September 4, 2018
September Newsletter
President's Letter; Council of the Month: Santa Fe; Early-bird Conference Deadline; Cover to Cover; Engage America Grant Programs; New WACA Interns; Council Jobs, and News!
President's Letter
Dear Council Leaders, Friends, and Supporters:

The stakes have rarely been higher for the news media. Fifteen to 20 years ago, a top concern of journalists was how the Internet and new technologies would change the ad-driven business model that supported news gathering and delivery, and whether their companies and jobs would continue to exist.

These days, as attacks from an American president on what he deems “fake news” increase and, more dangerously, morph into an authoritarian assault targeting journalists as “the enemy of the people,” the threat is far greater – to democracy itself. Globally, this worrisome trend emboldens those in power where protections for reporters were already weak; for established and emerging democracies, it erodes discourse, citizenship, and governance.

On Monday, a Myanmar judge found two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, guilty of breaching a law on state secrets and jailed them for seven years. The Washington Post, in an editorial the day before, decried the imprisonment and killing of journalists “to smother vital truths."

When President Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, says in a televised NBC interview that “ Truth isn’t truth,” this is not a “business as usual” environment for the Fourth Estate. Chuck Todd, moderator of Meet the Press and political director at NBC News, just penned a piece for the Atlantic, “ It’s Time for the Press to Stop Complaining - And to Start Fighting Back.”

Meanwhile, New Yorker magazine is now caught up in controversy for inviting and suddenly disinviting Steve Bannon as a headline speaker for its eponymous Festival. Vox today carried a worthwhile take on this New Yorker-Bannon story and the double bind journalists find themselves in today. Councils could face similar perils when it comes to engaging certain speakers for their events.

The WACA National Office urges courage, and we commend the Santa Fe Council on International Relations – our Council of the Month – for putting together a timely and aptly-named conference in December: Journalism Under Fire.

Yours truly,
Bill Clifford, WACA President and CEO
Council of the Month: Santa Fe Council on International Relations
The  Santa Fe Council on International Relations  on December 5-7 will present outstanding speakers and over 50 journalists from around the world to explore press freedoms and the turbulent dynamics of today’s media, from the global to the local.

SFCIR's Journalism Under Fire conference - in concert with the Committee to Protect Journalists International Women’s Media Foundation Santa Fe New Mexican , and other partners -  will create unique learning and networking opportunities among extraordinary journalists, thought leaders, and the engaged public. Alongside cutting-edge intellectual dialogue will be photojournalist exhibits, political cartoons (and cartoonists), workshops, advocacy campaigns,  a virtual reality simulation , a student newsroom, music, film, and food - all with the incomparable Santa Fe as a backdrop.

Visit this link for confirmed speakers and tickets.
WACA 2018 National Conference:
Braving the New World Order

November 7-9
The Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC

Hurry! Purchase your Conference tickets now:
Early-bird deadline is expiring in 3 days on Friday, September 7 !

Also: our  Table of Eight  promotion has been extended - be sure to check it out!
New speakers!
Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay are co-authors of the forthcoming book The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership. Discounted copies will be available for sale at the Conference.

Ivo H. Daalder

James M. Lindsay
SVP, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair
Bookmark the WACA 2018 National Conference website for speakers and program updates!
The  World Affairs Councils of America 2018 National Conference will be held November 7-9 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. 

We have secured a special group rate for 1 Deluxe Room$259 per night (Single/Double Occupancy) plus tax.

WACA Thanks Its Conference Sponsors
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Cover to Cover : American Soldiers and Endless War
Join our  Cover to Cover conference call on  Tuesday, September 11, at 2:00-2:30 pm ET, featuring  C.J. Chivers, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for the  New York Times, on his new book,  The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Fighters is a tour de force, a portrait of modern warfare that parts from slogans. It does for these troops what Stephen Ambrose did for the G.I.s of WWII and what Michael Herr did for the grunts in Vietnam. The Fighters presents a human side of the long arc of two wars, told with the empathy and understanding of an author who is himself an infantry veteran.
Author C.J. Chivers
WACA Welcomes Its New Fall Interns!
Shalom Yun
Syracuse University
Brian Mawejje
SUNY Plattsburgh
Brian Chi
George Washington University
We are excited to receive our three fall interns this week and work with them through this year's National Conference. Read more about them here.
WAC Atlanta Hosts WACA-Sasakawa USA Program on Japan
The World Affairs Co un cil of Atlanta holds its Alliance Working in America Series program, co-sponsored by WACA and its grant funder Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA , on September 5.

The TAWA program, “ Japan and Georgia, Growing Together ,” which will discuss contemporary U.S.-Japan relations and benefits to the State of Georgia. Speakers include: Admiral (Ret.) Dennis Blair , Dr. Satu Limaye , YKK America President Jim Reed , and Ambassador James Zumwalt . Learn more .

WAC Atlanta's event is the third in the Alliance Working in America Series. Previous programs have been held by World Oregon  and WAC Greater Houston . Stay tuned for a fourth edition in spring 2019!
Councils Host Engage America Grant Programs
World Affairs Co un cils around the country resume hosting Engage America Future of Korea 2018 and Oman 2018 programs. These series are co-sponsored by WACA and its grant funders Korea Economic Institute and Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center.

Future of Korea 2018

World Affairs Council of Harrisburg will present a panel of experts for its Reception & Forum: The Future of Korea on Sept. 20. Details here.

Oman 2018

World Affairs Council of South Dakota will feature Dr. Linda Pappas Funsch for Oman’s Role in Promoting Peace in the Middle East on Sept. 13. Details here.

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth will present Dr. Anne Rasmussen for Music and The Omani Arts Economy on Sept. 29 . Details here .
Councils Are Hiring!

Global Minnesota seeks an outstanding and experienced international affairs and nonprofit sector leader to serve as its President. This role will develop the organization’s engagement throughout Minnesota using the 5-year Strategic Plan as a roadmap with the goal of deeper awareness and understanding of global economic, political, social, and cultural ideas and issues.  Apply here.

CCWA is seeking a Chief Executive Officer. The ideal candidate will bring proven strategic and hands-on leadership experience to fulfill CCWA’s mission to inspire engagement in international affairs and world cultures through education, citizen diplomacy, and public dialogue.  Apply here.

This full-time Program Coordinator will work in support of Global Classroom and Community programs. The goal of this position is to provide excellent service to teachers, students, and community members engaged with these programs, support the Council’s commitment to the highest level of program quality, and maintain external and internal communications. Apply here .
Councils in the News
World Affairs Council of Atlanta

World Affairs Council of Charlotte

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

Alaska World Affairs Council

Global Minnesota

International Institute of Buffalo

Columbus Council on World Affairs

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia

North American Borderplex Alliance

World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay

World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan

Northern Nevada International Center

Cleveland Council on World Affairs

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
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!
2018 travel schedule includes trips to: 

  • Megan Torrey, CEO, World Affairs Council of Connecticut, Himalayan Kingdoms, Sept. 11-25
  • Dixie Anderson, Executive Director Emerita, World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, Romance of the Douro River: Sept. 15-26
  • Joyce Davis, President, World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, Town & Country Life in Languedoc: Oct. 6-14
  • Don Samford, Board President, Peoria Area World Affairs Council, Cuba: Nov. 4-12
  • 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
  • Mimi Gregory, Vice President of Programs, Naples Council on World Affairs, Grand Seine: June 30 - July 18, 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

Contact  or call  1-800-942-5004 , ext.  209  or  217 .
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