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KNOW NOW: Ambassador Neumann on Afghanistan

President Trump is set to outline a new U.S. strategy for Afghanistan in a prime-time national address tonight. WACA will turn to Ronald E. Neumann, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and President of the American Academy of Diplomacy, for his take on whether the likely increased U.S. troop presence and further NATO support will help bring the 16-year Afghan war to an end.

Friday, August 25, 2:00-2:30 PM ET

Register for the call

Councils, their members, and supporters are encouraged to join us for this important conversation at a pivotal time in American foreign policy. Read Ambassador Neumann's August 9 Washington Post op-ed on this topic, and come with your questions. 

WACA 2017 National Conference

The Future of American Leadership:
November 15-17 at the Capital Hilton
See our WACA 2017 National Conference Website for tickets, speakers, agenda, hotel info, and more!
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!

Weekly World News Update for August 16, 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. 

Council of the Month: WAC Dallas/Fort Worth

The WACA National Office is pleased to recognize World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth as Council of the Month for its new staff-sharing initiative with World Affairs Council of Houston.

Amy Miller, Director of Education at WAC Dallas/FW, spent two days in Houston recently with Amanda Renee Rico, WAC Greater Houston's Senior Education Manager, to share best practices, discuss how to enhance the Junior WAC programs and how to better collaborate in the months ahead. Next year, the Councils plan to collaborate on an educational study tour to Africa.

In September, the two Councils will continue the staff-exchange, with Amanda visiting Amy in Dallas. WACA encourages Councils to collaborate within states and regionally in order to build a stronger, more influential, and cohesive national network. Visit to learn more!

Future of Korea 2017

WACA is pleased to announce that several World Affairs Councils have been selected to receive grant funding for Future of Korea 2017, a program sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute.

KEI, in consultation with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, the U.S. Department of State, and the World Affairs Councils of America, based its selection on a highly competitive application process. WACA administers the grants for Future of Korea events. For more information on selected Councils and programing, click here.

Cover to Cover Author Series

Geopolitical cracks are widening in East Asia, a region that has flourished under an American security umbrella for more than half a century. The historic rivalry between China and Japan is threatening to upend the peace that has held since World War II. With unrivaled access to archives in the U.S. and Asia, and to many of the major players in all three countries, Richard McGregor (full bio) has written a tale which blends the tectonic shifts in diplomacy with the domestic political trends and personalities driving them. 

Join us for Spetember's Cover to Cover with Richard McGregor on the release date of his new bookAsia's Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power on Tuesday, September 5, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET

2016-2017 Academic WorldQuest

A heartfelt thank-you to all students, teachers, parents, and other participants who made the Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2017 Academic WorldQuest National Competition a wonderful success! Special thanks also to all of our sponsors, including the United States Institute of Peace, which held a welcome reception for all Academic WorldQuest attendees. Read the WACA press release.   
Congratulations to the winning teams:
First Place: Plano West Senior High SchoolWorld Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
Second Place: Millburn High SchoolInternational Center of the Capital Region
Third Place: duPont Manual High SchoolWorld Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana 
Learn more here

Travel the World

 Upcoming Trips from WAC Philadelphia

  • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President, Programs, World Affairs Council Northern California, Southern Africa: Feb. 10-Mar. 5
  • Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum, Stamford, Ancient Kingdoms of China:  May 5–19
  • Patrick Ryan, President, Tennessee World Affairs Council, Tuscany: May 29-Jun. 6
  • Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Cruise the Rhine: July 11–29
  • Anna Berry, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, Cambridge, Oxford and the Cotswolds: July 20–28
  • Derrick Olsen, President, World Affairs Council of Oregon, Treasures of Ecuador, August 27–31
  • Megan Torrey, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Hartford, Himalayan Kingdoms, September 11–25
  • Mimi Gregory, Vice President of Programs, Naples Council on World Affairs, Inside Botswana, October 4-16

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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