World Affairs Councils of America National Conference on CSPAN

The National Conference of the World Affairs Councils of America was held in Washington, DC, on Thursday and Friday (Nov 4-5, 2010). The scope and depth of the agenda (“U.S. Foreign Policy: Into the Next Decade”) and the quality of the speakers was remarkable. We’re pleased to note that the Friday sessions were recorded by CSPAN and are available on their web site (Links below). Additional materials from the conference including some transcripts and a complete set of audio recordings of the keynote addresses and plenary sessions will be available shortly. You can review the agenda on the WACA web site (Link).

Keynote – James Steinberg, Deputy Secretary of State

Plenary 3 – New System, New Rules: America’s Place in the Changing Global Order
– Moderator: David Rothkopf, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
– Discussants: Kori, Schake, Hoover Institute; Steward Patrick, Council on Foreign Relations; Parag Khanna, New American Foundation

Plenary 4 – Energy, Security & the Environment
– Moderator: Steven Clemons, The New America Foundation
– Discussants: Karen Harbert, Institute for 21st Century Energy; Robert Kaplan, The Atlantic; Christine Parthemore, Center for a New American Security; Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, CNA


Keynote Luncheon – Iraq-U.S. Relations: What Next?
Moderator: Amb Marc Grossman
Discussants: Amb Ryan Crocker, Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq; General Raymond Odierno, Former Commander of the U.S. Forces – Iraq

Plenary 5 – From Briefing Rooms to Blogs: Foreign Policy in the New Information Era
Moderator: Joseph Lockhart, Former White House Press Secretary
Discussants: Duncan Innes, State Department; Bob Boorstin, Google, Inc.; Susan Glasser, Foreign Policy; Helle Dale, Heritage Foundation


Plenary 6 – The Election and U.S. Foreign Policy
Moderator: Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
Discussant: Gerald F. Seib, Wall Street Journal; Chrystia Freeland, Thomson Reuters; Ron Brownstein, Atlantic Media Company

Plenary 7 – Global Health: The Challenges Ahead
Moderator: Brenda Wilson, NPR
Discussants: Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIH; Laurie Garrett, Council on Foreign Relations; Rear Admiral Timothy Ziemer, President’s Malaria Initiative