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
September 4, 2018
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!
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.
Bill Clifford, WACA President and CEO
WACA 2018 National Conference:
Braving the New World Order
The Mayflower Hotel
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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.
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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.
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.
August 29, 2018
Early-bird deadline is expiring in 10 days on Friday, September 7!
New keynote speakers!
Sr Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair
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:
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Remembering John McCain; Rohingya Crisis One Year On; Uganda's Crackdown; Land Reform in South Africa; Australia's New PM; Taiwan’s Allies Dwindle; Macron’s Call for European Defense; U.S. Foreign Aid Rollback?
Quotes of the Week
"We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been."
-- Sen. John McCain’s former presidential campaign manager and family spokesperson Rick Davis, reading aloud the text of the senator’s farewell statement at the Arizona State Capitol.
“At that time I liked him personally for his toughness and strong stance. Later on, when he became a U.S. Senator, he and Senator John Kerry greatly contributed to promote Việt Nam-U.S. relations so I was very fond of him. When I learnt about his death early this morning, I feel very sad. I would like to send condolences to his family. I think it’s the same feeling for all Vietnamese people as he has greatly contributed to the development of Việt Nam-U.S. relations."
-- Colonel Trần Trọng Duyệt, the man in charge of the prison where John McCain was held as a POW, speaking with Viet Nam News having learned of Senator McCain's death on Saturday.
Remembering John McCain
“Obituary: John McCain” Editorial Board -- The Economist, August 26, 2018
“The Death of Political Courage” Richard Fontaine -- The Atlantic, August 26, 2018
"Great-Heart Is Gone" Eliot Cohen -- The Atlantic, August 26, 2018
"McCain Honored By Best Friend Graham In Emotional Senate Speech" Kelsey Snell -- NPR, August 28, 2018
The Rohingya Crisis, One Year Later
“Myanmar: Shameful Anniversary Highlights Lack of Accountability for Atrocities Against Rohingya” -- Human Rights Watch, August 23, 2018
“Rohingya: UN Calls for Myanmar Generals to Be Prosecuted for Genocide, War Crimes, and Crimes Against Humanity” Adam Withnall and Jane Dalton -- The Independent, August 27, 2018
“Rohingya Crisis: 132 MPs Across Region Call for Myanmar to Be Referred to ICC” Hannah Ellis-Petersen -- The Guardian, August 24, 2018
“Aung San Suu Kyi Stripped of Edinburgh Honour” BBC, August 23, 2018
Crackdown in Uganda
“A Pop Star, a Protest, and a Likely Case of Torture in Uganda” Anonymous Author -- The Atlantic, August 25, 2018
“Ugandan Pop Star, Government Critic Bobi Wine Free on Bail” Rodney Muhumuza -- The Kansas City Star (AP), August 27, 2018
“Uganda: Who is Bobi Wine and Why Is He Creating Such a Fuss?” Editorial Board -- News24, August 27, 2018
Land Reform in South Africa
“Land Redistribution in South Africa, Trump’s Tweet, and U.S.-Africa Policy” Witney Schneidman and Landry Signé -- Brookings, August 27, 2018
“Trump Tweets About White Farmers While Indigenous Peoples Face Annihilation” Raj Patel -- The Guardian, August 26, 2018
“What's Behind Trump's Concern for White Farmers in South Africa?” Z. Byron Wolf -- CNN, August 23, 2018
Leadership Change in Australia
"The Rise and Rise of Scott Morrison" Deborah Snow -- The Sydney Morning Herald, August 25, 2018
“Meet Australia's New Prime Minster, One-Time Attack Dog Scott Morrison” Ruth Pollard -- Bloomberg, August 24, 2018
“Scott Morrison Is a New Kind of Australian Prime Minister: An Evangelical Christian” Rick Rojas -- The New York Times, August 27, 2018
“The Fall Out from Australia’s Leadership Shake Up” Anthony Fensom -- The Diplomat, August 28, 2018
Taiwan’s Allies Dwindle
“China Seeks Domination, U.S. Says, After El Salvador Dumps Taiwan" Steve Holland, Yimou Lee -- Reuters, August 23, 2018
“Taiwan Prepares for the Day When It May Have No More Friends” Asia Times Staff -- Asia Times, August 27, 2018
"Ikea Is the Latest Big Brand to Feel the Heat in China Over Taiwan" Daniel Shane -- CNN Money, August 29, 2018
Macron’s Call for European Defense
“France’s Macron Urges Europe to Take Charge of Own Defense” Sylvie Corbet -- AP News, August 27, 2018
“Macron Says Europe Can No Longer Rely on U.S. for Security” Editorial Board -- The Local France, August 27, 2018
“French President Emmanuel Macron Insists EU Can No Longer Rely on U.S. to Guarantee Its Security” Editorial Board -- South China Morning Post, August 27, 2018
Trump Flip Flops on Foreign Assistance
"U.S. Aid Community Braces for 'Rescission' Fight" Michael Igoe -- Devex, August 24, 2018
"Administration Decides Not to Roll Back Foreign Aid Funds" Carol Morello and Erica Werner -- The Washington Post, August 28, 2018
"Palestinians Blast Trump’s Aid Cut as Political Blackmail" Isabel Kershner -- The Sydney Morning Herald, August 26, 2018
August 27, 2018
This Week: Member Benefits: Conference Scholarships for Students and Stratfor Subscription Discount; WACDFW Focuses on Education; Wanted: Council CEOs; Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Visits Cover to Cover; plus, Program News
WACA 2018 National Conference: Braving the New World Order
The National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce that WACA will offer 25 scholarships for undergraduate students from the Council network to attend our 2018 National Conference - Braving the New World Order - November 7-9 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.
