February 16 , 2016
2016 Spring Leadership Meeting
Cover to Cover
Academic WorldQuest
2016 WACA National Conference
World Affairs Councils Highlights
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2016 Spring Leadership Meeting 
Houston, Texas 

Thursday, March 17, and Friday, March 18

The World Affairs Councils of America is delighted to invite Member Council executives, staff, and board members to the 2016 
Spring Leadership Meeting . As those of you who have attended past meetings in Atlanta, San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Denver know, the program provides a unique, concentrated opportunity to network with fellow Council leaders and discuss best practices, covered in a variety of workshops.

The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston will host this year's meeting, starting with a Welcome Reception on Thursday evening, March 17, at the home of Dr. Stephen Kramer, CEO of Fabre-Kramer Pharmaceuticals and a Houston Council board member. A guest speaker on the global oil market will be announced soon.  

Thursday, March 17

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Home of Dr. Stephen Kramer
119 Carnarvon Drive
Houston, TX 77024

Speaker: TBD
Friday, March 18

8:30 AM-3:00 PM  (tentative) 
Hilton Houston Post Oak
San Felipe Room
2001 Post Oak Boulevard
Houston, TX 77024
Agenda TBD 

OpTIONAL: 2016 Houston Livestock Show & RODEo
Friday, March 18

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
NRG Center
Three NRG Park
Houston, TX 77054


$50.00 per person
Price includes Reception, Leadership Meeting program & lunch 

A room block has been arranged for Council participants at $169 plus tax per night (complimentary breakfast and high-speed Internet included) at the Hilton Houston Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX 77024.

Reserve your rooms at the WAC Greater Houston/WACA hotel website here. The group code "WAC" is provided.

Be sure to register and reserve your rooms early. And please share with the WACA National Office your thoughts on agenda topics. E-mail your suggestions to Lian Esehaki at lesehaki@worldaffairscouncils.org.
Cover to Cover Author Series 

Cover to Cover  in March will present New York Times bestselling author Clyde Prestowitz   on his new book Japan Restored: How Japan Can Reinvent Itself and Why This Is Important for America and the World, on  Tuesday, March 15, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET

Prestowitz is founder and President of the Economic Strategy Institute. He has played key roles in achieving congressional passage of NAFTA and in shaping the final content of the Uruguay Round, as well as providing the intellectual basis for current U.S. trade policies toward Japan, China, and Korea. He is the author of many books including  Trading Places (1988) which  revolutionized the thinking about Japan's economic miracle and its relationship with the United States.

COUNCIL LEADERS: Please share this opportunity with your members and supporters as a free benefit!
REGISTER Teams for Academic WorldQuest 2016

The Carlos and MalĂș Alvarez 2016 Academic WorldQuest National Competition will be held in Washington, DC on April 22-23

Register Your AWQ Team Now! Local champion teams of Academic WorldQuest competitions hosted by World Affairs Councils around the country  must complete this Registration Form by March 15, 2016 in order to participate in the April 22-23 National Competition.

Hotel Reservations:  
To utilize our special hotel rates, book your room now at the Washington Hilton hotel! For reservations click here.

Competition Location: This year's competition will take place at  The National Press Club

For the 2015-2016 AWQ Study Guide,  click here

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2016 WACA National Conference  
Save the Date! 

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce that its 2016 National Conference will take place on November 16-18, at The Capital Hilton

This distinguished hotel is  located in the heart of Washington, DC - just two blocks from the White House. Convenient to three Metro stations and Ronald Reagan National Airport, the hotel is within walking distance of museums and memorials, theaters and art galleries, shopping, dining, nightlife, and more. 

Stay tuned for further announcements on National Conference speakers, hotel reservation, and other program details. 
World Affairs Councils Highlights 

Tuesday, February 16

Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council hosts "Keith Luse: North Korea and the World: What's Next?" Details

World Affairs Council of Central Florida hosts "Global Perspectives: Greece, Europe and Youth Activism"  Details

Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy hosts "David P. Fidler - Cyberspace in Peace and War"  Details

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts "The Lovers: Afghanistan's Romeo and Juliet" Details 

Los Angeles World Affairs Council hosts "The Philippines and Security in East Asia" Details

Wednesday, February 17

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts "TMS Global Spotlight: The Rise of ISIS - A 2016 Great Decisions Topic" Details

World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts "Global Economic Outlook 2016"  Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts "YPIN Global Leader Dinner with Congressman Jim McDermott" Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "Towards Employment and Democracy: Development in Southern Africa"  Details

Foreign Policy Association hosts "Great Decisions Lecture Series: The Prospects for Korean Reunification"  Details  

WorldDenver hosts "Keith Luse on North Korea" Details 

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts "Mass Incarceration and Justice in America" Details 

Thursday, February 18

Savannah Council on World Affairs hosts "Hard Choices for Brazil... Again!" Details

Alaska World Affairs Council hosts "WorldMatters: How I ended up Working on Ebola - The Journeys of Two Alaskan Doctors" Details 

World Affairs Council of Las Vegas hosts "From Dictatorship to Democracy: What Does It Take?" Details

World Affairs Council of Rhode Island hosts "A Forum on Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the Diaspora in Rhode Island"  Details 

Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts "A Conversation on Diplomacy with U.S. Ambassador Gentry O. Smith" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts "George Friedman - The Emerging Crisis in Europe" Details 

International Affairs Forum (Traverse City) hosts "Germany: Merkel's High Stakes Gamble" Details 

Peoria Area World Affairs Council hosts "Korea: A Nation Divided" Details 

Friday, February 19

The Naples Council on World Affairs hosts "The World in 2016: Perspectives on Regional Security" Details 

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts "Turbulent Markets: What's ahead for the U.S. and Global Economy?"  Details

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts "Can America have another Great President? No, and We Don't Want One" Details

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts "The Future of Kurdistan" Details

Windham World Affairs Council hosts "The Paris Climate Agreement: Emissions Accomplished?" 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 AffairsCruising the Rivieras & Islands of France, Spain and ItalyOctober 5 - 13, 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.
Contact  www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004 x209 or x217.

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