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WACA 2016 National Conference

America and Global Megatrends

November 16-18

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 affiiliates across the country engage with these speakers and thought leaders over the course of three stimulating days in our nation's capital.
WACA's 2016 National Conference will be held at the The Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. Click here to reserve your room! 
Photo: Brian P. McKeon, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense - 1918 Society Briefing and Tour at the Pentagon

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia honors VP Joe Biden

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia honors Vice President Joseph R. Biden as well as the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, at the 2016 Atlas Award event, on August 3rd. Vice President Biden was recognized for his leadership in accelerating and coordinating research toward curing cancer.

Media Sources: 
Vice President Biden Discusses Cancer Moonshot in Philadelphia Speech -- Watch on Delaware Online

Biden Urges Support of White House's 'Cancer Moonshot' -- The Philadelphia Inquirer

'Cover to Cover' Monthly Author Series

Cover to Cover in September will host author Derek Chollet on his new book The Long Game: How Obama Defied Washington and Redefined America's Role in the World, on Wednesday, September 7, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET

Chollet is a counselor and senior advisor for security and defense policy at The German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Council of the Month

The WACA National Office this month recognizes the Columbus Council on World Affairs  for their Global Fluency Training program. The Columbus Dispatchrecently published a story spotlighting this program, its importance, and success. 

Today's global economy demands that all employees are able to interact effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds. The Columbus Council's Global Fluency Training  program offers a comprehensive framework for understanding how cultures differ in order to ensure sustainable cross-cultural acumen and how to navigate successful, professional, cross-cultural interactions. The program serves as the region's premier training resource for cross-cultural competence for business professionals and executives. More than 300 professionals have rated the training as critical to their global business success.

We commend the Columbus Council on this program and on the publication of its 2016-2017 Global Report.

Dr. Schuyler Foerster's 5 Core Principles to Guide U.S. National Security Policy

The National Interest on July 31 published "Balanced Internationalism: Five Core Principles to Guide U.S. National Security Policy", an article by Dr. Schuyler Foerster, Board President of the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council and Brent Scowcroft Professor of National Security Studies at the Air Force Academy, and Dr. Ray Raymond, a former British diplomat, who teaches at SUNY Ulster and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Hot Topics on The Party Conventions & the Presidential Election

The World Affairs Councils of America hosted a Hot Topics conference call with Dan Quayle, Former Vice President of the United States, on Thursday, July 28.

Dan Quayle's political career includes election to Congress in 1976, age 29, where he served two terms; election to the Senate in 1980 and 1986; and Vice President of the United States in 1988, age 41. He served as the 44th Vice President under President George Herbert Walker Bush. Currently, Dan Quayle is the Chairman of Cerberus Global Investments with offices in Asia, Europe as well as New York City. He has been with Cerberus since 1999. Cerberus is a private equity company with more than $30B under management. 
Dan Quayle graduated from DePauw University in 1969 and received his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law Indianapolis in 1974. He lives with his wife Marilyn and they are both involved with several charity activities. They have three grown children Tucker, Ben and Corinne as well as seven grandchildren. (Full Bio.)

WACA Hosts President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine

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.

EU in the U.S.

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

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 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.

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

Read Weekly World News Update for August 24, 2016

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

The World Affairs Councils of America represents and supports the largest national non-partisan network of local councils that are dedicated to educating, inspiring and engaging Americans in international affairs and the critical global issues of our times.

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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