WACA NEWSLETTER


August 5, 2019

August Newsletter

Letter from the COO; Top Speakers This Week; WACA's Clifford to Speak at USC Marshall Summit; Council of the Month; Register for the 2019 National Conference; August KNOW NOW on Family Terror Networks; August Cover to Cover: To Catch a Spy; Germany Connections, and more Council News!

Letter from the COO

Dear Council Leaders, Friends, and Supporters:

As WACA announced last week in a special newsletter, we relocated your National Office effective August 1! We are incredibly excited to be settling into our new space at 1010 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 516, Washington, DC 20005.

With this move, WACA is "on our own" for the first time in three decades. Since 1989, we had shared an office suite with the American Academy of Diplomacy, Una Chapman Cox Foundation, and the former World Affairs Council-Washington DC. While the parting is bittersweet, we have secured an unbeatable rent with our new seven-year lease, and we've increased our usable space by nearly 45%. We remain downtown and close to think tanks, embassies, and the White House.

With our own dedicated office, we’ve breathed fresh life into our days and feel a renewed passion and sense of purpose. I invite you to stop by the office and visit with us when you have the chance to be in DC – we’d love to see you and give you a tour!

Thank you for your support during this busy time, and we now look forward to getting back to work doing what we strive for daily – being the best we can be in order to serve you better. 

With warmest regards,

WACA's freshly painted logo and two of our interns, 

Sarah and Olivia!

Liz Brailsford, WACA Chief Operating Officer

Convening Power of the WACA Network

Minister Xu Xueyan

Embassy of the People's Republic of China, U.S. Tennessee WAC - Mon., Aug. 5

Ambassador (ret.) Laura S. H. Holgate

Vice President, Nuclear Threat Initiative

WorldDenver - Tues., Aug. 6

Ambassador Jose Vicente Pimentel

Former Minister of Foreign Relations, Brazil

Int'l Relations Council (KC) - Tues., Aug. 6

Robyn Curnow

International Desk Anchor, CNN

WAC Atlanta - Wed., Aug. 7

WACA President to Speak on Global Trade at USC Marshall Summit

WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford will participate in the 7th Annual Global Supply Chain Excellence Summit at the USC Marshall School of Business on Thursday, August 8 and Friday, August 9. Bill will be a panel speaker for the Global Trade and Economic Outlook plenary.


Register here for the Summit, and use promo code FRIENDS300 to receive $300 off your ticket!

Council of the Month: WAC Kentucky and Southern Indiana

The World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana is pleased to present their new logo! The updated logo accompanies a complete redesign of the Council's website: www.worldkentucky.org!


With this new branding, which WACA heartily commends, WAC Kentucky and Southern Indiana aims to tie all of its programs to one vision under the three pillars of Exchange, Dialogue, and Learning.

Register Now: WACA 2019 National Conference!

Register now!

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 2019 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.

Chinese Embassy to Host Exclusive WACA Conference Reception

WACA is pleased to announce 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


Richard Stengel

Author of the forthcoming Information Wars

Former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (2013-16)

Former Editor of TIME


Molly Kinder

Senior Advisor on Work, Workers, and Technology at New America

McCourt School Affiliated Research Fellow & Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Univ.



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)
  • Think Tank off-site briefings will take place Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 6
  • Council Leadership 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.

August KNOW NOW: Terror Networks

Register now for WACA's KNOW NOW conference call on Tuesday, August 13, at 2:00-2:30 pm ET, featuring Dean C. Alexander, Director of the Homeland Security Research Program and Professor at the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration at Western Illinois University.


Family affiliated terrorism, from the role of patriarchs to ISIS brides, poses significant and long lasting security threats to the international community. Author of several books on the subject, Professor Alexander is an expert on the issues surrounding global terrorism and the ways to combat these threats both foreign and domestic. Join WACA for a conversation with Prof. Alexander and former Peoria WAC President and WACA National Board Member Don Samford about the implications of family terror networks and countering international political violence.

Register now

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.

August Cover to Cover : Jim Olson on To Catch a Spy

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

Cover to Cover on Podcast


Listen as Anna Fifield, Beijin Bureau Chief at The Washington Post, discusses her new book: The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un.

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, the ACG is conducting a two-part immersive program on sustainable urban development. The 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!

New Posting! 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.

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.

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.

Councils in the News

World Affairs Council of Atlanta

MP: Immigration Crisis Helped Revive Germany’s Populist Right -- Global Atlanta

Bid to Lure Nobel Summit and Brand Atlanta as ‘City of Peace’ Making Progress -- Saporta Report

Northern Nevada International Center

College of Liberal Arts Helps Bring International Experience to Campus and Community -- Nevada Today

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

Pinnacle Group Partners With World Affairs Council to Promote Global Leadership Through WorldQuest Competition -- Market Insider

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia

From Populism to Peacebuilding: Students Engage With Journalists Via Skype -- Pulitzer Center

Horsham Foundation Gives $56K in Scholarships, Awards -- Patch

Columbia World Affairs Council

Claflin University President Henry N. Tisdale to Receive 2019 Global Vision Award -- The Chronicle

World Affairs Council of Seattle 

Bringing Global Education to Rural Communities -- Education Week

International Institute of Buffalo

Buffalo Refugees, Resettlement Advocates Urge Reversal of Reported Trump Plan to Halt Admissions -- WBFO

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire

World Affairs Council Adds Local Board Members -- Sea Coast Online

South Dakota World Affairs Council 

Dwivedi to Give Overview of Democracy in India -- The Brookings Register 

World Affairs Council of Orange County

The Crowd: Members of the Whittier Trust Sail in Transpac; Challenging Social Media Misinformation -- Daily Pilot

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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