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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:08 PM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, February 21, 2018

    Countering Russia; Munich Security Conference; Critical Times in Syria; North Korean Cyber Threats; Chaos in Congo; Venezuelan Crisis

    Quote of the Week:

    "At no time since the collapse of the Soviet Union has the risk of armed conflict between major powers been as high as it is today. It couldn't be worse."

    -- Wolfgang Ishchinger, Chairman of the 2018 Munich Security Conference , recorded by Politico Europe on Friday. 

    Countering Russia

    "There's Still Time to Act Against Russian Interference" Daniel Fried -- The Atlantic, February 18, 2018

    "Did the U.S. 'Hack Back' at Russia? Here's Why This Matters in Cyberwarfare" Michael Poznansky and Evan Perkoski -- The Washington Post, February 21, 2018

    "Vladimir Putin's Parallel State" Maxim Trudolyubov -- Kennan Institute, February 21, 2018

    "Vladimir Putin's Wartime Presidency" Leon Aron -- National Review, February 16, 2018

    'To the Brink - And Back?' 2018 Munich Security Conference

    "'We're in Trouble': Rancor Rules at Munich Security Conference" Carl Schreck -- Radio Free Europe, February 18, 2018

    "Five Takeaways from the Munich Security Conference" Ulrike Esther Franke -- European Council on Foreign Relations, February 20, 2018

    "The Munich Security Conference Is One of the Premier Global Forums, So What's with the Malaise?" Daniel Drezner -- The Washington Post, February 18, 2018

    Critical Times in Syria

    "With Nowhere Else to Turn, Syrian Kurds Will Have to Embrace Assad's Army" Zvi Bar'el -- Haaretz, February 20, 2018 

    "Afrin Marks the Point of Collapse for American Influence in Syria" David Goldman -- Asia Times, February 21, 2018

    Cyber Threats from North Korea

    "North Korea Steps Up Cyber Powers with Shadowy 'Reaper' Hacker Group" Nicola Smith -- The Telegraph, February 20, 2018

    "All Eyes on North Korea" Jenna McLaughlin -- Foreign Policy, February 15, 2018

    Chaos in the Congo

    "Congo Is Sliding Back to Bloodshed" Editorial Board -- The Economist, February 15, 2018

    "Congo for the Congolese" Helen Epstein -- The New York Review of Books, February 19, 2018 

    Venezuela's Mounting Humanitarian Crisis

    "Venezuela: The Downward Spiral Continues" Andrew Stanley; Sarah Ladislaw; Adam Sieminski; Frank Verrastro -- CSIS, February 16, 2018 

    "Witnessing Venezuela's Exodus" Vanessa Neumann -- The Cipher Brief, February 18, 2018
    "A Venezuelan Refugee Crisis" Shannon O'Neil -- Council on Foreign Relations, February 15, 2018 [Report]


  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018 9:07 AM | Anonymous

    Welcome: Montana WAC New Executive Director

    Please join WACA in wishing a warm welcome to Janet Rose, the new Executive Director of Montana World Affairs Council. Janet has had a 30-year career in nonprofit management, specializing in international affairs, youth leadership, and wildlife conservation.

    "Advancing our understanding and awareness of the international arena enriches our lives, our communities, and our understanding of the world around us. The future however, lies in the hands of youth and it is important to help them understand global affairs and the ways in which current issues impact our lives here at home," says Janet of the importance of her new role.


    World Affairs Council of San Antonio Holds

    International Citizen of the Year Award Dinner

    On Thursday, February 22, the World Affairs Council of San Antonio will honor Joe Strauss, a small business owner and Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives at its 2018 International Citizen of the Year Award Dinner.  

    The keynote speaker for this distinguished dinner will be Jon Meacham, Executive Vice President and Executive Editor at Random House Publishing Group.

    *Reminder to Councils:

    Send your 2018 Council Dues by February 28 and we will waive fees for the May 17-18 Spring Leadership Meeting, hosted by WAC San Antonio! (WACA National Board Meeting follows on May 19.)


    March Cover to Cover: Israeli National Security

    National security has been at the forefront of the Israeli experience for seven decades, with threats ranging from terrorism, to vast rocket and missile arsenals, and even existential nuclear dangers. Yet, despite its overwhelming preoccupation with foreign and defense affairs, Israel does not have a formal national defense strategy.

    In Israeli National Security, Chuck Freilich presents an authoritative analysis of the military, diplomatic, demographic, and societal challenges Israel faces today, to propose a comprehensive and long-term Israeli national security strategy.

    Register for the call.

    Join next month's Cover to Cover to discuss Chuck Freilich's new book, Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change, on Thursday, March 1, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.


