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  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018 3:01 PM | Anonymous

    June 20, 2018

    Weekly World News Update

    U.S. Immigration Battle; Migrant Crisis in Europe; U.S. Says 'No' to UN Human Rights Council; Unrest in Nicaragua; Turkey Goes to the Polls; U.S.-China Trade War

    Quote of the Week

    “I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart."  

    -- Former First Lady Laura Bush compares what’s happening at the U.S. border to Japanese internment camps in a Sunday op-ed in the Washington Post.

    U.S. Immigration Battle

    Sessions’ Draconian Asylum Decision” Caroline Bettinger-López and Rachel Vogelstein -- Foreign Affairs, June 15, 2018

    The Facts About Trump’s Policy of Separating Families at the Border Salvador Rizzo -- The Washington Post, June 19, 2018

    No More 'Internment Camps': Democrats Disrupt Congressional Hearing Sarah N. Lynch and Susan Cornwell -- Reuters, June 19, 2018

    Is it Fair to Call the U.S.’s Migrant Child Detention Centers “Concentration Camps”? Annalisa Merelli -- Quartz, June 19, 2018

    How Anti-Immigration Passion Was Inflamed from the Fringe Michael D. Shear and Katie Benner -- New York Times, June 18, 2018

    Migrant Crisis in Europe

    France Offers to Take in Aquarius Ship Migrants as Tensions Soar with Italy Romina McGuinness -- Express, June 18, 2018

    Merkel Gets Two Weeks to Solve Migrant Crisis Kate Ferguson -- Daily Mail, June 17, 2018

    Migration Is Down, Crime Is Low, but Merkel Is in Trouble” Krishnadev Calamur -- The Atlantic, June 18, 2018

    Turkey Goes to the Polls

    Will Spike in Fake News Have an Impact on Elections in Turkey?” Faisal Edroos -- Al Jazeera, June 14, 2018

    Turkey Elections 2018: Everything You Need to Know Kareem Shaheen -- The Guardian, June 18, 2018

    Why Erdogan Is Entering Key June Elections with a Far-Right Ally Umut Uras -- Al Jazeera, June 18, 2018

    Unrest in Nicaragua

    Nicaragua Protests Take a New Turn: Empty Streets” Alfonso Flores Bermúdez and Elisabeth Malkin -- The New York Times, June 14, 2018

    Nicaragua Is Heading Down the Same Dark Path as Venezuela” Margarita Herdocia -- Time, June 13, 2018

    Barricades and Empty Streets: Nicaragua’s Leader Loses Control” Juan Montes -- The Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2018

    U.S.-China Trade War

    What Can Beijing Do if China-U.S. Trade Row Worsens?” Ryan Woo -- Reuters, June 19, 2018

    The Mystifying List of Things that Trump Is Happy to Let China Export to the U.S. Tariff-Free" Gwynn Guilford -- Quartz, June 18, 2018

    U.S. Says 'No' to UN Human Rights Council

    U.S. Quits 'Biased' UN Human Rights Council” Editor's Post -- BBC, June 20, 2018

    U.S. Leaving UN's Human Rights Council, Cites Anti-Israel Bias Jamey Keaten and Edith M. Lederer -- The Associated Press in the New York Times, June 20, 2018

  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018 8:59 AM | Anonymous

    June 18, 2018

    WACA Weekly

    This Week: WAC San Antonio Presents Oman 2018; Columbia WAC Hosts Ambassador of Uzbekistan; Apply for Peacebuilders Award; Travel to South America; WorldBoston Is Hiring; New Cover to Cover Podcast; Council Highlights

    World Affairs Council of San Antonio Presents Oman 2018 Program

    World Affairs Council of San Antonio will present an Oman 2018 program, "Love and Politics in the Arabic Poetic Tradition," featuring Dr. Suzanne Stetkevych on Thursday, June 21.

    Dr. Stetkevych is Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. This WACA Engage America program is presented in partnership with Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center.

    See more

    Columbia WAC Hosts Ambassador of Uzbekistan

    Columbia World Affairs Council will host Javlon Vakhabov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the U.S., for a program geared towards companies interested in discussing trade and investment prospects in Uzbekistan on Wednesday, June 20.

    Located in Central Asia, Uzbekistan is home to almost 30 million people, has a rich natural resources base, and enjoys annual GDP growth of 8%. The event will provide information to U.S. companies in the Columbia area information on how to make the first steps towards doing business in Uzbekistan.

