• Monday, July 30, 2018 9:35 AM | Anonymous

    July 18, 2018

    WACA 2018 Leadership Mission to Qatar

    October 12-19

    Applications Due by August 24

    The World Affairs Councils of America is delighted to announce that the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Washington, DC will sponsor a WACA Leadership Mission to Qatar, this October.

    Note: Flights will depart from United States airports on Friday, October 12, and arrive in Doha on Saturday, October 13. Return flights will depart Qatar on Friday, October 19.

    This WACA Leadership Mission will be comprised of a Qatar Embassy representative, WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford, and a minimum of 10 delegates from the Council network. With this announcement, we welcome applications including a statement of interest in participating in this unique travel opportunity. 

    WACA Leadership Mission Details

    For more than 20 years, the WACA National Office has arranged in-depth fact-finding trips as a benefit to Council leaders, stakeholders, and members, as well as WACA partners. Through Leadership Missions and Study Tours, WACA has given groups of professionals the opportunity to engage in dialogue with top government officials, business leaders, journalists, and other experts to gain a better understanding of the political, national security, economic, social, and cultural landscape of the host country.

    With a focus also on key issues shaping bilateral relations with the United States, this WACA Leadership Mission will allow participants to use their firsthand knowledge of Qatar to design and present Council programs, events, and activities that foster genuine grassroots understanding of and international engagement with Qatar in their local communities.

    Itineraries and professional meetings are organized by the Embassy of Qatar. Arrangements will be made for the WACA delegation to interact with senior leadership in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to further enhance delegates' understanding of Qatar. 

    Eligibility

    This Leadership Mission is open to Council CEOs, Board directors and other key supporters of local Councils and the WACA network, and affiliate members based in DC. Applicants should be actively involved in Council operations and activities, and must be supported by their Councils.

    Leadership Missions involve multiple professional meetings, cultural activities, and extensive walking each day. It is a stimulating and demanding experience, even if one is immune to jet lag. For these reasons, delegates should be in excellent physical condition. 

    Expectations

    Delegates representing the World Affairs Councils of America are citizen diplomats in every sense of the phrase. Those selected will receive a welcome packet that includes local customs that should be observed. Participation in all aspects of the itinerary is essential, except in the case of unexpected illness.

    Before Departure

    Briefing materials will be provided to delegates in advance of the trip; however, participants should also be proactive in learning about Qatar’s history, social mores, and current issues in domestic politics and foreign relations.

    During the Trip

    Delegates should be prepared for a full schedule in Qatar from October 13-19. (Note: Qatar Airways flights will depart the U.S. on October 12 and arrive in Doha on October 13. Arriving later than October 13 and returning earlier than October 19 are not options. Delegates are required to attend all meetings and site visits. Delegates are not required to present gifts to their meeting interlocutors, but those who wish to may do so, as appropriate (the subject of gifts will be covered in more detail ahead of the trip). 

    Upon Return

    Participants are expected to contribute in two ways after this Leadership Mission:

    a)      Based on the assignments to report on specific meetings of interest to delegates, individual reports will be compiled and published as a WACA Leadership Mission Report. This will be distributed to all Councils in the WACA network, as well as to the trip hosts, and be uploaded to the WACA website.

    b)     Councils represented by delegates are required to host at least one program on Qatar or U.S.-Qatar relations within 3-6 months of the trip. The program should include a large public forum plus a roundtable, and the public event should strive for media coverage (op-ed and feature articles, broadcast interviews, etc.). Councils should report such program activities and outreach to the WACA National Office.

    Expenses

    The generous sponsorship of the Embassy of Qatar will cover international airfare and in-country expenses for the delegation, including hotel accommodation, most meals, and local transportation.

    An administrative fee of $2000, made payable to the World Affairs Councils of America, is required from each selected participant.

    Delegates are responsible for making any travel insurance arrangements at their discretion. Delegates are also responsible for any souvenirs and incidentals.

    Selection Process

    Applicants are asked to submit the following to the WACA National Office by email to lbrailsford@worldaffairscouncils.org by the close of business on Monday, August 24, 2018:

    ·     Application Form (Download Here) and Release of Liability Form (Download Here

    ·     A color copy of the photo page of your passport

    ·     A letter of reference from your local Council CEO. If you are a Council CEO, please submit a letter of reference from the Chair of your Board of Directors

    Delegates will be selected based on their demonstrated involvement with their local Councils and WACA, as well as their commitment to public engagement following the WACA Leadership Mission. 