    Listen to WACA Podcasts!

     Last week, WACA hosted Dr. Jonathan Quick on our February Cover to Cover conference call to discuss his new book, The End of Epidemics: The Looming Threat to Humanity and How to Stop It

    Listen to the podcast.


    Call for Applications: 

    SQCC Intensive Summer Language Program

    The word Sabla in Omani Arabic dialect refers to places in communities where people gather to receive hospitality. Sabla also serves as a meeting place to discuss important public issues. 

    The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center's Sabla Program is an intensive summer language program designed to benefit current university-level students and recent graduates. The program emphasized the instruction of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). The program runs for five weeks, offering highly intensive coursework in Arabic.

    Scholarships are available. Apply by May 6, 2018. See more details.


    Councils and WACA 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.

    WACA is seeking two Program and Outreach Interns for Summer 2018! See details and application requirements.


    Wednesday, February 21

    Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts H.E. David O'Sullivan, Ambassador of the European Union to the U.S., for "Transatlantic Ties and Tensions: Outlook for EU-U.S. Relations in 2018." Details

    World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts H.E. Aizaz Chaudhry, Ambassador of Pakistan to the U.S., for "The Future of U.S.-Pakistan Relations." Details

    World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Dennis Ross, William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, for "Closing Conflicts: Prospects for Negotiations in the Middle East." Details

    World Affairs Council of Rhode Island hosts Dan Stretchay, U.S. Representative of the Roundtable On Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), for "Socio-Economic Effects Of Palm Oil." Details

    World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts hosts WACA Cover to Cover author Haroon Ullah, Chief Strategy Officer at the Broadcasting Board of Governors, for "How Do We Stop the Next World War? The Weaponization of Information and the Fight For Cyber Supremacy." Details

    Global Minnesota hosts Ross Wilson, Distinguished Senior Fellow in the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council, for "Turkey - A Partner in Crisis." Details

    World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts Trita Parsi, President of the Iranian American Council, and Haleh Karimi, Executive Director of Interfaith Paths to Peace, for "Can Iran Be Trusted? The Evolution of the Iran Nuclear Deal." Details

    San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Emily Edmonds-Poli, Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at University of San Diego, for "Mexico's Upcoming Elections and What They Mean for the U.S." Details

    World Affairs Council of South Texas hosts Peter Gross, specialist in post-Communist Europe and media studies, for "Romania's Re-emerging Role as Strategic Partner in the U.S. and European Affairs." Details

    World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Solomon Lausch, Executive Director of Berks Business Education Coalition, for "The Peace Corps: JFK to Today." Details

    World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California hosts James Coyle, Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council, for "The Power of Intervention: How Russia is Recapturing Its Empire." Details

    World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts a panel of religious experts for "The Meaning of Jerusalem." Details

    Indiana Council on World Affairs hosts Robert Einterz, Associate Dean for Global Health at Indiana University, for "Great Decisions: Global Health and Progress." Details

    Thursday, February 22

    World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Philip Yun, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Ploughshares Fund, for "Escalating Tensions on the Korean Peninsula." Details

    World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America, for "Porsche: Embracing Change." Details

    Institute of World Affairs (Milwaukee) hosts Hannah Hetzer, Senior International Policy Manager at the Drug Policy Alliance, for "Winning the Opioid War: Enforcement, Treatment, and Prevention." Details

    World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts Mark Hehl, Consultant at Kairos Consulting Worldwide, for a discussion of his book, Amusing Confessions of an International Consultant. Details

    World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Abbas Millani, Co-Director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution, for "Why Is Iran Protesting?" Details

    World Affairs Council of Austin hosts Daniel Jaffee, Vice President of Research and Professor of Astronomy at the University of Texas Austin, for "How Technology, Serendipity, and the Weirdness of Nature Have Changed What We Know About the Universe." Details

    Friday, February 23

    WorldOregon hosts David Kohl, Statewide International Trade Liaison at the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network, for "Great Decisions: China & America - The New Geopolitical Equation." Details



  • Thursday, February 15, 2018 10:10 AM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    Russia Pervades; U.S. National Defense Strategy; Tillerson's Middle East Trip; Turkey at War; India and China Tensions Over Maldives; Zuma to Step Down

    Quote of the Week:

    "Frankly, the United States is under attack. Under attack by entities that are using cyber to penetrate virtually every major action that takes place in the United States."

    -- Daniel Coats, U.S. Director of National Intelligence , in remarks during the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's Worldwide Threats Hearing on Tuesday. 

