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August 19, 2019

WACA Weekly

Thursday on Cover to Cover: Jim Olson's To Catch a Spy ; 2019 Conference Leadership Day Survey; Speakers in the WACA Network; Council of the Month; WorldOregon on CBS' KOIN-TV; World Affairs (No. California) "Gun Violence: A Global Perspective;" 2019 Conference; plus Council Highlights!

August Cover to Cover : Jim Olson on Counterintelligence - Thursday!

Register now for WACA's Cover to Cover conference call on Thursday, August 22, at 2:00-2:30 pm ET , featuring former CIA Chief of Counterintelligence Jim Olson, Professor of the Practice at Texas A&M University, on his recent book: To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence.

The United States is losing the counterintelligence war. Foreign intelligence services, particularly those of China, Russia, and Cuba, are recruiting spies in our midst and stealing our secrets and cutting-edge technologies. In To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence, Olson offers a wake-up call for the American public and also a guide for how our country can do a better job of protecting its national security and trade secrets. Join Mr. Olson and WAC Dallas/Fort Worth President and CEO Jim Falk as they discuss national security and how the U.S. can bolster its counterintelligence efforts.

Register now

Council Leaders: Conference Leadership Day Depends on Your Input!

The Leadership Day Planning Committee -- WACA National Board Members Derrick Olsen, President of WorldOregon ; Karen Burghart,  Executive Director of Colorado Springs World Affairs Council ; and Matthew Hughes, Executive Director of International Relations Council (Kansas City) -- need your help:

Council leaders and staff (especially if you attend the Conference) should fill out the Planning Committee's Council Survey by Sunday, September 1. The results will help the committee and WACA determine the topics and workshop sessions for the 2019 Conference Leadership Day (Friday, Nov. 8).

The survey should take no more than 5-10 minutes. Thank you for your participation in the survey; your feedback is valuable to us.




Speakers in the WACA Network This Week

Rep. John Delaney

2020 U.S. Presidential Candidate (D)

WAC New Hampshire - Sat., Aug. 24

Nina Simon

Exec. Dir., Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

WAC Cincinnati & No. KY - Thurs., Aug. 22

Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc

Ambassador, Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Alaska WAC - Thurs., Aug. 22

Michael Miklaucic

Senior Fellow, Institute for Nat'l Strategic Studies WAC South Texas - Wed., Aug. 21

Scroll down to view more Council Highlights!

WACA's National Speaker Database Needs You!


We have recently debuted WACA's Speaker Database 2.0. In this new iteration, we have expanded our list of speakers and made it easier than ever for you, as Council staff and board members, to engage with it. We want your speakers! Please submit your speakers through the " Submit Your Speakers" button on our website.

You need to have an account through our website in order to view and interact with the database and submit your speakers. To check if you have an account, please visit your Council Member page on the WACA website and see if you are listed as a staff or board member. If you are not, you will not be able to interact with the database yet.

If you do not have an account or are having issues accessing the website and/or the Speaker Database, please email Rachel Pastor.

Council of the Month: WAC Kentucky and Southern Indiana

The World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana will host a Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summit in Louisville on November 15. The theme of the Louisville Summit is The Future of Global Education, and will involve a full day of sessions, keynotes, and other activities. The Summit seeks to connect local and regional stakeholders with leaders in international learning, diplomacy, and exchange. The Summit provides the Council with a unique opportunity to impact conversations about the direction of educational leadership in an interconnected society. The Summit is open to all WACA and Global Ties U.S. Members. To learn more, email the Council at contact@worldkentucky.org.

World Oregon's Youth Leadership Program on CBS KOIN-TV

Last week, World Oregon's Young Leaders in Action local high school youth meeting with Pan Africa Youth Leadership Programvisitors was featured on Portland CBS-affiliate KOIN-TV. The Young Leaders in Action program educates Portland youth on global issues including climate change, gender equity, and international conflict, and builds leadership skills through community service projects. The meeting, conducted in French, aims to empower international youth with experience, knowledge, and skills to improve their own communities. View the video and read the full article here.

World Affairs on "Gun Violence: A Global Perspective"

Recent tragic events in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton have forced a painful reckoning amongst Americans across the country as kitchen table conversations turn to the issue of gun violence. While mass shootings have also happened in characteristically peaceful societies like Canada, Norway, and New Zealand, those governments, unlike in the U.S., have been swift and decisive in enacting meaningful gun control. The question is: how do we do that here? New York Times columnist Max Fisher and Chelsea Parsons, Vice President of Gun Violence Prevention at the Center for American Progress, share their global perspectives on gun violence on World Affairs' KQED podcast.

