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  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018 1:34 PM | Anonymous

    May 23, 2018

    Weekly World News Update

    Israel-Palestine Conflict; Iran Deal and the EU; North Korea Talks; U.S.-China Trade War; Venezuela's Elections; Reform in Saudi Arabia?

    Quote of the Week

    "No nation in the world allows foreigners to storm its border. Period. When the declared intention of the aggressors is to kill that nation’s citizens, it is laughable to even suggest that a forceful response would not ensue."

    -- H.E. David Friedman, U.S. Ambassador to Israel, in a Monday article for Fox News about the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and violence in Gaza.

    "The occupation must end, so the people of Palestine can be liberated, and the people of Israel liberated from it. End the occupation, and the violence and insecurity will largely disappear."

    -- Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a statement at the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on Friday.

    Israel-Palestine Conflict: Is There Hope for Peace?

    "How to End the Endless Conflict Between Israel and the Palestinians" Editorial Board -- The Economist, May 17, 2018

    "How Netanyahu Is Stoking Israelis' Fear of the Nakba" Galia Golan -- Haaretz, May 21, 2018

    "World Must Tell Gaza’s Hamas-Abused Masses the Truth: There Will Be No ‘Return’" David Horovitz -- The Times of Israel, May 17, 2018

    "Palestinians Ask ICC to Open Full Inquiry Into Israel" Marlise Simons and Alan Cowell -- The New York Times, May 22, 2018

    "Don’t Blame Hamas for the Gaza Bloodshed" Sari Bashi -- Foreign Policy, May 22, 2018

    The Iran Deal and the Future of U.S.-EU Relations

    "Pompeo Demands a King's Ransom from Iran" Curt Mills -- The National Interest, May 21, 2018

    "The Trump Administration’s Plan B on Iran Is No Plan at All" Suzanne Maloney -- Brookings Institution, May 22, 2018

    "The Saudi Lobby’s Scheme to Destroy the Iran Deal" William D. Hartung and Ben Freeman -- The American Conservative, May 23, 2018

    "Europeans Want to Break Up with America. Deep Down, They Should Know that They Can’t" James Kirchick -- The Washington Post, May 22, 2018

    What's the Deal with the North Korea Talks?

    "We Need to Test Our Assumptions About North Korea" Ken Gause -- The National Interest, May 22, 2018

    "Who’s to Blame the Hiccup in North Korea Talks? South Koreans Say Bolton" Anna Fifield -- The Washington Post, May 21, 2018

    "Trump Blames China’s Xi Jinping for Sabotaging the Kim Jong Un Summit" Gordon G. Chang -- The Daily Beast, May 23, 2018

    "Trump's DPRK Dilemma" Dan Blumenthal -- American Enterprise Institute, May 22, 2018

    U.S.-China Trade War Negotiations Move Forward

    "Who Will Be the Biggest Losers from a China-U.S. Trade War Truce?" Frank Tang and Liu Zhen -- South China Morning Post, May 22, 2018

    "Trump’s China Deal Is the Worst Ever" Edward Alden -- Nikkei Asian Review, May 22, 2018

    "In Trade War With U.S., China Gets the Upper Hand" Greg Ip -- The Wall Street Journal, May 22, 2018

    Aftermath of the Venezuelan Elections

    "How Long Can Nicolás Maduro Hang on to Power in Venezuela?" Jon Lee Anderson -- The New Yorker, May 22, 2018

    "As Trump Adds Sanctions on Venezuela, Its Neighbors Reject Election Result" Nicholas Casey and Julie Hirschfeld Davis -- The New York Times, May 21, 2018

    "A Fraudulent Election Means Even More Problems for Venezuela" Dany Bahar -- Brookings Institution, May 22, 2018 [Podcast]

    Social Reform Halts in Saudi Arabia

    "Saudi Arabia Hits the Brakes on Reforms" Simon Henderson -- The Atlantic, May 22, 2018

    "Saudi Arabia Expands Crackdown on Women’s Rights Activists" Sarah Dadouch -- Reuters, May 22, 2018

  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018 3:46 PM | Anonymous

    May 21, 2018

    WACA Weekly

    This Week: WACA's Recap on San Antonio Meeting; Future of Korea at WAC Harrisburg; McFaul on Russia Podcast; plus Council Highlights

    Spring Leadership and Board Meetings - Thank You WAC San Antonio!

    WAC San Antonio's Leslie Palmer (C) with WACA Board members and guests

    Karen Burghart (L), Matthew Hughes, and Kimberley Coles

    Stratfor VP Reva Goujon delivers Friday dinner keynote

    Thank you to all who attended the Council Leadership and WACA Board meetings last week in Texas, and especially to Leslie Palmer and her World Affairs Council of San Antonio team for hosting such a successful program!

    In addition to workshops on How to Build an Endowment and on Developing Strong Corporate Relations, WACA President Bill Clifford presented the findings of our Council Benchmarking Survey. So far, we have a 53% participation rate from the Council network. According to Council colleagues, this survey provides invaluable information for local Councils. WACA would like to make our data even more robust by having 100% participation and so have kept the survey open. You can find the link here. Please fill it out if your Council has not yet done so. We are grateful!

