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Braving the New World Order

WACA 2018 National Conference

November 7-9 
The Mayflower Hotel 
Washington, DC

The Conference

Braving the New World Order
November 7-9

For nearly three decades, the WACA National Conference has brought World Affairs Council leaders and members to engage with top government officials, diplomats, business executives, innovators, journalists, educators, and students on the most pressing global issues and policy choices that impact our lives.

Attendees of the WACA 2018 National Conference in Washington, DC, benefited from:

  • 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 Administration’s "America First" philosophy

  • Visits to think tanks and embassies, networking receptions, and dinners

  • Professional development, leadership training, mentoring, and peer-to-peer networking


The Agenda

Program Highlights

Be sure to check back soon, as we will be updating our agenda regularly!

9:00 AM to 9:00 PM


  • Leadership Day Workshops

  • Annual Membership Meeting

  • Opening Dinner

  • Young Professionals and Student Scholars Event

8:00 AM to 8:00 PM


  • Morning Panels, Keynotes

  • Ambassadors Luncheon

  • Afternoon Panels, Keynotes

  • OAS Reception

8:00 AM to 2:00 PM


  • Think Tank Off-sites

  • Closing Luncheon

  • 1918 Society Dinner

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Saturday — WACA Board only

  • Breakfast

  • WACA National Board of Directors

       Semiannual Meeting

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The Speakers

Presenting world leaders, policymakers, and experts
2018 Conference Speakers
Sean Spicer
Founder and President, RigWil LLC
Michèle Flournoy
Co-Founder, WestExec Advisors
Hon. Andreas Michaelis
State Secretary, German Foreign Office
Ivo H. Daalder
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Ray Rothrock
Chairman and CEO, RedSeal
Dr. Dambisa Moyo
International Economist
Amb. Victoria Nuland
His Excellency Cho Yoon-je
Amb. Republic of Korea to the U.S.
Dr. Nina Ansary
London School of Economics
Amb. Joseph Yun
Fmr. Special Rep., North Korea Policy
Amy P. Celico
Principal, Albright Stonebridge Group
Robert D. Atkinson
President, ITIF
Laura Delgado López
Harris Corp. & Space Policy Journal
Amb. Kurt Volker
Exec. Director, McCain Institute
Dina Temple-Raston
Special Correspondent, NPR
James M. Lindsay
Council on Foreign Relations
Carol O'Donnell
Smithsonian Science Education Center
Robert Kagan
Senior Fellow, Brookings
Dr. Evelyn Farkas
Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
Dr. Steven E. Sokol
American Council on Germany
Audrey M. Schaffer
U.S. Department of Defense
Peter Warren Singer
Strategist, New America
Theresa Hitchens
Univ. of MD School of Public Policy
James N. Falk
President, WAC Dallas/ Fort Worth
Victoria Samson
Secure World Foundation
Christoph Mücher
Goethe-Institut Washington
Derek M. Scissors
Resident Scholar, AEI
Richard Fontaine
President, CNAS
Thomas Wright
The Brookings Institution
Gary J. Schmitt
Resident Scholar Strategic Studies, AEI
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updates to our roster!

World Affairs Councils Speakers

Amb. Roman Popadiuk
Chairman, WACA National Board
Bill Clifford
President and CEO, WACA
Mimi Gregory
2018 Conference Adviser, Naples CWA
Carol E. Byrne
President, Global Minnesota
Noel Lateef
President, Foreign Policy Association
Patricia Preston
Exec. Dir., Vermont Council
Sandy Campbell
Exec. Dir., Santa Fe Council
Amy Miller
Director of Ed., WAC Dallas/Fort Worth
Liz Brailsford
Chief Operating Officer, WACA
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Think Tank Partners


The Mayflower Hotel discounted block expires Tuesday, October 16!

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To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Bill Clifford, WACA President and CEO, at bclifford@worldaffairscouncils.org.

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