• Wednesday, March 28, 2018 11:03 AM | Anonymous

    John Kerry to Speak at WAC Philadelphia

    The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia will host The Honorable John Kerry on Tuesday, March 26. Kerry, 68th U.S. Secretary of State (2013-2017) and former long-serving Massachusetts Senator, was the first sitting Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman to serve as Secretary in over a century. He will present his optimistic path for the future of diplomacy and leadership to the Philadelphia community. Details.


    AWQ Release Forms Due This Friday!

    Release forms for the Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition are due Friday! The AWQ championship weekend program will be held in Washington, DC on April 27-28. Please stay tuned for updates on the competition venue.

    Local champion teams of Academic WorldQuest competitions hosted by World Affairs Councils around the country must complete release forms in order to participate in the AWQ National Competition.  

    Release forms are due this Friday, March 30!

    Contact Drew Lorelli at dlorelli@worldaffairscouncils.org with any questions regarding AWQ release forms.

    This year's program will once again feature a welcome reception at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on Friday, April 27, at 4:00-6:00 PM.

    For topics, study guide, and other information about this year's competition, please click here.

    Hotel Reservations:

    To take advantage of our special hotel rate of $169 / night plus tax for Friday and Saturday nights, book your room at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel (2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC 20008). These discounted rates will expire April 5.

    Thank you to our generous sponsors:

                                         


    April Cover to Cover: Pakistan Under Siege

    Over the last fifteen years, Pakistan has come to be defined exclusively in terms of its struggle with terror. But are ordinary Pakistanis extremists? And what explains how Pakistanis think?

    In Pakistan Under Siege, using rigorous analysis of survey data, in-depth interviews in schools and universities in Pakistan, historical narrative reporting, and her own intuitive understanding of the country, Madiha Afzal gives the full picture of Pakistan's relationship with extremism. 

    Register for the call.

    Join the April Cover to Cover conference call to discuss Afzal's new book, Pakistan Under Siege: Extremism, Society, and the State, on Wednesday, April 18, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.


    Spring Leadership Meeting Hotel Block Open!

    WACA and the World Affairs Council of San Antonio have arranged a special group rate at the Hotel Valencia for the May 17-18 Council Leadership and May 19 Board Meetings.  

    To take advantage of our hotel block at $169 / night (plus tax), please book your room by April 25. Reservations can be made by following this link: WACA or by calling 855-596-3387 and referring to 

    the World Affairs Councils of America group.

    Please stay tuned for meeting agendas and registration!


    Councils Are Hiring! 

    World Affairs Council of San Antonio seeks a Development Director.

    Cleveland Council on World Affairs is hiring a Manager of Student Education Programs.


    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, March 26

    World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts Mary Peters, CEO of The Carter Center, for "Global Health: Equity, Ethics, and Eradication." Details

    World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky hosts Qaisar Shareef, Advisory Partner at Ward Howell International, for a "When U.S. Foreign Goals Conflict with Conduct of American Business Abroad." Details

    Tuesday, March 27

    World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Adam Segal, Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, for "Hacking, Fake News, Cyber Security: Their Impact on American Elections." Details

    World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts Melissa Hanham, Senior Research Associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, for "North Korea's Weapons of Mass Destruction." Details

    World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities hosts Martin Rochester, Curators Teaching Professor of International Relations at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, for "Gulliver's Travails: U.S. Foreign Policy in An Age of Globalization and Global Disorder." Details

    World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts a panel of experts for "Impact Travel Launch: Strengthening Communities Through Sustainable Tourism." Details

    Wednesday, March 28

    World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts Stephen Seche, former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, for "Yemen: The War the World Ignores at Its Peril." Details

    World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the U.S., for a special luncheon. Details

    Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts Ambassador Heather Hodges, CCWA President and Ambassador in Residence, and a panel of experts for "Golden Jubilee Event of the NASA Glenn Chapter of Business and Professional Women's Club." Details

    Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts Rubin Cockrell, CEO of Positive Images and Associates, for "Strengthening and Deepening the U.S.-Africa Business and Trade Relationship." Details

    World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California hosts Captain (Ret.) Robert Gusentine, Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at the Council of Independent Colleges, for "The Global Freshwater Crisis: Its Impact on Human Survival and Security." Details

    World Affairs Forum (Stamford) hosts Alexis Dudden, Professor of History at the University of Connecticut, for "Korea at the Center of Northeast Asian Possibilities." Details

    World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts Mahboba Akhtarzadah, an undergraduate student at Southern New Hampshire University from Kabul, Afghanistan, for a film screening and discussion of The Breadwinner. Details

