• Thursday, May 03, 2018 8:43 AM | Anonymous

    May 2, 2018

    Weekly World News Update

    New Hope for Koreas; Iran Nuclear Deal; Armenian Unrest; U.S.-Europe Trade Tensions; Biological Attacks

    Quote of the Week

    "This is not the way that diplomacy has to work. It doesn’t have to be leadership by tweet."

    -- Ronan Farrow, journalist, in an interview with PBS NewsHour about his new book, War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence, on Tuesday.

    A New Hope for the Koreas

    "A Real Path to Peace on the Korean Peninsula" Chung-in Moon -- Foreign Affairs, April 30, 2018

    "Reasons to Be Hopeful, and not Hopeful, About North Korea" Michael Brendan Dougherty -- National Review, May 1, 2018

    "From 'Fire and Fury' to Peace Prize? Some Talk of Nobel Award for Trump on North Korea" Anne Gearan and Ashley Parker -- The Washington Post, May 1, 2018

    "What Kim Jong Un Wants from Trump" Van Jackson -- Politico, April 30, 2018

    "Here's Why North Korea Will Give Up Its Nuclear Weapons" Gordon G. Chang -- The National Interest, April 30, 2018

    End of the Line for the Iran Nuclear Deal?

    "Benjamin Netanyahu's Nuclear Nothingburger" Steven Simon -- The New York Times, May 1, 2018

    "Binyamin Netanyahu Tries to Convince Donald Trump to Scuttle the Iran Deal" Editorial Baord -- The Economist, May 1, 2018

    "Why Is Netanyahu So Obsessed with Iran?" Richard Silverstein and Muhammad Sahimi -- Middle East Eye, May 2, 2018

    "Israel and the U.S Have Little to Gain from Trump Scrapping Iran Nuclear Deal" Zvi Bar'el -- Haaretz, May 2, 2018

    "The Iran Regime-Change Crew Is Back" Vali Nasr -- The Atlantic, April 25, 2018

    Unrest in Armenia

    "Armenia's Bad Week for Autocrats" Viken Berberian -- The New York Review of Books, May 1, 2018

    "What's Next for Armenia's Protest Movement?" Anna Ohanyan -- Al Jazeera, May 1, 2018

    U.S-Europe Trade Tensions

    "The U.S. and Europe Are Locked in a Standoff Over Tariffs" Zeeshan Aleem -- Vox, May 1, 2018

    "Europe Is Annoyed, not Grateful, After Trump Delays Tariffs" Jack Ewing -- The New York Times, May 1, 2018

    "What You Need to Know About the EU-U.S. Trade Spat" Emre Peker -- The Wall Street Journal, May 1, 2018

    "What Is Donald Trump's Trade Policy? Nobody Knows" John Cassidy -- The New Yorker, May 1, 2018

    Preparing for Biological Attacks

    "The New Killer Pathogens" Kate Charlet -- Foreign Affairs, May/June, 2018

    "Are We Prepared for a Killer Flu Epidemic?" Michaeleen Doucleff -- NPR, April 27, 2018

  • Wednesday, May 02, 2018 1:48 PM | Anonymous

    May 1, 2018

    May Newsletter

    This Month: Spring Leadership Meeting; Top AWQ Teams; Future of Korea Grant Awards; Council of the Month; Global I.Q. Minute; Council Opportunities and Highlights

    Spring Leadership and Board Meetings Hotel Block Ends Wednesday, May 2

    WAC San Antonio logo

    Book your room

    This year's Spring Leadership and Board Meetings will be held in partnership with the World Affairs Council of San AntonioMay 17-19

    The meetings will open with an installment of WAC San Antonio's Distinguished Speaker Series on Thursday, May 17 at 5:30 pm CT: San Antonio’s First 300 Years: From Spanish Colony to Modern City

    On Friday, May 18, following professional development workshops, WACA will host a dinner with a VIP speaker.

    The WACA Board meets Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

    Hotel Block

    We have extended our hotel block at Hotel Valencia. We are offering a rate of $169/night. The block will now close Wednesday, May 2 at 5:00 pm CTBook your room today!

