WACA Weekly – May 25, 2015

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June ‘Cover to Cover’
Taiwan Leadership Mission
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The Rational Middle Energy Series
The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to kick off its newest national program series in partnership with The Rational Middle Energy Series. With nearly 2 million views and counting, the 22-episode documentary film series has sparked a movement based on productive conversation around the current energy challenge and what it will take to achieve a cleaner energy future.
The World Affairs Council of Houston will host the first event of the film screening-and-discussion series, moderated by producer and director Gregory Kallenberg, on May 27.

June Cover to Cover 
WACA’s Cover to Cover Author Series features historian Walter Laqueur on his new book, Putinism: Russia and Its Future with the West. The call will be held Thursday, June 18, at 2:00 PM ET.
For two decades, Walter Laqueur has been ahead of the curve, predicting events in post-Soviet Russia with uncanny accuracy. In Putinism, he deftly demonstrates how three long-standing pillars of Russian ideology–a strong belief in the Orthodox Church, a sense of Eurasian “manifest destiny,” and a fear of foreign enemies–continue to exert a powerful influence on the Russian populace. Laqueur explains how America’s tendency to see Russia as a Cold War relic is dangerous and premature. As the situation in Ukraine has already demonstrated, Russia can and will challenge the West and it is in the West’s best interest to figure out exactly who it is we are facing–and what they want–before it is too late.
Walter Laqueur directed the Institute of Contemporary History in London for 30 years. Concurrently, he served as chairman of the International Research Council of CSIS in Washington, DC. He was also a professor at Georgetown University and has authored more than 25 books, including After the Fall and The Last Days of Europe.
Save the Date: Our July Cover to Cover will feature Nina Ansary, journalist and author of Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran. The call will take place on Tuesday, July 14, at 2:00 PM ET.

Taiwan Leadership Mission
The World Affairs Councils of America is proud to announce the Leadership Delegation to Taiwan sponsored by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office. The Leadership Mission will take place June 13-21, 2015. The delegation includes:
Mr. Bill Clifford – Head of Delegation
President & CEO, World Affairs Councils of AmericaJames Allen
Chair, Colorado Springs World Affairs Council
Chad Bettes
Director & Past President, International Relations Council of Kansas City
Shelby Kardas
Vice President, Administration & Development, World Affairs Council of Oregon
Farah Killidar
CEO, World Affairs Council of Houston
Kimberly McLaughlin
Assistant Treasurer, World Affairs Council of Maine
Roger Naik
CEO, Hawaii Pharma
Member, World Affairs Council of Atlanta
Judy Rubinstein
Board Member, Naples Council on World Affairs
Alida Skold
Board Member, World Affairs Council of Seattle

Weekly Highlights
Tuesday, May 26

The World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts its annual World Citizen Essay Contest and World Educator Award Ceremony. Details

The World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California hosts “It’s Not Like It Seems on the Nightly News: The Ever-Evolving Nature of ISIS.” Details

The Alabama World Affairs Council hosts “Report to Alabama” with senior instructors of the Air War College. Details

The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts “Women in Public Policy.” Details

The World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts its 2015 Awards Dinner: “Global Actors, Global Reach, Global Impact.” Details

The World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts a Young Professionals outing to a Charlotte Knights baseball game. Details

Wednesday, May 27

The World Affairs Council of Houston hosts “Shale Gas and the Potential for U.S. Energy Independence – A Rational Middle Energy Series Panel Discussion.” Details

The Alaska World Affairs Council hosts “Looking North Together: The U.S. and Norway in the Quest for Arctic Knowledge.” Details

The San Diego World Affairs Council hosts “Freedom Symposium 2015.” Details

The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts “Evan Osnos – Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China.” Details

The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts “Crossroads Film and Discussion Series: Big Men.” Details

The World Affairs Council of Maine hosts “Women’s Empowerment in Latin America.” Details

The Indiana Council on World Affairs hosts “Connecting the Great Decisions Dots.” Details

The World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts “Navigating a Complex World: A Cross-Sector Conversation on Today’s Headlines.” Details

Thursday, May 28

The World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts “May Member-to-Member Lunch: Washington State and International Trade.” Details

WorldDenver hosts “Geopolitical Land Mines for Business.” Details

The San Diego World Affairs Council hosts “UN Charter on National Sovereignty and the Right to Self-Determination.” Details

The Minnesota International Center hosts “The Relationship between the U.S. and Contemporary Ireland.” Details

The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson. Details

The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg hosts a members tour of the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. Details

WorldBoston hosts a Great Decisions discussion: “Brazil’s Metamorphosis.” Details

The Columbus Council on World Affairs hosts a Great Decisions discussion: “Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.” Details

The World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts a Young Professionals event: “Voluntourism – For Better or For Worse?” Details

Friday, May 29

The World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts “Pan-Africa Young Leaders: Social Impact Fair.” Details

The World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts “Development in Saudi Arabia.” Details

The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts “Dominic Tierney – The American Way of War: Why We Struggle and How We Can Start Winning Again.” Details

Saturday, May 30

The World Affairs Council of New Orleans hosts “From Kenya to New Orleans: Fighting Corruption Internationally and at Home.” Details

Council leaders to lecture on   Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia:

Dr. Gail Stevenson, Executive Director, Vermont Council on World Affairs, Norwegian Splendor: June 11 – 26.

Maria Wulff, President, World Affairs Council of Oregon, Coastal Life from the Adriatic to the Aegean, June 15 – 23.

Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs Council of Northern California, South Africa: August 17 – 28.

Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum Stamford, Vietnam and Cambodia: October 12 – 27.

Ambassador Mark Johnson, Board, Montana World Affairs Council, The Mediterranean Through the Centuries: October 14 – 25.

Contact www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004 x209 or x217.

 

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