Academic WorldQuestâ„¢

The World Affairs Councils of America’s flagship youth education program is a fun, fast-paced team competition for high school students. Academic WorldQuest tests players’ knowledge of current international politics, geography, global economics, history, and world cultures.

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2019 National Competition

2019 National Competition and Keynote Videos

2019 National Competition and Reception Photos

2018 National Competition

2018 National Competition and Keynote Videos

Academic WorldQuest Archive
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Some 50 World Affairs Councils hold local AWQ competitions for high school students in their communities. Since 2003, winning teams have traveled to Washington, DC every April to vie for the national championship.

The Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition is made possible by sponsors and sustained by our AWQ Endowment. To become a sponsor, please contact WACA by phone at 202-833-4557 or email

2020 Academic WorldQuest National Competition

WACA is pleased to announce that the 2019-2020 AWQ season is officialy underway with the announcement of our topic categories! The Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2020 Academic WorldQuest National Competition will be held in Washington, DC on April 24-25, 2020.

Please see the 2020 AWQ Ops Paper, Teachers Guide, and Flyer for useful information. Submit the 2020 AWQ Pledge Form to register your local competition in this year's AWQ season, and view the 2019-2020 AWQ Official Study Guide to get started. We look forward to a wondeful year, and wish all our Councils, educators, and students the best of luck!

2019-2020 AWQ 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

2019 AWQ National Competition Photo Highlights

2019 AWQ First Place Team  2019 AWQ Reception  2019 AWQ Reception

WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford, Fatema Al-Baker, and the First Place team, and the Friday Welcome Reception at the Qatar-America Institute

USIP Reception

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