    Thursday, March 29

    Columbus Council on World Affairs hosts David Lampton, Director of China Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, for "The U.S. and China: Prospects for Trade and Security Relations." Details

    World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky hosts William Rooney, Vice President of Strategic Development at Kuehne + Nagel Inc, for "Understanding and Operating in the New World of Ocean Transportation." Details

    World Affairs Council of Austin hosts Pete Harris, Principal of Lighthouse Partners Inc., for "Will Blockchain Disrupt World Trade?" Details

    Friday, March 30

    Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Steven Pifer, Senior Fellow in the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence program at the Brookings Institution, for U.S.-Russia Relations: Back to the Cold." 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: 

    • Bill Clifford, President and CEO, World Affairs Councils of America, Inside Japan: Mar. 31 - Apr. 12
    • Craig Snyder, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Poland & Moscow Seminar: July 14-22
    • Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Cruise the Rhine, July 11-29
    • Megan Torrey, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Hartford, Himalayan Kingdoms, Sept. 11-25
    • Dixie Anderson, Executive Director Emerita, World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, Romance of the Douro River: Sept. 15-26
    • 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
    • Derrick Olsen, President, WorldOregon, Inside New York: Oct 21-26
    • Don Samford, Board President, Peoria Area World Affairs Council, Cuba: Nov. 4-12

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

  • Thursday, March 22, 2018 9:28 AM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, March 21, 2018

    Cyberwar; Israel's 2007 Attack on Syrian Nuclear Site; U.S.-Saudi Relationship; Putin Reelected; China Shows Its Strength; Slovakia's Political Fallout; EU-Brexit Progress

    Quote of the Week:

    "An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections. And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election."

    -- Senator John McCain (R-AZ), in a tweet on Tuesday. 

    Cyberwar: The New Frontier 

    "Beware the Big Five" Tamsin Shaw -- New York Review of Books, March 21, 2018
    "The Battle for Digital Supremacy" Editorial Board -- The Economist, March 15, 2018  

    "It's Time to Regulate the Internet" Franklin Foer -- The Atlantic, March 21, 2018

    Israel's 2007 Attack on Syrian Nuclear Site Revealed

    "No Longer a Secret: How Israel Destroyed Syria's Nuclear Reactor" Amos Harel and Aluf Benn -- Haaretz, March 21, 2018  

    "Inside Syria's Secret Raid on Syria's Nuclear Reactor" Yossi Melman and Dan Raviv -- Politico, March 20, 2018

    Deciphering the U.S.-Saudi Relationship 

    "Fresh Prince" F. Gregory Gause III -- Foreign Affairs, March 19, 2018

    "The Passive Foreign Policy President" Daniel Benaim and Brian Katulis -- The New Republic, March 21, 2018

    "Saudi Crown Prince's Washington Visit Is Overshadowed by the War in Yemen" Ishaan Tharoor -- The Washington Post, March 21, 2018

    "America's Role in Yemen's Agony Can End on Capitol Hill" Editorial Board -- The New York Times, March 19, 2018

    The Completely Unsurprising Reelection of Vladimir Putin 

    "A Thing That Makes You Go Hmmm..." Jay Nordlinger -- National Review, March 21, 2018

    "
    How Russia Meddled in Its Own Election" Alina Polyakova -- The Atlantic, March 18, 2018

    "Putin's Past Explains Russia's Future" Gregory Feifer -- Foreign Affairs, March 16, 2018

    "The Middle East Needs a Steady Boyfriend" Steven Cook -- Foreign Policy, March 16, 2018
    "What 'DO NOT CONGRATULATE' Says About Trump - And the Peril of Meeting Kim Jong Un" Aaron Blake -- The Washington Post, March 21, 2018

    China Flexes Its Muscles

    "Why Xi Jinping's Term Limits Move Makes U.S.-China Conflict More Likely" Cary Huang -- South China Morning Post, March 18, 2018

    "China: It's Good to Be the Emperor" Scott MacDonald -- The National Interest, March 20, 2018 

    "Playing the Taiwan Card" Daniel Lynch -- Foreign Affairs, March 19, 2018 

    Political Fallout in Slovakia

    "Slovakia, Still the 'Black Hole' of Europe" Mikulas Dzurinda -- Politico Europe, March 16, 2018

    "Young Slovaks Buck a Trend, Protesting to Save Their Democracy" Marc Santora -- The New York Times, March 17, 2018

    "Slovakia Government's Collapse Not Enough to End Protests Over Journalist's Murder" Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson -- NPR, March 20, 2018

    "Springtime for Autocrats" Henri Barkey -- The American Interest, March 19, 2018

    EU Moves Forward on Brexit 

    "Brexit Breakthrough Offers a Moment of Clarity" Dominic Green -- The Weekly Standard, March 21, 2018

    "Full Speed Ahead to Brexit?" Bart Oosterveld; Jorn Fleck; Alvero Morales Salto-Weis -- Atlantic Council, March 19, 2018

    "Keeping Europe Safe After Brexit" Susi Dennison -- European Council on Foreign Relations, March 20, 2018 [Policy Brief]

  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018 9:09 AM | Anonymous


    Registration Deadline for AWQ Is This Friday!

