• Thursday, February 15, 2018 10:10 AM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    Russia Pervades; U.S. National Defense Strategy; Tillerson's Middle East Trip; Turkey at War; India and China Tensions Over Maldives; Zuma to Step Down

    Quote of the Week:

    "Frankly, the United States is under attack. Under attack by entities that are using cyber to penetrate virtually every major action that takes place in the United States."

    -- Daniel Coats, U.S. Director of National Intelligence , in remarks during the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's Worldwide Threats Hearing on Tuesday. 

    Russia Pervades

    "Russian Threat to Elections to Persist Through 2018, Spy Bosses Warn Congress" Miles Parks -- NPR, February 13, 2018

    "The (Former) Soviet Empire Strikes Back" Richard Sokolsky and Paul Stronski -- The National Interest, February 13, 2018

    "The Surprising Success of Putinomics" Chris Miller -- Foreign Affairs, February 7, 2018

    "What Ban? Patriotic Fervor Grips Russia's Celebration House in South Korea" Tariq Panja -- The New York Times, February 11, 2018 

    The New National Defense Strategy

    "Defending America Means Defending Democracy" Richard Fontaine and Daniel Twining -- Foreign Policy, February 13, 2018

    "The National Defense Strategy: A Compelling Case for Defense Innovation" Steve Blank -- War on the Rocks, February 12, 2018

    "Oversight and Accountability in U.S. Security Sector Assistance" Melissa Dalton; Hijab Shah; Shannon Green -- Center for Strategic and International Studies, February 12, 2018 [Report]

    Tillerson Travels the Middle East

    "Previewing Secretary Tillerson's Upcoming Trip to Amman, Jordan; Ankara, Turkey; Beirut, Lebanon; Cairo, Egypt; and Kuwait City, Kuwait" Senior State Department Officials -- U.S. Department of State, February 9, 2018 [Special Briefing]

    "Rex Tillerson Is Skipping Israel on a Massive Tour of the Middle East, and It's Looking More and More Like a Mistake" Peter Jacobs -- Business Insider, February 11, 2018 

    "New Tensions Between America and Turkey Are Overshadowing the Anti-Islamic State Unity Meeting" Matthew Lee - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 13, 2018

    "Talking Turkey" Carmine Gentile -- Atlantic Council, February 12, 2018

    Turkey at War

    "Turkey Is Out of Control. Time for the U.S. to Say So" Eric Edelman and Jake Sullivan -- Politico, February 13, 2018

    "General Erdogan's First War" Steven Cook -- Foreign Policy, February 7, 2018 

    "Instead of Turning East, Turkey Is Going It Alone" Nick Danforth -- War on the Rocks, February 13, 2018

    Maldives Crisis Brings India-China Rivalry to the Fore

    "The Crisis in the Maldives, Explained" Nayma Qayum -- The Washington Post, February 12, 2018 

    "As Maldives Burns, Lessons for China and India's Limited Options" David Brewster -- South China Morning Post, February 7, 2018

    "Can Soft Power Help Repair China-India Ties?" Tridivesh Singh Maini -- The Diplomat, February 10, 2018

    South Africa's Zuma to Step Down 

    "South Africa's Ruling Party Recalled President Zuma. But the ANC Faces 3 Big Challenges" Benjamin Bradlow -- The Washington Post, February 14, 2018

    "Jacob Zuma's Undoing" John Campbell -- Council on Foreign Relations, February 13, 2018

    "Jacob Zuma's Last Stand" Editorial Board -- The Economist, February 13, 2018


  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018 10:03 AM | Anonymous

    TOMORROW: Cover to Cover with Dr. Quick

    Somewhere in nature, a killer virus is boiling up in the bloodstream of a wild animal, preparing to jump to a human being. This not-yet-detected germ has the potential to wipe out millions of lives over a matter of weeks or months. That risk makes the threat posed by ISIS, a ground war, a massive climate event, or even the dropping of a nuclear bomb on a major city pale in comparison. 

    In The End of Epidemics, Dr. Jonathan Quick, Harvard Medical School faculty member and Chair of the Global Heath Council, examines the eradication of smallpox and devastating effects of influenza, AIDS SARS, and Ebola. Analyzing efforts to contain these diseases and citing firsthand accounts of failure and success, Dr. Quick proposes a new set of actions which he has coined, "The Power of Seven," to end epidemics before they begin.  

    Register for the call

    Join us for February's Cover to Cover tomorrow, February 13, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.


    KNOW NOW: A New U.S. Strategy for Sudan

    Ambassador (Ret.) Mary Carlin Yates recently returned from Sudan, where she served as U.S. Interim Chargé d'Affaires (2011-2012). The goal of the January trip was to make progress on assessing a re-engagement strategy between the U.S. and this geopolitically significant state, at the crossroads of Africa and the Middle East. 

    "We are at a critical time, and the progress towards re-engagement and having a strong bilateral relationship beneficial to both nations hangs in the balance as Khartoum's government and president flirt with closer relations with Russia," Ambassador Yates told WACA and WorldOregon in an email. 

    Register for the call.

    Read Sudan: A Strategy for Re-Engagement by Ambassador Yates and Kelsey Lilley, and join Derrick Olsen, President of WorldOregon, as he hosts Ambassador Yates for this KNOW NOW call on Tuesday, February 20, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.


    Councils Are Hiring!