    Additionally, WACA and Council leaders held a productive discussion on the benefits of WACA membership. We will continue the conversation at the WACA National Conference, November 7-9, and aim to have the new dues structure in place by 2019. We value your input and encourage you to join us at the Conference for the Fall Leadership Meeting, signature policy forums, and special events.

    WAC San Antonio logo

    Take Council Survey!

    WAC Harrisburg Hosts Future of Korea

    The first of eight Future of Korea 2018 events in the annual WACA-KEI program series will be held on Thursday, May 24.

    World Affairs Council of Harrisburg will present this program in conjunction with its 2018 Torch of Global Enlightenment Awards, honoring distinguished individuals and globally responsible organizations.

    See more

    Listen to Michael McFaul on podcast!

    From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin's Russia is a riveting inside account of four decades of U.S.-Russia relations, from the fall of the Soviet Union to the rise of the Russian President and his hostile challenge to the West.

    Listen to the May Cover to Cover podcast of our conference call with Ambassador Michael McFaul on his new book.

    World Affairs Council of Seattle and World Affairs Council of Orange County will feature McFaul in public forums this week. (see Council Highlights below.)

    Join us for WACA's June 12 Cover to Cover with Ambassador Rick Barton on his new book, Peace Works.

    Listen now

    WorldBoston Is Hiring!

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

    Apply today!

    Council Highlights

    Monday, May 21

    Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts François-Philippe Champagne, International Trade Minister of Canada, for “NAFTA: North American Competitiveness is Job #1.” Details

    World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Jesús Silva-Herzog Márquez, Professor of Law at Instituto Tecnológico Autonomo de Mexico, for “Mexico's Presidential Election and U.S.-Mexico Relations.” Details

    World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts a panel of experts for “The Future of U.S.-China Relations: A Debate.” Details

    Tuesday, May 22

    World Affairs Council of Austin hosts David Firestein, Founding Director of the China Public Policy Center, for “China, Innovation, and Us.” Details

    World Affairs Council Upstate hosts Paul Berg, former Foreign Service Officer, for “American Foreign Policy: Truth and Fiction from a Firsthand Perspective.” Details

    Santa Fe Council on International Relations holds a screening of Red Light Revolution. Details

    World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Elizabeth Kiss, President of Agnes Scott College, for “Reimagining ATL as a Global Leader.” Details

    Wednesday, May 23

    San Diego World Affairs Council hosts WACA 2017 Conference speaker Steven Pifer, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, for “Ukraine: Russian Interference and How the U.S. Can Bolster Ukrainian Security.” Details

    World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Shlomi Kofman, Consul General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, for “Diplomat Luncheon.” Details

    Global Minnesota hosts Tom Hanson, Diplomat in Residence at University of Minnesota Duluth, and Joan Brzezinski, Executive Director of the China Center and Confucius Institute, for “Bridging the Gap in U.S.-China Negotiation and Communication Styles.” Details

    World Affairs Council of St. Louis hosts Rob Rudloff, Cybersecurity Team Leader at RubinBrown, and Matt Flinner, Education and Outreach Coordinator at Better Business Bureau, for “Cyber Security and You.” Details 

    World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, for "From Cold War to Hot Peace: Looking Back and Forward in the U.S. Russia Relationship." Details 

    Thursday, May 24

    World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, to discuss his book, From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia. Details

    World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts WACA 2017 Conference speaker Steven Pifer, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, and James Coyle, Director of the Center for Global Education at Chapman University, for “Russia’s Border Wars and Frozen Conflicts.” Details

    International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts a panel of experts for “The Opportunities and Challenges of Chinese Investment in the U.S.” Details

    World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts Norman Bowen, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at California State University East Bay, for “Macron’s Vision for France and Europe.” Details

    World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts WACA Cover to Cover author Dr. Jonathan D. Quick, Chair of the Global Health Council, to discuss his book, The End of Epidemics: The Looming Threat to Humanity and How to Stop It. Details

    World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Brigadier General Stephen Cheney, USMC (Ret.), CEO of the American Security Project, for “First to Respond: The Military in the Age of Climate Change.” Details

    World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Brett Baier, Chief Political Anchor at Fox News Channel, to discuss his book, Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire. Details

  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018 1:52 PM | Anonymous

    May 16, 2018

    Weekly World News Update

    North Korea Talks; Israel-Palestine Conflict; Iraq's New PM; Rohingya Crisis; Burundi Votes

    Quote of the Week

    "If the U.S. is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment we will no longer be interested in such dialogue and cannot but reconsider our proceeding to the DPRK-U.S. summit."

    -- Kim Kye Gwan, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister, in a Tuesday statement about the upcoming June talks with the U.S.