    Registration for the Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition is due Friday! The AWQ championship weekend program will be held in Washington, DC on April 27-28. Please stay tuned for updates on the competition venue.

    Local champion teams of Academic WorldQuest competitions hosted by World Affairs Councils around the country must complete the registration form in order to participate in the AWQ National Competition. 

    Registration forms are due this Friday, March 23!

    Register your AWQ team! 

    This year's program will once again feature a welcome reception at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on Friday, April 27, at 4:00-6:00 PM.

    For topics, study guide, and other information about this year's competition, please click here.

    Hotel Reservations:

    To take advantage of our special hotel rate of $169 / night plus tax for Friday and Saturday nights, book your room at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel (2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC 20008). These discounted rates will expire April 5.

    Thank you to our generous sponsors:

                                         


    Spring Leadership Meeting Hotel Block Open!

    WACA and the World Affairs Council of San Antonio have arranged a special group rate at the Hotel Valencia for the May 17-18 Council Leadership and May 19 Board Meetings.  

    To take advantage of our hotel block at $169 / night (plus tax), please book your room by April 25. Reservations can be made by following this link: WACA or by calling 855-596-3387 and referring to 

    the World Affairs Councils of America group.


    American-Australian Arts Exchange:

    Call for Applications

    The American Australian Association offers small grants through its Dame Joan Sutherland Fund for aspiring American and Australian artists who show great talent in the fields of theater, fashion, dance, film and television, music, literary arts, visual arts, crafts, and design. See details and apply by April 30.


    Councils Are Hiring! 

    World Affairs Council of San Antonio seeks a Development Director.

    Cleveland Council on World Affairs is hiring a Manager of Student Education Programs.


    Juneau WAC to Hold Annual World Affairs Forum

    Juneau World affairs Council will hold its annual three-day World Affairs Forum, in partnership with University of Alaska Southeast. "Europe: Allies and Alliances in a Turbulent World" will feature expert panels of university fellows, chairs, and professors from across the U.S. and Canada, beginning Thursday, March 22. Details.


    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!

    Wednesday, March 21

    World Affairs Forum (Stamford) hosts Catherine Lotrionte, Director of the Institute for Law, Science and Global Security at Georgetown University, for "Establishing a Stable World Order for Cyberspace." Details

    World Affairs Council of Tacoma hosts Steve Niva, Professor of Global and International Studies at The Evergreen State College, for "The Refugee Crisis and the Re-Bordering of Europe." Details

    World Affairs Council of South Texas hosts Jennifer Epley, Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, for "U.S.- Asia Relations: Rising to Challenges Ahead." Details

    World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Anna Freeman, Field Nurse with Doctors Without Borders, for "A Voice From the Field." Details

    International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts a panel of experts for "Um Retrato Atual: Economic, Political, and Cultural Perspectives on Brazil in 2018." Details

    World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts panels of experts on Germany and Peru for events that span two days: "Meet the Market Germany, Opportunities for Advanced Manufacturing", and "Meet the Market Peru, Infrastructure, Mining, and Construction." Details 

    World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Casimir Yost, Senior Fellow at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, for "The Art of the Deal: Our Foreign Policy One Year Later." Details 

    World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Gemi Gonzalez Jose Gonzalez Lopez, Consul General of Mexico in San Francisco, for "NAFTA at the Negotiating Table." Details 

    Thursday, March 22

    WorldOregon hosts Alexander Montgomery, Co-Editor of the Oxford Handbook of Political Networks, for "Networks, Nukes, and North Korea: Or, How You Might Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb." Details

    World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads hosts Daniel Fried, Distinguished Fellow in the Future of Europe Initiative and the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council, for "The State of World Affairs." Details

    World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts Wei Liang, Program Co-Chair of the International Trade and Economic Diplomacy Department at Middlebury Institute of International Studies, for "Dragon in the Room: Is China Good or Bad for Africa?" Details

    World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Kathy Walters, Executive Vice President for Consumer Products Group at Georgia Pacific LLC, for "Choices That Matter in Your Life and Career." Details

    Alaska World Affairs Council hosts a panel of storytellers for "Foreign Faux Pas - Stories of Navigating Cultural Differences." Details

