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2012 National Conference

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2012 National Conference 

The World Affairs Councils of America held its 2012 National Conference, U.S. National Security Policy: Six Top Issues for the President in 2013 (See speakers here). The conference commenced at a very exciting time in Washington: one day after the election on Wednesday, November 7. See the agenda here

The conference focused on the Six Top Issues for 2013, as voted on by our World Affairs Councils leadership:

  • U.S. Economic Competitiveness
  • U.S. Education: Competing Globally
  • Afghanistan/Pakistan
  • U.S. Energy Policy
  • The Middle East
  • China 

The National Conference, held annually for over two decades, gathers our regional leaders drawn from the business, civic, and education communities. Leading policymakers and national security experts lead the discussion on the critical national security challenges before us and help our council leaders plan their programming for their local communities in the coming year. 

The British Embassy, the Embassy of Malaysia, Embassy of Sweden held evening receptions for conference participants on Thursday, November 8. We thank them for their generosity.



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