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  • Tuesday, February 26, 2019 8:53 AM | Anonymous

    February 25, 2019

    WACA Weekly

    Key Council Programs; Brazil Summer Study Contest; WorldOregon Speaker Series; WorldDenver, WACNH Hiring; WAC Kentucky's Japan-U.S. Program; Great Decisions Teachers Training Institute; Council Highlights and more!

    WACA-Liaison America Scholarship for Brazil Summer Study

    The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to present two opportunities that arise from our relationship with Liaison America, an international education organization connected to five countries and dedicated to working with young people who want to impact lives and make a change in the world.

    The first initiative is a 30-day scholarship opportunity for one (1) university student to live and experience Brazil this summer through immersion in the culture, education, and language! See scholarship details here.

    Also, we present the second opportunity: Following presentations by outstanding Brazilian high school students visiting the U.S. in Liaison America's "Triple L" Program - both at WACA headquarters and to Council leaders who attended the WACA Breakfast at the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting - we will offer a Liaison America webinar for Council leaders and staff on February 28. This webinar will provide information for Councils interested in fee-for-service hosting of similar student groups from Brazil in July 2019 and January 2020. It will include information on program goals, administrative responsibilities, logistics, and funding.

    WorldDenver to Hire New Executive Director

    WorldDenver -- Executive Director

    An innovative, visionary, mission-driven, and results-oriented leader to lead the organization into the future is sought. A keen interest in global affairs and promoting greater international understanding, as well as a deep knowledge of our Denver and Colorado environments, will be desired hallmarks. Apply here.

    Listen to Council of the Month's "Global in the Granite State" Podcast

    The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire broadcasts a monthly podcast titled, "Global in the Granite State," where you will listen to interesting interviews and learn more about how New Hampshire is connected to the world, how the hot topics of the day are playing out, and why international affairs are important to support. 

    Also, WACNH is hiring! A Program Coordinator is sought to help plan, publicize, and implement the nonprofit’s public events to fulfill the organization’s mission of fostering learning, discussion, and citizen involvement in world affairs around the state. Apply here.

    Save the Date: Council Leadership Meeting in KC on June 13-15

    Mark your calendars now! The World Affairs Councils of America will convene its semi-annual Council Leadership and WACA Board Meetings in Kansas City, MO on June 13-15, 2019.

    We are grateful to Matthew Hughes and his team at the International Relations Council for hosting.

    Click on the flyer to the left for meeting details and other special opportunities! The schedule will be updated periodically, and we will announce exclusive hotel accommodations soon.

    Albright Stonebridge Group VPs Available for Speaking Engagements

    In partnership with Albright Stonebridge Group, we're pleased to present the following speakers. Please contact WACA President Bill Clifford if you are interested in scheduling engagements with them. 

    Molly Montgomery

    Vice President, Europe Practice, Albright Stonebridge Group

    Montgomery joined ASG from the White House, where she served as Special Adviser to the Vice President for Europe and Eurasia. She also was Deputy Director of Eastern European Affairs at the State Department. Full bio.

    Sumona Guha

    Vice President, Europe Practice, Albright Stonebridge Group

    Guha served as White House special adviser on Europe and at the State Department as special assistant for Europe. She also served at the U.S. embassies in Paris and Moscow. Full bio.

    John Hughes

    Vice President, Europe Practice, Albright Stonebridge Group

    Hughes was the Deputy Director in the Office of Sanctions Policy and Implementation in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. In this role, Mr. Hughes helped set policy priorities for sanctions regimes around the globe. Full bio.

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019 3:14 PM | Anonymous

    February 20, 2019

    Weekly World News Update

    Trump's Border Emergency; U.S. Congress Rebukes Trump on Yemen; MBS in India; Warsaw Conference; India-Pakistan Heats Up; Taiwan and China; Haiti in Trouble; UN Ambassador Slot

    Quote of the Week

    If we’re serious about the transatlantic partnership, it’s not very easy for me as German Chancellor to read… that the American Department of Commerce apparently considers German and European cars to be a threat to the national security of the United States of America.” 

    -- Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

    Border Security = National Emergency?

