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2015 WACA National Conference
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Best Practices Teleconference
AWQ 2015/16
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Future of Korea
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2015 WACA National Conference 
Leading America: Foreign Policy
Challenges and the 2016 Election
November 11-13, 2015
Washington, DC 

Conference Registration - Early-Bird Pricing Ends Soon!
This year, early-bird rates are available until September 11
  • Non-member Early Bird: $495 
  • Council member Early Bird: $465
  • Council Board member Early Bird: $435
  • and more...

Confirmed Speakers include:

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

1918 Society Reception:
Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and member of the U.S. House of Representatives
Former WACA Chair

Dean Emeritus, Yale School of Management. Dean Garten will give the  GREAT DECISIONS Keynote on Future of Emerging Markets

Senior Associate, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Vice President and Director of the Foreign Policy Program,  Brookings Institution

Senior Associate,  East Asia Program,
The Stimson Center

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. A Washington, DC landmark, The Fairfax's intriguing history spans more than 80 years.

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Cover to Cover: Wednesday, September 9
September's Cover to Cover program will feature Ambassador Robert Jordan (bio) on his new book Desert Diplomat: Inside Saudi Arabia Following 9/11 . The call will be held Wednesday, September 9, at 2:00 PM ET . WACA President Bill Clifford will moderate the call.

Desert Diplomat  discusses Jordan's political relationships and historic decisions in both Saudi Arabia and Washington between  2001-2003 . While providing a candid and thoughtful assessment of the sometimes distressing dysfunction in the conduct of American foreign policy, warfare, and intelligence gathering, Jordan also offers important insights into the many changes occurring in this critical region, particularly Saudi Arabia.

Save the Dates!
Tuesday, October 13, at 2:00 PM ET : Steven  R. Weisman, Vice President at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, on The Great Tradeoff: Confronting Moral Conflicts in the Era of Globalization

Thursday, November 5, at 2:00 PM ET : Award-winning journalist Rena Pederson on The Burma Spring: Aung San Suu Kyi and the Struggle for the Soul of a Nation
Best Practices Teleconference: Thursday, September 10
International Day of Peace   is Monday, September 21. 

To learn about how to get involved in the 
#PeaceDayChallenge by promotin g Peace Day activities in your local communities and schools, please join this special conference call with  Ann-Louise Colgan Director of the  Global Peacebuilding Center at the United States Institute of Peace, Jennifer KimChicago Build the Peace Committee Chair at the Peace School, and 
Joyce Davis President & CEO of the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg.

The call will be held on 
Thursday, September 10, from 2:00-3:00 PM ET
AWQ 2015/16 Information Coming Soon!
Be on the lookout for a separate announcement this week. This will include the Study Guide, information on the Carlos and MalĂș Alvarez 2016 Academic WorldQuest National Competition, and more.
EU in the US Program Series
EU in the U.S. is administered in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States to raise awareness, knowledge, and understanding about EU policies, the EU's role as an international actor, and the value of the EU-U.S. relationship.  More Information.

Future of Korea Program Series
This collaboration with the  Korea Economic Institute of America    on the Future of Korea program series focuses on the economic and political situation on the Korean Peninsula as well as U.S.-Korea relations. More Information.

Weekly Highlights
Tuesday, September 8
The World Affairs Council of Northern California Hosts "International Forum Connect: Speed Networking" Details

The World Affairs Council of Maine hosts "Member Coffee and Discussion Group - The Migration Crisis in Europe" Details

The World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts "Agony & Hope in the Middle East" Details

The World Affairs Council of Houston Hosts "Around the World with Bob Gomel: More than Meets the Eye" Details

Wednesday, September 9
The San Diego World Affairs Council hosts "U.S.Foreign Policy in Central Asia" and "Faces of Power: Obama's Foreign Policy in Historical Perspective"  Details

The World Affairs Councils of Inland Southern California hosts "Reflecting on American Foreign Policy from Truman to Obama" Details

The World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts "The Iran Nuclear Deal - What's Next?" Details

The World Affairs Council - Washington, DC hosts "Should Congress Pass a Resolution of Disapproval of the Iran Nuclear Agreement? Details

WorldBoston hosts " Trade Deals: Perspectives on TPP and TTIP" Details

The World Affairs Council of Mid-Hudson Valley hosts "The U.S. & Russia Today: New Cold War, Hot War, or Reconciliation?" Details

The World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts "Counterinsurgency Issues" Details

The World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts "The United States Navy and National Security" Details

Thursday, September 10
The World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosts "Anti-Semitism: The Global Resurgence of an Ancient Scourge"  Details

WorldDenver hosts "Robin Wright: Iran and the U.S., What Now?" Details

The World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts "Sustaining the Planet - What must be done?" Details

The World Affairs Council of Central Illinois Hosts " U.S.-Cuba Relations: Will this thaw continue?" Details

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts "The Look of Silence" Documentary Screening Details " Details

The Minnesota International Center hosts "Global Conversations: Sectarianism in the Middle East" Details

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts "Changing Energy Landscape" Details

The Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts "Education-Oriented Non-Profits Operating Abroad: With HELP, COAR, and Bright Start Learning" Details

The World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts "Jewish Resistance Against the Nazis" Details

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts "Off the Radar: A Father's Secret, a Mother's Heroism, and a Son's Quest" Details

The World Affairs Council of Dallas, Fort Worth hosts " Jason Matthews - Out of the Secrecy, Into the Plot"  Details

The San Diego World Affairs Council hosts "Jordan: Stability in the Eye of Turmoil and Conflict"  Details
The World Affairs Council of Orange County Hosts "Premium Members Event: Private Luncheon with Dr. Seyom Brown" Details

The World Affairs Council of Rhode Island hosts "U.S. and Russia: Competitors, Collaborators, or Enemies?" Details

Friday, September 11
The World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts "The Nordic Countries: Who Are They and What Makes Them Special?" 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!
Kay Maxwell , Executive Director, World Affairs Forum Stamford, Vietnam and CambodiaOctober 12 - 27, 2015

Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs Council of Northern California, CubaDecember 6 14, 2015.
Ambassador Mark Johnson , Board, Montana World Affairs Council, The Mediterranean Through the Centuries: October 14 - 25, 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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