Annual Conference  

WACA Annual Conference – Washington, D.C.

WACA holds an annual conference in Washington, D.C. in early November of each year.  This conference has a coordinating theme and includes outstanding foreign policy experts, panel discussions on key topics, small roundtable groups, and a large dinner event.  There are cocktail receptions at two or more foreign embassies during the event.  All WACR members and spouses are invited to attend.  The cost of the annual conference, meals and lodging is an additional expense paid by each attendee.  Notices of this annual conference are sent to all WACR members well in advance of the meeting dates.

This Years Program:

Senator Mitchell to Keynote WACA Conference  
America and Global Megatrends
November 16-18, 2016
Conference Registration
Save up to $100 by taking advantage of early-bird rates through September 9.
New this year! REGISTRATION REWARDS: For every five paid registrations from an individual Council community, WACA will provide free admission to a sixth individual designated by the Council CEO. 
Check out our conference registration page! From the bar at the top you can find all conference information, and you can also book your hotel room at WACA's special group rates at the The Capital Hilton (details are also provided below). 
Opening Dinner Keynote
George J. Mitchell is a highly regarded and impartial American diplomat who knows how to bring peace to troubled regions. He served as U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace from 2009 to 2011. The primary architect of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement for peace in Northern Ireland, an historic accord ending decades of conflict, he was awarded the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999. 
A Democrat, he served as U.S. Senator from Maine from 1980 to 1995, and Senate Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995.  
He was the main investigator in two "Mitchell Reports": on the Arab-Israeli conflict (2001) and on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in professional baseball (2007). Senator Mitchell currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of the law firm DLA Piper. 
He is the author of The Negotiator: A Memoir (2015), and the forthcoming A Path to Peace: A Brief History of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and a Way Forward in the Middle East.
Other Keynote Speakers

Ambassadors Luncheon Keynote

David Abney
Chairman and CEO

Leadership Day Keynote

Ambassador Barbara Stephenson
President, American Foreign Service Assn.
Think Tank Off-site Visits (more to come) 
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy 
Syria: Arab and Islamic Politics
Andrew J. Tabler
Martin J. Gross Fellow
Experts to be announced
Diplomatic Receptions (more to come) 
H.E. Hunaina Al Mughairy 
Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman
1918 Society Choose ONE of the following (first come first served)
Open to 35 members of the 1918 Society.
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Friday, Nov. 18, at 2:00 - 5:00 PM
Open to 20 members of the 1918 Society (fully booked, but contact us for wait list).
Friday, Nov. 18, at 2:00 - 5:00 PM
The above program is not finalized; more speakers and details will be added on a weekly basis.
The WACA 2016 National Conference is sponsored by:
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Cover to Cover: Obama's Foreign Policy
TOMORROW: Cover to Cover will host author Derek Chollet on his new book The Long Game: How Obama Defied Washington and Redefined America's Role in the World. Join us September 7 at 2:00-2:30 PM ET
Chollet is senior advisor for security and defense policy at The German Marshall Fund of the United States. (full bio)
COUNCIL LEADERS: Please share this opportunity with your members and supporters as a free benefit! Contact the WACA National Office if you are interested in hosting Cover to Cover authors.
Council of the Month: Charlotte
Charlotte The WACA National Office this month recognizes the World Affairs Council of Charlotte for their Council Scholar Award Program.   
This signature WACC international education initiative offers a unique opportunity for selected educators to travel out of the country and bring their experiences abroad home to their school communities in North Carolina. 
The educators who have shown outstanding commitment to promoting international education in their school districts and the greater Charlotte region receive a $2500 grant, which allows them to participate in international conferences, study abroad programs, language classes or other eligible international education opportunities. Council Scholars bring back new perspectives and insights on global education that they then use to enrich the classroom experience for their students.
Lisa Watson the 2015-2016 recipient of this scholarship, participated in the AmeriSpan's MAESTRO: Spain for Spanish Teachers program in Madrid, Spain. She also participated in enrichment activities that provided her with language training and cultural exchange opportunities. You can read about her experience here.
Councils and friends, be sure to submit your October nominee for Council of the Month to Lian Esehaki at lesehaki@
WACA's Clifford to Speak at WAC Orange County
Bill Clifford, President and CEO of the World Affairs Councils of America, will speak at the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the World Affairs Council of Orange County, on September 29. The dinner chat will focus on the topic of "Realigning American Power and Purpose in a Fragmented World.Event details.
Welcoming WACA's Newest Staff Member