    *Registration and agendas coming soon. ($50; free for 1918 Society members and Council leaders who renewed membership by the deadline)

    Academic WorldQuest 2018 National Competition

    A heartfelt thank you to all students, teachers, parents, and other participants who made the Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition a wonderful success!

    Special thanks also to all of our sponsors, including the United States Institute of Peace, which held a welcome reception for all Academic WorldQuest attendees. Read the WACA press release.

    Congratulations to the winning teams:

    2018 Champions: Plano West Senior High School - World Affairs Council of Dallas/Forth Worth

    Grand prize: Microsoft Surface Books 2

    2nd: Palm Desert High School - World Affairs Council of the Desert

    3rd: Indian Hill High School - World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

    4th: Thornton Academy - World Affairs Council of Maine

    5th: Davidson Academy - Northern Nevada International Center

    6th: duPont Manual High School - World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana

    7th: Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy - World Affairs Council of Austin

    8th: Keystone School - World Affairs Council of San Antonio

    9th: Canyon Crest Academy - San Diego World Affairs Council

    10th: Clements High School - World Affairs Council of Greater Houston

    Scores will be sent to all 45 teams soon.

    Keynote speaker: Nabil Kapasi, Academic WorldQuest National Competition alumnus and sophomore at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. See his speech about the Academic WorldQuest experience and attending university in our nation's capital. Watch now.

    Academic WorldQuest 2018 Keynote Speech: Nabil Kapasi

    The Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest 2018 National Competition would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of students, teachers, parents, chaperones, and all World Affairs Council staff and volunteers across the country. Thank you for helping make the competition a great success!

    Thank you to our generous sponsors!


    May Cover to Cover with Michael McFaul:

    From Cold War to Hot Peace

    In 2008, when Michael McFaul was asked to leave his perch at Stanford and join an unlikely presidential campaign, he had no idea that he would find himself at the beating heart of one of today’s most contentious and consequential international relationships. As President Obama’s adviser on Russian affairs, McFaul helped craft the U.S. policy known as “reset” that fostered unprecedented collaboration between the two countries. Then, as U.S. Ambassador to Russia (2012-2014), he had a front-row seat when this fleeting, hopeful moment crumbled with Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency.

    From Cold War to Hot Peace is a riveting inside account that combines history and memoir to tell the full story of U.S.-Russia relations from the fall of the Soviet Union to the new rise of the hostile, paranoid Russian president.

    Join the May Cover to Cover conference call to discuss McFaul's new book, From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin's Russia, on Tuesday, May 15, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

    Register for May's Cover to Cover

    Council Leaders: Please Vote by May 18

    New WACA National Board terms will commence July 1 (a term is three years).

    According to the bylaws, one authorized representative of each member organization may vote YEA or NAY on the nominees for the WACA National Board. See bios.

    Please respond by email vote to Chelsea Beaulieu at cbeaulieu@worldaffairscouncils.org no later than close of business on Friday, May 18.

    With the start of our new fiscal year on July 1, 2018, WACA National Board Committees will be recomposed. The Nominating Committee will announce an official call for nominations to the board in early September. Please begin now to consider the strongest Supporting (corporate and institutional) and Council candidates for the WACA National Board, with terms to start in July 2019. 

    CANDIDATES ELECTION (JULY 2018-JUNE 2021 TERM):

    BOARD CANDIDATES (Supporting Member Nominees):

    Carlos Alvarez, CEO, The Gambrinus Company (TX)

    Alex Lari, CEO, The Claremont Group (NY) 

    BOARD CANDIDATES (Council Rep Nominees):

    Joan Lemoine, immediate past Executive Director, WAC Hilton Head

    Derrick Olsen, President, WorldOregon

    Incumbent Supporting Member Nominee (second 3-year term):

    Forough Hosseini, Senior Vice President, Information Systems, ICI Homes, Inc. (FL) 

    Incumbent Council Rep Nominees (second 3-year term):

    Craig Snyder, President and CEO, WAC Philadelphia 

    Xiao Yin Zhao, Executive Director, WAC Kentucky and Southern Indiana

    Announcing: Future of Korea 2018 Selected Councils

    Selected Councils:

    ·     Colorado Springs WAC/WorldDenver

    ·     Indiana Council on World Affairs

    ·     Peoria Area WAC

    ·     Santa Fe Council on International Relations

    ·     Utah Council on Citizen Diplomacy

    ·     WAC Charlotte

    ·     WAC Harrisburg

    ·     WAC New Hampshire

    The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce selected Councils in our annual programming partnership with the Korea Economic Institute (KEI).

