November 26, 2018
New Council Execs in Cleveland, Minneapolis; USIP-WACA Peacebuilding Program at Naples CWA; CSIS Trade Guys Record Live for WACA; National Conference Survey and Photo Gallery; Travel with Councils (Philadelphia, Houston, and Dallas); plus Council Highlights
Global Minnesota and Cleveland CWA Hire New Leaders
Global Minnesota has selected former Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie as its new President. He will succeed Carol Byrne, recipient of the WACA Chairman's 2018 Individual Award, in January. Ritchie’s leadership experience spans government, nonprofit, education, and advocacy organizations. In addition to creating a public-private partnership to host a World’s Fair on health and wellness in Minnesota, he served as an endowed chair in agricultural food systems for the University of Minnesota.
The Cleveland Council on World Affairs today announced that Carina Van Vliet has been named CEO and will start in her new role on January 2, 2019. A CCWA member since 2015, Carina most recently was a regional manager for business development and communications at Jones Day. After moving to Cleveland in 2014, she served as a senior adviser to the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Forum. Carina served as a political affairs officer at the United Nations from 2006 to 2014, covering Latin American and Middle East issues, disarmament affairs, and women, peace, and security issues. She also co-authored an economic history textbook and taught economics in China.
Naples Council on World Affairs Hosts USIP
Naples Council on World Affairs presents Peacebuilding for National Security, featuring Ambassador William Taylor, Executive Vice President of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), on Monday, December 3. This event is the third Council program in the WACA-USIP Engage America series.
CSIS' Trade Guys Live Podcast from WACA 2018 Conference Session
CSIS for the fourth year in a row hosted an exclusive offsite briefing for a cohort of Council leaders and members at the WACA 2018 National Conference - but this time with a twist. The Trade Guys (Bill Reinsch and Scott Miller) recorded their weekly podcast in front of our live audience. On the agenda was the midterm elections and how the new Democratic majority in the House might affect the dynamics of trade policy. They also discussed tariffs, the USMCA, and more. Jack Caporal guest hosted. Listen to the podcast here.
Save the Date: WACA 2019 National Conference
Mark your calendars now! The World Affairs Councils of America will return to The Mayflower Hotel for next year's National Conference: November 6-8, 2019.
Reminder: 2018 Conference Survey - We Welcome Your Feedback!
All attendees of the WACA 2018 Conference should have received an email earlier today requesting that you take part in a survey. For those who missed it (attendees only), please click this survey link to participate - it should take you no longer than 10-15 minutes. Your responses, comments, and recommendations will help us plan the 2019 National Conference.
The survey will be close automatically at 11:55 pm ET on Friday, November 30, 2018.
Braving the New World Order
November 7–9, 2018
The Mayflower Hotel – Washington, DC
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WACA 2018 Conference 1918 Society Dinner
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November 19, 2018
WACA Weekly - Happy Thanksgiving!
Tennessee WAC Podcast on WACA Qatar Mission; WACA Conference Survey and Photo Gallery; UAE Educator Tour in March; WAC Charlotte Hiring; Council Highlights; WAC Philly's Travel the World
Podcast on Qatar: WACA Leadership Mission Delegate Shepherd
Tennessee World Affairs Council Board Chairman Jim Shepherd discusses his impressions of Qatar's government and business relations to the United States, its economic and educational achievements, Al Jazeera, Doha's stunning cityscapes and plans, and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Listen to the podcast here.
2018 Conference Survey - We Welcome Your Feedback!
2018 Conference videos are being edited and will be made available to the Council network after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Thanks to everyone who made this year's WACA National Conference
a wonderful success, especially our sponsors!
UAE Educator Study Tour with WAC Dallas/Fort Worth
The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth and the Embassy of the UAE in Washington, DC will collaborate for a third educator study tour on March 8-17, 2019 to develop an educational program to bring context to the American classroom. The study tour will include opportunities for participants to interact with top UAE government officials, visit internationally renowned museums, participate in cultural activities, visit schools and universities, and more!
Application Deadline: WACDFW will close the application process upon the submission of 30 Texas and 30 non-Texas applications or on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 5:30 PM CT. Apply here.
WAC Charlotte is Hiring!
World Affairs Council of Charlotte -- Assist. Director of Programs & Dev.
WAC Charlotte seeks an energetic, creative, dynamic, and organized individual with the aptitude to manage record-keeping, daily operations of the office, and event planning in a fast-paced, high pressure, and deadline oriented nonprofit office environment. Apply here.
