Embassy Row Live! Qatar: Women's Status; NATO 2030 Recap; Star Speakers; Atlanta Summit on Global Health; WACA Best Practices in June; WACA & Councils Hiring; AWQ Task Force; and more!

Note: This week's Weekly World News Update will appear on Thursday.
President's Letter
Dear Friends,
 
Opening up – again, ever gradually. Reflecting on how to bridge so many divides. Airing our ideas, with civility, as we move forward in our work - from home, office, some favorite third place, or some combination thereof.
 
We, the pandemic survivors, have been living so much history these past 15 months – mostly indoors, never leaving home without a mask. DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s easing of COVID restrictions on May 21 (more still to be lifted on June 11) has made it possible for a lot of us in the nation's capital to see smiles and have our smiles seen. I find it moving. (Whereas my first few handshakes – three, to be exact – have been oddly awkward.)
 
For the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, join CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, who gives a keynote talk at WAC Atlanta's Global Health Summit today (June 2).

Questions from Council colleagues about when and how to reopen for in-person events are streaming into WACA. Council leaders from KC, Denver, LA, and Jacksonville among others will have even better advice, so please be sure to join our June 24 Programming After COVID Best Practices session.
 
Exactly a year ago, I wrote the network calling for a moment of silence for George Floyd. Today, President Biden traveled to Oklahoma to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre and outline his administration's plans to combat racial inequality. Councils are working hard to build diversity, equity, and inclusion into their programming, outreach, and organizational DNA. I commend WorldBoston's June 8 convening "scoop": Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley is the State Department's inaugural Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Don't miss her in conversation with Ambassador Nick Burns.
 
Turning to what I call peak Zoom (for me May was a personal record), I'm looking forward to "less is moreI" One that I am excited to flag is the Traverse City International Affairs Forum's Foreign Policy Mashup, June 17, featuring yours truly. I’ll be airing some thoughts on the domestic-international connection in U.S. foreign policy and a handful of critical issues shaping America’s role in the world.
 
This conversation is one of several this month that will help frame the WACA 2021 National Conference. We will celebrate WACA’s 35th anniversary as a national association during our November 16-19 event at The Mayflower Hotel. I can hardly wait to see you here in DC for what will be a memorable reunion!
 
Warm regards and happy Pride Month,
Bill Clifford
President and CEO
Embassy Row Live! with Dr. Hend Al-Muftah
Qatar: Women's Status & Expected Democracy
Thursday, June 3, at 12:00 PM ET
Join us Thursday, June 3 at 12:00 PM ET for WACA's Embassy Row Live! - conversations that bring diplomacy directly to you. This special platform spotlights distinguished diplomats and foreign dignitaries to share new ideas, policy developments, and possible solutions to critical international challenges.

Dr. Hend Al-Muftah is one of the first female Qataris to be appointed by the Emir as a member of Qatar's Shura Council. Dr. Al-Muftah will join us in examining women's status in Qatar, the upcoming Shura Council election, and expected democracy.
Star Speakers This Week
Evgenia Arbugaeva
National Geographic Fellow
Amb. Capricia Marshall
Amb.-in-Res., Atlantic Council
Robin Nandy
Chief of Immunization, UNICEF
Jason Riley
 Sen. Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Laura Belmonte
Professor, Virginia Tech
Joyce Davis
President, WAC Harrisburg
Recordings for NATO 2030:
Strengthening the Alliance to Address New Security Threats
With the next Summit of Allied Leaders set to take place at NATO headquarters in Brussels on June 14, the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) presented this forward-looking online speaker series May 17-27, 2021 with six World Affairs Councils across the network hosting senior-level NATO officials and ambassadors from Allied countries! Be sure to visit our dedicated website for this special program.

NATO 2030 YouTube Playlist

Did you miss any of last week's NATO 2030 programs? You can find the recordings on WACA's YouTube Channel as well as on the nato2030waca.org homepage.
9th Annual Atlanta Summit on Global Health:
The Race to Beat Covid-10
June 1 - 3, 2021
The World Affairs Council of Atlanta –in collaboration with CARE USA, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and The Carter Center – hosts its 9th annual Atlanta Global Health Summit. The Summit convenes health experts from the public and private sectors, including senior CDC leadership, Washington policymakers and think tanks, and health experts from the US, the United Kingdom, Africa and India.

Speakers include CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.
WACA Best Practices: Programming Beyond Covid
Thursday, June 24, at 3:00 PM ET
WACA is please to host the fourth WACA Best Practices Session this month! On Thursday, June 24, at 3:00 PM ET, we will consider what programming beyond Covid looks like for the World Affairs Councils network.

The program will begin with a presentation from Nathan Hermiston, Senior Vice President of Sales and Services for Visit KC, who will paint the national landscape of event trends, event spaces, hybrid opportunities, and more. 

Then John Krieger, Executive Director of WorldDenver, will guide us through a conversation with fellow Council representatives Marian Shima, Vice President of Events and Public Affairs at the Los Angeles WAC & TH, and Trina Medarev, Executive Director and CEO of WAC Jacksonville.