    KEI, in consultation with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, the U.S. Department of State, and the World Affairs Councils of America, based its selection on a highly competitive application process. WACA will administer the grants for Future of Korea 2018 programs.

  • Tuesday, May 01, 2018 9:02 AM | Anonymous

    April 30, 2018

    Academic WorldQuest Recap and

    Spring Leadership and Board Meetings Updates

    As WACA finishes wrapping up another successful Academic WorldQuest National Competition, today's email will be concise and will include two major highlights from the National Office.

    We will send the full May newsletter tomorrow, May 1.

    Academic WorldQuest 2018 National Competition

    A heartfelt thank you to all students, teachers, parents, and other participants who made the Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition a wonderful success!

    Special thanks also to all of our sponsors, including the United States Institute of Peace, which held a welcome reception for all Academic WorldQuest attendees. Read the WACA press release.

    We will be sending a survey and team scores to chaperones very soon!

    Congratulations to the winning teams:

    First place: Plano West Senior High School - World Affairs Council of Dallas/Forth Worth

    Second place: Palm Desert High School - World Affairs Council of the Desert

    Third place: Indian Hill High School - World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

    Keynote speaker: Nabil Kapasi, Academic WorldQuest National Competition alum and sophomore at Georgetown University's School of International Service. See his speech about the Academic WorldQuest experience and attending university in our nation's capital. Watch now.

    Academic WorldQuest 2018 Keynote Speech: Nabil Kapasi

    United States Institute of Peace:

    WACA would like to additionally recognize Ambassador William Taylor, Executive Vice President of USIP, who made welcome remarks at the AWQ Reception at the United States Institute of Peace's iconic headquarters.

    Thank you to our Judges and Emcee:

    Emcee: Joyce Davis, World Affairs Council of Harrisburg

    Judge: Rich Crepage, WACA Advisory Council

    Judge: Maureen Korzik, World Affairs Council of Hilton Head

    Judge: Leslie Palmer, World Affairs Council of San Antonio

    The Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest 2018 National Competition would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of students, teachers, parents, chaperones, and all World Affairs Council staff and volunteers across the country. Thank you for helping to make competition a great success!

    Thank you to our generous sponsors!

    WAC San Antonio logo

    Book your room

    Spring Leadership and Board Meetings Hotel Block Closes Wednesday, May 2

    This year's Spring Leadership and Board Meetings will be held in partnership with the World Affairs Council of San Antonio, May 17-19

    The meetings will open with an installment of WAC San Antonio's Distinguished Speaker Series on Thursday, May 17 at 5:30 pm CT:

    San Antonio’s First 300 Years: From Spanish Colony to Modern City

    Join the World Affairs Council of San Antonio and local historian Dr. Gilberto Hinojosa for a fascinating overview of San Antonio’s last 300 years, from its foundation as a Spanish outpost to its rise in the twentieth century.

    This event is held in conjunction with the World Affairs Councils of America’s Annual Spring Leadership Meeting.

    On Friday, May 18, following professional development workshops, WACA will host a dinner with a VIP speaker.

    The WACA Board meets Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

    Hotel Block

    We have extended our hotel block at Hotel Valencia. We are offering a rate of $169/night. The block will now close Wednesday, May 2. Book your room today!

    *Registration and agendas coming soon. ($50; free for 1918 Society members and Council leaders who renewed membership by the deadline)


  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 1:20 PM | Anonymous

    April 26, 2018

    1918 Society Call

    ASG: Global Trade Update

    The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to invite 1918 Society members to join Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG) for a conference call discussion on the state of global trade during this time of unprecedented uncertainty.

    The call will take place on Friday, April 27, at 10:30-11:15 am ET.

