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WACA 2017 National Conference

The Future of American Leadership:
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!

Council of the Month: Naples Council on World Affairs

The WACA National Office is proud to recognize the Naples Council on World Affairs as Council of the Month for October. 

WACA is particularly appreciative of Mimi Gregory, NCWA's Vice President for Programs, for playing an integral role as Chair of the WACA 2017 National Conference planning committee. Thanks to Mimi's leadership and contacts, WACA is proud to bring you its exciting 1918 off-site visit to the National War College. Additionally, Naples has been chosen as one of the three Councils to participate in the WACA-USIP Engage America speaker program this October 30.

Weekly World News Update for October 11, 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. 

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.

WACA-USIP Program Series

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce a partnership with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) to engage American communities in discussions on peacebuilding abroad as a practical way to strengthen U.S. security. While violence worldwide fuels extremism and uproots millions, national and local peace agreements from Colombia to Iraq show how even bitter conflicts can be ended nonviolently. 

This fall, three Councils will host top USIP experts for a series of activities in Nashville, Naples, and Kansas City. See more info 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