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“World Affairs Councils are great organizations. They help keep people throughout our country alive to important developments in world affairs and underscore that, in the country, we stay engaged and we are part of the world.”

- Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz

   SDWAC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and engaging San Diegans on global issues, foreign policy, international relations, and cross-cultural opportunities and challengesWe sponsor events with international themes, host prominent speakers, and facilitate discussions on global issues. We encourage all members of the community to join us for lively, thought-provoking and educational events exploring the timeliest topics of the day, here at home and around the world.

  • The San Diego World Affairs Council (SDWAC) is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA), the largest and oldest international affairs non-profit organization in the United States.  WACA traces its earliest roots to 1918, when the League of Free Nations Association was founded.  In 1986, the National Council of World Affairs Organizations office was established in Washington, DC.  The organization was renamed the World Affairs Councils of America, and today WACA serves more than 90 World Affairs Councils nationwide, in 40 states and the District of Columbia.
  • SDWAC was founded in 1954 and has served the San Diego County region with distinction ever since.   SDWAC has a dedicated branch specifically serving North County residents.”

  What happens in the world has an impact on San Diego:
  • San Diego is home to the nation’s largest concentration of military personnel with 60% of the ships in the fleet of the U.S. Navy, and 1/3 of the active-duty force of the U.S. Marine Corps. More than 240,000 veterans reside here, as does a robust defense industry.
  • San Diego is a border city with the fourth-busiest land border crossing in the world and supports massive cross-border and international trade.
  • The Port of San Diego is ranked as one of America's top 30 U.S. containership ports, supports major cruise ship activity, and three shipyards.
  • San Diego life sciences and tech sectors attract billions of foreign direct investment into our region, playing a vital role in our economy both domestically and internationally. 

SDWAC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization - your donations support SDWAC's ability to provide top-notch international programming.

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Mailing Address

San Diego World Affairs Council (SDWAC)

PO Box 34010

San Diego, CA 92163


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