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  • Tuesday, October 02, 2018 9:05 AM | Anonymous

    October 1, 2018

    October Newsletter

    Councils of the Month Send Reps to Qatar; Global I.Q. with John Kerry; Conference Hotel Block Deadline; Cover to Cover; Engage America Grant Programs; Council Jobs and News!

    Lucky 13: Councils of the Month

    In the most competitive application process in at least a decade, WACA is pleased to announce that the Embassy of Qatar has selected the following Council representatives for our first Leadership Mission to Qatar. The group will explore the dynamic political, diplomatic, economic, and cultural trends of this Arab country in the Persian Gulf on Oct. 12-19. WACA received interest from more than 30 individuals across the Council network. These 14 delegates hail from 13 Councils:

    Melissa Beuc, Board Treasurer -- Indiana Council on World Affairs

    Marian Dickson -- WAC Atlanta

    Lise Falskow, CEO -- Alaska WAC

    Maryanne Maldonado, Executive Director -- WAC Greater Houston

    Judge Angela McCormick Bisig -- WAC Kentucky & S. Indiana

    Michael Mills, Board of Advisors -- WorldOregon

    Dr. Sadiq Mohyuddin, Emeritus Director -- WAC St. Louis

    Talat Mohyuddin -- WAC St. Louis

    Don Samford, WACA Advisory Board -- Peoria Area WAC

    Doug Savage, Director -- Institute of World Affairs (Milwaukee)

    Jim Shepherd, Chairman -- Tennessee WAC

    Charles Stout, Chairman -- WAC Pittsburgh

    Patrick Terrien, CEO -- Columbus Council on World Affairs

    John Young, Board Secretary -- WAC Western Massachusetts

    Global I.Q. Minute: Jim Falk talks with John Kerry

    John Kerry, 68th U.S. Secretary of State, reflects on his service during the Vietnam War, current global events, and the state of partisanship in Congress in this episode of World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth's Global I.Q. Minute. Listen here.

    October Cover to Cover: Debating Privacy in America

    Join WACA's Cover to Cover conference call on Tuesday, 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.

    Register here

    Prof. Sarah E. Igo

    WACA 2018 National Conference:

    Braving the New World Order

    November 7-9

    The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC

    Register for the Conference

    Councils Host Engage America Grant Programs

    The following Engage America Oman 2018 and Future of Korea 2018 programs are co-sponsored by WACA and its grant funders Korea Economic Institute and Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center:

    Oman 2018

    Columbia World Affairs Council will feature Ms. Haura Al Wahaibi for a breakfast program, speaker series luncheon, and tea time with university students on October 3.

    World Affairs Council of New Hampshire will present Dr. Anne Rasmussen for The Music and Culture of Oman: Musical Biodiversity and the Indian Ocean Soundscape on October 16.

    World Affairs Council of Western Michigan will host Dr. Fahad Bishara as part of its Fall Lecture Series: Shifting Sands in the Arabian Peninsula on October 18.

    Future of Korea 2018

    Indiana Council on World Affairs will present a panel of experts for its Distinguished Speaker Series: Future of Korea on October 18.

    Councils in the News

    World Affairs Council of New Hampshire 

    Oct. 9 Summit on Cryptocurrency, Digitization, and Regulation – Manchester Ink Link 

    Music and Culture of Oman Topic of October 16 Speech at UNH Manchester – Manchester Ink Link

    Trio of National Democrats Descend on N.H. in One Weekend – Concord Monitor

    Jeff Merkley’s Latest NH Trip Sparks More 2020 Speculation – The Oregonian

  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018 4:54 PM | Anonymous

    September 26, 2018

    Weekly World News Update

    73rd UN General Assembly; The Korean Peninsula; Souring India-Pakistan Relationship; Latin America Crises; No Confidence Vote in Sweden; Global Migration; Africa News; U.S. Debt Balloons

    Quote of the Week

    He [Trump] has always been obsessed that people are laughing at the president. From the mid-’80s, he’s said: ‘The world is laughing at us. They think we’re fools,’ ” said Thomas Wright, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. “It’s never been true, but he’s said it about every president. It’s the first time I’m aware of that people actually laughed at a president. I think it is going to drive him absolutely crazy. It will play to every insecurity he has.

