WACA Weekly Jan 8, 2018

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WEDNESDAY: Haass on A World in Disarray

"These are no ordinary times. It will not be business as usual in a world of disarray; as a result, it cannot be foreign policy as usual," writes Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, in his book, A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order

Haass argues for "World Order 2.0" - an updated global operating system that reflects the reality that power is widely distributed and that borders count for less. Dial in to next month's Cover to Cover to hear Haass's take on the need for an updated definition of sovereignty and how the U.S. should interact with the rest of the world.  

Register for the call

Join us for January's Cover to Cover this Wednesday, January 10, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

Special KNOW NOW: Control Risks Webinar

The year 2017 saw a host of new challenges for global organizations, and continued economic and political volatility heightened by competing leadership styles on the world stage. What should organizational decision-makers expect in 2018? 

Join us for special webinar KNOW NOW featuring highlights from Control Risks' RiskMap, an annual forecast for political and security risk around the world.

Control Risks is a specialist global risk consultancy that helps to create secure, compliant and resilient organizations in an age of ever-changing risk.

Register for the call

Join us for this month's KNOW NOW on Tuesday, January 30, at 2:00-2:45 PM ET.

WACA Seeks Chief Operations Officer

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce the open position of Chief Operating Officer. The COO will provide internal management of the WACA national office staff and oversee a variety of organizational priorities and projects. See the full posting and send complete applications to apply@worldaffairscouncils.org. Apply by Monday, January 22

Tennessee WAC Is Hiring! 

The Tennessee World Affairs Council is hiring! Apply for the position of Manager, Programming and DevelopmentMore details.

American Diplomat Podcast

American Diplomat goes behind the scenes to hear real stories from diplomats who lived newsworthy events overseas. Experience the Cuban revolution, Central American insurgencies, the end of apartheid, the attack on our consulate in Jeddah, the anguished debate inside our embassy on de-Ba'athification and more through the eyes of those who were there. 

Peter Romero, retired career U.S. Ambassador, and Laura Bennett, writer and videographer, host active-duty and retired career diplomats for intimate, informed conversations on the very human dimensions of those serving on the front lines of war, crises, and conflict around the world. Listen to new episodes every Tuesday.

FPA Student Essay/Video Competition

What is America's biggest challenge in the world? 

If you're a high school student, you're invited to submit either an essay or a video on this question.

Maximum essay length: 750 words; maximum video length: 5 minutes

Winners in each medium will be judged by an expert panel of educators and designers of student outreach programs. See more details here.

Criteria for judging:

  • Creative engagement with the Centennial Challenge topic
  • Compelling demonstration of the position you take
  • Breadth and depth of the vision you present


  • 1st prize: $1500 and expenses paid for a trip to attend the 2018 Foreign Policy Centennial Spring Dinner in New York City
  • 2nd prize: $500
  • 3rd prize: $500

Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2018

WACA - Global Ties U.S. Breakfast

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to sponsor the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting once again this year as part of a reciprocal arrangement to strengthen collaboration between our organizations.

For those Council leaders, staff, and board members who plan to attend the Global Ties "Change Through Exchange" Conference in Washington, DC, we cordially invite you to participate in the WACA breakfast on Thursday, February 8, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Academic WorldQuest 2017-2018

Information for the 2017-2018 Academic WorldQuest program is now available!

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 28, 2018.

This year's AWQ National Competition will feature a welcome reception at the United States Institute of Peace on 

Friday, April 27. For topics, Study Guide, 

and more, click here.

Please note: the links in this block for the AWQ Study Guide are up to date. Links from previous emails may no longer be active due to the launch of the new WACA website

Sponsored by: United States Institute of Peace


World Affairs Councils Highlights

Did you know that WACA features Council events on its new website? Council leaders and staff: log in to your member account now and add your events for a chance for your Council to be highlighted on our main page!

Monday, January 8

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Scott Tong, Correspondent at Marketplace, for "Stories from a Changing China." Details

WorldDenver hosts Jason Pack, Executive Director of the U.S.-Libya Business Association, for "From Qadhafi to Chaos: Libya's Centrality in Western Geostrategy and the Fight Against Jihadism." Details

Tuesday, January 9

World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts Dr. Mihir Desai, Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance at Harvard Business School, for "Tax Reform and U.S. Competitiveness." Details

World Affairs Council of Palm Beach hosts Dr. Theodore Roosevelt Malloch, Chairman and CEO of The Global Fiduciary Governance LLC, for "The U.S. and Europe in an Age of Uncertainty." Details

Wednesday, January 10

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Patrick Cronin, Senior Advisor and Senior Director at the Center for a New American Security, for "North Korea's Nuclear Threat and the Options for China, the Region, and President Trump." Details

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Rosemand Naylor, Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University, for "Food, Conflict, and Climate: Feeding the World in an Era of Rising Instability." Details

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Aisha Ahmad, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, for "Jihad and Company: The Black Market Funding Terrorism." Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Dr. Shreeash Palishikar, Assistant Professor of History at Albright College, for "Dangerous Neighborhood: A Historical Background of the India-Pakistan Tensions." Details

World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosts Julie Kavanagh, Diplomat in Residence at the University of Texas, for "Diplomat Salon." Details

Thursday, January 11

Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council hosts James Schoff, Senior Fellow in the Carnegie Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, for "U.S.-Japan Relations in a Changing Asia." Details

San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Dr. David Moseley, Director of Global Education at Bishop's School in La Jolla, CA, for "Understanding Christianity and Its Role in Global Affairs." Details

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts Evans Revere, Senior Advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution's Center for East Asia Policy Studies, for "The North Korean Nuclear Crisis: How does this End?" Details 

Friday, January 12

Alaska World Affairs Council hosts a panel of members of the Alaskan Consular Corps for, "Around the World in 60 Minutes: Travel Tales and Advice from the Alaskan Consular Corps." Details

World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts Scott Kilner, retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer, for "The Changing Role of the U.S. Foreign Service." Details

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts Benjamin Buchanan, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Belfer Center Cyber Security Project at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, for "Cyber Security." Details

Travel the World from WAC Philadelphia

Travel with Council Leaders - hear them lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!

2018 travel schedule includes trips to: 

  • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President, Programs, World Affairs Council Northern California, Southern Africa: Feb. 10-Mar. 5
  • Bill Clifford, President and CEO, World Affairs Councils of America, Inside Japan: Mar. 31 - Apr. 12
  • Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Cruise the Rhine, July 11-29
  • Anna Berry, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, Cambridge, Oxford, and the Cotswolds: July 20-28
  • Derrick Olsen, President, WorldOregon, Treasures of Ecuador: Aug. 27-31
  • Megan Torrey, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Hartford, Himalayan Kingdoms, Sept. 11-25
  • Mimi Gregory, Vice President of Programs, Naples Council on World Affairs, Inside Botswana: Oct. 4-16
  • Joyce Davis, President, World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, Town & Country Life in Languedoc: Oct. 6-14

Contact www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004, ext. 209 or 217.


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