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  • Wednesday, September 19, 2018 12:40 PM | Anonymous

    September 19, 2018

    Weekly World News Update

    U.S.-China Trade War; The Koreas Meet Again; 73rd UN General Assembly; Polish President Visits; Macedonia and Britain Referendums; Guatemala Issue Comes to a Head; AI for the Public Good

    Quote of the Week

    Contrary to views in Washington, China can - and will - dig its heels in and we are not optimistic about the prospect for a resolution in the short term,” said William Zarit, Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China. “No one will emerge victorious from this counter-productive cycle.” 

    China Trade War Escalates

    "Trump Has Put the U.S. and China on the Cusp of a New Cold War" Mark Landler -- New York Times, September 19, 2018

    China-U.S. Row Risks Heading to ‘Thucydides Trap’” Xuan Loc Doan -- Asia Times, September 19, 2018

    U.S.-China Trade War Spells Divorce of World's Biggest Economies Kevin Hamlin and Adrian Leung -- Bloomberg, September 18, 2018

    After 'Major Escalation' in US-China Trade War, What Happens Next? Jethro Mullen -- CNN, September 19, 2018

    Pyongyang Summit

    "North Korea's Kim Jong-un 'Agrees to Shut Missile Site'" BBC, September 19, 2018

    A Tricky Inter-Korean Summit: What to Know” Scott Snyder -- Council on Foreign Relations, September 14, 2018

    Moon Vows to Persuade Pyongyang Amid Standoff” Kim Yoo-chul -- The Korea Times, September 17, 2018

    "North Korea’s New Promises on Weapons Stop Short of Denuclearization" Choe Sang-hun -- New York Times, September 19, 2018

    73rd UN General Assembly Meeting

    Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to Skip UN General Assembly Session” Edith Lederer -- The Associated Press, September 12, 2018

    All Eyes on Trump: UN to Meet Amid Tension With U.S.” Pamela Falk -- CBS News, September 17, 2018

    "In a Complex World, ‘We Need to Take the Right Road’: Outgoing General Assembly President" UN Affairs -- UN.org, September 17, 2018

     

    "UN General Assembly Is ‘The World Cup of Diplomacy’" Anna Pukas -- Arab News, September 18, 2018

    Trump-Duda One-on-One

    "Poland’s New Tactic for Getting a U.S. Military Base? Pitch It as Fort Trump." Paul Sonne and Anne Gearan -- Washington Post, September 18, 2018

    "Polish President’s White House Talks ‘Very Successful’" Poland Radio, September 19, 2018

    "Poland Says It's Willing to Pay $2 billion to Build 'Fort Trump,' and Trump Sounds Interested in the Offer" Christopher Woody -- Nordic Business Insider, September 19, 2018

    Upcoming Referendum in Macedonia

    For Macedonia, Is Joining NATO and the EU Worth the Trouble?” Florian Bieber -- Foreign Policy, September 13, 2018

    Opposition Leader Tells Macedonians to Vote 'With Their Conscience' In Name-Change Referendum” RFE/RL Journalists -- Radio Free Europe, September 12, 2018

    Western Leaders Line Up to Visit Macedonia Before Referendum” Konstantin Testorides -- ABC News, September 12, 2018

    ...And a Referendum in Britain?

    The People Must Have Another Vote – to Take Back Control of Brexit” Sadiq Khan -- The Guardian, September 15, 2018

    "With Six Months to Brexit, EU Sees Theresa May’s Plan as a Threat” Laurence Norman and Stephen Fidler -- Wall Street Journal, September 16, 2018

    Hardliners Block Path to Brexit Deal” Ilia Roubanis -- New Europe, September 14, 2018

    Legal Standoff in Guatemala

    Guatemala's Top Court Orders Return of UN Anti-Corruption Chief” Editorial Board -- Deutsche Welle, September 17, 2018

    'Resign!': Protests Against Jimmy Morales Mount in Guatemala Amid Constitutional Crisis” Sandra Cuffe and Patrick McDonnell -- Los Angeles Times, September 16, 2018

