• Tuesday, February 06, 2018 9:19 AM | Anonymous

    Council of the Month for February:

    WAC Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

    Having recently navigated the challenge of launching a new and improved website, WACA is keeping an eye out for member Councils that are taking on such a big challenge. We  recognize World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky as our Council of the Month to highlight their world-class website and re-branding.

    In partnership with one of the Council's vital sponsors, Dover Corporation, and its global marketing firm, DeanHouston, the Council came up with a winning formula. WAC Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky's blog posts celebrate inclusive branding and the launch of their new name and logo reveals a deliberate process worth noting.

    "DeanHouston stepped up with an investment of time and expertise to advise the Council leadership through a name change, new logo, messaging, marketing tools, and website. As a small nonprofit organization leading global education efforts, connecting local business and family to world leaders, and creating a culturally aware and informed community, our online and outward presence has shifted to meet the needs of today's society," said Michelle Harpenau, Executive Director. "What you see today came out of this process to better share our story." And what a story it is!


    Congratulations, SQCC Grant Recipients!

    The World Affairs Councils of America congratulates the eight Councils that will participate in the WACA Engage America Series: Oman 2018. Following a very competitive application process, the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC), selected the following organizations for grant funding:

    • Columbia World Affairs Council
    • Savannah Council on World Affairs
    • South Dakota World Affairs Council
    • World Affairs Council of Albuquerque
    • World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
    • World Affairs Council of New Hampshire
    • World Affairs Council of San Antonio
    • World Affairs Council of Western Michigan

    The Oman 2018 program series will feature SQCC experts on U.S.-Oman relations, and a presentation of the country's contributions to business, trade, investment, culture, and education. 

    *Council Leaders: The application process for WACA grant funding for the Future of Korea 2018 program will open later this week. Stay tuned!


    February Cover to Cover: The End of Epidemics

    Somewhere in nature, a killer virus is boiling up in the bloodstream of a wild animal, preparing to jump to a human being. This not-yet-detected germ has the potential to wipe out millions of lives over a matter of weeks or months. That risk makes the threat posed by ISIS, a ground war, a massive climate event, or even the dropping of a nuclear bomb on a major city pale in comparison. 

    In The End of Epidemics, Dr. Jonathan Quick, Harvard Medical School faculty member and Chair of the Global Heath Council, examines the eradication of smallpox and devastating effects of influenza, AIDS SARS, and Ebola. Analyzing efforts to contain these diseases and citing firsthand accounts of failure and success, Dr. Quick proposes a new set of actions which he has coined, "The Power of Seven," to end epidemics before they begin.  

    Register for the call

    Join us for February's Cover to Cover on Tuesday, February 13, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

    March

    Chuck Freilich will discuss his book, Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change, on the day of its release, March 1, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

    April

    Madiha Afzal will discuss her book, Pakistan Under Siege: Extremism, Society, and the State on Wednesday, April 18, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.


    February KNOW NOW - Amb. Yates on Sudan

    Ambassador Mary Carlin Yates recently traveled to Sudan, where she had served as U.S. Interim Chargé d'Affaires (2011-2012). Previously, she served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana (2002-2005). While US Ambassador to the Republic of Burundi (1999-2002), Yates worked to bring stability with the Burundian peace process, led by former South African President Nelson Mandela. She also served in Kinshasa, Zaïre (now Democratic Republic of the Congo), as a political officer and then public affairs counselor in the early '90s during the genocide in neighboring Rwanda.

    Register for the call

    Join Derrick Olsen, President of WorldOregon, for a discussion with Ambassador Yates about the state of Sudan on Tuesday, February 20, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.


    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.

    Deadline for submissions: 

    March 1, 2018. See more details.


    Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute

    The Great Decisions Teachers Institute is a once in a lifetime opportunity for high school educators to immerse themselves in some of America's biggest foreign policy challenges and build their skills in teaching international affairs. For four days, teachers from across the United States, Mexico, and Canada will attend lectures presented by experts and policy makers, interact with teaching colleagues, and acquire new teaching resources and curriculum ideas. See the flyer.

    To apply, all applicants are required to complete the application questionnaire.  The questionnaire can be accessed here, or by visiting www.fpa.org/institute/

    High school educators nationwide are invited to apply by March 16, 2018. All applicants will be notified by April 13, 2018.

    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 x250.


