December 14, 2015
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Cover to Cover in December 
More than 200 people registered - a new record! - for our  Cover to Cover   conference call  featuring William McCants  on his new book, The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State. The call will take place this Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

President Obama, in a rare Oval Office address Sunday, vowed to intensify air strikes against the Islamic State, yet put forth no new policy prescriptions. The Islamic State is one of the most lethal and successful jihadist groups in modern history, surpassing even al-Qaeda. The ISIS Apocalypse is based almost entirely on primary sources in Arabic-including ancient religious texts and secret al-Qaeda and Islamic State letters that few have seen. The book explores how religious fervor, strategic calculation, and doomsday prophecy shaped the Islamic State's past and foreshadow its dark future.

William McCants is the Director of the project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution, and a fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy. He is an adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University and has held various government and think tank positions related to Islam, the Middle East, and terrorism. He served as a U.S. State Department senior adviser for countering violent extremism, and held positions as program manager of the Minerva Initiative for the Department of Defense; an analyst at the Institute for Defense Analyses, the Center for Naval Analyses, and SAIC. ( Full Bio)  

COUNCIL LEADERS: Please share this opportunity with your members and supporters as a free benefit!
Action alert: IRS rule change for nonprofits    
The World Affairs Councils of America is calling on all our Councils' leaders and Board members to take action now against a new IRS proposal that would require some nonprofits to  report of donors' Social Security numbers and the amount donated by them. T his "voluntary" reporting regime would negatively impact nonprofit organizations. To better understand the consequences check out this article ('Never' is the better answer).

By having nonprofit organizations collect social security numbers, the IRS will be opening organizations - and their board members as fiduciaries - to significant liability and place a tremendous burden on nonprofit organizations to invest heavily in cybersecurity measures to protect this valuable data from hackers. It will also create confusion, alarm, and distrust among potential donors who may - as a result - choose not to support our important missions.  

The IRS is asking the public for feedback on this proposed new law, due by December 16. The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan has already taken the initiative; follow their lead and speak out (see sample letter).    

The BoardSource community along with its partner The National Council of Nonprofits has developed and posted free materials on its website for you, including an analysis, various talking points, and sample comments

BoardSource Training Webinar 
A Path to Sustainability 

This webinar aims to explore a process that boards can use to develop sets of questions that will help them view their organization's sustainability through a broader set of indicators. This webinar aims to explore a process that boards can use to develop sets of questions that will help them view their organization's sustainability through a broader set of indicators.

Featured Speaker:    Lyn Corbett  a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer, is president of The Pivotal Group Consultants Inc., a California-based consulting firm providing organizational development and executive coaching services to nonprofit organizations and executives across the country. Lyn is also an adjunct professor for the School of Management at the University of San Francisco, where he teaches graduate courses in nonprofit administration on governance, leadership, and strategy. 

The WACA Board and National Office has made it possible for all Councils to take advantage and sign up for complimentary BoardSource membership. By doing so, all Council leaders, staff, and Board members will be able to register for this webinar, and enjoy an array of benefits that will help strengthen your Council's performance!

This BoardSource webinar will be held 
Wednesday, December 16, at 2:00-3:00 pm ET

If you have activated your BoardSource membership, simply
Spotlight on Turkey 
Now accepting applications for 2016: due December 18  

Spotlight on Turkey, sponsoredby the Turkish Cultural Foundation in collaboration with the World Affairs Councils of America runs a full calendar year and focuses on giving an overview of Turkey's rich culture. It consists of a spring Teacher Workshop, a Teacher Study Tour in the summer, and public cultural programs in the fall. More Information

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WAC Oregon President Farewell    
Maria Wulff, President of the  World Affairs Council of Oregon,  has announced her resignation, effective March 31, 2016.  Maria has made significant contributions not only to her local Council community in Portland and the State of Oregon but also to the national Council network over her more than 20 years of leadership. For WACA,  Maria's farewell letter is bittersweet, indeed. Luckily, we won't have to start missing her for a few months yet! 

If you are interested in becoming the next President of the World Affairs Council of Oregon, then check out the position details and requirements herePosition open until filled. Application review begins December 18, 2015.  As Maria says, "There's an opportunity for someone else to have the best job in Oregon and/or the world." 
Vermont Council's Leadership Change   
The Board of Directors of the Vermont Council on World Affairs has announced the appointment of  Patricia Preston  as Executive Director, effective January 1, 2016. She will succeed Dr. Gail Stevenson, who will retire after more than six successful years at the helm of the organization.

