Upcoming Events

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Past events

May 17, 2022 Distinguished Speaker Series - Corinne Goria - "Sewn together: Global storytelling for Social Justice"
April 19, 2022 "Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)"
March 29, 2022 U.S. Foreign Policy Amid Global Crisis with Dr. Richard Haass
March 22, 2022 The Binational (US/Mexico) Fresh Water Crisis
March 15, 2022 Distinguished Speaker Series - Ambassador George A. Krol - "Thirty Years After the Fall of the USSR"
March 10, 2022 Social Media & the Future of Democracy, presented by the NCRC
January 27, 2022 Distinguished Speaker "Soft Power" Series - Stephen B. Nix - "Ukraine’s History and European Future"
January 11, 2022 Reflections on Afghanistan with Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann
December 07, 2021 Distinguished Speaker Series - Trygve Olson - "Belarus: The long road to freedom."
October 26, 2021 Furthering North American Collaboration
October 13, 2021 Distinguished Speaker Series - Peter Núñez - "Politics has Affected Border Security, Immigration, and Drug Trafficking"
September 21, 2021 Distinguished Speaker Series - Jack Devine & Jonathan Ward, Ph.D. - "Russia & China - Preparing America for Our Greatest Strategic Challenge"
August 05, 2021 A Talk on World Hunger with Kenro Oshidari, United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) - the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize recipient
July 08, 2021 U.S. Soft Power in Foreign Policy Series - Daniel Miller - "A Cowboy in Mongolia - In Search of the Sacred in the Steppes”
June 10, 2021 U.S. Soft Power in Foreign Policy Series - Col. Christopher Conlin - "Iraq: Iron Hand, Velvet Glove, Glass House - Employing Soft Power in Hard Places"
May 13, 2021 Distinguished Speaker Series - Anish Goel, Ph.D. - "India in South Asia: Fraught Regional Relationships"
May 12, 2021 U.S. Soft Power in Foreign Policy Series Part IV
April 21, 2021 U.S. Soft Power in Foreign Policy Series Part III - Forging Public-Private Partnerships in Health Systems Strengthening
April 20, 2021 Distinguished Speaker Series - Richard Nuccio, Ph.D. & Giles Dickenson-Jones - "Myanmar: Development, Democracy, and Despair"
March 31, 2021 U.S. Soft Power in Foreign Policy Series Part II
March 16, 2021 Distinguished Speaker Series - Audie de Castro, Esq. - "Trade and Tourism in the Philippines"
February 16, 2021 Distinguished Speaker Series - David Pasquini on "The United Kingdom: A Year of Global Leadership"
February 11, 2021 Healing the Political Divide: A Path Forward Virtual Event
January 21, 2021 Human Rights Movements in China and China’s Responses
January 07, 2021 Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison
December 17, 2020 The History of the Ottoman Empire and its Subsequent Breakup after WWI
December 10, 2020 Ambassador in Baku: Politics, Petroleum, & Nagorno-Karabakh
December 10, 2020 "Foreign Policy Changes after January" with Ambassador Ronald Neumann
November 19, 2020 “Bulgaria: Political, Economic, and Commercial Crossroads Today”
November 19, 2020 NCC Online Presentation
November 18, 2020 CAMPAIGN 2020 DECONSTRUCTED
November 10, 2020 US-China Relations after the Election: The Specter of Decoupling
November 10, 2020 FREE WEBINAR - The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution
November 10, 2020 The Wall Street Journal & Infragard San Diego Present: “360 Degrees Of A Ransomware Attack: Decision Points in Defense, Response and Mitigation”
November 09, 2020 Global Minnesota in partnership with WACA presents The Man Who Ran Washington:The Life and Times of James A. Baker III
October 24, 2020 Annual Membership Meeting (Zoom) and Presentation by Ambassador Bindenagel on behalf of Wunderbar Together
October 22, 2020 "U.S. Relations with Pakistan and The South Asia Region"
October 20, 2020 "North Korea in the Next Administration’s Foreign Policy"
October 15, 2020 Webinar with John Brennan and Janet Napolitano
September 30, 2020 “WILL THE SINO-US COLD WAR GO HOT? How Asia’s Geopolitical Clash will Dominate the Next Administration”
August 25, 2020 SDWAC warmly welcomes the International Rescue Committee (IRC) of San Diego Executive Director, Donna Duvin "From Harm to Home: Arc of the Refugee Crisis: Global Challenges, Local Solutions”
August 20, 2020 The San Diego World Affairs Council is honored to support the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) presentation - Race: “A Path Forward” How do we talk about race in a way that unites and strengthens us as a community?
