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Cover to Cover

Cover to Cover is a monthly program featuring the most influential authors on subjects of national and international importance.

Offered as a benefit to all current WACA Member Councils, Cover to Cover conference calls are opportunities for Council leaders, members, and supporters to engage with esteemed authors on critical issues. Cover to Cover authors often welcome invitations to speak at Councils. In short, the WACA National Office covers a topic with an expert so that Councils may discover a speaker and cover the topic in even greater depth in their own communities, spearheading a national conversation. 

Upcoming 2017 Cover to Cover

November will feature a special edition of Cover to Cover Live at the WACA 2017 National Conference. Head to the WACA 2017 National Conference website for more information! 



Recent 2017 Cover to Cover Calls

October's Cover to Cover featured author Meghan L. O'Sullivan on her book, Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America's Power.

Podcast available here.

September's Cover to Cover featured author Richard McGregor on his book, Asia's Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century.

Podcast avaialble here.

August's Cover to Cover featured author James Kirchick on his book, The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age.

Podcast available here.

July's Cover to Cover featured author Lisa Palmer on her book, Hot, Hungry Planet.

Podcast avaialble here.

June's Cover to Cover featured author and journalist Souad Mekhennet on her book, I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad.

Listen to the podcast here.

May's Cover to Cover featured author Thomas Wright on his book All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the Twenty-First Century and the Future of American Power. 

Listen to the podcast here.

April's Cover to Cover featured author Howard W. French for his book Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power

Listen to the podcast here

To mark International Women's Day on March 8, The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to feature Amani Al-Khatahtbeh for March's Cover to Cover Author Series, on her book Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age.

Listen to the podcast here.

February Cover to Cover will feature author David Biello on his new book The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth's Newest Age.

Listen to the podcast here.


January Cover to Cover will feature author David Priess on his new book The President's Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to American Presidents from Kennedy to Obama.

Listen to the podcast here.

2016 Cover to Cover 

December Cover to Cover Red Line: American Foreign Policy in a Time of Fractured Politics and Failing States

Author Philip J. Crowley, is the Assistant Secretary of State and Spokesman for the U.S. Department of State under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Listen to a recording of the call here



November Cover to Cover The Fires of Spring: A Post-Arab Spring Journey Through the Turbulent New Middle East


Author Shelly Culbertsonis a policy analysist at the RAND Corporation. 

Listen to a recording of the call here



October's Cover to Cover Peace through Entrepreneurship

 Author Steven Koltai, is a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and managing director of the entrepreneurship consultancy Koltai and Co. LLC. 

 Listen to a recording of the call here


September's Cover to Cover The Long Game: How Obama Defied Washington and Redefined America's Role in the World

Author Derek Chollet is senior advisor for security and defense policy at The German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Listen to a recording of the call here



August's Cover to Cover Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents 

Author Talmage Boston, is a commercial litigator in Dallas, Texas, and a shareholder at the Winstead PC law firm.

Listen to a recording of the call here.


July's Cover to Cover War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft 

Author Jennifer M. Harris, is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She previously served as the lead architect of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Economic Statecraft agenda.

Listen to a recording of the call here


June's Cover to Cover This Brave New World: India, China, and the United States

Author Anja Manuel is a Lecturer at Stanford University and a cofounder and partner with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, in RiceHadleyGates LLC, a strategic consulting firm. 

Listen to a recording of the call here.



May's Cover to Cover The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World

Author Dr. Steven Radelet, is the Donald F. McHenry Chair in Global Human Development at Georgetown University.

Listen to a recording of the call here.




April's Cover to Cover The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East

Author Marc Lynch is political science and international affairs professor at George Washington University. He is also a non-resident senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a contributing editor at the Monkey Cage blog for the Washington Post.

Listen to a recording of the call here


March's Cover to Cover  Japan Restored: How Japan Can Reinvent Itself and Why This Is Important for America and the World

Author Clyde Prestowitz, is founder and President of the Economic Strategy Institute. He has played key roles in achieving congressional passage of NAFTA and in shaping the final content of the Uruguay Round, as well as providing the intellectual basis for current U.S. trade policies toward Japan, China, and Korea. 

Listen to a recording of the call here



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