World Affairs Councils of America
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The World Affairs Councils of America represents and supports the largest national non-partisan network of local councils that are dedicated to educating, inspiring and engaging Americans in international affairs and the critical global issues of our times. The network consists of almost 100 councils in over 40 states. Each non-profit, non-partisan council is autonomous with respect to their governance, financing and programming but share certain common values. Founded in 1918, it has grown to become the United States' largest non-profit international affairs organization. In mid-February 2011, Chairman of the Board Ambassador Marc Grossman stepped down to become the United States Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, replacing Richard Holbrooke. In June 2011, WACA announced that Ambassador Paula Dobriansky would fill the position of Chair of the National Board.
The World Affairs Councils of America has a long and storied history that stretches back some 90 years. Two groups, the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) and the World Affairs Councils worked together in the same organizational system from 1918 until the early 1950s. The FPA was begun in the spring of 1918 by a small group of individuals who worked with President Woodrow Wilson, which included journalist and social reformer Paul Kellogg, who also served as FPA's first president. The founding members were concerned that at the end of World War I, Americans would choose an isolationist foreign policy over one of engagement and worked to nurture grassroots citizen involvement in international affairs. By 1947, these two groups operated as a national organization that was composed of a network of independent community councils.
In 1986, the National Council of World Affairs Organizations national office was established in Washington, D.C. This office evolved into the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). Today, WACA is the country's largest non-profit organization, promoting grassroots understanding and engagement in international affairs and seeking to involve as many citizens as possible in an exchange of ideas, knowledge and understanding of global issues.
The national office of the WACA works to develop new program opportunities to distribute to member councils. This includes a variety of national program series, an annual national conference, five flagship programs, Leadership Missions to other countries, and other opportunities.
In addition to providing program opportunities, the WACA acts as the central hub for the council network, connecting councils with resources, opportunities, and of course, with each other. Councils often turn to the WACA for assistance with capacity building and organizational development. The WACA staff visit several councils every year and work hard to help councils accomplish their goals.
The World Affairs Councils of America is a national association of world affairs councils that supports a group of 98 Councils who present programs annually. The 98 Councils that are part of this network sponsor international exchanges, school programs, teachers’ workshops, foreign policy discussions, national opinion polls, travel programs, young professionals’ programs, conferences, and corporate programs.
The national association organizes an annual conference, leadership missions to other nations, a speaker referral system, international speaker exchanges, people-to-people diplomacy missions, educational workshops, book tours, subscription discounts, operations workshops, and videoconferences. It has also run national program series such as World Bank Town Meetings, Two Koreas, Future of Russia, Western Hemisphere, Human Rights Worldwide, the EU, Rising Anti-Americanism, American Security, UN Reform, and The People Speak.
Council programs reach more than a half million people every year.
WACA has eight flagship programs: Academic WorldQuest, Great Decisions, the NPR radio program "It’s Your World," Leadership Missions, the annual National Conference, Travel the World, and World in Transition.
Councils are funded through membership dues, corporate sponsorships, grants, in-kind donations, fundraising events, and fee-for-service activities. Over 2,000 corporations, foundations, and individuals help support council work.
|Alabama||Alabama World Affairs Council||Montgomery|
|Alaska||Alaska World Affairs Council||Anchorage|
|Juneau World Affairs Council||Juneau|
|Arizona||World Affairs Council of Arizona||Scottsdale|
|California||World Affairs Council of Orange County||Irvine|
|Los Angeles World Affairs Council||Los Angeles|
|World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay Area||Monterey|
|World Affairs Council of California Central Coast||Oxnard|
|World Affairs Council of the Desert||Palm Springs|
|World Affairs Council of Inland S. California||Riverside|
|World Affairs Council of San Diego||San Diego|
|World Affairs Council of N. California||San Francisco|
|World Affairs Council of Sonoma County||Santa Rosa|
|Colorado||Colorado Springs World Affairs Council||Colorado Springs|
|Denver World Affairs Council||Denver|
|Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council||Littleton|