    73rd UN General Assembly Happenings

    Trump Delivers Nationalist Credo to Skeptical UN General Assembly” Curt Mills -- National Interest, September 25, 2018

    Trump Speaks Out on Globalization” Editorial Board -- The New York Times, September 25, 2018

    "In Most Global of Settings, UN Ponders Populism’s Problems" Associated Press, September 26, 2018

    Iran’s Rouhani Says U.S. Wants to Overthrow Its Government, Rejects Bilateral Talks” Edith Lederer -- PBS, September 25, 2018

    "Full Text: Trump's 2018 UN Speech Transcript" -- Politico, September 25,2018

    Korea: Nukes and Trade

    "The Pyongyang Declaration: Implications for U.S.-ROK Coordination on North Korea" Scott Snyder -- Council on Foreign Relations, September 24, 2018

    Moon, Trump Discuss ‘Corresponding Measures’ for NK Denuclearization” -- The Korea Times, September 26, 2018

    Trump’s New Trade Deal with South Korea, Explained Alexia Fernandez Campbell -- Vox, September 25, 2018

    Leaders of S. Korea, U.S. Welcome Revision to Bilateral FTA” Yonhap -- The Korea Herald, September 25, 2018

    India-Pakistan Ties Sour

    India Cancels Meeting with Pakistan at UN Because of ‘Evil Agenda’” Michael Safi -- The Guardian, September 21, 2018

    "India’s Worst Nightmare" Hussaan Tariq -- Pakistan Today, September 26, 2018

    India Calls Off Meeting with Pakistan at UNGA, Says Imran Khan’s True Face Revealed” -- Times of India, September 21, 2018

    "India, Pakistan Trade Barbs After Meeting Cancelled" Ahmad Adil -- Andalou Agency, September 22, 2018

    Latin America Faces Crisis

    "U.S. Sanctions Target Venezuela’s First Lady and President’s Inner Circle" Carol Morello and

    Anthony Faiola -- Washington Post, September 25, 2018

    Access to Information Denied in Venezuela” Santiago Menna -- Human Rights Watch, September 24, 2018

    For Venezuelans Fleeing Crisis, Argentina Proves a Tough Start” Patrick Gillespie -- Bloomberg, September 22, 2018

    Mexico’s Next President Could Be on a Collision Course with Trump Over Immigration” Joshua Partlow and Nick Miroff -- Washington Post, September 21, 2018

    Swedish Government in "Disarray"

    Sweden Rebels: Sweden PM Loses Vote of No Confidence Sending Shockwaves Through EU” Charlie Buckle -- Express, September 25, 2018

    Sweden’s Prime Minister Loses Vote of Confidence Throwing Government Into Disarray” Holly Ellyatt -- CNBC, September 25, 2018

    The City, the Country Are Ours: Migrants in Sweden Form ‘Resistance’ Movement” -- Sputnik International, September 25, 2018

    Swedish Prime Minister Löfven Loses Confidence Vote” Stephen Brown -- Politico, September 25, 2018

    Global Migration Issues

    EU Leaders are United on Brexit But Divided on Migration” -- The Economist, September 21, 2018

    As Migrants Turn to Spain, a Welcome Mat Shows Signs of Wear” Jeannette Neumann -- Wall Street Journal, September 23,2018

    Migrants Get a Second Chance at Asylum. But It’s Still an Uphill Battle” Hannah Wiley -- The Texas Tribune, September 25, 2018

    Chinese Investment in Africa

    The Future Is in Africa, China Already Knows It” -- The Herald, September 24, 2018

    ’China Equals Hitler,’ Zambian Public Describes Chinese Investment” AFP -- The South African, September 23, 2018

    The China Factor in Africa: Partner or Economic Predator?” Aggrey Mutambo -- Daily Nation, September 25, 2018

    Amnesty in Rwanda

    Rwandan Imprisoned Opposition Leader to Go on Trial as Another Walks Free – For Now” Kara Fox -- CNN, September 22, 2018 

    Good Guys and Bad Guys” Jos van Oijen -- The New Times, September 25, 2018

    Ballooning Debt a Threat to U.S. Economy

    "As Debt Rises, the Government Will Soon Spend More on Interest Than on the Military" Nelson Schwartz -- New York Times, September 25, 2018

  • Tuesday, September 25, 2018 9:02 AM | Anonymous

    September 24, 2018

    WACA Weekly

    Major Council Events; KNOW NOW with Valerie Plame (Tomorrow!); WACA Conference Scholarships; Korea and Oman Grant Series; Global Ties U.S. Poster Contest; Job Announcements; and Council News

    World Affairs Councils Demonstrate Convening Power

    Jamie Dimon

    Chairman and CEO, J.P. Morgan Chase

    WAC Philadelphia - Monday, 9/24

    Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Presidential Historian and Author

    WAC Dallas/Fort Worth - Wed., 9/26

    John Kerry

    Former U.S. Secretary of State

    WAC Dallas/Fort Worth - Friday, 9/28

    Michael McFaul

    Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia

    WAC Monterey Bay - Friday, 9/28

    TOMORROW! KNOW NOW: Plame Discusses U.S. Intelligence Agencies

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

    Register now!

