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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

Cover to Cover Author Series

July's Cover to Cover will feature Lisa Palmer on her new book, Hot, Hungry Planet. Join us for this call on Tuesday, July 18, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET
Palmer is a senior fellow at SESYNC and journalist whose focus is on the environment, energy, science, and business sustainability. (Full bio.)

Weekly World News Update for June 22, 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. 

Council of the Month: World Affairs

WACA congratulates World Affairs (formerly WAC Northern California) for the celebration of its 70th anniversary this June. For the past seven decades, this Council has been converging thought leaders, change makers, and engaged citizens to share ideas and participate in conversations that matter.

The Conversation Starters video series, launched in honor of World Affairs' milestone year, features thought leaders such as Nicholas Kristof, Anne-Marie Slaughter, and Reid Hoffman in examining the history and future of hot-button issues including the futures of democracy, of work, and of global poverty. 

This landmark year was commemorated at the World Affairs Awards Dinner and 70th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, June 7 at The Fairmont San Francisco. The Celebration highlighted key pivot points in our nation's history and the leaders who made those moments possible, including General William Draper Jr., Hon. George P. Shultz, Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, and Dr. Bob Metcalf. 

Future of Korea 2017

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

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 administers the grants for Future of Korea events. For more information on selected Councils and programing, click here.

Thank You, WAC Pittsburgh!


WACA would like to extend gratitude to the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh for hosting the Council Leadership and WACA Board Meetings in their city June 8-10.

The WACA Board visit to the city and the significance of Councils to Americans' understanding of U.S. foreign policy was not overlooked by local press. Read an editorial covering the visit by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Thank you once again to WACA Board member Sylvia Fields and WAC Pittsburgh CEO Angelica Ocampo and her team for their hospitality and an excellent weekend! 

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!

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

Travel the World

 Upcoming Trips from WAC Philadelphia

  • Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum (Stamford), Silk Road Odyssey: Oct. 3-19
  • Dr. Jerry Leach, former WACA President, Inside Morocco:  Oct. 20-Nov. 2
  • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President, Programs, World Affiars Council Northern California, Southern Africa: Feb. 10-Mar. 5
  • Patrick Ryan, President, Tennessee World Affairs Council, Tuscany: May 29-Jun. 6

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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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


Orbital ATK

Rational Middle Energy Series


Rosetta Stone


Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center  

Thomson Reuters

Tomassian, Throckmorton & Inouye LLP

Turkish Cultural Foundation