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WACA 2017 National Conference

The Future of American Leadership:
November 15-17 at the Capital Hilton
See our WACA 2017 National Conference Website for tickets, speakers, agenda, hotel info, and more!
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!

Cover to Cover Author Series

In Windfall, Meghan L. O’Sullivan, Harvard professor and former Deputy National Security Advisor for President George W. Bush, proposes that significant changes in the last decade of America’s energy sector—the shift from scarcity to abundance of oil and gas, environmental concerns, technology, and innovation and ingenuity within the industry—are transforming politics and foreign policy to the advantage of the United States. Her book calls for a change in the thinking of policymakers, government leaders and elected officials to a new energy reality that has more upsides than downsides for America’s economy and its position in the world. 

Join us for October's Cover to Cover with O'Sullivan (full bio) on her new bookWindfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America's Power on Thursday, October 5, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET

Weekly World News Update for September 20, 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: WAC Atlanta

The WACA National Office is proud to recognize the World Affairs Council of Atlanta as Council of the Month for September. 

The Council celebrated its 7th anniversary on August 30 with a reception hosted by SunTrust Banks and keynoted by David Abney, Chairman and CEO of UPS and a WACA 2016 National Conference keynote speaker. Nearly 200 Council members attended to celebrate the founding of the Council, the organizations and people who made it possible, and the importance of global engagement.

Since its establishment in 2010 at Georgia State University's Robinson College of Business, the World Affairs Council of Atlanta has grown rapidly to over 1,200 individual members and 60 corporate and organizational members. During FY2017, the Council organized 65 programs with a reach of over 5,000 participants. The Council is working on a new strategic plan to ensure it evolves as Atlanta grows and the international environment changes.

The Council also offers unique travel opportunities, hosted by Ambassador Charles Shapiro, WAC Atlanta's president. Upcoming trips include Colombia and Cuba. Please see here or email Clare Morton for more details.

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.

2017-2018 Academic WorldQuest

WACA is pleased to announce that the 2018 Academic Worldquest competition will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018The event will also feature a welcome reception by one of our generous sponsors, the United States Institute of Peace, on Friday, April 27.
For topics, the official Study Guide, and information on how to give to the Carlos and Malu Alvarez Endowment Fund, please head to our AWQ 2017-2018 page.

AWQ Fundraising Best Practices Call

On Thursday, August 17, WACA hosted a conference call to provide the opportunity for the network to discuss best practices in AWQ fundraising. Listen to a recording of the call.

Travel the World

 Upcoming Trips from WAC Philadelphia

  • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President, Programs, World Affairs Council Northern California, Southern Africa: Feb. 10-Mar. 5
  • Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum, Stamford, Ancient Kingdoms of China:  May 5–19
  • Patrick Ryan, President, Tennessee World Affairs Council, Tuscany: May 29-Jun. 6
  • Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Cruise the Rhine: July 11–29
  • Anna Berry, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, Cambridge, Oxford and the Cotswolds: July 20–28
  • Derrick Olsen, President, World Affairs Council of Oregon, Treasures of Ecuador, August 27–31
  • Megan Torrey, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Hartford, Himalayan Kingdoms, September 11–25
  • Mimi Gregory, Vice President of Programs, Naples Council on World Affairs, Inside Botswana, October 4-16

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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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


Orbital ATK

Rational Middle Energy Series


Rosetta Stone


Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center  

Thomson Reuters

Tomassian, Throckmorton & Inouye LLP

Turkish Cultural Foundation