    The Future of Artificial Intelligence

    Shaping Disruptive Technological Change for Public Good” Ash Carter -- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, August 2018


  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    September 17, 2018

    The Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest 2018-2019 Competition

    2018 AWQ Championship Team: Plano West Senior High School

    World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

    Announcing Academic WorldQuest Topics

    ·     Country in Focus: Qatar

    ·     How to Deal with North Korea

    ·     Global Refugee and Migration Crisis

    ·     #WeAreNATO – The Alliance at 70

    ·     Great Decisions

    ·     Japan-U.S. Relations

    ·     Space Policy

    ·     World Trade Organization (WTO)

    ·     Bridging Divides to Build Peace

    ·     Current Events

    The Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest 

    National Competition will be held in Washington, DC on

    April 26-27, 2019

    Event Details

    The national competition is attended by 200-225 of the nation's most promising high school students each year, along with their parents, teachers, and chaperones. The 4-hour AWQ competition is a unique opportunity for students to visit the nation's capital, perhaps for the first time. A weekend of substantive programming is included to enhance the experience. See highlights from last year's Academic WorldQuest!

    Stay tuned for the official

    AWQ 2018-2019 Study Guide 

    and other important updates!

    Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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    Academic WorldQuest Endowment Fund

    Principal Sponsor

    Carlos and Malú Alvarez

    Impetus Foundation

    The Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition honors the tremendous dedication and philanthropic support of WACA Board Member Carlos Alvarez and his wife to our flagship youth education program, now in its 18th year, and the Academic WorldQuest Endowment Fund. 

    For information on making a gift to the AWQ Endowment Fund, please visit the WACA website.

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018 9:17 AM | Anonymous

    September 17, 2018

    WACA Weekly

    WACA Conference: New Speakers and Scholarship Deadline; KNOW NOW with Santa Fe CIR; Future of Korea Grant Series; International Day of Peace; Global Ties U.S. Poster Proposal; Our Podcasts; Council News and Programs

    WACA 2018 National Conference: Braving the New World Order

    November 7-9

    The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC

    Register for the WACA 2018 Conference

    Councils: Just One Week to Nominate

    Your Scholarship Student!

    Plus: Ten New Scholarships for DC-based Undergraduates

    The WACA Board, in partnership with The Gambrinus Company and Mr. Carlos Alvarez, will be offering 25 scholarships for undergraduate students to the WACA 2018 National Conference: Braving the New World Order, November 7-9 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. The purpose of both scholarship programs is the same: to advance WACA's and the Council Network's shared educational mission and to prepare future leaders for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. All selected students will enjoy full access to the Conference.

    The deadline for Council nominations of undergraduate students in their city or region for the 25 slots is this Friday, September 21.

    WACA is also pleased to offer 10 new scholarships to DC-area undergraduates to cover Conference registration fees. Funding for these scholarships has been generously provided by the Mr. and Mrs. Ray Rothrock Charitable Gift Fund. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 10.

    Please use this Application Form and send your resume, a statement of interest, and a letter of reference to waca@worldaffairscouncils.org.

    New Speakers on U.S.-China Trade War

    Amy P. Celico

    Principal

    Albright Stonebridge Group

    Robert D. Atkinson

    President

    Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

    Bookmark the WACA 2018 National Conference website for speaker and program updates!

    KNOW NOW: Valerie Plame on the State of U.S. Intelligence Agencies

    Sandy Campbell, Executive Director of the Santa Fe Council on International Relations - our Council of the Month - will moderate a KNOW NOW conference call with Valerie Plame, former career CIA covert operations officer (left), on Tuesday, September 25, at 2:00-2:30 pm ET.

    Register now!

    USIP's 2018 #PeaceDayChallenge

    The United States Institute of Peace's Peace Day Challenge coincides with the International Day of Peace on September 21 to raise the profile of the day and affirm peace as a real alternative to the violence we see every day in the news.