    See details

    Apply for "Tomorrow's Peacebuilders" Award!

    The Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders award recognizes groups involved in nonviolent campaigns or movements for a just and inclusive peace.

    Apply today for an opportunity to win $10,000 in support of your organization or movement's activities. The award, sponsored by the Program on Nonviolent Action at the United States Institute of Peace, is the first of its kind presented as part of Peace Direct’s annual award offerings to benefit peacebuilding organizations around the globe.

    One representative from each shortlisted group will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the award ceremony at PeaceCon 2018 in Washington, DC and promotion of their group’s work online to a global peacebuilding audience.

    Application deadline: June 30.

    Apply now!

    Travel to South America with World Affairs Council of Greater Houston!

    Join World Affairs Council of Greater Houston to discover the three vibrant capital cities of Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile.

    This 13-day tour of Bueno Aires, Montevideo, and Santiago will be led by regional expert Christopher Ashby, former U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay, October 13 - 25, 2018.

    See details

    WorldBoston Is Hiring!

    WorldBoston is hiring a Manager of Operations and Global Education Programs.

    Apply today!

    Listen to WACA Podcasts!

    Bosnia, Rwanda, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria - a quarter-century of stumbles in America's pursuit of a more peaceful and just world. American military interventions have cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, yet we rarely manage to enact positive and sustainable change.

    In his new book, Peace Works: America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World, former ambassador and global conflict leader Rick Barton uses a mix of stories, history, and analysis for a transformative approach to foreign affairs, offering concrete and attainable solutions for the future.

    Listen to the June Cover to Cover podcast today.

    Listen now!

    Council Highlights

    Tuesday, June 19

    World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Rick Barton, Co-Director of Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative at Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, to discuss his book, Peace Works: America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World. Details

    WorldBoston hosts Haroon K. Ullah, Chief Strategy Officer for the Broadcasting Board of Governors, to discuss his book, Digital World War. Event details and December 2017 Cover to Cover podcast

    World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Ben Rhodes, Co-Chair of National Security Action, to discuss his new book, The World as It Is: Inside the Obama White House. Details

    Vermont Council on World Affairs hosts Howard Dean, former Chair of the Democratic National Committee, for its 10th Annual Dinner. Details

    Wednesday, June 20

    World Affairs Council of South Texas hosts Seema Mathur Hopkins, Founder of Global Voice Productions, for “Brutalities of War: Quest for Justice and Healing.” Details

    World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Peter Rye, President of Brentwood Industries, for “International Business.” Details

    World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts Jim Wagner, former President of Emory University, for “The Real Benefits of Higher Education.” Details

    WorldOregon hosts a panel of experts for “Oregon and the World: What is the Future of Free Trade?” Details

    World Affairs Council of Las Vegas hosts Shadman Bashir, Visiting Professor of History and Political Science at Dixie State University, for “Afghanistan: The Endless War – What Next?” Details

    World Affairs Council of Maine hosts David Balton, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries at the U.S. Department of State, for “U.S. Leadership in a Changing Arctic.” Details

    Thursday, June 21

    World Affairs (Northern California) hosts David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times, to discuss his book, The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age. Details

    World Affairs Council - DC will host Anna Mwalagho, Kenyan poet and spoken word artist, and Mokoomba, Zimbabwean band, for an embassy series event at the African Union Mission to the U.S. Details

    World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Allecia Lowery, Community Outreach Coordinator at New American Pathways, and Sena Dzakuma, Senior Program Officer at CARE, for “Celebrate World Refugee Week.” Details

    Friday, June 22

    World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads hosts John F. Lehman, founder of J.F. Lehman & Company, to discuss his book, Oceans Ventured: Winning the Cold War At Sea. Details

  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018 1:47 PM | Anonymous

    June 13, 2018

    Weekly World News Update

    President Trump and Kim Jong-un Meet; Aftermath of the G7 Summit; Italy and Malta Say 'No' to Migrants; Qatar Blockade One Year In; Yemen Continues to Crumble; Rwanda Under Tight Control; World Cup 2018

    Quote of the Week

    "To me, it was quite disappointing that we really did not put on paper any way that would test the seriousness of Kim Jong-un,” said Joseph Yun. “We have to suspend our judgment” until something else happens, he said, but “there is nothing from the meeting to say we’ve achieved anything."

