WACA National Conference New Speakers Announced; Wunderbar Together Programs; Star Speakers; Council of the Month; WorldQuest Weekly Quiz; Cover to Cover with Philip Stephens; Councils are Hiring; Council Highlights; & more!
WACA 2021 National Conference
Bridging Divides at Home and Abroad
November 16-19
Early Bird discounts now extended through September 24!
Featured Speakers
New! THOMAS WRIGHT

Author, Aftershocks: Pandemic Politics and the End of the Old International Order (St. Martin's Press, Aug. 2021)
Contributing writer at The Atlantic & nonresident fellow at Australia's Lowy Institute
New! ALICE HILL
David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, CFR

Author, The Fight For Climate After COVID-19 (Oxford, Sept. 2021)
Special Assistant to the President & Senior Director for Resilience Policy (2015-2016)
New! ELBRIDGE COLBY
Co-founder and Principal, The Marathon Initiative

Deputy Asst. Secretary of Defense for Strategy & Force Development (2017-2018)
DR. NINA ANSARY
Director of the WACA Global Women Lecture Series

Award-winning Iranian American Author and Historian
UN Women Global Champion for Innovation
Student Scholarships: Deadline This Friday!
Through the generous support of The Gambrinus Company and Mr. and Mrs. Carlos and Malú Alvarez, WACA will offer a limited number of scholarships for undergraduate students from the Council network to attend our 2021 National Conference. Thank you to our generous sponsor!

The nominated student must submit their Application Form, their resume, and a 1-2 page Letter of Intent. The Council must submit the Nomination Form and a Letter of Recommendation from the Council head explaining why the student has been selected. We encourage Councils to publicize the undergraduate scholarship award as soon as possible, since the deadline for nominations and applications is Friday, September 17.
Preview of Germany's Sept. 26 Elections
The following WACA Engage America series, held under the auspices of Wunderbar Together 2021, is presented in partnership with the American Council on Germany and Atlantik-Brücke.
Tue., Sept. 14 at 12:00 PM ET
Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts Stefan Kornelius, foreign editor of the German Daily, in conversation with Steven Sokol, President of the American Council on Germany, for "Germany after Angela Merkel: Her Legacy & the Leadership Transition." REGISTER.
Wed., Sept. 15 at 12:00 PM ET
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts Kati Marton, author of The Chancellor, in conversation with Steven Sokol, President of the American Council on Germany, for "The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel." REGISTER.
Star Speakers at Councils This Week
Amb. Anniken Krutnes
Norway's Ambassador to the U.S.
Amb. Mikko Hautala
Finland's Ambassador to the U.S.
Bill McKibben
Environmentalist & Author
Palwasha Kakar
Interim Director Religion & Inclusive Societies, USIP
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John Bradley
Co-Founder, Lamia Afghan Fdn.
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Walter Givhan
ALWAC President
Arwa Damon
CNN Senior Correspondent
Amb. (Ret.) Robert Ford
Senior Fellow, MEI
Amb. (Ret.) Ronald Neumann
Fmr. Ambassador to Afghanistan
WorldQuest Weekly Quiz
This week's WACA WorldQuest Weekly is out! Test your global affairs awareness and dive into news stories that represent a broad spectrum of developments of interest and importance. Most of the questions are drawn from both WACA's Weekly World News Update, and a curated news Twitter feed @TNWAC #WACquiz.

In partnership with WACA, WorldQuest Weekly is produced by the Tennessee World Affairs Council, which offers customized subscriptions to the quiz for Council members. Contact pat@tnwac.org or visit tnwac.org/quiz for details.

Last Week's Winners (10/10 Points):
Carol (Worcester, MA) and Dixie (Dallas, TX) - Congratulations!
Putting People First in Digital Government Services
September 15 at 12:00 PM ET
The World Affairs Council of Atlanta, in partnership with WACA, will host "Putting People First in Digital Government Services: A Transatlantic Conversation." Experts from industry and government will share lessons learned and future prospects for digital government from a customer/user perspective.

The event will also explore Transatlantic lessons learned through new digital health and human services programs launched in Scotland and the state of Rhode Island.
Council of the Month Highlight
Global Ties Arizona’s first edition of Dining for Diplomacy will feature Oaxaca, Mexico on September 17 in celebration of Mexico’s Day of Independence and the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. In partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico in Phoenix and the Ministry of Tourism of Oaxaca, the virtual event will feature the history of Oaxaca’s role in Mexican independence, traditional dance and music, and will be accompanied by an authentic Oaxacan meal for pick-up by attendees. Join virtually
Cover to Cover Video: FT's Philip Stephens on Britain Alone
On Thursday, September 9, President and CEO Bill Clifford spoke with Philip Stephens, Director of the Editorial Board and Chief Political Commentator at Financial Times, about his book Britain Alone: The Path from Suez to Brexit.

ICYMI: Head to our YouTube channel to watch the full discussion!
Job Announcements in the Network
Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs seeks to hire a President. Learn more.
World Affairs Council (Northern California) seeks to hire an Action Projects Initiative Lead. Learn more.
WorldBoston seeks to hire a Fulbright Anchor City Cultural Enrichment Program Coordinator. Learn more.
International Institute of Buffalo seeks to hire an Immigrant Domestic Violence Advocate. Learn more.
World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky seeks to hire a Global Education Manager. Learn more.
World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana seeks to hire an Communications and Marketing Coordinator. Learn more.
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia seeks to hire an Independent Contractor: Outreach and Development in Philadelphia Schools and a Membership Manager. Learn more.
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth seeks to hire a Part Time Accountant. Learn more.
World Affairs Councils of America seeks to hire a Programs and Operations Associate. Learn more.
All programs below are accessible online unless otherwise indicated.