  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018 3:13 PM | Anonymous

    July 25, 2018

    Weekly World News Update

    Iran Twitter War; NATO Summit Reverberates; Pakistan Goes to the Polls; Fixes Come to Ease Trade War Consequences; President Xi Jinping Tours Africa

    Quote of the Week

    "COLOR US UNIMPRESSED: The world heard even harsher bluster a few months ago. And Iranians have heard them —albeit more civilized ones—for 40 yrs. We’ve been around for millennia & seen fall of empires, incl our own, which lasted more than the life of some countries. BE CAUTIOUS!"

    -- Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's Foreign Ministerin a tweet on Monday.

    Iran Twitter War

    Trump’s Angry Iran Tweet” Ashish Kumar Sen -- Atlantic Council, July 23, 2018.

    Does the United States Have a Strategy to Contain Iran in the Middle East? Michael Young --Carnegie Middle East Center, July 19, 2018.

    On Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from the Iran Deal Nader Granmayeh -- Foreign Policy Association, July 24, 2018.

    Will Trump Pull a North Korea on Iran?” Nahal Toosi -- Politico, July 23, 2018

    NATO Summit Reverberates

    Why NATO Matters Matthew Continetti -- National Review, July 21, 2018

    "The NATO We Have and the NATO We Seek" Diana Ohlbaum -- Lobe Log, July 25, 2018

    What If NATO Really IS Obsolete? George Paik -- Foreign Policy Association, July 23, 2018.

    Pakistan Goes to the Polls

    Will Pakistan Elections Mark a Turnaround?” Farhan Bokhari -- Gulf News, July 24, 2018

    Charges of Rigging, Intimidation Mar Pakistan Campaign Kathy Gannon -- Chicago Tribune, July 24, 2018

    The Dirty Politics of Pakistan's Censored Democracy Xari Jalil -- The Wire, July 24, 2018

    Pakistan Election Raises Fears of 'Creeping Coup' M Ilyas Khan -- BBC, July 23, 2018

    "Is Imran Khan the Pakistani Military's 'Favorite Son'?" Michael Kugelman -- Al Jazeera, July 23, 2018

    Fixes Come to Ease Trade War Consequences

    To Ease Pain of Trump’s Trade War: $12 Billon in Aid for Farmers Julie Hirschfield Davis and Ana Swanson -- New York Times, July 24, 2018

    Trade in Services Agreement: A Way Out of the Trade War? Barbara C. Matthews and Earl Anthony Wayne -- Atlantic Council, July 23, 2018

    Xi Jinping, Trade War and the Curse of the Strong Leader Kerry Brown -- Chatham House,

    July 24, 2018

    Will Trump-Juncker Meeting Defuse a Trade War?” David Wemer -- Atlantic Council, July 24, 2018

    President Xi Jinping Tours Africa

    Xi Jinping Is Visiting Africa This Week. Here’s Why China Is Such a Popular Development Partner.” Deborah Bräutigam -- The Washington Post, July 24, 2018

    Rwanda Hosts Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian PM Narendra Modi Bukola Adebayo and Stephanie Busari -- CNN, July 23, 2018

    China's Latest Trade Partner in Africa Could Help It Export to the US Justina Crabtree – CNBC, July 23, 2018


  • Tuesday, July 24, 2018 11:15 AM | Anonymous

                                                                  July 23, 2018

    WACA Weekly

    This Week: New Conference Think Tank; Early Bird Registration Special; Job Openings; and Council Highlights


    WACA 2018 National Conference: Braving the New World Order

    November 7-9

    The Mayflower Hotel

    Washington, DC

    Register now!

    July Promotion: Table of Eight

    We are pleased to offer Councils an even better deal than our Early Bird discounts on individual Conference tickets!

    For those WACs that purchase a Table of Eight for $4,000, WACA will provide a free registration for a 9th guest. In addition, you will receive preferred table seating at the keynote dinner, Ambassadors Luncheon, and closing keynote luncheon, as well as one complimentary 1918 Society Membership.

    New Think Tank Off-site

    We are excited to announce that The McCain Institute will offer an exclusive briefing to a WACA cohort for the first time at the National Conference. Executive Director Kurt Volker, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and presently the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine, will lead the briefing.

    Other think tank partners include:

    Center for American Progress (CAP), New this year!

    American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

    Center for a New American Security (CNAS)

    USIP: A Year in the Life of a Peace Teacher

    At a time when violent international conflict and the threat of extremism loom large, four high school teachers in Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, and Florida have spent the last year taking part in a U.S. Institute of Peace program to help their students gain the knowledge, skills, and perspectives they need to work toward a more peaceful world.