|Connecticut||World Affairs Council of Connecticut||Hartford|
|World Affairs Forum||Stamford|
|Delaware||World Affairs Council of Wilmington||Wilmington|
|District of Columbia||World Affairs Council of Washington, DC||Washington, D.C.|
|Florida||World Affairs Council of Jacksonville||Jacksonville|
|Naples Council on World Affairs||Naples|
|World Affairs Council of the Florida Palm Beaches||Palm Beach|
|Georgia||World Affairs Council of Atlanta||Atlanta|
|Southern Center for International Studies||Atlanta|
|Savannah Council on World Affairs||Savannah|
|Hawaii||Pacific and Asian Affairs Council||Honolulu|
|Illinois||Chicago Council on Global Affairs||Chicago|
|World Affairs Council of West Central Illinois||Jacksonville|
|Peoria Area World Affairs Council||Peoria|
|World Affairs Council of Central Illinois||Springfield|
|World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities||Davenport-Bettendorf|
|Indiana||Indiana Council on World Affairs||Indianapolis|
|Iowa||World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities||Davenport-Bettendorf|
|Kentucky||World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana||Louisville|
|Louisiana||World Affairs Council of New Orleans||New Orleans|
|Maine||World Affairs Council of Maine||Portland|
|World Affairs Council of W. Massachusetts||Springfield|
|Michigan||Detroit Council on World Affairs||Detroit|
|World Affairs Council of W. Michigan||Grand Rapids|
|Great Lakes World Affairs Council||Lansing|
|International Affairs Forum [www.tciaf.com]||Traverse City|
|Minnesota||Minnesota International Center||Minneapolis|
|Missouri||International Relations Council||Kansas City|
|World Affairs Council of St. Louis||St. Louis|
|Montana||Montana World Affairs Council||Missoula|
|Nevada||Las Vegas World Affairs Council||Las Vegas|
|New Hampshire||World Affairs Council of New Hampshire||Manchester|
|New Jersey||Princeton Council on World Affairs||Princeton|
|New Mexico||Santa Fe Council on International Relations||Santa Fe|
|New York||International Institute of Buffalo||Buffalo|
|Foreign Policy Association||New York City|
|World Affairs Council of Mid-Hudson Valley||Poughkeepsie|
|World Affairs Council of Rochester||Rochester|
|North Carolina||World Affairs Council of W. North Carolina||Asheville|
|World Affairs Council of Charlotte||Charlotte|
|Triad World Affairs Council||Greensboro|
|World Affairs Council of E. North Carolina||Greenville|
|International Affairs Council of North Carolina||Raleigh|
|Ohio||Akron Council on World Affairs||Akron|
|Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council||Cincinnati|
|Cleveland Council on World Affairs||Cleveland|
|Columbus Council on World Affairs||Columbus|
|Dayton Council on World Affairs||Dayton|
|Oregon||World Affairs Council of Oregon||Portland|
|Pennsylvania||World Affairs Council of Harrisburg||Harrisburg|
|World Affairs Council of Philadelphia||Philadelphia|
|World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh|
|World Affairs Council of Reading and Berks County||Reading|
|World Affairs Council of Greater Valley Forge||Wayne|
|Puerto Rico||World Affairs Council of Puerto Rico||Washington D.C. |San Juan, PR|
|Rhode Island||World Affairs Council of Rhode Island||Providence|
|South Carolina||Charleston Foreign Affairs Forum||Charleston|
|Columbia World Affairs Council||Columbia|
|World Affairs Council of Hilton Head||Hilton Head|
|South Dakota||South Dakota World Affairs Council||Brookings|
|Tennessee||Tennessee World Affairs Council||Nashville|
|Texas||World Affairs Council of South Texas||Corpus Christi|
|World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth||Dallas|
|World Affairs Council of Houston||Houston|
|World Affairs Council of San Antonio||San Antonio|
|Utah||Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy||Salt Lake City|
|Vermont||Vermont Council on World Affairs||Burlington|
|Windham World Affairs Council||Brattleboro|
|Virginia||World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads||Hampton Roads|
|World Affairs Council of Greater Richmond||Richmond|
|Washington||Olympia World Affairs Council||Olympia|
|World Affairs Council of Seattle||Seattle|
|World Affairs Council of Spokane||Spokane|
|World Affairs Council of Tacoma||Tacoma|
|Wisconsin||Institute of World Affairs||Milwaukee|
Academic WorldQuest is an annual team-based international affairs, geography, history and culture competition sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America. WorldQuest, held every year since 2003, has two different levels open to competitors - high school and adult.
WorldQuest was created in 1995 by Jennifer Watson Roberts of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte. The national competition began in 2003.
In order to compete at the national competition, held each spring in Washington, D.C., teams must first win at their regional council level (usually held in January or February). The 2013 National Academic WorldQuest Competition was held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Georgetown University Hotel & Convention Center.
- WorldQuest on the World Affairs Councils of American Website
- World Affairs Councils of America :: Academic WorldQuest :: Academic WorldQuest 2012-2013. Worldaffairscouncils.org. Retrieved on 2014-04-19.