WACA is dedicated to carrying out our mission by, exploring new ideas, challenging the next generation, partnering with organizations, and expanding informed, respectful public discourse. We focus our efforts on main initiatives such as the National Conference, Cover to Cover and KNOW NOW monthly conference calls, the Engage America Speaker Series, and general office operations. This is only possible with your support!
"The 1918 Society enables public diplomacy supporters to directly interact with global leaders, influencers, and scholars. You can learn from the same experts who advise world leaders and discuss the latest issues with senior decision makers. Our participation is critical in translating the vast international community into a personal experience for the American public." -- Matthew Butler, 1918 Society Member
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.