October 24th, 12 - 2 PM (PDT)

Featured Guest Speaker: Professor and Former Ambassador James Bindenagel 

In Association with: The Wunderbar Together USA program

Academic WorldQuest

A National Quiz Competition for High School Students 

Curious about the world? Love to travel? 

Want a career in foreign affairs, politics, international trade, 
or humanitarian work?

Test your knowledge with Academic WorldQuest!

Let’s play the game and have some fun!

September 17, 2020
The Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest 2020-2021 High School Competition
Announcing the 2020-2021 AWQ Topics
  1. Global Protests
  2. Shifting Sands: The Arab Spring 10 Years On
  3. International Labour Organization (ILO)
  4. The U.S. Foreign Service in the 21st Century
  5. Great Decisions
  6. Country in Focus: Uzbekistan
  7. Exploring Peace in a World of Conflict
  8. Fraying Alliances
  9. Looking to a Post-Pandemic Economy
  10. Current Events

The Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2021 Academic WorldQuest 
National Competition is scheduled to be held
in Washington, DC on April 16-17, 2021


Hotel Block
WACA has arranged a group hotel block at The Westin DC City Center (1400 M St. NW, Washington, DC). See the reservation link here to book your discounted room(s). The hotel block deadline is Monday, March 29, 2021.

Event Details
The national competition is attended by 200-250 of the nation's most promising high school students each year, along with their parents, teachers, and chaperones. The 4-hour AWQ competition is a unique opportunity for students to visit the nation's capital, perhaps for the first time. A weekend of substantive programming is included to enhance the experience. See highlights from last year's Academic WorldQuest!

Pledge a Team Now
To confirm your Council's participation in the 2020-2021 Academic WorldQuest season, please fill out and submit this Pledge Form by November 30, 2020. Please see the 2021 AWQ Ops PaperTeachers Guide, and Flyer for useful information.

Great Decisions
The Foreign Policy Association will provide each participating Council with six complimentary copies of the 2020 Great Decisions Briefing Book. Indicate your request for these free copies by submitting your Pledge Form. Additional copies for use in Academic WorldQuest are available at a 60% discount and may be purchased directly from the Foreign Policy Association. Please Note: The Great Decisions 2020 Briefing Book is required study material for the National Competition. However, the Briefing Book will NOT be required reading for local competitions. To prepare for local competitions, students should study the online resources in the AWQ Study Guide (forthcoming).

Stay tuned for the official AWQ 2020-2021 Study Guide 
and other important updates!
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Academic WorldQuest Endowment Fund

Principal Sponsors

Carlos and Malú Alvarez

The Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition honors the tremendous dedication and philanthropic support of WACA Board Member Carlos Alvarez and his wife to our flagship youth education program, now in its 19th year, and the Academic WorldQuest Endowment Fund. 

For information on making a gift to the AWQ Endowment Fund,
please visit the WACA website.

2019-2020 Academic World Quest Topics:

            • U.S.-Russia Relations
            • Country in Focus: South Korea
            • Preventing Extremism in Fragile States
            • Oceans: The World's Garbage Dump
            • Great Decisions
              • Refugees and Global Migration
              • The Middle East: Regional Disorder
              • Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?
              • The Rise of Populism in Europe
              • Decoding U.S.-China Trade
              • Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics
              • The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested
              • State of the State Department and Diplomacy
            • Brexit and the EU
            • China's Belt & Road Initiative
            • Germany: 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall
            • Qatar and the Future of the Gulf Cooperation Council
            • Current Events

Participants in the San Diego Academic WorldQuest competition receive 1-year free membership in the San Diego World Affairs Council. Student Membership in SDWAC is a $25 value. 

For more information about Academic WorldQuest please visit the World Affairs Councils of America webpage: Academic WorldQuest

If you have any questions please contact:

San Diego Academic WorldQuest coordinator David Edick Jr:

Email: edick@sdwac.org

Phone: (619) 438-4696.

Congratulation to the 2019 Winner

Canyon Crest Academy!



Mailing Address

San Diego World Affairs Council (SDWAC)

PO Box 34010

San Diego, CA 92163



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