February 3, 2020
February Newsletter
Submit Today: 2020 Qatar Essay/Video Contest; Councils' Star Speakers; February Cover to Cover With Professor Yuli Tamir; Council of the Month; Register Now: 2020 AWQ National Competition; WACA's New Spring Interns; plus more Council News!
2020 Qatar Essay/Video Contest Submit Materials Today!
WACA is calling on all Councils to promote the 2020 Qatar Essay/Video Contest early and often to colleges and universities in your area! The submission deadline for students is just two and a half weeks away. This is a great opportunity to have your Council represented by winning students in Doha, Qatar, in March!

Open to college and university undergraduate students across the country, the challenge is to submit an 800-word Memorandum OR a 5-minute Video to “ Advise the Secretary of State: Measures to Strengthen the U.S.-Qatar Strategic Partnership.” A panel of educators and experts in student exchange programs will judge the entries. The top 10 contestants will win an all-expenses-paid Doha Study Tour this March 13-20! Contest winners will also be eligible for scholarships to attend the WACA 2020 National Conference in Washington, DC on November 18-20, 2020.

Please submit your Application Form and original essays/videos to WACA Communications and Marketing Associate Rachel Pastor at rpastor@worldaffairscouncils.org. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 21. Click here for submission details and requirements.
Convening Power of the WACA Network This Week
Amb. (ret.) Richard Verma
Vice Chairman and Partner
The Asia Group
The Hon. Madeleine K. Albright
64th U.S. Secretary of State
Presidential Medal of Freedom
Senator Jeff Bingaman Jr.
Former U.S. Senator (D-NM)
Amb. (ret.) Vicki Huddleston
John Duke Anthony
Founding President and CEO
Nat'l Council on U.S.-Arab Rel.
February  Cover to Cover :   Professor Yuli Tamir on  Why Nationalism
Register now for WACA's  Cover to Cover conference call on  Wednesday, February 19 at 2:00-2:30 PM ET, featuring  Professor Yael (Yuli) Tamir, President of Shenkar College and an adjunt professor at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University, on her book,  Why Nationalism.

Around the world today, nationalism is back—and it’s often deeply troubling. Populist politicians exploit nationalism for authoritarian, chauvinistic, racist, and xenophobic purposes, reinforcing the view that it is fundamentally reactionary and antidemocratic. Prof. Tamir makes a passionate argument for a very different kind of nationalism—one that revives its participatory, creative, and egalitarian virtues, answers many of the problems caused by neoliberalism and hyperglobalism, and is essential to democracy.
Council of the Month: WAC Charleston
For almost 40 years, the World Affairs Council of Charleston (WACC) has been educating and engaging the wider Charleston community through timely non-partisan activities on world affairs and international relations. 

One of the Council's key objectives is educational outreach into area universities, colleges, and high schools. While WACC is pleased with its ever strengthening partnerships with local colleges and universities, the high school efforts in previous years have not been as effective as desired. For this reason, it's all the more exciting that WACC will host an Academic WorldQuest local competition for the first time on March 14 ! Seven local high school teams will vie for the opportunity to compete in the National Competition April 24-25 in Washington, DC.

The all-volunteer Council's three hundred plus members represent a cross-section of government, business, academic, and civic individuals. Please checkout WACC's website and plan to join the Council if travels bring you to “the Holy City” when one of the many exciting programs is taking place.
Councils: Be Sure to Register Your AWQ National Competition Teams
Registration for the Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2020 Academic WorldQuest National Competition is now open! The AWQ championship weekend program will be held in Washington, DC on April 24-25.

Local champion teams of Academic WorldQuest competitions hosted by World Affairs Councils around the country must complete the Registration Form in order to participate in the AWQ National Competition. Registration Forms are due no later than Friday, March 27. Register your AWQ team!

This year's competition will be held on Saturday, April 25 at the United States Institute of Peace.

For topics, study guide, and other information about this year's competition, please click here.

Hotel Reservations:
WACA has secured a group hotel block at The Westin DC City Center (1400 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20005) at a special rate of $169 / night plus tax. The block will expire April 2. Reserve today!
Participate in the Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute
The Foreign Policy Association's 2020 Great Decisions Teachers Training Institute for high school educators will be held June 29 - July 3 in New York City. Topics will include Climate Change, the Red Sea Region, Human Trafficking, and others. For more information and a full list of topics, please click here.

