September 10, 2018
WACA Weekly
This Week: New Conference Scholarship Program; New Speakers; Cover to Cover with NYT's C.J. Chivers; Santa Fe Gala Features McFaul; plus, Council Jobs & Program News
WACA 2018 National Conference: Braving the New World Order

November 7-9
The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC
Ten New Student Scholarships Announced!
WACA is pleased to offer 10 new scholarships to DC-area undergraduates to cover Conference registration fees. Funding for these scholarships has been generously provided by the Mr. and Mrs. Ray Rothrock Charitable Gift Fund. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 10.

Please use this Application Form and send your resume, a statement of interest, and a letter of reference to Selected applicants will enjoy full access to the WACA 2018 National Conference: Braving the New World Order, November 7-9 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.
The ten new scholarships are in addition to the 25 scholarships for undergraduate students that the WACA Board, in partnership with The Gambrinus Company and Mr. Carlos Alvarez, has traditionally provided. The purpose of both scholarship programs is the same: to advance WACA's and the Council Network's shared educational mission and to prepare future leaders for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. 

The deadline for Council nominations of undergraduate students in their city or region for these 25 slots is Friday, September 21 .
Conference speakers added!

Peter W. Singer
Strategist and Senior Fellow

Steven E. Sokol
Bookmark the  WACA 2018 National Conference website  for speaker and program updates!
WACA Thanks Its Sponsors
Tomorrow! Cover to Cover Author Chivers Discusses The Fighters
Author C.J. Chivers
Cover to Cover will feature a conversation with  C.J. Chivers, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for the  New York Times, on his new book,  The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Council of the Month Santa Fe CIR Hosts Ambassador McFaul at Gala
The Santa Fe Council on International Relations will welcome Ambassador Michael McFaul to speak at their Annual Gala in November .

As the U.S. Ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, his time in Moscow was turbulent. Russian state media launched a vicious fake news campaign against him, he and his family were relentlessly followed, and his phones were tapped. He favored the “reset” policy with Russia, including initiatives such as the New START Treaty on nuclear arms; the opening of the Northern Distribution Network allowing the U.S. to send supplies to its troops in Afghanistan by way of Russia; cooperation on Iran and North Korea; and Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization, which Washington hoped would bind Russia to the international trading system and its rules.

Much has changed since then, from Russian interference in the U.S. national election in 2016 to President Trump’s recent calls for Russia to rejoin the G8.
Click here to learn more.

Ambassador McFaul was WACA's Cover to Cover author in May.
USIP's 2018 #PeaceDayChallenge
The United States Institute of Peace's Peace Day Challenge coincides with the International Day of Peace on September 21 to raise the profile of the day and affirm peace as a real alternative to the violence we see every day in the news.

It is all about inspiring a  day of action , focused on building peace through real-life activities, and then sharing on social media at #PeaceDayChallenge .

This summer, USIP collaborated with Scholastic to create a new Poster Teaching Guide for the Peace Day Challenge in 2018. This is being distributed to 50,000 middle school classrooms across the U.S. to support educators and their students in taking action on the International Day of Peace and continuing their learning and engagement all year long.

Here is what Councils need to effectively participate in USIP's Peace Day Challenge this year:
  • The website is the hub for information, action ideas, and other resources to support engagement in the Peace Day Challenge. 
  • For more on USIP's public education work, click here.

Personal contact information for  Ann-Louise Colgan , Director of Public Education at USIP:  or  202-429-3894 . We encourage you to contact her for action ideas, advice, or other suggestions to support your Council's engagement in the Peace Day Challenge.
South Dakota WAC Hosts Funsch for Oman 2018 Grant Series
South Dakota World Affairs Council will present Oman’s Role in Promoting Peace in the Middle East, featuring Dr. Linda Pappas Funsch (left) on Thursday, September 13. Dr. Funsch spoke last month at WAC Albuquerque.

SDWAC's program is the fourth of eight in WACA's Engage America: Oman 2018 program series, generously funded by the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center . Coming up soon,  WAC Dallas/Fort Worth and Columbia WAC will host experts recommended by SQCC. 
Councils Are Hiring!

Global Minnesota seeks an outstanding and experienced international affairs and nonprofit sector leader to serve as its President. This role will develop the organization’s engagement throughout Minnesota using the 5-year Strategic Plan as a roadmap with the goal of deeper awareness and understanding of global economic, political, social, and cultural ideas and issues. Apply here.

CCWA is seeking a Chief Executive Officer. The ideal candidate will bring proven strategic and hands-on leadership experience to fulfill CCWA’s mission to inspire engagement in international affairs and world cultures through education, citizen diplomacy, and public dialogue.  Apply here.

This full-time Program Coordinator will work in support of Global Classroom and Community programs. The goal of this position is to provide excellent service to teachers, students, and community members engaged with these programs, support the Council’s commitment to the highest level of program quality, and maintain external and internal communications.  Apply here.
Council Highlights

World Affairs (Northern California) this week will host and partner on several events that focus on environmental and climate justice issues. Speakers include Musimbi Kanyoro, Mary Robinson, Al Gore, and Erik Solheim.
More Council Highlights
Monday 9/10

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Musimbi Kanyoro , President and CEO of Global Fund for Women, and Mary Robinson , President of Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice, for “Women’s Role in Climate Justice.” Details

Tuesday 9/11
World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Al Gore, Chairman of The Climate Reality Project, for “Spotlight on Climate Solutions: A Conversation with the Honorable Al Gore.” Details

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts a panel of experts for “Climate Change, Refugees, and the Political Drift to the Right.” Details

