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SIGN UP NOW!  2015 National Conference 
Leading America: Foreign Policy
Challenges and the 2016 Election
November 11-13, 2015
Washington, DC 

Confirmed Speakers include:   
Leadership Day Keynote   
President, The Maccoby Group

Author, Strategic Intelligence: Conceptual Tools for Leading Change

Executive Director, Eden Hall Foundation
Member, WACA Board of Directors 

Leadership Day: How to Cultivate Support from Foundations 

Caryn Stein  
Vice President,  Network for Good

Leadership Day: Innovative Fundraising  

Ambassadors  Luncheon Keynote:
Chairman, Goldman Sachs' International Advisors, Former President of the World Bank Group and U.S. Trade Representative

Keynote: Syria in Crisis
Founder and Director 
Organization for Democracy and Freedom in Syria 

Conference Speakers' Books -- Pre-Order Today! 

"Strategic Intelligence: Conceptual Tools for Leading Change" by Dr. Michael Maccoby pre-order price: $25

"Doomed to Succeed: The U.S. - Israel Relationship From Truman to Obama" by Amb. Dennis Ross, pre-order price $22  

These books will be on sale at the conference. For your convenience, you may now pre-order them at a discounted price from our event website (registration section) and pick them up at the Conference. 

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. 

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Featured Speaker:   Melanie Schmidt, Principal of Timpano Group LLC. Schmidt  has more than 20 years of professional experience and offers expertise in management consulting, facilitation design, group dynamics, organizational strategy, brand development, and communications.

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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.

Councils:  Please register your local competition by submitting your  Pledge Form  by October 31

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November Cover to Cover 
Our monthly  Cover to Cover  conference call  will feature award-winning journalist and former speechwriter for the  Department of State Rena Pederson   on  The Burma Spring: Aung San Suu Kyi and the Struggle for the Soul of a Nation. The call will take place on Thursday, November 5, at 2:00 PM ET.    

Historic general elections will take place in Myanmar (Burma) on November 8, 2015.  Rena Pederson ( Full Bio ) brings to light fresh details about the charismatic Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, the inspiration for the country's first steps towards democracy. Suu Kyi's party will be a major contender in the elections, a breakthrough after years of military dictatorship. Using exclusive interviews with Suu Kyi since her release from 15 years of house arrest, as well as recently disclosed diplomatic cables, Pederson uncovers new facets to Suu Kyi's extraordinary story. 
Council Highlights This Week  
Monday, October 26
WorldDenver hosts "U.S.-Russia Relations: Challenges and Opportunities"  Details
The World Affairs Council of Washington, DC hosts "WorldQuest Pub Quiz"  Details
The Vermont Council on World Affairs hosts "Africa: Ten Mega Trends Impacting the Continent"  Details
The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts "HBO Premiere - The Diplomat"  Details
The World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts "Implementing the Iran Agreement: Next Steps"  Details

Tuesday, October 27 
The World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities hosts "A Norwegian Arctic Explorer"  Details
The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts "Breaking Up Has Been Hard to Do: Yugoslavia as a Case Study" Details
The Minnesota International Center hosts "Chuseok Social: Beginning of Our Year of Korea"  Details
The World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts "An Evening with Singapore's Ambassador Ashok Kumar Mirpuri"  Details
The Dayton Council on World Affairs hosts "20 Years of the Dayton Peace Accords: Peace or Just Stability?"  Details
The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts "The Republican Presidential Candidates and Foreign Policy"  Details
The World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts "Educator Workshop: Bringing the World to the Classroom through Film"  Details   ; and   "The Future of International Trade"  Details
The Institute of World Affairs (Milwaukee) hosts "Financing Study Abroad 101"  Details

The World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "From Bitcoin to WikiLeaks: Shaping the World in the Digital Age" 

Wednesday, October 28 
The Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts "Meet and Greet with CCWA"  Details
The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts "Hacked: Inside the Minds of International Cyber Criminals"  Details
The World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "Tom Friedman: Global Forces Breaking All the Trends" Details
The World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads hosts "6th Annual Ryan C. Crocker Global Citizen of the Year Award"  Details

Thursday, October 29
The World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts "Community Forum: Refugees in Europe" Details
The World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts "Exciting Progress and Harsh Realities in the Race to Low-Carbon Energy"  Details
The Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts "Nonviolent Strategies: Can They Work Against ISIS?"  Details
The Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts "Israel Public Diplomacy Forum"  Details
The World Affairs Forum (Stamford, CT) hosts "Annual Global Economic Trends Lecture"  Details
The Vermont World Affairs Council hosts "The Babushkas of Chernobyl"  Details
WorldBoston Hosts "Balancing Cybersecurity and Privacy in the Digital Age"  Details
The World Affairs Council of Austin hosts "Ted Carpenter Discusses Perilous Partners"  Details 
The San Diego World Affairs Council hosts "UN Resolution 1325: 15th Anniversary" Details; and  "Democratic Rule in Eastern Europe"  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. Carla Thorson , Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs Council of Northern California,  Cuba December  6  14, 2015.

Dr. Jerry W. Leach,  former President, World Affairs Councils of America, Legends of the Nile: February 23 - March 5, 2016.
Jim Falk , President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Inside MoroccoMarch 4 - 17, 2016.
Ambassador Heather Hodges , President & Ambassador-in-Residence, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Lima & the AmazonApril 16 - 24, 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.
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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