    USIP's President and CEO Nancy Lindborg mentioned her recent visit to the World Affairs Council of Charlotte in her opening remarks to the "Year in the Life of a Peace Teacher" symposium.

    Listen to the podcast here and join the conversation at #USIPPeaceTeachers.

    After 21 Years of Leadership, Carol Engebretson Byrne Will Step Down From Her Role as Global Minnesota President

    Under Byrne’s leadership, Global Minnesota has created groundbreaking programs on important international topics, engaging tens of thousands in Minnesota to know more about the world. The organization has financially grown by more than 300 percent and has experienced transformational change with Byrne at the helm. Byrne gives credit for the early growth of Global Minnesota under her leadership in the late 1990s to others in the WACA network who served as mentors. Byrne said she particularly appreciates former WACA head Jerry Leach's mentorship.

    “I am privileged to have served as a steward of the worthy mission of this amazing organization that makes such a positive difference in our community and world,” Byrne said.

    The Global Minnesota Board of Directors has engaged Ballinger|Leafblad, an executive search firm with extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, to conduct a national search. More details will be available soon on the Global Minnesota website.

    Read more

    SDWAC's Schlosser Speaks with San Diego Union-Tribune

    We are pleased to share the San Diego Union-Tribune’s July 14 “One-on-One” Q&A with San Diego World Affairs Council President John Schlosser. SDWAC's next event, this Thursday, will focus on U.S. trade policy,featuring Dr. Peter Cowhey, Dean of UCSD's School of Global Policy and Strategy.

    See below for more Council program highlights!

    Read more


    Listen here

  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018 12:08 PM | Anonymous

    July 18, 2018

    Weekly World News Update

    Presidents Trump and Putin Meet in Helsinki; The Messy Brexit; Trade War Sparks New Alliances; Pakistan Prepares to Vote; Crisis in Nicaragua Continues

    Quote of the Week

    “President Trump must clarify his statements in Helsinki on our intelligence system and Putin. It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected - immediately.” 

    -- New Gingrich, former Republican Speaker of the House, in a tweet on Monday.

    Presidents Trump and Putin Meet in Helsinki

    "Standing Up for Democracy" Richard Fontaine and Daniel Twining -- Foreign Affairs, July 18, 2018

    Trump’s Helsinki Discord” Rich Lowry -- National Review, July 17, 2018

    "This Is the Moment of Truth for Republicans" James Fallows -- The Atlantic, July 16, 2018

    A Bad Summit” Daniel Fried -- Atlantic Council, July 16, 2018

    U.S.-Russia Relations Are Stuck on Repeat” Nikolas K. Gvosdev -- The National Interest, July 16, 2018

    The Oil Context of the Trump-Putin Meeting” Amy Myers Jaffe -- Council on Foreign Relations, July 16, 2018

    The Messy Brexit

    A New Brexit Plan Creates Fresh Depths of Chaos” Editorial Board -- The Economist, July 12, 2018

    How the BBC Lost the Plot on Brexit” Nick Cohen -- The New York Review of Books, July 12, 2018

    Theresa May Is Teetering. But Her Fall Will Not End the Crisis” Matthew d'Ancona -- The Guardian, July 15, 2018

    Why Theresa May Can’t Figure Out Brexit” Thomas Raines -- Fortune, July 13, 2018

    Theresa May’s Brexit Model: Many Questions, Not Least ‘Why Leave?'” Michael Emerson -- Center for European Policy Studies, July 16, 2018

    Trade War Sparks New Alliances

    "Trading Past America" Editorial Board -- The Wall Street Journal, July 18, 2018

    "Free Trade Sphere Grows, Leaving U.S. in the Cold" Editorial Board -- Nikkei Asian Review, July 18, 2018

    "Germany Gains Upper Hand in European Split Over Trump Trade Strategy" Hans Von Der Burchard and Jakob Hanke -- Politico Europe, July 18, 2018

    China’s Economy: Fake News and Good(?) News” Derek Scissors - American Enterprise Institute, July 16, 2018

    Trump’s Trade War Has Unified the World Against U.S. Exports” Jeffrey J. Schott and Euijin Jung -- Peterson Institute for International Economics, July 11, 2018

    Pakistan Prepares to Vote

    What Is Behind the Crackdown on Freedom of Speech in Pakistan?” Gul Bukhari -- Al Jazeera, July 16, 2018