    Coalition of States Sues Trump Over National Emergency to Build Border Wall” Amy Goldstein -- Washington Post, February 18, 2019

    Trump Will 'Protect' Emergency Declaration If Congress Disapproves” Matthew Schwartz -- National Public Radio, February 18, 2019

    Trump's Emergency Declaration May Have Laid the Groundwork for His Impeachment” Michael Conway -- NBC News, February 18, 2019

    Why a Wall Alone Can’t Fix the Emergency on the U.S. Border” John Davidson -- The Federalist, February 19, 2019

    "Congress Is Complicit in Trump’s Power Grab" Michael Tanner -- National Review, February 20, 2019

    U.S. Congress Takes Action on Yemen

    Congress Closer to Forcing Trump’s Hand on Saudi Support” Rebecca Kheel -- The Hill, February 19, 2019

    The House Vote to End Support for the War on Yemen Shows How Much Has Changed” James Carden -- The Nation, February 14, 2019

    Yemen Debacle Shows It’s ‘Certainly Time’ for U.S. Congress to Reclaim War Powers” -- Sputnik International, February 15, 2019

    MBS’s Foreign Trip

    Saudi Prince Gets Red Carpet in Asia as Murder Strains U.S. Ties” Ismail Dilawar; Donna Abu-Nasr; Alaa Shahine -- Bloomberg, February 19, 2019

    A Happy Marriage Between God and Budget Deficits” Mohammed Hanif -- New York Times, February 19, 2019

    Middle East Conference in Warsaw

    Warsaw Summit Evokes Shadows of the Past” Jo Harper -- Forbes, February 18, 2019

    Mike Pompeo’s Shambolic Summit in Warsaw” -- The Economist, February 15, 2019

    India-Pakistan Feud Heats Up

    After Pulwama: What Are India’s Retaliation Options?” Joy Mitra -- The Diplomat, February 19, 2019

    Five Indian Officers Killed in Kashmir Days After Worst Militant Attack in Decades” Niha Masih and Joanna Slater -- Washington Post, February 18, 2019

    India Demands Pakistan Take Action and 'Stop Misleading' on Kashmir Attack” Sophia Saifi and Helen Regan -- CNN, February 19, 2019

    Taiwan’s Potential Showdown with China

    The Looming Taiwan Crisis” Richard Haass -- Project Syndicate, February 15, 2019

    Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Says She Will Run for Re-Election in 2020” -- South China Morning Post, February 19, 2019

    Will China Seize Taiwan?” Peter Gries and Tao Wang -- Foreign Affairs, February 15, 2019

    Unrest in Haiti

    "Is Haiti Unraveling?" Georges Fauriol -- CSIS, February 20, 2019

    "Here's What's Fueling Haiti's Violent Street Protests" Jonathon Gatehouse -- CBC News, February 14, 2019

    Slot Opens for UN Ambassador Role

    Trump’s Pick for UN Ambassador Just Withdrew Her Name Over an Immigration Controversy” Jen Kirby -- Vox, February 18, 2019


  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019 8:33 AM | Anonymous

    February 19, 2019

    WACA Weekly

    Key Council Programs; Brazil Summer Study; WACNH, WorldDenver Hiring; WAC Michigan's 69th; WAC Kentucky's Japan-U.S. Program; Albright Stonebridge Speakers Available; Great Decisions Teachers Training Institute; Member Benefits & Council Highlights

    WACA-Liaison America Scholarship for Brazil Summer Study

    The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to present two opportunities that arise from our relationship with Liaison America, an international education organization connected to five countries and dedicated to working with young people who want to impact lives and make a change in the world.

    The first initiative is a 30-day scholarship opportunity for one (1) university student to live and experience Brazil this summer through immersion in the culture, education, and language! See scholarship details here.

    Also, we present the second opportunity: Following presentations by outstanding Brazilian high school students visiting the U.S. in Liaison America's "Triple L" Program - both at WACA headquarters and to Council leaders who attended the WACA Breakfast at the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting - we will offer a Liaison America webinar for Council leaders and staff on February 28. This webinar will provide information for Councils interested in fee-for-service hosting of similar student groups from Brazil in July 2019 and January 2020. It will include information on program goals, administrative responsibilities, logistics, and funding.

    Council of the Month Hosts Finding Refuge Film Series

    The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire will host a three-part film series and discussion: Finding Refuge: The Human Flow. Part one will be shown on Wednesday, February 27. Learn more.

    Also, WACNH is hiring! A Program Coordinator is sought to help plan, publicize, and implement the nonprofit’s public events to fulfill the organization’s mission of fostering learning, discussion, and citizen involvement in world affairs around the state. Apply here.

    WorldDenver to Hire New Executive Director

    WorldDenver -- Executive Director

    An innovative, visionary, mission-driven, and results-oriented leader to lead the organization into the future is sought. A keen interest in global affairs and promoting greater international understanding, as well as a deep knowledge of our Denver and Colorado environments, will be desired hallmarks. Apply here.

    Check Out WACA's Member Council Publication Discounts!