November 14, 2018
Weekly World News Update
Armistice Day 100th Anniversary; How Midterms Affect Foreign Policy; Nuclear in North Korea Ends?; Libya Searches for Settlement; Madagascar Votes; Issues in South America
Quote of the Week
“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism: nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism.... When we say ‘our interests come first, those of others don’t matter,’ we erase the very thing that a nation holds most precious, that which gives it life and makes it great: its moral values."
-- French President Emmanuel Macron, in a speech given at the Arc de Triomphe on Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of WWI's Armistice Day.
The World Remembers the Great War
“Thumbs Up from Putin as Trump Rains on Armistice Parade” Julian Borger -- The Guardian, November 11, 2018
"The World Has Come Full Circle—And Taken a Turn for The Worse" Nicholas Dungan -- Atlantic Council, November 11, 2018
"World War I Relived Day by Day" Patrick Chovanec -- NY Review of Books, November 8, 2018
"Today’s Armies Are Still Fighting World War I" Michael Stavridis -- Bloomberg, November 10, 2018
"Are 100 Years Enough?" Priya Satia -- New Republic, November 9, 2018
Midterms and Foreign Policy
“How Will the Midterm Elections Affect U.S. Foreign Policy?” Joshua Kurlantzick -- Council on Foreign Relations, November 7, 2018
“American Voters Just Sent a Surprising Message About the Trade War” Andrew Mayeda -- Bloomberg, November 7, 2018
"The Way Forward from the Midterms" Ben Shapiro -- National Review, November 14, 2018
“Midterms May Herald New Trump Foreign Policy Focus” Andrew Hammond -- The Korea Times, November 8, 2018
“Victorious House Democrats Pledge to Probe Trump’s Foreign Policy” Michael Hirsh -- Foreign Policy, November 6, 2018
“Congress Can Unite on Global Affairs” Kathleen Hicks and Louis Lauter -- The Hill, November 13, 2018
North Korea Nuclear Threat Over?
“North Korea Is Operating at Least 13 Secret Missile Sites, Satellite Images Show” Matthew Lee -- Time, November 12, 2018
“Newly Revealed North Korean Missile Bases Cast Doubt on Value of Trump’s Summit with Kim Jong-un” Adam Taylor -- Washington Post, November 12, 2018
“South Korea Says ‘Nothing New” in Report Identifying North Korean Bases” Stella Kim and Alexander Smith -- NBC News, November 13, 2018
Libya’s Peace Process Continues
“A Safe and Stable Libya” Stephen Hickey -- Gov.uk, November 8, 2018
“Leaders Meet in Italy to Find Settlement in Libya” Paolo Santalucia; Frances D'Emilio; Rami Musa -- Fox19, November 12, 2018
“Cruel European Migration Policies Leave Refugees Trapped in Libya With No Way Out” Heba Morayef -- Amnesty International, November 12, 2018
“Vote Counting Begins in High-Stakes Madagascar Election” -- Aljazeera, November 8, 2018
“Elections to Test Madagascar’s Fragile Democracy” Laetitia Bezain and Kate Bartlett -- Independent Online, November 1, 2018
South American Happenings
“Peru’s Ex-Police Chief Arrested in Alleged Baby Trafficking Ring” -- NPR, November 7, 2018
“From Gunbattles to Tourism: Colombia’s Ex-Rebels Turn Rafting Guides” Luis Jaime Acosta -- Reuters, November 12, 2018
“Venezuelan Migrants Live in Shadows on Caribbean’s Sunshine Islands” Bram Ebus -- The Guardian, November 13, 2018
“Analysis: Brazil Risks Middle East Trade With Israel Embassy Move” Ana Mano and Jake Spring -- Reuters, November 8, 2018
November 13, 2018
WACA 2018 National Conference Highlights
a wonderful success!
The Foreign Policy Association, founder of the World Affairs Councils of America, is the WACA 2018 Council of the Year. Make that of the Century - we celebrated FPA's 100th Anniversary and its longest-serving president, Noel Lateef, at the Organization of American States.
Carol E. Byrne, President of Global Minnesota, receives the WACA Chairman's 2018 Individual Award at the Conference's Opening Dinner. Carol will step down at the end of the year, folllwoing an exceptional 21-year career at the helm of one of our network's strongest member Councils.
Opening Dinner keynote speakers Jim Lindsay and Ivo Daalder, moderated by Michèle Flournoy, analyze the costs of America's abdication of global leadership.
International economist Dambisa Moyo gave a riveting closing keynote on the six 'grand challenges' facing the world, and possible solutions.
WAC Dallas/Fort Worth CEO Jim Falk engages former White House Secretary Sean Spicer at WACA's Ambassadors Luncheon, two days after the U.S. midterm elections.