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts Erin Ennis, Senior Vice President U.S.-China Business Council, for “What You Should Know About U.S.-China Trade and Why It Matters for PA.” Details

Alabama World Affairs Council hosts Pano Yannakogeorgos , founding Dean of the Air Force Cyber College, for “A World at War Itself: The Cyber Threat and Globalization.” Details
World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina hosts Russell Crandall , Davidson College Latin American specialist, for “Crisis in Venezuela.” Details

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Kermit Roosevelt , author of Conflict of Laws, and Ilan Wurman , Fellow and Lecturer-in-Law at Arizona State University, for “Ensuring the Blessings of Liberty: How Should the Supreme Court Interpret the Constitution?” Details

Global Ties Arizona hosts Bethany Bennick, Program Officer at Global Ties Arizona, for “Global Café.” Details

Wednesday 9/12

World Affairs Councils of Charlotte hosts H.E. Hynek Kmoníček , Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the U.S., for “The Future of Europe: A Czech View.” Details  

Worcester World Affairs Council hosts Mary Beth Leonard, Ambassador to the African Union, for “The African Union as Partner in Peace and Security.” Details

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Amy Celico, Head of the Albright Stonebridge Group’s China practice in Washington, DC, for “Breaking Down the U.S.-China Trade Relationship: Consequences at Home and Abroad.” Details

The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Diana Untermeyer, to discuss her book Qatar: Sand, Sea, and Sky. Details

The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Kevin Pasha, WAC Board Member, for the “SWAC Fall Kick-Off” event. Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Nicholas Eftimiades , Senior Research Fellow at King’s College War Studies Department, for “Strategic Security Issues for the 21st Century with Nicholas Eftimiades.” Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Roger Whitcomb , Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Kutztown University, for “Roger Whitcomb on 'Putin’s Russia.'” Details

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Erik Solheim, UN Environment Executive Director, for “Global Environmental Action.” Details

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Michael Baker, Former Rear Admiral of United States Navy, for “East Bay | Crisis On the Korean Peninsula.” Details

Global Minnesota hosts Mark Canning , former Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, for “Fire and Fury or Dialogue and Diplomacy?” Details

Thursday 9/13

South Dakota World Affairs Council hosts Linda Pappas Funsch, professor of Middle East and Islamic Studies at Frederick (MD) Community College, for “Oman’s Role in Promoting Peace in the Middle East.” Details

International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Sarah Margon, Washington Director of Human Rights Watch, for “An Evening with Sarah Margon.” Details

WorldOregon hosts a panel of experts for “2018 Oregon-China Conference on Culture, Language, and Business.” Details

The World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts industry leaders and NGOs for “Racing to the Top: Accountability, Transparency, and Sustainability in Global Trade.” Details

The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Jennifer Thornton, Counsel to the International Trade practice at Arent Fox LLP, for a private reception. Details

World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky hosts 11th Biennial Conference of the Immigrant Survivors of Partner Violence (YWCA), for “Discussing Trauma in Immigrant and Refugee Communities.” Details

World Affairs Council Upstate hosts a panel of speakers for the third session in their three-part series, Immigration and the Fight for America’s Future, for “The Changing Face of America: Impact on the 2018 Election and Beyond.” Details

World Affairs Council Upstate hosts Dr. Michael Bressler, author and professor of Politics and International Affairs at Furman University, for “Challenges of Russian Foreign Policy – An America and the World Monthly Lecture.” Details

Indiana Council on World Affairs hosts Nina Jankowicz, Global Fellow, for “Russia’s Expanding Sphere of Influence.” Details

Dayton Council on World Affairs hosts a panel of experts, for “Federal Construction Contracting Summit.” Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Tim Krause, to discuss his book Finding Theo. Details

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts a panel of experts, for “Democracy, Self-Governance, and Social Media.” Details
Friday 9/14

Northern Nevada International Center hosts Gabby Rivera , author of Juliet Takes a Breath , for “Engaging in the Power of Diversity: A Liberal Arts Speaker Series.” Details
Saturday 9/15

World Affairs Council of Austin, in collaboration with other local organizations, holds Austin’s “Annual Fiesta de El Grito de Independencia.” Details
Travel the World with WAC Philadelphia
Travel with  Council Leaders - hear them lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!
2018 and 2019 travel schedule includes trips to: 

  • Megan Torrey, CEO, World Affairs Council of Connecticut, Himalayan Kingdoms, Sept. 11-25
  • Dixie Anderson, Executive Director Emerita, World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, Romance of the Douro River: Sept. 15-26
  • Joyce Davis, President, World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, Town & Country Life in Languedoc: Oct. 6-14
  • Don Samford, Board President, Peoria Area World Affairs Council, Cuba: Nov. 4-12
  • Dr. Pamela Zeiser, Education Liaison, World Affairs Council of Jacksonville, Vienna & Prague, April 28 - May 5, 2019
  • Michelle Harpenau, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky,Springtime in Provence & Burgundy, May 15 - 23, 2019
  • Mimi Gregory, Vice President of Programs, Naples Council on World Affairs, Grand Seine: June 30 - July 18, 2019
  • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs, Northern California, Arctic Expedition: June 21 - July 1, 2019
  • Derrick Olsen, President, WorldOregon, Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia: Oct. 13-21, 2019
  • Jacqueline Miller, President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Seattle, Passage along the Danube River: Oct. 12-24, 2019
  • Craig Snyder, President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Exploring Saudi Arabia & Qatar: Nov. 7-17, 2019

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