Deadline TOMORROW: Brazil Summer Study Contest; Key Council Programs;
Series; Council of the Month WAC Philadelphia; Qatar KNOW NOW and Essay/Video Contest; AWQ Hotel Block Discount; March
Cover to Cover
; Register for Council Leadership Meeting; Council Hiring & Highlights
Deadline TOMORROW: Brazil Summer Study Scholarship Contest
The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to partner with Liaison America
, an international education organization connected to five countries and dedicated to working with young people who want to impact lives and make a change in the world.
WACA and Liaison America are offering a 30-day scholarship opportunity for one (1) university student
to live and experience Brazil this summer through immersion in culture, education, and language! See scholarship details here
. Deadline for submissions is tomorrow, Tuesday, March 12
This Week in the WACA Network
Scroll down to the Council Highlights section for more speaker and topic ideas!
Programs: Germany + Korea
Council of the Month: WAC Philly’s
Global Rise of Authoritarianism
On March 20, WAC Philadelphia continues its 70th Anniversary Celebration with an exclusive members-only reception and photo exhibit
, featuring work from six photojournalists, called A Journey through Contested Lands
. The exhibit explores remote regions around the world where indigenous communities are waging unseen battles to remain on their ancestral lands.
Qatar: Essay Contest and KNOW NOW Call
KNOW NOW Conference Call
Join our discussion
with Her Excellency Lolwah R M Al-Khater
, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, on Thursday, March 28 at 2:00-2:30 pm ET
Appointed by His Excellency Mohammad Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Before her appointment as the Spokesperson, H.E. Lolwah joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Minister Plenipotentiary. She also served as the Director of Planning and Quality at Qatar Tourism Authority and as a Research Project Manager at Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development.
Her Excellency will provide an update on the U.S.-Qatar strategic dialogue and Qatar’s foreign policy.
WACA Essay/Video Contest on Qatar
Open to high school students across the country, the challenge is to submit an 800-word Memorandum OR a 5-minute Video to
“Advise the Secretary of State: Measures to Strengthen the U.S.-Qatar Strategic Partnership.” A panel of educators and experts in student exchange programs will judge the entries. The top 10 contestants will win an
all-expenses-paid Doha Study Tour on June 21-27, 2019. Contest winners will also be eligible for scholarships to attend the WACA 2019 National Conference in Washington, DC on November 6-8, 2019.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 29.
Book Your Academic WorldQuest National Competition Hotel!
WACA has secured a group hotel block at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
at a special rate of $169 / night plus tax (2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC 20008). These discounted rates will expire April 4
Registration for the
Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2019 Academic WorldQuest National Competition is now open! The AWQ championship weekend program will be held in Washington, DC on
Local champion teams
of Academic WorldQuest competitions hosted by World Affairs Councils around the country must complete the Registration Form
in order to participate in the AWQ National Competition. Registration Forms are due no later than Fri., March 22. Register your AWQ team!
Cover to Cover
: Amb. William Burns on
The Back Channel
Register now for WACA’s Cover to Cover
conference call on Thursday, March 21, at 2:00-2:30 pm ET
, featuring Ambassador William Burns
, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, on his forthcoming memoir, The Back Channel
, making the case for U.S. diplomacy’s renewal.
Drawing on a trove of newly declassified cables and memos, Amb. Burns gives readers a rare inside look at the practice of American diplomacy. His dispatches from war-torn Chechnya and Qaddafi’s bizarre camp in the Libyan desert and his warnings of the “Perfect Storm” that would be unleashed by the Iraq War will reshape our understanding of history – and inform the policy debates of the future.
Register Now: Council Leadership Meeting in Kansas City, June 13-15
The World Affairs Councils of America will convene its semi-annual Council Leadership and WACA Board Meetings in Kansas City
, MO on June 13-15
. Register here
to attend the Meetings.
to see the meeting flyer for more details and other special opportunities! The schedule will be updated periodically, and we will announce exclusive hotel accommodations soon.
Participate in the Great Decisions Teachers Institute
The Foreign Policy Association’s
15th annual Great Decisions Teachers Institute
for high school educators affiliated with World Affairs Councils will take place July 8 through July 12 in New York City ( updated dates )
Topics will include Global Migration, Nuclear Negotiations, and Trade with China. For the full list of topics and more information, please visit the Institute’s webpage
To apply for the Great Decisions Teachers Institute, you must complete a questionnaire, which can be accessed by clicking here
. High school educators nationwide are invited to apply by March 29
. All applicants will be notified by April 12
If you have any questions in regards to the application or the Great Decisions Teachers Institute, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
, or call the Foreign Policy Association at 212-481-8100 x 249
Did you know?
Great Decisions just began its national broadcast run on public television! Tune in to PBS Word Tuesday’s at 6:00 am ET and 1:00 pm ET or watch online on Vimeo
or Amazon Prime
WACA 2019 Summer Internship Season Opens!