    Violent Extremist or Political Candidate? In Pakistan Election, You Can Be Both” Maria Abi-Habib; Shah Meer Baloch; Zia ur-Rehman -- The New York Times, July 17, 2018

    Is China Influencing Pakistan’s Elections?” Muhammad Akbar Notezai -- The Diplomat, July 11, 2018

    Crisis in Nicaragua Continues

    "Nicaraguan Forces Violently Retake Symbolic City After Bloody Anti-Government Protests" Luis Manuel Galeano and Christopher Sherman -- Time, July 18, 2018

    "Ortega Is Becoming the Type of Autocrat He Once Despised" Charles Lane -- The Washington Post, July 16, 2018

    Since April, More than 300 People Have Died Protesting in Nicaragua. Here’s Why” Luiz Romero -- Quartz, July 16, 2018


  • Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:07 AM | Anonymous

    July 16, 2018

    WACA Weekly

    This Week: Register for the WACA National Conference; Farewell to Global Minnesota's Carol Byrne; Council Highlights

    WACA 2018 National Conference: Braving the New World Order

    November 7-9

    The Mayflower Hotel

    Washington, DC

    Register today!

    Foreign Policy Association Centennial

    We are excited to celebrate the centennial year of the Foreign Policy Association at this year's National Conference.

    FPA has dedicated the past 100 years to serving as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. Through its balanced, nonpartisan programs and publications, the FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process.

    Please stay tuned for special announcements!

    fpa logo 1918

    Speakers Announced!

    Dambisa Moyo

    Dambisa Moyo, international economist, author of Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth - and How to Fix It, and WACA's July Cover to Cover guest

    Kelly Magsamen

    Kelly Magsamen, Vice President for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress

    This will be CAP's first off-site briefing at the WACA National Conference

    Nina Ansary

    Dr. Nina Ansary, Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE) Centre for Women, Peace and Security, and one of six UN Women Champions for Innovation

    Ray Rothrock

    Ray Rothrock, Chairman and CEO of RedSeal, a Sunnyvale, CA-based provider of network security solutions, and author of Digital Resilience

    Further announcements on National Conference speakers and other program details will be made in the coming weeks.

    The World Affairs Councils of America 2018 National Conference will be held November 7-9 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. 

    We have secured a special group rate for 1 Deluxe Room$259 per night (Single/Double Occupancy) plus tax. Click here to reserve your room!

    Book your room now!

    After 21 Years of Leadership, Carol Engebretson Byrne Will Step Down From Her Role as Global Minnesota President

    Under Byrne’s leadership, Global Minnesota has created groundbreaking programs on important international topics, engaging tens of thousands in Minnesota to know more about the world. The organization has financially grown by more than 300 percent and has experienced transformational change with Byrne at the helm. Byrne gives credit for the early growth of Global Minnesota under her leadership in the late 1990s to others in the WACA network who served as mentors. Byrne said she particularly appreciates former WACA head Jerry Leach's mentorship.

    “I am privileged to have served as a steward of the worthy mission of this amazing organization that makes such a positive difference in our community and world,” Byrne said.

    The Global Minnesota Board of Directors has engaged Ballinger|Leafblad, an executive search firm with extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, to conduct a national search. More details will be available soon on the Global Minnesota website.

    Read more

    World Affairs Council-Washington, DC Welcomes New President

    Please join WACA in welcoming World Affairs Council-Washington, DC's Interim President and CEO, Dr. Matthew D. Shank, President Emeritus of Marymount University.

    Dr. Shank, who previously served on WAC-DC's Board and received the Council’s Educator of the Year Award in 2017, begins his tenure today, July 16.

    “Matt Shank is in the top tier of nonprofit executives,” said James Moran, co-chair of the Council Board and former longtime congressman for Northern Virginia’s 8th District. “The World Affairs Council looks forward to having the benefit of Dr. Shank’s intellect, wisdom, and leadership.”

    See more

    A Warm Welcome to Wendy Skratt, New Head of World Affairs Forum

    The World Affairs Forum has appointed Stamford, Connecticut resident Wendy Skratt as Executive Director. Formerly Director of Communications & Events at the Forum, Wendy says her top priorities will be expanding membership and enhancing public awareness of world affairs programs. For those of you who were not able to meet her at the WACA Spring Leadership Meeting in San Antonio, please extend a warm welcome to Wendy.


  • Monday, July 16, 2018 9:17 AM | Anonymous

    July 13, 2018

    Registration Now Open!

