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March 11, 2019

WACA Weekly

Deadline TOMORROW: Brazil Summer Study Contest; Key Council Programs;
Engage America
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 
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!

Vladimir Kara-Murza
Chairman, Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom
WAC Jacksonville – Mon., Mar. 11

Lauren Hendricks
Executive Vice President, Grameen Foundation

Amb. David Pearce
Former U.S Ambassador to Greece and Algeria

Amb. Roman Popadiuk
WACA Board Chair; Former U.S. Amb. to Ukraine

Engage America
 Programs: Germany + Korea

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston will host
German Ambassador Emily Haber for the launch of WACA’s
Wunderbar Together program, 
Engage America: What Today’s Germany Means for the United States, on 
Thursday, March 14. We appreciated the strong interest from 40 Councils that applied for WACA’s 18 Wunderbar Together grants. We will contact other grantees in due course.
We are currently accepting applications for the WACA-Korea Economic Institute co-sponsored 
Future of Korea 2019 program. We will select 6-8 Councils. Please see
full program details and
apply by Friday, March 15

Council of the Month: WAC Philly’s
Global Rise of Authoritarianism

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted
Garry Kasparov, Yascha Mounk, and
Curtis Milhaupt in February for an event in partnership with the Museum of the American Revolution. The event focused on the
Global Rise of Authoritarianism. You can find photos and a video of the event on the Council’s
Flickr and
YouTube pages.
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 10 high school student winners will be joined by the 4-member champion team of the
Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2018-2019 Academic WorldQuest National Competition, the team’s teacher, and two WACA chaperones.  
Please submit your original essays and videos to
Liz Brailsford at
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.
Reserve today.

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 
April 26-27.
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.
We are grateful to 
Matthew Hughes and his team at the 
International Relations Council for hosting.
here 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

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 
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, 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

WACA 2019 Summer Internship Season Opens!

World Affairs Councils of America is seeking bright and enthusiastic university students to
intern during our 2019 Summer Term. Deadline to apply is
April 8. See details and
apply here.

Councils are Hiring

Seeking a great project manager with a heightened attention to detail, who is skilled at and invigorated by planning and implementing multiple inbound international exchange programs with the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. 
Apply here.
Use your youth leadership skills and interest in global issues to work with Oregon’s premier international affairs organization and contribute to its mission of connecting Oregonians to the world.
Apply here.

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

WorldOregon 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.

Council Highlights

Monday 3/11
World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts
Vladimir Kara-Murza, Chairman of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom, for “Fighting for Democracy in Russia.”
World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts
Rania Abouzeid, journalist and author, for “Life after the Arab Uprisings and the Islamic State.”
Tuesday 3/12
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.”
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.”
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.”
Indiana Council on World Affairs hosts
Milind Thakar, Associate Professor at the University of Indianapolis, for “India and its Neighbor.”
World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts
Patrick Skinner, Savannah police officer and former Director of the Soufan Group and CIA Operations Office, for “The Spy Who Came Home.”
World Affairs (Northern California) hosts a panel of experts for “Amplifying Women’s Voices.”
Columbia World Affairs Council hosts a panel of experts for “BREXIT Breakfast.”
Wednesday 3/13
Global Minnesota hosts
Lauren Hendricks, Executive Vice President at Grameen Foundation, for “Women in International Development.”
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?”
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.”
International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts
Amanda Sloat, Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution, for “Brexit and the Future of Europe.”
Global Ties Arizona hosts
Rania Abouzeid, journalist and author, for “Report on the Middle East.”
World Affairs (Northern California) hosts
Shoshana Zuboff, former Professor at Harvard Business School, for “A Human Future in The Age of Surveillance Capitalism.”
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.”
World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts a panel of experts for “Journalism Under Fire: A Chat with Global Journalists.”
Thursday 3/14
World Affairs Council of Las Vegas hosts a screening of
Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.
World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts
Alejandro Velasco, Associate Professor at New York University, for “Venezuela: An International Standoff.”
World Affairs Council of St. Louis hosts
Tahmineh Entessar, Assistant Director of Webster University’s Relations, for “The Middle East, Regional Disorder.”
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?”
World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts a panel of experts for “Young Leaders Conference: Possibilities & Pitfalls of Corporate Social Responsibility.”
Friday 3/15
World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts
WACA Chairman Roman Popadiuk, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, for “The Ukraine-Russian Crisis.”
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.”
Sunday 3/17
World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky hosts a discussion for “The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested.”

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
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