    Featured Benefit: In its 10th year of publication, PRISM is the peer-reviewed quarterly journal of National Defense University. Many of the security challenges we face today are complex in nature, and can only be successfully met by tapping all the elements of national power. PRISM is leading the effort to map the evolving global threat environment offering insight from the defense, diplomatic, development, and intelligence perspectives, and from thought leaders in the policy-making, practitioner, and scholarly communities.

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  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 2:37 PM | Anonymous

    February 13, 2019

    Weekly World News Update

    Border Deal?; 40-Year Iranian Anniversary; Nigerian Election Chaos; Thai King Betrayal; Big Trial in Spain; Engagement with Central Europe; Brexit Struggles; El Chapo Convicted; Invisible Refugees

    Quote of the Week

    We can’t let any unrelated, cynical partisan plays get in the way of finishing the important process of funding the government and securing the border.

    -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeting Wednesday on the potential border deal.

    Border Deal?

    "'Agreement in Principle' Reached to Avoid U.S. Government Shutdown" Al Jazeera, February 11, 2019

    Take the Deal, Mr. President” Henry Olsen -- Washington Post, February 12, 2019

    "Stocks Close at 2019 High on Tentative Deal to Avert Government Shutdown, Trade Optimism" Sue Chang and Chris Matthews -- MarketWatch, February 12, 2019

    Trump's Wall Symbolizes the End of American Optimism” Seth Ferranti -- Vice News, February 11, 2019

    Iran Marks 40 Years Since Revolution

    The Iran Revolution at 40: From Theocracy to ‘Normality’” Thomas Erdbrink -- The New York Times, February 10, 2019

    After 40 Years, Is Iran’s Revolution Unravelling?” Suzanna Maloney -- Lawfare, February 13, 2019

    Militant Iran Taunts U.S. on Revolution's 40th Birthday” Parisa Hafezi -- Reuters, February 11, 2019

    America's Effort to Isolate Iran Will Backfire” Trita Parsi -- National Interest, February 12, 2019

    Nigeria’s Election for Peace 

    Nigeria’s Election: What to Know” John Campbell -- Council on Foreign Relations, February 8, 2019

    "Nigeria’s Candidates Mix Peace Pledge With Election Threats” Cara Anna and Rodney Muhumuza -- Associated Press, February 13, 2019

    "The Old Men Vying to Lead Africa's Youngest Population" Stephanie Busari -- CNN, February 13, 2019

    Has Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari Honored His Promises?” Fidelis Mbah -- Al Jazeera, February 12, 2019

    Thailand’s King Betrays Sister for Election 

    Thailand’s Election Season Gets Even Wilder” Joshua Kurlantzick -- Council on Foreign Relations, February 8, 2019

    Wait - What’s Going on in Thailand? Here’s the Background.” Allen Hicken and Joel Selway -- Washington Post, February 12, 2019

    In Dismissing His Sister's Ambitions, the Thai King Shows Where His Loyalty Is” Peter Hartcher -- The Sydney Morning Herald, February 12, 2019

    Catalan Heads to Big Trial

    Spain’s Trial of Catalan Separatists Is an Alarming Act of State Repression” Carles Puigdemont -- The Guardian, February 12, 2019

    Global Spain vs. Catalan Separatists: The Ultimate PR Battle” Diego Torres -- Politico, February 12, 2019

    Spanish Democracy in the Dock as Trial of Catalan Separatists Starts” Paddy Woodworth -- The Irish Times, February 12, 2019

    U.S.-Central Europe Ties

    Pompeo and Foreign Minister of Poland: A New Solidarity” Jacek Czaputowicz and Michael Pompeo -- CNN, February 12, 2019

    Engaging Hungary Is Good for U.S. Interests and Values” Damon Wilson -- Atlantic Council, February 10, 2019

    Mike Pompeo Must Strengthen Diplomacy with Central Europe” Dalibor Rohac -- The Hill, February 11, 2019

    Brexit’s Struggles Are a Reality 

    The Past 72 Hours of Brexit Ridiculousness, Explained” Jen Kirby -- Vox, February 11, 2019

    Can a Post-Brexit United Kingdom Remain United?” John Roberts -- Atlantic Council, February 8, 2019

    Brexit's 'Project Fear' Has Just Become Reality” Ferdinando Giugliano -- Bloomberg, February 12, 2019

    El Chapo Is Guilty

    El Chapo Found Guilty on All Counts, Faces Life in Prison” Alan Feuer -- The New York Times, February 12, 2019

    Door Slams on Guilty El Chapo After Old Mob Pals Line Up to Squeal” Ed Vulliamy -- The Guardian, February 12, 2019