To apply for the Great Decisions Teachers Institute, all applicants are required to complete the application questionnaire. The application can be accessed by either clicking on this link or visiting the Institute's website. Educators are invited to apply by March 13, and all applicants will be notified by April 17.
If you have any questions in regards to the application or the Great Decisions Teachers Institute, please email teachers@fpa.org, or call the Foreign Policy Association at 212-481-8100 x249.
WACA Welcomes New Spring Interns!
Guerdely Jean
University of Connecticut
Steven Lee
Syracuse University
The National Office tomorrow will welcome two spring interns, who will support WACA's work with the Council Network and assist us throughout this year's Academic WorldQuest National Competition season. Read more about Guerdely and Steven here.
WAC Philly CEO Discusses View of America After Trip to Saudi Arabia
As part of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia's Travel the World program, Council President and CEO Craig Snyder led a tour to Saudi Arabia this past November. On January 8, Snyder's opinion piece was published in The Philadelphia Inquirer. In it, he discusses how the trip changed his view of polarized America:

" What I reflected on in Saudi Arabia is what repression feels like, how it hangs in the air of so many countries, and how much we have to be thankful for as Americans. Amid the impeachment drama and the pervasive belief that our country has become divided into hostile tribes, perhaps even not too far from violence against one another, I returned to the free air of the United States with a renewed clarity. I saw not only the advantages of our political and economic system but also that among the fundamental pillars of our national success is the implicit respect and enormous trust Americans put in one another."
Read the full article here.

For information on upcoming Travel the World excursions, please see 2020 listings below. Note that WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford will lead WAC Philly's Ancient Greece Odyssey tour October 22-30, 2020 .
Councils in the News
Global Minnesota

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

World Affairs (Northern California)

World Affairs Council of Atlanta

International Institute of Buffalo

Colorado Springs World Affairs Council

World Affairs Council of Charlotte

World Affairs Council of Jacksonville

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire

Montana World Affairs Council

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

World Affairs Council of Austin

World Affairs Council of St. Louis

Columbia World Affairs Council
WACA's National Speaker Database Needs You!
We have recently debuted WACA's Speaker Database 2.0. In this new iteration, we have expanded our list of speakers and made it easier than ever for you, as Council staff and board members, to engage with it. We want your speakers! Please submit your speakers through the " Submit Your Speakers" button on our website.

You need to have an account through our website in order to view and interact with the database and submit your speakers. To check if you have an account, please visit your Council Member page on the WACA website and see if you are listed as a staff or board member. If you are not, you will not be able to interact with the database yet.

If you do not have an account or are having issues accessing the website and/or the Speaker Database, please email Rachel Pastor.
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!

2020 travel schedule includes trips to: 

  • Ambassador Mark Johnson, former Vice Chair, World Affairs Councils of America, Egypt & the Eternal Nile: January 28-February 11, 2020
  • Ambassador Heather Hodges, President and Ambassador in Residence, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Barcelona: April 18-26, 2020
  • Lise Falskow, President & CEO, Alaska World Affairs Council, Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords: May 16-24, 2020
  • Dr. Pamela Zeiser, Education Liaison, World Affairs Council of Jacksonville, Berlin Uncovered: May 24-31, 2020
  • Jim Falk, President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Arctic Expedition: Voyage Under the Midnight Sun: June 9-19, 2020
  • Ljubomir (LJ) Stambuk, President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Charlotte, Sailing Ancient Trade Routes: Helsinki to Copenhagen: June 27-July 9, 2020
  • Craig Snyder, President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Ukraine Seminar: July 5-16, 2020
  • Mimi Gregory, Vice President and Program Chairman, Naples Council on World Affairs, Cruising the Adriatic and Aegean Seas: September 9-17, 2020
  • Bill Clifford, President & CEO, World Affairs Councils of America, Ancient Greece Odyssey: October 22-30, 2020
  • Don Samford, Chairman of the Education Outreach and Program Committees, Peoria Area World Affairs Council, Legendary Turkey: October 2-16, 2020
  • Derrick Olsen, President, WorldOregon, Romance of the Douro River: October 13-24, 2020

Contact  www.wacphila.org/travel   or call  800-942-5004 , ext.  209  or  217 .
1010 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 516, Washington, DC 20005