    Sarasota World Affairs Council hosts Jonathan Reiber, Senior Fellow at the Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, for "The Future of Cybersecurity and Trends in Technological Risk: Impacts for U.S Foreign Policy and Politics." Details

    Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts David Hendrickson, Chair of the Political Science Department at Colorado College, for "The Fate of an Empire: America's Russia Problem." Details


  • Thursday, March 15, 2018 10:25 AM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, March 14, 2018

    Russian Spy Scandal; Rexiting the State Department; Russian Elections; U.S.-North Korea Talks; Merkel's New Government; Global Happiness

    Quote of the Week:

    "We're speaking with Theresa May today. As soon as we get the facts straight, if we agree with them, we will condemn Russia or whoever it may be."

    -- President Donald Trump, in a meeting with the press on Tuesday, recorded by the New York Times. 

    Russian Spy Scandal

    "Theresa May: 'Highly Likely' Russia Responsible for Spy's Poisoning by Nerve Agent" William Booth -- The Washington Post, March 12, 2018

    "Theresa May's Russia Response, Full Text" Editorial Board -- The Spectator, March 14, 2018

    "Britain Accuses Russia of Poisoning - Trump Won't Agree" David Frum -- The Atlantic, March 12, 2018

    "May Can't Rely on Trump and Europe Against Russia - And Putin Knows It" Simon Tisdall -- The Guardian, March 13, 2018

    Rexit: New Leadership at the State Department

    "The Foreign Capital Rex Tillerson Never Understood: Trump's Washington" Susan Glasser -- Politico, March 13, 2018

    "Will Pompeo Turn the State Department Around?" Danielle Pletka -- The National Interest, March 13, 2018

    "With Mike Pompeo at the State Department, Are the Uber-Hawks Winning?" Robin Wright -- The New Yorker, March 13, 2018

    "How Mike Pompeo Could Save the State Department" Samantha Power -- The New York Times, March 13, 2018

    "Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Is Fired" James Lindsay -- Council on Foreign Relations, March 13, 2018 [Podcast]

    Russia Goes to the Polls

    "The Banality of Russia's Potempkin Elections" Daniel Baer -- Foreign Policy, March 12, 2018

    "How Putin's Regime Is Both Authoritarian and Incompetent" Daniel Treisman -- The Washington Post, March 14, 2018

    "Russian Election: Choosing Between Vladimir Putin or Chaos?" Aaron Tilton -- Deutsche Welle, March 14, 2018

    "Putin Has Russia Guessing Before Election: How Long Will He Keep Power?" Christian Lowe and Olesya Astakhova -- Reuters, March 13, 2018

    Global Implications of U.S.-North Korea Talks

    "What a U.S.-North Korea Summit Means for Japan" Sheila Smith -- Foreign Affairs, March 14, 2018

    "What Does a Trump-Kim Meeting Mean for China?" Shannon Tiezzi -- The Diplomat, March 11, 2018

    "The Man Behind the North Korea Negotiations" S. Nathan Park -- The Atlantic, March 12, 2018 

    "The Inter-Korean Agreement and Pyongyang's Offer to Trump" Duyeon Kim -- Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, March 8, 2018

    Merkel's New German Government

    "Judge Angela Merkel's Fourth Term By What It Achieves on Europe" J.C. -- The Economist, March 14, 2018

    "Angela Merkel Starts Fourth Term Facing Big Hurdles" Bojan Pancevski -- The Wall Street Journal, March 14, 2018

    "As Merkel Begins New Term, Compromises Could Undo Economic Boom" Jack Ewing -- The New York Times, March 14, 2018 

    How Happy Is Your Country?

    "World Happiness Report 2018" John Helliwell; Richard Layard; Jeffrey Sachs -- United Nations, March 14, 2018 [Report]

    "Perhaps Tired of Winning, the United States Falls in World Happiness Rankings - Again" Alex Horton -- The Washington Post, March 14, 2018


  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018 10:58 AM | Anonymous

    WACA Membership Renewal Deadline Is Friday

    Councils: Please note that the World Affairs Councils of America 2018 membership renewal deadline is this Friday, March 16

    Please find the renewal form here,

    and contact Chelsea Beaulieu if you have any questions. 

    Spring Leadership Meeting Hotel Block Open!
    san antonio

    WACA and the World Affairs Council of San Antonio have arranged a special group rate at the Hotel Valencia for the May 17-18 Council Leadership and May 19 Board Meetings 

    To take advantage of our hotel block at $169 / night (plus tax), please book your room by April 25. Reservations can be made by following this link: WACA or by calling855-596-3387 and referring to 

    the World Affairs Councils of America group.

