Weekly World News Update: Jan. 29, 2020

Coronavirus Causes Alarm; Trade Talk; European Roundup; Holocaust: 75 Years After Auschwitz; Ukraine Update; Planning for Peace in the Middle East?; Iran News; Presidential Foreign Policy; Disaster Strikes; and the Gender Equality in 2020

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2020 Global Ties U.S. National Meeting

WACA, a proud partner of Global Ties U.S., was delighted to host its annual breakfast for 32 leaders and staff of Councils (which are dual member organizations) on Thursday, January 23 at the Global Ties U.S. 2020 National Meeting. Last week, the Global Ties U.S. Network convened to celebrate the inspiring "faces" who make exchange programs happen every day: participants and alumni, locally-based hosts and coordinators, government agencies, and more.

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AWQ National Competition 2020 Registration Is Open

Registration for the Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2020 Academic WorldQuest National Competition is now open! Please register by March 27. The AWQ championship weekend will be held April 24-25.

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Global Minnesota Chair to Head U.S. Embassy

Ambassador Ross Wilson, Board Chair of Global Minnesota, has been tapped to lead the U.S. Embassy in Kabul at a critical stage in the process of negotiating an Afghan peace agreement. Wilson, who spent nearly four decades in the U.S. Foreign Service before retiring to Minnesota, accepted U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s request to serve as Charge d'Affaires until the U.S. Senate confirms a permanent ambassador to Afghanistan.

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Council of the Month: WAC Western Michigan

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan sponsors an annual Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Workshop for its corporate and educational members, thanks to a collaboration with global company Wolverine Worldwide and the Cultural Intelligence Center (CIC). The CIC helps Council members assess and improve effectiveness in culturally diverse work settings. This Jan., 35 professionals took the CQ course, representing 11 of the Council’s corporate partners.

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Betty Cruz Named New President of WAC Pitt

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh announces Betty Cruz as its new President & CEO! Currently the leader of Change Agency, a social enterprise which she founded in 2016, and Project Director for All for All, an immigrant inclusion initiative, Cruz has nearly 20 years of experience in community outreach, communications, partnership-building, and program management. She will officially assume her role on January 21.

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Global I.Q. Minute

Action author Brad Taylor discusses his best selling Pike Logan Series, and gives his insight on current events in South America, the Middle East, and more!

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Student Opportunity

The Washington Center will host two-week academic programs at both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions for college students.

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World Affairs - KQED

NYT journalists Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael Shear discuss the decisions and the ideologies shaping US immigration policy.

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Call for Resources!

WACA is calling on all Councils to please submit any documentation per the list linked, or any helpful resources for the Members-Only network!

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