    -- Joseph Yun, former U.S. Special Representative on North Korea Policy, in an article by The Washington Post about the U.S.-North Korea Summit on Tuesday.

    President Trump and Kim Jong Un Meet

    "Trump and Kim Got What They Wanted. The Rest of the World, Not So Much" Anne Applebaum -- The Washington Post, June 12, 2018

    Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un Sign the Blandest of Agreements” Editorial Board -- The Economist, June 12, 2018

    Mr. Trump, Where's the Beef?” Oh Young-jin -- The Korea Times, June 13, 2018

    Trump-Kim Summit: China and Kim are Winners” Daniel Fried -- Atlantic Council, June 12, 2018

    Stunning Our Allies” Victor Cha and Mike Green -- Center for Strategic and International Studies, June 12, 2018 [Podcast]

    Aftermath of the G7 Summit

    "Despite Trump, the West Must Stay United" Donald Tusk -- The New York Times, June 6, 2018

    U.S.-Canada Rift Roils NAFTA Talks” Paul Vieira and Sara Schaefer Muñoz -- The Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2018

    "Why the G7 Is a Zero" Jim O’Neill -- The Globe and Mail, June 12, 2018

    Trudeau Is Annoying, Not an Adversary” Rich Lowry -- National Review, June 12, 2018

    Trump Goes to War Against the Democracies” David Frum -- The Atlantic, June 10, 2018

    At G7 Summit, Trump Takes a Wrecking Ball to the West” Stewart M. Patrick -- Council on Foreign Relations, June 11, 2018

    Italy and Malta Say 'No' to Migrants

    By Refusing Entry to Migrant Rescue Ship, Italy and Malta Reveal Legal Shortcomings” Doris Pundy -- Deutsche Welle, June 12, 2018

    Ideology First: Italy’s Troubled Approach to Migration” Stefano M. Torelli -- European Council on Foreign Relations, June 11, 2018

    Qatar Blockade: One Year In

    How Qatar Weathered the Gulf Crisis” Kristian Coates Ulrichsen -- Foreign Affairs, June 11, 2018

    Yemen Continues to Crumble

    Five Reasons the Crisis in Yemen Matters” Alan Sipress; Laris Karklis; Tim Meko -- The Washington Post, June 8, 2018

    U.S.-Backed Catastrophe Brewing in Yemen” Keith Johnson; Colum Lynch; Robbie Gramer -- Foreign Policy, June 11, 2018

    The Marib Paradox: How One Province Succeeds in the Midst of Yemen’s War” Adam Baron -- European Council on Foreign Relations, June 12, 2018

    Rwanda Under Tight Control

    A Deathly Hush” Helen Epstein -- New York Review of Books, June 2018

    World Cup 2018

    Is the World Cup for Nationalists or Citizens of the World?” Kanishk Tharoor -- The New York Times, June 11, 2018

    "World Cup Carnival Exposes Limits of Western Sanctions on Russia" Max Seddon -- Financial Times, June 13, 2018

  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018 2:56 PM | Anonymous

    June 11, 2018

    WACA Weekly

    This Week: Peace Works with Rick Barton on Cover to Cover; Western Michigan Hosts Ambassador of Norway to the U.S.; Masha Gessen at WorldOregon; Travel to Portugal; Councils Hiring

    Cover to Cover Tomorrow on Peace Works

    Bosnia, Rwanda, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria - a quarter-century of stumbles in America's pursuit of a more peaceful and just world. American military interventions have cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, yet we rarely manage to enact positive and sustainable change. In his new book, former ambassador and global conflict leader Rick Barton uses a mix of stories, history, and analysis for a transformative approach to foreign affairs, offering concrete and attainable solutions for the future.

    Join the June Cover to Cover conference call to discuss Barton's new book, Peace Works: America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World, tomorrow, June 12, at 2:00-2:30 pm ET.

    Register for the call

    WAC Western Michigan Hosts Ambassador of Norway and Expert Panel

    Today's security environment has no precedent. No single challenge to U.S. interests is equivalent to those posed by Nazi Germany, imperial Japan, or the Soviet Union during the 20th century. But the sheer volume and complexity of current and emerging security threats, and their interrelationship, may be just as daunting.

