TOMORROW! Wunderbar Together 2021:
Germany, the U.S., and the Future of Democracy
Starting today, under the auspices of Wunderbar Together 2021, the World Affairs Councils of America, the American Council on Germany, and Atlantik-Brücke partner with World Affairs Councils across the country to hold a series of virtual events that will focus on challenges to democracy in Germany, Europe, and the U.S. The experts will discuss the causes of this democratic malaise, analyze how serious these threats are, and examine what can be done to push back against those pressures – with a view to the exploration of how Europe and the U.S. can better collaborate on these issues.
Democracies in Distress: Europe and the United States
Tuesday, July 13, at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET
Anne Applebaum
Staff Writer, The Atlantic
Pulitzer-prize winning historian and Author of Twilight of Democracy
Dr. David Deißner
Executive Director
Understanding the Rise of Illiberal Politics in Europe and the U.S.
- And What to Do About It
Tuesday, July 13, at 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
Daniel Ziblatt
Eaton Professor of Government
Harvard University
Paulina Fröhlich
Head of Future Democracy Programme
Das Progressive Zentrum
Defending Democracy from Misinformation and Fake News
Wednesday, July 14, at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET
Nina Jankowicz
Global Fellow at the Wilson Center
Dr. Hanna Klimpe
Professor of Social Media and Commissioner for Equity
Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
Andrea Shalal
Senior Correspondent
TOMORROW: Embassy Row Live! 
United Arab Emirates: The New Space Race
Tuesday, July 13 at 12:00 PM ET
The United Arab Emirates recently joined the small group of nations that have successfully launched a spacecraft to Mars, further proving space is the new domain for international cooperation—or competition.

Join WAC Connecticut and WACA as we speak with the woman who led the UAE's successful mission to Mars, and one of the world's rising stars in space and technology: H.E. Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri. She is the nation's first-ever Minister of State for Advanced Technology and Chairwoman of the UAE Space Agency.

H.E. Minister Al Amiri will address the yet-to-be answered questions in the emerging space domain—from opportunities for technological innovation and global peacebuilding, to what it means for national security—and beyond.
Star Speakers Around the Network
Theodore Johnson
Sr. Fellow, NYU School of Law
Rachel Vogelstein
& Meighan Stone
Women and Foreign Policy, CFR
Tal Schneider
Political Correspondent
The Times of Israel
Jeffrey Garten, Dean Emeritus, Yale School of Management
Dr. Surjit Bhalla
Economist, Int'l Monetary Fund
Andrew Bacevich
Founder & Pres., Quincy Institute
*Correction: In last week's Star Speaker section, WACA mistakenly identified Ambassador Nestor Forster Jr. as the U.S. Ambassador to Brazil. He is Brazil's Ambassador to the United States.
WACA 2021 National Conference:
Bridging Divides at Home and Abroad
November 16-19, 2021

The winning WACA National Conference title entry, based on a clear plurality of votes from across the country, is Bridging Divides at Home and Abroad. Congratulations to Firoz Peera, of WAC Charlotte, who will enjoy a free ticket to this year's WACA Conference! Thanks again to those who submitted title recommendations and to those who voted.

The World Affairs Councils of America is excited to welcome all of you to the WACA 2021 National Conference this November 16-19 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

We look forward to celebrating WACA's 35th Anniversary in person at our signature national event! 
We are pleased to share that the hotel block is now open at the special rate of $284 / night plus tax (this rate applies to reservations as early as Nov. 14 and as late as Nov. 23). Given that the annual WACA Conference sells out early, we encourage you to book your room now!

Thanks to WACA's long-term contractual relationship with The Mayflower, we remind you to save the dates for the 2022 National Conference (November 15-18) and the 2023 National Conference (November 14-17). Be sure to mark your calendars!
WorldQuest Weekly Quiz
This week's WACA WorldQuest Weekly is out! Test your weekly global affairs awareness and dive into news stories that represent a broad spectrum of developments of interest and importance. Most of the quiz questions are drawn from both WACA's Weekly World News Update, every Wednesday, and a curated news Twitter feed @TNWAC #WACquiz.

In partnership with WACA, WorldQuest Weekly is produced by the Tennessee World Affairs Council, which offers customized subscriptions to the quiz for Council members. Contact or visit for details.
Last Week's Winners (10/10 Points):
Rachel Martin (San Antonio, TX) and Herb Marsh (Lincoln, NM) - Congratulations!
Member Councils Are Hiring!
Cleveland Council on World Affairs is hiring for four positions: Manager of Programming; Program Associate, Student Programs; Program Associate, International Exchanges; & Office Coordinator. Learn more.
Columbus Council on World Affairs is hiring for an Experiential Learning Coordinator. Learn more.
Connecticut World Affairs Council is hiring for a Programs and Outreach Associate and a Global Security Forum Conference Planner Consultant. Learn more.
World Affairs Council of Seattle is hiring a Program Officer, Community Programs. Learn more.
Vermont Council on World Affairs is hiring for an Education Programs VISTA. Learn more.
WACA is Accepting Applications for Fall 2021 Interns!
Applicants to WACA's Summer 2021 Internship must submit a resume and cover letter to Laura Duncan at by Friday, August 6, 2021. Due to the number of applications we typically receive, we are unable to acknowledge each applicant personally. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted; no phone calls, please. 
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 to express interest.
All programs below are accessible online unless otherwise indicated.
Tuesday 7/13 

Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts Andrei Korobkov, Middle Tennessee State University, and Mark Katz, George Mason University, for “U.S.-Russia Conflict: Post Biden-Putin Summit.” 

Wednesday 7/14 

WorldBoston hosts Theodore Johnson, Senior Fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law, to discuss his book When the Stars Begin to Fall

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Rebecca Pincus, U.S. Naval War College, for Emerging Great Power Competition in the Arctic.”  

Thursday 7/15 

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Rachel Vogelstein, Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, and Meighan Stone, Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy, both at the Council on Foreign Relations, for “Awakening: #MeToo and the Global Fight for Women’s Rights.” 

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Tal Schneider, Political Correspondent for The Times of Israel, for “Israel’s (New) Political Landscape.”  

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Jeffrey Garten, Dean Emeritus at Yale School of Management and author, for “The Nixon Shock: How Three Days at Camp David Changed Financial History.” 

World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts Surjit Bhalla, Executive Director for India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Bhutan at the International Monetary Fund, for “The New Wealth of Nations: Education.”

World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area hosts Andrew Bacevich, Founder and President of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, for “After the Apocalypse: America’s Role in a World Transformed.” 

World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky hosts Eavan Cully, Foreign Service Officer at U.S. Consulate Nuuk, for “Working in the Arctic: A U.S. Diplomat’s Story.” 

Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts Jocelyn Tetel, VP of Advancement at the Skirball Cultural Center, for a “Private Members-Only Tour of the Ai Weiwei: Trace Exhibition.” (In-Person) 

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Khaled Elgindy, Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute, for “Israel, Palestine & the US’s Role in a Possible Plan for Peace.” (In-Person) 

World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts John Sganga, Knobbe Martens Partner, Vladimir Lozan, Knobbe Martens Partner, Baraa Kahf, Knobbe Martens Partner, and Johnson Ge, Managing Partner at Uni-Intel, for “Obtaining and Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights Worldwide: A View from the Frontline.” 
Friday 7/16 

World Affairs Council of St. Louis hosts British Deputy Ambassador Michael Tatham and Consul General Alan Gogbashian for “A Virtual Visit with Michael Tatham and Alan Gogbashian.”