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WACA's 2016 National Conference was held on November 16-18, at The Capital Hilton Hotel, located in the heart of Washington DC, and just two blocks from the White House and three Metro Rail stations, makes it the perfect hotel for exploring our Nation’s Capital. It is within walking distance of museums and memorials, theatres and art galleries, shopping, dining, and nightlife.


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2016 Conference Speakers:

Keynote Speakers 

Ambassadors Luncheon Keynote
Penny Pritzker 
U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Ambassadors Luncheon Keynote

David Abney 
Chairman and CEO of UPS

Opening Dinner Keynote

Senator George J. Mitchell 
Former Special Envoy to the Middle East
Author of A Path to Peace

Leadership Day Keynote

Ambassador Barbara Stephenson
President, American Foreign Service Assn.


Carl Gershman
President, National Endowment for Democracy


Great Decisions: Luncheon Keynote

Evans Revere 
Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group


Dr. Cynthia Watson
Professor, National Security Strategy 
National War College


















1918 Society:

Pentagon Briefing and Tour

Brian P. McKeon
Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

CIA Briefing and Tour 

French Embassy Reception

H.E. Gerard Araud
Ambassador of France
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center
H.E. Hunaina Al Mughairy 
Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman
Canadian Embassy Reception
Mr. Denis Stevens 
Deputy Head of Mission

Atlantic Council
Global Risks 2035
Mathew J. Burrows
Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative
Brookings Institution 
Thomas Wright
Director, Project on International Order and Strategy
Brookings Institution 
Michael Doran
Senior Fellow and Specialist on Middle East Security

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy 
Syria: How to Bring Lasting Peace
Andrew J. Tabler
Martin J. Gross Fellow

Center for Strategic and International Studies 
Transatlantic Relations: The Brexit Era, Energy Politics, and U.S. Interests
Jeffrey Rathke
Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Europe Program 
Center for Strategic and International Studies 
Transatlantic Relations: The Brexit Era, Energy Politics, and U.S. Interests

Edward C. Chow
Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Europe Program 

Panel: Presidential Leadership and U.S. Foreign Policy

Evan Thomas 
Journalist, Historian, and Author of 
"Being Nixon: A Man Divided" 
Tom DeFrank 
Contributing Editor, National Journal
Author of "Write It When I'm Gone" 

Moderator: Talmage Boston
Attorney and Author of
"Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents" 

Michael Duffy 
Deputy Managing Editor, TIME

Other Plenary Speakers
Moderator:Shihoko Goto
Senior Associate, Asia Program
The Wilson Center
Carmen Iezzi Mezzara
Executive Director
Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs
Philip Balboni
Chairman, CEO and Co-Executive Editor
Celina Realuyo
Professor of Practice 
National Defense University
Salam Al-Marayati 
President and Co-founder 
Muslim Public Affairs Council
Capt. Bernard D. Cole, USN (Ret.)
Author and Professor, National War College


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1918 Society Members

Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation

Carnegie Corporation of New York


The Claremont Group

The Coca-Cola Company

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) 


Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Eden Hall Foundation


Foreign Policy Association

The Gambrinus Company

Global Ties U.S.

Goldman Sachs


The Holmes Organisation

Johnson + Sterling

Mr. Michael Phillip


Orbital ATK

Rational Middle Energy Series


Rosetta Stone


Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center  

Thomson Reuters

Tomassian, Throckmorton & Inouye LLP

Turkish Cultural Foundation