Every day, the President receives a report revealing the most sensitive intelligence reporting and analysis of world events: the President's Daily Brief, or PDB. As has been widely reported, President-elect Trump has largely rebuffed intelligence briefers since his election win. See the Jan. 3 piece by Jennifer Rubin, a conservative writer whose "Right Turn" column appears in the Washington Post.
Dr. David Priess served during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations as an award-winning intelligence officer, manager, and daily intelligence briefer at the CIA as well as a desk officer at the State Department (full bio).
Operating 100% by volunteers, the Council will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. It relocated to Nashville two years ago from the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee and recently moved onto the campus of its partner, Belmont University. The impressive schedule of town hall and public affairs briefings during 2016 included: Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak; Irish Ambassador Anne Anderson; Japanese Consul General Masami Kinefuchi; U.S. Ambassador (ret.) Thomas Pickering; Kurdish Government Representative Bayan Abdul Rahman, and many others. Most visiting speakers are further made available for guest lecture school visits and presentations at civic groups, expanding the Council's community outreach and impact.
Tennessee WAC reaches youth across the state through its year-round use of Academic WorldQuest, offering practice matches, online resources, and quizzes to engage students and teachers. Tennessee WAC included WorldQuest teams from Alabama and Georgia in its programs when competitions were not locally available. The Council also offers a very popular international careers panel twice a year.
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.
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
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
In partnership with The Iran Project, WACA is pleased to introduceTheIran 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.
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.
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.
WACA's 2017 National Conference will be held on November 8-10 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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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