    Academic WorldQuest 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.

    Sponsored by: United States Institute of Peace

     


    Councils Are Hiring!

    World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is conducting a search for its new executive director. See the job announcement.

    Global Minnesota is also hiring. See the posting for their new Corporate and Foundation Giving Officer.



    Global I.Q. Minute with Jim Falk

    In this episode of World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth's Global I.Q. Minute, Graham Allison, respected naitonal security analyst and defense guru, discusses his book, Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?, with WAC Dallas/Fort Worth President and CEO, Jim Falk. Listen now.


  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 2:45 PM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, January 31, 2018

    State of U.S. Foreign Policy; What's Next for Syria?; New Fighting in Yemen; Rohingya Continue to Suffer; Kenya: Off Air

    Quote of the Week:

    "A great American leader will fashion strategies that ensure ISIS and al Qaeda don't return. A great American leader will remember that it is our values that distinguish us most, and mean we must stand up to the genuine threat that the People's Republic of China and Putin's Russia represent. If that leadership and those values were what you were listening for, you were sorely disappointed."

    -- Danielle Pletka, Senior Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise  Institute, in an interview with PBS Newshour about President Trump's State of the Union Address on Tuesday. 

    The State of U.S. Foreign Policy

    "President Trump Talked Tough on North Korea in the State of the Union. Here's Where Things Stand" Elizabeth Saunders -- The Washington Post, January 31, 2018

    "In State of the Union, Trump Goes Where Kim Jong Un Fears Most: Human Rights" Gordon Chang -- Daily Beast, January 31, 2018

    "How Might Trump's Speech Play in North Korea, China?" Editorial Board -- CBS, January 31, 2018

    "The State of Defense: Time for Trump to Put the Money Where His Mouth Is" Mackenzie Eaglen -- American Enterprise Institute, January 31, 2018

    "After Credibility: American Foreign Policy in the Trump Era" Keren Yarhi-Milo -- Foreign Affairs, January/February, 2018

    After Sochi, What's Next for Syria?

    "Russia's Syria Talks End with Plan to Draft New Constitution" Nataliya Vasilyeva and Vladimir Isachenkov -- U.S. News & World Report, January 30, 2018

    "Syria Opposition Missing from Russia's Sochi Talks" Editorial Board -- Al Jazeera, January 30, 2018

    "Squaring the Circle: Connecting Current Operations to Policy Ambition in Syria" Melissa Dalton -- CSIS, January 26, 2018 [Report]

    New Fighting Erupts in Yemen

    "What Is Going on in Southern Yemen?" Gamal Gasim -- Al Jazeera, January 29, 2018

    "Bloodshed Roils Yemen's South, Further Complicating an Already Complicated War" Colin Dwyer -- NPR, January 29, 2018

    "What Role Will Moscow Assume in Yemen's Civil War?" Kirill Semenov -- Al-Monitor, January 30, 2018

    Rohingya Continue to Suffer

    "Three Steps Myanmar Should Take to Turn the Rohingya Disaster Around" Bill Richardson -- The Washington Post, January 26, 2018

    "AP Interview: Richardson Resigns from Rohingya Refugee Panel" Foster Klug -- Associated Press, January 25, 2018

    "The Rohingya in Bangladesh: Playing Politics with a People in Crisis" Erol Yayboke -- CSIS, January 29, 2018

    "Even for Rohingya Refugees Who Move on From Bangladesh, Life Is Grim" -- The Economist, January 25, 2018

    Kenya: Off Air

    "Kenyans Name a 'People's President,' and TV Broadcasts Are Cut" Jina Moore -- The The New York Times, January 30, 2018

    "Kenya: Media Barred from Opposition Event" Editorial Board -- Human Rights Watch, January 30, 2018

    For previous Weekly World News Updates, please visit our website 



  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 9:13 AM | Anonymous


    WACA President to Speak at Dayton's 70th

    The Dayton Council on World Affairs celebrates its 70th anniversary today, January 29, at the Dayton Raquet Club

    Ambassador Heather Hodges, Cleveland Council on World Affairs President and Ambassador-in-Residence, and Bill Clifford, WACA President and CEO, will be featured in a panel discussion on "Why Diplomacy Matters Today and to You."

    Read the Dayton Daily News article on the Council's landmark year, and please join WACA in wishing them another 70 years of quality programming on world affairs! 