    WACA 2018 National Conference: Braving the New World Order

    November 7-9

    The Mayflower Hotel

    Washington, DC

    The WACA National Office is excited to announce the launch of our 2018 Conference website!

    We invite you to visit www.wacaconference2018.org to view the developing agenda and purchase your tickets. Be sure to take advantage of individual Early-Bird discounts, good through Sept. 7!

    We encourage Councils to promote the Conference locally and on social media. The national office would be happy to assist with your publicity.

    Register now!

    Speakers

    Nina Ansary

    Dr. Nina Ansary,Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE) Centre for Women, Peace and Security, and one of six UN Women Champions for Innovation

    Ray Rothrock

    Ray Rothrock, Chairman and CEO of RedSeal, a Sunnyvale, CA-based provider of network security solutions, and author of Digital Resilience

    Dambisa Moyo

    Dambisa Moyo,international economist, author of Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth - and How to Fix It, and WACA's July Cover to Cover guest

    Kelly Magsamen

    Kelly Magsamen, Vice President for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress

    This will be CAP's first off-site briefing at the WACA National Conference

    Further announcements on National Conference speakers and other program details will be made in the coming weeks.

    The World Affairs Councils of America 2018 National Conference will be held November 7-9 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. 

    We have secured a special group rate for 1 Deluxe Room$259 per night (Single/Double Occupancy) plus tax. Click here to reserve your room!

    Book your room!

  • Friday, July 13, 2018 12:25 PM | Anonymous

    July 11, 2018

    Weekly World News Update

    The Contentious NATO Summit; Russia Relations with the U.S. and NATO; Syria Smolders On; Brexodus; Ethiopia-Eritrea Strike Peace

    Quote of the Week

    “Dear America, appreciate your allies. After all, you don't have that many.” 

    -- European Council President Donald Tusk, in a press statement after signing the Joint Declaration on NATO-EU Cooperation on Tuesday.

    The Contentious NATO Summit

    "The West Will Survive Trump" Richard Fontaine and Vance Serchuk -- The Atlantic, July 11, 2018

    "A Strategic Reset for NATO" Zalmay Khalilzad -- The National Interest, July 10, 2018

    "Trump’s Misguided Attack on European Unity" Stewart M. Patrick -- Council on Foreign Relations, July 10, 2018

    "NATO’s Binary Moment" Andrew A. Michta -- The American Interest, July 10, 2018

    "An Inconvenient Truth: Addressing Democratic Backsliding Within NATO" Jonathan Katz and Torrey Taussig -- Brookings Institution, July 10, 2018

    Russia Relations with the U.S. and NATO

    "Ambassador Bill Taylor on Russia and NATO" William B. Taylor -- United States Institute of Peace, July 5, 2018 [Podcast]

    "Trump, Putin, and the Elephants in the Room" Marwan Bishara -- Al Jazeera, July 11, 2018

    "Can the Trump-Putin Summit Restore Guardrails to the U.S.-Russian Relationship?" Eugene Rumer; Dmitri Trenin; Andrew S. Weiss -- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, July 2, 2018

    "Russia as It Is" Michael McFaul -- Foreign Affairs, July/August, 2018

    "‘They Will Die in Tallinn’: Estonia Girds for War With Russia" Molly K. McKew -- Politico, July 10, 2018

    Syria Smolders On

    "Why Putin Won’t Throw Iran Under the Bus in Syria" Hamidreza Azizi -- Al-Monitor, July 10, 2018

    "Trump Should Strike a Deal With Putin on Syria" Samuel Charap and Jeffrey Martini -- Foreign Policy, July 10, 2018

    "Russia Stays in the Driver’s Seat in Syria" Ishaan Tharoor -- The Washington Post, July 10, 2018

    "Putin-Bibi Summit, Southern Syria, and the Unlikely Stability of Israel’s Government – Compared to the UK" Sarit Zehavi -- Hadiyun, July 10, 2018 [Podcast]

    Brexodus

    "With 100 Days to Go Till the Brexit Deal Is Supposed to Be Done, Can the Country's Divisions Ever Be Reconciled?" Andy McSmith -- Independent, July 11, 2018

    "The Brexit Crisis Finally Engulfs the Party That Started It" Jonah Shepp -- New York Magazine, July 11, 2018

    "The Brexit Showdown" Ashish Kumar Sen -- The Atlantic, July 9, 2018

    Ethiopia and Eritrea Strike Peace

    "The Backstory of How Ethiopia and Eritrea Found Peace After 20 Years" Martin Plaut -- Quartz, July 11, 2018

    "Hard Work Remains to Cement Peace Between Ethiopia and Eritrea" AFP -- Daily Nation, July 10, 2018


  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018 8:32 AM | Anonymous

    July 9, 2018

    WACA Weekly

    This Week: Condolences for Cleveland Council; Cover to Cover Tomorrow; New Conference Speakers; and Council News and Highlights

    In Memoriam: Maura O'Donnell-McCarthy


    A Message from Amb. Heather Hodges, President and Ambassador-in-Residence, Cleveland Council on World Affairs

    It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of CCWA’s CEO, Maura O’Donnell-McCarthy. Maura passed away unexpectedly, yesterday morning, July 8. As Chairman of the Board, Wael Khoury, has noted, Maura was an outstanding woman, exemplary mother, a dynamic civic leader, and a dedicated CCWA CEO. She gave CCWA her full commitment and energy and played a pivotal role in growing the organization and assuring its future success. We will share additional details on our website as soon as we have them.

    A Message from WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford

    There is no loss that feels as hard to me as that of the passing of a true friend. Always generous with her time and advice, Maura brimmed with good ideas and kindness. She was passionate about her work leading the Cleveland Council, and she cared for and supported the national office and network in large ways and small. She sent my staff chocolates after every National Conference to show her gratitude. I will miss our phone conversations, her commitment to high standards, and her smile. I am ever grateful to have known Maura not just as a colleague but also as a true friend these past six years. My deepest sympathies go to her husband Neil, her family, and our friends at the Cleveland Council.

    Maura O'Donnell-McCarthy, CEO, Cleveland Council on World Affairs

    Tomorrow: Edge of Chaos on Cover to Cover

    A generation after the fall of the Berlin Wall, demonstrations have broken out from Belgium to Brazil led by angry citizens demanding a greater say in their political and economic future, better education, healthcare, and living standards. The bottom line of this outrage is the same: people are demanding their governments to do more to improve their lives faster.

    In her new book, Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth - and How to Fix It, Dambisa Moyo sets out the specific, radical solutions needed to resolve these issues and reignite global growth.

    Join our Cover to Cover conference call with Moyo tomorrow, July 10, at 2:00-2:30 pm ET.

    Dambisa will also be a WACA 2018 Conference keynote speaker - join the call for a sneak preview!

    Register now!

    WACA 2018 National Conference: Braving the New World Order

    November 7-9

    The Mayflower Hotel

    Washington, DC

    Speakers Announced!

    New!

    Kelly Magsamen

    Kelly Magsamen, Vice President for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress

    This will be CAP's first off-site briefing at the WACA National Conference

    Nina Ansary

    Dr. Nina Ansary, Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE) Centre for Women, Peace and Security, and one of six UN Women Champions for Innovation

    Ray Rothrock

    Ray Rothrock, Chairman and CEO of RedSeal, a Sunnyvale, CA-based provider of network security solutions, and author of Digital Resilience

    Further announcements on National Conference speakers and other program details will be made in the coming weeks.

    The Conference Registration website will launch later this week. Book your room at our special group rate now!

    The World Affairs Councils of America 2018 National Conference will be held November 7-9 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. 

    We have secured a special group rate: 1 Bedroom Suite / Standard Room$259 per night (Single/Double Occupancy) plus tax. Click here to reserve your room!

    Book your room now!

    World Affairs Council - Washington, DC Welcomes New President

    Please join WACA in welcoming World Affairs Council-Washington, DC's Interim President and CEO, Dr. Matthew D. Shank, President Emeritus of Marymount University.

    Dr. Shank, who previously served on WAC-DC's Board and received the Council’s Educator of the Year Award in 2017, will begin his tenure on July 16.

    “Matt Shank is in the top tier of nonprofit executives,” said James Moran, co-chair of the Council Board and former longtime congressman for Northern Virginia’s 8th District. “The World Affairs Council looks forward to having the benefit of Dr. Shank’s intellect, wisdom, and leadership.”

    See more

    A Warm Welcome to Wendy Skratt, New Head of World Affairs Forum

    The World Affairs Forum has appointed Stamford, Connecticut resident Wendy Skratt as Executive Director. Formerly Director of Communications & Events at the Forum, Wendy says her top priorities will be expanding membership and enhancing public awareness of world affairs programs. For those of you who were not able to meet her at the WACA Spring Leadership Meeting in San Antonio, please extend a warm welcome to Wendy.

