SDWAC: Mission Statement
The San Diego World Affairs Council is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to educating and engaging San Diegans in global issues, international relations, and cultural understanding.
The Geopolitical Influence of Brazil in South America (August 30, 2016)
With all eyes set on the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this summer, what is going on in Brazil, away from all of the pageantry and decorum? On August 30th, The San Diego World Affairs Council is pleased to welcome Mr. Jamal Khokhar, former Canadian Ambassador to Brazil (2010-2015), who will present his assessment of the ongoing political crisis within the country.
ISIS and the Syrian Civil War (September 6, 2016)
As the bloody civil war in Syria drags on, and the black tide of the Islamic State draws ever closer, is there a resolution in sight? Mr. Wael Sawah will discuss key personalities and important issues in today's embattled Syria.

Notable Events


Progress and Challenges in Nuclear Non-Proliferation: A View from the State Department

  On June 28, 2016 Assistant Secretary Thomas Countryman will speak about the accomplishments of and challenges faced by this administration in the field of nuclear non-proliferation.  He will explore State Department approaches to these challenges, including strengthening the International Atomic


Thursday Morning Forum for June and July

The complicated world we live in is illuminated a bit more every week at our Thursday Morning Forum. In June we have speakers addressing the use of internet technology to allow people to help with problems far away; how the international


Asia/Pacific Security … and America, with a Focus on China and North Korea

  On July 5, 2016 Vice Admiral Charles W. Martoglio, US Navy (ret), will discuss the increasing complexity of Asia/Pacific security, with a focus on China and North Korea.  He will discuss China’s competition with America, the challenges currently facing the

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A National Quiz Competition for High School Students Curious about the world? Love to travel? Want a career in foreign affairs, diplomacy, international trade, or humanitarian work? Test your knowledge with Academic WorldQuest! 


International Business Relations

The San Diego World Affairs Council offers business briefings and luncheons to promote international commerce in the Greater San Diego region. About SDWAC International Business Programs The luncheon programs are designed to be a combination of cultural education, public diplomacy outreach,


Travel the World

The San Diego World Affairs Council, through the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia offers extraordinary and educational Travel the World trips to fascinating destinations. With established current connections around the world, every continent is covered. Leaders of tours are often



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