June 29, 2020
WACA Weekly
Star Speakers on Council Webinars This Week; WAC Dallas Global Classroom Workshop; WAC Orange County Co-Presented Event; PRISM; WACA Summer Interns; + more Council News and Highlights!
Star Speakers This Week on Councils' Virtual Programming
Richard Haass
Council on Foreign Relations
Admiral (ret.) John Padgett
Former Commander
U.S. Pacific Submarine Fleet
Nicholas Kristof
Award-Winning Columnist
New York Times
Rachel McCormick
Consul General of Canada to Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas
R. Scott Stephenson, Pres. and CEO, Museum of the American Revolution, and Ivan Henderson
VP Programming, African American Museum, WAC Philadelphia - Thurs., July 2
Keith Luse
Executive Director
The National Committee on North Korea
*Scroll down to the Council Highlights section to view all programs from Councils this week!
WAC Dallas Presents the 2020 Digital Global Classroom Workshop
Due to COVID-19, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth presents the 2020 Global Classroom Workshop virtually Tues., July 7-Thurs., July 9.

Global Classroom is an annual summer educator workshop that aims to provide a global component to teachers' current curriculum through discussion, speaker sessions, and group activities. As a part of the workshop, we provide teachers with a multitude of printed and digital resources from organizations and institutions that provide free international education resources to educators. The purpose of Global Classroom is to help North Texas educators make connections between local and global issues by navigating the plethora of global resources available to them.

This workshop is open to 3-12 grade educators of any subject who reside in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, but is most beneficial for secondary educators. Each participant will receive 12 CPE hours provided at no cost. Sessions will be provided by National Geographic, Population Connection, World Savvy, Apple Education, Dallas Holocaust/Human Rights Museum, and Brown University. Register here.
WAC Orange County Hosts Co-Presented Webinar With Richard Haass
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 Haas, 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.
WACA Publication Discount Partner PRISM Publishes Vol. 8, No. 4
As the National Security and National Defense Strategies state, the world has entered a phase of great power competition in which the United States is confronted by a rising China and a resurgent Russia. PRISM V.8,N.4 offers perspective on this competition with articles by Sir Lawrence Freedman, the Honorable Joseph Nye, and the Honorable Andrew Natsios. Download here.

For more subscription discounts visit, WACA's Member Benefits page.
Welcome to Our New Summer Interns!
Drake Johnson
Harvard University
Mira Anderson
Johns Hopkins University
The National Office tomorrow will welcome two summer interns, who will support WACA's work with the Council Network and assist us in planning for the 2020 National Conference and the 2021 Academic WorldQuest season. Since the WACA National Office continues to telework, our interns will be assisting us virtually. Read more about Drake and Mira here.
Tuesday 6/30 
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, for a livestream event
WorldBoston hosts Paulina Salazar Torres, Founder of LabNettings, and Lilian Denham Martini, Executive Director of Red EG, for “ Work and Wellbeing During COVID-19.” 
WorldOregon hosts Award-Winning New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof for “ Global Leadership and the Humanitarian Challenge - Lessons from 35 Years of Covering the World.” 
World Affairs Council of Charlotte, World Affairs Council of Orange County, and World Affairs Council of Central Florida host Major General (ret.) Rick Deveraux for “ Pandemics and Climate Change: National Security Implications of Non-Traditional Threats.”  
World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts Patrick Cronin, Asia-Pacific Security Chair at Hudson Institute, for “ Asian Flashpoints.” 
World Affairs Council of Austin, World Affairs Council of San Antonio, and World Affairs Council of South Texas host Paul Pillar, Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, for “ U.S. and Iran: Sanctions, Oil, and the Global Pandemic.” 
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council hosts Admiral (ret.) John Padgett, former Commander of the U.S. Pacific Submarine Fleet, for “ Submarine Fleet in the U.S. Military Strategy.” 
World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts hosts Javier Corrales, Dwight W. Morrow 1895 professor and Chair of Political Science at Amherst College, for “ Why Populism Is the Sugar Salt Fat in Our Politics.” 
World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California hosts associate professor Angelina Yanyan Chin, Pomona College, and associate professor Jeremy Murray, California State University, for “ The Future of Hong Kong as China Clamps Down on Freedom.” 
World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts associate professor Craig Whiteside, Naval War College, for “ ISIS.” 
Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts Breck Walker, Tennessee WAC Board Member, for “ Global News Review.” 
Foreign Policy Association hosts a panel of experts for “ COVID-19 Response, Recovery, and Geopolitical Fallout.” 
Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts a panel of experts for “ The Future of U.S. Foreign Policy: The View from the State Department.” 
Wednesday 7/1 
Montana World Affairs Council hosts Congressman Greg Gianforte (MT At-large District) for “ Connect Montana.” 
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Rachel McCormick, Consul General of Canada to Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, for “ Canada and the U.S.: Essential Allies for Trade, Energy, and a Changing World.” 
Santa Fe Council on International Relations and World Affairs Council of Albuquerque host Sarwar Kashmeri, Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, for “ Is a U.S.-China Decoupling Really Possible in a Post-Pandemic World?” 
World Affairs Council of Charleston hosts Jon Gunderson, WAC Charleston Board Member, for “ National Security Council.” 
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town hall hosts a panel of experts for “ Crisis Leadership: The Road to Recovery.” 
Global Minnesota hosts a panel of experts for “ Canada Day Celebration.” 
International Relations Council (Kansas City) and the U.S. Europe Alliance host a panel of experts for “ What Happened to the West? An Evolving Idea in American Foreign Policy.” 
Thursday 7/2 
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts R. Scott Stephenson, President and CEO of the Museum of the American Revolution, and Ivan Henderson, Vice President of Programming of the African American Museum in Philadelphia, for “ The Role of Civil Society in Times of Civil Unrest.” 
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Christian Brose, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and John Ward, former Vice President for Domestic Business Development at Lockheed Martin, for “ The Kill Chain: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare.” 
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts professor Dan Schnur, University of Southern California, for “ Politics in the Time of Coronavirus.” 
Friday 7/3 
Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council hosts Keith Luse, Executive Director of The National Committee on North Korea, for “ New Threats from North Korea: What Does It Mean?” 
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WACA Updates: Messages from President and CEO Bill Clifford

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