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'Cover to Cover' Monthly Author Series

February Cover to Cover will host David Biello, TED's new science curator, on his new book The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth's Newest Age on Wednesday, February 15, at 2 PM ET.

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David Biello is an award-winning journalist who has been reporting on the environment and energy since 1999. He is currently an editor at Scientific American, where he has been a contributor since 2005, and he also contributes frequently to the Los Angeles Review of BooksYale e360Nautilus, and Aeon. Biello has been a guest on radio shows, such as WNYC’s The Takeaway, NHPR’s Word of Mouth, and PRI’s The World. He hosts the ongoing duPont-Columbia award-winning documentary Beyond the Light Switch for PBS. The Unnatural World is his first book.

Council of the Month

The WACA National Office is proud to recognize Tennessee World Affairs Council for programming excellence.

Operating 100% by volunteers, the Council will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. It relocated to Nashville two years ago from the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee and recently moved onto the campus of its partner, Belmont University. The impressive schedule of town hall and public affairs briefings during 2016 included: Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak; Irish Ambassador Anne Anderson; Japanese  Consul General Masami Kinefuchi; U.S. Ambassador (ret.) Thomas Pickering; Kurdish Government Representative Bayan Abdul Rahman, and many others. Most visiting speakers are further made available for guest lecture school visits and presentations at civic groups, expanding the Council's community outreach and impact. 

Tennessee WAC reaches youth across the state through its year-round use of Academic WorldQuest, offering practice matches, online resources, and quizzes to engage students and teachers. Tennessee WAC included WorldQuest teams from Alabama and Georgia in its programs when competitions were not locally available. The Council also offers a very popular international careers panel twice a year.

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
For Topics, Study Guide, and other information click 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.

Upcoming events: 
January 23: World Affairs Council of Palm Beach 
January 26: 
World Affairs Council of New Hampshire
January 30: 
Richmond World Affairs Council

Future of Korea 2016

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

EU in the U.S.

EU in the U.S. is a program designed to raise awareness, knowledge, and understanding about EU policies, the EU's role as an international actor, and the value of the EU-U.S. relationship. Events will have a wide European scope, with activities highlighting local and regional economic, social, and cultural connections to Europe and the local and regional impacts of those connections. More Information

The Iran Nuclear Project

In partnership with The Iran Project, WACA is pleased to introduce The Iran Nuclear Deal: Prospects for Cooperation, Competition and Confrontation as part of our WACA Engage America Series. The objective of this program is to deepend the understanding of implications of the U.S. policy towards Iran, the nuclear deal, and the Middle East. It is important to stimulate debate and air differences over U.S. dealings with Iran in Councils’ nonpartisan forums. The centerpiece of the program is the panelists’ presentations and audience Q&A.

WACA Hosts President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine

The World Affairs Councils of America was privileged and honored to host His Excellency President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine for a major speech at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. Some 450 individuals attended and others watched the livestream on WACA's website; the recorded webcast can be seen here. This special program was followed by a VIP Reception with President Poroshenko and his delegation, along with WACA's 1918 Society members and selected guests of partner organizations.

WACA 2017 National Conference

Save the Date! 
WACA's 2017 National Conference will be held on November 8-10 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 January 18, 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 

Ambassador Heather Hodges, President & Ambassador-in-Residence, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Colombia Rediscovered: February 3 – 13.

Joyce M. Davis, President, World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, Journey to Southern Africa:  February 26 – March 13.

Megan Torrey, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Connecticut, Cultural Cuba:  March 26 – April 3.

Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Inside Iran:  April 21 – May 4.

Mimi Gregory, Vice President and Program Chairman, Naples Council on World Affairs, Cruise the Face of Europe:  May 15 – 30.

Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs Councils of Northern California, Circumnavigation of IcelandAugust 1 – 9. 

Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum, Stamford, Silk Road Odyssey: October 1 – 20.

Derrick Olsen, President, World Affairs Council of Oregon, Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia:  October 9 – 17.

Ambassador Mark Johnson, Founder, World Affairs Council of Montana, Mystique of the Orient:  October 17 – 29.

Dr. Jerry Leach, former President, World Affairs Councils of America, Inside Morocco:  October 20 – November 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 Althea Georgantas at

The World Affairs Councils of America represents and supports the largest national non-partisan network of local councils that are dedicated to educating, inspiring and engaging Americans in international affairs and the critical global issues of our times.

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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


Van Andel Institute