    World Affairs Council of Hampshire is conducting a search for its new executive director. See the job announcement.

    Global Minnesota is also hiring. See the posting for their new Corporate and Foundation Giving Officer.


    WAC St. Louis Names New Executive Director

    Please join WACA in wishing a warm welcome to Robert Foster, the new Executive Director of World Affairs Council of St. Louis. Foster brings more than 30 years of professional association and communications experience to the position. He previously served as Executive Director of the American Optometric Student Association. 

    Read the press release.

    WACA would also like to congratulate Robert Fischer on his retirement after 16 years of service at the Council's helm. Bob, currently a member of the WACA National Board, has been named Executive Director, Emeritus of WAC St. Louis.


    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to Speak at WAC Atlanta

    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - Africa's "Iron Lady" - overcame abuse, imprisonment, and exile to become the first elected female head of state in Africa. President of Liberia from 2006 until this year, Sirleaf turned her country around after 25 years of violence and misrule by securing peace in Liberia, promoting economic and social development, and strengthening the position of women - all of which earned her the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.

    The World Affairs Council of Atlanta will host President Sirleaf for a special breakfast, "Madame President: From Liberia's Leader to Nobel Laureate," on Thursday, February 15. Details


    FPA Centennial Panel: Women in Development

    This Thursday, February 15, the Foreign Policy Association, founded in 1918, will host a centennial year panel. Co-hosted with Brown Brothers Harriman,  a firm that is celebrating its bicentennial this year, this panel - "The Critical Role of Women in Social and Economic Development" - features:

    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka 

    UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

    Françoise Girard 

    President of the International Women's Health Coalition

    Mary "Nina" Henderson 

    Director of the Foreign Policy Association and of CNO Finanacial Group

    Katalin Bogyay 

    Ambassador of Hungary to the UN

    Isobel Coleman 

    Former U.S. Ambassador of Management, Reform, and Special Political Affairs to the UN

    See more details.


    Amb. Kenton Keith to Speak at 

    WAC Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

    World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky, WACA's Council of the Month, will host Kenton Keith, former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar (1992-1995), tomorrow, February 13. Amb. Keith will discuss "Iran Versus Saudi Arabia." The evening will also include a reception and dinner prior to Amb. Keith's remarks. Details


  • Thursday, February 08, 2018 10:49 AM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, February 7, 2018

    PyeongChang Olympics; Tillerson in Latin America; European Populism; Trouble in South Africa; Crisis in the Maldives

    Quote of the Week:

    "The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests - no party's, no president's, only Putin's."

    -- John McCain, U.S Senator (R-AZ) , in a statement released Friday, regarding the release of the Nunes memo to the public. 

    North Korea and the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics

    "North Korea Diplomacy and the Winter Olympics" Leif-Eric Easley -- The Diplomat, February 7, 2018

    "North and South Korea Made Peace for the Olympics. But It Won't Last" Charlie Campbell -- Time, February 1, 2018

    "Enjoy the Olympics but Talks with North Korea Will Fail" Robert Kelly -- The National Interest, February 5, 2018 

    "Don't Be Fooled by North Korea's Winter Olympics Charm Offensive" Kim Sengupta -- Independent, February 6, 2018

    "The Mixed Record of Sports Diplomacy" Eleanor Albert -- Council on Foreign Relations, February 5, 2018

    "The Education of Kim Jong-Un" Jung Pak -- Brookings, February 6, 2018

    Tillerson's Trip to Latin America

    "Tillerson Tries to Soothe Troubled Allies in Latin America. It's Not an Easy Sell." Elisabeth Malkin -- The New York Times, February 2, 2018 

    "Tillerson to Latin America: Beware of China" Krishnadev Calamur -- The Atlantic, February 3, 2018

    "Tillerson Praises Monroe Doctrine, Warns Latin America of 'Imperial' Chinese Ambitions" Robbie Gramer and Keith Johnson -- Foreign Policy, February 2, 2018

    Checking in on European Populism 

    "Europe's Populists Are Waltzing Into the Mainstream" Editorial Board -- The Economist, February 3, 2018 

    "Muslim Voters and the European Left" Rafaela Danygier -- Foreign Affairs, February 6, 2018 

    "Crisis and Cohesion in the European Union: A Ten-Year Review" Josef Janning -- European Council on Foreign Relations, February 5, 2018

    Germany Finally Settles on Coalition 

    "Germany's Angela Merkel Finally Reaches Coalition Deal with SPD" Ben Knight -- Deutsche Welle, February 7, 2018

    Day Zero for South Africa? 

    "In Drought-Hit South Africa, the Politics of Water" William Saunderson-Meyer -- Reuters, February 5, 2018

    "South African President Jacob Zuma Faces Pressure to Resign" Rachel Elbaum -- NBC News, February 6, 2018

    "President Zuma's Speech Postponed as South African Power Struggle Intensifies" Norimitsu Onishi -- The New York Times, February 6, 2018 

    Maldives: Constitutional Crisis in Paradise

    "A Beautiful Place for a Crisis: How Politics Spoiled the Maldives Tropical Paradise" Shashank Bengali -- Los Angeles Times, February 6, 2018 

    "Crisis Continues in a Land of Pretty Islands, as Justices and Ex-Leader Are Arrested" Hassan Moosa and Jeffrey Gettleman -- The New York Times, February 5, 2018
    "Crisis in Male" Editorial Board -- The Hindu, February 5, 2018

    For previous Weekly World News Updates, please visit our website 

  • Tuesday, February 06, 2018 9:19 AM | Anonymous

    Council of the Month for February:

    WAC Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

    Having recently navigated the challenge of launching a new and improved website, WACA is keeping an eye out for member Councils that are taking on such a big challenge. We  recognize World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky as our Council of the Month to highlight their world-class website and re-branding.