    Russia Pervades

    "Russian Threat to Elections to Persist Through 2018, Spy Bosses Warn Congress" Miles Parks -- NPR, February 13, 2018

    "The (Former) Soviet Empire Strikes Back" Richard Sokolsky and Paul Stronski -- The National Interest, February 13, 2018

    "The Surprising Success of Putinomics" Chris Miller -- Foreign Affairs, February 7, 2018

    "What Ban? Patriotic Fervor Grips Russia's Celebration House in South Korea" Tariq Panja -- The New York Times, February 11, 2018 

    The New National Defense Strategy

    "Defending America Means Defending Democracy" Richard Fontaine and Daniel Twining -- Foreign Policy, February 13, 2018

    "The National Defense Strategy: A Compelling Case for Defense Innovation" Steve Blank -- War on the Rocks, February 12, 2018

    "Oversight and Accountability in U.S. Security Sector Assistance" Melissa Dalton; Hijab Shah; Shannon Green -- Center for Strategic and International Studies, February 12, 2018 [Report]

    Tillerson Travels the Middle East

    "Previewing Secretary Tillerson's Upcoming Trip to Amman, Jordan; Ankara, Turkey; Beirut, Lebanon; Cairo, Egypt; and Kuwait City, Kuwait" Senior State Department Officials -- U.S. Department of State, February 9, 2018 [Special Briefing]

    "Rex Tillerson Is Skipping Israel on a Massive Tour of the Middle East, and It's Looking More and More Like a Mistake" Peter Jacobs -- Business Insider, February 11, 2018 

    "New Tensions Between America and Turkey Are Overshadowing the Anti-Islamic State Unity Meeting" Matthew Lee - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 13, 2018

    "Talking Turkey" Carmine Gentile -- Atlantic Council, February 12, 2018

    Turkey at War

    "Turkey Is Out of Control. Time for the U.S. to Say So" Eric Edelman and Jake Sullivan -- Politico, February 13, 2018

    "General Erdogan's First War" Steven Cook -- Foreign Policy, February 7, 2018 

    "Instead of Turning East, Turkey Is Going It Alone" Nick Danforth -- War on the Rocks, February 13, 2018

    Maldives Crisis Brings India-China Rivalry to the Fore

    "The Crisis in the Maldives, Explained" Nayma Qayum -- The Washington Post, February 12, 2018 

    "As Maldives Burns, Lessons for China and India's Limited Options" David Brewster -- South China Morning Post, February 7, 2018

    "Can Soft Power Help Repair China-India Ties?" Tridivesh Singh Maini -- The Diplomat, February 10, 2018

    South Africa's Zuma to Step Down 

    "South Africa's Ruling Party Recalled President Zuma. But the ANC Faces 3 Big Challenges" Benjamin Bradlow -- The Washington Post, February 14, 2018

    "Jacob Zuma's Undoing" John Campbell -- Council on Foreign Relations, February 13, 2018

    "Jacob Zuma's Last Stand" Editorial Board -- The Economist, February 13, 2018


  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018 10:03 AM | Anonymous

    TOMORROW: Cover to Cover with Dr. Quick

    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 tomorrow, February 13, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.


    KNOW NOW: A New U.S. Strategy for Sudan

    Ambassador (Ret.) Mary Carlin Yates recently returned from Sudan, where she served as U.S. Interim Chargé d'Affaires (2011-2012). The goal of the January trip was to make progress on assessing a re-engagement strategy between the U.S. and this geopolitically significant state, at the crossroads of Africa and the Middle East. 

    "We are at a critical time, and the progress towards re-engagement and having a strong bilateral relationship beneficial to both nations hangs in the balance as Khartoum's government and president flirt with closer relations with Russia," Ambassador Yates told WACA and WorldOregon in an email. 

    Register for the call.

    Read Sudan: A Strategy for Re-Engagement by Ambassador Yates and Kelsey Lilley, and join Derrick Olsen, President of WorldOregon, as he hosts Ambassador Yates for this KNOW NOW call on Tuesday, February 20, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.


    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.


    WAC St. Louis Names New Executive Director

    Please join WACA in wishing a warm welcome to Robert Foster, the new Executive Director of World Affairs Council of St. Louis. Foster brings more than 30 years of professional association and communications experience to the position. He previously served as Executive Director of the American Optometric Student Association. 

    Read the press release.

    WACA would also like to congratulate Robert Fischer on his retirement after 16 years of service at the Council's helm. Bob, currently a member of the WACA National Board, has been named Executive Director, Emeritus of WAC St. Louis.


    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to Speak at WAC Atlanta

    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - Africa's "Iron Lady" - overcame abuse, imprisonment, and exile to become the first elected female head of state in Africa. President of Liberia from 2006 until this year, Sirleaf turned her country around after 25 years of violence and misrule by securing peace in Liberia, promoting economic and social development, and strengthening the position of women - all of which earned her the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.

