The WACA 2019 National Conference: The 8 Forces Reshaping the Global Economy

Dates: November 6-8, 2019
Location: The Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC

Please visit the official 2019 National Conference website to view the official agenda and learn about Conference speakers and sessions.

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The annual WACA Conference, taking place every autumn in our nation’s capital, brings World Affairs Council leaders and members together with top government officials, diplomats, business executives, innovators, journalists, experts, educators, students and interested citizens to convene and engage on the most pressing global issues and policy choices impacting our lives.

The benefits to attending the premier three-day world affairs event – in its fourth decade – include:

Expert opinions, timely insights, and audience dialogue about the United States’ role in the world
Access to extraordinary speakers, thought leaders, and ambassadors available for local Council programming
Bipartisan, diverse, and inclusive perspectives on the issues
Visits to think tanks and embassies; networking receptions and dinners
Professional development, leadership training, mentoring, and peer-to-peer networking

2019 Conference Sessions

Tuesday, November 5

1918 Society Dinner: American Foreign Policy in a Shifting World Order

Wednesday, November 6

Ambassadors Luncheon: 30 Years On: The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Global Order; Award: WACA’s Inaugural International Service Award presented to The Honorabel James A. Baker, III
Think Tank Off-Site Briefings
Student Scholars & Young Professionals Reception
Annual Membership Meeting
Awards Dinner and Keynote Program: AI: How We Will Learn, Work, and Live With Dignity; Awards: 2019 WACA Chairman’s Individual Award presented to Lise Falskow, President and CEO of Alaska World Affairs Council, and 2019 Council of the Year presented to the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth (President and CEO James Falk accepted); A Touch of Sicily: Performance by Sicilian composer and pianist Corrado Neri

Thursday, November 7

Global Ties U.S. Members Meeting
Trade and the EU
The SHE Economy
The Corporation and the Future of Capitalism
Great Decisions Luncheon: China’s Grand Strategy
Climate Change and Food Insecurity
The Economics of Disinformation
Chinese Embassy Reception: 40 Years of China-U.S. Diplomatic Relations

Friday, November 8

Are We Entering an Illiberal Era? The Challenge to Liberal Democracy
Leadership Day Professional Workshops

2019 Conference Speakers

Sec. James A. Baker, III
61st U.S. Secretary of State

Vivienne Ming
Exec. Chair & Co-Founder, Socos Labs

Secretary Chuck Hagel
24th U.S. Secretary of Defense

Amanda Bennett
Director, Voice of America

Phil Karsting
Interim President and CEO, WFP USA

Sarah Chen
MP, The Billion Dollar Fund for Women

Ralf Fücks
MD, Center for Liberal Modernity

Amb. Kristen Silverberg
Executive VP, Business Roundtable

Richard Stengel
Former U.S. Under Secretary of State

Melissa D. Ho
SVP, Fresh Water and Food, WWF U.S.

John Hughes
VP, Albright Stonebridge Group

Wendy Cutler
VP, Asia Society Policy Institute

Peter Baker
Chief White House Corr., NY Times

Judith Samuelson
Vice President, The Aspen Institute

Karen Kornbluh
Director, The German Marshall Fund for the U.S.

Anna Tunkel
Global Initiatives Head, APCO Worldwide

Richard Kraemer
President, U.S.-Europe Alliance

Kimberly Flowers
Director, CSIS

Susan Schram
Senior Partner, SP Consulting

Juliane Schäuble
U.S. Correspondent, Der Tagesspiegel

Bart Oosterveld
Director, Atlantic Council

Elizabeth Rosenberg
Senior Fellow, CNAS

Tomas Baert
Head of Trade & Agriculture, EU-U.S.

Yaya J. Fanusie
Adjunct Senior Fellow, CNAS

Paul Salem
President, Middle East Institute

Salman Ahmed
Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment

Thomas Wright
Director, Brookings Institution

Karlyn Bowman
Senior Fellow, AEI

Sarwar Kashmeri
Fellow, Foreign Policy Association

Damir Marusic
Exec. Editor, The American Interest

Rozlyn Engel
President, WAC New Jersey

Hung Tran
Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

Neil Bhatiya
Associate Fellow, CNAS

Stephen Wertheim
Co-Founder, Quincy Institute

Giovanna De Maio
Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution

Celia Belin
Visting Fellow, Brookings Institution

Michael E. O’Hanlon
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Chinese Embassy Reception
40 Years of China-U.S. Relations

Corrado Neri
Composer and Pianist