A Brief History of the World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads

They are the largest nonpartisan, non-profit, grassroots organization in the United States of America dedicated to the education and engagement of the American public on global issues. Over 500,000 people a year benefit from the network programming, including members and participants in the events they hold.

Almost 90 years ago 2 groups, the Foreign Policy Association and the World Affairs Councils, worked together in the same organizational system from 1918 until the early 1950s. The FPA was created by individuals who worked with President Woodrow Wilson who were concerned that at the end of World War I, Americans would choose an isolationist view of foreign policy. By 1947, these two groups operated as a national organization that was composed of a network of independent community councils that sprang up across America, such as the World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads.

In 1986, the National Council of World Affairs Organizations national office was established in Washington, D.C. This office evolved into the World Affairs Council of America. Today, WACA is the country’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to fostering grassroots understanding and engagement in international affairs and seeks to involve as many citizens as possible in an exchange of ideas, knowledge, and understanding of global issues.

The national office of the WACA works to develop new program opportunities to distribute to member councils. This includes a variety of national program series, such as Great Decisions, an annual national conference, five flagship programs, Leadership Missions to other countries, and other opportunities.

Here’s the link to their website incase you want to stay updated with the events of the World Affairs Council:



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