March 15, 2021
Pew Research Center; Expeditionary Diplomats; Council of the Month; Star Speakers; Engage America; Nominations for WACA National Board; Councils Are Hiring; Council Highlights; and more!
Special Webinar: This Thursday, March 18, at 2 - 3 PM ET
Join the World Affairs Councils of America and Pew Research Center for a look at American public opinion about China and what America’s foreign policy priorities should be under the Biden administration.
Dr. Richard Wike and Dr. Laura Silver of Pew Research Center will explore new polling on views about U.S. policy toward China in light of ongoing trade, diplomatic, and human rights issues. This interactive session will also examine new findings on the American public’s confidence in President Biden to handle world affairs and what foreign policy issues they think should be top priorities for the nation’s new leadership. The session will include online polling of attendees on these and other questions.

This event comes to you on a critical date as Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan prepare to meet on March 18 in Anchorage, Alaska with People’s Republic of China (PRC) Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi and State Councilor Wang Yi
Star Speakers at Councils This Week
Chuck Hagel
Fmr. Secretary of Defense
Efe Ukala
Founder of ImpactHER
Dr. Ayman Al-Safadi
Foreign Minister & DPM, Jordan
Dr. Neal Barnard
 Author of Your Body in Balance!
Kitty Block
Pres. & CEO, Humane Society
Mark Magnier
South China Morning Post
WACA's Engage America Speaker Series
United States Institute of Peace Speaker Series

Russia's Threat to Stability and Peace
Tuesday, Mar. 16 at 6:30 PM ET
Join Ambassador (ret.) Bill Taylor on "Russia’s Threat to Stability and Peace: How the Resurfacing of Great Power Competition Has Implications for Broader Peace and Stability Efforts Around the World" with WAC Alabama! William B. Taylor Jr. is an American diplomat, government official, and former soldier, who served as the 6th United States ambassador to Ukraine 2006 to 2009 and as acting ambassador to Ukraine from June 2019 to January 2020.
Expeditionary Diplomats: On the Front Lines
In Partnership with WAC Dallas/Fort Worth, The Middle East Institute, and WACA
Tuesday, March 16, 7:00 PM ET
Diplomacy’s equivalent of the military’s special forces is the “expeditionary diplomat,” a resourceful professional with specialized training from the Department of Defense and CIA who can take on the toughest diplomatic assignments in high threat, unstable or failed states.

Join diplomatic correspondent Paul Richter, author of the “The Ambassadors,” for a virtual conversation with three of America’s preeminent diplomats – Ryan Crocker, Robert Ford, and Anne Patterson – whom he profiled in his book along with Christopher Stevens, who was killed in Libya in 2012.
Global Ties U.S. 2021 National Meeting
WACA is pleased to sponsor the Global Ties U.S. 2021 National Meeting taking place next week, March 22-26, 2021.
John Kerry, the first-ever U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, has been announced as a keynote speaker! He joins U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) alumni Saad Abid of Morocco and Raisa Banfield of Panama for the plenary session: “The Global Fight Against Climate Change & Environmental Degradation: A Celebration of IVLP Alumni” on Tuesday, March 23 at 2:30 PM ET. Register by Wednesday, March 17!
Council of the Month: WAC Pittsburgh!
The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh recently announced their merger with Global Minds Initiative, intending to increase access to global education opportunities for young people. Read the full press release.
A Resilient U.S.-Japan Alliance in 2021 and Beyond
Thursday, March 18, 5:30 PM ET

The U.S.-Japan relationship remains a cornerstone of peace and security in the Asia Pacific region, but the neighborhood was changing even before 2020. What will the relationship look like post-pandemic and with new political leadership in both Japan and the United States? Join us for a discussion on American and Japanese perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing the relationship moving forward.
DOS Office of Public Liaison Seeks Virtual Event Partners
The U.S. Department of State’s Office of Public Liaison connects the Department’s foreign policy experts with domestic audiences across the country to facilitate dialogue on foreign policy priorities and the importance of diplomacy.

