National Conference

World Affairs Council 2013 National Conference

The World Affairs Councils of America will host its 2013 National Conference, Six Top Issues for 2014, November 13-15, 2013 at The Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington, DC. Be sure to Register Now at On that site you will find all the information you need, including the complete list of confirmed outstanding speakers and an agenda to date.

Held annually for over two decades, the World Affairs Councils of America's National Conference engages our regional leaders and members drawn from the business, civic, and education communities with leading policy-makers and experts. The National Conference launches the National Network's year-long discussion of the Six Top Issues for 2014 selected by our network leadership across the country, helps plan our programming for the coming year, and provides a stimulating, firsthand opportunity to explore these issues in a discussion format.

This year's confirmed speakers include Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on making our democracy work, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Senator Rob Portman on human trafficking, Lieutenant General Jon M. Davis of U.S. Cyber Command on cybersecurity, Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer on energy policy and the environment, former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff on cybersecurity, former Carlson Chairman and CEO Marilyn Carlson Nelson on human trafficking, Robin Wright on the Middle East, and many more.

The Six Top Issues selected by the National Network's leadership as the most important national security issues for the coming year are: Cybersecurity, U.S. Energy Independence, Global Economic Realignment, Middle East, Global Environment Issues, and U.S. Education.

To see the full list of confirmed speakers and to learn more about the 2013 National Conference, please visit the World Affairs Councils of America's website at