    It is all about inspiring a day of action, focused on building peace through real-life activities, and then sharing on social media at #PeaceDayChallenge.

    This summer, USIP collaborated with Scholastic to create a new Poster Teaching Guide for the Peace Day Challenge in 2018. This is being distributed to 50,000 middle school classrooms across the U.S. to support educators and their students in taking action on the International Day of Peace and continuing their learning and engagement all year long.

    Here is what Councils need to effectively participate in USIP's Peace Day Challenge this year:

    ·     The website www.peacedaychallenge.org is the hub for information, action ideas, and other resources to support engagement in the Peace Day Challenge. 

    ·     For more on USIP's public education work, click here.

    Personal contact information for Ann-Louise Colgan, Director of Public Education at USIP: acolgan@usip.org or 202-429-3894. We encourage you to contact her for action ideas, advice, or other suggestions to support your Council's engagement in the Peace Day Challenge.

    *USIP and WAC Harrisburg team up to present "International Peace Symposium" on September 22 - see more details below in Council Highlights.

    Call for Poster Proposals: 2019 Global Ties U.S. National Meeting

    Global Ties U.S., a nonprofit partner of the U.S. Department of State, is seeking poster proposals highlighting research on foreign policy, international exchanges, nonprofit management, and advocacy. Selected posters will be displayed at the Global Ties National Meeting in January.

    The Poster Session is an opportunity for academics, scholars, students, and researchers to present their work to a global network of public and private sector partners. View last year’s examples.

    Please read the FAQs and send in your proposal by October 1 through the online application link. For any questions, contact Franzi Rook at frook@globaltiesus.org

    Listen to Cover to Cover's C.J. Chivers on Podcast

    Author C.J. Chivers

    Cover to Cover in September featured a conversation with C.J. Chivers, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for the New York Times, on his new book, The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. Listen to the podcast of our conference call with C.J. Chivers on his new book.

    Listen to August's podcasts!

    Amb. Vicki Huddleston on Our Woman in Havana. Listen here.

    Author Jeff Lilley on Have the Mountains Fallen? Listen here.

    October on tap

    Join us for WACA's Cover to Cover with Sarah Igo, Associate Professor of History at Vanderbilt University, on her new book, The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America, on October 23.

    You are able to contribute to the WACA at no additional cost to you. If you shop at Amazon through this link or the Amazon Smile logo to the left, a portion of your purchase will be donated to WACA. Bookmark our page today!

  • Monday, September 17, 2018 10:12 AM | Anonymous

    September 14, 2018

    Stratfor Worldview: Fourth-Quarter Forecast

    Read...and then subscribe!

    The White House's Enduring Gamble Over Trade Policy. As the White House finalizes a deal to preserve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Trump administration will increase trade risks elsewhere. China will have to weather an even bigger squall of tariffs this quarter as trade negotiations stall out. European efforts to neutralize the U.S. auto tariff threat will drag beyond the quarter, but ultimately fail.

    A Stressful Period for Emerging Markets. Higher oil prices and further monetary tightening in the United States will continue to place strain on emerging markets: For Argentina, complying with the International Monetary Fund's requirements will come at heavy political cost; India and South Africa's populist drives ahead of elections will come at the expense of financial prudence; the Brazilian economy hangs in the balance of a highly fragmented political race; Turkey, by far the most fragile of the lot, will see its economic crisis deepen as a result of political resistance to reform, magnified by worsening relations with the United States.

    Russian Weakness Will Be Exposed in Syria. The limits of the Kremlin's influence in Syria will be exposed as Moscow tries to advance a proposal to end the civil war, thereby containing Iran and mitigating Russia's own risk in the conflict zone. While Moscow seeks to draw Washington into broader negotiations, increased U.S. sanctions on Russia this quarter will sour the negotiating climate, though some progress on arms control is possible.