    The Invisible Refugee Problem 

    The World’s 40 Million Invisible Refugees” Johan Schaar -- IRIN, February 11, 2019

  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 2:46 PM | Anonymous

    February 11, 2019

    WACA Weekly

    Key Council Programs; NYT's Sanger at Council of the Month; Notable Tennessee Op-Ed; Albright Stonebridge Speakers Available; WAC Kentucky's Japan-U.S. Program; Great Decisions Teachers Training Institute; Spring Leadership Meeting in KC; Register for AWQ; plus Council Highlights

    Council of the Month WACNH Hosts David E. Sanger


    The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire will hold its 2019 Global Forum on Sunday, May 19, and its keynote speaker will be David E. Sanger of the New York Times. Mr. Sanger will be speaking to the Council about Cyberwarfare and how countries are waging behind-the-scenes programs to disrupt their enemies and competitors. More details to follow.

    Also, WACNH is hiring! A Program Coordinator is sought to help plan, publicize, and implement the nonprofit’s public events to fulfill the organization’s mission of fostering learning, discussion, and citizen involvement in world affairs around the state. Apply here.

    TNWAC's Ryan Writes: How Can We Turn Back the Doomsday Clock?

    Patrick Ryan, President of the Tennessee World Affairs Council, along with Ploughshares Fund President Joseph Cirincione, co-wrote "The Doomsday Clock is ticking. How can we turn it back," an op-ed appearing in The Tennessean on February 8. Read it here.

    WAC Kentucky to Host WACA-Sasakawa Program on Japan-U.S. Ties

    The World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana will host the WACA-Sasakawa Peace Foundation co-sponsored Engage America program, The U.S.-Japan Alliance Working in Kentucky, on Wednesday, March 6.

    Previous Council host for this program series are: WAC Greater Houston, WorldOregon, and WAC Atlanta. Sasakawa USA is also co-sponsor the Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2019 Academic WorldQuest National Competition. This is the second and final WACA-Sasakawa Engage America: The Alliance Working in America program.

    Albright Stonebridge Group VPs Available for Speaking Engagements

    In partnership with Albright Stonebridge Group, we're pleased to present the following speakers. Please contact WACA President Bill Clifford if you are interested in scheduling engagements with them. 

    Molly Montgomery

    Vice President, Europe Practice, Albright Stonebridge Group

    Montgomery joined ASG from the White House, where she served as Special Adviser to the Vice President for Europe and Eurasia. She also was Deputy Director of Eastern European Affairs at the State Department. Full bio.

    Sumona Guha

    Vice President, Europe Practice, Albright Stonebridge Group

    Guha served as White House special adviser on Europe and at the State Department as special assistant for Europe. She also served at the U.S. embassies in Paris and Moscow. Full bio.

    John Hughes

    Vice President, Europe Practice, Albright Stonebridge Group

    Hughes was the Deputy Director in the Office of Sanctions Policy and Implementation in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. In this role, Mr. Hughes helped set policy priorities for sanctions regimes around the globe. Full bio.

    Listen to Bollyky's Cover to Cover Podcast on Plagues and Health

    The Council on Foreign Relations Thomas J. Bollyky joined WACA last week to discuss his new book, Plagues and the Paradox of Progress: Why the World Is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways. Listen to the podcast here.

    Cover to Cover on tap:

    Join us Thursday, March 21 on WACA's Cover to Cover conference call featuring Ambassador William Burns on his new insider diplomacy book, The Back Channel. Learn more.


  • Wednesday, February 06, 2019 1:33 PM | Anonymous

    February 6, 2019

    Weekly World News Update

    U.S. Downgraded; INF and Troops Withdrawals; Trump and Kim Meet Again; Power Struggle in Venezuela; Elections in El Salvador; Brexit Uncertainty; Pope Francis Makes Big Statements; U.S. Shutdown Global Effects

    Quote of the Week

    Challenges to democracy in the United States have outsized effects beyond American borders. Other nations watch what is happening in the United States and take cues from its leaders’ behavior. The ongoing deterioration of American democracy will accelerate the decline of democracy around the world.

    -- Freedom House President Michael Abramowitz, speaking on Monday in regards to the latest annual edition of Freedom in the World 2019.

    Freedom House Downgrades U.S.