    In partnership with one of the Council's vital sponsors, Dover Corporation, and its global marketing firm, DeanHouston, the Council came up with a winning formula. WAC Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky's blog posts celebrate inclusive branding and the launch of their new name and logo reveals a deliberate process worth noting.

    "DeanHouston stepped up with an investment of time and expertise to advise the Council leadership through a name change, new logo, messaging, marketing tools, and website. As a small nonprofit organization leading global education efforts, connecting local business and family to world leaders, and creating a culturally aware and informed community, our online and outward presence has shifted to meet the needs of today's society," said Michelle Harpenau, Executive Director. "What you see today came out of this process to better share our story." And what a story it is!


    Congratulations, SQCC Grant Recipients!

    The World Affairs Councils of America congratulates the eight Councils that will participate in the WACA Engage America Series: Oman 2018. Following a very competitive application process, the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC), selected the following organizations for grant funding:

    • Columbia World Affairs Council
    • Savannah Council on World Affairs
    • South Dakota World Affairs Council
    • World Affairs Council of Albuquerque
    • World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
    • World Affairs Council of New Hampshire
    • World Affairs Council of San Antonio
    • World Affairs Council of Western Michigan

    The Oman 2018 program series will feature SQCC experts on U.S.-Oman relations, and a presentation of the country's contributions to business, trade, investment, culture, and education. 

    *Council Leaders: The application process for WACA grant funding for the Future of Korea 2018 program will open later this week. Stay tuned!


    February Cover to Cover: The End of Epidemics

    Somewhere in nature, a killer virus is boiling up in the bloodstream of a wild animal, preparing to jump to a human being. This not-yet-detected germ has the potential to wipe out millions of lives over a matter of weeks or months. That risk makes the threat posed by ISIS, a ground war, a massive climate event, or even the dropping of a nuclear bomb on a major city pale in comparison. 

    In The End of Epidemics, Dr. Jonathan Quick, Harvard Medical School faculty member and Chair of the Global Heath Council, examines the eradication of smallpox and devastating effects of influenza, AIDS SARS, and Ebola. Analyzing efforts to contain these diseases and citing firsthand accounts of failure and success, Dr. Quick proposes a new set of actions which he has coined, "The Power of Seven," to end epidemics before they begin.  

    Register for the call

    Join us for February's Cover to Cover on Tuesday, February 13, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

    March

    Chuck Freilich will discuss his book, Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change, on the day of its release, March 1, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

    April

    Madiha Afzal will discuss her book, Pakistan Under Siege: Extremism, Society, and the State on Wednesday, April 18, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.


    February KNOW NOW - Amb. Yates on Sudan

    Ambassador Mary Carlin Yates recently traveled to Sudan, where she had served as U.S. Interim Chargé d'Affaires (2011-2012). Previously, she served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana (2002-2005). While US Ambassador to the Republic of Burundi (1999-2002), Yates worked to bring stability with the Burundian peace process, led by former South African President Nelson Mandela. She also served in Kinshasa, Zaïre (now Democratic Republic of the Congo), as a political officer and then public affairs counselor in the early '90s during the genocide in neighboring Rwanda.

    Register for the call

    Join Derrick Olsen, President of WorldOregon, for a discussion with Ambassador Yates about the state of Sudan on Tuesday, February 20, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.


    FPA Student Essay/Video Competition

    What is America's biggest challenge in the world? 

    If you're a high school student, you're invited to submit either an essay or a video on this question.

    Deadline for submissions: 

    March 1, 2018. See more details.


    Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute

    The Great Decisions Teachers Institute is a once in a lifetime opportunity for high school educators to immerse themselves in some of America's biggest foreign policy challenges and build their skills in teaching international affairs. For four days, teachers from across the United States, Mexico, and Canada will attend lectures presented by experts and policy makers, interact with teaching colleagues, and acquire new teaching resources and curriculum ideas. See the flyer.

    To apply, all applicants are required to complete the application questionnaire.  The questionnaire can be accessed here, or by visiting www.fpa.org/institute/

    High school educators nationwide are invited to apply by March 16, 2018. All applicants will be notified by April 13, 2018.

    If you have any questions in regards to the application or the Great Decisions Teachers Institute, please email teachers@fpa.org, or call the Foreign Policy Association at 212-481-8100 x250.


    Academic WorldQuest 2018

    Information for the 2017-2018 Academic WorldQuest program is now available!

    This year's AWQ Study Guide is now available, along with more information about The Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition, to be held Saturday, April 28, 2018.

    This year's AWQ National Competition will feature a welcome reception at the United States Institute of Peace on 

    Friday, April 27. For topics, Study Guide, 

    and more, click here.

    Sponsored by: United States Institute of Peace

     


    Councils Are Hiring!

    World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is conducting a search for its new executive director. See the job announcement.

    Global Minnesota is also hiring. See the posting for their new Corporate and Foundation Giving Officer.



