Hot Topics – Talk With Specialists and Decisionmakers

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Hot Topics – Teleconferences | 2016-2017

Jul 28, 2016 | Hot Topic Teleconference – “The Party Conventions & The Presidential Election” – Dan Quayle, Former Vice President of the United States [Info]

Jul 21, 2016 | Hot Topic Teleconference – “Americans against Terrorism, Hate, and Violence” featuring Imam Muhammad Masri [Info]


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WACA hosts monthly network-wide Hot Topics Conference Calls with the top experts, journalists, and policymakers on pressing foreign policy issues.




Book or Topic

Virtual Library

 January, 2016 James Williams President of Engage Cuba Outlook for Cuba Audio
November, 2015 Steve Killelea Founder & Executive Chairman, Institute for Economics and Peace Rising Global Terrorism
Reza Marashi Research Director, National Iranian Council Iran Nuclear Deal and U.S.-Iran Relations
 June, 2014 Professor Joshua Landis Director of the Center for Middle East; Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma  ISIS in Iraq and Syria Audio
 April, 2014 Dr. Chris Field Co-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability Audio
February, 2014

Professor Angela Stent

Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University

Sochi 2014 and U.S.-Russia Relations


December, 2013

Ambassador John F. Tefft

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

Ukraine, Russia and the West

Douglas Foster

Associate Professor, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University

After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post Apartheid South Africa


September, 2013

Senator John McCain

On Syria

August, 2013

General Michael V. Hayden

Former Director of the CIA and the National Security Agency

Understanding Data Surveillance, PRISM and the NSA

July, 2013

Dr. Shadi Hamid

Director of Research at the Brookings Doha Center; Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings

Egypt: Political Islam in Crisis?


April, 2013

Dr. Abraham Kim

Vice President of KEI

Situation in North Korea, U.S.-North Korean relations


December, 2012

Dr. Michael Green

Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair at CSIS, Associate Professor at Georgetown

Blast Off: Implications of North Korea’s Successful Missile Test.


September, 2012

Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann

Former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan

Diplomacy in Dangerous Places


July, 2012

Dr. Tamara Cofman Wittes

Senior Fellow and Director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings

Morsi, the Generals, and Egypt’s Future


June, 2012

Senator Richard Blumenthal

Syria: Next Steps for U.S. Policy

May, 2012

James Brooke

Voice of America Russia/CIS Bureau Chief

Russia and Putin: Reset or Rerun?


April, 2012

Victoria Holt

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

UN Peacekeeping Operations in Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire

March, 2012

Daniel Yergin

The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

February, 2012

Mohamed Younis

Gallup Senior Analyst

Inside Egypt: The Path Forward

Audio – iTunes

Todd Culpepper

Former WACA President & CEO

Impressions on Cuba


January, 2012

Michael Phillip, Jay Bruns, Lori Murray

WACA Taiwan Leadership Delegation

Taiwan Presidential Elections: A Firsthand Perspective

Audio – iTunes

December, 2011

Ambassador Robert M. Kimmit

Former US Ambassador to Germany; Former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury

The Eurozone Crisis: What it Means for the U.S. Economy


September, 2011

Esther Brimmer

Assistant Secretary of State

US Goals for the UN General Assembly


September, 2011

Philip Zelikow

Former Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission

Lessons Learned from 9/11 for U.S. National Security


May, 2011

Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann

Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan; President of the American Academy of Diplomacy

Afghanistan After Osama Bin Laden

April, 2011

Ambassador John D. Negroponte

Former Ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq;Former First Director of National Intelligence

Managing Uncertainty in the Middle East

Nathan Freier

Senior Fellow for the International Security Program at CSIS

Libya: Beyond the No Fly Zone

Audio – iTunes

March, 2011

Sharon Squassoni

Director and Senior Fellow of the Proliferation Prevention Program Center at CSIS

Japan’s Nuclear Crisis

Audio – iTunes

February, 2011

Ambassador Mark Johnson

Middle East Expert; President of the Montana WAC

After Mubarak

Audio – iTunes

Dr. Graeme Bannerman

Scholar at the Middle East Institute

Egypt in Turnoil

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