    Councils Are Hiring! 

    san antonio


    World Affairs Council of San Antonio seeks aDevelopment Director.



    Cleveland Council on World Affairs is hiring a Manager of Student Education Programs.

    Univ. Students/Grads: Call for Applications

    Turkish Heritage Organization Summer Program 

    As the Syrian civil war enters its eigth year, Turkey continues to host growing numbers of refugees. In 2016, Turkey was host to 2.7 million registered Syrian refugees. In 2017, that number grew to 3.4 million Syrian refugees. In addition, Turkey remains host to more than 350,000 Iraqi, Afghan, and Iranian asylum-seekers.
    The Turkish Heritage Organization Summer Research Program in Turkey is an annual, all-expenses-paid, month-long research trip in Turkey, during which selected young researchers will participate in meetings, excursions, 

    and fieldwork on a chosen subject. 

    The 2018 theme is "Refugees and Asylum- Seekers in Turkey: Challenges, Opportunities, and Approaches," which will give students and recent graduates the unique opportunity to learn firsthand about refugees, humanitarian aid, and how Turkey manages the humanitarian crisis.

    See details and apply by April 2!

    Register for AWQ National Competition!

    Registration for the Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition is open! The AWQ championship weekend program will be held in Washington, DC on April 27-28. Please stay tuned for updates on the competition venue. 

    Local champion teams of Academic WorldQuest competitions hosted by World Affairs Councils around the country must complete the registration form in order to participate in the AWQ National Competition. Registration forms are due no later than March 23!

    Register your AWQ team! 

    This year's program will once again feature a welcome reception at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on Friday, April 27, at 4:00-6:00 PM.

    For topics, study guide, and other information about this year's competition, please click here.

    Hotel Reservations:

    Thursday rooms are sold out! To take advantage of our special hotel rate of $169 / night plus tax for Friday and Saturday nights, book your room at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel (2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC 20008). These discounted rates will expire April 5.

    Thank you to our generous sponsors:


                                         


    Sasakwa Program on Japan at WorldOregon
    Business roundtable at WorldOregon.

    Sasakawa USA visited Portland, Oregon in the first week of March with a group of foreign policy and trade experts to conduct its The Alliance Working in America (TAWA) program. Over two days, the delegation participated in a number of events in partnership with WorldOregon and other local organizations, including the Japan America Society of Oregon, the Japanese Portland Garden, Willamette University, Portland State University, and the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Alumni Association of Portland.

    The Sasakawa USA delegation included: Ambassador James ZumwaltSasakawa USA CEODr. Satu Limaye, Director of the East-West Center in Washington; Stephanie Segal, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Simon Chair in Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; and Bill Clifford, President and CEO of the World Affairs Councils of America. Read the full report

    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 accountnow and add your events for a chance for your Council to be highlighted on our main page!

    Wednesday, March 14

    World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Joseph Braude, Senior Fellow in the Program on the Middle East at Foreign Policy Research Institute, for "Broadcasting Change: Arabic Media as a Catalyst for Change." Details

    WorldBoston hosts Major General (Ret.) William Rapp, Director of the National Security Fellows Program at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for International Affairs, for "Great Decisions: U.S. Global Engagement and the Military." Details

    Thursday, March 15

    World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Nancy Lindborg, President of the United States Institute of Peace, for "Building Peace in a Dangerous World." Details

    Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts Ronald Neumann, President of the American Academy of Diplomacy, for "The New Afghanistan Policy: How New and What's It Worth?" Details

    World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts a panel of experts for "Exploring the Influence of Classical Languages on the Modern World."Details

    World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts a panel of experts for a film screening and a panel discussion of Salam NeighborDetails

    World Affairs Council of Rhode Island hosts a panel of experts for "2018 Middle East Forum." Details

    World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Jurgen Salay, EU Fellow at the Center for West European Studies and the European Union Center at the University of Washington, for "Taking Action on Climate - Responses, Challenges, and Opportunities." Details

    Columbia World Affairs Council hosts Adrien Ratsimbaharison, Professor of Political Science at Benedict College, to discuss his book,The Political Crisis of March 2009 in Madagascar: A Case Study of Conflict and Conflict MeditationDetails

    International Affairs Forum (Traverse City) hosts Sara Curran, Professor of International Studies and Sociology at the University of Washington, for "Rohingya Refugees: A Crisis Long in the Making." Details

    Olympia World Affairs Council hosts Steve Niva, Associate Professor of Global Politics at Evergreen State College, for "The Refugee Crisis and the Re-Bordering of Europe." Details

