May 8, 2017
Cover to Cover
6th Annual Atlanta Summit on Global Health: Focus on Women and Adolescent Girls
Future of Korea
America's Diplomats
WACA Leadership and Board Meetings
Director of Development Job Announcement
KNOW NOW Podcast
Cover to Cover Podcast
World Affairs Councils Highlights
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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.)
6 th  Annual Atlanta Summit on Global Health: Focus on Women and Adolescent Girls

The World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts the 6th Annual Atlanta Summit on Global Health: Focus on Women and Adolescent Girls. A dolescent girls and young women in low-income countries comprise a highly vulnerable population. Their health and life chances heavily impact the future of their societies. Atlanta's Global Health Summit will examine the issues surrounding adolescent girls and women by addressing topics such as economic inclusion, access to education and women's empowerment. The summit will feature the newly released report of the CSIS Task Force on Women's and Family Health, which proposes a major U.S. initiative to expand the delivery of four proven health interventions to adolescent girls and young women. Several experts will be hosted as speakers and moderators for the event. 

Check out conference updates on social media hereClick here for the full agenda.
Future of Korea 2017: Program Launch

WACA is pleased to roll out the Future of Korea 2017 program, sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute. The first event in the series will be held Tuesday, May 9, by the  Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council.

Panelists will include Will Cobb of the U.S. Department of State, Jang Hyun Kim, Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the United States, and Mark Tokola, Vice President at the Korea Economic Institute
America's Diplomats - Program Events  

This past Thursday, the America's Diplomats film screening and discussion program series officially began with an event hosted by the Santa Fe Council on International Relations

On Thursday, May 11 Institute of World Affairs (Milwaukee)  will continue the series with an event featuring Ambassador Peter Romero, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State. Many thanks to our program series sponsor,  the  American Academy of Diplomacy .
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! 
Director of Development Job Announcement 

World Affairs Councils of America seeks a Director of Development.

The Director is responsible for planning, organizing , and implementing all of the World Affairs Councils of America's fundraising, including: major gifts; flagship programs and special events; planned giving; and capital campaigns. The ideal candidate will have a solid record of fundraising and development success. S/he will be a strategic and results-oriented leader who will articulate and implement a plan to advance WACA by expanding and diversifying its funding sources and relationships. The Director works closely with the President & CEO and the WACA National Board of Directors in all development and fundraising endeavors. 

Full job posting available here. Please circulate within your network. 
KNOW NOW Podcast Available

Our recent KNOW NOW conference call series featured Faisal Gill, a Burlington, VT attorney who 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. Gill later switched political parties, moved to California, where he volunteered for Democratic campaigns, and then moved again to Vermont.   Learn more about President Trump's revised travel and refugee ban, the Democratic Party's agenda in Bernie Sanders' adopted state, and more. Listen to the podcast

Thank you to Tricia Preston, Executive Director of the Vermont Council on World Affairs, who moderated this KNOW NOW conference call

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, using our national conference call platform to bring local and national issues of global dimensions to our network.

Council CEOs: we welcome your recommendations of local speakers and invite you to moderate KNOW NOW calls. Please contact Tori Baskind with your ideas at
Podcast Available Now: Cover to Cover Author Series

WACA hosted  Howard W. French Associate Professor of Journalism at Columbia University,  on his new book,  Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power , for April's Cover to Cover conference call. Listen to the podcast.

French wrote from Africa for The Washington Post, and at The New York Times he was bureau chief in Central America and the Caribbean, West and Central Africa, Japan, and China. He is the recipient of two Overseas Press Club awards and a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee. 
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, May 8
World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Ambassador Charles Shapiro, President of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President of the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, moderator Helene Gayle, Chief Executive Officer at McKinsey Social Initiative, and more at the 6th Annual Atlanta Summit on Global Health: Focus on Women and Adolescent Girls Details

World Affairs Council of New Orleans hosts Dr. Bulent Aliriza, Director of the Turkey Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, on "Crisis in Turkey: Internal Strife and External Difficulties" Details

Columbia World Affairs Council hosts a luncheon featuring Dolly Chewning, International Sales and Marketing Manager at the South Carolina's Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, on "Bringing the World to South Carolina" Details

World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley hosts Jean-Claude Fourere, professor at the School of Management at Marist College, to facilitate discussion on "Trade, Jobs, and Politics" Details
World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts a discussion group on "The Looming Issues in U.S.-China Trade Relations" Details
Tuesday, May 9

Alabama World Affairs Council hosts Christopher Hemmer, professor of International Security Studies and the Dean of the Air War College; Mark Conversino, professor of Strategy and Security of Studies at the Air Force's elite School of Advanced Air and Space Studies; and Dawn Murphy, Assistant Professor of International Security Studies at the U.S. Air War College, on "Report to Alabama on Regional Tours" Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Eliot Cohen, former senior advisor to George W. Bush; Robert Osgood, Professor at the School of Advanced international Studies at John Hopkins University; and moderator Stephen Krasner, Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Hoover Institution and Senior Associate Dean for the Social Sciences at the School of Humanities and Science at Stanford University on "The Big Stick: A Conversation with Dr. Eliot Cohen anoud the Use of Force" Details

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts a "Diplomatic Corps Luncheon" with His Excellency Henne Schuwer, Dutch Ambassador to the United States Details

Global Minnesota hosts John Engelen, Vice President of Government Affairs for CHS, on "Global Trade Insights and Networking" Details

Foreign Policy Association hosts William Evanina, Director of National Counterintelligence and Security Center at Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Charles McGonigal, Special Agent in Charge at the Counterintelligence Divisions in the New York Field Office at the FBI, and moderator Theodore Roosevelt IV, Managing Director at the Barclays Capital Corporation, on "Foreign Influence Operations and Counterintelligence" Details

