WACA 2021 National Conference:

WACA Conf 2021

WACA 2021 National Conference:
Bridging Divides at Home and Abroad
November 16-19, 2021
Celebrate WACA’s 35th Anniversary in person at the 2021 WACA National Conference! The Mayflower Hotel block is now open at the special rate of $284 / night plus tax (this rate applies to reservations as early as Nov. 14 and as late as Nov. 23).
Given that the annual WACA Conference sells out early, book your room now!
Register and visit the WACA website for regular updates on the developing agenda, Conference speakers, and more.
WACA 2020 National Conference:  New Frontiers in Diplomacy and National Security
Check out WACA 2020 Conference Recordings: https://www.wacaconference2020.org/

New!  Embassy Row Live!

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Join WACA’s new Ambassadors Series, Embassy Row Live!: Conversations That Bring Diplomacy to You. A platform spotlighting distinguished diplomats discussing new ideas, policy developments, and possible solutions to critical international challenges.

WATCH: Canada’s Ambassador on Embassy Row Live!

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WAC Atlanta and WACA hosted a conversation with Ambassador Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s first woman Ambassador to the United States.
She discussed the next steps in U.S.-Canada relations, the state of the pandemic, trade and investment between U.S. and Canada, our shared goal of addressing climate change, and more.

H.E. Sarah Bint Yousef Al Amiri on The New Space Race // Watch the Recording!

Dr. Hend Al-Muftah on Qatar: Women’s Status & Expected Democracy // Watch the Recording!

Ambassador Varuzhan Nersesyan on Armenian current affairs and international relations // Watch the Recording!

Ambassador Bocchit Edmond’s on Haiti: The Path to a Stronger Democracy // Watch the Recording!

Ambassador Motaz Zahran on Egypt’s Role in Stabilizing a Middle East in Turmoil // Watch the Recording!

Ambassador Francisco Santos Calderón, on Colombia’s response to COVID-19 and how it compares regionally // Watch the Recording!

Ambassador H.E. Serdar Kiliç on Turkey and Its Relations With the World  //  Watch the Recording!



WACA Engage America Series 2021 recordings

Future of Korea (Korea Economic Institute)

Wunderbar Together: The Future of Democracy

State of the State Department and Professional Diplomacy (American Academy of Diplomacy)

United States Institute of Peace Speaker Series

World Food Program USA Speaker Series



Offered as a benefit to all current WACA Member Councils, Cover to Cover conference calls are opportunities for Council leaders, members, and supporters to engage with esteemed authors on critical issues. Cover to Cover authors often welcome invitations to speak at Councils. In short, the WACA National Office covers a topic with an expert so that Councils may discover a speaker and cover the topic in even greater depth in their own communities, spearheading a national conversation.
COVER TO COVER:  October 28, 2021 // Podcast Coming Soon

Carla_PowersIn Home, Land, Security: Deradicalization and the Journey Back from Extremism, Carla Power wanted to chip away at the stereotypes by focusing not on what radicalized young people had done but why: What drew them into militancy? What visions of the world—of home, of land, of security for themselves and the people they loved—shifted their thinking toward radical beliefs? And what visions of the world might bring them back to society? 

Power begins her journey by talking to the mothers of young men who’d joined ISIS in the UK and Canada; from there, she travels around the world in search of societies that are finding new and innovative ways to rehabilitate former extremists. We meet an American judge who has staked his career on finding new ways to handle terrorist suspects, a Pakistani woman running a game-changing school for former child soldiers, a radicalized Somali American who learns through literature to see beyond his Manichean beliefs, and a former neo-Nazi who now helps disarm white supremacists. Summary from Penguin Randomhouse.

WATCH APRIL C2C ~ The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved a Country from Corporate Greed
WATCH MARCH C2C ~ Isolationism: A History of America’s Efforts to Shield Itself From the World



WACA Hosted & Partnered Virtual Programs ~ EXPLORE the Archives.


The World Affairs Councils of America produces original podcasts every month from WACA programs Cover To Cover, Know Now and other Feature Council Podcasts that examine critical international topics with leaders, policy experts, and public intellectuals. Listen directly from the WACA website, or on iTunes or PodBean.


SCWA President, Chip O’Brien shares his in-person WACA 2019 Conference pictures:

Watch all 2019 National Conference session videos on WACA’s YouTube page here!