    World Affairs Council Upstate hosts Buket Oztas, Professor of Government at Franklin and Marshall College, for "The United States and the Middle East." Details

    Worcester World Affairs Council hosts Amir Idris, Professor of African History and Politics at Fordham University, for "Rethinking South Sudan's Civil War: History, Identity, and Citizenship." Details

    World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Steve Coll, Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, to discuss his book, Directorate S: The CIA and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and PakistanDetails

    Friday, March 16

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



  • Tuesday, March 06, 2018 11:03 AM | Anonymous

    President's Letter

    Dear Council Leaders, Supporters, and Friends:

    Last month's massacre at Marjorie Stoneham Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, makes this much plain:

    1. America is first in the world, by a longshot and for far too long, when it comes to mass shootings in "civil" society.

    2. America is not focusing enough on our kids - in general or in this gruesome particular. Fortunately, however, we have the surviving Parkland teens to teach us all a thing or two about poise and common sense.

    It's all about the kids. And as I consider not only guns but these chaotic times - in which dictators like China's Xi win praise from a U.S. administration, populism is rampant and fraying Western democracies, trade protectionism is on the rise, and the risk of great power conflict is increasing - the kids are on my mind.

    This is why this month's Council of the Month is Montana World Affairs Council:  for today, MWAC opened its two-day Academic WorldQuest 2018 program - the most robust in the country - and the attention to these students' futures is affirming. 

    Held at the University of Montana campus, the statewide program and competition goes far beyond the 10 AWQ categories. The United States Institute of Peace, WACA's national AWQ partner, will present a student workshop on "Conflict Management in Global Affairs" as well as a for-credit teacher workshop on "Teaching Peacebuilding for Active Global Citizens." High school students will also enjoy a UM international student panel.

    Keynote speakers are superlative: Helana Mayor Wilmot Collins, a Liberian-born American politician who is the first black person to be elected mayor of any Montana city in the state's history; Ambassador Max Baucus will deliver the State of the World Address at MWAC's Global Educator of the Year Banquet; Lt. Governor Mike Cooney will emcee the AWQ competition; and former State Senate Majority Leader Carol Williams will conclude the AWQ Awards Ceremony.

    Kudos to MWAC's Board, particularly Charlie Oliver and Shelley Geiszler, and former Executive Director Aubrie Lyons for laying the groundwork over many years to refine their Academic WorldQuest program recipe. Aubrie's successor, Janet Rose, is well-positioned to build on this legacy of excellence. 

    The Montana kids will get to show what they know and likely will teach the adults a thing or two about world and national affairs. It's all about the kids.

    Yours,

     
    Bill Clifford, President and CEO


    Spring Leadership Meeting Hotel Block Open!

    WACA and the World Affairs Council of San Antonio have arranged a special group rate at the Hotel Valencia for the May 17-18 Council Leadership and May 19 Board Meetings. Please stay tuned for the Meeting agendas. 

    To take advantage of our hotel block at $169 / night (plus tax), please book your room by April 25. Reservations can be made by following this link: WACA or by calling 855-596-3387 and referring to the World Affairs Councils of America group.


    Scholarships Available for Educators Travel Tour

    The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston is offering $1000 scholarships to the first six applicants for its Educators Travel Tour to Montreal and Quebec City, June 16-22

    See the program itinerary and program application. Please send completed applications to Amanda Rico at arico@wachouston.org by March 26.


    Register for AWQ National Competition!

    Registration for the Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition is now open! The AWQ championship weekend program will be held in Washington, DC on April 27-28. Please stay tuned for updates on the competition venue.

    Local champion teams of Academic WorldQuest competitions hosted by World Affairs Councils around the country must complete the registration form in order to participate in the AWQ National Competition. Registration forms are due no later than March 23!

    Register your AWQ team! 

    This year's program will once again feature a welcome reception at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on Friday, April 27, at 4:00-6:00 PM.

    For topics, study guide, and other information about this year's competition, please click here.

    Hotel Reservations:

    Thursday rooms are sold out! To take advantage of our special hotel rate of $169 / night plus tax, book your room now at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel (2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC 20008). These discounted rates will expire April 5.

    Thank you to our generous sponsors:

                                         


    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 30, 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.


    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.


    Listen to WACA Podcasts!

    Chuck Freilich joined WACA's March Cover to Cover conference call program last week to discuss his forthcoming book, Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change. Listen to the podcast.  


    Global I.Q. Minute with Jim Falk

    In this episode of World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth's Global I.Q. Minute, Alyssa Ayres, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses "How India Is Making Its Place in the World" with WAC Dallas/Fort Worth President and CEO, Jim Falk. Listen now.


    The Cleveland Council Is Hiring!