The WACA Board, in partnership with The Gambrinus Company and Mr. Carlos Alvarez, is offering these scholarships in order to fulfill our educational mission and to prepare future leaders for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. The Conference -- coming right after the midterm elections -- promises to be a special occasion for our network of Council leaders, members, friends, and students to engage with many leading policy makers and analysts about critical foreign and trade policy issues and America's role in the world.
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Council of the Month Sets Itself Apart with Education
The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth is investing in the next generation with discounted educator and school memberships, free student tickets for speaker programs, International Career Day, internships, and the International Educator of the Year awards.
Additionally, the unique “20 Under 20” program was added in 2016 to shine a spotlight on young people who give back to their communities and exemplify what it means to be a global Texan. The driven group of students that make up the 20 Under 20 Class of 2018 participated in three days of the leadership program in June, meeting with leaders in various industries including the Dallas Business Journal, the City of Dallas’s Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs, Azteca America TV 55 Studios, the Canadian Consulate, UT Dallas Center for Brain Health, and Texas Central Partners.
The Council's investment in the students of Dallas-Fort Worth has paid off: Plano West Senior High School has won WACA's Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition two years in a row.
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Councils Seek Executives
Global Minnesota -- President
Global Minnesota seeks an outstanding and experienced international affairs and nonprofit sector leader to serve as its President. This role will develop the organization’s engagement throughout Minnesota using the 5-year Strategic Plan as a roadmap with the goal of deeper awareness and understanding of global economic, political, social, and cultural ideas and issues. Apply here.
Cleveland Council on World Affairs -- CEO
CCWA is seeking a Chief Executive Officer. The ideal candidate will bring proven strategic and hands-on leadership experience to fulfill CCWA’s mission to inspire engagement in international affairs and world cultures through education, citizen diplomacy, and public dialogue. Apply here.
Cover to Cover Author Chivers Discusses The Fighters
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.
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Global Minnesota hosts Kate Bauer, Blumenstein-Katz Family fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and a panel of experts for “Iran Sanctions and the U.S. Business Community.” Details
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Robert Jordan, former U.S. Ambassador, along with Professors Dina Alsowayel and Gregory Gause for “Reform in Saudi Arabia: Real Change or Consolidation of Power?” Details
World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California host Dr. Haroon Ullah, Chief Strategy Officer at Broadcasting Board of Governors, for “Fighting for Cyber Supremacy in an Age of Extremism.” Details Mr. Ullah was last December's Cover to Cover author.
World Affairs Council of Jacksonville host Dr. Madiha Afzal, author and adjunct assistant professor at Johns Hopkins, for “Quarterly Saloon – Pakistan Under Siege: Extremism, Society, and the State.” Details Ms. Afzal was this past April's Cover to Cover author.
San Diego World Affairs Council host Dr. Haroon Ullah, Chief Strategy Officer at Broadcasting Board of Governors, for “Fighting for Cyber Supremacy in an Age of Extremism.” Details
August 22, 2018
Kofi Annan's Legacy; Europe's Risky Infrastructure; Merkel Meets Putin; Greece Exits Bailout; Venezuela's Currency Crisis; Key Elections in Paraguay and Brazil; Deadly Floods in India
"We are a global society, and I believe it is through open dialogue and the exchanging of ideas that we have a real opportunity to learn from one another."
-- First Lady Melania Trump, issuing a public statement Monday, in which she announced plans to travel to Africa without her husband in October.