RedSeal Chairman and CEO Ray Rothrock on Digital Resilience
Dr. Nina Ansary on the Global Fight for Women's Rights
WACA Conference Scholar Micaela Healy challenges author Peter Singer about the future of social media.
Hanin Najjar of WorldOregon sums up the experiences of the 2018 Student Scholars.
South Korea's Amb. Cho Yoon-je accepts WAC-DC's Distinguished Diplomatic Service Award at WACA's 1918 Society Dinner.
Welcome Reception in the Chinese Room
Opening Dinner in the Grand Ballroom
Dellashon diCresce of Detroit and Amanda Jolly of Hartford
IRC Scholar Engoma Fataki
World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts: Two Tables!
Andreas Michaelis, State Secretary of the German Federal Foreign Office, in conversation Dr. Evelyn Farkas of the Atlantic Council, Robert Kagan of Brookings, and Dr. Steven Sokol of the American Council on Germany. The panel discussion marks the launch of WACA's Deutschlandjahr USA Project: What Today's Germany Means for the United States.
Our photo gallery and a Conference survey will be sent out to attendees tomorrow. We'll also send a link to a Dropbox folder where you can add your own Conference photos!
WACA Thanks Its Conference Sponsors
We recently sat down with Richard Fontaine, President of The Center for a New American Security, to get his take on what the Mid-Term Elections mean to the future of US Foreign Relations.
The Center for a New American Security is an independent, bipartisan, nonprofit organization that develops strong, pragmatic, and principled national security and defense policies. CNAS engages policymakers, experts, and the public with innovative, fact-based research, ideas, and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate. A key part of their mission is to inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow.
Take a listen here at this link: Richard Fontaine 11-9-18.mp3
October 31, 2018
Intolerance Rages; Merkel Won't Run; NATO Military Drills; Brazil Swings to the Right; Constitutional Changes in Sri Lanka
“These murderers are effectively terrorists, and these terrorists are Americans. They are our neighbors. They are not some easily vilified foreign entity or individual. The killers are within us. They are of us. We can no longer avoid forcefully organizing ourselves to address this.”
-- Hady Amr, Visiting Fellow of Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, in an op-ed on Tuesday.
“The Tree of Life Shooting and the Return of Anti-Semitism to American Life” Alexandra Schwartz -- New Yorker, October 27, 2018
“When to Call a Terrorist a Terrorist” Daniel Byman -- Brookings Institution, October 29, 2018
“We Were Made for Civil War” Michael Vlahos -- American Conservative, October 29, 2018
“Political Differences Are Not a Crime in America” Chris Davis -- National Interest, October 28, 2018
“What Is Happening to Our Country?” Max Boot -- Washington Post, October 27, 2018
Angela Merkel Stepping Down
“What Angela Merkel’s Decision Not to Run Again as Party Leader Means” Andrea Thomas -- The Wall Street Journal, October 29, 2018
“As Angela Merkel’s Star Dims, Europe Is Facing Perhaps Its Biggest Challenge Since 1930s” Simon Tisdall -- The Guardian, October 28, 2018
“The Long Painful End of Angela Merkel” Josef Joffe -- Politico, October 29, 2018
“Brexit Bombshell: What Merkel’s Decision to Quit Means for UK’s EU Negotiation” Joe Barnes -- Express, October, 29, 2018
Let the NATO Games Begin
“NATO Begins ‘Biggest Military Drills Since End of Cold War’” Alasdair Sandford -- Euro News, October 25, 2018
“NATO Is in the Middle of an Expensive and Dangerous Military Exercise. Here’s Why Those War Games Are Worth It” James Stavridis -- Time, October 29, 2018
“NATO Is Worried About the Wrong Russian Threat in Eastern Europe” Michael Cecire -- Business Insider, October 29, 2018
Brazil Veers Right
“Brazil Swings Right With Election of Jair Bolsonaro as President” Ashish Kumar Sen -- Atlantic Council, October 28, 2018
“A Victory Against Socialism in Brazil” Brian Darling -- Washington Times, October 25, 2018
“Can Brazil’s Democracy Withstand Jair Bolsonaro?” Vincent Bevins -- The Atlantic, October 29, 2018
“All Over But the Shouting: Engaging Brazil After the Elections” Eric Farnsworth -- The National Interest, October 29, 2018
Power Shift in Sri Lanka
“Sri Lanka Constitutional Crisis Turns Violent” Iqbal Athas and Steve George -- CNN, October 29, 2018
“Sudden Regime Change in Sri Lanka: Mahinda Rajapakse Is Back, Now as PM” Nirupama Subramanian and Arun Janardhanan -- Indian Express, October 27, 2018
“Constitutional Crisis Could Destabilize Sri Lanka, Pushing It Closer to China” Nyshka Chandran and Sri Jegarajah -- CNBC, October 30, 2018
October 29, 2018
Leadership Day: Germany Grant Series; New Conference Speakers; FPA at 100; Sen. Corker at TNWAC; Op-ed by Columbus' Terrien; Cover to Cover Podcasts; AWQ Registration and Study Guide; Council Jobs & News
WACA 2018 National Conference: Braving the New World Order
The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC
Register for the WACA 2018 Conference
As always, WACA kicks off the annual National Conference with Fall Leadership Day - a chance to network with Council peers, share best practices, and develop partnerships.