    Global Trends. In today's world, nations are becoming increasingly interconnected by air, land, sea and cyberspace. As globalization has knitted countries and continents closer together, the borders of the map and the barriers of geography have been rendered, in some ways, obsolete. Now events in one region can more easily have consequences in another, at times even rippling across the globe. We explore those with the greatest impact on international decision-making during the forecast period below.

    Read the Forecast

    Read these forecasts and other exclusive content by subscribing today with WACA's especially-secured pricing for our membership!

    As part of our evolving partnership with Stratfor, the Austin,Texas-based company renowned for its geopolitical intelligence platform, we are pleased to offer a significantly discounted annual subscription to Stratfor Worldview for members of WACA and members of Councils.

    Your premium digital subscription includes:

    ·     Unlimited access to all Analyses, Articles, Guidances, and Snapshots

    ·     Custom Email Notifications

    ·     My Collections - your library of Stratfor Insights

    ·     Members-only Discussion Forums

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    ·     Quarterly, Annual, and Decade Forecasts

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    ·     Text-to-Voice feature to listen to Stratfor WorldView content when on the move

    With Stratfor's special WACA discount, you will save 72% off the price of a one-year subscription. Enjoy the wealth of analytical and predictive insights for only $99 - the equivalent of just $1.90 per week!

    To redeem this offer, visit Stratfor's World Affairs Councils of America Partnership Page.

    And for members of WACA's 1918 Society, you will receive the subscription automatically, for free, as a benefit of your participation!

  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018 2:05 PM | Anonymous

    September 12, 2018

    Weekly World News Update

    9/11 Anniversary; Syria Fights Over Idlib; Russian Vostok; Economic Catastrophe Globally; India Progresses; Far Right Gains in Sweden; Can Irexit Happen?

    Quote of the Week

    If he acts like a 5-year-old…I want more 5-year-olds on the National Security Council.” 

    -- Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, defending Trump’s leadership on national security issues in an interview with Politico on Monday.

    17th Anniversary of 9/11

    "Beyond the Homeland: Protecting America from Extremism in Fragile States - Interim Report" Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States -- USIP, September 11, 2018

    "NYC Subway Station Reopens 17 Years After It Was Destroyed During Sept. 11 Attacks” Cameron Jenkins -- NPR, September 9, 2018

    9/11 Anniversary: Rare Images Show the Aftermath of World Trade Center Attack That Killed 2,997” Will Worley -- Independent, September 11, 2018

    9/11 Heroes Honored with Wind Chime Memorial” Juliana Kracov -- CBS News, September 9, 2018

    Syrian Offensive in Idlib

    The War in Syria: A Battle Looms in Idlib” Ashish Sen -- Atlantic Council, September 7, 2018

    The Battle of Syria’s Last Rebel Redoubt Looms” Editorial Board -- The Economist, September 6, 2018

    Russia Pounds Idlib, Accuses U.S. of Using White Phosphorus Bombs” Editorial Board -- Deutsche Welle, September 9, 2018 

    High-Stakes Diplomacy as Battle for Syria’s Idlib Looms” Jon Gambrell and Nasser Karimi -- The Washington Post, September 7, 2018

    Vostok 2018 Exercises Begin

    As Russia Launches the Biggest War Games Ever with China, the Pentagon Will Be Watching 'Very Closely'” Holly Ellyatt -- CNBC, September 11, 2018

    Russia Kicks Off Massive War Games, Hosts Putin-Xi Meeting Mary Ilyushina, Ben Westcott, and Matt Rivers -- CNN, September 11, 2018

    Putin’s Big Bang in the Russian Far East” Andrew Salmon -- Asia Times, September 11, 2018

    Vostok 2018: Russia Lets the War Games with China Begin” Mikhail Bushuev -- Deutsche Welle, September 10, 2018

    A New Global Economic Crisis

    Why Emerging Markets Are in Crisis Across the Globe” Ian Bremmer -- Eurasia Group, September 6, 2018

    Argentina Is Running Out of Tools to Lift Its Plunging Currency” Desmond Lachman -- The Hill, September 5, 2018