    ASG Chair Secretary Gutierrez and senior experts from ASG’s Latin America and East Asia and Pacific practices will share their insights on trade tensions between the U.S. and key partners, with a focus on how businesses will be impacted:

    What are the prospects and timeline for securing a renegotiated NAFTA? How will the upcoming presidential election in Mexico and U.S. midterms impact the agreement’s future?

    Will the U.S. and China reach an agreement to pull back from the brink of a full-blown trade war?

    Join the 1918 Society

    This invitation is exclusive to 1918 Society members. If you are interested in joining the 1918 Society, please contact Chelsea Beaulieu at 202-833-4557 or by email at cbeaulieu@worldaffairscouncils.org for more information.

    Featured speakers:

    Carlos M. Gutierrez, Chair, ASG

    Eric Altbach, Senior Vice President East Asia and Pacific Practice, ASG

    Antonio Ortiz-Mena, Senior Vice President, Latin America Practice, ASG

    Moderator: Lauren Bosma, Analyst, East Asia and Pacific Practice, ASG


  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018 3:56 PM | Anonymous

    April 25, 2018

    Weekly World News Update

    Trump-Macron Meeting; Koreas Summit; Democracy in Peril?; Erdogan's Authoritarianism; China-Taiwan Tensions; Cuba's New Era

    Quote of the Week

    "The United States, the country of the First Amendment, has fallen again in the Index under Donald Trump, this time two places to 45th. A media-bashing enthusiast, Trump has referred to reporters “enemies of the people,” the term once used by Joseph Stalin."

    -- Quote from Reporters Without Borders 2018 World Press Freedom Index, released today.

    Presidents Trump and Macron's Washington Summit

    "Mr. Macron Goes to Washington: Risks and Rewards of this Week's State Visit" Nicholas Dungan -- Atlantic Council, April 23, 2018

    "Why France Feels (Relatively) Comfortable with Trump's America" Paul Zajac -- The American Interest, April 23, 2018

    "Can France Be America's New Bridge to Europe?" Celia Belin -- Foreign Affairs, April 19, 2018

    "Europe's Last-Ditch Effort to Save the Iran Deal" Robert Malley and Colin Kahl -- The Atlantic, April 24, 2018

    "The Courage to Confront the United States: When Allies Must Say Tough Things" Jeffrey Rathke -- Center for Strategic and International Studies, April 23, 2018

    South and North Korea Prepare to Meet

    "Fear and Hope in South Korea on Eve of Summit with Kim Jong Un" Shoe Sang-Hun -- The New York Times, April 24, 2018

    "Impossible Dream? Unification Less of a Priority as Korean Leaders Prepare to Talk" Josh Smith -- U.S. News and World Report, April 25, 2018

    "South Koreans Take a Reality Check Ahead of Summit with North" Jonathan Cheng and Yun-hwan Chae -- The Wall Street Journal, April 25, 2018

    Death of Democracy?


    "The End of the Democratic Century" Yascha Mounk and Roberto Stefan Foa -- Foreign Affairs, May/June, 2018

    "Armenia's Democratic Triumph" Paul Stronski -- The Atlantic, April 24, 2018

    "How Emmanuel Macron Became the New Leader of the Free World" Will Marshall -- Politico, April 22, 2018

    "Poland's Ruling Law and Justice Party Is Doing Lasting Damage" Editorial Board -- The Economist, April 21, 2018

    Erdogan's Authoritarian Rule

    "Approaching Elections, Turkey's Erdogan Gives a Master Class in Dictatorship" Simon A. Waldman -- Haaretz, April 22, 2018

    "How President Erdogan Is Turning Turkey into Putin's Russia" Soner Cagaptay -- Time, April 24, 2018

    "Turkey's Snap Elections: Erdogan's Improvised Gambit" Aykan Erdemir -- War on the Rocks, April 21, 2018


    China-Taiwan Tensions Escalate

    "Taiwan's Democracy Is the Key Issue Facing China" Xuan Loc Doan -- Asia Times, April 24, 2018

    "What Would Taiwan Do if China Invaded?" Russell Hsiao -- The National Interest, April 24, 2018

    A New Era for Cuba?