Kofi Annan's Legacy
“Kofi Annan, Who Redefined the UN, Dies at 80” Alan Cowell -- New York Times, August 18, 2018
"Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Left a Legacy of a More Interventionist United Nations" Jason Daley -- Smithsonian.com, August 20, 2018
"Kofi Annan’s Unaccountable Legacy" Philip Gourevitch -- The New Yorker, August 18, 2018
“Kofi Annan, RIP” Frederic C. Hof -- Atlantic Council, August 20, 2018
Deadly State of Infrastructure in Europe
“Italy’s Crumbling Infrastructure Under Scrutiny After Bridge Collapse” Lorenzo Tondo -- The Guardian, August 17, 2018
“Cut in Two, Genoa Finds Its Political Paralysis Now Eclipsed by Shock” Gaia Pianigiani, Elisabetta Povoledo, and Richard Perez-Peña-- The New York Times, August 16, 2018
“Audit Warns 840 Bridges May Be at Risk of Collapse in France” Editorial Board -- Al Jazeera, August 19, 2018
Not at All "Helsinki"
“Merkel and Putin Talk Syria, Ukraine, and Nord Steam 2 – But Meeting Ends with No Agreements” Colin Drury -- Independent, August 19, 2018
“Nord Stream 2: Is Germany ‘Captive’ to Russian Energy?” James McBride -- Council on Foreign Relations, August 16, 2018
“A Breakthrough in Berlin? Not So Fast.” Jörn Fleck -- Atlantic Council, August 17, 2018
Greek Bailout Ends for Better or Worse
“Greece Exits Bailouts, But Difficult Path Ahead” Eric Maurice and Damiano Bacci -- EU Observer, August 20, 2018
“Greek Bailout: IMF and Europeans Diverge on Lessons Learnt” Matthew Oxenford and Dr. Angelos Chryssogelos -- Chatham House, August 16, 2018
“Greece’s Bailout Is Ending But the Pain Is Far from Over” Liz Alderman -- The Irish Times, August 20, 2018
Hyperinflating Venezuela's Currency
“Venezuela’s Red Friday: Maduro’s Destructive Plan” Moises Rendon -- Center for Strategic & International Studies, August 21, 2018
“Venezuela’s ‘Desperate’ Currency Devaluation Won’t Save Its Economy from Collapse” Benjamin J. Cohen -- The Conversation, August 22, 2018
“Venezuelans Skeptical of Maduro’s Latest Measures to Salvage Economy” Kejal Vyas, Maolis Castro, and Juan Forero -- The Wall Street Journal, August 21, 2018
Paraguay's New President
“New Paraguayan President Abdo Benitez Sworn In” Editorial Board -- BBC, August 16, 2018
“New President Takes Over in Paraguay, Vows to Cut Poverty” Pedro Servin -- The Washington Post, August 15, 2018
“Paraguay’s New President: All Bark and No Bite?” Felipe Puerta -- Insight Crime, August 16, 2018
Controversial Vote Ahead in Brazil
“Brazil Readies for Contentious Presidential Campaign” David Wemer -- Atlantic Council, August 16, 2018
“Bots in Brazil: The Activity of Social Media Bots in Brazilian Elections” Andrew Allen -- Wilson Center, August 17, 2018
“Brazil Election: What to Expect from October’s Presidential Poll” Sam Cowie -- Al Jazeera, August 15, 2018
Catastrophic Floods in India
“Bodies Found as Floods Recede in India’s Kerala” Editorial Board -- Channel News Asia, August 20, 2018
“Officials Say Over 350 Dead, 800,000 Displaced in India Flood” Aijaz Rahi -- Time, August 19, 2018
August 20, 2018
This Week: Cover to Cover on Cuba; Qatar Deadline; Member Benefits: Conference Scholarships for Students and Stratfor Subscription Discount; Wanted: Council CEOs; plus, Program News
Wednesday, August 22, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET
Cover to Cover with Vicki Huddleston on Cuba
Peeling back the "Sugar Curtain" to examine several decades of stormy relations between the U.S. and Cuba, Vicki Huddleston, the top diplomat in Havana under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, provides an essential memoir. Huddleston also peers into the future, when for the first time in more than six decades no one named Castro will be Cuba's leader.
Register now for the conference call Wed., Aug. 22, at 2-2:30 PM ET.
Coming up in September...
WACA 2018 Leadership Mission to Qatar: October 12-19
The application deadline is Friday, August 24, 2018. If you have any questions, please send an email to Liz Brailsford at the WACA National Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The World Affairs Councils of America is delighted to announce that the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Washington, DC will sponsor a WACA Leadership Mission to Qatar, this October.
