Wednesday, Nov. 6

9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Promenade Foyer

Mayflower Hotel

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Chinese Room

Mayflower Hotel

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Grand Ballroom

Mayflower Hotel

WACA Conference Check-in

WACA National Board of Directors

Breakfast and Semiannual Meeting

Ambassadors Luncheon

30 Years On: The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Global Order


The Honorable James A. Baker, III

61st U.S. Secretary of State (1989-1992)

67th U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (1985-1988)

10th (1981-1985) & 16th (1992-1993) White House Chief of Staff

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Peter Baker

Chief White House Correspondent
The New York Times

Co-Author of a forthcoming biography of James A. Baker, III

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Think Tank Off-Sites

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Karlyn Bowman

Senior Fellow

Atlantic Council

Trade and Growth: What's at Stake?

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Bart Oosterveld


Global Business and

Economic Program

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Hung Tran

Nonresident Senior Fellow

Global Business and 

Economic Program

Former Managing Director

Institute of International Finance

Brookings Institution

The Future of Transatlantic Relations

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Thomas Wright

Director, Center on the United States and Europe

Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Project on International Order and Strategy

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Giovanna De Maio

Visiting Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center on the United States and Europe

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Michael E. O'Hanlon

Senior Fellow and Director of Research, Foreign Policy

The Sydney Stein, Jr. Chair

Celia Belin

Visiting Fellow, Foreign Policy

Center on the United States

and Europe

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

U.S. Foreign Policy for the Middle Class

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Salman Ahmed

Senior Fellow

Geoeconomics & Strategy Program

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Rozlyn Engel

Nonresident Scholar

Geoeconomics & Strategy Program

Founder & President

World Affairs Council of New Jersey

Wendy Cutler

Vice President and Managing 

Director, Washington, DC Office

Asia Society Policy Institute

Center for a New American Security

National Security and the Global Economy

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Elizabeth Rosenberg

Senior Fellow and Director

Energy, Economics,

and Security Program

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John Hughes

Adjunct Fellow

Energy, Economics, 

and Security Program

VP, Albright Stonebridge Group

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Neil Bhatiya

Associate Fellow

Energy, Economics, 

and Security Program

Yaya J. Fanusie

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Energy, Economics, 

and Security Program

Middle East Institute

Mapping a New U.S. Strategy for the Middle East

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Paul Salem


4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Palm Court Ballroom

Mayflower Hotel

Annual Membership Meeting

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Amb. (ret.) Roman Popadiuk


WACA Board of Directors

Bill Clifford

Bill Clifford

President and CEO


4:15 PM - 5:45 PM

Cabinet Room

Mayflower Hotel

(Reception: 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM)

Student Scholars and Young Professionals

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Richard Kraemer


U.S.-Europe Alliance

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Damir Marusic

Executive Editor

The American Interest

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Grand Ballroom

Mayflower Hotel

Awards Dinner and Keynote Program

AI: How We Will Learn, Work, and Live With Dignity

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Dr. Vivienne Ming

Mad Scientist

Executive Chair & Co-Founder, Socos Labs

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Corrado Neri

Composer and Pianist

A Touch of Sicily