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November 16 - 20

WACA 2020

National Conference

New Frontiers in

Diplomacy and National Security

The Conference

For 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 2020 National Conference benefited from:

  • Timely expert opinions and analysis about the United States election in November 2020

  • Diverse and inclusive perspectives and audience dialogue about America's role in the world

  • Access to extraordinary speakers, thought leaders, and ambassadors available for local Council programming

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

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Program Highlights


Women of Color Advancing Peace & Security

Think and Do Tank Briefing

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET

Megan Torrey, WAC Connecticut

WACA Chair's 2020 Individual Award

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

7:00 PM to 7:30 PM ET

Covering Crisis in China

Journalism Under Fire

Friday, 20 November 2020

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM ET


The Big Think

Reinventing America's Role in the World

Monday, 16 November 2020

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM ET

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Opening Keynote & International Service Award

Monday, 16 November 2020

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM ET

Here, Right Matters: A Keynote Conversation

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Alexander Vindman

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM ET



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