August 20, 2020 The San Diego World Affairs Council is honored to co-sponsor for the first time an exciting virtual event with Friends of Liberia* “Liberty Brought Us Here: The True Story of American Slaves Who Migrated to Liberia”
August 20, 2020 The San Diego World Affairs Council invites you to register for "U.S. & Germany: Strained Alliance?" with German Ambassador to the U.S., Emily Haber
August 13, 2020 San Diego World Affairs Council is honored to support WAC-Orange County's presentation: “Becoming Kim Jong Un: Insights Into North Korea’s Dangerous and Enigmatic Dictator” with Dr. Jung H. Pak
July 22, 2020 Where Does the Money Come From? Financing International Terrorism featuring Dr. Ian Oxnevad
July 13, 2020 The World: A Conversation with Dr. Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations “Making Sense of a World in Crisis — Through the Eyes of a Foreign Policy Expert”
June 18, 2020 The Scientist and the Spy
March 20, 2020 *Postponed* Honoring M.C. Madhu Madhavan
January 15, 2020 "From Dictatorship to Democracy? Myanmar's Uneasy Transition" A Conversation with Dr. Nuccio
December 19, 2019 An Overview of the Mexican Consulate in San Diego with Consul General Gutierrez
November 21, 2019 "Putin and Trump 2.0: The Perils of Presidential Diplomacy" Remarks from Ambassador John Beyrle
October 29, 2019 "Kashmir: Where Identity Rises Above Territory" Remarks by Professor Dipak Gupta
October 14, 2019 "From Soft Power to Hard Truths: Human Rights in U.S. Foreign Policy and Diplomacy" Remarks by Bennett Freeman
September 23, 2019 "America...and the Great Power Competition" Remarks by Vice Admiral Charles Martoglio
August 28, 2019 "Fusion Energy Research and the Creation of Miniature Stars for Electricity"
July 31, 2019 "Global Engagement and the Modern Public Research University" featuring Chancellor Khosla
June 22, 2019 REGISTER NOW! 2019 SDWAC Annual Membership Meeting
May 07, 2019 "Perspective on current U.S. Navy strategy, undersea capabilities and the Submarine Force in San Diego."
March 21, 2019 “U.S. Trade Policy toward China: heading toward trade war or deal?"
February 23, 2019 2019 Annual Dinner
January 24, 2019 “Global Climate Change: Evidence, Scientific Basis, and Selected Impacts”
December 11, 2018 “Health and Peace-building in Africa”
November 15, 2018 “Nicaragua: Revolution and Restoration”
October 15, 2018 “U.S. policy towards India and the Indo-Pacific”
September 26, 2018 “What Diplomats Do and Why It (Still) Matters”
August 30, 2018 Fighting for Cyber Supremacy in an Age of Extremism
July 26, 2018 U.S. trade policy and the economics of trade in today’s technology-driven global era.
June 26, 2018 "Why Mexico's Election, NAFTA and U.S.-Mexico Relations Are Important to You."
June 16, 2018 REGISTER NOW! Annual Membership Meeting
May 23, 2018 May 23, 2018 -- Ukraine: Russian Interference and How the U.S. Can Bolster Ukrainian Security
April 27, 2018 Annual Dinner and Presentation on "Middle East Meltdown: Causes and Consequences"
April 03, 2018 SOLD OUT! Immigration and Border Issues: The Future Is Not What It Used To Be
February 21, 2018 Mexico's Upcoming Elections and What They Mean for the U.S.
January 24, 2018 "China in the Wake of the Party Conference"
December 06, 2017 Is the Turkish Partnership Doomed?
November 28, 2017 Movie Screening: America's Diplomats
November 02, 2017 Russia: Preventing Peace on Its Periphery
October 19, 2017 NAFTA: A Make or Break Moment?
October 06, 2017 Three Elections and a Brexit: The Unraveling of Europe?
September 22, 2017 South Sudan: Crisis and Conflict in the World's Newest Country
August 28, 2017 U.S. Alliances in the Indo-Pacific: A Practitioner's Perspective
August 14, 2017 Life as a Military Officer in the Middle East
July 25, 2017 Tijuana Day Trip
July 12, 2017 Trade Routes and the Evolving Geopolitics of the Middle East
June 29, 2017 Fiber Optics: History, Security, Applications and More
June 22, 2017 Dealing With a Dangerous and Challenging World -- The Physics and Economics of Defense
June 17, 2017 Rising Tensions on the Korean Peninsula: How Does This End?
June 15, 2017 Guantanamo Bay -- Al Qaeda’s Nuremberg: An Inside Look at 9/11 Justice
June 08, 2017 Is the Syrian Regime Survival Guaranteed in Moscow? Origins and Prospects for Relations Between Syria and Russia
June 01, 2017 North County Chapter Annual Meeting
May 01, 2017 Economic Sanctions
April 29, 2017 The Philippines Under President Duterte: Nagging Questions and an Optimistic Outlook
March 18, 2017 Growing the Game: Baseball's Plans for Global Expansion
February 13, 2017 Annual Dinner


