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  • 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.

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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.

  • Wednesday, January 09, 2019 12:38 PM | Anonymous

    January 9, 2019

    Weekly World News Update

    Trump Border Speech; U.S.-China Trade Talks; Kim Travels to China; The Race to Space; Pompeo Reassures in the Middle East; Latin American Politics; World Bank Resignation; EU Diplomatic Shift and the Euro 20 Years On

    Quotes of the Week

    All human beings long for a better and more prosperous life, and the challenge of migration cannot be met with a mindset of violence and indifference, nor by offering merely partial solutions.

    -- Pope Francis, in an hour-long speech to diplomats at the Holy See on Monday.

    It is obvious there is no security crisis at our southern border justifying a wall or the government shutdown. There is, however, a looming near-term crisis resulting from the shutdown—and a more distant crisis stemming from the failure to enact a comprehensive immigration policy.

    -- CFR President Richard Haass in a tweet on Monday.

    Whipping Up the Border Crisis

    The Crisis at the Border” Editorial Board -- National Review, January 8, 2019

    Trump Declares Border Crisis, Democrats Say He Has "Chosen Fear"” CBS News, January 9, 2019

    Trump's Border Wall Speech Blamed Democrats for the Shutdown. Polls Show Americans Blame Him” Natasha Bach -- Fortune, January 9, 2019

    "Letter from National Governors Association Leadership Calling for Swift Resolution to Government Shutdown" National Governors Association, January 7, 2019

    "Which Side of the Wall of Decency Are You On?" Richard Cohen -- Real Clear Politics, January 8, 2019

    U.S.-China Trade Talks Resume

    Let the U.S. and China Trade Punches, Then Let the Dust Settle” Christine Loh -- South China Morning Post, January 9, 2019

    Seven Issues to Decide Success of U.S.-China Trade Talks” Miao Han; Yuan Gao; Shuping Niu -- Bloomberg, January 6, 2019

    "Why Haven't U.S. Exports of Manufactures Kept Pace With China's Growth?" Brad Setser -- Council on Foreign Relations, January 8, 2019

    U.S.-China Trade Talks End. Now High-Level Talks Can Begin.” Keith Bradsher -- New York Times, January 9, 2019

    Kim Jong Un’s China Trip

    Kim Jong Un's China Visit Shows Trump He's 'Not the Only Game in Town'” Alexander Smith -- NBC News, January 9, 2019

    "In Visiting China, Kim Jong Un Makes Good on New Year’s Speech" Jung Pak -- Lawfare Blog, January 9, 2019

    "Stakes Grow for Possible Trump-Kim Summit" Kelsey Davenport -- Arms Control Association, January/February Issue

    Kim Jong Un Leaves Beijing After Brief Visit” Voice of America, January 9, 2019

    The New Space Race

    Fly Me to the Moon” James Lewis -- CSIS, January 3, 2019

    "Will China’s Moon Landing Launch a New Space Race?" Wendy Cobb -- The Conversation, January 4, 2019

    Astronaut: What China's Moon Landing Means for U.S.” Leroy Chiao -- CNN, January 8, 2019

    "Why China Is the Country to Watch in Space" Nicole Mortillaro -- CBC News, January 8, 2019

    Pompeo’s Placation Tour

    Amid Confusion Over Syria Withdrawal, Pompeo Heads to Middle East to Reassure U.S. Partners” Conor Finnegan -- ABC News, January 7, 2019

    Erdogan'sTurkey Is NoAmerican Ally” Michael Rubin -- National Interest, January 8, 2019

    "The Strategy Washington Is Pursuing in the Middle East Is the Only Strategy Worth Pursuing" Michael Doran -- Mosaic Magazine, January 7, 2019

    "History Proves Syria's Strategic Importance Should Not Be Underestimated" Michael Young -- The National, January 9, 2019

    "The Gulf Scramble for Africa: GCC States’ Foreign Policy Laboratory" Will Todman -- CSIS


  • Tuesday, January 08, 2019 2:04 PM | Anonymous

    January 8, 2019

    January Newsletter

    President's Letter; Major Council Events; January Cover to Cover; Global Ties U.S. National Meeting; Conference Speakers in the News & WACA Videos Online; AWQ Update; Councils of the Month and Councils in the News

    President's Letter

    Dear Council Leaders, Supporters, and Friends:

    “I alone can fix it” (Trump) and “The buck stops here” (Truman) are two distinct approaches to presidential responsibility and leadership – and the difference has nothing to do with partisanship.

    President Trump last month embraced some buck-stopping – at least initially – when he told Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before TV cameras in the Oval Office: “I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck….I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it.”

    Tonight, 18 days into the partial (but punishing) government shutdown, Trump will deliver a defining televised address from that same office to make the case for his border wall to the nation. Some argue that news networks should not broadcast the speech. I believe that they should do so, and provide fair time for a Democratic response.

    It is up to citizens to arm themselves with facts, a critical responsibility on which a healthy democracy rests, and one which has become immeasurably difficult in recent years. I heard this point underscored repeatedly at the Santa Fe Council on International Relations’ excellent Journalism Under Fire conference last month.

    The Washington Post’s Daily 202 newsletter reports that the paper’s Fact-Checker Team has “documented 7,645 false or misleading claims made by Trump since taking office. Of those, 1,130 were about immigration. Claims about foreign policy and trade tied for second, with 822 claims, followed by claims about the economy (768).”

    It is up to World Affairs Councils to engage the public in discussions grounded in facts on all these issues. Below, we highlight the network’s convening power, including controversial figures, that allow the people in communities we serve to increase their knowledge, test ideas, and make sound decisions. Our work has never been more relevant and vital.

    Because your calendars fill quickly, I want to highlight several key dates:

    ·     Jan. 24 – WACA’s monthly Cover to Cover conference call series with prominent authors begins its sixth year with Francis Fukuyama on Identity

    ·     Jan. 24 – WACA breakfast at the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting

    ·     April 26-27 – The Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition in Washington, DC

    ·     June 13-15 – Semi-Annual Council Leadership Meeting and WACA Board Meeting hosted by International Relations Council in Kansas City, MO

    ·     Nov. 6-8 - WACA 2019 National Conference at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC

    And, again, don’t forget to watch tonight’s important broadcast at 9:00 pm ET. What happens at our southern border has repercussions everywhere.

    Best wishes for the new year,

    Bill Clifford, WACA President and CEO 

    Fukuyama To Discuss Identity Politics on January's Cover to Cover

    Register Now

    Demand for recognition of one’s identity is a master concept that unifies much of what is going on in world politics today. The universal recognition on which liberal democracy is based has been increasingly challenged by narrower forms of recognition based on nation, religion, sect, race, ethnicity, or gender, which have resulted in anti-immigrant populism, the upsurge of politicized Islam, the fractious “identity liberalism” of college campuses, and the emergence of white nationalism. The demand for identity cannot be transcended; we must begin to shape identity in a way that supports rather than undermines democracy.

    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. 

    Join our Cover to Cover conference call with Francis Fukuyama 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!

    Academic WorldQuest Team Rules Update

    After feedback and discussions with Councils that are seeking to expand their Academic WorldQuest program locally, WACA has agreed to allow the participation of composite teams in 2018-2019 local and national AWQ competitions. Students from two high schools or affiliations can combine to compete in an effort to reach new schools. Should such a team of four students win at the local Council's AWQ competition, it will be eligible to participate at WACA's AWQ National Competition in April 2019.

    This new policy in effect with the current year on a trial basis, after which WACA will elicit further feedback and evaluate the initiative.

    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 HotelReserve 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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