Note: Flights will depart from United States airports on Friday, October 12, and arrive in Doha on Saturday, October 13. Return flights will depart Qatar on Friday, October 19.
This WACA Leadership Mission will be comprised of a Qatar Embassy representative, WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford, and a minimum of 10 delegates from the Council network. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with top government officials, business leaders, journalists, and other experts to gain a better understanding of the political, national security, economic, social, and cultural landscape of the host country. See complete details.
WAC Albuquerque Hosts Oman - Past and Present
The World Affairs Council of Albuquerque featured Dr. Linda Funsch last Wednesday for its Engage America: Oman program, co-sponsored by WACA and its grant funder Sultan Qaboos Culture Center. The audience rated Dr. Funsch's comprehensive presentation, “Oman - Past and Present," as excellent and were pleased to learn about the history and the contemporary affairs in this strategically-located country. A key takeaway was that Oman is a far more progressive society than many of its neighbors while still maintaining a solid relationship with its history and traditional culture.
WACABQ's program is the latest in the WACA Engage America: Oman 2018 Series. Next, South Dakota WAC and WAC Dallas/Fort Worth will host experts recommended by the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center.
Council of the Month: WAC Dallas/Forth Worth to Honor Ron Kirk
The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth will honor former U.S. ambassador and former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk for his public service, civic, and business leadership with the H. Neil Mallon Award at its 35th annual dinner on October 12 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.
One of the most respected and admired individuals in the Dallas/Fort Worth community, Ron Kirk is a 30-year public servant and legal veteran. He serves as senior counsel in the Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Dallas and Washington, DC offices, and provides leadership for a number of corporate boards and charitable organizations.
Honorary event chairs are former President Barack Obama, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.
Click here to learn more about participating or call 214-695-8400.
August 16, 2018
Cover to Cover summer read transports you to Havana, Cuba...
Cover to Cover with Ambassador Vicki Huddleston
Our Woman in Havana
Peeling back the "Sugar Curtain" to examine several decades of stormy relations between the U.S. and Cuba, Vicki Huddleston, the top diplomat in Havana under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, provides an essential memoir.
Huddleston recounts missed opportunities for detente and the myths and misconceptions that have long pervaded the U.S.-Cuban standoff. Her perspectives on the Obama administration's diplomatic opening of 2014, the mysterious "sonic" brain and hearing injuries suffered by American and Canadian diplomats who were serving in Havana, and the Trump administration's reversal of the Obama opening, are nuanced and well presented.
Huddleston also peers into the future, when for the first time in more than six decades no one named Castro will be Cuba's leader.
Join our conference call Wednesday, August 22, at 2:00-2:30 pm ET.
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Coming up on September 11:
Cover to Cover on 9/11 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.
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WACA and Councils to Provide 25 Student Scholarships for 2018 National Conference
We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to make the WACA 2018 National Conference available to a very important audience: our promising undergraduate scholars. The scholarship includes registration fees plus $1,000 per student to be used towards travel, lodging, and/or incidentals.
Eligibility & Expectations
· World Affairs Councils must publicize the WACA scholarship opportunity in a substantial manner to their members and local educational institutions in order to attract the best potential candidates.
· Each Council executive may nominate one college undergraduate student, 18 years or older, from their local Council communities.
· High school students, undergraduates studying in Washington, DC, and graduate students are not eligible.
· Each nomination must be submitted with the Nomination Form and must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the Council head explaining why the student has been selected for consideration for this scholarship.
· Students who attend the Conference will be expected to blog and post on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.) before, during, and after the WACA Conference. The student's ability to do so should be considered by Councils during the nomination process.
· Students who attend the Conference will be required to submit a two-page report on their experience. The deadline to do so is Monday, December 3, 2018.
· Nominations are due by Friday, September 21, 2018. Send the completed Nomination Form and accompanying nomination letter to Liz Brailsford at email@example.com.
· Nominated students will be reviewed by the National Office in consultation with the WACA National Board of Directors. Selections will be announced the week of September 24.
· The National Office will confirm the selected undergraduates to their Councils and will register these participants for the 2018 Conference.
· WACA will then provide a scholarship check of $1,000 per selected student, made out to the Council, to help cover travel, lodging, and other expenses for the scholarship recipient. Councils are responsible for making these arrangements with/for the selected students.
· We strongly urge scholarship participants to make every effort to book rooms at WACA's discounted group rate at The Mayflower Hotel.