Monday 9/13

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Anniken Krutnes, Ambassador of Norway to the U.S., and Mikko Hautala Ambassador of Finland to the U.S., for “Nordic Innovation Series: Diplomats in Dialogue.

International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, for “Nuancing National Security: Transnational Security Issues.

Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall and World Affairs Council of Orange County host Ryan Crocker, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, and Col.(Ret.) Richard Downie, for “The Past, Present, and Future of US-Afghanistan Relations and Foreign Policy.

Tuesday 9/14

Alabama World Affairs Council hosts Lt. General (Ret.) John Bradley, co-founder of the Lamia Afghan Foundation, and Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Walter Givhan, Council President, for “Afghanistan Then and Now.

Worcester World Affairs Council hosts Bill McKibben, renowned author and environmentalist, for “Bill McKibben at Worcester World Affairs Council.”

Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy hosts Palwasha Kakar, Interim Director for Religion and Inclusive Societies at the U.S. Institute of Peace, for “9/11’s Impact on Women Around the World 20 Years Later.”

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts Stefan Kornelius, Foreign Editor of the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, and ACG President Steven Sokol for “Germany After Angela Merkel: Her Legacy and the Leadership Transition.

Savannah Council on World Affairs hosts Brigadier General Todd Wasmund for “U.S. and French Military Cooperation - Meeting Security Requirements of Tomorrow.”

Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council hosts Laurent Dubois, Co-Director for Academic Affairs of the Democracy Initiative at University of Virginia, for “Haiti & Democracy

World Affairs Council of New Jersey hosts career U.S. diplomat Annie Pforzheimer, former Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Afghanistan (2018-2019), for “After the Fall: What the Taliban’s Takeover of Afghanistan Means for the United States.

World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky hosts film director Adam Stovall for “A Ghost Awaits.


WorldDenver Young Professionals participate in the 9th Annual Global Cup Challenge Trivia Extravaganza.” (In Person)

World Affairs Council Upstate presents “Hiking with the UIWG.” (In Person)

Wednesday 9/15

Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts Kati Marton, author of The Chancellor, and ACG President Steven Sokol for “The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel.

Vermont Council on World Affairs hosts Linda Polman, Amsterdam-based journalist and author, for “The Crisis Caravan: What’s Wrong With Humanitarian Aid?

World Affairs Council Upstate hosts Katherine “Kate” Palmer Kaup, James B. Duke Professor of Asian Studies and Political Science at Furman University, for “The No Rights Zone’: Violence Against Muslims in China.

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Thomas Wright, Director of the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, for “Aftershocks: Pandemic Politics and the End of the Old International Order.

Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts Sky Foerster for “The Biden Administration and the World.

World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts Thomas Barfield, Professor of Anthropology at Boston University, for “Crisis in Afghanistan and the Consequences of Wishful Thinking.

World Affairs Council of Atlanta and WACA host a panel of experts for “Putting People First in Digital Government Series: A Trans-Atlantic Conversation.”

Thursday 9/16

Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Anniken Krutness, Ambassador of Norway to the U.S, and Okko-Pekka Salmimies, Consul General of Finland in Los Angeles, for “Ambassador Unplugged Series.

International Affairs Forum (Traverse City) hosts Arwa Damon, CNN Senior International Correspondent, for “Middle East: War, Women, and Struggle.”

Peoria Area World Affairs Council hosts Robert Ford, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Advisor on Iran, and Ronald Neumann, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and Advisor on Iraq, for “50th Anniversary Gala: Looking Backward and Thinking Forward from the Experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq.

World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts David Balton, former U.S. Ambassador for Oceans and Fisheries and Senior Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Polar Institute, for “Seeking Leadership for a Changing Arctic.”

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Ben Rhodes, former deputy national security advisor and co-host of Pod Save the World, for “After the Fall: Being American in the World We’ve Made.

Olympia World Affairs Council hosts Monica DeHart, distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of Puget Sound, for “China in Latin America: Paving the Way Toward Development or Exploiting Opportunities for Regional Domination?

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts “Globalist Coffeehouse: Afghanistan - What’s Next?

World Affairs Council of Maine hosts “Coffee & Discussion.

Friday 9/17

Global Ties Arizona hosts the Consulate of Mexico in Phoenix for “Dining for Diplomacy: Celebrating ‘Dia de la Independencia’ in Oaxaca, Mexico.”

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts Larry Valero, Associate Professor of Intelligence and Security Studies, for “Community Global Forum: Larry Valero - Cyber Security.

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts “The Pursuit of Hoppiness: Meridian Young Professionals at Addison Oktoberfest.” (In Person)

Saturday 9/18

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh presents the “Three Rivers Community Trail Ride.” (In Person)

World Affairs Council of Harrisburg hosts the “Annual Peace Symposium;” the Council also presents the 11th Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival.” (In Person)

Sunday 9/19

World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky hosts Sara Drabik, Abi Esmena, Jaime Meyers Schlenck, and Stacy Songer, WIF professionals, for “Lunafest Short Films” (In Person)