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The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce that its 2016 National Conference will take place on November 16-18, at The Capital Hilton

This distinguished hotel is  located in the heart of Washington, DC - just two blocks from the White House. Convenient to three Metro stations and Ronald Reagan National Airport, the hotel is within walking distance of museums and memorials, theaters and art galleries, shopping, dining, nightlife, and more. 
 
Held annually for over two decades, the World Affairs Councils of America's National Conference engages our regional leaders and members drawn from the business, civic, and education communities with leading policy-makers and experts. Stay tuned for further announcements on National Conference speakers, hotel reservation, and other program details.  

 

2015 WACA National Conference: November 11-13

Leading America: Foreign Policy Challenges and the 2016 Election provided original and essential insights. Keynote speakers and relevant panel discussion - on the Middle East, great power rivals Russia and China, the global economy, energy, and transnational challenges from cyber to migration - framed the foreign policy agenda for candidates. 

 

 

Venue: The Fairfax at Embassy Row is conveniently located in the
Dupont Circle area. A Washington, DC landmark, the hotel's intriguing
history spans more than 80 years.

 

 

 

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Printable Schedule

 

Leadership Day Agenda

 

WACA 2015 National Conference featured speaker Jeffrey E. Garten, Dean Emeritus, Yale School of Management on "The Future of Emerging Markets". Sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association 

 

 

 

National Conference Speakers & Presenters
 

Kåre Aas
Ambassador of Norway to the United States
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

Ribal Al-Assad
Founder & Director
Organisation for Democracy and Freedom in Syria
Thomas McNamara

 

Joseph Bahout
Visiting Research Scholar, Middle East Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

Perry Cammack
Associate, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment
Policy Planning Staff, Secretary of State John Kerry (2013-15)

 

Cathleen Cimino-Isaacs
Research Associate
Peterson Institute for International Economics

 

Eugene Czolij
President
Ukrainian World Congress

 

Robert Daly
Director, Kissinger Center on China and the United States
Wilson Center

 

Monica de Bolle
Visiting Fellow
Peterson Institute for International Economics

 

Michele Dunne
Director and Senior Associate, Middle East Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

Erin Ennis
Senior Vice President
US-China Business Council

 

Sylvia Fields
Executive Director
Eden Hall Foundation

 

Jeffrey E. Garten
Dean Emeritus
Yale School of Management

 

Bonnie S. Glaser
Senior Adviser for Asia
CSIS

 

Julia Gourley
Senior Arctic Official
U.S. Department of State

 

John F. Harris
Editor in Chief, POLITICO
Moderator

 

Gwen Pamela Holdmann
Director
Alaska Center for Energy and Power

 

Gary Clyde Hufbauer
Reginald Jones Senior Fellow
Peterson Institute for International Economics

 

Bruce Jones
Vice President and Director of the Foreign Policy Program
Brookings Institution

 

James R. Jones
Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and former Congressman

 

Kemal Kirisçi
TUSIAD Senior Fellow and Director,Turkey Project
Brookings Institution

 

James Andrew Lewis
Director and Senior Fellow, Strategic Technologies Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies

 

Thomas W. Lippman
Journalist and author specializing in the Middle East
Middle East Institute

 

Michael Maccoby
"Strategic Intelligence: Conceptual Tools for Leading Change"
Leadership Day Keynote

 

Tanvi Madan
Foreign Policy Fellow and Director, India Project
Brookings Institution

 

Thomas McNamara
Ambassador
U.S. Department of State

 

David O'Sullivan
Ambassador
Delegation of the European Union to the United States

 

Jonathan D. Pollack
Senior Fellow, John L. Thornton China Center
Brookings Institution

 

Roman Popadiuk
Chair of the Board of Directors
World Affairs Councils of America

 

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman
Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States
Kurdistan Regional Government - Iraq

 

Frank A. Rose
Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance
U.S. Department of State

 

Dennis Ross
William Davidson Distinguished Fellow & Counselor
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

 

Jeffrey Schott
Senior Fellow
Peterson Institute for International Economics

 

Gerald F. Seib
Washington Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal
Moderator

 

András Simonyi
Managing Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations
SAIS Johns Hopkins University

 

Caryn Stein
Vice President, Communications and Content
Network for Good

 

Harold Trinkunas
Charles W. Robinson Chair and Director, Latin America Initiative
Brookings Institution

 

Frederic Wehrey
Senior Associate, Middle East Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

Rear Adm. Jonathan W. White
Oceanographer and Navigator
U.S. Navy

 

Thomas Wright
Director, Project on International Order and Strategy
Brookings Institution

 

Denise E. Zheng
Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Strategic Technologies Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies

 

Robert B. Zoellick
Chairman of International Advisors
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

 

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1918 Society Members

Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Chevron

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

ExxonMobil

Foreign Policy Association

The Gambrinus Company

Global Ties U.S.

Goldman Sachs

Google

The Holmes Organisation

Johnson + Sterling

Mr. Michael Phillip

NATO

Rational Middle Energy Series

Raytheon

Rosetta Stone

Shell

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center  

Thomson Reuters

Tomassian, Throckmorton & Inouye LLP

Turkish Cultural Foundation

Van Andel Institute