    Global I.Q. Minute with Jim Falk

    In this episode of World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth's Global I.Q. Minute, Graham Allison, respected naitonal security analyst and defense guru, discusses his book, Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?, with WAC Dallas/Fort Worth President and CEO, Jim Falk. Listen now.


  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 2:45 PM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, January 31, 2018

    State of U.S. Foreign Policy; What's Next for Syria?; New Fighting in Yemen; Rohingya Continue to Suffer; Kenya: Off Air

    Quote of the Week:

    "A great American leader will fashion strategies that ensure ISIS and al Qaeda don't return. A great American leader will remember that it is our values that distinguish us most, and mean we must stand up to the genuine threat that the People's Republic of China and Putin's Russia represent. If that leadership and those values were what you were listening for, you were sorely disappointed."

    -- Danielle Pletka, Senior Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise  Institute, in an interview with PBS Newshour about President Trump's State of the Union Address on Tuesday. 

    The State of U.S. Foreign Policy

    "President Trump Talked Tough on North Korea in the State of the Union. Here's Where Things Stand" Elizabeth Saunders -- The Washington Post, January 31, 2018

    "In State of the Union, Trump Goes Where Kim Jong Un Fears Most: Human Rights" Gordon Chang -- Daily Beast, January 31, 2018

    "How Might Trump's Speech Play in North Korea, China?" Editorial Board -- CBS, January 31, 2018

    "The State of Defense: Time for Trump to Put the Money Where His Mouth Is" Mackenzie Eaglen -- American Enterprise Institute, January 31, 2018

    "After Credibility: American Foreign Policy in the Trump Era" Keren Yarhi-Milo -- Foreign Affairs, January/February, 2018

    After Sochi, What's Next for Syria?

    "Russia's Syria Talks End with Plan to Draft New Constitution" Nataliya Vasilyeva and Vladimir Isachenkov -- U.S. News & World Report, January 30, 2018

    "Syria Opposition Missing from Russia's Sochi Talks" Editorial Board -- Al Jazeera, January 30, 2018

    "Squaring the Circle: Connecting Current Operations to Policy Ambition in Syria" Melissa Dalton -- CSIS, January 26, 2018 [Report]

    New Fighting Erupts in Yemen

    "What Is Going on in Southern Yemen?" Gamal Gasim -- Al Jazeera, January 29, 2018

    "Bloodshed Roils Yemen's South, Further Complicating an Already Complicated War" Colin Dwyer -- NPR, January 29, 2018

    "What Role Will Moscow Assume in Yemen's Civil War?" Kirill Semenov -- Al-Monitor, January 30, 2018

    Rohingya Continue to Suffer

    "Three Steps Myanmar Should Take to Turn the Rohingya Disaster Around" Bill Richardson -- The Washington Post, January 26, 2018

    "AP Interview: Richardson Resigns from Rohingya Refugee Panel" Foster Klug -- Associated Press, January 25, 2018

    "The Rohingya in Bangladesh: Playing Politics with a People in Crisis" Erol Yayboke -- CSIS, January 29, 2018

    "Even for Rohingya Refugees Who Move on From Bangladesh, Life Is Grim" -- The Economist, January 25, 2018

    Kenya: Off Air

    "Kenyans Name a 'People's President,' and TV Broadcasts Are Cut" Jina Moore -- The The New York Times, January 30, 2018

    "Kenya: Media Barred from Opposition Event" Editorial Board -- Human Rights Watch, January 30, 2018

    For previous Weekly World News Updates, please visit our website 



  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 9:13 AM | Anonymous


    WACA President to Speak at Dayton's 70th

    The Dayton Council on World Affairs celebrates its 70th anniversary today, January 29, at the Dayton Raquet Club

    Ambassador Heather Hodges, Cleveland Council on World Affairs President and Ambassador-in-Residence, and Bill Clifford, WACA President and CEO, will be featured in a panel discussion on "Why Diplomacy Matters Today and to You."

    Read the Dayton Daily News article on the Council's landmark year, and please join WACA in wishing them another 70 years of quality programming on world affairs! 



    TOMORROW: KNOW NOW Control Risks Webinar

    The year 2017 saw a host of new challenges for global organizations, and continued economic and political volatility, heightened by competing leadership styles on the world stage. What should citizens and decision-makers expect in 2018? 

    WACA is pleased to present a special KNOW NOW webinar, featuring Charles Hecker, Senior Partner at Control Risks, to help us answer this salient question. 

    Hecker will discuss the Top 5 Risks facing global organizations in the year ahead:

    1. North Korea escalation
    2. Large-scale cyber attacks targeting infrastructure
    3. U.S. becoming protectionist
    4. Big power rivalry in the Middle East
    5. Personalized leadership

    The webinar will showcase highlights from Control Risks' RiskMap, an annual forecast for political and security risk around the world.

    Register for the webinar

    Join us for next week's KNOW NOW on Tuesday, January 30, at 2:00-2:45 PM ET.

     

    Control Risks is a specialist global risk consultancy that helps to create secure, compliant and resilient organizations in an age of ever-changing risk.

    February KNOW NOW

    Ambassador (Ret.) Mary Carlin Yates will be hosted by Derrick Olsen, President of WorldOregon, for a discussion about Sudan on Tuesday, February 20, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET. Register for the call.


    Councils Are Hiring

    World Affairs Council of Hampshire is conducting a search for its new executive director. See the job announcement.

    Global Minnesota is also hiring. See the posting for their new Corporate and Foundation Giving Officer.