    South Africans Brace for Further Pain as Recession Bites” Gavin du Venage -- The National, September 11, 2018

    Rupee Is Asia's Worst Performance Currency...But Is It So Bleak for India?” T.N. Ninan -- This Week in Asia, September 10, 2018

    Breakthroughs in India

    "What Next for U.S.-India Military Ties?” Alyssa Ayres -- Council on Foreign Relations, September 7, 2018

    New India-U.S. Arms Agreement, Expanded Exercises Illustrate Growing Security Cooperation” John Grady -- USNI News, September 9, 2018

    India Unbans Gay Sex” Delhi -- The Economist, September 6, 2018

    Sweden’s Political Deadlock 

    Swedish Election: Main Blocs Neck and Neck as Nationalists Gain” -- BBC News, September 10, 2018

    Sweden’s Far Right Has Won the War of Ideas” Emily Schultheis -- Foreign Policy, September 10, 2018

    In Sweden, the Elite Lost Touch with the People” John Fund -- National Review, September 9, 2018


    What Are the Chances of “Irexit?”

    Irexit Freedom to Prosper to Field Candidates in European Elections” Kitty Holland -- The Irish Times, September 8, 2018

    Why Brexit Makes an Irish Departure from the EU More Likely” Anthony Coughlan -- CAPX, September 6, 2018


  • Tuesday, September 11, 2018 9:26 AM | Anonymous

    September 11, 2018

    Don't Miss It!

    TODAY on Cover to Cover

    The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq

    Cover to Cover will feature a conversation with C.J. Chivers, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for the New York Times, on his new book, The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Register for the call

    Author C.J. Chivers

    You are able to contribute to the World Affairs Councils of America at no additional cost to you! If you shop at Amazon through this link or the Amazon Smile logo to the right, a portion of your purchase will be donated to WACA. Bookmark our page today!

    Shop here and smile on WACA!

  • Tuesday, September 11, 2018 9:05 AM | Anonymous

    September 10, 2018

    WACA Weekly

    This Week: New Conference Scholarship Program; New Speakers; Cover to Cover with NYT's C.J. Chivers; Santa Fe Gala Features McFaul; plus, Council Jobs & Program News

    WACA 2018 National Conference: Braving the New World Order

    November 7-9

    The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC

    Register here

    Ten New Student Scholarships Announced!

    WACA is pleased to offer 10 new scholarships to DC-area undergraduates to cover Conference registration fees. Funding for these scholarships has been generously provided by the Mr. and Mrs. Ray Rothrock Charitable Gift Fund. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 10.

    Please use this Application Form and send your resume, a statement of interest, and a letter of reference to waca@worldaffairscouncils.org. Selected applicants will enjoy full access to the WACA 2018 National Conference: Braving the New World Order, November 7-9 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

    The ten new scholarships are in addition to the 25 scholarships for undergraduate students that the WACA Board, in partnership with The Gambrinus Company and Mr. Carlos Alvarez, has traditionally provided. The purpose of both scholarship programs is the same: to advance WACA's and the Council Network's shared educational mission and to prepare future leaders for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. 

    The deadline for Council nominations of undergraduate students in their city or region for these 25 slots is Friday, September 21.

    Conference speakers added!

    Peter W. Singer

    Strategist and Senior Fellow

    New America

    Steven E. Sokol

    President

    American Council on Germany

    Bookmark the WACA 2018 National Conference website for speaker and program updates!

    WACA Thanks Its Sponsors

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    Tomorrow! Cover to Cover Author Chivers Discusses The Fighters

    Author C.J. Chivers

    Cover to Cover will feature a conversation with C.J. Chivers, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for the New York Times, on his new book, The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Register here

    You are able to contribute to the World Affairs Councils of America at no additional cost to you! If you shop at Amazon through this link or the Amazon Smile logo to the left, a portion of your purchase will be donated to WACA. Bookmark our page today!

    Shop here and smile on WACA!

