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KNOW NOW: First Muslim Elected to Be State Party Chair

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. 

Tricia Preston, Executive Director of the  Vermont Council on World Affairs,  will moderate this KNOW NOW conference call with Mr. Gill. Join the conversation about President Trump's revised travel and refugee ban, the Democratic Party's agenda in Bernie Sanders' home state, and more: Thursday, April 27, at 2:00 - 2:30 PM ET

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! 
Academic WorldQuest 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. 

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

USIP Reception Welcoming Remarks: 

WACA is pleased to announce that  Ambassador William Taylor, Executive Vice President of USIP, will make welcoming remarks entitled  " Peacebuilding in Practice" , at the AWQ 2017 Reception at the  United States Institute of Peace .

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors: 
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 17

WorldDenver and the University of Denver host Ambassador Celso Amorim, former Minister of Defense of Brazil, on "U.S.-Brazil Relations" Details

Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts Julie Newton, visiting fellow of the Russian and Eurasian Studies Center at Saint Antony's College at the University of Oxford, on "Russia and the West: The Ongoing Crisis and Future Prospects within a Changing International Order" Details

World Affairs Council of Connecticut and the University of Saint Joseph's Women's Leadership Center hosts Honorable Nancy Johnson, Representative of the 5th and 6th districts of Connecticut and Senior Advisor at Baker Donelson, and K. Riva Levinson, President of KRL International LLC., on "Women's Role in Shaping our Global Future" Details

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts Dr. Luis Jimenez, Assistant Professor with the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston, on "U.S.-Mexico Relations" Details

Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts former Ambassador Ronald Schlicher, USFS (Ret), served as Principal Deputy Assistant Coordinator of Counterterrorism, and as U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus,  on "The Middle East: A Region in Turmoil" Details

Tuesday, April 18

Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council hosts Robert Dannenberg, former head of Global Security at Goldman Sachs and Chief of Operations for Counter Terrorism at the CIA, on "Is There 'Perfect' Cybersecurity to Protect Countries and Corporations from Cyberhacking?" Details

World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts Ned Lamont, Chairman of Lamont Digital Systems and founder of Campus TeleVideo, and Professor of philosophy and political science at Central Connecticut State University, on "Fake News, Real War" Details

GlobalTies Arizona hosts keynote speaker and moderator Suzanne Klapp, Scottsdale Vice Mayor, and a panelist of fourteen journalists from the Middle East and journalists from Terrance Thornton of the Scottsdale Independent Newspaper, on "High-octane Diplomacy" Details

World Affairs Council - Washington DC hosts author Philip Auerswald, Professor of public policy at George Mason University and Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, on his book, "The Code Economy: A Forty Thousand Year History" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Alia Malek, journalist and civil rights lawyer, on "The Home That was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria" Details

Wednesday, April 19

Foreign Policy Association hosts The Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown, United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, on "Social and Economic Development" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads hosts General Denis Mercier, Supreme Allied Commander, and Mr. Peter Flory, Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment, on "Where Does NATO Fit in an "America First" Security Policy?" Details

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts George Lopez, Hesburgh Professor of Peace Studies, Emeritus at the Kroc Institute, at the University of Notre Dame, on "The New Peacebuilding: Challenges and Opportunities" Details

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts author and Senior Vice President of Research and Analysis at the RAND Corporation, Andrew Hoehn, on his book " Strategic Choices for a Turbulent World" Details

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts Tibor Nagy, vice provost for international affairs at Texas Tech University, and former U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia  and Guinea, on "Africa's Future and Why It's Important to the U.S." Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts author Michael Mandelbaum, the Christian A. Herter Professor of American foreign policy at The John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and the Chairman of the Department of American Foreign Policy, on his book " Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era" Details

Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council hosts Eric Trager, Esther K. Wagner Fellow at The Washington Institute For Near East Policy, on "Arab Fall" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts an "Excursion to West Point" Details

Thursday, April 20

Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts Nader Hashemi, Director of Center for Middle East Studies at the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, on "Donald Trump and the Muslim Question: Making Sense of the Controversy" Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Sheldon Rothblatt, Professor Emeritus with the Department of History at University of California Berkeley, on "The Meaning of Brexit" Details

North County Chapter of San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Professor Mikhail Alexseev of San Diego State University, on "Ukraine's Precarious Position" Details

World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts Mark Juergensmeyer, Professor at the University of Santa Barbara, on "How Will ISIS End?" Details

Indiana Council on World Affairs hosts Cole Varga, Executive Director of Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc., on "The State of Refugee Resettlement in the U.S." Details

International Affairs Forum (Traverse City) hosts Lawrence Mandel, former U.S Deputy Chief of Mission to Turkey, on "Turkey at the Crossroads" Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Daniel Benaim, Senior Fellow at American Progress, and moderator,  Nova Robinson, Assistant Professor of International Studies at Seattle University, on "Challenges in the Middle East" Details

World Affairs Council of Rhode Island hosts author Dominic Tierney, Associate Professor of political science and senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, on his book " The Right Way to Lose a War: America in an Age of Unwinnable Conflicts" Details

Olympia World Affairs Council hosts Patrick O'Neil, Professor of politics and government at the University of Puget Sound, on "Iran: Reform or Retrenchment? Understanding the Politics of Authoritarianism and the Prospects for Change" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Eric Trager, Esther K. Wagner Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, on "How the Muslim Brotherhood Won and Lost Egypt in 891 Days and the Future of Egypt Now" Details

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Luke Kissam, CEO of Albemarle, on "Diverse Industry-Leading Chemicals Portfolio" Details

Friday, April 21

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts Marc Lynch, Professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, on "The New Arab Wars: Anarchy and Uprisings in the Middle East" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts "Global Forum: AT&T Stadium Art Tour" Details
TRAVEL: Cuba - the Transition Begins (April 22-26)

Amb. Charles Shapiro, President 
of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, will lead a trip to Havana, Cuba from Saturday, April 22, to Wednesday, April 26 . Shapiro has led five trips to Cuba over the past two years. He served as the State Department's Coordinator for Cuban Affairs from 1999 to 2001.

In March 2018 Cuba will find itself in unknown territory - without a Castro running the country. Rául Castro will step down as president in February 2018. His brother Fidel of course ran Cuba, first as prime minister and then as president, from 1959 to 2008. 

Participants on the trip will meet with government officials to understand Cuba's domestic policies, changes in the economy, efforts to attract foreign investment, and what the government will look like after Rául. Expect a deep dive into the real Cuba: the group will meet with independent entrepreneurs who are making their businesses succeed against all odds; visit people in their homes to learn about daily life such as how their ration cards work; be briefed by the U.S. chargé d'affaires (acting ambassador) at the U.S. Ambassador's Residence. And we will have a great time - mojitos, culture, art, and more. Maybe even a cigar or two. The trip is only three work days out of the office - depart Saturday, return Wednesday afternoon. If you want to finish out the week in Cuba, WAC Atlanta can help you make arrangements. 

For more information, contact Clare Morton at travel@wacatlanta.org. Prices start at $3,600 per person based on double occupancy. Click here for trip flyer and here for itinerary.
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 .

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