    Cleveland Council on World Affairs is hiring a Manager of Student Education Programs. See the job announcement.


    Councils in the News

    World Affairs Council of Atlanta

    Former Liberian President: Despite Challenges, African Democracy Gaining Steam -- Global Atlanta

    World Affairs Council of St. Louis

    Foster to Lead World Affairs Council -- STLtoday

    World Affairs Council of Connecticut

    Taking a Global Outlook -- Newington Live

    Tennessee World Affairs Council

    Iran Nuclear Deal Matters for America's Credibility and Security -- Tennessean

    Sarasota World Affairs Council

    Lecturer: Policymakers Must Be Pushed to Address Climate Change -- Herald Tribune

    World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana

    Foreign Policy Expert Talks Potential Global Conflicts, Challenges for 2018 -- WFPL

    World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

    Iran, Saudi Arabia, and U.S. Relations in the Middle East -- WVXU

    World Affairs Council Upstate

    A Collection of Cuban Art that Has Traveled to 14 Cities Lands in Greenville to Kick Off Upstate International Month -- Greenville Journal

    World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

    Pak-U.S. Need to Work Together for Regional Peace: Aizaz -- Pakistan Observer

    Military Officers Provide Insight During Peters Township Program -- The Almanac

    World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

    Former Mexican President Fox Endorses Legalization of All Drugs, Endorses Dreamers -- Dallas News

    Les Femmes du Monde Honors Carmaleta Whitely Felton -- ParkCitiesPeople

    Plano West Repeats as Regional Winner of Academic WorldQuest -- Dallas News

    Northern Nevada International Center

    The Davidson Academy Wins Academic WorldQuest Competition -- Nevada Today 



  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018 12:56 PM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, February 28, 2018

    China Embraces Authoritarianism; Defending Democracy; Syria War Worsening; Italy Votes; Takeaways from 2018 Olympics

    Quote of the Week:

    "70 years ago today a communist coup destroyed democracy in my native Czechoslovakia. The coup forced my family into exile, and months later we were welcomed as refugees into the USA. Ever since I've been a grateful American, and I've learned to never take democracy for granted."

    -- Madeleine Albright, Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and former U.S. Secretary of State , in a tweet on Sunday. 

    China Embraces Authoritarianism

    "In China, the Dawn of the Xi Dynasty?" Ashish Kumar Sen -- Atlantic Council, February 26, 2018

    "Xi's Road to Indefinite Rule Through Rule-Making" Krishnadev Calamur -- The Atlantic, February 26, 2018

    "Xi Jinping's Latest Power Move, in Context" David Gitter -- The Diplomat, February 27, 2018

    "Xi's Move to Erase Term Limits Puts Chinese President on Collision Course with Japan's Abe" Jesse Johnson -- Japan Times, February 26, 2018

    "China's Stability Myth Is Dead" James Palmer -- Foreign Policy, February 26, 2018

    Defending Democracy

    "The Perils of Truth Decay: Q&A with Three RAND Leaders" Doug Irving -- RAND Corporation, February 28, 2018

    "How Flawed Constitutions Undermine Democracy" Michael Albertus and Victor Menaldo -- The Washington Post, February 26, 2018

    "How Silicon Valley Can Protect U.S. Democracy" Jamie Fly and Laura Rosenberger -- Foreign Affairs, February 22, 2018

    Is the Syrian War Worsening?

    "Will the Syria Conflict Continue to Escalate?" Nadana Fridrikhson -- The National Interest, February 27, 2018 

    "'Siege, Starve, and Surrender': Inside the Next Phase of the Syrian Civil War" Alex Ward -- Vox, February 28, 2018

    "UN Links North Korea to Syria's Chemical Weapons Program" Michael Schwirtz -- The New York Times, February 27, 2018

    "Why Is Iran Raising the Stakes in Syria?" Heshmat Alavi -- Al Arabiya, February 27, 2018

    Italy Goes to the Polls

    "The Tiny New Party that May Hold the Key to Italy's Election" Bari -- The Economist, February 21, 2018

    "Italian Election's Biggest Winner Is Europe" Jacopo Barigazzi -- Politico Europe, February 22, 2018

    "Why Italy's Unpredictable Election Is Testing Nerves in Europe" Lauren Said-Moorhouse -- CNN, February 28, 2018

    Takeaways from the 2018 Winter Olympics

    "Political End to Olympics: North Korea Offers Talks with U.S." Ted Anthony -- PBS News Hour, February 25, 2018

    "Can South Korea Save Itself?" Scott Snyder -- Council on Foreign Relations, February 26, 2018 

    For previous Weekly World News Updates, please visit our website 

  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018 9:09 AM | Anonymous

       Spring Leadership Meeting Hotel Block Open!

