The World Affairs Council of Charleston (WACC, formerly the Charleston Foreign Affairs Forum) was founded in the early 1980's as a non-profit, nonpartisan organization. The WACC mission is to educate and engage the wider Charleston community through timely non-partisan activities on world affairs and international relations. The WACC membership, representing a cross-section of individuals from business, education, and civic backgrounds, seeks to inform and attract participants of all ages. Through thought-provoking presentations and discussions, participants are challenged to foster their understanding of the world. The WACC is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America.
The WACC hosts six speaking events each year. The events feature distinguished presenters from the U.S. and foreign governments, academic organizations and the business community. The speakers present timely lectures on international events affecting our lives. A lively question and answer period follows the presentations. For information on membership and attendance, go to our membership page.
Prospective members are welcome and encouraged to attend a meeting. Prospective members may attend one meeting as a guest for a nominal charge of $20 per person, payable at the guest registration table with either cash or check. No preregistration is required. The $20 guest fee can be applied towards the membership fee.
All meetings take place in The Citadel Alumni Center (officially known as The John Monroe J. Holliday Alumni Center) located at 69 Hagood Avenue across from Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC. The speaker's presentation generally begins at 6 p.m., and is preceded by a reception including light refreshments beginning at 5:15 pm.
Great Decisions Groups -- In addition to the large group presentations by invited speakers, smaller groups of members have the option to meet to discuss current world affairs using materials prepared by the Foreign Policy Association. For details, see the Great Decisions Groups page.
Awards Program -- WACC sponsors an annual awards program for students from the local schools and The Citadel who have expressed an interest and have excelled in their study of foreign affairs. View the 2016 Awards for Excellence in Global Studies.
WACA Programs -- WACA sponsors travel programs, webinars, and special events of various kinds in which WACC members are eligible to participate. For details, see the WACA website.