Weekly World News Update: July 8, 2020

“We are in trouble.” -- Tom Bossert, former Homeland Security Advisor to President Trump, in a tweet Sunday morning following his interview with ABC News regarding the coronavirus crisis in the U.S. Topics: A World of Disease; Global Grappling; Mixed Takes on Hong Kong Crackdown; America's Altering Alliances; International Students Get the Boot; and Putin's Power Grab


FY2021 National Board

WACA on July 1 officially began its new fiscal year – soberly – given the economic and operational challenges that the national office and 90 World Affairs Councils face. We are nevertheless excited, inspired, and supported by the leadership of the FY2021 WACA National Board. It's a privilege to work with these dedicated leaders, and indeed with all the talented executives, staff, and volunteers across our diverse and engaged Council network. Check out our full Board list and their bios now!


Cover to Cover on the Gulf Crisis

Register now for WACA's Cover to Cover conference call Thursday, July 16, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET, featuring Kristian Coates Ulrichsen on his book Qatar and the Gulf Crisis. Dr. Ulrichsen is a Fellow for the Middle East at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and an Associate Fellow of Chatham House’s Middle East and North Africa Program.


WAC Orange County Hosts Co-Presented Webinar

The World Affairs Council of Orange County along with the World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California, San Diego World Affairs Council, the Santa Barbara Committee on Foreign Relations, and WACA will co-present a livestream webinar with Richard Haas, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, on Monday, July 13, at 4:15 PM ET (1:15 PM PT).


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!


WACA's Members-Only Resources

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.


Support WACA

WACA needs your help in supporting our mission! Your generous contributions will strengthen our capacity to support the World Affairs Council Network through educational and civic initiatives - any amount helps. Make a contribution to: WACA's Academic WorldQuest Endowment, WACA's New Horizons' Councils Fund, or general WACA initiatives and operations. Any amount helps - and we thank you for the support!


WACA National Board of Directors

Statement on Racial Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion


IRC Is Hiring!

IRC is seeking a part-time event assistant to support the planning, marketing, implementation, and evaluation of in-person and digital events.


Global Classroom

This year, due to COVID-19, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth presents the Global Classroom Workshop virtually Tuesday, July 7-Thursday, July 9.


PRISM Vol. 8, No. 4

PRISM V.8,N.4 offers perspective on this competition with articles by Sir Lawrence Freedman, the Honorable Joseph Nye, and the Honorable Andrew Natsios.


New WAC Reading President

WACA extends a warm welcome to Dr. Solomon Lausch, who now serves as President of WAC Reading as of July 1, through June 30, 2022.


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July 13

Livestream With Dr. Richard Haass
World Affairs Council of Orange County
Join us on July 13th at 1:15 PM PDT for a free livestream with Dr. Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations

July 14

A Bastille Day Discussion
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall
Emmanuel Macron, France, and Europe’s place in the world

July 20

How Should we Talk about Climate Change?
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall
A nuanced conversation with lifelong environmental activist, Michael Shellenberger

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