    TOMORROW: 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 citizens and decision-makers expect in 2018? 

    WACA is pleased to present a special KNOW NOW webinar, featuring Charles Hecker, Senior Partner at Control Risks, to help us answer this salient question. 

    Hecker will discuss the Top 5 Risks facing global organizations in the year ahead:

    1. North Korea escalation
    2. Large-scale cyber attacks targeting infrastructure
    3. U.S. becoming protectionist
    4. Big power rivalry in the Middle East
    5. Personalized leadership

    The webinar will showcase highlights from Control Risks' RiskMap, an annual forecast for political and security risk around the world.

    Register for the webinar

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

     

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

    February KNOW NOW

    Ambassador (Ret.) Mary Carlin Yates will be hosted by Derrick Olsen, President of WorldOregon, for a discussion about Sudan on Tuesday, February 20, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET. Register for the call.


    Councils Are Hiring

    World Affairs Council of Hampshire is conducting a search for its new executive director. See the job announcement.

    Global Minnesota is also hiring. See the posting for their new Corporate and Foundation Giving Officer.


    Cover to Cover: February

    Somewhere in nature, a killer virus is boiling up in the bloodstream of a wild animal, preparing to jump to a human being. This not-yet-detected germ has the potential to wipe out millions of lives over a matter of weeks or months. That risk makes the threat posed by ISIS, a ground war, a massive climate event, or even the dropping of a nuclear bomb on a major city pale in comparison. 

    In The End of Epidemics, Dr. Jonathan Quick, Harvard Medical School faculty member and Chair of the Global Heath Council, examines the eradication of smallpox and devastating effects of influenza, AIDS SARS, and Ebola. Analyzing efforts to contain these diseases and citing firsthand accounts of failure and success, Dr. Quick proposes a new set of actions which he has coined, "The Power of Seven," to end epidemics before they begin.  

    Register for the call

    Join us for February's Cover to Cover on Tuesday, February 13, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

    *Special note: James Kirchick, August Cover to Cover author of The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age, is on tour to promote the March release of his book in paperback. Please contact Chelsea at the WACA National Office if you are interested in inviting Mr. Kirchick for to speak at your Council.


    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

    Prizes:

    • 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: March 1, 2018


    Academic WorldQuest 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

     


    Gov. Richardson to Speak at WAC Hilton Head

    Governor Bill Richardson, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, former Governor of New Mexico, and Founder of the Richardson Center for Global Engagement, will speak at the World Affairs Council of Hilton Head this Friday, February 2. He will discuss "North Korea: A Strategy for Engagement." 

    Governor Richardson was the Ambassadors Luncheon Keynote speaker at the WACA 2017 National Conference


    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!

    Thursday, February 1

    WorldBoston hosts Elin Suleymanov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the U.S., for "Azerbaijan at the Strategic Crossroads of Eurasia." Details

    Richmond World Affairs Council hosts Barbara Bodine, Director of Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, for "Analyzing Yemen." Details

    WorldOregon hosts Losang Ragbey, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Machik, for "Engaging Tibet Through Social Innovation." Details

    World Affairs Council of Central Illinois hosts Jerry Kruse, CEO of Southern Illinois University Healthcare, for "The U.S. Healthcare System(s): Time for International Comparative Policy Analysis." Details

    Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts Raul Rodriguez-Barocio, Co-Chair of the International Committee of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University, for "Mexico: NAFTA, the Wall and Distant Neighbors." Details

    Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts Janet Steele, Director of the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication at The George Washington University, for "Journalism and Islam." Details

    Friday, February 2

    World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California hosts Sarah Schneewind, Associate Professor of History at the University of California San Diego, for "The Dark World in the Founding of the Ming Dynasty." Details

    WorldOregon hosts Merrill McPeak, U.S. Air Force General (Ret.) for "Great Decisions: U.S. Global Engagement and Military." Details

  • Monday, January 29, 2018 10:03 AM | Anonymous


    TOMORROW - 2 PM ET: Top Risks for 2018


    Top Risks for 2018

    Top Risks for 2018


    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 citizens and decision-makers expect in 2018? 

    WACA is pleased to present a special KNOW NOW webinar, featuringCharles Hecker, Senior Partner at Control Risks, to help us answer this salient question. 

