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'Cover to Cover' Monthly Author Series

July's Cover to Cover will feature author Jennifer M. Harris, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, who previously served as the lead architect of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Economic Statecraft agenda. Harris will discuss her new book War By Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecrafton Wednesday, July 13, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET

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Weekly World News Update

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. This weekly digest of thought-provoking pieces from respected global sources has become very popular across our network. We believe that all 95 World Affairs Councils will find value in this free weekly service.

Read Weekly World News Update for June 29, 2016

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 WACAEngage 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. 


World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Janet Yellen

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted Federal Reserve Board Chair, Dr. Janet Yellen on Monday, June 6, 2016. Yellen spoke to members and guests of the Council regarding current conditions and the outlook for the U.S. economy. 

Check out the transcript of Chair Yellen's speech here

2016 European Union Outreach

Using the time period on or around May 9, Europe Day, as a focal point, this Engage America program is designed to raise awareness, knowledge, and understanding about EU policies, the EU's role as an international actor, and the value of the EU-US relationship. Events will have a wide European scope rather than focusing exclusively on one Member State of the EU, or bilateral relations between the US region and one Member State. Activities will highlight local and regional economic, social, and cultural connections to Europe and the local and regional impacts of those connections. More Information

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

Leadership Mission to Israel

The World Affairs Councils of America in partenership with the America-Israel Friendship League hosted a WACA Leadership Mission to Israel from June 2 to 10, 2016. 

The Leadership Mission was comprised of an AIFL escort, WACA President Bill Clifford, and 11 delegates from the Council network. 

This Leadership Mission to Israel focused on a variety of contemporary issues, including Middle East regional affairs, Israeli politics and diplomacy, counter-terrorism, immigration and refugees, innovation and entrepreneurship (alternative energy, IT, health care), and religious diversity. Details 

WACA National Conference

Held annually for over two decades, the World Affairs Councils of America's National Conference engages our regional leaders and members drawn from the business, civic, and education communities with leading policy-makers and experts.

WACA's 2016 National Conference Will be held on November 16-18, at the Captiol Hilton Hotel, located in the heart of Washington DC and just two blocks from the White House and three Metro Rail stations, makes it the perfect hotel for exploring our Nation’s Capital. It is within walking distance of museums and memorials, theatres and art galleries, shopping, dining, nightlife, and more. 

Staying at The Capitol Hilton 

We have secured a special group rate: 

  • Queen/King bed Deluxe Room: $279/night(Single/Double occupancy) plus tax
  • Queen/King/Double bed Executive Floor: $349/night(Single/Double Occupancy) plus tax

Click here to reserve your room! 

WACA's 2015 National Conference Was held on November 11-13, titled Leading America: Foreign Policy Challenges and the 2016 Election. The Conference provided original and essential insights. Keynote speakers and relevant panel discussion - on the Middle East, great power rivals Russia and China, the global economy, energy, and transnational challenges from cyber to migration - framed the foreign policy agenda for candidates. Council programs in 2016 will be enriched by the policy conversations and networking that take place here. The Conference were held at The Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel, in Washington, DC. 

WACA 2015 National Conference featured speaker: Jeffrey E. Garten, Dean Emeritus, Yale School of Management, on "The Future of Emerging Markets". Sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association  

2015-2016 Academic WorldQuest

2015-2016 Academic WorldQuest Winners 

1. Keystone School - World Affairs Council of San Antonio, TX

2. Saint Edward's School - World Affairs Council of Palm Beach, FL

3. Plano West Senior High - World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Thank You to Our Sponsors: 
The Gambrinus Company, Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, CIEE, NATO, East-West Center, Johnson+Sterling

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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

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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