    "Democracy in Retreat: Freedom in the World 2019" Freedom House, February 4, 2019

    Trump Pulls Out of INF

    "The U.S. Is Withdrawing From a Nuclear Arms Treaty With Russia. An Arms Race Might Be Next." Alex Ward -- Vox, February 5, 2019

    "Russia Pulls Out of INF Treaty in ‘Symmetrical’ Response to U.S. Move" Andrew Kramer, New York Times, February 2, 2019

    "European Nuclear Powers Must Intervene in INF Treaty Situation, Expert Says" TASS Russia News Agency, February 1, 2019

    "By Withdrawing From the INF Treaty, Trump Puts America in Grave Danger" Joel Matthis -- The Week, February 4, 2019

    "U.S. Pulling Out of the INF Treaty Rewards Putin, Hurts NATO" Eliot Engel and Adam Smith -- CNN, February 1, 2019

    U.S. Troop Withdrawals Debate

    "Trump Is Stumbling His Way to a Vainglorious Middle East Retreat" David Ignatius -- RealClearPolitics, February 6, 2019

    "'I Was Not Consulted.' Top U.S. General Left Out of Syria Withdrawal Decision" W.J. Hennigan -- Time, February 5, 2019

    "‘Tired’ Taliban Fights on as U.S. Is Desperate to Leave Afghanistan" Bill Roggio -- Long War Journal, February 4, 2019

    "Senate Rebukes Trump Over Troop Withdrawals From Syria and Afghanistan" Catie Edmondson -- New York Times, January 31, 2019

    Trump-Kim Showdown Part II 

    Vietnam, and the Reasons It Might Host Second Trump-Kim Summit” Josh Doyle -- Al Jazeera, February 5, 2019

    Is Kim Jong un Really Ready to Make a Deal?” Eric Talmadge -- The Associated Press, February 6, 2019

    Japan's Stakes in Trump-Kim Talks” Mercy Kuo -- The Japan Times, February 5, 2019

    Are Sanctions Against North Korea Working? The Trump-Kim Summit May Depend on It” Victoria Kim -- Los Angeles Times, February 3, 2019

    Venezuela’s Power Struggle 

    Venezuela and Great Power Competition” Frederick Kempe -- Atlantic Council, February 2, 2019

    Recognizing Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s Leader Isn’t a Coup. It’s an Embrace of Democracy” Irwin Cotler and Brandon Silver -- Foreign Policy, February 6, 2019

    Hope Rises in Venezuela’s Hunger-Driven Political Crisis” Magnus Boding Hansen -- IRIN, February 4, 2019

    Mexico’s New Neutrality in the Venezuela Crisis” Falko Ernst -- International Crisis Group, February 1, 2019

    Will El Salvador’s New President Help? 

    Can El Salvador’s New President Fix What’s Driving Citizens Out?” Anna-Catherine Brigida -- Foreign Policy, February 4, 2019

    El Salvador Elects New President, Breaking Decades-Long Control by Two Parties” Sasha Ingber -- NPR, February 4, 2019

    Brexit Uncertainty

    What Would a No-Deal Brexit Look Like?” Andrew Chatzky -- Council on Foreign Relations, January 31, 2019

    UK Access to Future European Defence-Research Funds: Another Brexit Uncertainty?” Lucie Béraud-Sudreau -- International Institute for Strategic Studies, January 31, 2019

    Brexit News: UK Economy at Risk of Going Into Reverse After Leaving European Union, Analysts Warn” Jonathan Prynn and Nicholas Cecil -- Evening Standard, February 5, 2019

    Pope Francis Makes Waves

    "The Significance of Pope Francis' UAE Visit Is Impossible to Exaggerate (Nobel Committee, Take Note)" Johnnie Moore -- Fox News, February 5, 2019

    "Pope Francis Confirms Catholic Clergy Members Abused Nuns" Max Rosenthal and Michelle Boorstein -- Washington Post, February 5, 2019

    "Pope Francis: Mediation in Venezuela Requires Willingness of Both Sides" Catholic News Agency, February 5, 2019

    U.S. Shutdown Hurt More Than Just Americans 

    What Effect Did the U.S. Shutdown Have on Foreign Aid?” Samuel Oakford -- IRIN, January 31, 2019

  • Tuesday, February 05, 2019 8:36 AM | Anonymous

    February 4, 2019

    February Newsletter

    President's Letter; Council of the Month; Wednesday's Cover to Cover; Major Council Events; Great Decisions Teachers Training Institute; Register for AWQ; Save the Dates for Spring Leadership Meeting; WorldOregon Happy Hour Podcast; Councils in the News

    President's Letter

    Dear Council Leaders, Supporters, and Friends:

    Foreign affairs hit closer to home more often than we think. And while our mental maps are expanding to allow for more serious examination of events at and near our southern border, it seems to me that the sheer number of World Affairs Council programs that focus on great powers and economies of Europe and Asia, or on the tribulations in the Middle East, significantly outnumber those having to do with the Western Hemisphere. Meanwhile, Alaska brings us greater awareness of the Arctic, while the other pole tends to be forgotten.