    World Affairs Council of Western Michigan will host "World in Disarray: Prospects and Challenges for Transatlantic Relations" on Tuesday, June 12.

    Panelists include:

    ·     Kåre Aas, Ambassador of Norway to the U.S. (pictured)

    ·     Kadri Liik, Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations ​

    ·     Richard Fontaine, President, Center for a New American Security (CNAS) 

    ·     Julianne Smith, Senior Fellow and Director, Transatlantic Security Program, CNAS

    ·     Mark Newton, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program, CNAS

    ·     Adam Routh, Research Associate, Defense Program, CNAS

    See more

    Did you know that CNAS was a featured off-site at the WACA 2017 National Conference?

    Masha Gessen at WorldOregon

    WorldOregon will host Masha Gessen, Staff Writer for The New Yorker, to discuss Gessen's book, The Future Is History: Totalitarianism and the New Russia on Tuesday, June 12.

    Masha Gessen was the winner of the 2017 National Book Award in nonfiction and is the author of several books, including The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. The recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Carnegie Fellowship, Gessen also teaches at Amherst College and lives in New York City.

    See details

    Travel to Portugal with Sarasota World Affairs Council!

    Join the quintessential tour of one of the world’s oldest nation states and birthplace of the world’s 5th most spoken language. Learn about the country’s rich history and regional diversity, and stay in unique properties that are themselves part of the country’s cultural heritage, all while learning about the wines and gastronomy of Portugal!

    Lynne Partington, Vice President of Programs at Sarasota World Affairs Council, will lead this tour, October 19 - October 31, 2018. Email Lynne for more information.

    See flyer

    See itinerary

    Councils Are Hiring!


    World Affairs Council of Atlanta seeks a new Program Manager!

    See posting

    WorldBoston is hiring a Manager of Operations and Global Education Programs.

    Apply today!

  • Wednesday, June 06, 2018 2:14 PM | Anonymous

    June 6, 2018

    Weekly World News Update

    U.S. Trade War; June 12 U.S.-North Korea Summit; Protests in Jordan; Uncertainty in Italy; Iran Deal; Unrest in Brazil; Instability in South Sudan

    Quote of the Week

    "The idea that we are somehow a national security threat to the United States is quite frankly insulting and unacceptable." ​

    -- Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, in an interview about the U.S. position on North American trade on NBC's Meet the Press on Saturday.

    What's Next for International Trade with the U.S.?


    "Mexico and Canada Add to Nations Striking Fear in U.S. Farmers" Jacob Bunge; Heather Haddon; Benjamin Parkin -- The Wall Street Journal, June 6, 2018

    "Trump’s Trade War Sets Up a Battlefield Rout" Noah Smith -- Bloomberg, June 6, 2018

    "Tariffs and Trump: Why the G7 Summit in Canada Could Be Awkward" Jessica Murphy -- BBC News, June 5, 2018

    A Trade War Primer” Paul Krugman -- The New York Times, June 3, 2018

    Preparing for the U.S.-North Korea Summit

    "'For Kim Jong-Un to Cheat, Risk Is Too High'" Yeo Jun-Suk -- Korea Herald, June 6, 2018

    "Korean Peace Declaration ‘Is Possible Without China but Would Be Weaker’" Sarah Zheng and Lee Jeong-Ho -- South China Morning Post, June 6, 2018

    "Singapore Gears Up for the Greatest Show on Earth: The Trump-Kim Summit" Chun Han Wong; P.R. Venkat; Jonathan Cheng -- The Wall Street Journal, June 6, 2018

    "A North Korean Opportunity for America and China" Richard N. Haass -- Project Syndicate, June 1, 2018

    "Uninvited Guests Crash Trump’s North Korea Talks" Nahal Toosi -- Politico, June 6, 2018

    Protests Incite Leadership Turnover in Jordan

    "Jordan’s King Appoints New Prime Minister as Protests Resume" Omar Akour -- The Washington Post, June 5, 2018

    "Jordan's Prime Minister Resigns Amid Protests Against Austerity" Jane Arraf -- NPR, June 4, 2018

    "Marginalized Youth: Toward an Inclusive Jordan" Beverley Milton-Edwards -- Brookings Institution, June 6, 2018 [Report]

    Italy's Uncertain Road Ahead

    Italy Needs to Be Handled with Care” Editorial Board --The Economist, May 31, 2018

    The Fall and Rise of Matteo Salvini” Erik Jones -- Foreign Affairs, June 5, 2018

    Israel, Europe, the U.S., and the Iran Deal

    What do the Iranian People Want?” Rahman Bouzari -- Al Jazeera, June 4, 2018

    What Does Netanyahu Hope To Achieve On His European Trip?” Herb Keinon -- Jerusalem Post, June 6, 2018

    Washington’s Dangerous Fixation on Iran” Doug Bandow -- The National Interest, June 4, 2018

    How Sanctions Feed Authoritarianism” Peter Beinart -- The Atlantic, June 5, 2018

    Unrest in Brazil

    Brazil, Scared and Leaderless, Looks to the Military” Brian Winter -- Americas Quarterly, May 31, 2018

    Truckers' Strike Highlights 'A Dangerous Moment' for Brazil's Democracy” Dom Phillips -- The Guardian, June 5, 2018

    "Brazil's Centrist Parties Urged to Unite, But Behind Whom?" Anthony Boadle -- Reuters, June 5, 2018

    Instability Continues in South Sudan


    South Sudan Has Failed Its Children. We Must Not.” Nikki Haley -- The Washington Post, May 30, 2018

    Conflict in Abyei Could Reignite South Sudan’s Civil War” Sam Mednick -- Foreign Policy, June 6, 2018

  • Tuesday, June 05, 2018 10:35 AM | Anonymous

    June 4, 2018

    June Newsletter

    This Month: WAC San Antonio Is Council of the Month; Utah Hosts Future of Korea; Oman 2018 in San Antonio; U.S.-China Global Ed TV Series; Rick Barton on Cover to Cover; New Podcasts; Member Discounts; Councils in the News

    Council of the Month: World Affairs Council of San Antonio

    WACA is pleased to announce that the World Affairs Council of San Antonio is our June Council of the Month for hosting the 2018 Spring Leadership and Board Meetings.

    Highlights of the Spring Leadership Meeting included an engaging opening program on San Antonio's history with historian Gilberto Hinojosa, an in-depth dinner talk by Stratfor's Reva Goujon, and constructive sessions on WACA membership, and with speakers Jennifer Cantu, SVP in Business and Community Management at Bank of America, and David Davenport, Director of Estate and Planned Gift Giving at San Antonio Area Foundation.

    Thank you to Leslie Palmer, Executive Director of WAC San Antonio, and her team for coordinating such a successful program this year!

    L to R: WACA President Bill Clifford; WAC San Antonio member; WAC San Antonio Executive Director Leslie Palmer; WACA Board Member Nancy Hamlin; WACA Board Member and WAC Charlotte President L.J. Stambuk.

    Utah Council to Host Future of Korea This Week


    Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy will present an Engage America: Future of Korea program in partnership Korea Economic Institute this Thursday, June 7.

    Panelists include:

    ·     Vanna Lavery, Republic of Korea Desk Officer, U.S. Department of State

    ·     Seungnam Lee, Second Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the U.S.

    ·     Phil Eskeland, Executive Director of Operations and Policy, Korea Economic Institute

    See more information

    U.S.-China Global Education Television Series Launch


    The Confucius Institute U.S. Center, strategic partner with World Affairs Council - DC, recently announced its June 2 - July 1 nationwide broadcast schedule of the U.S.-China Global Education Television Series on the MHz Worldview Channel.

    The series features one-on-one interviews between distinguished American private and public sector leaders and the presidents of U.S. universities and cultural organizations that host Confucius Institutes.

    Featured guests include:

    ·     David Abney, Chairman and CEO of UPS and WACA 2016 Conference keynote speaker

    ·     Chuck Hagel, former U.S. Secretary of Defense

    ·     Bertrand-Marc Allen, President of Boeing International

    ·     More

    See press release for more details

    US-China Global Education TV Series Teaser

    June Cover to Cover:

    Rick Barton on Peace Works

    Bosnia, Rwanda, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria - a quarter-century of stumbles in America's pursuit of a more peaceful and just world. American military interventions have cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, yet we rarely manage to enact positive and sustainable change. In his new book, former ambassador and global conflict leader Rick Barton uses a mix of stories, history, and analysis for a transformative approach to foreign affairs, offering concrete and attainable solutions for the future.