    North Korea Gets Cold Feet

    "White House Brushes Aside North Korea's Threats to Cancel Summit with Trump" Mark Landler; Choe Sang-Hun; Jane Perlez -- The New York Times, May 16, 2018

    "Deciphering Kim Jong Un's Motives" Michael Green -- Foreign Affairs, May 16, 2018

    "A Step-By-Step Plan for Denuclearizing North Korea" Michael O'Hanlon -- The National Interest

    Israel-Palestine Conflict Hits Inflection Point

    "Celebration in Jerusalem, Bloodshed in Gaza" Emma Green -- The Atlantic, May 14, 2018

    "Israel Has the Right and Obligation to Defend Its Border with Deadly Force" David French -- National Review, May 15, 2018

    "The Spirit of Palestinian Resistance Will Not Be Broken" Omar Baddar -- Al Jazeera, May 15, 2018

    "The Damage Done in Jerusalem" Steven A. Cook -- Council on Foreign Relations, May 15, 2018

    "Jerusalem Protests: Violence in the Vacuum" Hugh Lovatt -- European Council on Foreign Relations, May 15, 2018

    Iraq's New Prime Minister

    "Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Discusses Election Results" Mary Louise Kelly and Zalmay Khalilzad -- NPR, May 15, 2018 [Podcast]

    "The Time to Stop Bankrolling the Iraqi Military Is Now" Jason C. Ditz -- The American Conservative, May 15, 2018

    "Iraq's Election: A Key Event in America's Wars" Anthony H. Cordesman and Munqith Dagher -- Center for Strategic and International Studies, May 14, 2018

    Checking In on Rohingya Crisis

    "As Obama Eased Myanmar Sanctions, Some Saw Warnings of a Massacre" Priyanka Boghani -- PBS Frontline, May 10, 2018

    "Aung San Suu Kyi Is a Politician, Not a Monster" Peter A Coclanis -- Foreign Policy, May 14, 2018

    "Process as Well as Substance Is Important in ICC's Rohingya Decision" Alex Whiting -- Just Security, May 15, 2018

    Burundi Votes on New Constitution

    "Burundi Votes Tomorrow on Controversial Constitutional Amendments. A Lot Is at Stake" Yolande Bouka and Sarah Jackson -- The Washington Post, May 16, 2018

    "Burundi Referendum to Extend Presidential Term Raises Fears of Violence" Cristina Krippahl -- Deutsche Welle, May 16, 2018

  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018 10:19 AM | Anonymous

    May 15, 2018

    TODAY: Cover to Cover

    From Cold War to Hot Peace

    In 2008, when Michael McFaul was asked to leave his perch at Stanford and join an unlikely presidential campaign, he had no idea that he would find himself at the beating heart of one of today’s most contentious and consequential international relationships. As President Obama’s adviser on Russian affairs, McFaul helped craft the U.S. policy known as “reset” that fostered unprecedented collaboration between the two countries. Then, as U.S. Ambassador to Russia (2012-2014), he had a front-row seat when this fleeting, hopeful moment crumbled with Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency.

    From Cold War to Hot Peace is a riveting inside account that combines history and memoir to tell the full story of U.S.-Russia relations from the fall of the Soviet Union to the new rise of the hostile, paranoid Russian president.

    Join the May Cover to Cover conference call to discuss McFaul's new book, From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin's Russia, today, May 15, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

    June 12

    Rick Barton will discuss Peace Works: America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World.

    July 10

    Dambisa Moyo will discuss Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth - and How to Fix It.

    Register for today's call


  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018 10:03 AM | Anonymous

    May 14, 2018

    WACA Weekly

    This Week: Join Cover to Cover with Michael McFaul; Spring Leadership and Board Meetings; Final Call to Vote for National Board Slate; International Relations Council Hosts Ambassador of the Czech Republic; Work at WorldBoston; Council Highlights

    TOMORROW: Michael McFaul on Cover to Cover

    When Michael McFaul was asked to leave his perch at Stanford and join an unlikely presidential campaign in 2008, he had no idea that he would find himself at the beating heart of one of today’s most contentious and consequential international relationships. As President Obama’s adviser on Russian affairs, McFaul helped craft the U.S. policy known as “reset” that fostered unprecedented collaboration between the two countries. Then, as U.S. Ambassador to Russia (2012-2014), he had a front-row seat when this fleeting, hopeful moment crumbled with Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency.

    From Cold War to Hot Peace is a riveting inside account that combines history and memoir to tell the full story of U.S.-Russia relations from the fall of the Soviet Union to the new rise of the hostile, paranoid Russian president.

    Join the May Cover to Cover conference call to discuss McFaul's new book, From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin's Russia, on Tuesday, May 15 from 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

    Register today

    Stratfor's Reva Goujon to Speak at Leadership Meeting Dinner: Where U.S. Trade Policy and Grand Strategy Intersect

    Reva Goujon, Vice President of Global Analysis at Stratfor, will keynote a special dinner at San Antonio's Club Giraud on Friday, May 18 from 6:00-9:00 pm, following the leadership workshop sessions.