    Let’s try to change that. First, events in Venezuela rightfully demand our attention. Fifteen member states of the EU today joined earlier recognition by the U.S., Canada, and several Latin American nations of opposition chief Juan Guaidó as interim leader.

    Guaidó, the leader of the democratically elected national assembly, and President Nicolas Maduro both headed rival massive street protests in Caracas on Saturday. The stakes are high for Venezuelans, who have seen their once prosperous country descend into chaos, corruption, and poverty under Maduro, the socialist successor to Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013.

    While international diplomatic pressure and more stringent U.S. sanctions targeting the oil sector may squeeze the Maduro regime, they could also harm the people fighting it and fleeing from it. President Trump has not ruled out a “military option.” The geopolitical stakes are high, too, as Maduro has drawn support from Russia, China, and Turkey – portending much for great power rivalries and authoritarian challenges to democracy.

    As for what happens in Antarctica, it certainly won’t stay in Antarctica. The enormous cavity detected by scientists beneath the continent’s Thwaites Glacier will impact sea levels globally. Understanding the science, the impact of growing tourism, the nature of increasing Chinese interest, and the sustainability of marine resources are all worthy topics for Councils to cover. 

    Best wishes,

    Bill Clifford, WACA President and CEO 

    WAC New Hampshire Is WACA's Council of the Month

    Congratulations to Tim Horgan, Executive Director of WAC NH, for his excellent leadership in chairing last month's Global Ties U.S. National Meeting, "The Exchange Effect." “It was a wonderful experience chairing the Global Ties National Meeting for 2019. It's always so great to get everyone, including many of our WACA friends, together for learning, sharing, and fun," said Horgan.

    Stay tuned for news about World Affairs Councils of New Hampshire - including their speaker series (like the The Future Without Nuclear Weapons on Feb. 6 with Dr. Lisbeth Gronlund) and film series (Finding Refuge: A Three-Part Film Series, beginning Feb. 27) - in a special Council of the Month block each week in February!

    Wednesday, Feb. 6: Cover to Cover with Bollyky on Plagues and Health

    Register Now

    Register now for WACA's Cover to Cover conference call on Wednesday, February 6, at 2:00-2:30 pm ET, featuring Thomas J. Bollyky, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development, Director of the Global Health Program, Council on Foreign Relations, on his new book, Plagues and the Paradox of Progress: Why the World Is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways.

    Plagues and parasites have played a central role in world affairs, shaping the evolution of the modern state, the growth of cities, and the disparate fortunes of national economies. This book tells that story, but it is not about the resurgence of pestilence. It is the story of its decline. Bollyky interweaves a historical narrative about the rise and fall of plagues in human societies with contemporary case studies of the consequences. Whether the peril or promise of that progress prevails, Bollyky explains, depends on what we do next.

    Read more by Bollyky in Foreign Affairs and Financial Times.

    Participate in the Great Decisions Teachers Institute


    The Foreign Policy Association's 15th annual Great Decisions Teachers Institute for high school educators affiliated with World Affairs Councils will take place June 24 through June 28 in New York City.

    Topics will include Global Migration, Nuclear Negotiations, and Trade with China. For the full list of topics and more information, please visit the Institute's webpage.

    To apply for the Great Decisions Teachers Institute, you must complete a questionnaire, which can be accessed by clicking here. High school educators nationwide are invited to apply by March 29. All applicants will be notified by April 12.

    If you have any questions in regards to the application or the Great Decisions Teachers Institute, please email teachers@fpa.org, or call the Foreign Policy Association at 212-481-8100 x 249.


  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019 8:07 AM | Anonymous
    January 28, 2019

    WACA Weekly

    Top Council Programs; Brazilian Student Power; Wunderbar Together Grant; Spring Leadership Meeting in KC; New Council Exec in El Paso; Global I.Q. Minute; AWQ News; plus Council Highlights

    Brazilian Students Wow WACA at Global Ties U.S. National Meeting

     

     

    The World Affairs Councils of America congratulates Global Ties U.S. on a very successful National Meeting in Washington, DC last week.


    About 50 people, including leaders and staff from more than 20 Councils, attended the breakfast hosted by WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford. Three precocious Brazilian high school students participating in Liaison America's "Triple L" exchange program in the U.S. delighted attendees with their fabulous presentations. Thanks to Liaison America, WACA will soon announce a scholarship opportunity for a 30-day study program in Brazil.

