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NAVIGATING A
          FRACTURED WORLD

WACA National Conference
 

Nov. 15-18

2022

The Mayflower Hotel

Washington, DC

The Conference 

Navigating a Fractured World 

November 15-18

For nearly four 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 2022 National Conference in Washington, DC will benefit 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

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

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

Agenda
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The Agenda

Be sure to check back soon, as we regularly update our program agenda! 

15 November 

Tuesday

  • WACA  Board of Directors Meeting 

  • 1918 Society Dinner - Members Only! 

16 November 

Wednesday

  • Leadership Day: Professional Workshops

  • Student Scholars & Young Professionals Meeting

  • Opening Keynote and Awards Dinner

17 November 

Thursday

  • Morning Panels

  • Luncheon Keynote

  • Afternoon Panels

  • Diplomatic Reception

18 November 

Friday

  • Sponsored Breakfast

  • Think Tank Off-Site Briefings

  • Closing Keynote Luncheon

Speakers

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Presenting world leaders, policymakers, and experts

2022 Conference Speakers
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General Philippe Lavigne
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Suzanne DiMaggio
Michael Singh
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Dr. Nina Ansary
Supreme Allied Commander Transformation NATO
Director, WACA's 2nd Annual
Global Women's Lecture Series
Senior Fellow
Carnegie Endowment for Int'l Peace
Managing Director
The Washington Institute

The Speakers

Presenting world leaders, policymakers, and experts

2022 Conference Speakers
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Amb. Linda Thomas-Greenfield
Representative of the U.S. to the United Nations
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General Philippe Lavigne
Supreme Allied Commander Transformation NATO
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CMSAF JoAnne S. Bass
Chief Master Sergeant
United States Air Force
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Masih Alinejad 
Women's Rights Activist and Journalist
Bestselling Author: The Wind in My Hair
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Marie Yovanovitch
Fmr. U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine
Bestselling Author: Lessons from the Edge
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Nina Ansary
Author and Historian
Director, WACA Global Women's Lecture Series
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Fiona Hill
Senior Fellow, Brookings
Dep. Asst. to the President, NSC (2017-19)
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Vali Nasr 
Majid Khadduri Professor and Former Dean
Johns Hopkins SAIS
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Suzanne DiMaggio
Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment
Director, The Iran Project
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Michael E. O'Hanlon
Director of Research, Foreign Policy
Brookings
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Michael Singh
Managing Director & Lane-Swig Sr. Fellow
The Washington Institute
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Shannon K. O'Neil
Author
Vice President of Studies, Senior Fellow, CFR
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Amb. (ret.) Marc Grossman
Vice Chairman
The Cohen Group
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Amb. (ret.) Marcie Ries
Board Member
American Academy of Diplomacy
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Sandro Gozi
Secretary General of the
European Democratic Party
European Parliament
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Jill Dougherty
Global Fellow, Wilson Center
Former Foreign Affairs Correspondent, CNN
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Paul Salem
President & CEO 
Middle East Institute 
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Mary Lovely
Senior Fellow, PIIE
Prof. Emeritus of Economics Syracuse Univ. 
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Robert Sutter
Professor of Practice of Int'l Affairs
GW Elliot School
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Nahal Toosi
Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Politico 
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Dr. Andrew Scobell
Distinguished Fellow, China 
USIP
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Giselle Donnelly
Senior Fellow, AEI
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John Ferrari
Senior Fellow, AEI
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Mackenzie Eaglen
Senior Fellow, AEI
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Mark Tokola
Vice President, KEI
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Sang Kim
Director of Communications, KEI
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Troy Stangarone
Senior Director & Fellow, KEI
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Caitlin Welsh
Director, Global Food Security Program
CSIS
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Roderick Lee
Director of Research
CASI
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Nima Patel Edwards
Director Advisory, ESG
KPMG US
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Brian Katulis
Vice President of Policy
MEI
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Gerald M. Feierstein
Distinguished Sr. Fellow; Director
MEI
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Martin Chorzempa
Senior Fellow
PIIE
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Soner Cagaptay
Fellow & Director
The Washington Institute
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Anna Borshchevskaya
Senior Fellow
The Washington Institute
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Khaled Elgindy
Senior Fellow; Director of Palestine and Palestinian-Israeli Affairs
MEI
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Andrew Tabler
Senior Fellow & Director
The Washington Institute
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Tianlei Huang
Research Fellow
PIIE
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Ross Harrison
Senior Fellow & Director of Research
MEI
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Bilal Wahab
Fellow
The Washington Institute
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Jon Alterman
Senior Vice President
CSIS
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Patrick Kennedy
Fellow
National Academy of Public Administratiion
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Moe Zaw Oo
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Myanmar Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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Priscilla A. Clapp
Senior Advisor
USIP
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Ryan Heath
Editorial Director, Global Growth
Politico
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The WACA National Conference
The Mayflower Hotel,
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