Congratulations to the 168 high school students from 27 states who participated Saturday, April 30, in the Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2002 Academic WorldQuest National Competition!
This was a special edition of WACA’s flagship education program – the 20th anniversary of our National Competition was also the first hybrid effort, with 36 teams taking part in person at the United States Institute of Peace’s iconic headquarters in DC and 6 teams playing virtually from locations around the country.

WACA is proud to announce the top three teams, who distinguished themselves with their high scores in the 100-point contest that tests knowledge of world affairs in 10 topic categories. (Final scores will be sent to all competing teams soon.)
Keystone’s championship team, with Carlos and Malú Alvarez, the team's chaperone Bill Spedding, and WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford
1st Place: Keystone School, WAC San Antonio, TX

2nd Place: Plano West High School, WAC Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

3rd Place: Palm Desert High School, WAC of the Desert, CA

We are grateful to the teachers, chaperones, and parents who accompanied students during the two-day AWQ program. On Friday, April 30, two representatives from the Mexican Embassy -- Carmen Morales and Blanca Gaviño-Arvizu -- spoke to our students and chaperones about climate change and migration -- one of the 10 topics the students had to study for AWQ this year.

On the day of the AWQ National Competition USIP President Lise Grande was the luncheon keynote speaker and Kevin Cassidy, Director of the International Labour Organization Office for the U.S. and Canada made opening remarks.

WACA is grateful also to our sponsors -- Carlos and Malú Alvarez, ILO Office for the U.S. and Canada, the U.S. Institute of Peace, Johnson and Sterling, and the Foreign Policy Association -- as well Foreign Policy, for contributing to our prize package and providing each student with the latest copy of their magazine!
The World Affairs Councils of America's National Office is delighted to invite Member Council executives, staff, and board members to this year's Spring Leadership Meeting. Thanks to Tracey Johnson, Executive Director of the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council, and Karen Burghart, Emeritus Director, we are bringing the Spring Council Leadership & WACA Board of Directors meetings to beautiful Colorado Springs on June 9-11, 2022.

This year's Leadership Meeting will open with an opening event on Thursday, June 9 at 5:00 PM MT.

On  Friday, June 10, following professional development workshops, WACA will host a dinner with a VIP speaker.

The WACA Board of Directors meets Saturday, June 11 at 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM MT (10:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET).

Hotel Block Ends Monday, May 9!

The room block at The Antlers Hotel will close on May 9. We are offering a rate of $199/nightBook your room today!
Amb. Esteban Moctezuma
Mexico's Ambassador to the U.S.
Amb. Chantale Wong
U.S. Exec. Director
Asian Development Bank
Jonathan Barr
Pacific Northwest Laboratory
Hiwot Tesfaye
Technical Advisor for Microsoft
Jill Tiefenthaler
CEO National Geographic Society
Angela Stent
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Brookings Institution
Pierson Claire
Managing Director
Kroll's Cyber Risk
On May 4 at 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM ET, the International Labour Organization Office for the U.S. and Canada and the Bush School of Government and Public Service will host a hybrid event on "Improving Working Conditions in Supply Chains."

