WACA National Conference

Nov. 15-18


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

  • 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

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

15 November 


  • WACA  Board of Directors Meeting 

  • 1918 Society Dinner - Members Only! 

16 November 


  • Leadership Day: Professional Workshops

  • Student Scholars & Young Professionals Meeting

  • Opening Keynote and Awards Dinner

17 November 


  • Morning Panels

  • Luncheon Keynote

  • Afternoon Panels

  • Diplomatic Reception

18 November 


  • Sponsored Breakfast

  • Think Tank Off-Site Briefings

  • Closing Keynote Luncheon


The Speakers

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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General Philippe Lavigne
Supreme Allied Commander Transformation NATO
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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
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Robert Sutter
Professor of Practice of Int'l Affairs
GW Elliot School
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Marie Yovanovitch
Fmr. U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine
Bestselling Author: Lessons from the Edge
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Fiona Hill
Senior Fellow, Brookings
Dep. Asst. to the President, NSC (2017-19)
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Nina Ansary
Author and Historian
Director, WACA Global Women's Lecture Series
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Paul Salem
President & CEO 
Middle East Institute 
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Michael Singh
Managing Director & Lane-Swig Sr. Fellow
The Washington Institute
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Mary Lovely
Senior Fellow, PIIE
Prof. Emeritus of Economics Syracuse Univ. 
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Caitlin Welsh
Director, Global Food Security Program
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Roderick Lee
Director of Research
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Martin Chorzempa
Senior Fellow
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Tianlei Huang
Research Fellow

More Speakers Coming Soon!

Past WACA National Conference Speakers
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Zarifa Ghafari (2021)
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (2020)
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Sec. James A. Baker &
Sec. Chuck Hagel (2019)
Former Mayor of Maiden Shahr
Afghan Women's Rights Activist
Gavi-The Vaccine Alliance
  61st U.S. Secretary of State
24th U.S. Secretary of Defense
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Andreas Michaelis (2018)
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Falah Mustafa Bakir (2017)
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Sec. Penny Pritzker &
Thomas Friedman (2016)
State Secretary 
Federal Foriegn Office, Germany
Kurdistan Regional Govt. of Iraq
38th U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Author & New York Times Columnist
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Robert B. Zoellick (2015)
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Moisés Naím (2014)
Chair, Goldman Sachs' International
Former President, The World Bank
Best-selling Author and Columnist
Fmr. Editor-in-Chief, Foreign Policy
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Stephen G. Breyer (2013)
Associate Justice
U.S. Supreme Court
The WACA National Conference
The Mayflower Hotel,
1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
The Mayflower Hotel Discounted Block 

The Mayflower Hotel discounted room block for WACA expires on Tuesday, October 25.