Weekly World News Update: April 1, 2020

"There’s no magic bullet. There’s no magic vaccine or therapy. It’s just behaviors." -- Dr. Deborah Birx, Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, speaking at the White House briefing on Tuesday, March 31. Topics: An Uncertain Future; Battling a Pandemic; Coordinating Leadership; Triple Threat: Health, Conflict, and Border Security; Pompeo Brief; and Maduro Indicted


Councils Go Virtual

Check out WACA's weekly newsletters and website listings to view all digital programs Councils will be offering throughout the week. The list is updated regularly to keep you engaged with global affairs in our new virtual society during COVID-19. If you are not already receiving WACA newsletters, sign-up right here on the website!


Cover to Cover on China's Geopolitics

Register now for WACA's Cover to Cover conference call on Thursday, April 9 at 2:00-2:30 PM ET, featuring Daniel Markey, Senior Research Professor and Director of the School of Advanced International Studies' Global Policy Program at Johns Hopkins University, on his new book "China's Western Horizon: Beijing and the New Geopolitics of Eurasia."


Connect Montana

The Montana World Affairs Council launched a new webinar series called Connect Montana! The initiative is designed to bring engaging international topics directly to the public every Tuesday and Thursday, connecting the issues with what matters to Montana and Montanans. BUT - you don't have to a Montanan to join! Check out the webinars every Tuesday and Thursday for engaging discussions.


Global Pop Trivia Live!

Join the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire for their first ever live, online global trivia challenge. The Council is condensing their bar trivia into a fun, 30 minute live trivia event. You will be able to answer 20 multiple choice, globally themed trivia questions for all the bragging rights. Please Note: You will be able to watch the livestream of this event at www.wacnh.org. However, to answer the questions you must also visit www.myquiz.org and enter your access code.


Call for Resources! WACA's Members-Only Benefits

WACA is busy preparing a number of additional resources for the Members-Only section! WACA strives to provide Councils with easy access to tools, guidelines, events, and more that add value to our Members both personally and professionally, to our Councils' overall operations, and to the Network as a whole. Due to COVID-19, we've added two resource sections dedicated to virus-related information and digital programming available to the public by Councils.


Bush Institute Speaker Opportunity

In 2020, the George W. Bush Institute's Human Freedom Initiative and potential partners will host forums across the U.S. on the topic of America’s role in the world vis-à-vis supporting freedom and democracy abroad. As such, the Human Freedom Initiative is partnering with the World Affairs Councils of America to tap into the Council Network reach across the country and, particularly, into America’s heartland.


AWQ Nat'l Comp. Update

WACA has canceled the in-person Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2020 Academic WorldQuest National Competition, originally scheduled for April 24-25 in Washington, DC.



David Sanger, NYT, joins WAC Connecticut's CEO Megan Torrey to discuss the security ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic and what the future holds.


Global Conversations

Marcus Noland, EVP of the Peterson Institute for Int'l Econ., joined Cleveland CWA for an overview of trade, politics, and the global economic outlook in 2020.


FPA Great Decisions Video

During this time of public health crisis, FPA has decided to release the 2020 Great Decisions series to the public. View a bonus video with Bill Clifford here.


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