    Join the June Cover to Cover conference call to discuss Barton's new book, Peace Works: America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World, on Tuesday, June 12, at 2:00-2:30 pm ET.


    July 10

    Dambisa Moyo will discuss Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth - and How to Fix It.

    Register for June's Cover to Cover

    Listen to WACA's Latest KNOW NOW Podcast!

    The Israel-Palestine conflict has reached yet another inflection point. What's next for this protracted conflict? Is hope lost for a peaceful resolution? Is there an end in sight?

    Listen to the podcast of our KNOW NOW program with Yousef Bashir, Gaza-born peace activist, to gain insight on these complex questions.

    Listen now

    Global I.Q. Minute


    In this episode of World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth's Global I.Q. Minute, Tom Peters, author of The Excellence Dividend, reveals how organizations can thrive in the age of algorithms while elevating the heart and soul of every worthwhile endeavor - our humanity.

    Listen to the podcast


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    WACA offers discounts on some of the world's most renowned publications as one of many benefits it offers to members. Get reduced rates on The Economist, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and more! Click the button below for more information.

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  • Thursday, May 31, 2018 10:10 AM | Anonymous

    May 31, 2018

    TODAY: KNOW NOW

    Inside Gaza

    The Israel-Palestine conflict has reached yet another inflection point.

    What's next for this protracted conflict? Is hope lost for a peaceful resolution? Is there an end in sight?

    Yousef Bashir, a Gaza-born peace activist, will join WACA for a special KNOW NOW program, Inside Gaza, to shed light on these complex questions.

    Yousef began his journey as a peacemaker after being shot in the back at 15 by an Israeli solder. He credits his father for teaching him to forgive and find reconciliation instead of turning to anger and revenge. Bashir holds a BA in International Affairs from Northeastern University and an MA in Coexistence and Conflict from Brandeis University. His experience includes serving as Congressional Intern, a Partnership for a Secure America Scoville Fellow, and partaking in the Seeds of Peace and Kids 4 Peace programs. His story has been featured on media outlets such as NPR and The Washington Post. Currently, Yousef works on Congressional Affairs for the Chief Representative of the PLO to the U.S. He will release a memoir, The Words of My Father, in late September of this year.

    Join the May KNOW NOW call today, May 31, from 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

    Register for the call

    Cover to Cover: June - July

    June 12

    Rick Barton will discuss Peace Works: America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World.

    July 10

    Dambisa Moyo will discuss Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth - and How to Fix It.


  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    May 30, 2018

    Weekly World News Update

    Italy's Political Crisis; Death Toll in Puerto Rico; Inside Gaza; U.S.-North Korea Negotiations; Violence in Cameroon; Crimes Against Humanity in Venezuela; Colombia Heads to a Runoff

    Quote of the Week

    "The European Union is in an existential crisis." ​

    -- George Soros, billionaire investor and philanthropist, warned Tuesday in Paris, in a speech delivered to the Annual Meeting at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

    Great Implications for Italy's Political Crisis

    "What Comes Next for Italy?" Beppe Severgnini -- The New York Times, May 28, 2018

    "Spitting in Europe’s Face Won’t Help Italy" Rachel Donadio -- The Atlantic, May 28, 2018

    "Dow Sinks 504 Points - Then Rallies - As Italy’s Political Crisis Triggers Global Sell-Off" Thomas Heath -- The Washington Post, May 29, 2018

    "Italy's Revolt Against the EU" Erik Jones -- Foreign Affairs, May 24, 2018

    "How to Save Europe" George Soros -- Project Syndicate, May 29, 2018

    The Real Death Toll of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

    "Mortality in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria" Panel of Experts -- The New England Journal of Medicine, May 29, 2018 [Report]

    "Puerto Rico Governor Welcomes 'Real Number' of Hurricane Maria Deaths After Shocking Report" Editorial Board -- CBS News, May 30, 2018

    Inside Gaza

    "Israel and Palestinians Trade Fire on Gaza Border Amid Ceasefire Talk" Ruth Eglash -- The Washington Post, May 30, 2018

    "Killer Drones, Incendiary Kites, Sniper Rifles and Robot Machine Guns Contribute to Gaza Bloodbath" Sebastien Roblin -- The National Interest, May 27, 2018