    The meetings will open with an installment of WAC San Antonio's Distinguished Speaker Series, "San Antonio’s First 300 Years: From Spanish Colony to Modern City," on Thursday, May 17 at 5:30 pm.

    The WACA Board meets Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

    See May 17-18 Agenda

    Reva Goujon

    VP of Global Analysis

    Stratfor

    Council Leaders: Please Vote by May 18


    New WACA National Board terms will commence July 1 (a term is three years).

    According to the bylaws, one authorized representative of each member organization may vote YEA or NAY on the nominees for the WACA National Board. See bios.

    Please respond by email vote to Chelsea Beaulieu at cbeaulieu@worldaffairscouncils.org no later than close of business on Friday, May 18.

    With the start of our new fiscal year on July 1, 2018, WACA National Board Committees will be recomposed. The Nominating Committee will announce an official call for nominations to the board in early September. Please begin now to consider the strongest Supporting (corporate and institutional) and Council candidates for the WACA National Board, with terms to start in July 2019. 

    CANDIDATES ELECTION (JULY 2018-JUNE 2021 TERM):

    BOARD CANDIDATES (Supporting Member Nominees):

    Carlos Alvarez, CEO, The Gambrinus Company (TX)

    Alex Lari, CEO, The Claremont Group (NY) 

    BOARD CANDIDATES (Council Rep Nominees):

    Joan Lemoine, immediate past Executive Director, WAC Hilton Head

    Derrick Olsen, President, WorldOregon

    Incumbent Supporting Member Nominee (second 3-year term):

    Forough Hosseini, Senior Vice President, Information Systems, ICI Homes, Inc. (FL) 

    Incumbent Council Rep Nominees (second 3-year term):

    Craig Snyder, President and CEO, WAC Philadelphia 

    Xiao Yin Zhao, Executive Director, WAC Kentucky and Southern Indiana

    International Relations Council (Kansas City) to Host H.E. Kmoníček

    International Relations Council hosts H.E. Hynek Kmoníček, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the U.S., and Ladislava Begeç Consul General of Slovakia in New York, Wednesday, May 14, for "100th Anniversary of the Pittsburgh Agreement."

    The Pittsburgh Agreement established Czechoslovakia as an independent nation after WWI in the wake of the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

    See more

    WorldBoston Is Hiring!

    WorldBoston is hiring a manager of operations and global education programs!

    Apply today!

    Request for Proposals: Meridian International Center U.S. Exchange Alumni Network and Capacity Building Program

    Meridian International Center is seeking proposal partners for the FY2018 U.S. Exchange Alumni Network and Capacity Building Program. This program seeks to expand engagement with American citizen alumni by offering professional development seminars and accompanying career events in different regions of the U.S., focusing on professional networks, capacity building, and job-skills training.

    Selected partner organizations will be responsible for the following:

    ·     In collaboration with Meridian, design one- to two-day professional development seminars and career opportunities for approximately 40-200 U.S. citizen alumni of USG-funded exchange programs;

    ·     Identify speakers, trainers, and local business contacts to participate in the professional development seminars and follow-on activities;

    ·     Assist Meridian to execute a communications strategy in order to drive event recruitment and media coverage.

    Deadline for applications: Friday, May 18.

    More information



  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018 1:49 PM | Anonymous

    May 9, 2018

    Weekly World News Update

    U.S. Leaves Iran Deal; Haspel CIA Controversy; U.S.-North Korea Relations; Armenia's New PM; Malaysia Votes; Global Health

    Quote of the Week

    "The Iranian nuclear deal is defective at its core."

    -- U.S. President Donald Trump, in a speech Tuesday announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the deal.

    "We will begin again with the enrichment of uranium at an industrial level without limits."

    -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, in a speech in reply to the U.S. decision.

    "Walking away from the JCPOA turns our back on America’s closest allies, and an agreement that our country’s leading diplomats, scientists, and intelligence professionals negotiated. In a democracy, there will always be changes in policies and priorities from one Administration to the next. But the consistent flouting of agreements that our country is a party to risks eroding America’s credibility, and puts us at odds with the world’s major powers."

    -- President Barack Obama, in a statement released in response to the Trump Administration's move.

    U.S. Drops the Iran Nuclear Deal

    "Trump Withdraws U.S. from the Iran Nuclear Deal. What You Need to Know" Jon Greenberg; John Kruzel; Amy Sherman -- PolitiFact, May 8, 2018

    "Trump Dumps Iran Deal - Hallelujah!" Andrew C. McCarthy -- National Review, May 8, 2018

    "Trump Destroys the Iran Deal - and a Lot More" Robin Wright -- The New Yorker, May 8, 2018

    "Europeans Scramble to Save Iran Nuclear Deal, but Face New Concerns Over U.S. Sanctions" James McAuley -- The Washington Post, May 9, 2018

    "The Challenge of Reinstating Sanctions Against Iran" Peter Harrell -- Foreign Affairs, May 4, 2018

    Controversy Over Haspel for CIA

    "Bipartisan Group of 115 Retired and Former Career Ambassadors Warn Senate that Confirming Haspel Would Undercut the Work of Diplomats Around the World" Editorial Board -- Human Rights First, May 9, 2018

    "Why Intelligence Pros Have Swung Behind the CIA's Gina Haspel" Gerald F. Seib -- The Wall Street Journal, May 7, 2018

    Warming U.S.-North Korea Relations?