    "More Black Officials in Cuba as Leadership Changes" Frances Robles and Azam Ahmed -- The New York Times, April 22, 2018

  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    April 23, 2018

    WACA Weekly

    This Week: Preventing International Conflict on KNOW NOW; Academic WorldQuest 2018; Spring Leadership Meeting Updates; National Board Votes

    Register for the call

    TOMORROW: Preventing International Conflict on KNOW NOW

    Violent conflict is a common thread that runs throughout history and across all cultures. It disrupts local, national, and international communities, and results in war, displacement, and death.

    One strategy to address violent conflict is through a public health approach. The Violence Prevention and Restoration (PAR) Model, developed by the International Center for Compassionate Organizations (ICCO) explains how violence begins, spreads, and infects others like a thought-borne pathogen or virus. Understanding the origins of violence may help prevent it.

    WAC Kentucky and Southern Indiana's Xiao Yin Zhao hosts hosts Ari Cowan and Tony Belak, Director General and Associate Director of ICCO, to discuss how the proliferation of international conflict and violence can be prevented by utilizing the PAR Model. Read Ari Cowan's white paper on rethinking violence and join the call tomorrow, April 24, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

    Academic WorldQuest 2018 this Saturday!

    The Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition program will be held at The National Press Club in Washington, DC on Saturday, April 28 from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

    The AWQ program will once again feature a welcome reception at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on Friday, April 27 from 4:00-6:00 PM. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the many ways that the United States Institute of Peace works to prevent conflicts from turning to bloodshed and to end it when they do. This includes the opportunity to hear from Ambassador William Taylor, USIP’s Executive Vice President, and Maria Stephan, Director of Nonviolent Action Programs at the Institute.

    For topics, study guide, and other information about this year's competition, please click here.

    See program schedule

    Thank you to our generous sponsors!

    WAC San Antonio logo

    Book your room

    Spring Leadership Hotel Block Closes April 30!

    This year's Spring Leadership and Board Meetings will be held in partnership with the World Affairs Council of San Antonio, May 17-19

    The meetings will open with an installment of WAC San Antonio's Distinguished Speaker Series on Thursday, May 17 at 5:30 pm CT:

    San Antonio’s First 300 Years: From Spanish Colony to Modern City

    Join the World Affairs Council of San Antonio and local historian Dr. Gilberto Hinojosa for a fascinating overview of San Antonio’s last 300 years, from its foundation as a Spanish outpost to its rise in the twentieth century.

    This event is held in conjunction with the World Affairs Councils of America’s Annual Spring Leadership Meeting.

    On Friday, May 18, following professional development workshops on topics such as fundraising, endowments, and membership development, WACA will host a dinner with VIP speaker.

    The WACA Board meets Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm.

    Hotel Block

    Our hotel block at Hotel Valencia, offering a rate of $169/night, will close on Monday, April 30. Book your room today!

    *Registration and agendas coming soon. ($50; free for 1918 Society members)

    Council Leaders: Please Vote by May 18

    New WACA National Board terms will commence July 1 (a term is three years).

    According to the bylaws, one authorized representative of each member organization may vote YEA or NAY on the nominees for the WACA National Board. See bios.

    Please respond by email vote to Chelsea Beaulieu at cbeaulieu@worldaffairscouncils.org no later than close of business on Friday, May 18.

    With the start of our new fiscal year on July 1, 2018, WACA National Board Committees will be recomposed. The Nominating Committee will announce an official call for nominations to the board in early September. Please begin now to consider the strongest Supporting (corporate and institutional) and Council candidates for the WACA National Board, with terms to start in July 2019. 

    CANDIDATES ELECTION (JULY 2018-JUNE 2021 TERM):

    BOARD CANDIDATES (Supporting Member Nominees):

    Carlos Alvarez, CEO, The Gambrinus Company (TX)

    Alex Lari, CEO, The Claremont Group (NY) 

    BOARD CANDIDATES (Council Rep Nominees):

    Joan Lemoine, immediate past Executive Director, WAC Hilton Head

    Derrick Olsen, President, WorldOregon

    Incumbent Supporting Member Nominee (second 3-year term):

    Forough Hosseini, Senior Vice President, Information Systems, ICI Homes, Inc. (FL) 

    Incumbent Council Rep Nominees (second 3-year term):

    Craig Snyder, President and CEO, WAC Philadelphia 

    Xiao Yin Zhao, Executive Director, WAC Kentucky and Southern Indiana

    Listen to WACA Podcasts!