Council leaders, this is a competitive program and we look forward to receiving nominations of excellent candidates. We also hope that you will encourage your Council members and board members to register now for the 2018 National Conference. Please let us know if you have any questions.
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Think Tank six-pack
Thomas Wright is director of the Center on the United States and Europe and a senior fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy at Brookings.
Center for Strategic and International Studies
The principals of The Trade Guys, CSIS’s recently launched podcast, will offer a special briefing for a live WACA audience at CSIS headquarters.
American Enterprise Institute
Center for American Progress New this year!
Center for a New American Security
The McCain Institute New this year!
Additional National Conference speakers and program details will be made in the coming weeks!
The WACA 2018 National Conference will be held November 7-9 at the beautifully renovated
August 15, 2018
U.S.-Turkey Relations in Tailspin; Fragile Alliances; Stronger Sanctions Slam Russia; Space Force; Technology...Making Things Better?; Argentine Senate Rejects Legalizing Abortion; Cuban Governance
"Washington must give up the misguided notion that our relationship can be asymmetrical...Failure to reverse this trend of unilateralism and disrespect will require us to start looking for new friends and allies." -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose op-ed appeared in Friday's New York Times.
U.S.-Turkey Relations in Tailspin
“The Real Reasons Why U.S.-Turkey Relations Have Hit an All-Time Low” James Carey -- Geopolitics Alert, August 12, 2018
“Turkey’s Frustration Is Bigger Than U.S.: Foreign Minister” -- Hurriyet Daily News, August 15, 2018
“'Relations with Turkey Are Not Good at This Time' (Trump Tweet)” Krishnadev Calamur -- The Atlantic, August 11, 2018
"Trump Is the First President to Get Turkey Right" Steven Cook -- Foreign Policy, August 13, 2018
“Lira Crisis: Action by Turkey’s Central Bank Fails to Quell Contagion Fears” Julia Kollewe and Martin Farrer -- The Guardian, August 13, 2018
“Allies, Alliances, and the Fourth Strategic Offset” Michael Miklaucic -- Real Clear Defense, August 10, 2018
“Security Woes: Why Europe Must Develop Its Own Security Framework” Cristian Tracci -- Foreign Policy Association Blog, August 13, 2018
“The Case Against a U.S. Retreat from International Development” John R. Allen -- Brookings, August 10, 2018
Stronger Sanctions Slam Russia
“Russia Likens U.S. Sanctions to Economic War – and Threatens Response ‘By Other Means’” Sam Meredith -- CNBC, August 10, 2018
"U.S. Congress Publishes Entire Text of Russia Sanctions 'Bill from Hell’" -- RT, August 14, 2018
"Ruble Tumbles as U.S. Sets Out New Sanctions on Russia" Andrew Kramer -- New York Times, August 9, 2018
“Space Force Is Trump’s Answer to New Russian and Chinese Weapons” Lara Seligman -- Foreign Policy, August 10, 2018
“Trump's Space Force Is About Beating China, as Beijing Is Talking as if It Already Owns Space” Alex Lockie -- Business Insider, August 10, 2018
“U.S. Needs a Cyber Force More Than a Space Force” James Stavridis -- Bloomberg, August 14, 2018
“Opinion: Why a Missile Defense System in Space Is a Bad Idea” Laura Grego and David Wright -- Politico, August 10, 2018
Technology...Making Things Better?
“Elon Musk Says Money to Take Tesla Private Would Come from Saudi Arabia, But He Hasn’t Struck a Deal” James F. Peltz and James Rufus Koren -- LA Times, August 13, 2018
“Update on Taking Tesla Private” Elon Musk -- Tesla, August 13, 2018
“AP Exclusive: Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It or Not” Ryan Nakashima -- AP, August 13, 2018
Argentine Senate Rejects Legalizing Abortion
“Argentina’s Women Have Not Been Beaten on Abortion – Change Will Come” Claudia Piñeiro -- The Guardian, August 10, 2018
“For Abortion Activists in Argentina, a Campaign Waged Online Faces a Disconnect” Jasmine Garsd -- NPR, August 10, 2018
“Pro-Abortion-Rights Activists Won in Ireland, But Not Argentina” Yasmeen Serhan -- The Atlantic, August 10, 2018
"Cuba Begins Public Debate on Modernizing Cold War-era Constitution" Marc Frank -- Reuters, August 13, 2018
“Cuban Opposition Leader Is Accused of Attempted Murder. Activists Dispute the Charge” Nora Gámez Torres -- Miami Herald, August 13, 2018
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