World Affairs Council of Washington, DC
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The World Affairs Council of Washington, DC, founded in 1980, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization in Washington, DC. The group's efforts are aimed at informing and educating the public about contemporary international affairs. Its corporate sponsors include Aramco Service Company, AIG, Raytheon, and ExxonMobil, and it relies primarily on dues from individual and corporate members.
Programs and events
The World Affairs Council organizes a number of events in the D.C. area geared toward providing educational opportunities focused on international affairs. These events include public programs featuring journalists, public officials, and foreign policy experts, seminars for educators, and outreach programs for students. Worldquest is an academic competition with programs geared toward high school students and young professionals in which teams answer questions pertaining to foreign affairs, geography, foreign culture, international organizations, and recent history.
Notable speakers at WACDC events have included:
- Shahid Javed Burki - Finance Minister of Pakistan and Vice President of the World Bank.
- Lt. General Kevin P. Byrnes - Retired US Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs, Director of the Army's Quadrennial Defense Review Efforts.
- Hon. William J. Clinton - Former President of the United States.
- General Wesley K. Clark - Retired, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander.
- Hon. William Cohen - Former Secretary of Defense.
- Hon. Lorne Craner - Former Assistant Secretary of State, Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, and President of the International Republican Institute.
- Alan M. Dershowitz - Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.
- Thomas L. Friedman - Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner of The New York Times.
- Dr. Harry Harding - Former Dean of the Elliot School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.
- Jean-Marie Guehenno - United Nations Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations.
- Dr. Richard Haass - President of the Council on Foreign Relations and former Director of Policy Planning at the US State Department.
- Morton Halperin - Director of US Advocacy at the Open Society Institute and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.
- Dr. Anthony Lake - Former US National Security Advisor.
- Lord Peter Levene - Chairman of Lloyd's of London.
- Hon. John F. Maisto - Former Permanent Representative of the United States to the Organization of American States.
- Dr. Jessica Tuchman Mathews - President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
- Philip Merrill - Former Chairman of the Washingtonian.
- Major General William L. Nash - Retired, Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Military Fellows Program at the Council on Foreign Relations.
- Hon. Roger Noriega - Former US Assistant Secretary of State.
- Hon. Richard Perle - Former Assistant Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee
- H.E. Zoran Jolevski - Macedonian Ambassador to the United States and former Chief of Staff of the President of Macedonia Boris Trajkovski.
- Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter - Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
- Dr. Helmut Sonnenfeldt - Director of the Atlantic Council of the United States.
- Dr. Lawrence H. Summers - Former US Secretary of the Treasury and former president of Harvard University.
- Hon. Togo D. West - President of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and former US Secretary of the Army and US Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
- Col. Lawrence Wilkerson - Retired, former Chief of Staff to US Secretary of State Colin Powell.
- James D. Wolfensohn - Ninth President of the World Bank Group.
- Hon. R. James Woolsey - Vice-President of Booz Allen Hamilton and former Director of Central Intelligence/
- Gen. Anthony Zinni - Retired, former Commander at US Central Command.
- General Martin E. Dempsey - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff