November 9, 2020
WACA Weekly
New WACA Conference Keynote Speakers; The Hunger Crisis; Star Speakers at Councils This Week; AWQ Study Guide Updated; Council Highlights; and more!
TONIGHT: WACA CEO Moderates Global MN's
"The Man Who Ran Washington" Event

6:00 PM ET (7:00 PM CT)
Join Global Minnesota and World Affairs Councils of America for a virtual conversation with journalist-author duo Peter Baker of The New York Times and Susan Glasser of The New Yorker for a closer look at their new book, The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III. The program will be moderated by Bill Clifford, WACA President and CEO.

For a quarter-century, from the end of Watergate to the aftermath of the Cold War, no Republican won the presidency without his help or ran the White House without his advice. James Addison Baker III was the indispensable man for four presidents because he understood better than anyone how to make Washington work at a time when America was shaping events around the world. His story is a case study of power in late 20th century America and the story of Washington and the world in the modern era.
The Man Who Ran Washington is available for purchase through Magers & Quinn Booksellers.

WACA 2020 National Conference: November 16-20
New Frontiers in Diplomacy and National Security
Check out the website and register!
New! Keynote Speakers
Author, Foreign Policy Strategist,
and Former Diplomat
Author, Historian,
and Women's Rights Advocate
Registration is open for WACA's virtual 2020 National Conference: New Frontiers in Diplomacy and National Security on November 16-20. We will present 20+ livestream sessions throughout the week - keynote conversations, exclusive think tank briefings, Council of the Year award programs, and professional leadership development workshops!

Pricing Information

Special Revenue-Sharing Opportunity for Councils
  • For Councils that generate 6 or more paid tickets (non-student), WACA will return 10% of those ticket sales back to the Council. Council CEO and staff tickets count toward the six tickets.
  • For Councils that generate 10 or more paid tickets (non-student), WACA will return 20% of those ticket sales back to the Council. Council CEO and staff tickets count toward the ten tickets.
WACA Thanks Our Generous Sponsors!
WACA Engage America: The Hunger Crisis
The World Food Program Engage America Speaker Series is dedicated to fostering deeper understanding of issues and priorities of WFP USA, such as Climate Change & Hunger; Women & Hunger; and Hunger & Food Waste. The UN World Food Programme won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.
World Affairs Council of Atlanta: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 12:00-1:00 PM ET
"The Hunger Crisis: Fighting Food Insecurity In a Pandemic"

Guest Speakers:
  • Barron Segar, President & CEO, World Food Program USA
  • Alex Marianelli, Director, Supply Chain Division, UN World Food Programme
  • Joe Ruiz, Director, Humanitarian Relief & Resilience Program, The UPS Foundation
Star Speakers This Week
Peter Baker & Susan Glasser
Co-Authors and Journalists
H.E. Ahmad AlSayed
Minister, Qatar Free Zone Auth
Ambassador Daniel Mulhall Amb. of Ireland to the U.S.
Amb. (Ret.) Vicki Huddleston
 Former Diplomat
Amb. (Ret.) Mark Lippert
VP International Affairs at Boeing
Sean Spicer
Frmr White House Press Sec.
UPDATED: AWQ 2020-2021 Study Guide
Pledge Forms Due Nov. 30

It is unconfirmed whether the 2021 Academic WorldQuest National Competition in Washington, DC will be held virtually or in-person. Student and participant safety is our number one concern. Federal and local guidelines will be followed, and additional announcements will be forthcoming.

The Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2020-2021 Academic WorldQuest National Competition is scheduled to be held in Washington, DC on April 16-17, 2021 at the United States Institute of Peace.

Official Study Guide
WACA provides a list of sources for each AWQ topic category in the official AWQ Study Guide (updated). All local competition and National Competition questions will be drawn from these sources, with the exception of Current Events.

The AWQ Study Guide has been updated, please use the link below:

Pledge Your Team!
To confirm your Council's participation in the 2020-2021 Academic WorldQuest season, please fill out and submit this Pledge Form by November 30, 2020. Please see the 2020 AWQ Ops Paper, Teachers Guide, and Flyer for useful information.

Hotel Block
WACA has arranged a group hotel block at The Westin DC City Center (1400 M St. NW, Washington, DC). See the reservation link here to book your discounted room(s). The hotel block deadline is Monday, March 29, 2021.
WACA Welcomes Kimberly Bleak
2021 Spring Internship
WACA is excited to have Kimberly Bleak join as a Fall 2020 intern. Kimberly is a current senior at the George Washington University, majoring in international business and minoring in international affairs. She is passionate about global development, sustainability and entrepreneurship.
WACA is seeking bright and enthusiastic university students to intern during our 2021 Spring Term. The candidate should be a voracious newsreader, possess a keen interest in foreign affairs, respond positively to constructive criticism, and have a desire to find creative solutions to complex challenges. See details and apply here.

Deadline to apply is Friday, December 4.
Councils Participate in China Town Hall
Several Councils will host Ray Dalio, Co-Chief Investment Officer and Co-Chairman of Bridgewater Associates, L.P., for "China Town Hall" on Tuesday, November 10. Councils include: World Affairs Council of Charlotte, World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California, San Diego World Affairs Council, World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, World Affairs Council of Jacksonville, and World Affairs Council of San Antonio.
On A Lighter Note: The Art of Training Your Dog
Don’t miss World Affairs Council Dallas/Ft. Worth's President and CEO Jim Falk in conversation with Brother Christopher Savage and Marc Goldberg, co-authors of “The Art of Training Your Dog.”

"At the World Affairs Council we have a diverse staff, but the one thing that brings us together on any election day is that we all love dogs."
Monday 11/9 

Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts Ambassador (ret.) Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, and Ambassador (ret.) John Emerson, Chairman of the American Council on Germany, for “World in Danger: Germany and Europe in an Uncertain Time.” 

World Affairs Council of Central Illinois hosts Associate Professor Rachel Havrelock, University of Illinois at Chicago, for “Water Diplomacy in the Middle East.”  

World Affairs of the Mid-Hudson Valley hosts Antonio Lobos, Former Editor of Las Noticias, for “U.S. Relations with Central America.” 

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts a panel of experts for “Our Region, Our World: Economic Outlook Into 2021.”

Tuesday 11/10 
 
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts H.E Ahmad Al Sayed, Minister of State and Chairman of the Qatar Free Zone Authority, and Hamad Al Ibrahim, Assistant Policy Researcher at RAND, for “How Qatar’s Free Zones Are Expanding Trade, Tech and Diplomacy in the Middle East.”

Montana World Affairs Council hosts Ambassador Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland to the U.S., for “Focus on Ireland.”

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts William Perry, Former Secretary of Defense, and Tom Collina, Ploughshares Fund Policy Director, for “Rethinking Nuclear Policy and Presidential Power.” 
 
World Affairs Council Orange County hosts Lindsay Chervinsky, Scholar in Residence at the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies at Iona College, and Professor Jeremi Suri, University of Texas at Austin, for "The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution." 
 
Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts Andrew Zvirzdin, Financial Economist in the U.S. Department of State Office of Monetary Affairs, for "Digital Assets - The Changing World of Money." 
 
World Affairs Council of Palm Beach, Inc. hosts Professor Luis Fleischman, Palm Beach State College, for "Palestinian/Israeli Conflict: Geopolitical & Social Change in Middle East." 
 
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat, New York University, for “Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present.” 
 
World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts author Steven Dudley, Co-Founder and Co-Director of InSight Crime, to discuss his book "MS-13: The Making of America's Most Notorious Gang." 
 
World Affairs Council of Great Reading hosts Robert Daly, Second Director of the Kissinger Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, for “The Long March of Virtue: China’s View of It’s Development, Power and U.S.-China Relations.”

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Lara Cottingham, Chief of Staff at the Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department, for “Conversations With Conscience: Sustainability.” 
 
International Affairs Forum Traverse City hosts Robert Giles, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, for "When Truth Mattered: The Kent State Shootings 50 Years Later." 

