Week of August 17
2015 WACA National Conference
September Cover to Cover
Diplomacy Begins Here
Utah Council for Diplomacy New Executive Director
Columbus Council Posting
Weekly Highlights
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2015 WACA National Conference 
Leading America: Foreign Policy
Challenges and the 2016 Election
November 11-13, 2015
Washington, DC 

Held annually for over two decades, the WACA National Conference engages our Council leaders and members drawn from the business, civic, and education communities with leading policy-makers and experts.

Leading America: Foreign Policy Challenges and the 2016 Election  will provide original and essential insights. Keynote speakers and relevant panel discussion - on the Middle East, great power rivals Russia and China, the global economy, energy, and transnational challenges from cyber to migration - will frame the foreign policy agenda for candidates. Council programs in 2016 will be enriched by the policy conversations and networking that take place here.

Conference Registration
Save $30 - $100 by taking advantage of early-bird rates through September 11. 

Check out our new registration page! There, you can also find information about booking our special hotel group rates at the Fairfax at Embassy Row (hotel details are also provided below).

A new feature of this year's conference will be the opportunity to select and visit Washington, DC think tanks such as Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Peterson Institute for International Economics. For the full list of speakers, visit our registration page.

New Speakers Added

Jeffrey E. Garten
Dean Emeritus, Yale School of Management. Dean Garten will give the GREAT DECISIONS Keynote on Globalization  
Senior Adviser for Asia, CSIS

Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
For a list of confirmed speakers, click here.

Staying at The Fairfax
We have secured a special group rate at The Fairfax at Embassy Row.
  • Superior King: $249/night (Single/Double occupancy)
  • Superior Two Doubles: $269/night (Single/Double Occupancy)

The Fairfax at Embassy Row is conveniently located in the Dupont Circle area. A Washington, DC landmark, The Fairfax's intriguing history spans more than 80 years.

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To sponsor the 2015 WACA Conference, please contact Bill Clifford at 202-833-4557  for a complete list of benefits.
September Cover to Cover 
WACA's September Cover to Cover series will feature Ambassador Robert Jordan (bio) on his new book Desert Diplomat: Inside Saudi Arabia Following 9/11 . The call will be held Tuesday, September 8, at 2:00 PM ET . WACA President Bill Clifford will moderate the call.

Desert Diplomat discusses Jordan's political relationships and historic decisions in both Saudi Arabia and Washington between 2001-2003. While providing a candid and thoughtful assessment of the sometimes distressing dysfunction in the conduct of American foreign policy, warfare, and intelligence gathering, Jordan also offers important insights into the many changes occurring in this critical region, particularly Saudi Arabia.

August's Cover to Cover  hosted  Dominic Tierney , Swarthmore professor and author of  The Right Way to Lose a War: America in an Age of Unwinnable Conflicts The call was held on  Wednesday, August 5, at  2:00 PM ET and moderated by WACA President Bill Clifford. Listen to the call here.
Diplomacy Begins Here: Upcoming Summits
Global Ties U.S. and our members, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, are hosting a series of summits across the United States that will bring together local, national, and international leaders from the business, government, and nonprofit world.

Upcoming Summits

August 27: Manchester, NH hosted by the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire and  WorldBoston.
Utah Council for Diplomacy Names New Executive Director - Beth Martial
The Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy is pleased to announce that Beth Garstka Martial has been named as the new Executive Director for the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy. She brings with her over seven years in the humanitarian sector and has served on a number of boards and committees in the community. Currently, Beth serves on the City of Midvale's Community Council, the University of Utah's Bennion Center Advisory Board, and serves on Governor Herbert's Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission for the state of Utah that promotes diversity, equality and human rights.
Columbus Council on World Affairs Manager of Events & Public Programs Posting
The Columbus Council on World Affairs seeks to hire a Manager of Events and Public Programs to manage all aspects of the Council's events and public programs including Signature Luncheons, annual International Awards Ceremony, Global Scholars Diploma sessions, and more. 

The full description and application requirements can be found here. To apply, please email resume and cover letter including a) salary history for last three positions, b) three professional references, and c) start date availability to apply@columbusworldaffairs.org
Weekly Highlights
Monday, August 17
The World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts "The New Middle East Cold War." Details

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts "The Impact of U.S. - Cuba Normalization on Diplomacy in the Americas." Details

Tuesday, August 18
The Los Angeles World Affairs Council hosts "Screening: We Come as Friends." Details

Wednesday, August 19
The World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "Diplomat Luncheon: Consul General of the People's Republic of China." Details

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts "Sustaining the Start-up Nation: Israel as a Global Business Partner." Details

The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts "Summer Forum." Details

Thursday, August 20
The Peoria Area World Affairs Council hosts "Can the World Prevent Genocide?" Details

The Columbus Council on World Affairs hosts "Great Decisions Conversation." Details

The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts "Iran's Intrigue - A Report from Council Travelers." 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!


Mimi Gregory, Vice President, Naples Council on World Affairs, Grand Danube: August 8-23, 2015. 

Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum Stamford,  Vietnam and Cambodia: October 12-27, 2015. 

Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs Council of Northern California, Cuba: December 6-14, 2015.

Ambassador Mark Johnson, Board, Montana World Affairs Council, The Mediterranean Through the Centuries: October 14-25. 2015. 

Dr. Jerry W. Leach, Former President, World Affairs Councils of America, Turquoise Coast Cruise, October 27-November 4, 2015. 

Contact www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004 x209 or x217.

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