    Cover to Cover: February

    Somewhere in nature, a killer virus is boiling up in the bloodstream of a wild animal, preparing to jump to a human being. This not-yet-detected germ has the potential to wipe out millions of lives over a matter of weeks or months. That risk makes the threat posed by ISIS, a ground war, a massive climate event, or even the dropping of a nuclear bomb on a major city pale in comparison. 

    In The End of Epidemics, Dr. Jonathan Quick, Harvard Medical School faculty member and Chair of the Global Heath Council, examines the eradication of smallpox and devastating effects of influenza, AIDS SARS, and Ebola. Analyzing efforts to contain these diseases and citing firsthand accounts of failure and success, Dr. Quick proposes a new set of actions which he has coined, "The Power of Seven," to end epidemics before they begin.  

    Register for the call

    Join us for February's Cover to Cover on Tuesday, February 13, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

    *Special note: James Kirchick, August Cover to Cover author of The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age, is on tour to promote the March release of his book in paperback. Please contact Chelsea at the WACA National Office if you are interested in inviting Mr. Kirchick for to speak at your Council.


    FPA Student Essay/Video Competition

    What is America's biggest challenge in the world? 

    If you're a high school student, you're invited to submit either an essay or a video on this question.

    Maximum essay length: 750 words; maximum video length: 5 minutes

    Winners in each medium will be judged by an expert panel of educators and designers of student outreach programs. See more details here.

    Criteria for judging:

    • Creative engagement with the Centennial Challenge topic
    • Compelling demonstration of the position you take
    • Breadth and depth of the vision you present

    Prizes:

    • 1st prize: $1500 and expenses paid for a trip to attend the 2018 Foreign Policy Centennial Spring Dinner in New York City
    • 2nd prize: $500
    • 3rd prize: $500

    Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2018


    Academic WorldQuest 2018

    Information for the 2017-2018 Academic WorldQuest program is now available!

    This year's AWQ Study Guide is now available, along with more information about The Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition, to be held Saturday, April 28, 2018.

    This year's AWQ National Competition will feature a welcome reception at the United States Institute of Peace on 

    Friday, April 27. For topics, Study Guide, 

    and more, click here.

    Please note: the links in this block for the AWQ Study Guide are up to date. Links from previous emails may no longer be active due to the launch of the new WACA website

    Sponsored by: United States Institute of Peace

     


    Gov. Richardson to Speak at WAC Hilton Head

    Governor Bill Richardson, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, former Governor of New Mexico, and Founder of the Richardson Center for Global Engagement, will speak at the World Affairs Council of Hilton Head this Friday, February 2. He will discuss "North Korea: A Strategy for Engagement." 

    Governor Richardson was the Ambassadors Luncheon Keynote speaker at the WACA 2017 National Conference


    World Affairs Councils Highlights

    Did you know that WACA features Council events on its new website? Council leaders and staff: log in to your member account now and add your events for a chance for your Council to be highlighted on our main page!

    Thursday, February 1

    WorldBoston hosts Elin Suleymanov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the U.S., for "Azerbaijan at the Strategic Crossroads of Eurasia." Details

    Richmond World Affairs Council hosts Barbara Bodine, Director of Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, for "Analyzing Yemen." Details

    WorldOregon hosts Losang Ragbey, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Machik, for "Engaging Tibet Through Social Innovation." Details

    World Affairs Council of Central Illinois hosts Jerry Kruse, CEO of Southern Illinois University Healthcare, for "The U.S. Healthcare System(s): Time for International Comparative Policy Analysis." Details

    Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts Raul Rodriguez-Barocio, Co-Chair of the International Committee of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University, for "Mexico: NAFTA, the Wall and Distant Neighbors." Details

    Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts Janet Steele, Director of the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication at The George Washington University, for "Journalism and Islam." Details

    Friday, February 2

    World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California hosts Sarah Schneewind, Associate Professor of History at the University of California San Diego, for "The Dark World in the Founding of the Ming Dynasty." Details

    WorldOregon hosts Merrill McPeak, U.S. Air Force General (Ret.) for "Great Decisions: U.S. Global Engagement and Military." Details

  • Monday, January 29, 2018 10:03 AM | Anonymous


    TOMORROW - 2 PM ET: Top Risks for 2018


    Top Risks for 2018

    Top Risks for 2018


    The year 2017 saw a host of new challenges for global organizations, and continued economic and political volatility, heightened by competing leadership styles on the world stage. What should citizens and decision-makers expect in 2018? 

    WACA is pleased to present a special KNOW NOW webinar, featuringCharles Hecker, Senior Partner at Control Risks, to help us answer this salient question. 

    The webinar will showcase highlights from Control Risks' RiskMap, an annual forecast for political and security risk around the world.

    Register for the webinar

    Be sure to watch the video above and join us for tomorrow's KNOW NOW, Tuesday, January 30, at 2:00-2:45 PM ET.


     

    Control Risks is a specialist global risk consultancy that helps to create secure, compliant and resilient organizations in an age of ever-changing risk.


    February KNOW NOW

    Ambassador (Ret.) Mary Carlin Yates will be hosted by Derrick Olsen, President of WorldOregon, for a discussion about Sudan on Tuesday, February 20, at 2:00-2:30 PM ETRegister for the call.