    USIP's 2018 #PeaceDayChallenge

    The United States Institute of Peace's Peace Day Challenge coincides with the International Day of Peace on September 21 to raise the profile of the day and affirm peace as a real alternative to the violence we see every day in the news.

    It is all about inspiring a day of action, focused on building peace through real-life activities, and then sharing on social media at #PeaceDayChallenge.

    This summer, USIP collaborated with Scholastic to create a new Poster Teaching Guide for the Peace Day Challenge in 2018. This is being distributed to 50,000 middle school classrooms across the U.S. to support educators and their students in taking action on the International Day of Peace and continuing their learning and engagement all year long.

    Here is what Councils need to effectively participate in USIP's Peace Day Challenge this year:

    ·     The website www.peacedaychallenge.org is the hub for information, action ideas, and other resources to support engagement in the Peace Day Challenge. 

    ·     For more on USIP's public education work, click here.

    Personal contact information for Ann-Louise Colgan, Director of Public Education at USIP: acolgan@usip.org or 202-429-3894. We encourage you to contact her for action ideas, advice, or other suggestions to support your Council's engagement in the Peace Day Challenge.

    South Dakota WAC Hosts Funsch for Oman 2018 Grant Series

    South Dakota World Affairs Council will present Oman’s Role in Promoting Peace in the Middle East, featuring Dr. Linda Pappas Funsch (left) on Thursday, September 13. Dr. Funsch spoke last month at WAC Albuquerque.

    SDWAC's program is the fourth of eight in WACA's Engage America: Oman 2018 program series, generously funded by the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center. Coming up soon, WAC Dallas/Fort Worth and Columbia WAC will host experts recommended by SQCC. 

    Learn more

  • Monday, September 10, 2018 9:13 AM | Anonymous

    September 7, 2018

    WACA 2018 National Conference:

    Braving the New World Order

    November 7-9

    The Mayflower Hotel

    Washington, DC

    Hurry! Purchase your Conference tickets now:

    Early-bird deadline is expiring TODAY, September 7!

    Also: our Table of Eight promotion has been extended - be sure to check it out!

    Buy early-bird discounted tickets

    New speakers!

    Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay are co-authors of the forthcoming book The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership. Discounted copies will be available for sale at the Conference.

    Ivo H. Daalder

    President

    Chicago Council on Global Affairs

    James M. Lindsay

    Sr Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair

    Council on Foreign Relations

    For nearly three decades, the WACA National Conference has brought World Affairs Council leaders and members to engage with top government officials, diplomats, business executives, innovators, journalists, educators, and students on the most pressing global issues and policy choices that impact our lives.

    By attending this year's WACA Conference in Washington, DC, you will benefit from:

    ·     Expert opinions, timely insights, and audience dialogue about the United States' role in the world

    ·     Access to extraordinary speakers, thought leaders, and ambassadors available for local Council programming

    ·     Bipartisan, diverse, and inclusive perspectives on the Administration’s "America First" philosophy

    ·     Visits to think tanks and embassies, networking receptions, and dinners

    ·     Professional development, leadership training, mentoring, and peer-to-peer networking

    Bookmark the WACA 2018 National Conference website for speakers and program updates!

    The WACA 2018 National Conference will be

    held November 7-9 at the beautifully renovated

    Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. 

    Book your rooms under WACA's special group rate of 

    $259 / night (Single/Double Occupancy) plus tax.

    Click here to reserve your room!

    See more information

    WACA Thanks Its Conference Sponsors

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  • Wednesday, September 05, 2018 1:09 PM | Anonymous

    September 5, 2018

    Weekly World News Update

    NAFTA Progress; China Interior Shocks and Strategic Exterior Moves; Swedish Election; Europe Talks Immigration; Argentina Currency Woes

    Quote of the Week

    Canada will not be signing a deal unless it is in the interest of Canadian workers, the Canadian middle class, and Canadians in general…We’ve been very clear that there are a number of things that we absolutely must see.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a televised news conference in Vancouver on Tuesday.

