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

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**COVID-19 Update: The in-person Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2020 Academic WorldQuest National Competition, originally scheduled for April 24-25, has been canceled and will not be postponed or held virtually. This difficult decision comes after carefully monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., the World Health Organization's declaration of a pandemic, hearing about local restrictions on high school student travel, and conversations within the Network. WACA congratulates the students and Councils on all their hard work throughout the 2019-2020 AWQ season. 

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

Thank you to those Councils that submitted the 2020 AWQ Pledge Form to register your local competition in this year's AWQ season. Click here to see a list of all participating Councils with information such as local competition dates, winning teams, and links for more details. Click here to view the 2019-2020 AWQ Official Study Guide. Please see the 2020 AWQ Ops Paper, Teachers Guide, and Flyer for useful information in preparation for the upcoming 2020-2021 AWQ season.

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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