    "Trump's First Breakthrough in North Korea Negotiations" Krishnadev Calamur -- The Atlantic, May 9, 2018

    "Kim Jong Un Is Playing America and China" Doug Bandow -- The National Interest, May 8, 2018

    "Make North Korea's Test Pause Permanent" Jon Wolfsthal -- 38 North, May 7, 2018

    Armenia's New Prime Minister

    "He Was a Protester a Month Ago. Now, Nikol Pashinyan Leads Armenia" Neil MacFarquhar -- The New York Times, May 8, 2018

    "How Russia Played Silent Kingmaker in Armenia's Revolution" Margarita Antidze -- Reuters, May 8, 2018

    Malaysia Goes to the Polls

    "Malaysia's Unappetizing Choice" James Crabtree -- Nikkei Asian Review, May 8, 2018

    "What Is Wrong with Malaysia?" Umapagan Ampikaipakan -- The New York Times, May 7, 2018

    "'Queen of Dragons': The Inside Story of Malaysia's Election Fixer" Peter Guest -- Wired, May 9, 2018

    Global Health News

    "Ebola Returns Just as Trump Asks to Rescind Ebola Funds" Ed Yong -- The Atlantic, May 9, 2018

    "Bringing Gender Equality to Global Public Health" Helen Clark and Sania Nishtar -- Project Syndicate, May 8, 2018

  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018 10:24 AM | Anonymous

    May 7, 2018

    WACA Weekly

    This Week: Complete the Council Survey; Register for Spring Leadership and Board Meetings; Pakistan's Ambassador at Dallas/Fort Worth; Charlotte Hosts World Citizen Award Dinner; Council Highlights

    WACA Council Survey to Close on Friday, May 11

    WACA has been conducting a Council Benchmarking Survey in conjunction with WACA's annual membership dues renewal. While almost all of you have submitted your dues (thank you!), we would also like to achieve full participation in the survey.

    The survey's objective is to gather data about local Council size and resources, programming, and marketing. Please only fill out one survey per Council. We plan to release the survey results at the Spring Leadership Meeting in San Antonio on May 18, and we will also provide them in a newsletter.

    Council leaders: Please be sure to complete our Council Survey by Friday, May 11.

    Take the survey

    Stratfor's Reva Goujon to Speak at Leadership Meeting Dinner:

    Where U.S. Trade Policy and Grand Strategy Intersect

    Registration for the May 17-18 Council Leadership Meeting is now open! Please be sure to sign up even if you have already reserved your hotel room.

    Register for May 17-18 Meeting

    Reva Goujon, Vice President of Global Analysis at Stratfor, will keynote a special dinner at San Antonio's Club Giraud on Friday, May 18 from 6:00-9:00 pm, following the leadership workshop sessions.

    WACA President Bill Clifford will host a conference call to brief Meeting participants on the full agenda and clarify topics for the popular breakout sessions. We want your input! Please sign up for the call - indicate your preference for Wednesday, 5/9 or Thursday, 5/10 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET - using this Doodle poll below. Be sure to respond to the poll by 12:00 pm ET tomorrow (Tuesday).

    Sign up for Doodle poll

    The meetings will open with an installment of WAC San Antonio's Distinguished Speaker Series, "San Antonio’s First 300 Years: From Spanish Colony to Modern City," on Thursday, May 17 at 5:30 pm.

    The WACA Board meets Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

    Reva Goujon

    VP of Global Analysis

    Stratfor

    Next Week: Michael McFaul on Cover to Cover

    When Michael McFaul was asked to leave his perch at Stanford and join an unlikely presidential campaign in 2008, he had no idea that he would find himself at the beating heart of one of today’s most contentious and consequential international relationships. As President Obama’s adviser on Russian affairs, McFaul helped craft the U.S. policy known as “reset” that fostered unprecedented collaboration between the two countries. Then, as U.S. Ambassador to Russia (2012-2014), he had a front-row seat when this fleeting, hopeful moment crumbled with Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency.

    From Cold War to Hot Peace is a riveting inside account that combines history and memoir to tell the full story of U.S.-Russia relations from the fall of the Soviet Union to the new rise of the hostile, paranoid Russian president.

    Join the May Cover to Cover conference call to discuss McFaul's new book, From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin's Russia, on Tuesday, May 15, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

    Register today

    Council Leaders: Please Vote by May 18

    New WACA National Board terms will commence July 1 (a term is three years).

    According to the bylaws, one authorized representative of each member organization may vote YEA or NAY on the nominees for the WACA National Board. See bios.

    Please respond by email vote to Chelsea Beaulieu at cbeaulieu@worldaffairscouncils.org no later than close of business on Friday, May 18.

