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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2020 National Competition

2020 USIP Keynote Video

2019 National Competition

2019 National Competition and Keynote Videos

2019 National Competition and Reception Photos

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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

2021 Academic WorldQuest National Competition

The 2020-2021 AWQ Study Guide is released!

The Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2021 Academic WorldQuest National Competition is scheduled for April 16-17. Please check back regularly for announcements, updates, and resources.

2021 New Guideline!
Due to the AWQ National Competition being virtual in 2021 and endeavoring to be as inclusive as possible, each Council may bring up to three teams to the National Competition - whether you have a local competition or not. Even if your Council joins another Council's competition remotely, each Council may bring up to three teams to WACA's virtual National Competition in April. We look forward to your participation! If you have questions about this, please email Laura Duncan at
Stay tuned for a list of all participating Councils with information such as local competition dates, winning teams, and links for more details. Please see the 2021 AWQ Operations Paper, Teachers Guide, and Flyer for useful information about launching an Academic WorldQuest program for the 2020-2021 AWQ season.

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2020-2021 AWQ Topics

  • Global Protests
  • Shifting Sands: The Arab Spring 10 Years On
  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • The U.S. Foreign Service in the 21st Century
  • Great DecisionsCountry in Focus: Uzbekistan Exploring Peace in a World of Conflict
    • Climate Change and the Global Order
    • India and Pakistan
    • Rea Sea Security
    • Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
    • U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle
    • China’s Road into Latin America
    • The Philippines and the U.S.
    • Artificial Intelligence and Data
  • Country in Focus: Uzbekistan
  • Exploring Peace in a World of Conflict
  • Fraying Alliances
  • Looking to a Post-Pandemic Economy
  • 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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