World Affairs Councils National Conference: “Know Your World”

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. 

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. (

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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
Join the Discussion!
The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce the initial slate of confirmed speakers for the 2013 National Conference, Six Top Issues for 2014. Make your plans to join us in November. The following speakers have confirmed:
President & Founding Chairman, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on the virtual economy


Peter Baker
1918 Society — White House Correspondent, The New York Times; author of the upcoming book Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House

Senator Richard Blumenthal
Co-Chair, Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking

Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden, Jr. (Ret.)
NASA Administrator, on U.S. education

Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer
Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court on making our democracy work 

Chair, Carlson Holdings Inc. on human trafficking


The Honorable Michael Chertoff
Former Secretary of Homeland Security; and Chairman and Co-Founder, The Chertoff Group on cybersecurity


Frank J. Cilluffo
Former Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security; Associate Vice President, George Washington University; Director, Homeland Security Policy Institute on cybersecurity

Massimo Cirasino
Manager, Financial Infrastructure Service Line, The World Bank, on the virtual economy


Steve Clemons
Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic; Editor, Atlantic Live; and Senior Fellow, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation on global economic realignment

Deputy Commander, U.S. Cyber Command on cybersecurity


Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky
Senior Fellow, Harvard University JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; former Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs; Chair, WACA National Board of Directors

Ambassador Gary Doer
Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. on energy policy and the environment
C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, on global economic realignment

John Hofmeister
Founder and Chief Executive, Citizens for Affordable Energy; and former President, Shell Oil Company on U.S. energy policy and the environment

Kevin Johnson
Chief Executive Officer, Secure Ideas; and Senior Instructor, SANS Institute on cybersecurity

Sarah O. Ladislaw
Co-Director & Senior Fellow, Energy & National Security Program, CSIS

Michael Levi
David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, Council on Foreign Relations on U.S. energy policy and the environment

William F. Martin
Former Deputy Secretary of the US Treasury and former Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan; Chairman, Washington Policy & Analysis, Inc. on U.S. energy policy and the environment

Tarek Masoud
Associate Professor of Public Policy, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, JFK School of Government, Harvard University
Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; and former assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs on emerging economies
Co-Chair, Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking
Managing Director, Thomson Reuters on the Virtual Economy

Barbara Slavin
Senior Fellow, Atlantic Center’s South Asia Center; and Washington Correspondent, Al-Monitor on the Middle East


Ambassador Ross Wilson
Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey; Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council; Lecturer, The George Washington University on the Middle East


Robin Wright
Joint Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; and author of Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic world on the Middle East

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