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Annual National Conference

2015 WACA National Conference: November 11-13

Leading America: Foreign Policy Challenges and the 2016 Election will provide 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 - will frame the foreign policy agenda for candidates. Council programs in 2016 will be enriched by the policy conversations and networking that take place here.

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.

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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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Leadership Day Agenda



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
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


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


John F. Harris
Editor in Chief, POLITICO


Gwen Pamela Holdmann
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
U.S. Department of State


David O'Sullivan
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


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


The Claremont Group

The Coca-Cola Company

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


Rational Middle Energy Series


Rosetta Stone


Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center  

Thomson Reuters

Tomassian, Throckmorton & Inouye LLP

Turkish Cultural Foundation

Van Andel Institute