    Councils Are Hiring!

    Vermont Council on World Affairs seeks a Marketing and Events Coordinator.

    More information

    WorldBoston is hiring a Manager of Operations and Global Education Programs.

    Apply today!

    The American Academy of Diplomacy is Hiring!

    WACA's suitemate, The American Academy of Diplomacy, is hiring a Program & Finance Assistant.

    Apply here!

    New Episode of Dallas/Fort Worth's Global I.Q. Minute Out Now!

    General Michael V. Hayden, former Director of the CIA and former Director of the NSA, delves into The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies in a special episode of Global I.Q. Minute with Jim Falk, President and CEO of World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.

    Listen now

  • Wednesday, June 27, 2018 4:19 PM | Anonymous

    June 27, 2018

    Weekly World News Update

    Turkey's Erdogan Wins Big, Expands Powers; Immigration Divides in U.S. and Europe; Ratcheting Up Trade Wars; Colombia’s FARC Peace Deal Under Threat; Saudi Lifts Ban on Women Drivers; World Leader Gives Birth

    Quote of the Week

    “The winner is our democracy. The winner is service-based politics. The winner is superiority of national will. The winner is Turkey. The winner is the Turkish nation.” 

    -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking to supporters in Ankara early Monday morning after winning re-election Sunday.

    Erdogan's Sweeping New Powers

    "Turkey’s President Just Won Reelection and a Dangerous Set of New Powers" Madeleine Ngo -- Vox, June 25, 2018

    "Turkey’s Elections: Partially Free, Fair, and Fake" Steven A. Cook -- Council on Foreign Relations, June 25, 2018

    "The Erdogan Supremacy" Kaya Genc -- The New York Times, June 25, 2018

    "Bully-Boy Erdoğan is a Threat to Turkey – and the World" Simon Tisdall -- The Guardian, June 22, 2018

    Immigration Battles Rage On

    "Supreme Court Upholds Trump Travel Ban" Robert Barnes and Ann E. Marimow -- The Washington Post, June 26, 2018

    "After Supreme Court Ruling, How Does Trump’s Travel Ban Affect U.S. Immigration Policy?" Amna Nawaz and Judy Woodruff -- PBS, June 26, 2018

    "Trump Calls for Depriving Immigrants Who Illegally Cross Border of Due Process Rights" Katie Rogers and Sheryl Gay Stolberg -- The New York Times, June 24, 2018

    "What is Europe’s Migration Fight About?" Jacopo Barigazzi and James Randerson -- Politico, June 22, 2018

    "Merkel is Struggling to Get EU Countries to Follow Germany’s Lead on Migration" Edmund Heaphy -- Quartz, June 26, 2018

    Drums of Trade War?

    "Why Donald Trump’s Threatened Trade War With China Could Also Hurt South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan" Jane Cai and Sarah Zheng -- South China Morning Post, June 27, 2018

    "Harley-Davidson’s Announcement Shows the Folly of Trump’s Trade War" John Cassidy -- The New Yorker, June 26, 2018

    "There's a New Tariff in Town: Implications of Trump's Steel Tariffs" Ole Moehr -- Atlantic Council, June 22, 2018

    "EU Adopts Rebalancing Measures in Reaction to U.S. Steel and Aluminium Tariffs" Press Release -- European Commission, June 20, 2018

    Colombia’s FARC Peace Deal Under Threat with Ivan Duque?

    "Will President Iván Duque Bring Prosperity to Colombia?" Stephen Gibbs -- The Times, June 21, 2018

    "Is Colombia’s Duque Another Macron, or Another Medvedev?" Frida Ghitis -- World Politics Review, June 21, 2018

    Women Drive in Saudi Arabia

    " The End of Saudi Arabia’s Ban on Women Driving is About Economics, Not Equality" Martin Hvidt -- Quartz, June 25, 2018

    "Why Did Saudi Arabia Lift the Driving Ban on Women Only Now?" Hana Al-Khamri -- Al Jazeera, June 24, 2018

    World Leader Gives Birth

    "New Zealand Prime Minister Gives Birth; First World Leader to Do So in Decades" Shannon Van Sant -- NPR, June 21, 2018

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    June 25, 2018

    WACA Weekly

    This Week: Santa Fe CIR Presents Future of Korea 2018; Apply for Peacebuilders Award; Spotlight on Mexico; Travel with WAC Greater Houston; Job Vacancies; plus Council Highlights

    Santa Fe CIR Presents Future of Korea 2018 Program

    Santa Fe Council on International Relations is one of eight Councils to participate in WACA's Engage America: Future of Korea 2018 program series. "The Future of the Koreas: A Panel Discussion" will be held Thursday, June 28, featuring:

    ·     Jandi Kim, Second Secretary at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the U.S.

