September 3, 2019

September Newsletter

2019 Conference Early-Bird Registration Ending Friday; 2019 Qatar Leadership Mission; Council of the Month; 1918 Society Dinner Speaker; Engage America Council Grant Programs; USIP Peace Day Challenge; September Cover to Cover + more Council News!

WACA 2019 Leadership Mission to Qatar

The World Affairs Councils of America is delighted to announce that the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Washington, DC will sponsor a WACA Leadership Mission to Qatar, October 11-17.

This WACA Leadership Mission will be comprised of a Qatar Embassy representative, WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford, and a minimum of 10 delegates from the Council network. Applicants are asked to submit their materials to the WACA National Office by email to lbrailsford@worldaffairscouncils.org by COB on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 to secure their spot on this unique travel opportunity.

Please read our dedicated announcement for more information.

Council of the Month: WAC Connecticut

World Affairs Council of Connecticut (CTWAC) will host top security experts at its third annual Global Security Forum taking place on Saturday, September 28. The Global Security Forum 2019: Power & Leadership speakers and topics have been announced, and it's shaping up to be a "can't miss" event!

Some of the featured speakers include:

  • General John R. Allen (USMC, Ret.), President, The Brookings Institution
  • Her Excellency Roya Rahmani, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States
  • His Excellency Fareed Yasseen, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States
  • David Sanger, National Security Correspondent, New York Times
  • Lieutenant General Michael Moeller (U.S. Air Force, Ret.)Pratt & Whitney

CTWAC invites fellow Councils to partner with and attend the 2019 Global Security Forum.

Hartford Business Journal honored WACCT's Amanda Jolly as a ' 40 Under 40' honoree - see below in Councils in the News to read more. Congratulations, Amanda!

Speakers in the WACA Network This Week

Rami George Khouri

Senior Fellow and former Director, Issam Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs,

American University of Beirut

WAC Albuquerque - Tues., Sep. 3

John Connelly

Director, ISEEES, UC Berkeley

World Affairs (N. California) - Wed., Sep. 4

Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian

Former Nuclear Spokesperson for Iran

Middle East Security and Nuclear Policy Specialist, Princeton University

WAC Greater Houston - Wed., Sep. 4

Rep. Mike Thompson

U.S. Representative, (D-CA 5th District)

WAC Sonoma County - Fri., Sep. 6

Register Now: WACA 2019 National Conference!

Hurry! Early-Bird Pricing Ends Friday!

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, ending this Friday, September 6!

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

Register by Sept. 6 for Early-Bird discounts!

Announcing 1918 Society Dinner Speaker - Tuesday, Nov. 5


John F. Harris

Founding Editor


(For 1918 Society Members and WACA Conference Sponsors only.)

Think Tank Off-Site Briefings

New Partner!

Stimson Center

Celebrating 30 Years

Victoria Holt

Managing Director

Sally Yozell

Director, Environmental Security

Brian Eyler

Director, Southeast Asia

New Addition!

Center for a New

American Security

New Partner!

Middle East Institute

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 Keynotes

 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!

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.

Volunteers Needed

WACA will need volunteers throughout the Conference from morning until early evening each day. If you are interested, please use this link to sign up. If you know someone who may be interested, please forward them the link and encourage them to volunteer!

Sign up to volunteer!

WACA Engage America : Wunderbar Together in Vermont and Tennessee

The Vermont Council on World Affairs will host Professor Claudia Kemfert, head of the Department of Energy, Transport, and Environment at the German Institute for Economic Research, for " The Green New Deal: Economic Implications on U.S.-Germany Relations" on Wednesday, September 4. This event is part of WACA's Engage America programming as a participating organization in  Wunderbar Together: The Year of German-American Friendship.

The Tennessee World Affairs Council will host Ambassador John Kornblum, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany, for " Why Europe Matters" on Wednesday, September 4. Ambassador Kornblum will share his insights into Europe's geopolitical reach and the way forward for the continent. This event is part of WACA's Engage America programming as a participating organization in Wunderbar Together: The Year of German-American Friendship.

