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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 (available  here) 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

Vali Nasr
Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Celeste A. Wallander
Special Assistant to the President, and Senior Director, Russia and Central Asia, National Security Council Staff, The White House, on Russia/Eurasia

Amadou Sy
Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Africa Growth Initiative, The Brookings Institution, on Africa's Transformation

Karen Attiah
Deputy Opinions Editor, The Washington Post, on Africa's Transformation

Kalsoom Lakhani
Founder and CEO, Invest2Innovate, on Youth, Jobs, and Social Unrest

Amanda Taub
Senior Correspondent, Vox, on Youth Jobs, and Social Unrest


Evan A. Feigenbaum
Vice Chairman, The Paulson Institute, on China


David M. Finkelstein
Vice President and Director, China Studies, CNA Corporation, on China

David Shambaugh
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, and Director, China Policy Program, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, on China

Angela Stent
Professor and Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies, Georgetown University, on Russia/Eurasia
Susan Glasser
Editor, POLITICO, on Russia/Eurasia
National Security Reporter, The Washington Post, on Cybersecurity
Governor Tim Pawlenty
CEO, Financial Services Roundtable, and former Governor of Minnesota, on Cybersecurity
Chief Information Security Officer, Dow Jones & Company, on Cybersecurity
Visiting Fellow for Cybersecurity, Brookings Institution, on Cybersecurity

Todd Moss
Chief Operating Officer and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development, on Africa's Transformation

Jennifer L. Turner
Director, China Environment Forum, Wilson Center, on Food, Water, and Climate

Keith Schneider
Senior Editor, Circle of Blue, on Food, Water, and Climate

Greg Guidry
Executive Vice President, Unconventionals, Shell Upstream Americas, on the Future of Energy
Gregory Kallenberg
Director and Producer, The Rational Middle Energy Series, on the Future of Energy
Alice Madden
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Intergovernmental & External Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy, on the Future of Energy
Director of Resources, Center for Energy Economics and Policy, Resources for the Future, on the Future of Energy
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

Nicholas Wapshott
International Editor, Newsweek



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 in Washington, DC
The hotel block at The Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel has ended, but rooms are still available at The Fairfax and nearby hotels below:

The Palomar Hotel (.10 miles away)

The Embassy Row Hotel (.10 miles)

The Dupont Circle Hotel (.20 miles)

Hotel Madera (.20 miles)

The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel (.30 miles)

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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