    ·     Troy Stangarone, Senior Director of Congressional Affairs and Trade at KEI

    ·     Adam Miller, Military Adviser in the Office of Korean Affairs, DPRK Unit, U.S. Department of State

    This program is presented in partnership with WACA and the Korea Economic Institute.

    See more here

    Apply for "Tomorrow's Peacebuilders" Award!

    The Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders award recognizes groups involved in nonviolent campaigns or movements for a just and inclusive peace.

    Apply today for an opportunity to win $10,000 in support of your organization or movement's activities. The award, sponsored by the Program on Nonviolent Action at the United States Institute of Peace, is the first of its kind presented as part of Peace Direct’s annual award offerings to benefit peacebuilding organizations around the globe.

    One representative from each shortlisted group will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the award ceremony at PeaceCon 2018 in Washington, DC and promotion of their group’s work online to a global peacebuilding audience.

    Application deadline: June 30.

    Apply now!

    Earl Anthony Wayne, Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Speaks at Three Councils This Week

    Earl Anthony Wayne, former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, will discuss the coming Mexican elections, NAFTA, and immigration at World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California (June 25), San Diego World Affairs Council (June 26), and World Affairs Council of Orange County (June 27).

    Travel to South America with World Affairs Council of Greater Houston!

    Join World Affairs Council of Greater Houston to discover the three vibrant capital cities of Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile.

    This 13-day tour of Bueno Aires, Montevideo, and Santiago will be led by regional expert Christopher Ashby, former U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay, October 13 - 25, 2018.

    See details

    WorldBoston Is Hiring!

    WorldBoston is hiring a Manager of Operations and Global Education Programs.

    Apply today!

    The American Academy of Diplomacy is Hiring!

    WACA's suitemate, The American Academy of Diplomacy, is hiring for a few positions: Program Director and Program & Finance Assistant.

    Apply here!

    Council Highlights

    Monday, June 25

    World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California hosts Earl Anthony Wayne, former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, for “Why NAFTA and U.S.-Mexico Relations Are Important to You.” Details

    World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Roslyn A. Walker, Senior Curator at the Dallas Museum of Art, for a guided tour. Details

    Tuesday, June 26

    World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts Rufus H. Yerxa, President of the National Foreign Trade Council, for “Is Trade Protectionism the New Normal?” Details

    World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Carrie Hessler-Radelet, President and CEO of Project Concern International, for a special evening Field Notes Live event. Details

    Foreign Policy Association hosts Theodore Roosevelt IV, Managing Director at Barclays Capital Corporation, and Charles McGonigal, Special Agent in Charge, Counterintelligence Division, New York FBI Field Office, for “Trade and National Security.” Details

    World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosts a Young Professionals event, "How Humanitarian Efforts Can Help the LGBTQ Populations of the World." Details

    World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Martha Saavedra, Associate Director of the Center for African Studies at UC Berkeley, for “Where Politics and Football Align.” Details

    San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Earl Anthony Wayne, former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, for “Why Mexico’s Election, NAFTA, and U.S.-Mexico Relations Are Important to You.” Details

    Wednesday, June 27

    Global Minnesota hosts Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council, for “Iran, the U.S., and the Challenge of Nuclear Security.” Details

    Montana World Affairs Council hosts film director and producer Sophie Dia Pegrum for "An Evening of International Film, Wine, and Culinary Arts." Details

    World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts Earl Anthony Wayne, former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, for “Why NAFTA and U.S.-Mexico Relations Are Important to You.” Details

    Thursday, June 28

    World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts General Michael V. Hayden, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, for “American National Security in an Age of Lies.” Details

    World Affairs Council of Tennessee hosts Tian Deyou, Economic and Commercial Minister Counselor of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to the United States, for “The U.S.-Chinese Business Relationship.” Details

    World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Carrie Lee, Assistant Professor of Security Studies at the U.S. Air War College, for “The Interplay of Domestic Politics and Military Operations.” Details

    World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council, for "Trump, Iran, and the Risk of War." Details

    World Affairs Council-DC hosts Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the U.S., for a special discussion. Details

    Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts a panel of experts for “The Future of the Koreas.” Details



 

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