The event will feature Ambassador Katherine Tai, U.S. Trade Representative, in conversation with Kevin Cassidy, our partner and Director and Representative to the Bretton Woods and Multilateral Organizations at the ILO Office for the U.S. and Canada.

Thea Lee, Deputy Under Secretary for International Labor Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor, will deliver a keynote address. Several other experts in the field will speak.

Each month, the World Affairs Councils of America highlights one of our Member Councils for their excellence in programming and community outreach. This month, we have selected the Cleveland Council on World Affairs for their strong programming, notably this week's Global Impact Award.

This past weekend, Dr. Richard Crepage, WACA Advisory Council Member and former Administrative Director at CCWA, served as one of our judges for the 20th anniversary Carlos and Malú Academic WorldQuest National Competition. Dr. Crepage also served on our 2021-2022 Academic WorldQuest Task Force, providing advice and guidance to the WACA team as we planned for this year's National Competition. We thank Dr. Crepage and the team at CCWA for their dedication to Academic WorldQuest!
Community Engagement for Multicultural and Multigenerational Outreach
Tuesday, May 10 at 3:00 PM ET
Betty Cruz
President and CEO
WAC Pittsburgh
Jennifer Bowden
Director of Education
WAC Dallas/Fort Worth
Jenni Carney
Director, Development & Marketing
Cleveland Council on World Affairs
Reaching a multicultural and multigenerational audience requires dedicated outreach and investment. Join us on Tuesday, May 10 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET to learn how your World Affairs Councils can better include and engage your entire community and promote diversity in your membership.

The session will feature Betty Cruz, President and CEO at the World Affairs Council of PittsburghJenni Carney, Director of Development and Marketing at the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, and Jennifer Bowden, Director of Education at the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

The discussion will be moderated by Matthew Hughes, Executive Director of the International Relations Council Kansas City.
On May 11 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET, join us for our latest Cover to Cover author interview with C. Fred Bergsten. Bergsten's new book, The United States vs. China, is the first to analyze US-China rivalry from the perspective of global economic leadership. Unlike other commentators, Bergsten sees reasons to be optimistic about future U.S.-China economic relations. He identifies ways in which both countries can lead, rather than destroy, the world economy.
The team at the World Affairs Councils of America honors the legacy of Richard Lauf, who passed away in April. For many years, Rich served as board chair and treasurer of the World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. He served as platoon leader in Vietnam and was awarded a Purple Heart for his service. Following his military service, Rich went on to pursue a career at P&G and later utilized his leadership and expertise as a business consultant. Rich Lauf lived a life committed to a personal mission shared by the World Affairs Council network – in service to others.
In partnership with WACA, WorldQuest Weekly is produced by the Tennessee World Affairs Council, which offers customized subscriptions to the quiz for Council members. Most of the questions are drawn from both WACA's Weekly World News Update, and a curated news Twitter feed (@TNWAC). Contact pat@tnwac.org or visit tnwac.org/quiz for details.

Last week's winners (10/10)! Ben (Florida), Serge (Bloomfield Hills, MI), Bruce (New Jersey), and Rukayat (Miami, FL)
International Relations Council Kansas City seeks to hire a Global Education Coordinator. Learn more.
WorldOregon seeks to hire a Program Officer, International Visitor Program. Learn more.
Global Minnesota seeks to hire a Corporate Relations Officer. Learn more.
World Affairs Council of Jacksonville seeks to hire a Director of Operations and Administration. Learn more.
International Institute of Buffalo seeks to hire an Executive Assistant. Learn more.
Monday 5/2

International Relations Council presents "The Americas Roundtable Meeting"

World Affairs Council of Central Illinois hosts Amb. Ross Wilson (Ret.), former ambassador to Afghanistan (2020 -2021), for “Closing Chapter in Afghanistan

International Relations Council (Kansas City) presents “The Americas Roundtable Meeting

World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads presents "Norfolk NATO Luncheon" (In person)

Tuesday 5/3

World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Amb. Chantale Wong, U.S. Executive Director to the Asian Development Bank, for "Breaking Barriers in Public Service"

