Annual Conference of the World Affairs Councils of America

World Affairs Councils of America

2013 National Conference

Washington, DC

Thursday, November 14-Friday, November 15
[Wednesday, November 13 – Meetings for Council Staff]

Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel

The Tennessee World Affairs Council is a member of the 90+ network of World Affairs Councils of America. As such TN WAC members can participate in many opportunities open to the network. One of these is the annual national conference.

The National Office of the World Affairs Council has organized an annual conference in Washington for over two decades, bringing global leaders together with members of the network of councils to address the most pressing issues of our times and to enjoy fellowship and networking. The National Conference engages our regional leaders and members drawn from the business, civic, and education communities with leading policymaking experts. Conferees are also invited for an evening reception at an embassy in Washington. This year’s receptions will be held at the Embassy of Canada and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco.



The National Conference launches the council network’s year-long discussion of the “Six Top Issues” for 2014, selected by our network leadership across the country and helps plan programming for the coming year.

The main plenary sessions for the conference occur on Thursday, November 14, and Friday, November 15. The conference is preceded by a meeting of Council staffs on Wednesday, November 13. 

National Conference Scholarships Available

The National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America announced that they will be offering 25 scholarships for college students from our national network to attend the 2013 National Conference, November 13-15, 2013 in Washington, DC at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel. The Tennessee World Affairs Council can nominate up to two college students for consideration by WACA for this opportunity. For more information on how to apply, click here.

Conference / Hotel Registration

Please register directly with WACA for the conference and with the Liaison Hotel (Group Code WACA13). You can register at the conference room rate. We suggest you contact the Tennessee World Affairs Council if you plan to attend in the event we can assist with your participation in the National Conference. (

Video Reports from the WACA 2012 National Conference

People WACA Conference 2012 Video

Liaison Hotel Information (click here)

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1918 Society Breakfast

Members of the WACA 1918 Society and a guest are invited to a special breakfast at the conference.

This year’s breakfast will feature Peter Baker, White House Correspondent, The New York Times, and will be moderated by the World Affairs Councils of America Chair of the National Board of Directors Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky.

For more information about the 1918 Society click here.

Embassy Receptions

National Conference participants are invited to attend a reception on the evening of Thursday, November 14, 2013 at an embassy in Washington. The Embassy of Canada and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco are hosting receptions.

Embassy of Canada, Washington, DC
Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco, Washington, DC

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