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Oct 3

Democracy

Larry Diamond

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Full year memberships run from Fall to Spring, with a total of 6 events in each season. The dues for the 2017-2018 season of 6 meetings (September 2017 to May 2018) were established at $100 for an individual or $170 for couples (two persons living at the same address).

After the three Fall meetings, the dues are reduced for the three Spring meetings. The dues for the second half of the 2017-2018 season of three meetings are established at $65 for an individual or $110 for couples (two persons living at the same address).

You can use the online membership form to register. When complete, print your form to mail along with your check. You may also use PayPal to make payment.

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.

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Welcome to the World Affairs Council of Charleston

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.

 

Meeting location: returning to the citadel Alumni center for 2017-2018 meetings

The Citadel Alumni Center has completed renovations, we will be meet at the Center for our 2017-2018 meetings! The speaker's presentation generally begins at 6pm, and is preceded by a reception including light refreshments beginning at 5:15pm.

 OTHER ACTIVITIES:

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 high schools View the Awards for Excellence in Global Studies and a Citadel student View the Colonel Myron C Harrington Award who have expressed an interest and have excelled in their study of foreign affairs.

WACA Programs -- The World Affairs Council of Charleston (WACC) is an affiliate of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) and actively participates in several programs: Travel the World and Great Decisions. WACA has other events, programs and activities in which WACC members can participate. Of interest, may be the ‘Weekly World News Update’. It contains links to articles on world affairs from a variety of sources. You can sign up for the WACA ‘Weekly World News Update’ by entering your email address on the WACA website - www.worldaffairscouncils.org. You will find the Updates very interesting and informative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Calendar year 2017 was a good year for World Affairs Council of Charleston (WACC). We finished our 2016-17 speaker season with an all-time high of 360 members and on good financial footing, and half way through the 2017-18 season we have signed up 301 members, on track for our annual goal. The quality of international expertise from our invited speakers was, per WACC custom, high, and we learned about Afghanistan, North Korea, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, and Iran, among other international topics.  Read More

2018 Harrington Award Winner - Cadet Joshua C Bowman

VIDEO OF LUIS RUBIO SPEECH AVAILABLE

On January 31, 2018 Luis Rubio, chairman of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations, gave a talk to members and guests of the World Affairs Council of Charleston. The title of the dinner talk was 'Mexico's Deepening and Evermore Complex Democracy'. A video of his talk is now available for viewing.  Click Here to View

LARRY DIAMOND WILL BE OUR SPEAKER ON OCTOBER 3, 2018

Larry Diamond will discuss the status of democracy around the world. Click here for more information.