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The World Affairs Councils of America serves nearly 100 Member Councils in 42 states, plus Puerto Rico.

Our newest members, the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs and the World Affairs Council of New Jersey, joined WACA just this year (2019).

There are three paths to membership in the WACA national network:

  • Establishing a new World Affairs Council
  • Applying as an existing 501(c)(3) organization to become a Council
  • Joining our network as an affiliate member organization

Please review our WACA Member Council Benefits and How to Start a World Affairs Council documents.

You may contact us any time at the WACA national office to learn more.

Council of the Month

July 2019

The International Relations Council of Kansas City (IRC) brings a global perspective to their community through strategic partnerships with businesses, universities, community organizations, and K-12 schools. IRC brings world leaders and dignitaries to the metro region, host forums for high-school students to interact with and learn from foreign-policy experts, and create opportunities for area business leaders to strengthen relationships abroad. They believe that by promoting global awareness and understanding, they support and strengthen their community. The IRC was founded in late December 1954 by Eliot Berkley, who served as Executive Director of the IRC for nearly forty years and, later, as chairman of the IRC Academy and lifetime board member. Eliot passed away in 2012 but is still remembered fondly by business, community, and academic leaders for his inspirational passion for global issues.

The IRC welcomed Eleanor Roosevelt as their first speaker in January 1955. Since then, a wide range of legislators, professors, journalists, diplomats, and other global-affairs experts have visited Kansas City to share their perspective and expertise. These notable guests include Henry Kissinger (1975), Jim Lehrer (1986), Robert J. Eaton (1993), Madeleine Albright (2006), Condoleezza Rice (2010), and Janet Napolitano (2014). Today, as a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan educational organization, the IRC works with a range of businesses, universities, organizational partners, K-12 schools, and other interested individuals around the Kansas City metropolitan area to grow a global perspective and find international connections within their community. They warmly welcome your involvement; please check out the different sections of their website and feel free to contact Matthew Hughes for more information.

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