    Register for Tomorrow's KNOW NOW Call to Learn More

    Saving U.S.-North Korea Negotiations

    "Korea Summitry" Richard N. Haass -- Foreign Affairs, May 25, 2018

    "Trump Should Get Even Tougher with North Korea" Marc A. Thiessen -- The Washington Post, May 24, 2018

    "Can South Korea Save the Summit?" E. Tammy Kim -- The New York Times, May 27, 2018

    "The North Korea Summit Jitters Scare America's Allies" Joergen Oerstroem Moeller -- The National Interest, May 29, 2018

    "How Leaving China in the Dark Helped Doom the Trump-Kim Summit" John S. Van Oudenaren -- The Diplomat, May 26, 2018

    Violence in Cameroon

    "Cameroon’s ‘Quiet’ Anglophone Crisis Keeps Escalating with Killings, Detentions Mounting" Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu -- Quartz, May 29, 2018

    Crimes Against Humanity in Venezuela

    "Panel of Independent International Experts Finds 'Reasonable Grounds' for Crimes Against Humanity Committed in Venezuela" Mónica Reyes -- Organization of American States, May 29, 2018 [Press Release]

    "Maduro Uses Repression and Military Purge to Stay in Power in Venezuela" Antonio Maria Delgado -- Miami Herald, May 29, 2018

    "U.S. Sanctions Must Be Precise in Order to Spare Innocent Venezuelans" Dany Bahar -- The Hill, May 24, 2018

    Colombia Prepares for a Runoff

    "Colombians Hope for Change in the First Post-War Presidential Election" Editorial Board -- The Economist, May 26, 2018

    "In Colombia, Far-Right and Hard-Left Candidates Will Vie for Presidency" Susan Abad and Nicholas Casey -- The New York Times, May 27, 2018


  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018 9:06 AM | Anonymous

    May 29, 2018

    WACA Weekly

    This Week: Inside Gaza on KNOW NOW Thursday; FPA Centennial Dinner; Council Highlights

    Thursday KNOW NOW: Inside Gaza

    The Israel-Palestine conflict has reached yet another inflection point.

    What's next for this protracted conflict? Is hope lost for a peaceful resolution? Is there an end in sight?

    Yousef Bashir, a Gaza-born peace activist, will join WACA for a special KNOW NOW program, Inside Gaza, to shed light on these complex questions.

    Born in the Gaza Strip, Yousef was paralyzed from the waist down at age 15 after being shot in the spine by an Israeli soldier. During an agonizing recovery at a hospital in Tel Aviv, Yousef was inspired to become a peacemaker by his father’s message of coexistence. Bashir holds a BA in International Affairs from Northeastern University and an MA in Coexistence and Conflict from Brandeis University. His experience includes serving as Congressional Intern, a Partnership for a Secure America Scoville Fellow, and partaking in the Seeds of Peace and Kids 4 Peace programs. His story has been featured on media outlets such as NPR and The Washington Post. Currently, Yousef works on Congressional Affairs for the Chief Representative of the PLO to the U.S. He will release a memoir, The Words of My Father, in late September of this year.

    Join the May KNOW NOW call this Thursday, May 31, from 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

    Register for the call

    Foreign Policy Association Holds Centennial Dinner

    Inge Thulin

    Chairman, President, CEO, 3M

    Foreign Policy Association (FPA) will host its 2018 Centennial Annual Dinner on Thursday, May 31.

    FPA will present its Corporate Social Responsibility Award to Inge Thulin, President, Chairman, and CEO of 3M, and to Darius Adamczyk, Chairman and CEO of Honeywell.

    Darius Adamczyk

    Chairman and CEO, Honeywell

    FPA will also recognize the work of William R. Rhodes, President and CEO of William R. Rhodes Global Advisors, LLC, and Sana Sabbagh, for their lifetime of philanthropy and work in international affairs education. Both Rhodes and Sabbagh are Directors of the Foreign Policy Association.

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    Welcome, Summer Interns!

    Please join WACA in welcoming our two summer Program and Outreach Interns, Anna Bonsu and Kemal Taban!

    Anna graduated Cum Laude with a BA in international studies and political science from Old Dominion University in May 2018. At ODU, she was a member of the International Studies and Political Science National Honor Societies, and served in an executive role at the organization Global Learning ODU. Anna spent her junior year in Seoul, South Korea. She previously interned on a campaign for the 2017 Virginia state election.