Busy planning 2021 outreach events, the Office of Public Liaison is looking to connect with several World Affairs Councils across the country to schedule virtual speaker programs. Last year, over 10 virtual WAC programs took place - featuring speakers such as the Ambassador-at-large for Global Women's Issues and the Acting Special Representative for Global Partnerships, as well as speakers on U.S.-China relations and more. Interested Councils may contact Irina Karmanova at
Call for Nominations to WACA National Board
Nominations Due April 19
The World Affairs Councils of America is seeking nominations of a diverse slate of excellent candidates for the WACA National Board of Directors. WACA Board Members serve three-year terms. WACA is looking for approximately four to six (4-6) new Board Members, and the next cohort would begin serving at the start of our fiscal year, on July 1, 2021.

Make a Recommendation
If you would like to recommend an individual whom you believe has a clear commitment to our mission, a demonstrated understanding of the national network, and proven leadership experience, download the documents below and submit the Nomination Form along with all required materials via email to Bill Clifford at

Nominations for directors are due April 19, 2021. The Nominating Committee will review the submissions and recommend individuals for selection to the Executive Committee. Full WACA membership will vote on the slate by May 28, 2021.
AWQ Nat'l Competition Team Registration Due April 1
The Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2020-2021 Academic WorldQuest National Competition is scheduled to be held virtually on April 16-17, 2021.

Saturday, April 17, 2021
National Competition Welcome and Login: 1:30 PM ET
National Competition Start Time: 2:00 PM ET

Team Registration
Councils may submit up to three (3) teams to the National Competition this year. The Team Registration forms were sent out Friday, March 5, to AWQ Administrators. Please ensure that the form is completely and accurately filled out. Team Registrations are due April 1, 2021!

Teams MUST be composed of the original players that worked together in their local competition! Teams or schools may not 'swap out' or rearrange players.

Volunteer Proctors Needed!
WACA is seeking volunteer proctors for the day of the National Competition to assist with scanning for dishonest gameplay or other assistance. Brief training and materials will be supplied.

Platform and Technology Guideline
The National Competition will utilize and Zoom breakout rooms. On Friday, March 5, an email with further details on the National Competition's Platform and Technology Guidelines was sent to AWQ Administrators.

If you have questions about AWQ, please email Laura Duncan at
Councils Are Hiring!
WorldBoston is hiring for Manager of Operations and Global Engagement Programs. Learn more on their website.
Global Minnesota is hiring for two positions: Interim Professional Exchanges Program Manager (Mid-March to Mid-August 2021) and Development Associate. Learn more on their website.
Monday 3/15

Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts Michéle Flournoy, Co-Founder of WestExec Advisors, for “Opportunities and Challenges in U.S. Foreign Policy.” 

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts author Elizabeth Kolbert to discuss her book Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future
World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts Thomas Fingar, Fellow in the Freeman Spolgi Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, for “Does China Have a Grand Strategy?” 

International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Jomana Qaddour, nonresident senior fellow with the Rafik Hariri Center at the Atlantic Council, for “The Ripples of Syria.”

Tuesday 3/16

International Relations Council (Kansas City)'s annual Berkley Lecture features former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for “The Global Rebalance of Power.” 

Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy hosts John Amaya, Counsel at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, for “A Nation of Immigrants: The Dreams That Come With A New Administration.” 
San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Audie de Castro, Honorary Consul of the Philippines, for “Trade and Tourism in the Philippines.” 

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission, for "Horizon Europe: Investing in a Sustainable, Fair Prosperous Future."
Montana World Affairs Council hosts Yael Tamir, President of Shenkar College, for “Why Nationalism?” 
World Affairs Council Upstate hosts a panel of experts for “Chaos of a Military Coup.”  

Wednesday 3/17

Global Minnesota hosts Efe Ukala, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan Chase & Company, for “Global Conversations: Women Powering Africa’s Recovery.” 

World Affairs Council Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Ayman Hussein Abdullah Al-Safadi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, for “A Path to Peace in the Middle East.” 
World Affairs Forum (Samford) hosts William Coen, Chair on the International Financial Reporting Standards Advisory Council, for “The Basel Committee & the Costs of Banking.” 
World Affairs Council of Maine hosts Ambassador (ret.) Kurt Tong, Partner of the Executive Committee at The Asia Group, for “U.S. Priorities in the Indo-Pacific.” 
World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Nicholas Kralev, Executive Director of the Washington International Diplomatic Academy, for “Role of U.S. Diplomats.” 
World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts a panel of experts for “Sister Cities Lunch and Learn: Women in Leadership.” 
Indiana Council on World Affairs hosts a panel of experts for “Diplomacy Through Sports: The Globalization or Sport and Societal Change.” 

