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Cover to Cover Author Series

April's Cover to Cover will feature author Howard W. French for his book Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power, on Tuesday, April 11, at 2-2:30 PM ET.
 
  
Howard. W. French, is Associate Professor of Journalism at Columbia University. He wrote from Africa for The Washington Post and at The New York Times was bureau chief in Central America and the Caribbean, West and Central Africa, Japan, and China. He is the recipient of two Overseas Press Club awards and a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee. He is the author of A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa and China's Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa; he has written for The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and Rolling Stone, among other national publications. He is on the faculty of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

KNOW NOW: Sharp Cuts for International Affairs Budget

The Trump administration unveiled its first budget proposal, for FY2018, which would cut funding from large parts of the federal government to offset an increase in defense spending of $54 billion. Cuts to more than 18 other agencies would include slashing $10.9 billion, or 29%, from the budget for the Department of State, USAID, and the Treasury's International Programs. If implemented, these proposed cuts would reduce funding levels for diplomacy and development and programs to levels not seen since 9/11. 
 
The nonpartisan U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) will conduct a National Mobilization Week (March 20-24) to urge Congress to protect resources for America's international affairs budget. 
 
On March 23 WACA hosted a KNOW NOW briefing by Lindsay Lee Plack, USGLC's Government Relations Director, to discuss the the implications of these proposed budget cuts and USGLC's efforts to stop them. A Mobilization Toolkit is offered to Councils and individuals wishing to participate in this effort.

KNOW NOW Conference Call: The U.S., Japan and Asia

On March 21, WACA hosted a KNOW NOW briefing by Jim Schoff, senior fellow in the Asia Program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (full bio), on the U.S.-Japan alliance, North Korea's nuclear threat, and security and economic challenges from China and the region. Podcast available soon.

Schoff is the author of a new book, Uncommon Alliance for the Common Good: The United States and Japan After the Cold War (free download available here). He is available for speaking engagements at Councils. 

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

1918 Society Call

WACA hosted an exclusive, off-the-record briefing call for 1918 Society members on "Charting America's Way Forward in the Middle East", with Ambassador James F. Jeffrey, Philip Solondz Distinguished Fellow, at The Washington Institute, on March 16, 2017.

Ambassador Jeffrey specializes in U.S. diplomatic and military strategy in the Middle East, with emphasis on Turkey, Iraq, and Iran. In addition to his service as ambassador in Ankara and Baghdad, he served as assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor in the George W. Bush administration, with a special focus on Iran. He previously served as principal deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State. 

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

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.

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.

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 March 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

  • Megan Torrey, Executive Director, WAC of Connecticut, Cultural Cuba:  Mar. 26 - Apr. 3
  • 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 www.wacphila.org/travel 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 waca@worldaffairscouncils.org.

 

 

 

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1918 Society Members

Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Chevron

The Claremont Group

The Coca-Cola Company

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) 

DailyChatter

Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Eden Hall Foundation

ExxonMobil

Foreign Policy Association

The Gambrinus Company

Global Ties U.S.

Goldman Sachs

Google

The Holmes Organisation

Johnson + Sterling

Mr. Michael Phillip

NATO

Orbital ATK

Rational Middle Energy Series

Raytheon

Rosetta Stone

Shell

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center  

Thomson Reuters

Tomassian, Throckmorton & Inouye LLP

Turkish Cultural Foundation

UPS