WACA is delighted to announce that we have been selected to participate in Deutschlandjahr USA 2018/19 for a grant-funded series for Councils titled "Engage America: What Today's Germany Means for the United States." Christoph Mücher, Head of Project, will present the opportunities at the Leadership Day luncheon. Don't miss it!
Tennessee WAC Hosts Senator Bob Corker
The Tennessee World Affairs Council, in association with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, International Business Council, and Baker Donelson presents a luncheon on October 31 with Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Terrien Op-ed Spotlights Plight of Mauritanian Immigrants and Refugees in Columbus
The Columbus Dispatch published an op-ed by Patrick Terrien, President and CEO of the Columbus Council on World Affairs, calling on the city to rally around its Mauritanian community to prevent wrongful detention and deportation. Read his column here.
World Affairs Council of New Hampshire will present a panel of experts on "Global Tipping Points: The Future of Korea: K-Pop” on November 1. This program is part of WACA's Future of Korea 2018 series, co-sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute. See more Council Highlights below.
Academic WorldQuest Study Guide and Details
1. Country in Focus: Qatar
2. How to Deal with North Korea
3. Global Refugee and Migration Crisis
4. #WeAreNATO – The Alliance at 70
5. Great Decisions
6. Japan-U.S. Relations
7. Space Policy
8. World Trade Organization (WTO)
9. Bridging Divides to Build Peace
10. Current Events
Cover to Cover in October featured a conversation with Sarah Igo, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Program in American Studies at Vanderbilt University, on her new book, The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America. Listen here.
Listen to our September KNOW NOW call featuring a conversation between Valerie Plame, former career CIA covert operations officer, and Sandy Campbell, Executive Director of the Santa Fe Council on International Relations, speaking about the State of U.S. Intelligence Agencies. Listen here.
The assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post Journalist from Saudi Arabia, has captivated the international world. Here is an interview that WACNH Executive Director, Tim Horgan, did with UNH Manchester Professor, Dr. Melinda Negron-Gonzales. Take a listen to learn more about the geopolitical ramifications of this saga.
October 24, 2018
Migrant Travel to the U.S.; U.S. to Withdraw from INF?; The Aftermath of Khashoggi; Afghanistan Votes; Italy Debates EU
“Today’s migrant “crisis” provides the opportunity for Mexicans and Americans to hammer out a modus vivendi for a longer-term approach that can address both countries’ goals, as they were able to do on trade with the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. As with trade, both sides will need to make commitments that recognize the other’s priorities.”
-- Earl Anthony Wayne, public policy fellow at the Wilson Center and former U.S. ambassador to Mexico, in an op-ed on Tuesday.