    The World Affairs Council of Atlanta will host President Sirleaf for a special breakfast, "Madame President: From Liberia's Leader to Nobel Laureate," on Thursday, February 15. Details


    FPA Centennial Panel: Women in Development

    This Thursday, February 15, the Foreign Policy Association, founded in 1918, will host a centennial year panel. Co-hosted with Brown Brothers Harriman,  a firm that is celebrating its bicentennial this year, this panel - "The Critical Role of Women in Social and Economic Development" - features:

    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka 

    UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

    Françoise Girard 

    President of the International Women's Health Coalition

    Mary "Nina" Henderson 

    Director of the Foreign Policy Association and of CNO Finanacial Group

    Katalin Bogyay 

    Ambassador of Hungary to the UN

    Isobel Coleman 

    Former U.S. Ambassador of Management, Reform, and Special Political Affairs to the UN

    See more details.


    Amb. Kenton Keith to Speak at 

    WAC Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

    World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky, WACA's Council of the Month, will host Kenton Keith, former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar (1992-1995), tomorrow, February 13. Amb. Keith will discuss "Iran Versus Saudi Arabia." The evening will also include a reception and dinner prior to Amb. Keith's remarks. Details


  • Thursday, February 08, 2018 10:49 AM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, February 7, 2018

    PyeongChang Olympics; Tillerson in Latin America; European Populism; Trouble in South Africa; Crisis in the Maldives

    Quote of the Week:

    "The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests - no party's, no president's, only Putin's."

    -- John McCain, U.S Senator (R-AZ) , in a statement released Friday, regarding the release of the Nunes memo to the public. 

    North Korea and the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics

    "North Korea Diplomacy and the Winter Olympics" Leif-Eric Easley -- The Diplomat, February 7, 2018

    "North and South Korea Made Peace for the Olympics. But It Won't Last" Charlie Campbell -- Time, February 1, 2018

    "Enjoy the Olympics but Talks with North Korea Will Fail" Robert Kelly -- The National Interest, February 5, 2018 

    "Don't Be Fooled by North Korea's Winter Olympics Charm Offensive" Kim Sengupta -- Independent, February 6, 2018

    "The Mixed Record of Sports Diplomacy" Eleanor Albert -- Council on Foreign Relations, February 5, 2018

    "The Education of Kim Jong-Un" Jung Pak -- Brookings, February 6, 2018

    Tillerson's Trip to Latin America

    "Tillerson Tries to Soothe Troubled Allies in Latin America. It's Not an Easy Sell." Elisabeth Malkin -- The New York Times, February 2, 2018 

    "Tillerson to Latin America: Beware of China" Krishnadev Calamur -- The Atlantic, February 3, 2018

    "Tillerson Praises Monroe Doctrine, Warns Latin America of 'Imperial' Chinese Ambitions" Robbie Gramer and Keith Johnson -- Foreign Policy, February 2, 2018

    Checking in on European Populism 

    "Europe's Populists Are Waltzing Into the Mainstream" Editorial Board -- The Economist, February 3, 2018 

    "Muslim Voters and the European Left" Rafaela Danygier -- Foreign Affairs, February 6, 2018 

    "Crisis and Cohesion in the European Union: A Ten-Year Review" Josef Janning -- European Council on Foreign Relations, February 5, 2018

    Germany Finally Settles on Coalition 

    "Germany's Angela Merkel Finally Reaches Coalition Deal with SPD" Ben Knight -- Deutsche Welle, February 7, 2018

    Day Zero for South Africa? 

    "In Drought-Hit South Africa, the Politics of Water" William Saunderson-Meyer -- Reuters, February 5, 2018

    "South African President Jacob Zuma Faces Pressure to Resign" Rachel Elbaum -- NBC News, February 6, 2018

    "President Zuma's Speech Postponed as South African Power Struggle Intensifies" Norimitsu Onishi -- The New York Times, February 6, 2018 

    Maldives: Constitutional Crisis in Paradise

    "A Beautiful Place for a Crisis: How Politics Spoiled the Maldives Tropical Paradise" Shashank Bengali -- Los Angeles Times, February 6, 2018 

    "Crisis Continues in a Land of Pretty Islands, as Justices and Ex-Leader Are Arrested" Hassan Moosa and Jeffrey Gettleman -- The New York Times, February 5, 2018
    "Crisis in Male" Editorial Board -- The Hindu, February 5, 2018

    For previous Weekly World News Updates, please visit our website 

  • 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 


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