    Bill also presented at the "Managing Crises on ILVP Missions" panel, sharing his experience at the helm of WorldBoston during the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

    Engage America: What Today's Germany Means for the United States

    Wunderbar Together WACA Grant Announcement

    Applications Due by February 5

     

     

    The World Affairs Councils of America is excited and proud to be among the 200+ partner organizations selected to participate in Wunderbar Together: The Year of German-American Friendship (Deutschlandjahr USA 2018/19).

    WACA officially commenced our project at the 2018 National Conference in November, with a keynote address and panel featuring German Deputy Foreign Minister Andreas Michaelis and a Leadership Day presentation by Christoph Muecher, Director of Deutschlandjahr USA at the Goethe-Institut Washington.

    We invite applications from World Affairs Councils to participate in WACA’s Wunderbar Together grant-funded series, “Engage America: What Today’s Germany Means for the United States.” As many as 18 Councils will be selected to participate.

    Partnering with the American Council on Germany in New York, as well as the Goethe-Institut and German Embassy in DC, WACA will arrange for decision makers, policy experts, and opinion leaders to discuss with Council audiences across the country some of the most pressing issues facing Germany, the U.S., and the transatlantic relationship.

    Click here for grant details and how to apply.

    Academic WorldQuest Team Rules Update

    After feedback and discussions with Councils, beginning this 2018-2019 Academic WorldQuest season, WACA will allow composite teams to compete in the National Competition in April 2019. Up to two high schools or affiliations may make up each Council's team. Each team of four must be composed of enrolled students in a local high school or equivalent certificate program in the Council's region.

    This new policy will be on a trial basis for one year, after which WACA will elicit feedback and reevaluate on whether to continue the initiative in future years.

    Council Highlights

    Wednesday 1/30

    WorldBoston hosts Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow at Belfer Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, for “Chat and Chowder – Israeli National Security.” Details

    Global Minnesota hosts Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director at Fresh Energy, for “Minnesota Responds to Climate Change: A Report from COP24.” Details

    World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Attorney Michael Pullara, for “The Spy Who Was Left Behind.” Details

    Alabama World Affairs Council hosts “Great Decisions 2019 Seminar Series, The Middle East: Regional Disorder.” Details

    Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts Todd Greentree, for “The Middle East: Regional Disorder.” Details

    World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Joel Simon, Executive Director at the Committee to Protect Journalists, for “We Want to Negotiate.” Details

    World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts a panel of experts, for “NAFTA 2.0: The Future of Cross-border Trade and the Impact on Operations. Details

    Thursday 1/31

    Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Fran Ulmer, chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, for “After the Arctic Ice Melts.” Details

    International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts a panel of experts for “Mega-regions and the Future of Transportation.” Details

    World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Mayor Joe Chow for “Meridian: Chinese New Year Social.” Details

    World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Zach Vertin, author and former diplomat, for “The Making and Unmaking of South Sudan.” Details

    Peoria Area World Affairs Council hosts John Shaw, Director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, for “The Leadership Crisis in Illinois, America, and the World.” Details

    Friday 2/1

    WorldDenver hosts Soner Cagaptay, Beyer Family Fellow and Director of the Turkish Research Program at the Washington Institute, for “Erdogan and the Crisis of Modern Turkey.” Details

  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019 12:08 PM | Anonymous

    January 16, 2019

    Weekly World News Update

    Brexit Frenzy; Increasing Shutdown Costs; Yellow Vests Protests; Afghanistan Talks; Drama in DRC Elections; Hague Acquittal; Second U.S.-North Korea Summit

    Quote of the Week

    Brexit and the border wall are driven by the same impulse. Both reflect the island nation approach to the world, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we could just cut ourselves off from everybody else?’”

    -- Senior Fellow Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution quoted in a New York Times article on Saturday.

    Brexit Showdown Reaches Last-Minute Frenzy

    As Brexit Deal Goes Down in Flames, Exasperated Europe Wonders What the Britons Want” Michael Birnbaum -- Washington Post, January 16, 2019

    "A Very British Thrashing" Owen Matthews -- Foreign Policy, January 15, 2019

    "Theresa May Loses Big Over Her Brexit Deal" The Economist, January 15, 2019

    A No-Deal Brexit? Leaders Are Alarmed; Voters, Not So Much” Ellen Barry -- New York Times, January 14, 2019

    Brexit Is a Nightmare for Currency Traders” Ivana Kottasova -- CNN, January 15, 2019

    Government Shutdown Costs Rise

    "U.S. Government Shutdown Could Have Global Impact, Academic Says" -- CNBC, January 14, 2019

    The Economic Cost of the Shutdown Will Soon Be the Cost of the Wall” Emily Stewart -- Vox, January 14, 2019

    "In Two Weeks the Costs of the Shutdown Will Surpass the Cost of Trump's Wall" Emily Price -- Fortune, January 11, 2019

    "Shutdown’s Economic Damage Starts to Pile Up, Threatening an End to Growth" Jim Tankersley --New York Times, January 15, 2019

    Government Shutdown 2019: Five Ways It's Costing You Money” Bill Theobald -- USA Today, January 15, 2019

    Can Macron Tame the Yellow Vests?

