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1918 Society 

     About the 1918 Society

The 1918 Society is comprised of individuals who wish to support the World Affairs Councils of America in its mission of educating Americans on global issues. The 1918 Society recalls the founding of the World Affairs Councils Network and the importance of its mission. In 1918, during the aftermath of World War I, the Foreign Policy Association and the World Affairs Councils worked together to nurture grassroots citizen involvement in international affairs. At that time, as America was assuming an unprecedented leadership role in world affairs, American citizens were becoming aware of events on an international level to a degree previously unknown.  

Today, as America's global involvement continues to grow politically, economically and culturally, it is more important than ever that we remember the goal of our founders to educate the American public on international affairs. Without an international framework, Americans cannot fully appreciate the role of the United States in the world, perform their civic duties, be productive and competitive members of the workforce and continue to lead in the global economy.

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WACA Hosts Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko at the U.S. Capitol

March 30, 2016


President Poroshenko (center), Ambassador Chaliy (far left), and members of WACA's 1918 Society, VIP Reception at the U.S. Capitol's Congressional Auditorium, March 30, 2016
President Poroshenko (center), Ambassador Chaliy (far left), and members of WACA's 1918 Society, VIP Reception
at the U.S. Capitol's Congressional Auditorium, March 30, 2016


President Poroshenko of Ukraine during Q&A moderated by WACA's Bill Clifford on "Ukraine's Battle for Freedom"
at the U.S. Capitol's Congressional Auditorium, March 30, 2016


For your support, 1918 Society Members Receive:

·  Special recognition as an individual sponsor of the World Affairs Councils of America on WACA's website and in all WACA materials, which are distributed to our vast National Network throughout the year. Membership Benefits and Form  

·  Access to exclusive off-the-record 1918 Society Hot Topics Conference Calls where members are given first-hand access to leading experts on today's pressing news items. Recent briefings include: 

The Hon. James Jones, U.S.-Mexico Relations 
Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and former Congressman

Reza Marashi on Iran Nuclear Deal and U.S.-Iran Relations
Research Director, National Iranian Council

Ambassador Ron Kirk on Climate Change and National Security  
Co-Chair of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition (CASEnergy Coalition), history within Obama administration and  first African-American mayor of Dallas.

Ambassador James B. Cunningham
Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan on The Future of Afghanistan

Bob Moritz
Chairman and Senior Partner, PwC, on How Global Trends are Affecting the Economy

Scott Carpenter
Deputy Director, Google Ideas, on Censorship in the Digital Age

President Vincente Fox
Former President of Mexico on the Mexico-U.S. Relationship

Karen Alderman Harbert
President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy on U.S. Energy in the 21st Century

Ambassador Martin S. Indyk
Vice President and Director of the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings, and former U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, on the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

Ambassador Luis CdeBaca
Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons on Human Trafficking

Susan Glasser
Editor of POLITICO Magazine on Russia-U.S. Relations

Ambassador Robert S. Ford
Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria on Ending the Violence in Syria

Wendy Cutler
Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative on U.S. Trade Agenda in 2014

Ambassador John F. Tefft
Current U.S. Ambassador to Russia, and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, on Ukraine, Russia, and the West

Senator John McCain on Syria

General Michael V. Hayden
Former Director of the CIA, and former Director of the NSA, on Understanding Data Surveillance, PRISM and the NSA

Ambassador Husain Haqqani
Former Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. on Manipulated Outrage and Misplaced Fury in the Muslim World

Nicholas Wapshott
International Editor, Newsweek, on Neo-Isolationism


Other notable past calls include:

Ambassador William H. Luers and Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering - The Second Administration, Iran: New Opportunities; New Options

Senator Richard Blumenthal, member of the Senate Armed Services Committee - Syria: Next Steps for U.S. Policy 

Daniel Yergin, author of The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World, and Pulitzer Prize Winner - U.S. Energy Policy: The Quest

Ambassador Robert Kimmitt, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany and former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury - The Eurozone Crisis: What it Means for the U.S. Economy

Philip Zelikow, Graduate Dean and Professor of History, University of Virginia and former Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission - Lessons from 9/11 for US National Security

Ambassador John D. Negroponte, Former Ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq and Former First Director of National Intelligence - Managing Uncertainty in the Middle East 

Dr. Graeme Bannerman, Scholar at the Middle East Institute - Turmoil in Egypt


The 1918 Society Members
Janis Agopian Carlos Alvarez Malú Alvarez
Karen de Bartolomé Jay L. Bruns Bill Clifford
Diane Conroy-LaCivita Matthew Butler  Richard A. Crepage
Brian Easley James Falk Sylvia V. Fields
Schuyler Foerster Jennifer Ganten Susan E. Gates
Nancy F. Hamlin Allison Hart Amy Holland
Rex M. Holmlin Forough Hosseini Randolph Huiting
Ross La Jeunesse Samuel P. Johnson Katherine Keck
A. Alex Lari Noel Lateef Joan Lemoine
Kay Maxwell Maura O'Donnell-McCarthy Kristin McHugh
James Nathan Sait Onal Stephen Petras, Jr.
Roman Popadiuk Joan C. Russell Liz Rutherford
Lynn Beck Simonini Craig Snyder Steven Sokol
L.J. Stambuk Donald C. Stamford Andrea Stanley Hester
Donna L. Suddeth Faruk Taban Patrick Terrien
Ramsay Thurber Serge Tomassian Deepak Vyas
Angela Weck Jerry E. Wheat Charles Womack


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Please contact Lian Esehaki at or 202-833-4557 for more information. 


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1918 Society Members

Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation

Carnegie Corporation of New York


The Claremont Group

The Coca-Cola Company

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) 


Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Eden Hall Foundation


Foreign Policy Association

The Gambrinus Company

Global Ties U.S.

Goldman Sachs


The Holmes Organisation

Johnson + Sterling

Mr. Michael Phillip


Orbital ATK

Rational Middle Energy Series


Rosetta Stone


Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center  

Thomson Reuters

Tomassian, Throckmorton & Inouye LLP

Turkish Cultural Foundation