    Cover to Cover: February

    Somewhere in nature, a killer virus is boiling up in the bloodstream of a wild animal, preparing to jump to a human being. This not-yet-detected germ has the potential to wipe out millions of lives over a matter of weeks or months. That risk makes the threat posed by ISIS, a ground war, a massive climate event, or even the dropping of a nuclear bomb on a major city pale in comparison. 


    In The End of EpidemicsDr. Jonathan Quick, Harvard Medical School faculty member and Chair of the Global Heath Council, examines the eradication of smallpox and devastating effects of influenza, AIDS SARS, and Ebola. Analyzing efforts to contain these diseases and citing firsthand accounts of failure and success, Dr. Quick proposes a new set of actions which he has coined, "The Power of Seven," to end epidemics before they begin.  


    Register for the call


    Join us for February's Cover to Cover on Tuesday, February 13, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.


  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018 1:35 PM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, January 24, 2018

    Davos 2018; A 'Bloody Nose' for North Korea?; Turkey Enters Syria; German Coalition Efforts; Failing Venezuela

    Quote of the Week:

    "The world is led by an increasingly outstanding array - not just of people - but of personas. Hard against the business risk landscape is a collection of assertive leaders who rely on nationalism, and to varying degrees, populism."

    -- Charles Hecker, Senior Partner at Control Risks. Watch the video and be sure to join our special KNOW NOW webinar on the Top 5 Risks for 2018featuring Mr. Hecker on Tuesday, January 30, at 2:00-2:45 PM ET.

    Top 5 Risks for 2018

    Top 5 Risks for 2018


    World Economic Forum: Davos 2018

    Davos 2018 Live Stream -- World Economic Forum

    "The Five Things to Watch at Davos 2018" Ian Bremmer -- Eurasia Group, January 20, 2018

    "What to Expect at Davos 2018" Matthew Goodman; William Allan Reinsch; Sue Mi Terry -- CSIS, January 22, 2018

    "'America First Is Not America Alone': Trump Aims to Reset Global Opinion About Him in Davos" Heather Long -- The Washington Post, January 24, 2018

    "Davos Attendees Should Beware the Slowing of Potential Growth" Ayahn Kose -- Brookings, January 22, 2018

    "Davos Elite Hope Unpredictable Trump Doesn't Spoil Their Fun" Michael Campbell -- Bloomberg, January 33, 2018

    Implications of a Preemptive Strike on North Korea

    "Limited Strikes on North Korea Would Be an Unlimited Disaster" Luke O'Brien -- Foreign Policy, January 22, 2018

    "America Should Not Fall for North Korea's Belligerence" Gracy Olmstead -- The National Interest, January 23, 2018

    "American Illusions and Korean Realities: Preventing Conflict on the Korean Peninsula" Stephan Blank -- 38 North, January 18, 2018

    Crossing the Line: Turkish Military Forces Enter Syria

    "As the Islamic State Battle Ends, Old Feuds Resume" David Ignatius -- RealClear Politics, January 24, 2018

    "With Turkish Military Invasion, the Americans Are Once Again Trapped in Syria" Zvi Bar'el -- Haaretz, January 24, 2018

    "Will Syria Be Trump's Next Foreign Policy Blunder?" Daniel DePetris -- The National Interest, January 23, 2018

    "Could the Kurds Beat Turkey in Syria?" Michael Rubin -- Washington Examiner, January 22, 2018

    Another Chance at a German Coalition?

    "How Far Can Germany's Social Democrats Bend Before They Break?" Sumi Soma Somaskanda -- The Atlantic, January 23, 2018

    "Germany's Left Is Committing Suicide by Identity Politics" Timo Lochocki -- Foreign Policy, January 23, 2018

    "Imagining a Post-Merkel Germany" Jochen Bittner -- The New York Times, January 23, 2018

    "Germany's Social Democrats Vote for Formal Coalition Talks with Angela Merkel" J.C. -- The Economist, January 21, 2018

    Can It Get Any Worse? Updates on Venezuela

    "Venezuelan President Set to Run for Re-Election in 2018 Vote" Vivian Sequera and Alexandra Ulmer -- Reuters, January 23, 2018

    "How Much Worse Can It Get for Venezuela's State Oil Firm PDVSA?" Amy Meyers Jeffe -- Council on Foreign Relations, January 23, 2018

    "The Death Spiral of Venezuela's Oil Sector and What, if Anything, Can Be Done About It" Francisco Monaldi -- Forbes, January 24, 2018

    For previous Weekly World News Updates, please visit our website 


  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018 8:33 AM | Anonymous
    Special KNOW NOW: Control Risks Webinar


    The year 2017 saw a host of new challenges for global organizations, and continued economic and political volatility heightened by competing leadership styles on the world stage. What should citizens and decision-makers expect in 2018? 

    WACA is pleased to present a special KNOW NOW webinar, featuring DC-based consultancy Control Risks' outlook for 2018. 

    Register for the call

    Join us for this month's KNOW NOW on Tuesday, January 30, at 2:00-2:45 PM ET.

    We will discuss the Top 5 Risks facing global organizations in the year ahead:

    1. North Korea escalation
    2. Large-scale cyber attacks targeting infrastructure
    3. U.S. becoming protectionist
    4. Big power rivalry in the Middle East
    5. Personalized leadership

    The webinar will showcase highlights from Control Risks' RiskMap, an annual forecast for political and security risk around the world.

     

    Control Risks is a specialist global risk consultancy that helps to create secure, compliant and resilient organizations in an age of ever-changing risk.

