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2016-2017 Academic WorldQuest

The Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2017 Academic WorldQuest National Competition will be held on Saturday, April 29 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
This year's National Competition will feature a welcome reception at the United States Institute of Peace, on Friday, April 28.
Hotel Reservations: To utilize our special hotel rates, book your room now at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center. For reservations click here
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America's Diplomats Series

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce our renewed collaboration with the American Academy of Diplomacy on a program series entitled  America's Diplomats. The program features a screening of the PBS film America's Diplomats followed by a discussion of the role of U.S. diplomacy with a distinguished former ambassador. 
Additional discussions following the film will focus on examining and analyzing what the American public wants to know about foreign policy, what they expect from foreign policy, and what makes people comfortable or uncomfortable with the conduct of American foreign policy. The Academy will make available a former ambassador to speak on the importance of contemporary American diplomacy. The event will include a Q&A session with Council audiences. 
The America's Diplomats program will be conducted through June 2017. The 2017 program Application Form is due by February 24, 2017. Find application details here.

Future of Korea 2017

We are pleased to announce continued collaboration with the Korea Economic Institute of America on the Future of Korea program series. The speaker program focuses on the economic and political situation on the Korean Peninsula as well as U.S.-Korea relations.

The centerpiece of the program is a panel discussion consisting of one representative each from the U.S. Department of State, the Korean Embassy, KEI, or other relevant institutions. The panel participants typically offer a general overview presentation (approximately 45-60 minutes in length), followed by a Q&A period. The speakers address political, security, economic and financial issues pertaining to the Korean Peninsula and U.S.-Korea relations. Details

Applications for the 2017 Future of Korea program are currently under review. For more details see announcement here

KNOW NOW Conference Call: The U.S., Ukraine and Russia's Western Ambitions

WACA's KNOW NOW conference call series featured Anne Applebaum, Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics Institute of Global Affairs, in a discussion regarding "The U.S., Ukraine and Russia's Western Ambitions" on Tuesday, February 21, at 2 PM ET

Listen to the podcast here

WACs Network Call with Fmr Pres Fox of Mexico

In an exclusive call with the WACA network, on February 7, 2017, Former Mexican President Vicente Fox (full bio), discussed the current and future U.S.-Mexico Relations with Jim Falk, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. 

Listen to a recording of the call here


1918 Society Call on U.S.-Mexico Relations

WACA hosted an exclusive conference call for the 1918 Society chairman's circle, on the U.S.-Mexico Relations, on Wednesday, February 1. James R. Jones, former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and member of the U.S. House of Representatives, discussed the critical issues of the current and future U.S.-Mexican relations. Jim Falk, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, moderated the call. Ambassador Jones is the founder and chairman of ManattJones Global Strategies LLC, he provides strategic guidance to clients interested in investment and development in Mexico, Latin America and Asia. (Full bio). 

Listen to a recording of the call here.

Middle East Program Series

With generous support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, WACA is delighted to present a fresh Engage America Speaker Series on American Policy in the Middle East for a New Administration. Eight World Affairs Councils will participate in the program which is designed to inform the American public about policy options in response to opportunities as well as the multiple interconnected crises in the Middle East. By bringing together policymakers and experts from the U.S. in public forums hosted by Councils, members of the public will benefit from balanced and high-level analysis to which they would not otherwise have access.

Councils of the Month: GlobalMinnesota and WAC Oregon

WACA is proud to recognize Global Minnesota and the World Affairs Council of Oregon as February's Councils of the Month. Both Councils have been doing excellent work to promote citizen diplomacy for more than 60 years each. 

We invite you to consider the commentary of Global Minnesota President Carol Engebretson Byrne and Program Director Tim Odegard, published in the Star Tribune, and the recent statement of WAC Oregon President Derrick Olsen, in which he also emphasized the critical need to build people-to-people relationships within our local communities and globally.

WACA 2017 National Conference

Save the Date! 
WACA's 2017 National Conference will be held on November 15-17 at the Capital Hilton
For more than two decades, the World Affairs Councils of America's annual conference has presented top government officials, diplomats, business executives, civic leaders, think tank policy experts and journalists to a national audience. Council leaders and members from WACA's 95 affiliates across the country engage with these speakers and thought leaders over the course of three stimulating days in our nation's capital. We look forward to your attendance this year!

Read Weekly World News Update for February 22, 2017

The World Affairs Councils of America's National Office is pleased to share with you Weekly World News Update every Wednesday. An initiative that started in 2012 by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, currently compilied and distributed by the National Office. We bring you thought-provoking pieces from respected global sources on the latest world events. 

World Affairs Council Travel Programs

Travel the World from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia 

  • Joyce M. Davis, President, WAC of Harrisburg, Journey to Southern Africa:  Feb. 26 - Mar. 13
  • Megan Torrey, Executive Director, WAC of Connecticut, Cultural Cuba:  Mar. 26 - Apr. 3
  • Jim Falk, President and CEO, WAC of Dallas/Fort Worth, Inside Iran:  Apr. 21 - May 4
  • Mimi Gregory, VP and Program Chairman, Naples Council on World Affairs, Cruise the Face of Europe:  May 15 - 30
  • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior VP of Programs, WAC of Northern California, Circumnavigation of IcelandAug. 1 - 9 
  • Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum (Stamford), Silk Road Odyssey: Oct. 1 - 20
  • Derrick Olsen, President, WAC of Oregon, Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia:  Oct. 9 -17
  • Ambassador Mark Johnson, Founder, WAC of Montana, Mystique of the Orient:  Oct. 17 - 29
  • Dr. Jerry Leach, fmr. President, World Affairs Councils of America, Inside Morocco:  Oct. 20 - Nov. 2

Contact or call 1-800-942-5004 x209 or x217.

There are over 80 World Affairs Council events scheduled this month across the country. Sign up for the WACA Weekly Digest to receive updates from around the network that include programs you can attend, participate in virtually, get ideas about speakers, or model format. We encourage you to follow-up with the sponsoring council for more information. If we missed something or if you have a program that you would like highlighted on our website or in the WACA Weekly, please contact us at




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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