    "The Yellow Vests Are at the Vanguard of a Politically Incorrect Uprising" Gavin Mortimer -- The Spectator, January 14, 2019

    The Old Regime and the Yellow Revolution” Robert Zaretsky -- Foreign Policy, January 15, 2019

    Macron And French Centrists Don’t Have Answers As “Yellow Vest” Protests Head For 10th Week” Joe Penney -- The Intercept, January 15, 2019

    Macron and the Fall of France” Doug Petrikat -- American Thinker, January 16, 2019

    Talks in Afghanistan 

    Agonizing Over Afghanistan” Richard Haass -- Project Syndicate, January 14, 2019

    Why the Afghan Taliban Are Ready to Talk” Umair Jamal -- The Diplomat, January 15, 2019

    Afghan Taliban Mounts Fresh Attacks Amid Ongoing Peace Talks” Eltaf Najafizada -- Bloomberg, January 13, 2019

    Congo Election Drama

    Election Drama Builds in DRC” Anita Powell -- Voice of America, January 14, 2019

    Regional Blocs Call for Vote Recount as Crisis Rolls On” Charlie Mitchell -- The National, January 14, 2019

    Kabila Is Finally Departing, But Congo’s Future Is as Uncertain as Ever” Robbie Corey-Boulet -- World Politics Review, January 11, 2019

    The Hague Acquits in Controversial Decision

    Ivory Coast Ex-President Gbagbo Acquitted at ICC Court in The Hague” BBC News, January 15, 2019

    Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo, the Strongman Who Refused to Let Go” Benjamin Dodman -- France 24, January 15, 2019

    Second U.S.-North Korea Summit Imminent?

    NK Officials Book Flight to Washington” Choi He-suk -- Korea Herald, January 16, 2019


  • Monday, January 14, 2019 4:35 PM | Anonymous

    January 14, 2019

    WACA Weekly

    January's Cover to Cover; Major Council Events; WACA's Global Ties Breakfast; Conference Speakers of Note; Global IQ Minute; AWQ Rule Update; Travel with WAC Philadelphia; plus Council Highlights

    REGISTER NOW: Cover to Cover Author Call with Fukuyama - Jan. 24

    Register here

    Scholar and New York Times bestselling author Francis Fukuyama offers a provocative examination of modern identity politics: its origins, its effects, and what it means for our democracy and international affairs of state.

    Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment is an urgent and necessary book—a sharp warning that unless we forge a universal understanding of human dignity, we will doom ourselves to continuing conflict.

    Francis Fukuyama (full bio) is Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Mossbacher Director of its Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

    Join our Cover to Cover conference call with on Thursday, January 24, at 2:00-2:30 pm ET.

    Save the Dates!

    Kansas City

    Mark your calendars now! The World Affairs Councils of America will convene its semi-annual Council Leadership and WACA Board Meetings in Kansas City, MO on June 13-15, 2019. We are grateful to Matthew Hughes and his team at the International Relations Council for hosting.

    The WACA National Conference will return to The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC on November 6-8, 2019.

    Buy discounted tickets when you renew annual Council Dues, coming soon!

    Jim Falk Reminisces on Global IQ Minute's 100th Episode

    Listen in as World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth President and CEO Jim Falk looks back at some of their favorite moments, guests, interviews, and behind-the-scenes fun on Global IQ Minute.

    Academic WorldQuest Team Rules Update

    After feedback and discussions with Councils, beginning this 2018-2019 Academic WorldQuest season, WACA will allow composite teams to compete in the National Competition in April 2019. Up to two high schools or affiliations may make up each Council's team. Each team of four must be composed of enrolled students in a local high school or equivalent certificate program in the Council's region.

    This new policy will be on a trial basis for one year, after which WACA will elicit feedback and reevaluate on whether to continue the initiative in future years.

    This year's AWQ Study Guide is now available, along with more information about the Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition, to be held Saturday, April 27, 2019.

    WACA has secured a group hotel block at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Reserve your room today!

    Interested in hosting your first Academic WorldQuest? We can advise you on best practices! Click here to read the AWQ Operations Paper and more or contact Drew Lorelli at the WACA office at 202-833-4557.

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