Event: 2012 National Conference – Washington – Nov 7-9

Note: This exceptional opportunity is posted on behalf of the World Affairs Councils of America the centerpiece of the network of grass roots organizations focused on global awareness education. The Tennessee World Affairs Council is an independent member of the network. The National Conference is an outstanding opportunity for TNWAC members and others to immerse themselves in the global issues that challenge America in a dynamic world. Your membership in TNWAC will earn you a substantial discount on the conference fee. Please respond directly to the World Affairs Councils of America as indicated in the announcement.


2012 National Conference

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The World Affairs Councils of America is proud to announce our Confirmed Speakers to date for the 2012 National Conference, U.S. National Security Policy: Six Top Issues for the President in 2013 (See list below). The conference commences at a very exciting time in Washington: one day after the election on Wednesday, November 7. Join us November 7-9, 2012 at the historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC for the launch of our network-wide discussion and analysis of the issues the President of the United States will face in 2013.

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Remember that in order to take advantage of early-bird registration rates, you must register by September 1 (see below). Register Now

As voted on by our World Affairs Councils leadership, the conference will focus on the Six Top Issues for 2013:

  • U.S. Economic Competitiveness
  • U.S. Education: Competing Globally
  • Afghanistan/Pakistan
  • U.S. Energy Policy
  • The Middle East
  • China

The National Conference, held annually for over two decades, gathers our regional leaders drawn from the business, civic, and education communities. Leading policymakers and national security experts lead the discussion on the critical national security challenges before us and help our council leaders plan their programming for their local communities in the coming year.


Take Advantage of Special Early-Bird Rates
$430 World Affairs Council CEO/Staff/Board Member
$455 World Affairs Council Member ($495 after September 1)
$545 Non-Member

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Lodging at Mayflower Hotel
We have secured a special group rate at the Mayflower Hotel of $224/night. To book rooms at this rate, click here or call 1-877-212-5752 and let the booking agent know you are with the “World Affairs Councils of America.”


Tentative Agenda

Wednesday November 7
9:00 am – 5:00 pm: Fall Leadership Meeting for Council CEOs, regional and national Board Members and Staff/Annual Membership Meeting

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Opening Dinner

Thursday, November 8
9:00 am – 5:00 pm: Main Plenaries
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Embassy Receptions

Friday, November 9
7:30 am – 8:45 am: 1918 Society Breakfast
9:00 am – 3:00 pm: Main Plenaries

Conference concludes at 3:00 pm


Confirmed Speakers to Date




David Abney
Chief Operating Officer, UPS

Peter Bergen

Director, National Security Studies Program, New America Foundation; CNN National Security Analyst

Marcus Brauchli

Executive Editor of the Washington Post


Brandon Busteed

Executive Director, Gallup Education

Ashton B. Carter

Deputy Secretary of Defense


Jim Clifton 
CEO, Gallup

P.J. Crowley

Former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs


Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky
Chair, WACA National Board of Directors; Distinguished National Security Chair, U.S. Naval Academy; former U.S. Special Envoy to Northern Ireland

Marc Grossman 


Ambassador Marc Grossman 

U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan


Stephen J. Hadley
Former National Security Advisor



Ambassador Robert M. Kimmitt

Senior International Counsel, WilmerHale; former U.S. Ambassador to Germany

Marc Lynch
Director, Institute for Middle East Studies, Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University; author of The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East

Daniel Markey

Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations

Ambassador Ashok Kumar Mirpuri
Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States, Embassy of the Republic of Singapore

Ambassador Cameron Munter

Former U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, 2010-2012


Terry Moran
Co-Anchor, ABC News Nightline

Daniel B. Poneman 

Deputy Secretary of Energy

Steven Rattner
Chairman, Willet Advisors, LLC; Columnist, Financial Times; former Obama Administration “Car Czar”
Jen’nan Read
Associate Professor of Sociology and DISC Assistant Director, Special Initiatives of Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke University
Ambassador Dennis Ross 
Counselor, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; former U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East

Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy

Director, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars; former U.S. Ambassador to China

Gerald F. Seib
Executive Washington Editor, Wall Street Journal
Samer Shehata
Assistant Professor of Arab Politics, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli
Former Senior Adviser for Women’s Empowerment to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; former Special Assistant toᅠthe President and Senior Director for Democracy, Human Rights, andᅠInternational Operations at the National Security Council
Shibley Telhami
Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution

Ambassador João Vale de Almeida

Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States


Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
Ranking Member, House Budget Committee; Member, Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction


Tony Wagner
Innovation Education Fellow, Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University; author of Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change The World





Daniel Yergin

Chairman, IHS CERA; Pulizter Prize winning author of The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

Confirmed Embassy Receptions

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