    The webinar will showcase highlights from Control Risks' RiskMap, an annual forecast for political and security risk around the world.

    Register for the webinar

    Be sure to watch the video above and join us for tomorrow's KNOW NOW, Tuesday, January 30, at 2:00-2:45 PM ET.


     

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


    February KNOW NOW

    Ambassador (Ret.) Mary Carlin Yates will be hosted by Derrick Olsen, President of WorldOregon, for a discussion about Sudan on Tuesday, February 20, at 2:00-2:30 PM ETRegister for the call.

    Cover to Cover: February

    Somewhere in nature, a killer virus is boiling up in the bloodstream of a wild animal, preparing to jump to a human being. This not-yet-detected germ has the potential to wipe out millions of lives over a matter of weeks or months. That risk makes the threat posed by ISIS, a ground war, a massive climate event, or even the dropping of a nuclear bomb on a major city pale in comparison. 


    In The End of EpidemicsDr. Jonathan Quick, Harvard Medical School faculty member and Chair of the Global Heath Council, examines the eradication of smallpox and devastating effects of influenza, AIDS SARS, and Ebola. Analyzing efforts to contain these diseases and citing firsthand accounts of failure and success, Dr. Quick proposes a new set of actions which he has coined, "The Power of Seven," to end epidemics before they begin.  


    Register for the call


    Join us for February's Cover to Cover on Tuesday, February 13, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.


  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018 1:35 PM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, January 24, 2018

    Davos 2018; A 'Bloody Nose' for North Korea?; Turkey Enters Syria; German Coalition Efforts; Failing Venezuela

    Quote of the Week:

    "The world is led by an increasingly outstanding array - not just of people - but of personas. Hard against the business risk landscape is a collection of assertive leaders who rely on nationalism, and to varying degrees, populism."

    -- Charles Hecker, Senior Partner at Control Risks. Watch the video and be sure to join our special KNOW NOW webinar on the Top 5 Risks for 2018featuring Mr. Hecker on Tuesday, January 30, at 2:00-2:45 PM ET.

    Top 5 Risks for 2018

    Top 5 Risks for 2018


    World Economic Forum: Davos 2018

    Davos 2018 Live Stream -- World Economic Forum

    "The Five Things to Watch at Davos 2018" Ian Bremmer -- Eurasia Group, January 20, 2018

    "What to Expect at Davos 2018" Matthew Goodman; William Allan Reinsch; Sue Mi Terry -- CSIS, January 22, 2018

    "'America First Is Not America Alone': Trump Aims to Reset Global Opinion About Him in Davos" Heather Long -- The Washington Post, January 24, 2018

    "Davos Attendees Should Beware the Slowing of Potential Growth" Ayahn Kose -- Brookings, January 22, 2018

    "Davos Elite Hope Unpredictable Trump Doesn't Spoil Their Fun" Michael Campbell -- Bloomberg, January 33, 2018

    Implications of a Preemptive Strike on North Korea

    "Limited Strikes on North Korea Would Be an Unlimited Disaster" Luke O'Brien -- Foreign Policy, January 22, 2018

    "America Should Not Fall for North Korea's Belligerence" Gracy Olmstead -- The National Interest, January 23, 2018

    "American Illusions and Korean Realities: Preventing Conflict on the Korean Peninsula" Stephan Blank -- 38 North, January 18, 2018

    Crossing the Line: Turkish Military Forces Enter Syria

    "As the Islamic State Battle Ends, Old Feuds Resume" David Ignatius -- RealClear Politics, January 24, 2018

    "With Turkish Military Invasion, the Americans Are Once Again Trapped in Syria" Zvi Bar'el -- Haaretz, January 24, 2018

    "Will Syria Be Trump's Next Foreign Policy Blunder?" Daniel DePetris -- The National Interest, January 23, 2018

    "Could the Kurds Beat Turkey in Syria?" Michael Rubin -- Washington Examiner, January 22, 2018

    Another Chance at a German Coalition?

