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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

WACA Leadership and Board Meetings: June 8-10


WACA is  pleased to announce that the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh will host the Spring Leadership Meeting for Councils on June 8-9, one day before the WACA National Board's Summer Meeting on June 10. The program opens with a welcome reception (to which a prominent foreign policy expert has been invited) on Thursday, June 8. Spring Leadership workshops will be held from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on Friday, June 9. Including a keynote luncheon with  Chris Howard, President of Robert Morris University. 

Details on hotel blocks and Spring Leadership Meeting registration fee here

KNOW NOW: The Revised Travel and Refugee Ban

Two days before the Trump administration rolled out the new version of what critics call a Muslim ban, Vermont Democrats elected the nation's first Muslim to serve as State Party ChairmanFaisal Gill, a Burlington, VT attorney, was born in Pakistan and immigrated to the U.S. as a child. Gill served five years in the U.S. Navy's JAG Corps before entering Republican politics in Virginia. That led to a post in the Department of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush - a position he opted to leave after he was accused by news media of lying on his security clearance forms. He was later cleared of wrongdoing by the department. Gill switched political parties, moved to California, where he volunteered for Democratic campaigns, and then moved again to Vermont. 

Tricia Preston, Executive Director of the Vermont Council on World Affairs, will moderate this KNOW NOW conference call with Mr. Gill. Join the conversation about President Trump's revised travel and refugee ban, the Democratic Party's agenda in Bernie Sanders' home state, and more: Thursday, April 27, at 2:00 - 2:30 PM ETRegister for the call

Cover to Cover Author Series

May's Cover to Cover will feature Thomas Wright on his new book, All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the 21st Century and the Future of American Power (available May 23). Join us for this conference call on Thursday, May 25, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET . 
Wright is director of the Project on International Order and Strategy, as well as a fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe, at the Brookings  Institution. (Full bio.)

America's Diplomats Series

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce our renewed collaboration with the American Academy of Diplomacy on a program series entitled  America's Diplomats. The program features a screening of the PBS film America's Diplomats followed by a discussion of the role of U.S. diplomacy with a distinguished former ambassador. 
Additional discussions following the film will focus on examining and analyzing what the American public wants to know about foreign policy, what they expect from foreign policy, and what makes people comfortable or uncomfortable with the conduct of American foreign policy. The Academy will make available a former ambassador to speak on the importance of contemporary American diplomacy. The event will include a Q&A session with Council audiences. The America's Diplomats program will be conducted through June 2017.

Future of Korea 2017

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

Applications for the 2017 Future of Korea program are currently under review. For more details see announcement here

Council of the Month: International Affairs Forum

The WACA National Office is proud to recognize the International Affairs Forum as Council of the Month for the 2,600-word profile published by Michigan's Bridge Magazine: Retired Diplomats Bring the World, and a Dose of Civility, to Traverse City.
"A dispassionate analysis of political and world events has been a guiding force for former U.S. diplomats Jack Segal and his wife, Karen Puschel, since they took over the International Affairs Forum of Traverse City in 2012," the article makes clear. 
"The lectures that IAF sponsors routinely sell out and, in a region that can be fiercely divided in its politics, the couple and the speakers they bring in have managed to be at once fair-minded and thought-provoking in ways that promote discussion rather than shouting," the piece continues. " That's important in a place like Northwest Michigan, which brings together the mostly progressive community of Traverse City with a Trump-supporting region that surrounds it." 

Middle East Program Series

With generous support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, WACA is delighted to present a fresh Engage America Speaker Series on American Policy in the Middle East for a New Administration. Eight World Affairs Councils will participate in the program which is designed to inform the American public about policy options in response to opportunities as well as the multiple interconnected crises in the Middle East. By bringing together policymakers and experts from the U.S. in public forums hosted by Councils, members of the public will benefit from balanced and high-level analysis to which they would not otherwise have access.

WACA 2017 National Conference

Save the Date! 
WACA's 2017 National Conference will be held on November 15-17 at the Capital Hilton
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. We look forward to your attendance this year!

Weekly World News Update for April 26, 2017

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

  • Megan Torrey, Executive Director, WAC of Connecticut, Cultural Cuba:  Mar. 26 - Apr. 3
  • Mimi Gregory, VP and Program Chairman, Naples Council on World Affairs, Cruise the Face of Europe:  May 15 - 30
  • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior VP of Programs, WAC of Northern California, Circumnavigation of IcelandAug. 1 - 9 
  • Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum (Stamford), Silk Road Odyssey: Oct. 3 - 19
  • Derrick Olsen, President, WAC of Oregon, Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia:  Oct. 9 -17
  • Ambassador Mark Johnson, Founder, WAC of Montana, Mystique of the Orient:  Oct. 17 - 29
  • Dr. Jerry Leach, fmr. President, World Affairs Councils of America, Inside Morocco:  Oct. 20 - Nov. 2

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 us at




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