    With the start of our new fiscal year on July 1, 2018, WACA National Board Committees will be recomposed. The Nominating Committee will announce an official call for nominations to the board in early September. Please begin now to consider the strongest Supporting (corporate and institutional) and Council candidates for the WACA National Board, with terms to start in July 2019. 

    CANDIDATES ELECTION (JULY 2018-JUNE 2021 TERM):

    BOARD CANDIDATES (Supporting Member Nominees):

    Carlos Alvarez, CEO, The Gambrinus Company (TX)

    Alex Lari, CEO, The Claremont Group (NY) 

    BOARD CANDIDATES (Council Rep Nominees):

    Joan Lemoine, immediate past Executive Director, WAC Hilton Head

    Derrick Olsen, President, WorldOregon

    Incumbent Supporting Member Nominee (second 3-year term):

    Forough Hosseini, Senior Vice President, Information Systems, ICI Homes, Inc. (FL) 

    Incumbent Council Rep Nominees (second 3-year term):

    Craig Snyder, President and CEO, WAC Philadelphia 

    Xiao Yin Zhao, Executive Director, WAC Kentucky and Southern Indiana

    Request for Proposals: Meridian International Center U.S. Exchange Alumni Network and Capacity Building Program

    Meridian International Center is seeking proposal partners for the FY2018 U.S. Exchange Alumni Network and Capacity Building Program. This program seeks to expand engagement with American citizen alumni by offering professional development seminars and accompanying career events in different regions of the U.S., focusing on professional networks, capacity building, and job-skills training.

    Selected partner organizations will be responsible for the following:

    ·     In collaboration with Meridian, design one- to two-day professional development seminars and career opportunities for approximately 40-200 U.S. citizen alumni of USG-funded exchange programs;

    ·     Identify speakers, trainers, and local business contacts to participate in the professional development seminars and follow-on activities;

    ·     Assist Meridian to execute a communications strategy in order to drive event recruitment and media coverage.

    Learn more: Friday, May 11 conference call with Gretchen Ehle, VP of GlobalConnect at Meridian.

    Deadline for applications: Friday, May 18.

    More information

    World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth Hosts Pakistan's Ambassador

    World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts H.E. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the U.S., today, May 7, for "Pakistan-U.S. Bilateral Relations."

    A member of the Foreign Service of Pakistan with 36 years of bilateral and multilateral experience, H.E. Chaudhry has served as Ambassador of Pakistan to the U.S. since March 2017.

    World Affairs Council of Charlotte to Hold World Citizen Award Dinner

    Since 1990, the World Affairs Council of Charlotte has presented its World Citizen Award annually to prominent citizens who have enhanced their community’s standing in the world, honoring their accomplishments and contributions to the city, the region, and the international community.

    At this year's sold-out dinner on Tuesday, May 8, the World Affairs Council of Charlotte will present the 2018 World Citizen Award to Pat Rodgers, President and CEO of Rodgers Builders.


  • Thursday, May 03, 2018 8:43 AM | Anonymous

    May 2, 2018

    Weekly World News Update

    New Hope for Koreas; Iran Nuclear Deal; Armenian Unrest; U.S.-Europe Trade Tensions; Biological Attacks

    Quote of the Week

    "This is not the way that diplomacy has to work. It doesn’t have to be leadership by tweet."

    -- Ronan Farrow, journalist, in an interview with PBS NewsHour about his new book, War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence, on Tuesday.

    A New Hope for the Koreas

    "A Real Path to Peace on the Korean Peninsula" Chung-in Moon -- Foreign Affairs, April 30, 2018

    "Reasons to Be Hopeful, and not Hopeful, About North Korea" Michael Brendan Dougherty -- National Review, May 1, 2018

    "From 'Fire and Fury' to Peace Prize? Some Talk of Nobel Award for Trump on North Korea" Anne Gearan and Ashley Parker -- The Washington Post, May 1, 2018

    "What Kim Jong Un Wants from Trump" Van Jackson -- Politico, April 30, 2018

    "Here's Why North Korea Will Give Up Its Nuclear Weapons" Gordon G. Chang -- The National Interest, April 30, 2018

    End of the Line for the Iran Nuclear Deal?

    "Benjamin Netanyahu's Nuclear Nothingburger" Steven Simon -- The New York Times, May 1, 2018

    "Binyamin Netanyahu Tries to Convince Donald Trump to Scuttle the Iran Deal" Editorial Baord -- The Economist, May 1, 2018

    "Why Is Netanyahu So Obsessed with Iran?" Richard Silverstein and Muhammad Sahimi -- Middle East Eye, May 2, 2018

    "Israel and the U.S Have Little to Gain from Trump Scrapping Iran Nuclear Deal" Zvi Bar'el -- Haaretz, May 2, 2018

    "The Iran Regime-Change Crew Is Back" Vali Nasr -- The Atlantic, April 25, 2018

    Unrest in Armenia

    "Armenia's Bad Week for Autocrats" Viken Berberian -- The New York Review of Books, May 1, 2018

