World Affairs Institute

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World Affairs Institute (WAI) is a nonprofit organization established in 2010 and located in Washington, DC. The organization's stated mission is to "promote democratic governance as well as public education, awareness, and dialogue on international affairs and security issues through publications and non-partisan public education activity."[1] The president of World Affairs Institute is James S. Denton. WAI's formative board includes James S. Denton, Christopher Hitchens, P.J. O'Rourke, and Alan Dye.

World Affairs Journal[edit]

WAI publishes World Affairs, a bimonthly print journal established in 1837. The journal covers foreign policy and security issues. Its website provides essays from the print journal, as well as blogs and online features in addition to international news, opinion, and research that is aggregated from media, think tanks, and governments around the world.

MENA Democracy Fellows Program[edit]

In July 2011, WAI launched the MENA Democracy Fellows Program. The program was designed to support the democratic transition in Egypt and Tunisia as well as to promote better understanding, communications, and cooperation between the countries and the United States. The program awards fellowships to emerging leaders from the region who actively promote democratic governance or independent media in their countries. During the two month fellowship program in the United States, the participants work in the US Congress, think tanks, or media outlets. Formal advisers to the program include Members of Congress, experts, and journalists from the US and abroad, including Congressman David Dreier (R- CA; Chairman of the House Rules Committee) and Congressman John Larson (D- CT; Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus), Deborah Harding (former VP of the Soros Foundation), and journalists/experts, Alaa Al Aswany, Khaled Dawoud, Michele Dunne, former Ambassador Eric Edelman, Roya Hakakian, Tom Gjelten (NPR), Joshua Muravchik, Jim Sciutto (ABC News), Nabil Shawkat, and Ambassador Michael Zantovsky.


  1. ^ About World Affairs.