January 19, 2015
Hot Topics: Outlook for Cuba
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2016 WACA National Conference
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Hot Topics: Outlook for Cuba   
The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to present a Hot Topics conference call with James Williams, President of Engage Cuba next Tuesday, January 26, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET. 

December marked the first anniversary of renewed U.S.-Cuba engagement, sparked by President Obama's historic decision. Now, bipartisan congressional support is deepening to open trade and travel between the U.S. and Cuba. Join us for a conversation with James Williams to learn about the movement to completely lift the U.S. trade embargo, normalize relations, and improve Western Hemisphere relations.

James Williams is an experienced public policy advocate and political strategist who assembled and led an under-the-radar $3 million national campaign to successfully convince the Obama Administration to reform U.S.-Cuba relations. Prior to that Williams was the Director of Public Policy of Trimpa Group, a consulting firm where he managed a portfolio of state and federal government relations, strategic political consulting, and philanthropic and political investment advising for institutional and individual clients.
2016 Spring Leadership Meeting 
Save the Date! 

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce that the annual Spring Leadership Meeting for Council Executives, Staff, and Board Members will be hosted by The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston. 

This popular professional-development and networking event will take place March 17-18. We will announce hotel reservation, meeting registration, and agenda details shortly. 

We look forward to your participation! 
Cover to Cover  

February's Cover to Cover  will feature  innovation expert  Alec Ross  on his new book  The Industries of the Future,   on Thursday,  February 11, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.  

Ross served for four years as Senior Adviser for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and serves as an adviser to investors, corporations, and government leaders.

Save the date! 

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 Date/Time  TBD

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. 

April's Cover to Cover will feature Marc Lynch, political science and international affairs professor at George Washington University, on his new book The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle Easts, on Tuesday, April 26, 2:00-2:30 PM ET.  

Lynch served from 2009-2015 as director of the Institute for Middle East Studies. He is the founder and director of the Project on Middle East Political Science. He is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, and a contributing editor at the Monkey Cage blog for the Washington Post. He is the co-director of the Blogs and Bullets project at the United States Institute of Peace. 

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Academic WorldQuest 2016: Hotel Info. 

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

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

Stay tuned for competition registration and venue information, which we will announce very soon.   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. 
Council Highlights This Week

Tuesday, January 19

The Alabama World Affairs Council hosts "Korea-Win, Lose, or Draw?" Details 

The Juneau World Affairs Council hosts "'Three Minutes over Germany: Smilin' Thru'" Details 

The World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "Oil: Power, Conflict and Trade in a Natural Resource" Details 

The Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council hosts "The Challenges Facing World Order and International Public Opinion" Details

The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts "Borderless Economics: An Update from The Economist" Details 

The World Affairs Council of Palm Beach hosts "Cuba and the Castros: What to Expect " Details 

The World Affairs Council of Maine hosts "Journey to Lesbos: Migrants, Volunteers, and the Unfolding of a Human Tragedy" Details 

The World Affairs Council of Las Vegas hosts "Challenges & Opportunities Facing Sub-Saharan Africa Today" Details

The World Affairs Council of Seattle, Washington hosts "YPIN Spanish Conversation Group" Details

Wednesday, January 20

The World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "The Transformation of the Developing World" Details 

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts "Culture & Coffee Series - Navigating Asia" Details 

The Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts "Great Decision Discussion Series Kick-Off Event" Details

The World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts "Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World" Details

Thursday, January 21

The San Diego World Affairs Council hosts "Counter-terrorism through Finance Tracing" Details 

"The World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts "Does Europe Have a Future?" Details 

"The World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts "Living with the Bear: What Do We Do about Russia?" Details 

"The World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts "International Travel: Best Practices for a Safe Trip" Details 

The World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts "How Stuff Works" Details 

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council hosts "Britain at the Crossroads: The Future of British Politics" Details

The World Affairs Council of Austin hosts "Business Viewpoint of the TPP and other Trade Agreements" Details

The World Affairs Council of Houston hosts "Young Professionals - Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields and the New Politics of Latin America" Details

The World Affairs Council of Seattle, Washington hosts "YPIN January Networking: Melt the Freeze" Details

Friday, January 22

The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts "Amb. James Jeffrey: Turkey's Strategy in the Middle East Today" Details  

The Windham World Affairs Council hosts "The Power of Place: Encountering Auschwitz 70 Years After Liberation" Details

The World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts "Sustainability: An American Grand Strategy for the 21st Century" Details 

The Los Angeles World Affairs Council hosts "China and Its History" 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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