July 13, 2020
WACA Weekly
Council of the Month: Richard Haass Around the Network; Cover to Cover on the Gulf Crisis; Star Speakers on Council Webinars; WACA's Clifford and MWAC's Hyslop on Journalism Webinar; WAC Pittsburgh's Emerging Global Leaders Seminar; Host a KNOW NOW Call; ICYMI; + more Highlights!
The World Affairs Council of Orange County along with the World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California, San Diego World Affairs Council, the Santa Barbara Committee on Foreign Relations, and WACA will co-present a livestream webinar with Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, on Monday, July 13, at 4:15 PM ET (1:15 PM PT). Register here.

Dr. Haass is one of the most articulate, thoughtful analysts in the United States regarding global affairs and U.S. foreign policy. He will discuss how we can become more informed, discerning citizens by understanding how the world works, how international acts impact us domestically, and how we can help shape U.S. responses. Haass will also explain how he studies world events, global politics, financial shifts, cultural uprisings, and ancient and modern history to make sound, independent judgments regarding events around the globe. Finally, Dr. Haass will engage with the audience in a frank, lively Q&A regarding international challenges.

Other Councils hosting Richard Haass this week:

Watch the June 30 Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall webinar with Dr. Haass here !

Stay tuned throughout the month of July to see highlights from our other two Councils of the Month: World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky and WorldBoston.
Thursday! Cover to Cover on Qatar and the Gulf Crisis
Register now for WACA's Cover to Cover conference call Thursday, July 16, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET, featuring Kristian Coates Ulrichsen on his book Qatar and the Gulf Crisis. Dr. Ulrichsen is a Fellow for the Middle East at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and an Associate Fellow of Chatham House’s Middle East and North Africa Program,

In 2017, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, launching an economic blockade by land, air and sea. Well into its second year, the standoff in the Gulf has no realistic end in sight. With the Bahraini and Emirati criminalization of expressing support for Qatar, and the Saudi labelling of detainees as ‘traitors’ for their alleged Qatari links, bitterness has been stoked between deeply interconnected peoples. The adviser to the Saudi crown prince advocating a moat to physically separate Qatar from the Arabian Peninsula illustrates the ongoing intensity of the crisis. Ulrichsen offers an authoritative study of this international standoff, from both sides.
Cover to Cover on Podcast

Listen now to the podcast of WACA's  Cover to Cover program featuring  Mira Rapp-Hooper on her new book  Shields of the Republic: The Triumph and Peril of America’s Alliances .
Star Speakers This Week on Councils' Virtual Programming
Amb. (ret.) John Emerson
American Council on Germany
Donna Hrinak
President, Boeing Latin America and Canada
General (ret.) John Allen
Brookings Institution
Elizabeth Cousens
President and CEO
United Nations Foundation
Aundra Wallace
JAXUSA Partnership
Michelle Nunn
President and CEO
*Scroll down to the Council Highlights section to view all programs from Councils this week!
WACA's Clifford and MWAC's Hyslop on Journalism Webinar - July 28
Bill Clifford, WACA President and CEO, and Chris Hyslop, Executive Director of the Montana World Affairs Council, will join the International Community of the Society of Professional Journalists on Tuesday, July 28, at 6:00 PM ET. Clifford and Hyslop will discuss the 100-year history of the World Affairs Council Network connecting foreign and local affairs in more than 90 cities across the U.S. They will address the important role of how Councils bring international issues to local audiences without ever leaving their hometowns. Register here.

Clifford and Hyslop will also cover how trade disputes and agreements show how international cooperation reaches into every aspect of society no matter what country you are in. The pandemic has shown the world is connected, and (much like the Council Network) local journalists can highlight international stories impacting their community and regional matters that impact the global community.
WAC Pittsburgh's Emerging Global Leaders Seminar COVID-19 x Series
The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh presents The Emerging Global Leaders Seminar, a free 5-part virtual series designed and facilitated by high school students to create a space for young people to understand and think critically about the pandemic’s impact on their world and the various issues, intersections, and perspectives within it.

Through the series students will connect with peers and experts, strengthen their understanding of the overarching global impacts of the pandemic and how these issues shape the world around them, and learn how to take meaningful and informed action as youth to build our world back better. This program is free and open to all high school students! Register here.

  • Wednesday, July 1, at 3:00 PM ET: COVID-19 x Health Care
  • Wednesday, July 8, at 3:00 PM ET: COVID-19 x Environment
  • Wednesday, July 15, at 3:00 PM ET: COVID-19 x Politics
  • Wednesday, July 22, at 3:00 PM ET: COVID-19 x Economy
  • Wednesday, July 29, at 3:00 PM ET: COVID-19 x Education

This event is part of a series of new virtual events framed around the Building Back Better agenda.This international agenda was created to have a holistic approach to post-disasters recovery. It encourages communities to evaluate and rethink our society and, instead of rebuilding things the way they were before, to rebuild our systems to be a more just, equitable, and resilient than before.
Host a KNOW NOW Conference Call in 2020!
WACA's KNOW NOW conference call series features global thought leaders, as well as local authorities in government, business, academia, and cultural fields. We invite Councils to submit KNOW NOW speaker suggestions and moderate these calls!  If a Council leader moderates a KNOW NOW call in 2020, their Council will receive a $100 rebate back on Council Dues. *Please note that this rebate offer only applies to Councils who are current on their 2020 Dues.

