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.
Academic World Quest
Academic World Quest is a national quiz competition for high school students who are 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! AWQ subject matters will include the top international issues, such as China, the U.S., and Asia
Flashpoint Discussion: International Consequences of Lower Oil Prices
The recent sharp and unexpected fall in oil prices – if sustained – will have powerful consequences around the world. Some countries will benefit; some countries will suffer. Some economic sectors will profit; others will lose. There will also be geopolitical ramifications. David Edick and Hugh Renfro will analyze the causes of the decline in the price of oil and give an overview of the economic, financial, and political consequences here at home and abroad.
The Kurds: Reemergence of an Ancient People of Mesopotamia
January 15, 2015, 10 am - noon. Mr. Minhaj Akreyi will provide a brief history, their geography, a description of their culture, and discussing how the Kurds ended up with no power after World War One but are now proving to be a force to be reckoned with in the Middle East.
The Rescue of Captain Richard Phillips, Master of the M/V Maersk Alabama
Thursday, January 29, 2015, 10 am - noon, The Remington Club. USN Captain Mark Cedrun (Retd) will describe the role of the USS Boxer (LHD 4) in “The Rescue of Captain Richard Phillips, Master of the M/V Maersk Alabama” from Somali pirates in April 2009, when he was the Commanding Officer of the Boxer at the time of the mission, describing the forces involved in the rescue and the mission timeline.
The United States and the Philippines Through Good and Bad Times
Thursday, January 8, 2015, 10 am - noon, The Remington Club. SDWAC Board Member Mr. Glenn Barroga will summarize the history of "The United States and the Philippines Through Good and Bad Times", providing a background to the Philippines' culture and politics, and their extensive links to the United States via San Diego.
Human Rights Watch Film Festival Opening Night: Sepideh - Reaching for the Stars
Sepideh is a young Iranian woman who dares to dream of a future as an astronaut. As we follow Sepideh, it becomes clear just how at odds her dreams are with her current reality and the expectations of those around her.

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Academic World Quest

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! 

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International Business Briefings

The San Diego World Affairs Council offers business briefings and luncheons to promote international commerce in the Greater San Diego region.

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A Conversation with Debbie Martinez and Dr. Dee Aker about WorldLink in the Past and Present by Erica Yun and Maylee Sands:  A sixteenth century Spanish style building at the University of San Diego, which overlooks the beautiful vista of

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Human Impact on the Environment in Ancient Societies

Thursday,  December 4, 2014, 10 AM – Noon One of the salient discourses of our time is how humans are impacting our environment in our world in terms of global warming, pollution of our air and water, and other environmental crises.

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A SDWAC Private Tour and Social Lunch

December 3, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Presidio to Pacific Powerhouse, How the Military Shaped San Diego

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Flashpoint Discussion: International Consequences of Lower Oil Prices

December 1, 2014 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm The recent sharp and unexpected fall in oil prices  – if sustained – will have powerful consequences around the world.  Some countries will benefit; some countries will suffer.

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