    "How Far Can Germany's Social Democrats Bend Before They Break?" Sumi Soma Somaskanda -- The Atlantic, January 23, 2018

    "Germany's Left Is Committing Suicide by Identity Politics" Timo Lochocki -- Foreign Policy, January 23, 2018

    "Imagining a Post-Merkel Germany" Jochen Bittner -- The New York Times, January 23, 2018

    "Germany's Social Democrats Vote for Formal Coalition Talks with Angela Merkel" J.C. -- The Economist, January 21, 2018

    Can It Get Any Worse? Updates on Venezuela

    "Venezuelan President Set to Run for Re-Election in 2018 Vote" Vivian Sequera and Alexandra Ulmer -- Reuters, January 23, 2018

    "How Much Worse Can It Get for Venezuela's State Oil Firm PDVSA?" Amy Meyers Jeffe -- Council on Foreign Relations, January 23, 2018

    "The Death Spiral of Venezuela's Oil Sector and What, if Anything, Can Be Done About It" Francisco Monaldi -- Forbes, January 24, 2018

    For previous Weekly World News Updates, please visit our website 


  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018 8:33 AM | Anonymous
    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 citizens and decision-makers expect in 2018? 

    WACA is pleased to present a special KNOW NOW webinar, featuring DC-based consultancy Control Risks' outlook for 2018. 

    Register for the call

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

    We will discuss the Top 5 Risks facing global organizations in the year ahead:

    1. North Korea escalation
    2. Large-scale cyber attacks targeting infrastructure
    3. U.S. becoming protectionist
    4. Big power rivalry in the Middle East
    5. Personalized leadership

    The webinar will showcase 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.

    February KNOW NOW

    Ambassador (Ret.) Mary Carlin Yates will be hosted by Derrick Olsen, President of WorldOregon, for a discussion about Sudan on Tuesday, February 20, at 2:00-2:30 PM ETRegister for the call.

    Celebrating 50 Years: WAC Orange County 

    The World Affairs Council of Orange Countywill celebrate its 50th anniversary on Tuesday, January 23


    Ryan Crocker, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon, will speak on "Middle East Meltdown: Causes and Consequences for the U.S." at WAC Orange County's commemorative event. Details.

    World Affairs Council of Hilton Head Hosts President of Chicago Council on Global Affairs


    The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head will host Ivo H. Daalder, President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, on Friday, January 26. Daalder, formerly the U.S. Ambassador to NATO, will discuss "Trump's Foreign Policy." 

    See details.

    Councils Are Hiring

    After nearly eight years of outstanding leadership, Anna Berry, Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, is stepping down from her position to pursue an opportunity at the New Hampshire Bar Association (see press release). The WAC New Hampshire Board is now conducting a search for its new executive director.See the job announcement.

    Global Minnesota is also hiring. See the posting for their new Corporate and Foundation Giving Officer.

    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

    Prizes:

    • 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 8at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

    Cover to Cover: February

    Somewhere in nature, a killer virus is boiling up in the bloodstream of a wild animal, preparing to jump to a human being. This not-yet-detected germ has the potential to wipe out millions of lives over a matter of weeks or months. That risk makes the threat posed by ISIS, a ground war, a massive climate event, or even the dropping of a nuclear bomb on a major city pale in comparison. 

    In The End of EpidemicsDr. Jonathan Quick, Harvard Medical School faculty member and Chair of the Global Heath Council, examines the eradication of smallpox and devastating effects of influenza, AIDS SARS, and Ebola. Analyzing efforts to contain these diseases and citing firsthand accounts of failure and success, Dr. Quick proposes a new set of actions which he has coined, "The Power of Seven," to end epidemics before they begin.  

    Register for the call

    Join us for February's Cover to Cover on Tuesday, February 13, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

    Academic WorldQuest 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

      

  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 10:22 AM | Anonymous


    WAC Pittsburgh Hosts Future of Korea Program

    The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh will host a Future of Korea program today, January 16, and Wednesday, January 17. This program, presented in partnership with the World Affairs Councils of America and the Korea Economic Institute (KEI), will feature a panel of experts selected by KEI:

    • Jaepil Moon, First Secretary, Embassy of Korea
    • Juli S. Kim, North Korea Desk Officer, U.S. Dept. of State
    • Juni Kim, Program Manager, Korea Economic Institute

    Global Minn. Cited for Great Decisions Program

    Global Minnesota was recognized by the Star Tribune for its timely focus on China in 2018 through its Great Decisions program. Read the article: "Rash Report: China Rises, Including to Top of 2018 'Risk List'."


    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


    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

    Prizes:

    • 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.