    Kemal is a rising junior at The College of William and Mary, majoring in international relations and minoring in economics. He is active on campus and serves as Treasurer of the Muslim Student Association and Undersecretary of Diversity Initiatives on the Student Assembly. Kemal has previously worked at the American Psychological Association and with several political campaigns.

    Are you a current university student, interested in joining the WACA team? We hire driven, internationally engaged students for fall, spring, and summer terms. Please check our employment page for timelines and information on how to apply!

    WorldBoston Is Hiring!

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    Council Highlights

    Tuesday, May 29

    World Affairs Council of Maine hosts Judith Fergin, former U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, for “Asia-Pacific Views of the U.S. and Why They Matter.” Details

    Wednesday, May 30

    World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts James Clapper, former U.S. Director of National Intelligence, to discuss his book, Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence. Details 

    World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Paula Minnis, Founder of GAIA, for “How a Social Entrepreneur Is Helping Resettled Refugees One Pouch at a Time…” Details

    World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts Dean Spiliotes, Civic Scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at Southern New Hampshire University, for a film screening and discussion of The Final Year. Details

    Thursday, May 31

    World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Fran Ulmer, Chair of the United States Arctic Research Commission, for “After the Arctic Ice Melts.” Details

    World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts James Clapper, former U.S. Director of National Intelligence, to discuss his book, Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence. Details

    San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Y Pang Tsui, inventor and developer of engineering processes for manufacturing, for “Hong Kong: Reintegration into China.” Details

    Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts Rob Reider, former SFCIR Board Member, to discuss his books, The Genius Club and American Scream. Details

    World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts Michael Hershman, President and CEO of the Fairfax Group, for “Global Corruption: Overview and Navigation for U.S. Businesses.” Details

    World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts William Garvelink, former U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for “Global Trends in International Relations: Pandemics, Corruption, and Failed States.” Details

    Travel the World with WAC Philadelphia

    Travel with Council Leaders - hear them lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!

    2018 travel schedule includes trips to: 

    ·     Craig Snyder, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Poland & Moscow Seminar: July 14-22

    ·     Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Cruise the Rhine, July 11-29

    ·     Megan Torrey, CEO, World Affairs Council of Connecticut, Himalayan Kingdoms, Sept. 11-25

    ·     Dixie Anderson, Executive Director Emerita, World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, Romance of the Douro River: Sept. 15-26

    ·     Joyce Davis, President, World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, Town & Country Life in Languedoc: Oct. 6-14

    ·     Don Samford, Board President, Peoria Area World Affairs Council, Cuba: Nov. 4-12

    ·     Megan Torrey, CEO, World Affairs Council of Connecticut, South East Asia: Jan. 29 - Feb. 11, 2019

    ·     Mimi Gregory, Vice President of Programs, Naples Council on World Affairs, Grand Seine: June 30 - July 18, 2019

    ·     Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs, Northern California, Arctic Expedition: June 21 - July 1, 2019

    ·     Derrick Olsen, President, WorldOregon, Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia: Oct. 13-21, 2019

    Contact www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004, ext. 209 or 217.


  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018 9:05 AM | Anonymous

    May 25, 2018

    Next Week: KNOW NOW

    Inside Gaza

    The Israel-Palestine conflict has reached yet another inflection point.

    What's next for this protracted conflict? Is hope lost for a peaceful resolution? Is there an end in sight?

    Yousef Bashir, a Gaza-born peace activist, will join WACA for a special KNOW NOW program, Inside Gaza, to shed light on these complex questions.

    Yousef began his journey as a peacemaker after being shot in the back at 15 by an Israeli solder. He credits his father for teaching him to forgive and find reconciliation instead of turning to anger and revenge. Bashir holds a BA in International Affairs from Northeastern University and an MA in Coexistence and Conflict from Brandeis University. His experience includes serving as Congressional Intern, a Partnership for a Secure America Scoville Fellow, and partaking in the Seeds of Peace and Kids 4 Peace programs. His story has been featured on media outlets such as NPR and The Washington Post. Currently, Yousef works on Congressional Affairs for the Chief Representative of the PLO to the U.S.

    Join the May KNOW NOW call on Thursday, May 31, from 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

    Register for the call

    Cover to Cover: June - July

    June 12

    Rick Barton will discuss Peace Works: America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World.

    July 10

    Dambisa Moyo will discuss Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth - and How to Fix It.


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