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts: Rolando Pablos, Texas Secretary of State, Adrian Farrell, Consul General of Ireland, Frank Coppersmith, President of Blank Media Games, Fred Schmidt, Director of international Affairs at Capital Factory, Thomas Lambert, Deputy Chief of the Belgian Mission to the U.S., Umesh Verma, CEO of Blue Lance, Inmaculada Gutierrez, Commissioner of Spanish Trade, and Dr. Martin Hinoul, Business Development Manager at K.U. Leuven Research and Development at the "6th Annual Texas- European Union Business Summit" Details

World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities hosts the "Annual Quad Cities World Cultures Festival." The event will feature a variety of cultural performances, educational exhibits, and ethnic food Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/ Fort Worth hosts David Flavell, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for PepsiCo, Former Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Asia, Middle East, and Africa for PepsiCo; Ambassador Robert Jordan, former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; John Lonsberg, Partner in Charge at Baker Botts LLP Middle East Office; and moderator, David Emmons, Partner at Baker Botts LLP, on "In-Country Business Insights: The Arabian Peninsula, Reflections from Business, Government and Legal Perspectives" Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations as well as author and moderator Lori Punke, President of the Washington Council on International Trade, on Alden's  book, entitled "Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Economy" Details

Wednesday, May 10

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts General Barry McCaffrey, retired General in the United States Army and recipient of three Purple Heart Medals, 2 Distinguished Service Crosses, and 2 Silver Stars, and a national security and terrorism analyst for NBC News, as well as moderator, Karl Ege, Director of the 20-20 Investment Association on "Current National Security Priorities" Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and moderator Jane Wales, CEO at the World Affairs and Global Philanthropy Forum and Vice President of the Aspen Institute on Alden's book, entitled "Failure to Adjust: Americans Left Behind in the Global Economy" Details

Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts Amanda Metcalfe, Instructor at the United States Air Force Academy for a reception and evening program on "Kurdish Resiliency: Women Rising Up" Details

The World Affairs Forum hosts Dr. Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, on "Japan's Strategic Calculus" Details

WorldBoston hosts Jonathan Addleton, Diplomat, Former U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia, and Author, on his book " The Dust of Kandahar Details

Global Minnesota hosts Tom Hanson, former U.S. Foreign Service Officer, on "Global Conversations: Saudi Arabia in Transition" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Dr. Jose Esparza, Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Current President of the Global Virus Network, for a luncheon meeting on "The Global Challenge of Confronting Emerging Epidemics: From AIDS to Zika and Beyond" Details

Thursday, May 11

World Affairs Council of Delaware hosts Susan Glasser, POLITICO'S Chief International Affairs Columnist and Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent for the New York Times covering President Trump, on "Journalism under the Trump Administration" Details

World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosts a panel of speakers: Dr. Jeffrey F. Addicott, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Terrorism Law, St. Mary's University School of Law, Brigadier General Mitchel Butikofer, Vice Commander of the Twenty-Fourth Air Force, a representative from the United States Air Force, and a representative from the National Security Agency on "Cyber Security and Foreign Policy" Details

World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts Dr. Robert Ballard, founder and President of the Ocean Exploration Trust, Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, and Commissioner for the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy as the keynote speaker at its "2017 Luminary Award" event Details

Savannah Council on World Affairs hosts author Paul Kan, Professor of National Security Studies at the U.S. Army War College, on his book " Drug Trafficking and International Security, Drugs, and Contemporary Warfare and Cartels at War " Details

Columbus Council on World Affairs hosts Lori Murray, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, on "Russia, Putin and the World Order" Details

World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts Minoru Wakabayshi, resident director and head of the Liaison Unit and Ulrike Schaede, Director of the Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology at University of California San Diego, on "Growing Together from Shared Roots: Inside the Merger of the Standard and Meiji Yasuda" Details

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Munir Akram, former Ambassador of Pakistan to the United Nations, on "The United States and Pakistan: Perhaps the World's Greatest 'Frenemies'" Details

World Affairs Council of Rhode Island hosts Jennifer Harris, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and former Economic Strategist at the U.S. Department of State, on "War by Other Means: Geo-Economics and Statecraft in U.S./China Relations" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/ Fort Worth hosts Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Culture at Harvard University on "The Importance of Cultural and Religious Literacy: The Case of Islam" Details

Friday, May 12

Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Kare Aas, Norwegian Ambassador to the U.S.; Morten Brugard, Senior Advisor at Innovation Norway; Kristina Woolston, Vice President of External Relations for Quintillion;  and Devany Plentovich, Program Manager for Biomass and Combined Heat and Power for the Alaska Energy Authority, on "How Cool is That?: Innovation in the Arctic" Details

World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts Harley Shaiken, Director of the Center for Latin American Studies on "NAFTA and TPP: What They Are, Their Potential Impact, and Effectiveness" Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts the 2017 Europe Day luncheon featuring  Nico Lange, Director of Konrad Adenauer Foundation; Martin Richenhagen, Chairman and CEO of AGCO Corporation; and Consul General Detlev Ruenger, Consulate General of Germany in Atlanta, on "All Eyes on Germany" Details

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts Charles Bierbauer, former Political Correspondent and current Dean and Professor at the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies, on "How Media Affects the Formation and Execution of Foreign Policy" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/ Fort Worth hosts Neil Ghosh, Executive Vice President at the Global Fund for Children; Marijana Savic, Founder and Director of NGO Atina, Belgrade, Serbia; and Bahati Kanyamanza, co-founder of COBURWAS International Youth Organization, for a breakfast and program on "The Global Fund for Children: Trusting in the Power of Local" Details
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
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