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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. 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.)

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. Hotel blocks are expiring! Book your rooms now!

WAC Houston Honors GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt

On May 25, in celebration of the 18th Annual Jesse Jones Award, the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston will honor General Electric Chairman and CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt as its 2017 International Citizen of the Year.

Mr. Immelt is the ninth chairman of GE and has been named one of the "World's Best CEOs" by Barron's. Mr. Immlet will discuss innovation, globalization, the necessisty for multinational agreements, and why a company like GE must have its own "foreign policy" for doing business throughout the world.

Weekly World News Update for May 24, 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. 

2016-2017 Academic WorldQuest

A heartfelt thank-you to all students, teachers, parents, and other participants who made the Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2017 Academic WorldQuest National Competition a wonderful success! Special thanks also to all of our sponsors, including the United States Institute of Peace, which held a welcome reception for all Academic WorldQuest attendees. Read the WACA press release.   
Congratulations to the winning teams:
First Place: Plano West Senior High SchoolWorld Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
Second Place: Millburn High SchoolInternational Center of the Capital Region
Third Place: duPont Manual High SchoolWorld Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana 
Learn more here

Cleveland Council on World Affairs Honors Condoleezza Rice

On May 15, the Cleveland Council presented Condoleezza Rice, the 66th U.S. Secretary of State, with its 2017 Global Impact Award for her distinguished career in international affairs. Dr. Rice delivered the Brooks Emeny Distinguished Lecture before taking part in a moderated conversation with Ronald B. Richard, CEO of the Cleveland Foundation, about her newest book, Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom.

Proceeds from the event went to support the Cleveland Council's educational programs, specifically their Model United Nations program for middle and high school students and Speaker Forum programs. 

Council of the Month: WAC Jacksonville

WACA congratulates the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville for its selection as a Jacksonville Business Journal 2017 Innovators in Education honoree.

The Council was awarded this honor for its Great Decisions program, a year-long high school enrichment series on foreign affairs.

Each year, The Jacksonville Business Journal honors individuals, businesses, and organizations in Northeast Florida that have visibly improved the education sector and have positively impacted the lives of learners, young and old. Nominated by area high school teachers and college professors for the Business Partners in Education Category, the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville has increased participation and geographical locations in the Great Decisions Program by expanding internationally into four counties over the past 12 years to demonstrate the substantial interest, need and demand for this series. 

America's Diplomats Series

Our collaboration with the American Academy of Diplomacy continues with a new program series based on screenings of the PBS film America's Diplomats followed by talks on the role of U.S. diplomacy with distinguished former ambassadors. More

Future of Korea 2017

WACA is pleased to announce that the following World Affairs Councils have been selected to receive grant funding for Future of Korea 2017, a program sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute.

Selected Councils are: Columbia World Affairs Council. Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council, Sarasota World Affairs CouncilSouth Dakota World Affairs Council, Southeast Connecticut World Affairs CouncilWorld Affairs Council of AtlantaWorld Affairs Council Upstate and World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.

This 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

KEI, in consultation with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, the U.S. Department of State, and the World Affairs Councils of America, based its selection on a highly competitive application process. WACA will administer the grants for Future of Korea events.

WACA 2017 National Conference

Save the Date: 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!

Travel the World

Upcoming Trips from WAC Philadelphia


  • 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, former WACA President, 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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