Register Now: WACA 2019 National Conference!

The WACA 2019 National Conference:  The 8 Forces Reshaping the Global Economy will be held at the Mayflower HotelNovember 6-8, 2019, in Washington DC.

We invite you to visit the 2 019 Conference website to view the developing agenda, learn about Conference speakers, register and purchase tickets, and view hotel block information. Be sure to take advantage of individual  Early-Bird discounts, good through  Sept. 6!

We encourage Councils to promote the Conference locally and on social media. The WACA National Office would be happy to assist with your publicity.

Register now!

Chinese Embassy to Host Exclusive WACA Conference Reception

WACA is pleased to share that the   Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the U.S. will host a reception discussing "40 Years of China-U.S. Diplomatic Relations" for WACA 2019 National Conferenceattendees on Thursday, November 7.

WACA 2019 National Conference Speakers

 Ambassadors Luncheon Keynote: Wednesday, Nov. 6

Secretary James A. Baker, III

61st U.S. Secretary of State (1989-1992)

67th U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (1985-1988)

10th (1981-1985) and 16th (1992-1993) White House Chief of Staff

Great Decisions Luncheon: Thursday, Nov. 7

Secretary Chuck Hagel

24th U.S. Secretary of Defense (2013-2015)

Former U.S. Senator (R-NE, 1997-2009)

 Great Decisions Luncheon: Thursday, Nov. 7

Sarwar Kashmeri

Fellow, Foreign Policy Association

Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Applied Research Fellow, Peace and War Center at Norwich University

More speaker updates here!

Atlantic Council

Think Tank Off-site Briefing: Speakers TBA

New Partner!

Middle East Institute

Think Tank Off-site Briefing: Speakers TBA

Important Scheduling Notes:

  • The 1918 Society Dinner will take place Tuesday night, Nov. 5 (1918 Society Members and Conference Sponsors only)
  • The WACA National Board will meet Wednesday morning, Nov. 6 (not on Saturday)
  • The Membership Meeting will be on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 4:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Think Tank off-site briefings will take place Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 6
  • Council Leadership Day professional workshops will take place Friday, Nov. 8

Hotel Information:

This year, because we will hold our signature Ambassadors Luncheon on  Wed., Nov. 6 - with former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III as our keynote speaker and honoree - we encourage you to set the start date of your hotel reservations for  Tues., Nov. 5. You won't want to miss this luncheon!

Register now!

Book your room!

Remember to keep checking WACA Newsletters and the 2019 National Conference website for important updates to the agenda as well as announcements of new speakers and program details.

Call for Applications: ACG's Sustainable Urban Development Tour

The Sustainable Urban Development Tour allows groups of urban professionals to receive an in-depth look at urban planning and city management as they improve the lives of their citizens and plan for the future. Building on the American Council on Germany’s history of best practice exchanges among urban affairs experts, ACG is conducting a two-part immersive program on sustainable urban development. ACG will bring together American and German practitioners working in urban affairs and sustainability in Germany in late Fall of 2019 and in the United States in Spring 2020. Deadline to apply is Friday, August 23.

Councils Are Hiring!

WorldDenver -- Executive Director

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the E.D. provides leadership, strategy development, and vision to the organization in keeping with the mission and strategy of WorldDenver. A keen interest in global affairs and promoting greater international understanding will be desired hallmarks. To apply, please email your resume to Lauren McElderry at lmcelderry@eflassociates.com.

Santa Fe Council on International Relations -- Director of Development

The Director of Development is a new position at CIR and will be responsible for overseeing donor research, cultivating close relationships with New Mexico funders to position CIR for local/regional grants, leading business partnerships, and others. CIR is looking for a candidate with a passion for world affairs, globalization, and social justice; strong and demonstrated success as a fundraiser; experience with Planned Giving, and excellent written and spoken communication skills with social media expertise. Apply here.

Global Minnesota -- Office Manager & Executive Assistant

The Office Manager & Executive Assistant ensures administrative functions are effective, efficient, and responsive to the needs of the organization. This role supports the Director of Operations, comprising several main areas of responsibility including office administration, facility management, social media, program support (program registration, membership and event promotion, materials order processing), intern program coordination, and Board of Directors support. Apply here.