    On Wednesday, April 18, WACA hosted Madiha Afzal on Cover to Cover to discuss her new book, Pakistan Under Siege: Extremism, Society and the State.

    Listen now

    World Affairs Council of Seattle to Co-Sponsor Madeleine Albright Event

    Madeleine Albright, Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and first female Secretary of State (1997-2001), will appear at a Seattle Theater Group event, co-sponsored by World Affairs Council of Seattle, on Tuesday, April 24.

    Albright also served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1993-1997) and in 2012 was awarded the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

    Albright will discuss her new book, a New York Times #1 bestseller, Fascism: A Warning.

    San Diego World Affairs Council to Host Ambassador Ryan Crocker

    San Diego World Affairs Council will host Ambassador Ryan Crocker at its annual fundraising dinner on Friday, April 27.

    Crocker has served as US Ambassador six times: Afghanistan (2011-2012), Iraq (2007-2009), Pakistan (2004-2007), Syria (1998-2001), Kuwait (1994-1997), and Lebanon (1990-1993). Ambassador Crocker has received many of the nation’s highest honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Crocker currently serves as Diplomat-in-Residence at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

    Apply today

    WAC New Hampshire Is Hiring!

    World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is seeking an international visitor exchange program manager.


  • Monday, April 23, 2018 9:57 AM | Anonymous

    April 19, 2018

    Nominees for Election to the WACA National Board of Directors

    Please Vote by Email by Friday, May 18

    Dear Council Members and Supporting Members: 

    The WACA Nominating Committee, chaired by Sam Johnson, is pleased to present the nominees listed below for election to the WACA National Board of Directors. New Board terms will commence July 1 (a term is three years).

    According to the bylaws, one authorized representative of each member organization may vote YEA or NAY on the nominees for the WACA National Board.

    Please respond by email vote to Chelsea Beaulieu at cbeaulieu@worldaffairscouncils.org no later than close of business on Friday, May 18.

    With the start of our new fiscal year on July 1, 2018, WACA National Board Committees will be recomposed. The Nominating Committee will announce an official call for nominations to the board in early September. Please begin now to consider the strongest Supporting (corporate and institutional) and Council candidates for the WACA National Board, with terms to start in July 2019. 

    CANDIDATES ELECTION (JULY 2018-JUNE 2021 TERM):

    BOARD CANDIDATES (Supporting Member Nominees):

    Carlos Alvarez, CEO, The Gambrinus Company (TX)

    Alex Lari, CEO, The Claremont Group (NY) 

    BOARD CANDIDATES (Council Rep Nominees):

    Joan Lemoine, immediate past Executive Director, WAC Hilton Head

    Derrick Olsen, President, WorldOregon

    Incumbent Supporting Member Nominee (second 3-year term):

    Forough Hosseini, Senior Vice President, Information Systems, ICI Homes, Inc. (FL) 

    Incumbent Council Rep Nominees (second 3-year term):

    Craig Snyder, President and CEO, WAC Philadelphia 

    Xiao Yin Zhao, Executive Director, WAC Kentucky and Southern Indiana

    The following board members are stepping down this year. We are grateful for their years of service to the WACA National Board. They are eligible to be renominated to the Board after a one-year hiatus.  

    Sam Johnson, Chairman and CEO, Johnson + Sterling (AL) 

    Noel Lateef, President, Foreign Policy Association (NY)

    Don Samford, past President, Peoria Area World Affairs Council (IL)


  • Thursday, April 19, 2018 10:03 AM | Anonymous

    April 18, 2018

    Weekly World News Update

    Trump-Abe Summit; U.S.-North Korea Relations; Syrian War; Germany as an Outlier; Castro's Successor

    Quote of the Week

    "Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions."

    -- President George W. Bush, in a statement following the death of former First Lady Barbara Bush on Tuesday.