    WACA 2018 National Conference: Braving the New World Order

    November 7-9

    The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC

    Register for the WACA 2018 Conference

    Ten Scholarship Openings for DC-based Undergraduates

    WACA is pleased to offer 10 new scholarships to DC-area undergraduates to cover Conference registration fees. Funding for these scholarships has been generously provided by the Mr. and Mrs. Ray Rothrock Charitable Gift Fund. The purpose of this scholarship programs is to advance WACA's and the Council Network's shared educational mission and to prepare future leaders for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 10.

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

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

    WACA Thanks Its Sponsors


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    Council of the Month Launches 3rd Annual Student Policy Simulation

    The Santa Fe Council on International Relations will launch their third annual policy simulation for high school students. In 2018, a natural disaster destroyed the energy infrastructure of the developing country Xlandia. Half of the students were parliamentarians, and half were lobbyists, representing the oil and gas industry, the nuclear power industry, and the solar and wind renewables sector. To top it off, personality cards were introduced an hour into the simulation - and suddenly some of the parliamentarians found themselves in tricky positions of bribery or compromise...

    In 2019, SFCIR will turn to climate change as the guiding theme, with the simulation dovetailing perfectly into the community speaker series on climate change, which will kick off in October 2018 with a trio of seminars and talks featuring several world-class speakers.

    One student reported last year that it "was the best thing he'd ever done in school." SFCIR considers it their flagship educational program, sitting proudly alongside the High School Fellowship Program (for women of color in public schools) and Academic WorldQuest.

    SFCIR welcomes all WACA members to their Journalism under Fire summit in December - at special member rates.

    Councils Host WACA 2018 Engage America Speaker Series Programs


    World Affairs Council of Charlotte is one of eight Councils to participate in the Future of Korea 2018 program series with a private dinner and expert panel discussion on Wednesday, September 26 and Thursday, September 27. This program is sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute and WACA.

    The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth will host Music and The Omani Arts Economy Saturday, September 29 as the fifth of eight Councils to feature an Engage America: Oman program. This program is sponsored by the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center and WACA.

    WACA Network Speaker Harry Krejsa on Connecting Point (Video)

    Watch the interview featuring Harry Krejsa (left), of the Center for a New American Security, on Connecting Point, where he swung by prior to speaking with the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts for their Heartland Security annual dinner on September 17. Krejsa recently wrote the report How Global Engagement Once Fueled the American Middle Class - and Can Again. 

  • Monday, September 24, 2018 5:05 PM | Anonymous
    “I have no interest in investing in Bitcoin”; “Bitcoin has not practical use in my life”; “This is a fringe technology that will never replace currency or change geo-politics”.  These, and many other, thoughts may be running through your head as you think about whether or not to attend this year’s Global Business Summit.  Hopefully, this post will help to convince you otherwise.

    Personally, cryptocurrencies seem risky.  How can something with no backing in reality provide a safe store of value? Is this technology ever going to touch my life? Can it really change the way we do business in the world?  The more I research this topic in advance of the Global Business Summit, on Oct 9th, the more convinced I am that the answer is yes.

    Step away from the very real worries about criminal use of this technology and you will see some equally real opportunities, starting with the Blockchain.  For those who do not know, the Blockchain is the technology behind all cryptocurrencies.  For an easy explanation, think of the Blockchain as a Google Spreadsheet.  Everyone can update it in real time and everyone can see what the others are doing.  However, instead of the information being housed on Google’s servers (where the potential for hacking is greater), this information is simultaneously stored on thousands of computers.  This means that a hacker would have to instantaneously hack all of the computers in this distributed network at once to change all the records.   

    “Ok, so it may be a safe store of information, but I still don’t want to put my money into cryptocurrencies.”  That is perfectly fine, and I am right there with you.  However, imagine you are a small business working on a big international deal.  You have the opportunity to make a huge sale that could completely change your business.  However, you don’t know anyone in the country you are going to work in and don’t know who you can trust. Certainly you can go to a bank and get them to manage the international wire transfer.  However, this can be a complex and lengthy process (not ideal when you are waiting on funds to enter your bank account).  Most international wires take 1-5 business days, but for much larger sums it can take longer.  Also, the various banks involved will take about 4-6% of the funds as their fees.  For a small business, that can add up quickly and ruin profit margins.  However, using a trusted cryptocurrency allows for this transaction to take place instantaneously.  Once the distributed spreadsheet is updated, you can use your currency right away, either purchasing other goods or converting it to a fiat currency of your choice. 