International Relations Council (Kansas City) -- Program Coordinator

IRC seeks a full-time program coordinator to develop, implement, and evaluate programs and events; contribute to organizational communications and marketing; serve as an ambassador for the organization in the Kansas City community; and support other IRC initiatives. This position reports to the executive director. Apply here.

International Relations Council (Kansas City) -- Membership Assistant

Working closely with the executive director, the membership assistant will be responsible for managing, recruiting, and retaining members and donors; serving as an ambassador for the organization in the Kansas City community; and supporting other IRC initiatives. This position reports to the executive director. The contract period for this position is mid-September through the end of December 2019, and the role will average 20 hours/week. Apply here.

Council Highlights

Monday 8/19

World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts protein-RNA biochemist and CRISPR expert Samuel Sternberg, Assistant Professor at Columbia University, for “Editing the Code of Life: Exploring the Implications of CRISPR Technology.” Details

Tuesday 8/20

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts Jason Rezaian, former Bureau Chief of The Washington Post in Tehran, for “The 2019 Frank and Cheri Hermance Atlas Award Dinner.” Details.

Wednesday 8/21

World Affairs Council of South Texas hosts PRISM Editor-in-Chief Michael Miklaucic, Senior Fellow with the Institute for National Strategic Studies at National Defense University, for “Wicked Problems in National Security Leadership.” Details

Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts Hon. Andrew Staunton, Her Majesty’s Consul General of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Atlanta, for a breakfast event. Details

Global Minnesota hosts Michael Shifter, President of the Inter-American Dialogue, for “Global Conversations: Challenges and Change in Latin America.” Details

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts journalist Chris Feliciano Arnold for “Brazil, Bolsonaro, and the Amazon.” Details.

Thursday 8/22

Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the U.S., for “Business Roundtable Discussion.” Details.

World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky hosts Nina Simon, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, for “OF/BY/FOR ALL.” Details

Vermont Council on World Affairs hosts Shefali Misra, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science at St. Michael’s College, for “Great Decisions Program: Nationalism in Europe.” Details

World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts Professor Isebill Gruhn, University of California, for “Europe in Turmoil.” Details.

Saturday 8/24

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts 2020 U.S. Presidential Candidate (D) Rep. John Delaneyfor “Presidential Foreign Policy Forum.” Details

Travel the World with WAC Philadelphia

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

2019 travel schedule includes trips to: 

  • Jacqueline Miller, President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Seattle, Passage Along the Danube River: October 12-24, 2019
  • Derrick Olsen, President, WorldOregon, Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia: October 13-21, 2019
  • Craig Snyder, President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Exploring Saudi Arabia & Qatar: November 7-17, 2019
  • Ambassador Mark Johnson, former Vice Chair, World Affairs Councils of America, Egypt & the Eternal Nile: January 28-February 11, 2020
  • Ambassador Philip Hughes, former President, World Affairs Councils of America, South American Tapestry: February 27-March 15, 2020
  • Ambassador Heather Hodges, President and Ambassador in Residence, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Barcelona: April 18-26, 2020
  • Megan Torrey, Chief Executive Officer, World Affairs Council of Hartford, Himalayan Kingdoms: Nepal & Bhutan: April 28-May 12, 2020
  • Bill Clifford, President & CEO, World Affairs Councils of America, China, Tibet, and the Yangtze: May 9-24, 2020
  • Lise Falskow, President & CEO, Alaska World Affairs Council, Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords: May 16-24, 2020
  • Dr. Pamela Zeiser, Education Liaison, World Affairs Council of Jacksonville, Berlin Uncovered: May 24-31, 2020
  • Jim Falk, President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Arctic Expedition: Voyage Under the Midnight Sun: June 9-19, 2020
  • Ljubomir (LJ) Stambuk, President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Charlotte, Sailing Ancient Trade Routes: Helsinki to Copenhagen: June 27-July 9, 2020
  • Mimi Gregory, Vice President and Program Chairman, Naples Council on World Affairs, Cruising the Adriatic and Aegean Seas: September 9-17, 2020
  • Don Samford, Chairman of the Education Outreach and Program Committees, Peoria Area World Affairs Council, Legendary Turkey: October 2-16, 2020

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

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Our thanks to KUSI for interviewing San Diego World Affairs Council former President John Schlosser and Board Member Ambassador Reno Harnish on how world events impact us here in San Diego.  

Our thanks to Modern Times Magazine of Arizona for covering our October, 2017 panel on "NAFTA:  A Make or Break Moment"


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