    Cover to Cover: February

    Somewhere in nature, a killer virus is boiling up in the bloodstream of a wild animal, preparing to jump to a human being. This not-yet-detected germ has the potential to wipe out millions of lives over a matter of weeks or months. That risk makes the threat posed by ISIS, a ground war, a massive climate event, or even the dropping of a nuclear bomb on a major city pale in comparison. 

    In The End of Epidemics, Dr. Jonathan Quick, Harvard Medical School faculty member and Chair of the Global Heath Council, examines the eradication of smallpox and devastating effects of influenza, AIDS SARS, and Ebola. Analyzing efforts to contain these diseases and citing firsthand accounts of failure and success, Dr. Quick proposes a new set of actions which he has coined, "The Power of Seven," to end epidemics before they begin.  

    Register for the call

    Join us for February's Cover to Cover on Tuesday, February 13, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.


    Listen to WACA Podcasts!

    On Wednesday, January 10, the World Affairs Councils of America hosted Richard N. Haass for a special Cover to Cover conference call on our world in disarray. Listen now.


    Academic WorldQuest 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!

    Tuesday, January 16

    Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts its Academic WorldQuest Competition. Details 

    Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council hosts David Firestein, Founding Executive Director of the China Public Policy Center, for "China's 19th People's Congress." Details

    World Affairs Council of Maine holds a discussion group, "Effects of Pulling Out of the Paris Climate Accord." Details

    Wednesday, January 17

    Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts David Firestein, Founding Executive Director of the China Public Policy Center, for "China - After the 19th Party Congress." Details

    WorldDenver hosts David Firestein, Founding Executive Director of the China Public Policy Center, for "China's Global Aspirations." Details

    World Affairs Forum (Stamford) hosts Michael Hanna, Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation, for "The Trump Administration and the Future of a Fractured Middle East." Details

    World Affairs Council of Upstate hosts Dr. Cleve Fraser, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Furman University, for "The U.S. Relationship with Latin America." Details

    World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Kemal Kirisci, Director of the Turkey Project at the Brookings Insittution, for "Turkey and the West: Navigating a Troubled Relationship." Details

    Thursday, January 18

    World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Sarrah Buageila, Project Manager at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, for "Celebrating the American Muslim." Details

    World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Daniel Yergen, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit, for "Global Perspectives." Details

    World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosts a panel of experts for "Dream Week: World Topics, Personal Voices." Details

    San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Khaleel Mohammed, Professor at San Diego State University, for "Understanding Islam and Its Role in Global Affairs." Details

    Indiana Council on World Affairs hosts Jorge Sanchez Catano, Deputy Consul of Mexico, for "Mexico: U.S. Neighbor and Friend." Details

    Worcester World Affairs Council  hosts Graham Allison, former Director of the Harvard University Belfer Center Science and International Affairs, for "Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucidides' Trap?" Details 

    Olympia World Affairs Council hosts Tom Rainey, Faculty Emeritus at The Evergreen State College, for "Russia and China's Strategic Alliance: Implications for the U.S." Details

    World Affairs Council of Las Vegas hosts Dr. Bruce Bennett, Senior International Defense Researcher at the RAND Corporation, for "Is Military Conflict a Prospect for the U.S. in East Asia?" Details

    Foreign Policy Association hosts Leon Botstein, President of Bard College, for "Elites, Education, and the Future." Details 

    Friday, January 19

    World Affairs Council of Austin hosts a panel of experts for, "Driving Innovation: 2018 Business Forecast." Details

    World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Graham Allison, former Director of the Harvard University Belfer Center Science and International Affairs, for "Destined for War: The Future of the American and Chinese Relationship." Details


  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018 12:42 PM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    Democracy in Danger; Managing North Korea; Asia Rising; Turkey-U.S. Relations Suffer; Political Turmoil in Prague

    Quote of the Week:

    "Democracy is facing its most serious crisis in decades. Democracy's basic tenets - including guarantees of free and fair elections, the rights ofminorities, freedom of the press, and rule of law - are under siege around the world."

    -- Michael Abramowitz, President of Freedom House, in a press releaseabout the Freedom in the World 2018 report, released Tuesday.

    Is Democracy in Danger?