    “Maybe it makes sense for business, but it’s still not for me.”  I get it; however, look at how this technology could revolutionize the banking industry, particularly in areas that do not have strong banking systems.  Almost 1.7 billion people in the world do not have access to a bank account or financial institution.  That means that these people are holding their life savings in their homes, where once it is gone, it is gone for good.  Cryptocurrencies can help provide a safe space for people to easily store their money and make payments online.  Imagine going from storing your money underneath your mattress to an online system that allows you to make purchases at your local market without the worry of being robbed on the way there.  If you use online banking to pay your bills, it works in a similar manner, as in both cases physical money is not transferred, simply the ledger is updated.

    “Fine, that may work well in other countries, but I already have a bank account.  How is this ever going to affect me?”  You may well be surprised to know (as I was) that New Hampshire is one of the biggest adopters of cryptocurrencies in the country.  Per capita, we have the highest number of crypto ATMs, and have a variety of respectable companies in the state who accept cryptocurrencies.  When the online retailer started accepting cryptocurrencies in 2014, NH accounted for 19 transactions, making it the largest purchaser on a per capita basis.  This is truly an emerging market here in the state and something that has the potential to touch everyone’s lives in the near future.

    “Well, that is all well and good, but I am still not convinced”.  If this is still your thinking, try this on for size.  These technologies have real and far reaching implications for the global economy and international diplomacy.  There are several countries looking into creating their own cryptocurrency, including China and Venezuela.  The biggest benefit to these countries, as well as others, would be to avoid any international sanctions. Since ownership of the funds is encrypted, sanctions cannot target individuals or corporations who hold money in these systems.  Terrorist organizations can exploit these systems to raise funds to continue their fight against their enemies. Criminal organizations can use this to launder their money and purchase materials for their operations.  How this will be regulated and investigated is the next step in the conversation, which you will have to show up to hear. 

    “Alright, now I am excited! Where do I sign up?”  Great to hear! We are so excited you are excited!  You can visit our website to register  or you can call our office at (603) 314-7970.  Want to try your hand at cryptocurrency? Create a Bitcoin or DASH account and send us your payment through Coinpayments Inc

    Looking forward to seeing you on October 9th!

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

    September 19, 2018

    Weekly World News Update

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

    Quote of the Week

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

    China Trade War Escalates

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

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

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

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

    Pyongyang Summit

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

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

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

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

    73rd UN General Assembly Meeting

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

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

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


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

    Trump-Duda One-on-One

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

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

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

    Upcoming Referendum in Macedonia

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

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

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

    ...And a Referendum in Britain?

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

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

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

    Legal Standoff in Guatemala

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

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

    The Future of Artificial Intelligence

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

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

    September 17, 2018

    The Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest 2018-2019 Competition

    2018 AWQ Championship Team: Plano West Senior High School

    World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

    Announcing Academic WorldQuest Topics

    ·     Country in Focus: Qatar

    ·     How to Deal with North Korea

    ·     Global Refugee and Migration Crisis

    ·     #WeAreNATO – The Alliance at 70

    ·     Great Decisions

    ·     Japan-U.S. Relations

    ·     Space Policy

    ·     World Trade Organization (WTO)

    ·     Bridging Divides to Build Peace

    ·     Current Events

    The Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest 

    National Competition will be held in Washington, DC on

    April 26-27, 2019

    Event Details

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

    Stay tuned for the official

    AWQ 2018-2019 Study Guide 

    and other important updates!

    Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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    Academic WorldQuest Endowment Fund

    Principal Sponsor

    Carlos and Malú Alvarez

    Impetus Foundation

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

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

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

    September 17, 2018

    WACA Weekly

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

    WACA 2018 National Conference: Braving the New World Order

    November 7-9

    The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC

    Register for the WACA 2018 Conference

    Councils: Just One Week to Nominate

    Your Scholarship Student!

    Plus: Ten New Scholarships for DC-based Undergraduates

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

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

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

    Please use this Application Form and send your resume, a statement of interest, and a letter of reference to

    New Speakers on U.S.-China Trade War

    Amy P. Celico


    Albright Stonebridge Group

    Robert D. Atkinson


    Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

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

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

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

    Register now!

    USIP's 2018 #PeaceDayChallenge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Author C.J. Chivers

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

    Listen to August's podcasts!

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

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

    October on tap

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

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

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

    September 14, 2018

    Stratfor Worldview: Fourth-Quarter Forecast

    Read...and then subscribe!

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

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

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

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

    Read the Forecast

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

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

    Your premium digital subscription includes:

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

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

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

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

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

    September 12, 2018

    Weekly World News Update

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

    Quote of the Week

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

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

    17th Anniversary of 9/11

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

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

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

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

    Syrian Offensive in Idlib

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

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

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

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

    Vostok 2018 Exercises Begin

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

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

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

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

    A New Global Economic Crisis

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

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

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

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

    Breakthroughs in India

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

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

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

    Sweden’s Political Deadlock 

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

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

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

    What Are the Chances of “Irexit?”

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

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

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    September 11, 2018

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