the New Administration" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Agnia Grigas, energy and political risk expert and Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, on "The New Geopolitics of Natural Gas" Details

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Paul Hawken, prolific author of environmental articles, op-eds, and books, and Executive Director for Project Drawdown, on "Project Drawdown: 100 Technological and Social Solutions to Climate Change" Details

World Affairs Council of Central Florida hosts screening of "The Peacemaker" Details

Friday, April 28

Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Damien Ma, Fellow and Associate Director at Paulson Institute, on "China as Number One: So What?" Details

Windham World Affairs Council hosts Pisan Manawapat, of the Royal Thai Government and former Ambassador to the European Union, India, and Canada, on "Thailand as a Key for the Trump Administration's Agenda in Asia" Details
World Affairs Council of Dallas/ Fort Worth hosts Carla Anne Robbins, adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and former editor at The New York Times and chief diplomatic correspondent at The Wall Street Journal, on "Cuba-U.S. Relations" 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!

2017 travel schedule includes trips to: 
  • Mimi Gregory, VP and Program Chairman, Naples Council on World Affairs, Cruise the Face of Europe:  May 15 - 30
  • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior VP of Programs, WAC of Northern California, Circumnavigation of Iceland: Aug. 1 - 9 
  • Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum (Stamford), Silk Road Odyssey: Oct. 3 - 19
  • Derrick Olsen, President, WAC of Oregon, Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia: Oct. 9 -17
  • Ambassador Mark Johnson, Founder, WAC of Montana, Mystique of the Orient: Oct. 17 - 29
  • Dr. Jerry Leach, fmr. President, World Affairs Councils of America, Inside Morocco: Oct. 20 - Nov. 2
Contact www.wacphila.org/travel  or call 1-800-942-5004 , ext.  209  or 217 .

The World Affairs Councils of America 

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