    "What's Next for Armenia's Protest Movement?" Anna Ohanyan -- Al Jazeera, May 1, 2018

    U.S-Europe Trade Tensions

    "The U.S. and Europe Are Locked in a Standoff Over Tariffs" Zeeshan Aleem -- Vox, May 1, 2018

    "Europe Is Annoyed, not Grateful, After Trump Delays Tariffs" Jack Ewing -- The New York Times, May 1, 2018

    "What You Need to Know About the EU-U.S. Trade Spat" Emre Peker -- The Wall Street Journal, May 1, 2018

    "What Is Donald Trump's Trade Policy? Nobody Knows" John Cassidy -- The New Yorker, May 1, 2018

    Preparing for Biological Attacks

    "The New Killer Pathogens" Kate Charlet -- Foreign Affairs, May/June, 2018

    "Are We Prepared for a Killer Flu Epidemic?" Michaeleen Doucleff -- NPR, April 27, 2018

  • Wednesday, May 02, 2018 1:48 PM | Anonymous

    May 1, 2018

    May Newsletter

    This Month: Spring Leadership Meeting; Top AWQ Teams; Future of Korea Grant Awards; Council of the Month; Global I.Q. Minute; Council Opportunities and Highlights

    Spring Leadership and Board Meetings Hotel Block Ends Wednesday, May 2

    WAC San Antonio logo

    Book your room

    This year's Spring Leadership and Board Meetings will be held in partnership with the World Affairs Council of San AntonioMay 17-19

    The meetings will open with an installment of WAC San Antonio's Distinguished Speaker Series on Thursday, May 17 at 5:30 pm CT: San Antonio’s First 300 Years: From Spanish Colony to Modern City

    On Friday, May 18, following professional development workshops, WACA will host a dinner with a VIP speaker.

    The WACA Board meets Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

    Hotel Block

    We have extended our hotel block at Hotel Valencia. We are offering a rate of $169/night. The block will now close Wednesday, May 2 at 5:00 pm CTBook your room today!

    *Registration and agendas coming soon. ($50; free for 1918 Society members and Council leaders who renewed membership by the deadline)

    Academic WorldQuest 2018 National Competition

    A heartfelt thank you to all students, teachers, parents, and other participants who made the Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition a wonderful success!

    Special thanks also to all of our sponsors, including the United States Institute of Peace, which held a welcome reception for all Academic WorldQuest attendees. Read the WACA press release.

    Congratulations to the winning teams:

    2018 Champions: Plano West Senior High School - World Affairs Council of Dallas/Forth Worth

    Grand prize: Microsoft Surface Books 2

    2nd: Palm Desert High School - World Affairs Council of the Desert

    3rd: Indian Hill High School - World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

    4th: Thornton Academy - World Affairs Council of Maine

    5th: Davidson Academy - Northern Nevada International Center

    6th: duPont Manual High School - World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana

    7th: Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy - World Affairs Council of Austin

    8th: Keystone School - World Affairs Council of San Antonio

    9th: Canyon Crest Academy - San Diego World Affairs Council

    10th: Clements High School - World Affairs Council of Greater Houston

    Scores will be sent to all 45 teams soon.

    Keynote speaker: Nabil Kapasi, Academic WorldQuest National Competition alumnus and sophomore at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. See his speech about the Academic WorldQuest experience and attending university in our nation's capital. Watch now.

    Academic WorldQuest 2018 Keynote Speech: Nabil Kapasi

    The Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest 2018 National Competition would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of students, teachers, parents, chaperones, and all World Affairs Council staff and volunteers across the country. Thank you for helping make the competition a great success!

    Thank you to our generous sponsors!


    May Cover to Cover with Michael McFaul:

    From Cold War to Hot Peace

    In 2008, when Michael McFaul was asked to leave his perch at Stanford and join an unlikely presidential campaign, he had no idea that he would find himself at the beating heart of one of today’s most contentious and consequential international relationships. As President Obama’s adviser on Russian affairs, McFaul helped craft the U.S. policy known as “reset” that fostered unprecedented collaboration between the two countries. Then, as U.S. Ambassador to Russia (2012-2014), he had a front-row seat when this fleeting, hopeful moment crumbled with Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency.

    From Cold War to Hot Peace is a riveting inside account that combines history and memoir to tell the full story of U.S.-Russia relations from the fall of the Soviet Union to the new rise of the hostile, paranoid Russian president.

    Join the May Cover to Cover conference call to discuss McFaul's new book, From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin's Russia, on Tuesday, May 15, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

    Register for May's Cover to Cover

    Council Leaders: Please Vote by May 18

    New WACA National Board terms will commence July 1 (a term is three years).

    According to the bylaws, one authorized representative of each member organization may vote YEA or NAY on the nominees for the WACA National Board. See bios.

    Please respond by email vote to Chelsea Beaulieu at cbeaulieu@worldaffairscouncils.org no later than close of business on Friday, May 18.