WACA Engage America : The Alliance Working in America

Global Minnesota will host former U.S. Director of National Intelligence and Commander of U.S. Pacific Command, Admiral Dennis Blair (ret.), Chairman and Distinguished Senior Fellow at Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, and Dr. Satu Limaye, Vice President and Director of the East-West Center in Washington, for " The U.S.-Japan Alliance in an Evolving Indo-Pacific." Admiral Blair and Dr. Limaye will discuss the significance of and possibilities going forward for the U.S.-Japan alliance with a Q&A portion moderated by Liz Brailsford, Chief Operating Officer at WACA.

USIP Presents the Annual Peace Day Challenge

The United States Institute of Peace wants to encourage another great year of engagement in its Peace Day Challenge, which is a big opportunity for people across the U.S. and around the world to recognize the International Day of Peace on September 21 . USIP encourages you to participate by taking an action to make peace possible and sharing it on social media. This will mark the 5th year of this signature USIP campaign, which has achieved huge reach and energy from the engagement of schools and organizations across the U.S., to collaborations with partners in conflict zones, to the involvement of tens of millions of people via social media. This year’s theme is: Peace is Possible. It Takes Action. It Takes All of Us. Learn more here and stay up-to-date and engaged via Twitter.

September Cover to Cover : Network Revolutions

Register now for WACA's Cover to Cover conference call on Wednesday, September 25, at 2:00-2:30 pm ET, featuring former Chairman of the Federal Communication Commission Tom Wheeler, Visiting Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, on his new book From Gutenberg to Google: The History of Our Future.

In this fascinating book, former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler puts past network revolutions into the perspective of today, when rapid-fire changes in networking are upending the nature of work, personal privacy, education, the media, and nearly every other aspect of modern life. Outlining “What’s Next,” he describes how artificial intelligence, virtual reality, blockchain, and the need for cybersecurity are laying the foundation for a third network revolution.

Register now

Cover to Cover on Podcast

Listen as former CIA Chief of Counterintelligence Jim Olson, Professor of the Practice at Texas A&M University, discusses his recent book: To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence.

KNOW NOW on Podcast

Listen as Dean Alexander, Director of the Homeland Security Research Program and Professor at the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration at Western Illinois University, discusses the implications of family terror networks and countering international political violence.

WAC San Antonio Hosts Panel of Korea Experts

The World Affairs Council of San Antonio kicked-off the second half of WACA's Engage America: Future of Korea grant series, sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute. A panel discussion Tuesday, August 27, featured Jihyun Lee, First Secretary at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the U.S., Jennifer Steffensen, Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State, and Yong Kwon, Director of Communications at KEI, in conversation with former Congressman Charlie Gonzalezregarding "The U.S.-Korea Relationship."

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.

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.

Councils in the News

World Affairs Council of Connecticut

‘40 Under Forty’ Honorees Reflect Greater Hartford’s Talent Pool -- Patch.com

11 From West Hartford Among ’40 Under Forty’ Honorees -- we-ha.com

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

China Takes Advantage of U.S. on Trade, Cruz Says -- NBCDFW

Sen. Cruz Continues Statewide Tour With Stops in Dallas and Corsicana -- TexasGOPVote.com

Haider Warns World of Kashmiri Muslims’ Genocide on Pattern of Gujarat Massacre -- The Nation

Peoria Area World Affairs Council 

Boot: No Clear Path Out of U.S.-China Trade War -- WCBU

Columbus Council on World Affairs

Welcoming Communities Make for Globally Competitive City-Regions -- Brookings Institution

World Affairs Council of Harrisburg

Priorities of Voters Little to Do With the Economy -- Pocono Record

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire

NH Primary Source: Delaney to Make 2 Busy NH Campaign Swings Over the Next 10 Days -- WMUR

Windham World Affairs Council

Talk Will Highlight Connections Between Ancient Cultures -- Brattleboro Reformer

Alaska World Affairs Council

Ambassador: Anchorage Under Consideration for New Philippine Consulate -- KTVA

China’s Watch -- PhilStar Global

International Affairs Forum (Traverse City)

IAF’s Big Get -- Northern Express

World Affairs Council of the Desert

Successful Alums, Local Groups Help Propel Coachella Valley Students -- Desert Sun

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan

Changes Ups: Mel Trotter Hires Its First Multicultural Engagement VP -- grbj.com

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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