    February KNOW NOW

    Ambassador (Ret.) Mary Carlin Yates will be hosted by Derrick Olsen, President of WorldOregon, for a discussion about Sudan on Tuesday, February 20, at 2:00-2:30 PM ETRegister for the call.

    Celebrating 50 Years: WAC Orange County 

    The World Affairs Council of Orange Countywill celebrate its 50th anniversary on Tuesday, January 23


    Ryan Crocker, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon, will speak on "Middle East Meltdown: Causes and Consequences for the U.S." at WAC Orange County's commemorative event. Details.

    World Affairs Council of Hilton Head Hosts President of Chicago Council on Global Affairs


    The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head will host Ivo H. Daalder, President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, on Friday, January 26. Daalder, formerly the U.S. Ambassador to NATO, will discuss "Trump's Foreign Policy." 

    See details.

    Councils Are Hiring

    After nearly eight years of outstanding leadership, Anna Berry, Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, is stepping down from her position to pursue an opportunity at the New Hampshire Bar Association (see press release). The WAC New Hampshire Board is now conducting a search for its new executive director.See the job announcement.

    Global Minnesota is also hiring. See the posting for their new Corporate and Foundation Giving Officer.

    FPA Student Essay/Video Competition
    What is America's biggest challenge in the world?

    If you're a high school student, you're invited to submit either an essay or a video on this question.

    Maximum essay length: 750 words; maximum video length: 5 minutes

    Winners in each medium will be judged by an expert panel of educators and designers of student outreach programs. See more details here.

    Criteria for judging:

    • Creative engagement with the Centennial Challenge topic
    • Compelling demonstration of the position you take
    • Breadth and depth of the vision you present

    Prizes:

    • 1st prize: $1500 and expenses paid for a trip to attend the 2018 Foreign Policy Centennial Spring Dinner in New York City
    • 2nd prize: $500
    • 3rd prize: $500

    Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2018

    WACA - Global Ties U.S. Breakfast

    The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to sponsor the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting once again this year as part of a reciprocal arrangement to strengthen collaboration between our organizations.

    For those Council leaders, staff, and board members who plan to attend the Global Ties "Change Through Exchange" Conference in Washington, DC, we cordially invite you to participate in the WACA breakfast on Thursday, February 8at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

    Cover to Cover: February

    Somewhere in nature, a killer virus is boiling up in the bloodstream of a wild animal, preparing to jump to a human being. This not-yet-detected germ has the potential to wipe out millions of lives over a matter of weeks or months. That risk makes the threat posed by ISIS, a ground war, a massive climate event, or even the dropping of a nuclear bomb on a major city pale in comparison. 

    In The End of EpidemicsDr. Jonathan Quick, Harvard Medical School faculty member and Chair of the Global Heath Council, examines the eradication of smallpox and devastating effects of influenza, AIDS SARS, and Ebola. Analyzing efforts to contain these diseases and citing firsthand accounts of failure and success, Dr. Quick proposes a new set of actions which he has coined, "The Power of Seven," to end epidemics before they begin.  

    Register for the call

    Join us for February's Cover to Cover on Tuesday, February 13, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

    Academic WorldQuest 2018

    Information for the 2017-2018 Academic WorldQuest program is now available!

    This year's AWQ Study Guide is now available, along with more information about The Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition, to be held Saturday, April 28, 2018.

    This year's AWQ National Competition will feature a welcome reception at the United States Institute of Peace on 

    Friday, April 27. For topics, Study Guide, 

    and more, click here.

    Please note: the links in this block for the AWQ Study Guide are up to date. Links from previous emails may no longer be active due to the launch of the new WACA website

    Sponsored by: United States Institute of Peace

      

  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 10:22 AM | Anonymous


    WAC Pittsburgh Hosts Future of Korea Program

    The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh will host a Future of Korea program today, January 16, and Wednesday, January 17. This program, presented in partnership with the World Affairs Councils of America and the Korea Economic Institute (KEI), will feature a panel of experts selected by KEI:

    • Jaepil Moon, First Secretary, Embassy of Korea
    • Juli S. Kim, North Korea Desk Officer, U.S. Dept. of State
    • Juni Kim, Program Manager, Korea Economic Institute

    Global Minn. Cited for Great Decisions Program

    Global Minnesota was recognized by the Star Tribune for its timely focus on China in 2018 through its Great Decisions program. Read the article: "Rash Report: China Rises, Including to Top of 2018 'Risk List'."


    Special KNOW NOW: Control Risks Webinar

    The year 2017 saw a host of new challenges for global organizations, and continued economic and political volatility heightened by competing leadership styles on the world stage. What should organizational decision-makers expect in 2018? 

    Join us for special webinar KNOW NOW featuring highlights from Control Risks' RiskMap, an annual forecast for political and security risk around the world.

    Control Risks is a specialist global risk consultancy that helps to create secure, compliant and resilient organizations in an age of ever-changing risk.

    Register for the call

    Join us for this month's KNOW NOW on Tuesday, January 30, at 2:00-2:45 PM ET.


    WACA Seeks Chief Operations Officer

    The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce the open position of Chief Operating Officer. The COO will provide internal management of the WACA national office staff and oversee a variety of organizational priorities and projects. See the full posting and send complete applications to apply@worldaffairscouncils.org. Apply by Monday, January 22


    FPA Student Essay/Video Competition

    What is America's biggest challenge in the world? 