View our KNOW NOW conference call podcast archives here!
In Case You Missed It...
Admiral William McRaven Former Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command
WAC Monterey Bay - June 23
The Hon. Robert Gates
22nd U.S. Secretary of Defense
WAC Dallas/Fort Worth
June 18
LaJune Thomas Lange, Hon. Consul for South Africa in MN
Zintle Koza, Director of Int'l Orgs. at the Nat'l Treasury
Global Minnesota - June 22
Meghan O’Sullivan, Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard Kennedy School
WAC Connecticut - June 3
Stacey Abrams
Former Minority Leader
Georgia House of Representatives
WAC Atlanta - May 28
Nancy Lindborg
President and CEO, USIP
Bill Clifford
President and CEO, WACA
WACA - May 28
*To view archives of all Council webinars from March 2020-present, please visit WACA's Councils' Virtual Events resource page. Please note: to view this resource, you must be a Council executive, staff, or board member with a login to WACA Members's Only portal. If you have questions about your login or wish to have an account created, please contact Rachel Pastor at rpastor@worldaffairscounsil.org.
WAC Greater Reading Welcomes New President Lausch
Following the completion of her two-year term, Lynn Brown stepped down from her role as President of the World Affairs Council of Greater Reading on June 30, 2020. WACA extends a warm welcome to Dr. Solomon Lausch, who now serves as President of WAC Reading as of July 1, through June 30, 2022.

Dr. Lausch is well known to the Greater Reading community as a member of the board of directors, Executive Director of Berks Business Education Coalition, and as past Superintendant of the Schuylkill Valley School District. He began his professional career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Micronesia, teaching English as a second language.
In Memoriam
WACA is saddened to learn of the passing of Barbara Kessler Banker, former President of Williams Insulation and one of the Founding Members & Board Member of the World Affairs Council of San Antonio.

Please click here to read a memorial tribute.
WACA Comms Associate Writes Blog for Women's Foreign Policy Group
Rachel Pastor, WACA Communications and Marketing Associate, co-authored a blog post for the Women's Foreign Policy Group on the challenges and benefits of entering the foreign policy world during a pandemic. Published Thurs., July 2, the blog discusses the opportunities to develop new strategies for global engagement and a reimagined approach to people-to-people diplomacy. This outlook was largely informed by research for the U.S. Department of State's Office of International Visitors into areas of opportunity and continued success for the International Visitor Leadership Program. Read the blog here.
Monday 7/13 

San Diego World Affairs Council, World Affairs Council of Orange County, and World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California host Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, for “ Making Sense of a World in Crisis -- Through the Eyes of a Foreign Policy Expert.”

Tuesday 7/14 

Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall hosts Ambassador (ret.) John Emerson, Chairman of the American Council on Germany, and William Drozdiak, Senior Fellow at the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, for “ A Bastille Day Discussion.”

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Donna Hrinak, President of Boeing Latin America and Canada, and Michael Camilleri, Director of the Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program at the Inter-American Dialogue, for “ An Update on Latin America.”

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Aditya Bhave, Senior Global Economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, for “ COVID-19 and the Global Economy.”

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Professor James Carter, Saint Joseph’s University, and Jonathan Kaufman, Director of the School of Journalism at Northeastern University, for “ Shanghai and Hong Kong: The Past and the Future of China.”

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Professor Wilfred Reilly, Kentucky State University, for “ What Are the Approaches to Police Reform?

Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts Professor Thomas Schwartz, Vanderbilt University, for “ Global News Review.”

Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts author Thomas Lippman to discuss his book Crude Oil, Crude Money: Aristotle Onassis, Saudi Arabia, and the CIA.

World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosts a panel of experts for “ A Closer Look at Bastille Day.”

Wednesday 7/15 

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Ambassador André Haspels, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the U.S., for “ U.S.-NL Relations.”

Upstate International hosts General (ret.) John Allen, President of the Brookings Institution, for “ Leadership in These Turbulent Times.”

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss his book The World: A Brief Introduction.

Global Minnesota hosts Tom Hanson, Diplomat in Residence at the Alworth Institute for International Affairs at the University of Minnesota, for “ Artificial Intelligence and Data.”

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Steven Pifer, William Perry Research Fellow at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation, for “ Where Is Russia Heading in 2020?

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts Ashley Jenkins, Recycling Educator and Coordinator for Beaufort County, for “ Summer Forum.”

World Affairs Council of Albuquerque hosts Professor Erika Monahan, The University of New Mexico, and Professor William Wohlforth, Dartmouth College, for “ Putin’s Grip on the Reins of Power and Other Topics of Interest.”

World Affairs Forum (Stamford) hosts journalist James Blake for “ Rethinking the Connection Between Immigration & International Security.”

World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts Mike Clancy, member of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, for “ The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Climate Change: A Silver Lining?

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts a panel of experts for “ Utilizing the Austin-Area Foreign Trade Zone in Turbulent Times.”

Thursday 7/16

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Elizabeth Cousens, President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation, for “ The United Nations and Collective Action in a Changing World.”

World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts Aundra Wallace, President of the JAXUSA Partnership, for “ Economic Development & Recovery Through the Lens of COVID-19.”

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss his book The World: A Brief Introduction.

World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosts Katsuo Nishikawa, Director of the Center for International Engagement at Trinity University, for “ Instagram Live Discussion.”

Indiana Council on World Affairs hosts Associate Professor Wendy Vogt, Indiana University-Purdue University, for “ Great Decisions: The Northern Triangle.”

Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall hosts Professor Dan Schnur, University of Southern California, for “ Politics in the Time of Coronavirus.”

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts author Daniel Silva to discuss his book The Order.

Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts a panel of experts for “ State of the State Department Round 4: Ambassadors Speak Out!

Friday 7/17

World Affairs Councils of Atlanta hosts Michelle Nunn, President and CEO of CARE USA, for “ COVID-19: Effects on Women and Girls.”
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WACA Updates: Messages from President and CEO Bill Clifford

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