    "Freedom in the World 2018: Democracy in Crisis" Michael Abramowitz -- Freedom House, January 16, 2018 [Report]

    "Democracy Is Far from Dead" Bruce Jones and Michael O'Hanlon -- Brookings, January 10, 2018

    "Time to Renew the Democracy Playbook" Lauren Mooney and Shannon Green -- CSIS, January 12, 2018

    "How's Democracy Holding Up After Trump's First Year?" Uri Friedman -- The Atlantic, January 13, 2018

    Asia Rising

    "America's Economic Future Rests on Its Partnership with Asia" Richard Fontaine and Daniel Kliman -- The National Interest, January 13, 2018

    "How China Infiltrated U.S. Classrooms" Ethan Epstein -- Politico, January 16, 2018

    Managing North Korea

    "Japan, Canada Vow to 'Maximize Pressure' on North Korea Through Vancouver Talks" Editorial Board -- Nikkei Asian Review, January 16, 2018

    "North Korea's Unlikely Strategic Opening" George Friedman -- RealClear World, January 16, 2018

    "The Olympics Will Only Make the Korea Crisis Worse" David Clay Large -- Foreign Policy, January 16, 2018

    "Rethinking North Korean Sanctions: Lessons and Strategies for Long-Term Planning" Kate Hewitt -- 38 North, January 16, 2018

    "The Consequences of War with North Korea" Abigail Stowe-Thurston and Erin Connolly -- Teen Vogue, January 4, 2018

    Turkey-U.S. Relations Devolve Over Syria

    "U.S.-Backed Force Could Cement a Kurdish Enclave in Syria" Anne Barnard -- The New York Times, January 16, 2018

    "Twilight of the Kurds" Joost Hiltermann and Maria Fantappie -- Foreign Policy, January 16, 2018

    "Syria War: Turkey Denounces U.S. 'Terror Army' Plan for Border" Editorial Board -- BBC, January 15, 2018

    No Confidence for the Czech Republic

    "Czech Government Quits After Confidence Vote, Uncertain Talks Ahead" Robert Muller and Jason Hovet -- Reuters, January 17, 2018

    "Czech Republic Faces Political Turmoil After No-Confidence Vote" Hana de Goeij -- The New York Times, January 16, 2018

    "The Czech Republic's Pro-Russian President Is In Trouble" Editorial Board -- The Economist, January 16, 2018


  • Tuesday, January 09, 2018 12:13 PM | Deleted user

    PRESS RELEASE: WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S DEPARTURE, SEEKS NEW LEADER

    After nearly eight years as Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, Anna Haigh Berry has announced that she will leave the position in February.

    “I’ve been honored to work with such a dedicated board and staff to advance the Council’s mission since 2010,” Berry said. “Together, we’ve greatly expanded the organization’s resources and reach: we’ve hosted over 2,000 international visitors and more than 200 events over the past eight years, creating respectful, informative dialogue in local schools and communities about global issues that matter.

    “While my departure is bittersweet, I’m excited about the momentum we’ve created and the opportunity for a new leader with a fresh vision to take the organization to an even higher level.”

    Berry will begin a new position as editor of publications at the New Hampshire Bar Association in February. The World Affairs Council’s Board of Directors has appointed a search committee to find a successor and Tim Horgan, currently Associate Director, will serve as Interim Executive Director during the search process. Candidates interested in applying for the position can learn more here: www.wacnh.org/employment

    “On behalf of the Council’s Board of Directors, I want to thank Anna for her leadership and vision as we worked collaboratively to modernize the Council’s operations and prepare the Granite State for a global future,” said Steve Solomon, President of the World Affairs Council. “The Council has become one of the state’s leading non-profits providing global education programs and international exchange services. “

    “We’re confident that Interim Director Tim Horgan and our next leader will continue to help the Council grow and thrive and we appreciate the support of our members and partners for our critical mission as we carry out this transition.”

    The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is a non-profit, non-partisan organization fostering learning, discussion and citizen involvement in world affairs since 1954. The Council is preparing the Granite State for a global future by creating and sustaining international connections that enhance our state's cultural, economic and civic life; building global knowledge and understanding through educational programs for communities and schools on foreign policy; and furthering the development of international leaders in partnership with the U.S. State Department.

    The Council is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America and Global Ties U.S. The Council is supported financially by memberships, program fees, donations from individuals and businesses, grants, a small endowment, and Southern New Hampshire University, which provides office space and other services.

  • Tuesday, January 09, 2018 9:22 AM | Anonymous


    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

    Prizes:

    • 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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