World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky hosts Ray Attiyah, Chief Innovation Officer at Clark Shaefer Hackett, for “EACC Young Professionals Executive Insights.”
World Oregon hosts Courtney Ferrari, teacher at Valley Catholic Middle School, and Neema Sahebi, teacher at Valley Catholic Middle School, for “Connecting to Students Through Cultural Artifacts.”

Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts Karl Dean, former Nashville Mayor, for “Global Nashville.”  

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts a panel of experts for “The Next President’s Foreign Policy Inbox.”

Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts a panel of experts for their “Journalism Under Fire: Covering Crisis Conference."
San Diego World Affairs Council hosts a panel of experts for “360 Degrees of a Ransomware Attack: Decision Points in Defense, Response and Mitigation.”
 
Wednesday 11/11 
 
Peoria Area World Affairs Council hosts Ambassador (ret.) Vicki Huddleston, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, for “Women in the U.S. Foreign Service: Unique Challenges, Distinctive Contributions.”

World Affairs Northern California hosts Professor Emeritus Roger Martin, University of Toronto, and Markos Kounalakis, Visiting Fellow at Hoover Institution, for "Rethinking Capitalism After Covid-19." 

Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts a panel of experts for “Global News Review.”
 
Thursday 11/12 
 
World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Ambassador (ret.) Mark Lippert, Vice President of International Affairs at Boeing, and Associate Professor Michael Green, Georgetown University, for “The U.S. - South Korea Agenda Post-Elections.” 

World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosts Sean Spicer, former White House Press Secretary, for “Leading America.”

WorldBoston hosts Lieutenant General (ret.) H. R. McMaster, Lecturer at Stanford University School of Business, for "National Security."
 
World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts hosts Bayan Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the U.S., for "U.S. & Kurdistan Region, Iraq: A Growing Partnership."

Richmond World Affairs Council hosts Chris Costa, Director of the International Spy Museum, for “Global Counterterrorism Fight Since 2018.”

World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads hosts Ali Noorani, President and CEO of the National Immigration Forum, for “Critical Care: Impact of Immigration Policy on U.S. Healthcare.”

World Affairs Council Dallas/Fort Worth hosts author Thomas Ricker to discuss his book “First Principles: What America’s Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped our Country.” 
 
Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs hosts Professor John Mearsheimer, University of Chicago, for "Liberalism, Realism, Nationalism, and the U.S.'s Role in World." 
 
World Affairs Council of Austin hosts Jordan Price, Honorary Consul General of Malawi, for “A Conversation With Jordan Price.”

World Affairs Council of South Texas hosts Banning Garrett, Director of the Asia Program at The Atlantic Council, for “We Had an Election, Now What?” 
  
International Relations Council Kansas City hosts Shari Wilson, President and CEO of Project Central, for “News and Views: Belarus.” 

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

Friday 11/13 
 
Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Andrea Snowden, pilot at FedEx Express, and Robert Cecchi, pilot for FedEx Express, for “Delivering the World: FedEx and Anchorage’s Busy Cargo Hub.” 
 
World Affairs Council of Albuquerque hosts Rebecca Molinoff, Latvia Desk Officer, for “U.S. Foreign Policy Goals in the Baltics: 5G, Energy Security and Critical Infrastructure.”

Peoria Area World Affairs Council hosts Giles Trendle, Managing Director of Al Jazeera English, for "Covering the World: The Al Jazeera Perspective." 
 
International Relations Council Kansas City hosts Stephanie Neppl, Executive Director of the Osceola County Economic Development Commission, for “Living and Working Abroad: Oceania.” 
 
World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts a panel of experts for “Climate Security.” 

Saturday 11/14 
 
World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California hosts a panel of experts for “Archaeology Discovery Weekend.” 

Sunday 11/15 
 
World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts Michael Auslin, Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, for “Asia’s New Geopolitics.” 
WACA's National Speaker Database Needs You!
WACA is continuing to upgrade and expand our 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 Laura Duncan.
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