    WACA and the World Affairs Council of San Antonio have arranged a special group rate at the Hotel Valencia for the May 17-18 Council Leadership and May 19 Board Meetings.  

    To take advantage of our hotel block at $169 / night (plus tax), please book your room by April 25. Reservations can be made by following this link: WACA or by calling 855-596-3387 and referring to the World Affairs Councils of America group.

    Note: Council leaders who send their 2018 dues by Wednesday, February 28 will receive a complimentary registration for the Spring Leadership Meetings.


    Future of Korea Applications Due Feb. 28

    We are pleased to announce continued collaboration with the  Korea Economic Institute of America  on the  Future of Korea  program series. The speaker program focuses on the economic and political situation on the Korean Peninsula as well as U.S.-Korea relations.

    All Councils may submit applications; six to eight Councils will be selected to participate. 

    About the Program

    The centerpiece of the program is a panel discussion consisting of one representative each from the U.S. Department of State, the Korean Embassy, KEI, or other relevant institutions. The panel participants typically offer a general overview presentation (approximately 45-60 minutes in length), followed by a Q&A period. The speakers address political, security, economic and financial issues pertaining to the Korean Peninsula and U.S.-Korea relations. See more details.

    To Apply

    Councils interested in hosting need to send a completed Application form to Drew Lorelli at dlorelli@worldaffairscouncils.org by February 28, 2018.


    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.

    Read Freilich's recent article on the two-state solution and join the March Cover to Cover conference call to discuss his forthcoming book, Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change, on Thursday, March 1, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.


    Register for AWQ National Competition!

    Registration for the Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition is now open! The AWQ championship weekend program will be held in Washington, DC on April 27-28. Please stay tuned for updates on the competition venue.

    Local champion teams of Academic WorldQuest competitions hosted by World Affairs Councils around the country must complete the registration form in order to participate in the AWQ National Competition. Registration forms are due no later than March 23!

    Register your AWQ team!

    This year's program will once again feature a welcome reception at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on Friday, April 27, at 4:00-6:00 PM.

    For topics, study guide, and other information about this year's competition, please click here.

    Hotel Reservations:

    To take advantage of our special hotel rate of $169 / night plus tax, book your room now at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel (2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC 20008). These discounted rates will expire April 5.

    Thank you to our generous sponsors:

                                         


    U.S.-Japan Alliance Working in Oregon

    WorldOregon will present a public panel that explores the depth and breadth of the U.S.-Japan relationship and the benefits to both countries at the national and regional levels. 

    The March 1 event will feature Ambassador (Ret.) James P. Zumwalt, CEO of Sasakawa USA, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia Affairs; Stephanie Segal, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Simon Chair in Political Economy, CSIS; Dr. Satu Limaye, Director of East-West Center in Washington; and Paul Taylor, Vice President & General Counsel of Ajinomoto North America Division, based in Portland.

    Co-presented with generous support from Sasakawa USA and East-West Center, and in partnership with the Japan-America Society of Oregon, this panel is one of a series of events on which Sasakawa USA has partnered with local organizations as part of "The Alliance Working in America" (TAWA) program. WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford will participate in this program, including as a speaker at a March 2 dinner sponsored by the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program Alumni Association of Portland.


    Listen to WACA Podcasts!

     Last week, Derrick Olsen, President of WorldOregon, hosted Ambassador (Ret.) Mary Carlin Yates on our February KNOW NOW conference call to discuss a new U.S. strategy for Sudan. Listen to the podcast.


    Councils and WACA Are Hiring! 

    Cleveland Council on World Affairs is hiring a new Manager of Student Education Programs.

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

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


    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.


    WAC St. Louis Celebrates Chinese New Year 

    On Friday, March 2, the World Affairs Council of St. Louis will hold its 27th annual Chinese New Year Celebration fundraiser. This year's event is dedicated to Bob Fischer, who recently stepped down after 16 years of service as WAC St. Louis's Executive Director. He has been named Executive Director Emeritus and has been succeeded by Bob Foster.


    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
    • Craig Snyder, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Poland & Moscow Seminar: July 14-22
    • Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Cruise the Rhine, July 11-29
    • Megan Torrey, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Hartford, Himalayan Kingdoms, Sept. 11-25
    • Dixie Anderson, Executive Director Emerita, World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, Romance of the Douro River: Sept. 15-26
    • 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
    • Derrick Olsen, President, WorldOregon, Inside New York: Oct 21-26
    • Don Samford, Board President, Peoria Area World Affairs Council, Cuba: Nov. 4-12

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

  • 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




 

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