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Annual National Conference

The World Affairs Councils of America will host its 2014 National Conference, America and the World 2015, on November 5-7 at The Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel.

Held annually for over two decades, the Conference engages our national network's leaders and members drawn from the business, civic, and education communities with leading policy-makers and experts.

The 2014 National Conference Agenda will examine: China, the U.S., and Asia; Russia/Eurasia; Cybersecurity; Future of Education; Youth, Jobs, and Social Unrest; Food and Water; Global Economic Realignment; Future of Energy; Africa; and Climate Change.

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Non-Member: $595
World Affairs Council Member: $495
World Affairs Council Board Member: $465
World Affairs Council CEO: $465
World Affairs Council Staff (Non-Executive): $435
World Affairs Council Volunteer Executive: $435

Confirmed Speakers to Date

  Alice Madden
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Intergovernmental & External Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy, on the Future of Energy
Gregory Kallenberg
Director and Producer, The Rational Middle Energy Series, on the Future of Energy
Director of Resources, Center for Energy Economics and Policy, Resources for the Future, on the Future of Energy
Editor, POLITICO Magazine, on Russia/Eurasia

Angela Stent
Professor and Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies, Georgetown University, on Russia/Eurasia
Governor Tim Pawlenty
CEO, Financial Services Roundtable, and former Governor of Minnesota, on Cybersecurity
Head of Cyber Risk, Dow Jones & Company, on Cybersecurity
Visiting Fellow for Cybersecurity, Brookings Institution, on Cybersecurity
Thomas C. Leppert
Chief Executive Officer, Kaplan Inc., and former Mayor of Dallas, TX, on the Future of Education
Executive Director, Gallup Education, on the Future of Education

Nicole Goldin
Senior Associate, Project on Prosperity and Development, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), on Youth, Jobs, and Social Unrest


Sharon Morris
Senior Advisor to the Acting President, United States Institute of Peace, on Youth, Jobs, and Social Unrest



Kristen Looney
Head of Face to Faith, North America, and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, on Global Education




Charles C. Haynes
Director, Religious Freedom Center, Newseum, on Global Education




Craig J. Perrier
High School Social Studies Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools, on Global Education 



Confirmed Embassy Receptions



Staying at The Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel 

We have secured a special group rate at The Fairfax at Embassy Row:

Superior King: $234 per night (Single/Double Occupancy)

Superior Two Doubles: $254 per night (Single/Double Occupancy)

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The Fairfax at Embassy Row is a historic Washington, DC hotel is located in the Dupont Circle area. A Washington, DC landmark, the hotel has an intriguing history that spans more than 80 years.

When The Fairfax opened its doors in 1927, distinguished guests were instantly drawn to its stately elegance, and more than willing to part with the outrageous sum of $4.00 per day for a double occupancy suite with a parlor, bedroom, and full bath. Colonel H. Grady Gore and his wife purchased the historic D.C. hotel in 1932, and it was during this decade that congressman, senators, and ambassadors began to make the hotel their permanent residence. 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

Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Duke Energy

Eden Hall Foundation


The Gambrinus Company

Goldman Sachs


The Holmes Organisation

Johnson + Sterling

Mr. Michael Phillip



Rosetta Stone

Steelcase, Inc.

Thomson Reuters

Tomassian, Throckmorton & Inouye LLP

Turkish Cultural Foundation

Van Andel Institute