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The World Affairs Councils of America hosted its 2013 National Conference, Six Top Issues for 2014November 13-15, 2013 at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel.
 
Thank you to all attendees, speakers, and sponsors for helping to make the 2013 National Conference a great one. We want to give you the opportunity to let us know what aspects went well and appealed to you most, and what areas for improvement deserve our attention. We depend on your feedback and welcome your ideas -- let's make next year's event even better!
 
 
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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. The National Conference launches the National Network's year-long discussion of the Six Top Issues for 2014 selected by our network leadership across the country and helps plan our programming for the coming year. 

The Six Top Issues selected by the National Network leadership as the most important national security issues for the coming year are: 
  • Cybersecurity
  • U.S. Energy Independence
  • Global Economic Realignment
  • Middle East
  • Global Environment Issues
  • K-12 Education 

 

2013 National Conference Speakers 

Laura Bush
Former First Lady of the United States, Honorable Keynote Speaker

 

Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer
Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court on making our democracy work

 

Edward Alden
Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

 

Ernie Allen
President & CEO, International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, on the virtual economy

 

Senator Kelly Ayotte
Opening Dinner Keynote SpeakerMember, Senate Armed Services Committee

 

Peter Baker
1918 Society -- White House Correspondent,The New York Times;author of the upcoming bookDays of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House

 

Senator Richard Blumenthal
Co-Chair, Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking

 

Leland D. Melvin
Associate Administrator for Education, NASA, on U.S. education

 

Marilyn Carlson Nelson
Chair, Carlson Holdings Inc., on human trafficking

 

The Honorable Michael Chertoff
Former Secretary of Homeland Security; and Chairman and Co-Founder, The Chertoff Group on cybersecurity

 

Frank J. Cilluffo
Former Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security;Associate Vice President, George Washington University; Director, Homeland Security Policy Institute on cybersecurity

 

Massimo Cirasino
Manager of the Financial Infrastructure & Remittances Service Line and Head of Payments Systems Development Group, World Bank,on the virtual economy

 

Steve Clemons
Washington Editor at Large,The Atlantic;Editor,Atlantic Live;andSenior Fellow, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation on global economic realignment

 

Lieutenant General Jon M. Davis
Deputy Commander, U.S. Cyber Command on cybersecurity

 

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky
Senior Fellow, Harvard University JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; former Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs; Chair, WACA National Board of Directors

 

Ambassador Gary Doer
Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America,onenergy policy and the environment

 

Bob Dudley
Group Chief Executive, BP, will give a keynote on the future of energy

 

David Drummond
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, Google

 

Elizabeth C. Economy
C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, on global economic realignment

 

Tom Gjelten
Correspondent, NPR

 
Marc Grossman

Ambassador Marc Grossman
Former U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and former Chair, WACA National Board of Directors, on making our democracy work

 

John Hofmeister
Founder and Chief Executive,Citizens for Affordable Energy; and former President, Shell Oil Company on U.S. energy policy and the environment

 

Kevin Johnson
Chief Executive Officer, Secure Ideas; andSenior Instructor, SANS Institute on cybersecurity

 

Mwangi S. Kimenyi
Director, Africa Growth Initiative, and Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution, on emerging economies

 

Sarah O. Ladislaw
Co-Director & Senior Fellow, Energy & National Security Program, CSIS

 

Michael Levi
David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, Council on Foreign Relations on U.S. energy policy and the environment

 

William F. Martin
Former Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Energy andformer Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan;Chairman, Washington Policy & Analysis, Inc., on U.S. energy policy and the environment

 

Tarek Masoud
Associate Professor, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, JFK School of Government, Harvard University

 

Ambassador John D. Negroponte
Vice Chairman, McLarty Associates

 

Ambassador Roger F. Noriega
Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; andformer assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs on emerging economies

 

Senator Rob Portman
Co-Chair, Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking

 

Josh Rogin
Senior Correspondent for National Security and Politics,Newsweekand The Daily Beast, will keynote the discussion with the WACA Student Scholarship Winners

 

Stephen Rubley
Stephen Rubley, Managing Director, Government Segment, Thomson Reuters, and President and Chief Executive Officer, Thomson Reuters Special Services, LLC,on the virtual economy

 

Charles Sennott
Vice President, Editor-at-Large and co-founder,Global Post

 

Barbara Slavin
Senior Fellow, Atlantic Center's South Asia Center; and Washington Correspondent,Al-Monitor on the Middle East

 

David Wessel
Economics Editor and Columnist,The Wall Street Journal

 

Ambassador Ross Wilson
Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey;Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council; Lecturer, The George Washington University on the Middle East

 

Robin Wright
Joint Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; and author ofRock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic worldon the Middle East

 

 

2013 National Confence Embassy Receptions

 

Embassy of Portugal


 

National Conference Scholarships Available
The National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America offered 25 scholarships for college students from our national network to attend the 2013 National Conference. 

 

Agenda
Wednesday, November 13
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Fall Leadership Meeting for Council CEOs and Staff/Annual Membership Meeting
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM: Opening Dinner  

Thursday, November 14
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Main Plenaries
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM: Embassy Receptions

Friday, November 15
7:30 AM - 8:45 AM: 1918 Society Breakfast
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Main Plenaries
Conference concludes at 3:00 PM

Thank You to Our Generous 2013 National Conference Sponsors

 



 

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BP

1918 Society Members 

Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Chevron

The Claremont Group

Coca-Cola

Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Duke Energy

ExxonMobil

The Gambrinus Company

Goldman Sachs

Google

Johnson + Sterling

Mr. Michael Phillip

NATO

Raytheon

Rosetta Stone

Steelcase, Inc.

Thomson Reuters

Tomassian, Throckmorton & Inouye LLP

Turkish Cultural Foundation

Van Andel Institute