Engage America  Series

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.

From the Cuban Missile Crisis to Iran: Confronting the Nuclear Threat

Presented by Carnegie Corporation

From the Cuban Missile Crisis to Iran: Confronting the Nuclear Threat is a World Affairs Councils of America Engage America Speaker Series. The program is funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The grant is part of its broader Nuclear Security initiative under their International Peace and Security Program.

Drawing from the World Affairs Councils of America's Six Top Issues, the series will focus on the lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the history of the past 50 years of arms control and proliferation. The program coincides with this year's Academic WorldQuest topic: Cuban Missile Crisis: 50th Anniversary.

Top nuclear security experts will cover the broad range of issues and multifaceted challenges presented by nuclear weapons and will address some of the most pressing and time urgent issues before the international community today. The keynote speakers for the Council events are leading experts from various institutions. Nine councils across the country are participating in the program.

Schedule of Events 2012

  • November 1: Colorado Springs World Affairs Council
    Speaker: James Acton
  • November 20: WorldBoston
    Speaker: Joe Cirincione 
  • December 4: World Affairs Council of Rochester
    Speaker James Nathan
  • December 11: World Affairs Council of New Orleans
    Speaker Barry Blechman
  • December 12: World Affairs Council of New Hampshire 
    Speaker: Tim Naftali
  • December 16: World Affairs Council of Harrisburg
    Speaker: David Santoro 
  • December 18: World Affairs Council- Washington, DC
    Speaker: Barry Blechman
  • December 18: Houston World Affairs Council
    Speaker: David Santoro
  • December 18: World Affairs Council of Dallas/Ft. Worth
    Speaker: Tim Naftali
  • January 8,  2013: World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads
    Speaker: Tim Naftali
  • February 21, 2013: World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
    Speaker: Joe Cirincione
  • May 20, 2013: Vermont Council on World Affairs
    Speaker: John Isaacs
  • June 11, 2013: World Affairs Council of Connecticut
    Speaker: Joe Cirincione
  • June 18, 2013: World Affairs Council of Charlotte
    Speaker: James Acton
  • June 20, 2013: WorldDenver
    Speaker: Barry Blechman
  • June 26, 2013: Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council
    Speaker: Arthur Cyr

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