December 3, 2018
December Newsletter
WACA Chairman on Bush 41; President's Letter; Conference Speakers of Note; ASG Speaker Availability; WACSA's New Interim Executive Director; Travel with Councils; plus News!
WACA Chairman Roman Popadiuk Remembers George H.W. Bush

President George H.W. Bush distinguished himself with his strength of character, decency, and dedication to public service. He stands as an inspiration to all Americans. 

His leadership helped liberate Kuwait, bring an end to the Cold War, led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the unification of Germany, and a Europe whole and free. At home, he reached a historic budget deal, passed the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, and brought heightened awareness for the role of volunteerism with the Points of Light program.

His legacy of strong leadership at home and abroad is well recognized and greatly appreciated. Moreover, he leaves a lasting impression on our political life. His political career was marked by decency, civility and respect for adversaries, and for hearing the views of all. It is a legacy that we all respect and admire.

-- Roman Popadiuk
Chairman, WACA Board of Directors
President's Letter
Dear Council Leaders, Friends, and Supporters:

I begin December by visiting three Councils this week - an unusual tour for me, and one that involves exciting activities and affords the opportunity to interact with local Council Boards, staff, and members, make observations, and receive feedback on national programs such as last month's WACA Conference.

Today, I'm with the Naples Council on World Affairs, which is hosting the third in a series of WACA programs supported by the United States Institute of Peace. Ambassador William Taylor, USIP's Executive Vice President will speak on Peacebuilding for National Security. He will also visit a local high school which participates in Academic WorldQuest. USIP is a sponsor of WACA's Academic WorldQuest and will host our National Competition next April.

From Naples, I travel to New Mexico where I will attend the opening of Santa Fe Council on International Relations' Journalism under Fire Conference. On Thursday, I will give a talk on Japan, America, and the New Nationalism at the World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay Area.

I want to thank these Councils for their dedication and gracious hospitality, and I want to congratulate all Member Councils on their excellent programming and educational activities in 2018.

Happy Holidays,
Bill Clifford,WACA President and CEO
Notable WACA 2018 Conference Speakers
We thought you'd be interested in the following:
Richard Fontaine
President, Center for a New American Study
Fontaine writes about George H.W. Bush's restraint and foreign policy success here.
State Secretary Andreas Michaelis
German Federal Foreign Office
Did you miss Secretary Michaelis' speech at the 2018 WACA National Conference? Read his full remarks here.
Laura De lgado López , Editor-In-Chief, Space Policy Journal
2018 National Conference Space Policy panelist López visited WAC Pittsburgh on November 30 to speak at its 38th annual World Affairs Affairs Institute for Student Leaders focused on  Exploring the New Space Age. She served as keynote speaker, on Space Policy: Adapting to Change, Anticipating the Future .
Derek Scissors
Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Scissors, consultant of the Trump Administration, discusses the G20 Summit with Fox's Business Network here .
Albright Stonebridge Group VPs Available for Speaking Engagements
In partnership wit h Albright Stonebridge Group, we're pleased to present the following speakers. Please contact WACA President Bill Clifford if you are interested in scheduling engagements with them.
Sumona Guha
Vice President, Europe Practice, Albright Stonebridge Group
Guha served as White House special adviser on Europe and at the State Department as special assistant for Europe. She also served at the U.S. embassies in Paris and Moscow. 

Molly Montgomery
Vice President, Europe Practice, Albright Stonebridge Group
Montgomery joined ASG a few months ago from the White House, where she was special adviser on Europe. She also was Deputy Director of Eastern European Affairs at the State Department and a Career Foreign Service Officer.

John Hughes
Vice President, Europe Practice, Albright Stonebridge Group
Hughes served as Deputy Director of sanction po licy and in the Office of Korean Affairs and Bureau of Consular Affairs at the State Department
Colorado Springs WAC Features Panel for 2018 Future of Korea Series
Colorado Springs World Affairs Council will present a Future of Korea program featuring a panel of experts tomorrow, December 4. CSWAC's program is the last of eight in WACA's Engage America: Future of Korea 2018 program series, generously funded by the Korea Economic Institute.
WAC San Antonio Names Interim Executive Director Tim Farrell
World Affairs Council of San Antonio has selected Tim Farrell as its Interim Executive Director. He succeeds Leslie Palmer, who had led WACSA since 2016. His career runs deep through high-ranking military service; advisory roles in San Antonio’s Veterans Affairs Commission, Summer of Service (SOS), and as one of the “Veterans for Smart Power” within the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; and Chief Operating Officer roles within Operation Homefront and The DoSeum.
Travel to Qatar and Oman with WAC Greater Houston
The  World Affairs Council of Greater Houston  is offering a trip to Qatar and Oman  February 15-24, 2019 Experience magnificent Doha, the Museum of Islamic Art, enchanting Muscat, and a desert excursion in Wahiba Sands. The trip will be coordinated in collaboration with Diana Untermeyer, Cultural Adviser of the Qatar-America Institute.  Apply  here .
UAE Educator Study Tour with WAC Dallas/Fort Worth
The  World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth  and the  Embassy of the UAE  in Washington, DC will collaborate for a third educator study tour on  March 8-17, 2019  to develop an educational program to bring context to the American classroom. The study tour will include opportunities for participants to interact with top UAE government officials, visit internationally renowned museums, participate in cultural activities, visit schools and universities, and more!
Application Deadline:  WACDFW will close the application process upon the submission of 30 Texas and 30 non-Texas applications or on  Friday, December 14, 2018 at 5:30 PM CT Apply  here .
Councils in the News
Travel the World with WAC Philadelphia
Travel with  Council Leaders - hear them lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!
2019 travel schedule includes trips to: 

  • Dr. Pamela Zeiser, Education Liaison, World Affairs Council of Jacksonville, Vienna & Prague, April 28 - May 5, 2019
  • Michelle Harpenau, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky,Springtime in Provence & Burgundy, May 15 - 23, 2019
  • Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Tuscany Biking: June 25 – June 20, 2019
  • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs, Northern California, Arctic Expedition: June 21 - July 1, 2019
  • Derrick Olsen, President, WorldOregon, Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia: Oct. 13-21, 2019
  • Jacqueline Miller, President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Seattle, Passage along the Danube River: Oct. 12-24, 2019
  • Craig Snyder, President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Exploring Saudi Arabia & Qatar: Nov. 7-17, 2019

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