Patricia Preston currently serves as Assistant Director of the VCWA. A native of Randolph VT, Patricia is a graduate of UVM in education and holds a master's degree in international education from NYU. She studied also in England and has traveled extensively around the world, including as a teacher and curriculum developer in Tanzania.  She worked for both the United Nations on women's issues and the U.S. State Department's Office of Global Food Security. Patricia is also President and Founder of Las Mariposas, a nonprofit that provides nutrition and hygiene education to children in rural Guatemala. "I'm pleased to help continue to develop an organization I'm already so proud to be a part of," she said. "Gail has been an invaluable part of this organization and will be sorely missed; yet, I look to the future of the VCWA with excitement."  

Dr. Gail Stevenson will continue her consulting work on climate change in the cryosphere (the earth's ice and cold regions) with the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative in Hinesburg and will continue her work with the Howard Center, where she will become board chair next year. "Global affairs has been my passion my entire life," she said, "and the VCWA has been a leader in bringing the world to Vermont, and Vermont to the world." 
Academic WorldQuest 2015-2016 
Information for this year's Academic WorldQuest program is now available!

Click here for the Study Guide, information on the  Carlos and MalĂș Alvarez 2016 Academic WorldQuest National Competition, and more.

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Council Highlights This Week
Monday, December 14

The World Affairs Forum (Stamford) hosts "Warriors for Change in Tanzania"  Details

The World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts "5th Anniversary Founders Day Dinner" 

The World Affairs Council - Washington DC hosts "Embassy Series at the Embassy of Afghanistan"  Details

The International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts "The World According to Putin"  Details

The World Affairs Council of Richmond hosts "Al-Qaeda and ISIS: Which Is the Greater Danger?"   Details

The World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts "Germany's New Role in Europe and the World"  Details

Tuesday, December 15

The World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "Keeping Our Cool: UN Climate Conference Results?"  Details

The World Affairs Council of Palm Beach hosts "How to Handle China"  Details

The World Affairs Council of Maine hosts "Coffee From Africa: Economics, Politics, and Taste"  Details

WorldBoston hosts "Empire Strikes Back: The Russo-Ukrainian Conflict in Historical Perspective"  Details

The Columbus Council on World Affairs hosts "Global Fluency Training"  Details

The Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council hosts "Women Leaders Promoting Peace and Security"  Details

The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts "The Triumph of William McKinley"  Details

The World Affairs Council of Houston hosts "U.S. and Saudi Arabia after 9/11"  Details

The Richmond World Affairs Council hosts "Roundtable Meeting with Uzbek Ambassador"   Details

The World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley hosts "International Political Cartooning"  Details

Wednesday, December 16

The San Diego World Affairs Council hosts "Turkey in the Crucible: The Ascendancy of Erdogan" Details

The World Affairs Council of Washington DC hosts Pragmatism vs. Policy: The U.S. Approach towards Refugees"  Details

The Foreign Policy Association hosts "The New Trans-National Role of the Supreme Court with Justice Stephen Breyer"  Details

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts "Turkish Cultural Night"  Details

The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg hosts "Update on the Holy Land"  Details

Thursday, December 17

The World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts "Luncheon with Consul General of Israel in New York Ambassador Ido Ahroni"  Details

The Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts "Home for the Holidays: Ethiopia Spotlight"  Details

The San Diego World Affairs Council hosts "History, Culture, and Recent Developments in Mongolia"  Details

Friday, December 18

The World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "The UN Climate Summit and the Future of U.S.-China Collaboration"

The Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts "Togo Spotlight"  Details; and " Botswana Spotlight"  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!
Dr. Jerry W. Leach , Former President, World Affairs Council of America,  Legends of the Nile February 23 - March 5, 2016.

Megan Torrey,  President, World Affairs Councils of Connecticut (Hartford), Cultural CubaMarch 13 - 21, 2016 .
Ambassador Heather Hodges , President & Ambassador-in-Residence, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Cuba Cruise: March 27 - April 5, 2016.
Mimi Gregory , V ice President and Program Chairman,  Naples Council on World Affairs, Cruising the Rivieras & Islands of France, Spain and ItalyOctober 5 - 13, 2016.
Dr. Clara 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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