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts Amb. Esteban Moctezuma, Mexico's Ambassador to the U.S., for "Diplomats Luncheon" (In person)

Montana World Affairs Council hosts Frédéric Jung, Consul General of France to the U.S., for "Community Reception" (In person)

Worcester World Affairs Council hosts Rushan Abbas, founder and executive director of Campaign for Uyghurs, for “ Global Implications of the Uyghur Genocide

International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Sadia Akhter Aurna, Global Education Coordinator at International Relations Council, for “Global Horizons - Global Experience: Bengali Cuisine

International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Amir Hamja , Award-winning Photographer based in New York City , for “Global Horizons - International Career Series: Photography

 International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Seungkwon You, director of the Global Leadership Program and Asian Scholars Program at the Asian Affairs Center, for “Global Horizons - Lexicon: Korean

 International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Léocadia Tchouaffe, the Regional Organizing Manager (Midwest Region) for the ONE Campaign, for “Global Horizons - A Novel Experience: The Embassy of Cambodia ” 

World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky hosts Todd Schwartz, Executive Director of the European Chamber of Commerce of Cincinnati, for "Young Professionals Executive Insights Series" (In person)

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Jonathan Barr, Senior Research Engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Hiwot Tesfaye, Technical Advisor for Microsoft, for "Artifical Intelligence: Governing for Good"

World Affairs Council of Maine hosts Brad Babson, former Chair of the DPRK Economic Forum at the U.S.-Korea Institute, for "Great Decisions: Myanmar and ASEAN"

Worcester World Affairs Council hosts Rushan Abbas, Uyghur American activist and advocate, for "Global Implications of the Uyghur Genocide"

Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall hosts Dan Schnur, USC Professor, for "May Political Report"

Wednesday 5/4

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Angela Stent, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, for "WACC Foreign Policy Series"

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts Jill Tiefenthaler, CEO of the National Geographic Society, for "Global Impact Award" (In person)

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts Natalie Rouland, Scholar in Residence at the Pittsburgh Ballet, and Nancy Conde, Director of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, for "Reconsidering Swan Lake: Culture and Context with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre"

Vermont Council on World Affairs presents "Developing a More Inclusive Approach to Climate Change Policy"

World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky presents "Munich Sister City Association Meeting"

Montana World Affairs Council present “International trade and investment day” (In person)

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts Jill Tiefenthaler, Chief Executive Officer of the National Geographic Society, for “ 2022 Global Impact Award Event” (In person)

World Affairs Council of Houston presents "Following the Silk Road: Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan"

International Relations Council presents "WorldQuest"

Thursday 5/5

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts Mark Lagon, Chief Policy Officer at the Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, for "Responding to Global Health Challenges"

World Affairs Council of Houston hosts Lt. Col. (Ret.) Kyleanne Hunter, AH-1W Super Cobra attack pilot, and Katherine Kuzminski, Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at CNAS, for "Women and the U.S.: Combat, Conflict, and Command" (In person)

Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts Craig Larimer for "Great Decisions: Biden's Agenda"

WorldBoston hosts Martin Indyk, Distinguished Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, for "Master of the Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy" ( Hybrid)

Global Minnesota presents "Minnesota St. Paul International Film Festival" (In person)

Friday 5/6

Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Patrick Massey, Regional Director of the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Paul Curlett, Senior Sales Lead at Boeing Phantom Works, and Glen Klinkhart, Alaska Director of Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, for "The Future of Cybersecurity: Ensuring Security and Building Resilience"

Saturday 5/7

Dayton Council on World Affairs hosts Amb. (Ret.) Dave Hall, Executive Director Emeritus of the Alliance to End Hunger, for "Gala Dinner" (In person)

Sunday 5/8

World Affairs Council of the Desert hosts Pierson Claire, Managing Director with Kroll's Cyber Risk, for "Understanding the Risks and Future Role of Digital Currencies in our Global Financial Systems" (In person)

Highlights of Past Events

“Bulgaria: Political, Economic, and Commercial Crossroads Today” PDF

“From Harm to Home: Arc of the Refugee Crisis: Global Challenges, Local Solutions" PDF

Check Out the Full Presentation Recording in DropBox HERE!


Mailing Address

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PO Box 34010

San Diego, CA 92163



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