The WACA National Office partners with think tanks, foundations, NGOs, corporations, and occasionally government agencies to arrange timely "national conversations" at several World Affairs Councils across the country on critical international topics.
During the fall of 2017, the United States Institute of Peace will sponsor WACA's Engage America: Peacebuilding series. The Tennessee World Affairs Council, the Naples Council on World Affairs, and the International Relations Center (Kansas City) will explore peacebuilding as a national security priority, in an array of public forums and schools visits that feature USIP President Nancy Lindborg and USIP Senior VP Ambassador Bill Taylor. Ms. Lindborg will also participate in the WACA 2017 National Conference.
The escalation of nuclear threats from North Korea is testing U.S. resolve and causing anxiety among allies. Our long-running annual program sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute resumes this fall. WACA's Engage America: Future of Korea 2017 series focuses on broadening and deepening public understanding of Korea and the U.S.-Korea relationship. Participating Councils host a trio of experts - from the U.S. Department of State, the South Korea Embassy, and KEI - in this deep dive into politics, trade, and diplomacy.
This spring, in collaboration with WACA, the American Academy of Diplomacy sponsored screenings of the PBS film America's Diplomats followed by a public discussion of the role of U.S. diplomacy with a distinguished former ambassador, as well as intimate listening round-table sessions, at the following World Affairs Councils: