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WACA 2016 National Conference

America and Global Megatrends

November 16-18

For more than two decades, the World Affairs Councils of America's annual conference has presented top government officials, diplomats, business executives, civic leaders, think tank policy experts and journalists to a national audience. Council leaders and members from WACA's 95 affiliates across the country engage with these speakers and thought leaders over the course of three stimulating days in our nation's capital.
WACA's 2016 National Conference will be held at the The Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. Click here to reserve your room! 
The Honorable Penny Pritzker (photo), U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and UPS Chairman and CEO David Abney will keynote Ambassadors Luncheon on the topic: Why Trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Matter

2016-2017 Academic WorldQuest

The Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2017 Academic WorldQuest National Competition will be held on Saturday, April 29 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
This year's National Competition will feature a welcome reception at the United States Institute of Peace, on Friday, April 28. For Topics, Study Guide, and other information click here

Council of the Month

The WACA National Office this month recognizes the Foreign Policy Association for programming excellence - especially its World Leadership Forum - and for ongoing sponsorship of the Great Decisions keynote at the WACA National Conference.
The FPA has held the World Leadership Forum annually for the past 16 years. During this time, the forum has become one of the most prominent platforms for sharing ideas and opinions on global affairs. The list of attendees, participants, and lecturers include distinguished guests from the corporate, political, and social realms.
This year, panel discussion topics ranged from international economic issues and trade, international organizations, the environment,  the impending U.S. presidential elections, and more. Secretary-General of the UN, H.E. Ban Ki-moon, delivered a keynote address on the importance of the United Nation's humanitarian, peacekeeping, and environmental missions in the face of a world with decreasingly significant borders. Panelists include: Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former Secretary General of NATO and Prime Minister to Denmark; Joseph Stiglitz, Professor at  Colombia University; Lord Mervyn King, Former Governor,  Bank of England; and others.

Hot Topics on The Party Conventions & the Presidential Election

The World Affairs Councils of America hosted a Hot Topics conference call with Dan Quayle, Former Vice President of the United States, on Thursday, July 28.

Dan Quayle's political career includes election to Congress in 1976, age 29, where he served two terms; election to the Senate in 1980 and 1986; and Vice President of the United States in 1988, age 41. He served as the 44th Vice President under President George Herbert Walker Bush. Currently, Dan Quayle is the Chairman of Cerberus Global Investments with offices in Asia, Europe as well as New York City. He has been with Cerberus since 1999. Cerberus is a private equity company with more than $30B under management. (Full Bio.)

WACA Hosts President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine

The World Affairs Councils of America was privileged and honored to host His Excellency President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine for a major speech at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. Some 450 individuals attended and others watched the livestream on WACA's website; the recorded webcast can be seen here. This special program was followed by a VIP Reception with President Poroshenko and his delegation, along with WACA's 1918 Society members and selected guests of partner organizations.

Future of Korea 2016

We are pleased to announce continued collaboration with the Korea Economic Institute of America on the Future of Korea program series. The speaker program focuses on the economic and political situation on the Korean Peninsula as well as U.S.-Korea relations.

The centerpiece of the program is a panel discussion consisting of one representative each from the U.S. Department of State, the Korean Embassy, KEI, or other relevant institutions. The panel participants typically offer a general overview presentation (approximately 45-60 minutes in length), followed by a Q&A period. The speakers address political, security, economic and financial issues pertaining to the Korean Peninsula and U.S.-Korea relations. Details

Upcoming Events:

The Iran Nuclear Project

In partnership with The Iran Project, WACA is pleased to introduce The Iran Nuclear Deal: Prospects for Cooperation, Competition and Confrontation as part of our WACA Engage America Series. The objective of this program is to deepend the understanding of implications of the U.S. policy towards Iran, the nuclear deal, and the Middle East. It is important to stimulate debate and air differences over U.S. dealings with Iran in Councils’ nonpartisan forums. The centerpiece of the program is the panelists’ presentations and audience Q&A.

Upcoming event:

As part of the Iran Nuclear Project Program Series, the Tennessee World Affairs Council on September 19-20, hosted U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering, to share his insights on the Iran Nuclear Deal. See interveiw below. 

EU in the U.S.

EU in the U.S. is a program designed to raise awareness, knowledge, and understanding about EU policies, the EU's role as an international actor, and the value of the EU-U.S. relationship. Events will have a wide European scope, with activities highlighting local and regional economic, social, and cultural connections to Europe and the local and regional impacts of those connections. More Information

Upcoming Events:

November 16, 2016: World Affairs Council of Greater Houston

November 30, 2016: World Affairs Council of Dallas/ Fort Worth

Read Weekly World News Update for October 19, 2016

The World Affairs Councils of America's National Office is pleased to share with you Weekly World News Update every Wednesday. An initiative that started in 2012 by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, currently compilied and distributed by the National Office. We bring you thought-provoking pieces from respected global sources on the latest world events. 

World Affairs Council Travel Programs

Travel the World from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
Just Announced: Council Leaders to Lecture on Travel the World tours!

Ambassador Heather Hodges, President & Ambassador-in-Residence, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Across Spain and Portugal: September 6 - 22, 2016.

Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum, Stamford, Journey through Vietnam: October 3 - 18, 2016.

Mimi Gregory, Vice President and Program Chairman, Naples Council on World Affairs, Cruising the Rivieras & Islands of France, Spain and ItalyOctober 5 - 13, 2016.

Ambassador Sharon Wilkinson, former Board President, World Affairs Council of Arizona, Island Life in CubaOctober 23 - 31, 2016.

Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs Councils of Northern California, Tanzania: October 29 - November 8, 2016 

Craig Snyder, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Inside Oman, UAE and Qatar: November 2 - 16, 2016.

Contact or call 1-800-942-5004 x209 or x217.

There are over 80 World Affairs Council events scheduled this month across the country. Sign up for the WACA Weekly Digest to receive updates from around the network that include programs you can attend, participate in virtually, get ideas about speakers, or model format. We encourage you to follow-up with the sponsoring council for more information. If we missed something or if you have a program that you would like highlighted on our website or in the WACA Weekly, please contact Althea Georgantas at

The World Affairs Councils of America represents and supports the largest national non-partisan network of local councils that are dedicated to educating, inspiring and engaging Americans in international affairs and the critical global issues of our times.

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1918 Society Members

Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation

Carnegie Corporation of New York


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


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