    Developments in U.S.-North Korea Relations

    "CIA Director Pompeo Met with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un over Easter Weekend" Shane Harris; Carol Leonnig; Greg Jaffe; David Nakumara -- The Washington Post, April 18, 2018

    "North Korea Is Changing" Richard Javad Heydarian -- Al Jazeera, April 18, 2018

    "Unpacking a U.S. Decision to Engage North Korea: What It Entails and What It Could Achieve" Carla Freeman and Mel Gurtov -- 38 North, April 16, 2018

    Presidents Trump and Abe Meet Again

    "The Trump-Abe Summit: More than Meets the Eye" James Schoff and Feng Lin -- The Diplomat, April 16, 2018

    "Tokyo's Awakening on Trump" J. Berkshire Miller and Irina Angelescu -- The National Interest, April 17, 2018

    "How Shinzo Abe Can Help Trump Understand Kim" Ronald Tiersky -- RealClear World, April 18, 2018

    "Shinzo Abe, Pursued by Scandal" Sarah Birke -- The New York Review of Books, April 17, 2018

    The Increasingly Protracted Syrian War

    "The Hypocrisy of Trump's 'Mission Accomplished' Boast About Syria" Robin Wright -- The New Yorker, April 14, 2018

    "Back to Brinkmanship" Jacob Heilbrunn -- The National Interest, April 17, 2018

    "Four Essential Elements of a U.S. Strategy on Syria" Michael O'Hanlon -- Brookings Institution, April 17, 2018

    "Iran's Real Enemy in Syria" Karim Sadjadpour -- The Atlantic, April 16, 2018

    "Breaking the Turkey-U.S. Deadlock in Syria" Galip Dalay -- German Marshall Fund, April 16, 2018

    "How Syria Came to This" Andrew Tabler -- The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 15, 2018

    Germany: The Outlier

    "Germany's No-Go Foreign Policy" Judy Dempsey -- Carnegie Europe, April 17, 2018

    "Better Empty Worlds than Empty Bullets" Marcel Furstenau -- Deutsche Welle, April 16, 2018

    "Germany Is Becoming More Open and More Diverse" Editorial Board -- The Economist, April 14, 2018

    Choosing Castro's Successor

    "We Shouldn't Ignore Cuba" Christopher Sabatini -- The New York Times, April 17, 2018

    "Raul Castro's Report Card" Lucia Newman -- Al Jazeera, April 18, 2018

  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018 9:29 AM | Anonymous

    April 16, 2018

    WACA Weekly

    This Week: Pakistan Under Siege on Cover to Cover; Preventing International Conflict on KNOW NOW; Council Highlights

    Register now

    Wednesday, April 18: Pakistan Under Siege

    Over the last fifteen years, Pakistan has come to be defined exclusively in terms of its struggle with terror. But are ordinary Pakistanis extremists? And what explains how Pakistanis think?

    In Pakistan Under Siege, using rigorous analysis of survey data, in-depth interviews in schools and universities in Pakistan, historical narrative reporting, and her own intuitive understanding of the country, Madiha Afzal gives the full picture of Pakistan’s relationship with extremism. 

    Read Afzal's recent article in The Washington Post and join the April Cover to Cover conference call to discuss her new book, Pakistan Under Siege: Extremism, Society, and the State, on Wednesday, April 18, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

    Next Week: Preventing International Conflict

    Violent conflict is a common thread that runs throughout history and across all cultures. It disrupts local, national, and international communities, and results in war, displacement, and death.

    One strategy to address violent conflict is through a public health approach. The Violence Prevention and Restoration (PAR) Model, developed by the International Center for Compassionate Organizations (ICCO) explains how violence begins, spreads, and infects others like a thought-borne pathogen or virus. Understanding the origins of violence may help prevent it.

    Join WAC Kentucky and Southern Indiana's Xiao Yin Zhao on KNOW NOW as she hosts Ari Cowan and Tony Belak, Director General and Associate Director of ICCO, to discuss how the proliferation of international conflict and violence can be prevented by utilizing the PAR Model on Tuesday, April 24, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

    Register for the call

    WAC San Antonio logo

    Book your room

    Spring Leadership Hotel Block Closes April 25!

    WACA and the World Affairs Council of San Antonio have arranged a special group rate at the Hotel Valencia for the May 17-18 Council Leadership and May 19 Board Meetings.  

