WACA 2020 National Conference:

WACA 2020 National Conference (Virtual): 
New Frontiers in Diplomacy and National Security

November 16 – 20

Registration is now open for WACA’s annual National Conference on November 16-20. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 National Conference: New Frontiers in Diplomacy and National Security will be held virtually. We will present more than 20 livestream sessions.
Everyone may take advantage of the Early Bird discount of $125 per ticket through October 30. (Student Rate – $25)
Think Tank Briefing: Quincy Institute
Prospects for Ending America’s Endless Wars
November 17 at 2:00-3:00 PM ET
Dep. Dir., Research & Policy
Quincy Institute
Research Fellow
Quincy Institute
Executive Vice President
Quincy Institute
Briefing organizer Stephen Wertheim is author of the forthcoming book, Tomorrow, the World: The Birth of U.S. Global Supremacy.
GREAT DECISIONS Virtual Conversation
November 18 at 7:45-8:30 PM ET
Economist and Financial Analyst
Advisory Director, Goldman Sachs
Dean Emeritus, School of Management
Yale University

New!  Embassy Row Live!

2020 Embassy Row Banner Graphic

Beginning in the fall of 2020, join us for WACA’s new Ambassadors Series, Embassy Row Live!Conversations That Bring Diplomacy to You. A new platform spotlighting distinguished diplomats, we’ll be discussing new ideas, policy developments, and possible solutions to critical international challenges.

October 8, 2020Ambassador H.E. Serdar Kiliç on Turkey and Its Relations With the World  |  Watch the Recording!

Embassy Row Live! brings diplomacy directly to you. Join us for conversations with distinguished ambassadors from around the world to explore new ideas, policy developments, and possible solutions to critical international challenges with distinguished diplomats from around the world.
WACA’s second webisode in this new series features Francisco Santos Calderón, Ambassador of Colombia to the US.



WACA’s Engage America Speaker Series Begins Again! (Virtually)

After a brief hiatus of Engage America Speaker Series programming due to the uncertainly of Covid and implications of the pandemic, WACA returns this fall with regular Engage America events, all virtual.


Offered as a benefit to all current WACA Member Councils, Cover to Cover conference calls are opportunities for Council leaders, members, and supporters to engage with esteemed authors on critical issues. Cover to Cover authors often welcome invitations to speak at Councils. In short, the WACA National Office covers a topic with an expert so that Councils may discover a speaker and cover the topic in even greater depth in their own communities, spearheading a national conversation.
New Programs TO BE Announced Soon



WACA’s KNOW NOW calls feature global thought leaders hosted by WACA, as well as local authorities in government, business, academia, and cultural fields who are identified and moderated by local Councils.

New Programs TO BE Announced Soon


The World Affairs Councils of America produces original podcasts every month from WACA programs Cover To Cover, Know Now and other Feature Council Podcasts that examine critical international topics with leaders, policy experts, and public intellectuals. Listen directly from the WACA website, or on iTunes or PodBean.


SCWA President, Chip O’Brien shares his in-person WACA 2019 Conference pictures:

Watch all 2019 National Conference session videos on WACA’s YouTube page here!