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts a panel of experts for "Joining Forces: A Techno-Democratic Approach to Big Tech."

Thursday 3/18 

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Amb. Domingos Fezas Vital, Portugal’s Ambassador to the United States of America, for “Portugal’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union – Priorities, Expectations, and Challenges.” 

Peoria Area World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Neal Barnard, President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, for “Change Your Diet, Change the World.” 

World Affairs Council of Rhode Island hosts Kitty Block, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, for "Global Animal Conservation Efforts and Big Game Hunting." 

World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts author Elliot Ackerman and Admiral (ret.) James Stavridis, Chairman of the Board of Counselors of McLarty Global Associates, to discuss their book 2034: The Next World War
Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts former U.S. Senator Bob Corker, former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, for “Global Nashville with Karl Dean.” 

World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky hosts author Samantha Power to discuss her memoir The Education of an Idealist

World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads hosts professor Chris Zevenbergen, Water Engineering Department, TU Delft, The Netherlands, for “Adaptive Flood Risk Management: Lessons from The Netherlands.” 
World Affairs Council of Austin hosts Thomas Gerassimos, Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union at the European Commission, for "European Green Deal: Innovative Ideas for the Recovery." 
World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts Keith McCormick, retired Foreign Service Officer, for “Restoring Trust: An Inside Look at How the Biden Administration is Engaging the World.” 
World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Ambassador Louise Blais, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Canadian Mission to the UN, for “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World.” 
WorldBoston hosts Margaret MacMillan, distinguished historian at the Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss her book War: How Conflict Shaped Us
Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs hosts Audrey Cronin, Founding Director of the Center for Security, Innovation and New Technology at American University, for “Future Technology and Terrorism.” 
Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts professor Andrei P. Tsygankov, San Francisco State University, for “Russia and America After Trump.” 
Northern Nevada International Center hosts Andrei Klikunou, co-founder of the Journalists for Tolerance Human Rights Initiative, and Anton Barysenka, Research Fellow and Sociologist at the Social Research Lab Novak, for “Voices from Belarus.” 

World Affairs Council of Olympia hosts professor Sarah Curran, University of Washington, for “World Population Trends and Development: Future Forecasts Concerning Poverty, Aging, and Climate.” 
International Affairs Forum (Traverse City) hosts Carl Ganter, Founder and Director of Circle of Blue, for “Finding Solutions to Global Crisis.” 
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts author Adrian Wooldridge for “One Year Later: What Have We Learned About COVID-19?” 
World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Ambassador (ret.) Robert Pearson, non-resident Scholar at The Middle East Institute, for “A Democracy for the American People.” 
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts Samantha Gross, Director or Brooking’s Energy Security and Climate Initiative, for “Assessing Climate Policy: Domestic Challenges, Geopolitical Strategy and Global Solutions.” 
WorldDenver hosts a panel of experts for “Forging New Paths in National Security.” 
World Affairs Council of Auston hosts their “Globalist Coffeehouse on the Future of Currencies.” 
World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts a panel of experts for “A Resilient U.S.-Japan Alliance in 2021 and Beyond.” 

Friday 3/19

Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Mark Magnier, U.S. Correspondent for South China Morning Post, for "Understanding the U.S.-China Summit in Alaska."

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Joshua Kurlantzick, senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, for “The Implications of the Myanmar Coup.”  
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Stephen Trauber, Vice Chairman and Global Head of Energy at Citigroup, for “Beyond 2021 – Global Finance and Energy.” 
World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts Michael A. Reynolds, Director of Princeton University’s Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, for “Russia and the Middle East in the Twenty-First Century.” 

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts a panel of experts for "Getting to Net-Zero with Digital Tech."

Saturday 3/20

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts a panel of experts for "Tune Up! Raising the Bar on Gender Parity In Music."

Sunday 3/21

Windham World Affairs Council hosts interpreter Chiho Kaneko and author Norma Field for “Ten Years and Counting: Our Fukushima Journey.”