Migrant Caravan Moving North
“Migrant Caravan: What Happens If It Reaches the U.S. Border?” Jason Silverstein -- CBS, October 23, 2018
“Trump’s Cuts to Central America Aid Will Lead to More Caravans” Shannon O’Neil -- Bloomberg, October 23, 2018
“Meet the Man Behind the Migrant Caravan Headed to U.S.” Marisa Schultz -- New York Post, October 23, 2018
“Trump Blames Mexico, Democrats for Migrant Caravan” Mairead McArdle -- National Review, October 22, 2018
“For Democrats, Silence Is Consent on the Immigrant Caravan” John Kass -- Chicago Tribune, October 24, 2018
U.S. Treaty Withdrawal - Again
“Trump May Soon Kill a U.S.–Russia Arms Control Deal. It Might Be a Good Idea” Alex Ward -- Vox, October 22, 2018
“EU Warns Trump of Nuclear Arms Race Risk After INF Withdrawal Move” Julian Borger; Andrew Roth -- The Guardian, October 23, 2018
“Trump Withdrawal from Russia Nuclear Pact Plays Into Putin’s Hands” David Andelman -- Reuters, October 22, 2018
“Trump May Revive the Cold War, But China Could Change the Dynamics” David Sanger; Steven Erlanger -- New York Times, October 22, 2018
Khashoggi Death Triggers Backlash
"Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Hurt American Interests, Not Just American Values" Richard Fontaine -- The Atlantic, October 242, 2018
“What Does the Saudi Response to the Khashoggi Scandal Mean?” Yasmine Farouk -- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, October 19, 2018
“How Turkey Gains from the Grisly Drama Over the Killing of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi” Frederick Kempe -- CNBC, October 19, 2018
“World Leaders Should Reject Saudi Whitewash” -- Human Rights Watch, October 22, 2018
Parliamentary Elections in Afghanistan
“Ballots and Bullets in Afghanistan” Vanda Brown -- Brookings, October 23, 2018
“4 Million Vote in Afghanistan Despite Violence and Technical Glitches” Ehsan Popalzai; Ali Latifi; Laura Smith -- CNN, October 21, 2018
“Afghanistan’s Long-Overdue Parliamentary Elections Reach a Chaotic End” Rahim Faiez; Amir Shah; Kathy Gannon -- Time, October 20, 2018
Italy’s Budget vs. EU
“Italy Says No Plan B as EU Demands Unprecedented Budget Revision” John Follain; Alessandra Migliaccio; Jonathan Stearns -- Bloomberg, October 23, 2018
“EU Executive Rejects Italy’s 2019 Draft Budget” Jan Strupczewski -- Reuters, October 23, 2018
“The EU Just Formally Rejected Italy’s Budget, Putting Rome and Brussels on a Collision Course” Will Martin -- Business Insider, October 23, 2018
October 22, 2018
New Conference Speakers; Cover to Cover TOMORROW; AWQ Details and Official Study Guide; Free Book Offer; APSIA Graduate School Fair; Council Jobs & News
Dr. Carol O’Donnell
Director, Smithsonian Science Education Center
Laura Delgado López
Advocacy Lead, Harris Corporation’s Space & Intelligence Systems
Editor-in-Chief, Space Policy Journal
Visiting Fellow - Foreign Policy, Center on the United States and Europe
Brookings Institution, (Think Tank Off-site)
1918 Society Dinner on Friday, Nov. 9 (6:00 - 8:30 pm)
His Excellency Cho Yoon-je
Republic of Korea to the United States of America
Ambassador Joseph Yun
Former U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy
The Mayflower Hotel deadline has been extended until tomorrow, October 23. Book here.
Bookmark the WACA 2018 National Conference website for speaker and program updates!
WACA will need volunteers throughout the Conference from morning until early evening each day. If you are interested, please use this link to sign up.
Sign up to volunteer!
Tomorrow: October Cover to Cover with Sarah Igo
Join WACA's Cover to Cover conference call TOMORROW, October 23, at 2:00-2:30 pm ET, featuring Sarah E. Igo, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Program in American Studies at Vanderbilt University, on her new book, The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America.
Every day, Americans make decisions about their privacy: what to share and when, how much to expose, and to whom. Securing the boundary between one’s private affairs and public identity has become a central task of citizenship. How did privacy come to loom so large in American life? Sarah Igo tracks this elusive social value across the twentieth century, as individuals questioned how they would, and should, be known by their own society.
Announcing Academic WorldQuest Study Guide and Details
The Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest
National Competition will be held in Washington, DC on
April 26-27, 2019
OFFICIAL STUDY GUIDE
Pledge a Team Now
To confirm your Council's participation in the 2018-2019 Academic WorldQuest, please fill out and submit this Pledge Form by November 9, 2018.
Local Competition Questions
WACA will provide a full set of questions based on the AWQ Study Guide and will be available to local Councils. Indicate your interest in these questions by submitting your Pledge Form.
WACA has arranged a group hotel block at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park (2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC 20008). See the reservation link here.
To find out further details and information, click here.
International Affairs and Public Policy Graduate School Fair
Representatives from leading professional schools of international affairs and policy will be available to connect with prospective students at the Association of Professional Schools in International Affairs Graduate School Fair, held online on November 15, 11:00 - 1:15 pm ET. Students can also learn about masters and PhD programs around the world.
Students can register here. Please share through your networks.
The Case for Optimism: The Optimists' Voices
Victor Perton writes about optimism, optimistic leadership, and Australian leadership in the second edition of his book, The Case for Optimism: The Optimists' Voices, which he is currently offering for free on Kindle for the next few days. Additionally, Perton is running a student workshop on The Optimistic Leader at the Integrity20 Summit this week.
Share a free copy with any of your friends and colleagues who need some optimism!
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