Our national Network is comprised of more than 90 local World Affairs Councils, located in more than 40 states. WACA carries out its mission by supporting the operations of Member Councils and promoting their programs and educational initiatives for diverse, multi-generational audiences. We bring the world to classrooms and C-suites, conferences in the nation’s capital, and town hall-style forums in your community.
We also work to develop Councils’ convening power nationwide by providing face-to-face connections and dialogue with global leaders, business executives, policy experts, social innovators, and distinguished opinion makers.
"The Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall is a proud WACA member. We have benefited from an Engage America grant that fully covered the costs of one of our planned programs in addition to the numerous Network executive numerous conference calls sharing best practices and ideas to better navigate our changing business model. With the COVID-19 challenges, being a part of the Council Network has been strategically significant. Our abrupt pivot to producing livestreams was enhanced by our ability to reach new audiences through the WACA community. Thank you WACA for your leadership and ongoing support." -- Kim McCleary Blue, President & CEO, Los Angeles WACTH
Established in 1986 as a nonprofit membership organization in Washington, DC, the World Affairs Councils of America carries out its mission by:
Supporting more than 90 World Affairs Councils across the United States and promoting their programs and educational initiatives for diverse, multi-generational audiences. We bring the world to classrooms and C-suites, and to conferences in the nation’s capital and town hall-style forums in your community.
Developing Councils’ convening power nationwide by providing face-to-face connections and dialogue with global leaders, business executives, policy experts, social innovators, and distinguished opinion makers.
Exploring new ideas in dozens of dynamic Council events each week that shape public discourse on a range of critical issues, including: national security; the economy and international trade; global health; energy and the environment; immigration; human rights; education; and culture.
Challenging the next generation to develop leadership skills and global acumen so that our communities can better compete, collaborate, and make informed decisions.
Partnering with organizations that seek to reach out to “grassroots” and “grasstops” citizens, disseminate research, mutually expand networks and transform how people, enterprises, and governments think about the world.
Expanding informed, respectful public discourse about international relations and current events through WACA conference calls, podcasts, information services, and social media. We are digitally accessible from anywhere in the world.