    To take advantage of our hotel block at $169/night (plus tax), please book your room by April 25. Reservations can be made by following this link: WACA or by calling 855-596-3387 and referring to the World Affairs Councils of America group.

    Please stay tuned for the Leadership and Board Meeting agendas.

    Academic WorldQuest 2018

    The Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition program will be held at The National Press Club in Washington, DC on Saturday, April 28 from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

    The AWQ program will once again feature a welcome reception at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on Friday, April 27 from 4:00-6:00 PM. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the many ways that the United States Institute of Peace works to prevent conflicts from turning to bloodshed and to end it when they do. This includes the opportunity to hear from Ambassador William Taylor, USIP’s Executive Vice President, and Maria Stephan, Director of Nonviolent Action Programs at the Institute.

    For topics, study guide, and other information about this year's competition, please click here.

    See program schedule

    Thank you to our generous sponsors!

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    WAC New Hampshire Is Hiring!



    World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is seeking an international visitor exchange program manager.

    Apply today


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  • Friday, April 13, 2018 8:00 AM | Anonymous

     April 11, 2018

     Weekly World News Update

    National Security in the Digital Age; Chemical Attack in Syria; U.S. vs. China; Hungary Moves Far Right; 20th Anniversary of Good Friday Agreement

     Quote of the Week

     "[I]t’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as

    well. That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as

    developers and data privacy. We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that

    was a big mistake."

    -- Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman and CEO of Facebook, in testimony to the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce about Facebook's role and responsibility in democracy on Wednesday.

     Protecting National Security in the Digital Age

     "Facebook Makes the Snowden Affairs Look Quaint" Anne Applebaum -- The Washington Post, April 10, 2018

    "Zuckerberg: Facebook Is in 'Arms Race' with Russia" Editorial Board -- BBC, April 11, 2018

    "6 Facts About Fake News in the 2016 Election" Danielle Kurtzleben -- NPR, April 11, 2018

    "Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Testifies Before Congress. What Comes Next?" Nicol Turner-Lee -- Brookings Institution, April 10, 2018

    "The Marine Corps Is Taking Cyber Warfare to the Front Lines" Eugene Chow -- The National Interest, April 7, 2018


     How to Respond to Another Chemical Attack in Syria?

     "America's Three Bad Options in Syria" Max Fisher -- The New York Times, April 10, 2018

    "Macron Needs to Attack Syria" Benjamin Haddad -- Foreign Policy, April 9, 2018

    "For Trump and Putin, Syria Is a Battle of Competing Realities" Masha Gessen -- The New Yorker, April 10, 2018

    "What Does 'America First' Mean in Syria?" Jonathan Tobin -- National Review, April 10, 2018

    "Syria: When and How Does This War End?" Anthony Cordesman -- Center for Strategic and International Studies, April 10, 2018 [Report]

     U.S. and China: On Trade and Other Fronts

     "Trump's Tariff Threats Are Working on China" Kenneth Rapoza -- Forbes, April 10, 2018

    "Xi's Strong Hand Against Trump" Bill Emmott -- Project Syndicate, April 11, 2018

    "Xi's Vow to Cut Auto Tariffs Is Less than Meets the Eye" Doug Palmer; Megan Cassella; Adam Behsudi -- Politico, April 10, 2018

    "U.S. Warships Sail Through South China Sea Amid Escalating Tensions with Beijing" Samuel Osborne -- Independent, April 10, 2018

    "Exposing China's Actions in the South China Sea" Ely Ratner -- Council on Foreign Relations, April 6, 2018


     Hungary Takes a Step to the Far Right

     "Hungary Embraces National Conservatism" John O'Sullivan -- National Review, April 9, 2018

    "How Illiberal Leaders Attack Civil Society" Michael Abramowitz and Nate Schenkkan -- Foreign Affairs, April 6, 2018

    "Viktor Orban's Survival Games" Balazs Jarabik -- Carnegie Europe, April 10, 2018


     The Good Friday Agreement: 20 Years Later

     "The Good Friday agreement in the Age of Brexit" Yasmeen Serhan -- The Atlantic, April 10, 2018



 

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