    If you're a high school student, you're invited to submit either an essay or a video on this question.

    Maximum essay length: 750 words; maximum video length: 5 minutes

    Winners in each medium will be judged by an expert panel of educators and designers of student outreach programs. See more details here.

    Criteria for judging:

    • Creative engagement with the Centennial Challenge topic
    • Compelling demonstration of the position you take
    • Breadth and depth of the vision you present

    Prizes:

    • 1st prize: $1500 and expenses paid for a trip to attend the 2018 Foreign Policy Centennial Spring Dinner in New York City
    • 2nd prize: $500
    • 3rd prize: $500

    Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2018


    WACA - Global Ties U.S. Breakfast

    The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to sponsor the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting once again this year as part of a reciprocal arrangement to strengthen collaboration between our organizations.

    For those Council leaders, staff, and board members who plan to attend the Global Ties "Change Through Exchange" Conference in Washington, DC, we cordially invite you to participate in the WACA breakfast on Thursday, February 8, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.


    Cover to Cover: February

    Somewhere in nature, a killer virus is boiling up in the bloodstream of a wild animal, preparing to jump to a human being. This not-yet-detected germ has the potential to wipe out millions of lives over a matter of weeks or months. That risk makes the threat posed by ISIS, a ground war, a massive climate event, or even the dropping of a nuclear bomb on a major city pale in comparison. 

    In The End of Epidemics, Dr. Jonathan Quick, Harvard Medical School faculty member and Chair of the Global Heath Council, examines the eradication of smallpox and devastating effects of influenza, AIDS SARS, and Ebola. Analyzing efforts to contain these diseases and citing firsthand accounts of failure and success, Dr. Quick proposes a new set of actions which he has coined, "The Power of Seven," to end epidemics before they begin.  

    Register for the call

    Join us for February's Cover to Cover on Tuesday, February 13, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.


    Listen to WACA Podcasts!

    On Wednesday, January 10, the World Affairs Councils of America hosted Richard N. Haass for a special Cover to Cover conference call on our world in disarray. Listen now.


    Academic WorldQuest 2018

    Information for the 2017-2018 Academic WorldQuest program is now available!

    This year's AWQ Study Guide is now available, along with more information about The Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition, to be held Saturday, April 28, 2018.

    This year's AWQ National Competition will feature a welcome reception at the United States Institute of Peace on 

    Friday, April 27. For topics, Study Guide, and more, click here.

    Please note: the links in this block for the AWQ Study Guide are up to date. Links from previous emails may no longer be active due to the launch of the new WACA website

    Sponsored by: United States Institute of Peace

     


    World Affairs Councils Highlights

    Did you know that WACA features Council events on its new website? Council leaders and staff: log in to your member account now and add your events for a chance for your Council to be highlighted on our main page!

    Tuesday, January 16

    Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts its Academic WorldQuest Competition. Details 

    Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council hosts David Firestein, Founding Executive Director of the China Public Policy Center, for "China's 19th People's Congress." Details

    World Affairs Council of Maine holds a discussion group, "Effects of Pulling Out of the Paris Climate Accord." Details

    Wednesday, January 17

    Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts David Firestein, Founding Executive Director of the China Public Policy Center, for "China - After the 19th Party Congress." Details

    WorldDenver hosts David Firestein, Founding Executive Director of the China Public Policy Center, for "China's Global Aspirations." Details

    World Affairs Forum (Stamford) hosts Michael Hanna, Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation, for "The Trump Administration and the Future of a Fractured Middle East." Details

    World Affairs Council of Upstate hosts Dr. Cleve Fraser, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Furman University, for "The U.S. Relationship with Latin America." Details

    World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Kemal Kirisci, Director of the Turkey Project at the Brookings Insittution, for "Turkey and the West: Navigating a Troubled Relationship." Details

    Thursday, January 18

    World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Sarrah Buageila, Project Manager at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, for "Celebrating the American Muslim." Details

    World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Daniel Yergen, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit, for "Global Perspectives." Details

    World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosts a panel of experts for "Dream Week: World Topics, Personal Voices." Details

    San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Khaleel Mohammed, Professor at San Diego State University, for "Understanding Islam and Its Role in Global Affairs." Details

    Indiana Council on World Affairs hosts Jorge Sanchez Catano, Deputy Consul of Mexico, for "Mexico: U.S. Neighbor and Friend." Details

    Worcester World Affairs Council  hosts Graham Allison, former Director of the Harvard University Belfer Center Science and International Affairs, for "Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucidides' Trap?" Details 

    Olympia World Affairs Council hosts Tom Rainey, Faculty Emeritus at The Evergreen State College, for "Russia and China's Strategic Alliance: Implications for the U.S." Details

    World Affairs Council of Las Vegas hosts Dr. Bruce Bennett, Senior International Defense Researcher at the RAND Corporation, for "Is Military Conflict a Prospect for the U.S. in East Asia?" Details

    Foreign Policy Association hosts Leon Botstein, President of Bard College, for "Elites, Education, and the Future." Details 

    Friday, January 19

    World Affairs Council of Austin hosts a panel of experts for, "Driving Innovation: 2018 Business Forecast." Details

    World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Graham Allison, former Director of the Harvard University Belfer Center Science and International Affairs, for "Destined for War: The Future of the American and Chinese Relationship." Details



 

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