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 Mayflower Hotel discounted block expires Tuesday, October 16!

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