    With the start of our new fiscal year on July 1, 2018, WACA National Board Committees will be recomposed. The Nominating Committee will announce an official call for nominations to the board in early September. Please begin now to consider the strongest Supporting (corporate and institutional) and Council candidates for the WACA National Board, with terms to start in July 2019. 

    CANDIDATES ELECTION (JULY 2018-JUNE 2021 TERM):

    BOARD CANDIDATES (Supporting Member Nominees):

    Carlos Alvarez, CEO, The Gambrinus Company (TX)

    Alex Lari, CEO, The Claremont Group (NY) 

    BOARD CANDIDATES (Council Rep Nominees):

    Joan Lemoine, immediate past Executive Director, WAC Hilton Head

    Derrick Olsen, President, WorldOregon

    Incumbent Supporting Member Nominee (second 3-year term):

    Forough Hosseini, Senior Vice President, Information Systems, ICI Homes, Inc. (FL) 

    Incumbent Council Rep Nominees (second 3-year term):

    Craig Snyder, President and CEO, WAC Philadelphia 

    Xiao Yin Zhao, Executive Director, WAC Kentucky and Southern Indiana

    Announcing: Future of Korea 2018 Selected Councils

    Selected Councils:

    ·     Colorado Springs WAC/WorldDenver

    ·     Indiana Council on World Affairs

    ·     Peoria Area WAC

    ·     Santa Fe Council on International Relations

    ·     Utah Council on Citizen Diplomacy

    ·     WAC Charlotte

    ·     WAC Harrisburg

    ·     WAC New Hampshire

    The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce selected Councils in our annual programming partnership with the Korea Economic Institute (KEI).

    KEI, in consultation with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, the U.S. Department of State, and the World Affairs Councils of America, based its selection on a highly competitive application process. WACA will administer the grants for Future of Korea 2018 programs.

  • Tuesday, May 01, 2018 9:02 AM | Anonymous

    April 30, 2018

    Academic WorldQuest Recap and

    Spring Leadership and Board Meetings Updates

    As WACA finishes wrapping up another successful Academic WorldQuest National Competition, today's email will be concise and will include two major highlights from the National Office.

    We will send the full May newsletter tomorrow, May 1.

    Academic WorldQuest 2018 National Competition

    A heartfelt thank you to all students, teachers, parents, and other participants who made the Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition a wonderful success!

    Special thanks also to all of our sponsors, including the United States Institute of Peace, which held a welcome reception for all Academic WorldQuest attendees. Read the WACA press release.

    We will be sending a survey and team scores to chaperones very soon!

    Congratulations to the winning teams:

    First place: Plano West Senior High School - World Affairs Council of Dallas/Forth Worth

    Second place: Palm Desert High School - World Affairs Council of the Desert

    Third place: Indian Hill High School - World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

    Keynote speaker: Nabil Kapasi, Academic WorldQuest National Competition alum and sophomore at Georgetown University's School of International Service. See his speech about the Academic WorldQuest experience and attending university in our nation's capital. Watch now.

    Academic WorldQuest 2018 Keynote Speech: Nabil Kapasi

    United States Institute of Peace:

    WACA would like to additionally recognize Ambassador William Taylor, Executive Vice President of USIP, who made welcome remarks at the AWQ Reception at the United States Institute of Peace's iconic headquarters.

    Thank you to our Judges and Emcee:

    Emcee: Joyce Davis, World Affairs Council of Harrisburg

    Judge: Rich Crepage, WACA Advisory Council

    Judge: Maureen Korzik, World Affairs Council of Hilton Head

    Judge: Leslie Palmer, World Affairs Council of San Antonio

    The Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest 2018 National Competition would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of students, teachers, parents, chaperones, and all World Affairs Council staff and volunteers across the country. Thank you for helping to make competition a great success!

    Thank you to our generous sponsors!

    WAC San Antonio logo

    Book your room

    Spring Leadership and Board Meetings Hotel Block Closes Wednesday, May 2

    This year's Spring Leadership and Board Meetings will be held in partnership with the World Affairs Council of San Antonio, May 17-19

    The meetings will open with an installment of WAC San Antonio's Distinguished Speaker Series on Thursday, May 17 at 5:30 pm CT:

    San Antonio’s First 300 Years: From Spanish Colony to Modern City

    Join the World Affairs Council of San Antonio and local historian Dr. Gilberto Hinojosa for a fascinating overview of San Antonio’s last 300 years, from its foundation as a Spanish outpost to its rise in the twentieth century.

    This event is held in conjunction with the World Affairs Councils of America’s Annual Spring Leadership Meeting.

    On Friday, May 18, following professional development workshops, WACA will host a dinner with a VIP speaker.

    The WACA Board meets Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

    Hotel Block

    We have extended our hotel block at Hotel Valencia. We are offering a rate of $169/night. The block will now close Wednesday, May 2. Book your room today!

    *Registration and agendas coming soon. ($50; free for 1918 Society members and Council leaders who renewed membership by the deadline)


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