    Scramble for NAFTA

    NAFTA Breakthrough? Maybe.” Hilary Novik Sandberg -- Eurasia Group, August 30, 2018

    A NAFTA Deal Inches Closer” Inu Manak -- Cato Institute, September 4, 2018

    Canada Left Facing a Fait Accompli in NAFTA Negotiations” Claude Barfield -- American Enterprise Institute, August 30, 2018

    A New NAFTA Without Canada? Unions and Tech Push Back Against Trump's Mexico-Only Deal” David Meyer -- Fortune, September 3, 2018

    Where Things Stand on NAFTA” Victoria Guida -- Politico, September 4, 2018

    Troubling Revelations in Xinjiang

    Trump Urged to Sanction China Over Crackdown on Muslims” -- CBS News, August 30, 2018

    China Bites Back at U.S. Suggestion of Sanctions Over Concentration Camps” Casey Michel -- ThinkProgress, August 31, 2018

    China's Jaw-Dropping Family Separation Policy” Sigal Samuel -- The Atlantic, September 4, 2018

    Detention of Uighurs Must End, UN Tells China, Amid Claims of Prison Camps” -- The Guardian, August 30, 2018

    Charm Offensive in Africa

    China Is Doubling Down on Its “Win-Win” Strategy in Africa” Abdi Latif Dahir -- Quartz, September 4, 2018

    China Has Spent Billions in Africa, But Some Critics at Home Question Why” Robyn Dixon -- Los Angeles Times, September 3, 2018

    Theresa May’s Focus on UK–Africa Ties Is Long Overdue” Alex Vines -- The Telegraph, August 31, 2018

    Analysts: Africa Visits by Merkel and May Present Opportunities” Chika Oduah -- Voice of America, September 3, 2018

    Crucial Election in Sweden

    Swedish Center-Left Holds Small Lead Ahead of September 9 Election” Daniel Dickson and Simon Johnson -- Reuters, September 4, 2018

    Sweden Democrats: How a Nationalist, Anti-Immigrant Party Took Root in a Liberal Nordic Haven” Ben Kelly -- Independent, August 31, 2018

    Sweden Struggles with ‘Country in Chaos’ Social Media Attacks” Rafaela Lindeberg -- Bloomberg, August 30, 2018

    Immigration Debate Heats Up Across Europe

    Chemnitz Protests Show New Strength of Germany’s Far Right” Katrin Bennhold -- New York Times, August 30, 2018

    The Irish Times View on Germany’s Far-Right: A Warning from Chemnitz” Editorial Board -- The Irish Times, August 31, 2018

    "Europe’s Liberals Fear Continent Facing End-of-Era Moment" Jamie Dettmer -- Voice of America, September 3, 2018

    Another Currency Drop in Argentina

    Argentina Hikes Interest Rate To 60 Percent in Bid to Halt Currency's Fall” Colin Dwyer -- NPR, August 30, 2018

    Argentina's Macri Raises Taxes, Axes Ministries After Peso Plunge” Charlotte Mitchell -- Al Jazeera, September 3, 2018

  • Wednesday, September 05, 2018 9:11 AM | Anonymous

    September 4, 2018

    September Newsletter

    President's Letter; Council of the Month: Santa Fe; Early-bird Conference Deadline; Cover to Cover; Engage America Grant Programs; New WACA Interns; Council Jobs, and News!

    President's Letter

    Dear Council Leaders, Friends, and Supporters:

    The stakes have rarely been higher for the news media. Fifteen to 20 years ago, a top concern of journalists was how the Internet and new technologies would change the ad-driven business model that supported news gathering and delivery, and whether their companies and jobs would continue to exist.

    These days, as attacks from an American president on what he deems “fake news” increase and, more dangerously, morph into an authoritarian assault targeting journalists as “the enemy of the people,” the threat is far greater – to democracy itself. Globally, this worrisome trend emboldens those in power where protections for reporters were already weak; for established and emerging democracies, it erodes discourse, citizenship, and governance.