After hearing from these insightful colleagues, stay on the line for small-group discussions. Different groups will cover in-person safety considerations and hybrid event considerations. When you register, please indicate which group you would like to join! (If you can, do hold an extra 30 minutes for extended informal discussion from 4:00-4:30 PM ET.)

While you’re at it, please mark your calendars for the next WACA Best Practices Session on Thursday, July 8 at 3:00 PM ET on Organizational Mergers in World Affairs Councils.
Note: Registration is open to Council staff and boards. More than one person per Council may attend.
Watch the April and May Best Practice Sessions' Diversity Recordings

Member Councils can access the April and May WACA Best Practices Sessions: (1) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and (2) Diversity in Programming and Young Professionals recordings and materials by visiting the Members Resources webpage and selecting the "Best Practices Meetings" square.
WACA & Councils Are Hiring!

The World Affairs Councils of America provides a collaborative, mission-driven environment to highly qualified applicants who seek challenging assignments and professional growth. We embrace diversity, passion, intellectual curiosity, and innovation. WACA is currently seeking to fill two positions:


Please visit WACA's Employment webpage for further details and instructions on how to apply.
World Affairs Council of Seattle is hiring a Program Officer, Community Programs. Learn more.
Columbus Council on World Affairs is hiring a Communications Manager. Learn more.
International Relations Council (Kansas City) is hiring a Global Education Coordinator. Learn more.
Vermont Council on World Affairs is hiring for two positions: External Affairs Manager and Education Programs VISTA. Learn more.
Call for Academic WorldQuest Task Force Members
WACA is seeking volunteers to join the Academic WorldQuest (AWQ) Task Force for the 2021-2022 year. Planning for the coming AWQ competition begins this summer. Duties include helping identify topic categories, preparing the study guide, writing and/or reviewing questions, and assisting with program development. The task force is open to Council staff, volunteers, and board members. Please highlight professional educational experience if any. Contact Laura Duncan at lduncan@worldaffairscouncils.org to express interest.
Tuesday 6/1

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Evgenia Arbugaeva, National Geographic Fellow and Photographer, for "On the Edge of the World: Stories from the Russian Arctic."

Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, Ambassador-in-Residence at the Atlantic Council, for "The Power of Diplomacy."

World Affairs Council of Dallas / Fort Worth hosts author Jeff Shesol to discuss his book Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the New Battleground of the Cold War.

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts a number of distinguished speakers for the "9th Atlanta Summit on Global Health: The Race to Beat Covid-19."

WorldOregon hosts a panel of experts for "Just Dessert: The International Labour Organization & Theo Chocolate."

Wednesday 6/2

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Robin Nandy, Principal Adviser and Chief of Immunization, UNICEF, for "The Future of Health: Ensuring Equitable Access to Covid-19 Vaccines."

Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall hosts Michael Picaud, President of Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris, and Professor Stephen Murray, Columbia University, for "Notre-Dame de Paris: Restoring a Gothic Masterpiece."

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Professor Noah Diffenbaugh, Stanford University, for "The Impact of Climate Change on the Global Economy."

Thursday 6/3

World Affairs Council of Dallas / Fort Worth hosts Jason Riley, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author, on his book Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell.

WorldBoston hosts Professor Laura Belmonte, Virginia Tech, to discuss her new book The International Human Rights Movement: A History.

WorldDenver hosts Emily White, Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Horn of Africa, US Embassy in Addis Ababa, for "Horn of Africa: Crisis and Humanitarian Response."

World Affairs Council of Tacoma hosts Ambassador (ret.) John Koenig, fmr. U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus, for "A Conversation with Ambassador John Koenig."

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Zoran Krneta, Sporting Director of Charlotte Football Club, and Nick Kelly, President of Charlotte Football Club, for "Growing Soccer in the Carolinas: The Progressive, Ambitious, and Collective Vision of Charlotte FC."

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts Alex Covington, Special Advisor for Anticorruption and Open Government, U.S. Department of State, for "Fighting Global Corruption."

International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Mike Wood, fmr. faculty member of the Bloch School of Management at UMKC, for "Secession Movements."

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts Valerie Santos, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State, for "Global Tipping Points: U.S.-China Strategic Economic Competition."

World Affairs Council of St. Louis hosts Professor Ana Santos Rutschman, Saint Louis University School of Law, for "The World Health Organization’s Response to COVID-19."

Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts journalists Harriet Constable and Jacob Kushner for "Stopping the Next One: What Could the Next Pandemic Be?"

Global Ties Arizona hosts Katherine Brown, CEO of Global Ties U.S., for "Virtual Re-launch Event."

Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall hosts a panel of experts for "SPACs: A Hot Topic for Investors, Acquirers, and Sellers."

WorldOregon hosts a panel of experts for "Seven Doors: Stories of Immigration Detention."

World Affairs Council of Maine hosts "Tensions in the South China Sea."

Friday 6/4

International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts WAC Harrisburg President Joyce Davis for "Journalism and Correspondence."