December 16, 2019
Submit Your Application: 2020 WACA-WFP USA Grant Opportunity; January Cover to Cover on The Age of Illusions With Andrew Bacevich; Convening Power of the WACA Network This Week; Council of the Month: UCCD; World Affairs (N. CA) Photography Call; plus Council Jobs and Highlights!
2020 WACA-World Food Program USA Grant Opportunity
WACA is excited and proud to partner with the  World Food Program USA  (WFP USA)   for a WACA  Engage America  Speaker Series in 2020!

World Food Program USA is a non-profit that supports the mission of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the leading humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. By mobilizing individuals, lawmakers and businesses in the U.S. to advance the global movement to end hunger, WFP USA bolsters an enduring American legacy of feeding families in need around the world.

We launched our partnership at the  WACA 2019 National Conference in early November, with keynote remarks by  Phil Karsting, Vice President of Policy at WFP USA (then interim CEO), and a distinguished panel on  Climate Change and Food Insecurity.

Now, it's your turn! We invite  applications from World Affairs Councils to participate in  WACA’s 2020 World Food Program USA grant-funded speaker series. Eight (8) Councils will be selected to participate in this  Engage America  series.

Read the full announcement for more details and potential speaker profiles here.
Submit Your Application by Friday, January 17!
January Cover to Cover: Andrew Bacevich on The Age of Illusions
Register now for WACA's Cover to Cover conference call on Tuesday, January 14, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET, featuring Andrew Bacevich, President of the Quincy Institute and Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University, on his upcoming book , The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory.

When the Cold War ended with the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Washington establishment felt it had prevailed in a world-historical struggle. History, having brought the United States to the very summit of power and prestige, had validated American-style liberal democratic capitalism as universally applicable. Join WACA for a conversation with Andrew Bacevich as he explains how, within a quarter of a century, the United States ended up with gaping inequality, permanent war, moral confusion, and an increasingly angry and alienated population, as well, of course, as the strangest president in American history.
Convening Power of the WACA Network This Week
Laura Rosenberger, Director
Zachary Cooper, Co-Director
Alliance for Securing Democracy
Brigadier General Chad Manske
30th Commandant
National War College
Ambassador Gaddi Vasquez
8th Ambassador of the U.S. to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture, Rome, Italy
Donna Suddeth
Board Member. Naples CWA
Former WACA National Board Member
Scroll down to the Council Highlights section to see more of this week's Council speakers!
Council of the Month: Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy
Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy's (UCCD) Ambassador John Price & Marcia Price Lecture Series had an outstanding 2019 season with topics ranging from nuclear weapons policy and the global climate crisis to diplomacy in the Peace Corps and the Story of a War Child. With 2019 almost over, UCCD is gearing up for a 2020 season that will be equally incredible and engaging. The Council is looking forward to speakers bringing their expertise on China and the U.S., young leaders bringing change to their communities, and a Muslim cartoon creator aiming to spread an anti-extremist message to youth around the world. Overall, UCCD lectures reached over 1,000 community members throughout the year.

Another great success in 2019 was UCCD's Great Decisions course held at the University of Utah. The spring and fall cohorts hosted over 60 students for two-hour-long classes led by experts in the community, who shared their knowledge and led riveting discussions on the world’s most pressing topics.

UCCD was thrilled to see so many people in its community come together for fascinating, timely, and captivating topics that help shape public discourse and transform how people in Utah engage the world.
Call for Photographers - World Affairs (Northern California)
World Affairs (Northern California) is now accepting submissions for documentary photographs for 2020. Over the course of a year, the Council presents four solo exhibitions with globally-minded themes along with an opening reception for each photographer. More information and examples of past exhibitions can be found here.
World Affairs documentary photography exhibitions provide an opportunity to visually extend its mission to explore issues that transcend borders. The exhibition space is located in downtown San Francisco. If selected, work will be on display for approximately 3 months and promoted online. If you have a series of 22-26 photos and are interested in displaying your work with the Council, please contact Julia Levin, Senior Program Officer, at or 415-293-4644.

Submission Guidelines:
  1. Medium is limited to photography.
  2. The subject matter of the art must be internationally focused and related to world affairs.
  3. The art must be exhibit-ready. World Affairs does not pay for shipping, framing, matting, or other preparation of the work.
Councils Are Hiring!

Manager of Citizen Diplomacy Programs is an outstanding opportunity for a professional seeking to grow a career in citizen diplomacy and nonprofit management with an international focus. The role includes creating and tracking proposals, coordinating programming visits, and interfacing with visitors and national programming partners in Washington, DC. Apply here.

The Corporate Relations Officer will utilize experience in corporate development, sales or corporate fundraising, and knowledge and passion for global issues and current events to connect Minnesota’s global business community with the mission and programs of Global Minnesota. Apply here
Council Highlights
Monday 12/16

Columbus Council on World Affairs hosts Laura Rosenberger and Zachary Cooper, Director and Co-Director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy and Seniors Fellows at The German Marshall Fund of the U.S., for “The Disinformation War.” Details

Tuesday 12/17

World Affairs Council of Palm Beach hosts  Brigadier General Chad Manske, 30th Commandant of the National War College, for “Are We Ready for the Brave New World?” Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts James McGregor, Chairman of Greater China at APCO Worldwide, for “Assessing U.S.-China Relations in the 2020 Election Year.” Details

Wednesday 12/18

World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts Ambassador Gaddi Vasquez, former Ambassador of the U.S. to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture, in Rome, Italy, for “U.S. Foreign Policy Overview.” Details

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts Ambassador Nicholas Burns, Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, for “American Foreign Policy in the Trump Era.” Details

Naples Council on World Affairs hosts Donna Suddeth, Board Member of Naples Council on World Affairs and former WACA National Board Member, for “Qatar - Small, Rich, and Ambitious” Details

Thursday 12/19

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts  Ambassador Carlos González Gutiérrez, Consul General of Mexico in San Diego, for “An Overview of the Mexican Consulate in San Diego.” Details
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!

2019 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

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