    On Monday, a Myanmar judge found two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, guilty of breaching a law on state secrets and jailed them for seven years. The Washington Post, in an editorial the day before, decried the imprisonment and killing of journalists “to smother vital truths."

    When President Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, says in a televised NBC interview that “Truth isn’t truth,” this is not a “business as usual” environment for the Fourth Estate. Chuck Todd, moderator of Meet the Press and political director at NBC News, just penned a piece for the Atlantic, “It’s Time for the Press to Stop Complaining - And to Start Fighting Back.”

    Meanwhile, New Yorker magazine is now caught up in controversy for inviting and suddenly disinviting Steve Bannon as a headline speaker for its eponymous Festival. Vox today carried a worthwhile take on this New Yorker-Bannon story and the double bind journalists find themselves in today. Councils could face similar perils when it comes to engaging certain speakers for their events.

    The WACA National Office urges courage, and we commend the Santa Fe Council on International Relations – our Council of the Month – for putting together a timely and aptly-named conference in December: Journalism Under Fire.

    Yours truly,

    Bill Clifford, WACA President and CEO


    WACA 2018 National Conference:

    Braving the New World Order

    November 7-9

    The Mayflower Hotel

    Washington, DC

    Hurry! Purchase your Conference tickets now:

    Early-bird deadline is expiring in 3 days on Friday, September 7!

    Also: our Table of Eight promotion has been extended - be sure to check it out!

    Buy early-bird discounted tickets

    New speakers!

    Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay are co-authors of the forthcoming book The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership. Discounted copies will be available for sale at the Conference.

    Ivo H. Daalder

    President

    Chicago Council on Global Affairs

    James M. Lindsay

    SVP, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair

    Council on Foreign Relations

    Bookmark the WACA 2018 National Conference website for speakers and program updates!

    Join our Cover to Cover conference call on Tuesday, September 11, at 2:00-2:30 pm ET, featuring C.J. Chivers, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for the New York Times, on his new book, The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    The Fighters is a tour de force, a portrait of modern warfare that parts from slogans. It does for these troops what Stephen Ambrose did for the G.I.s of WWII and what Michael Herr did for the grunts in Vietnam. The Fighters presents a human side of the long arc of two wars, told with the empathy and understanding of an author who is himself an infantry veteran.

    Sign up here

    Author C.J. Chivers

    Cover to Cover: American Soldiers and Endless War

    WAC Atlanta Hosts WACA-Sasakawa USA Program on Japan

    The World Affairs Council of Atlanta holds its Alliance Working in America Series program, co-sponsored by WACA and its grant funder Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, on September 5.

    The TAWA program, “Japan and Georgia, Growing Together,” which will discuss contemporary U.S.-Japan relations and benefits to the State of Georgia. Speakers include: Admiral (Ret.) Dennis Blair, Dr. Satu Limaye, YKK America President Jim Reed, and Ambassador James Zumwalt. Learn more.

    WAC Atlanta's event is the third in the Alliance Working in America Series. Previous programs have been held by WorldOregon and WAC Greater Houston. Stay tuned for a fourth edition in spring 2019!

    Councils Host Engage America Grant Programs

    World Affairs Councils around the country resume hosting Engage America Future of Korea 2018 and Oman 2018 programs. These series are co-sponsored by WACA and its grant funders Korea Economic Institute and Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center.

    Future of Korea 2018

    World Affairs Council of Harrisburg will present a panel of experts for its Reception & Forum: The Future of Korea on Sept. 20. Details here.

    World Affairs Council of Charlotte will host a panel of experts for History in the Making: The U.S. and the Korean Peninsula in 2018 on Sept. 26. Details here.

    Oman 2018

    World Affairs Council of South Dakota will feature Dr. Linda Pappas Funsch for Oman’s Role in Promoting Peace in the Middle East on Sept. 13. Details here.

    World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth will present Dr. Anne Rasmussen for Music and The Omani Arts Economy on Sept. 29. Details here.

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