An innovative, visionary, mission-driven, and results-oriented leader to lead the organization into the future is sought. A keen interest in global affairs and promoting greater international understanding, as well as a deep knowledge of our Denver and Colorado environments, will be desired hallmarks. Apply here
WAC New Hampshire seeks someone to help plan, publicize, and implement the nonprofit’s public events to fulfill the organization’s mission of fostering learning, discussion, and citizen involvement in world affairs around the state. You will ensure WACNH events maximize quality, partnerships, and member satisfaction and engagement. Apply here
WorldOregon Presents International Speaker Series
began its 2019 Welcome to the World
International Speaker series earlier this month featuring the Hon. Julian Castro
. Next up are: Jaya Dukureh
, Farah Pandith
, and Erica Fernandez
World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts Vladimir Kara-Murza
, Chairman of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom, for “Fighting for Democracy in Russia.” Details
World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts Rania Abouzeid
, journalist and author, for “Life after the Arab Uprisings and the Islamic State.” Details
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council hosts C.J. Chivers
, former U.S. Marine Corps and Pulitzer Prize author, for “The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.” Details
Alabama World Affairs Council hosts Adam Segal
, Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, for “Technology and Innovation.” Details
Would Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky hosts Shelley Inglis
, Executive Director of Human Rights Center at the University of Dayton, for “International Institutions Under Strain – United Nations.” Details
Indiana Council on World Affairs hosts Milind Thakar
, Associate Professor at the University of Indianapolis, for “India and its Neighbor.” Details
World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts Patrick Skinne
r, Savannah police officer and former Director of the Soufan Group and CIA Operations Office, for “The Spy Who Came Home.” Details
World Affairs (Northern California) hosts a panel of experts for “Amplifying Women’s Voices.” Details
Columbia World Affairs Council hosts a panel of experts for “BREXIT Breakfast.” Details
Global Minnesota hosts Lauren Hendricks
, Executive Vice President at Grameen Foundation, for “Women in International Development.” Details
World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts David Pearce
, former U.S Ambassador to Greece and Algeria, for “What Next in Saudi Arabia After Khashoggi?” Details
World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Colonel (ret.) Eran Lerman
, Vice President of Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, for “Israel: Prospects for Conflict Resolution.” Details
International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Amanda Sloa
t, Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution, for “Brexit and the Future of Europe.” Details
Global Ties Arizona hosts Rania Abouzeid
, journalist and author, for “Report on the Middle East.” Details
World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Shoshana Zuboff
, former Professor at Harvard Business School, for “A Human Future in The Age of Surveillance Capitalism.” Details
World Affairs Forum (Stamford) hosts Asha Rangappa
, Director of Admissions at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, for “Bridging, Bonding, and Social Media: Preserving Democracy in the (Dis)Information Age.” Details
World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts a panel of experts for “Journalism Under Fire: A Chat with Global Journalists.” Details
World Affairs Council of Las Vegas hosts a screening of Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. Details
World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts Alejandro Velasco
, Associate Professor at New York University, for “Venezuela: An International Standoff.” Details
World Affairs Council of St. Louis hosts Tahmineh Entessar
, Assistant Director of Webster University’s Relations, for “The Middle East, Regional Disorder.” Details
World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Amanda Sloat
, Senior Fellow at the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings, for “Brexit: Deal or No Deal?” Details
World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts a panel of experts for “Young Leaders Conference: Possibilities & Pitfalls of Corporate Social Responsibility.” Details
World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts WACA Chairman Roman Popadiuk
, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, for “The Ukraine-Russian Crisis.” Details
Windham World Affairs Council hosts Robert Katz
, Professor of Art at the University of Maine, for “Were the House Still Standing: Main Survivors and Liberators Remember the Holocaust.” Details
World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky hosts a discussion for “The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested.” Details
Travel the World with WAC Philadelphia
Travel with Council Leaders – hear them lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!
2019 travel schedule includes trips to:
- Michelle Harpenau, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Springtime in Provence & Burgundy: May 15-23, 2019
- Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs, Northern California, Arctic Expedition: June 21 – July 1, 2019
- Dr. Jerry Leach, President Emeritus, WACA, Journey Through Britain: Sept. 7-20, 2019
- Mimi Gregory, Vice President and Program Chairman, Naples Council on World Affairs, Sicily by Sail: Oct. 10-18, 2019
- Derrick Olsen, President, WorldOregon, Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia: Oct. 13-21, 2019
- Jacqueline Miller, President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Seattle, Passage Along the Danube River: Oct. 12-24, 2019
- Craig Snyder, President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Exploring Saudi Arabia & Qatar: Nov. 7-17, 2019