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Webinar on Wednesday, July 1 at 4:00pm!

WACC Board member Jon Gundersen discussed the National Security Council. Click here to view the webinar.




Due to the current pandemic, the World Affairs Council of Charleston has suspended dues for the remainder of the 2020-year. There are no dues established at this time for the 2020-2021 year. There are funds available from the 2019-2020 budget that can sustain WACC obligations until decisions on resuming “normal programming” can be made. Current WACC programs will consist of webinars and podcasts which can be accessed by anyone through the WACC website -  www.waccharleston.org.



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Morris Financial Concepts Inc
SunTrust Bank
K&L Gates LLP

The new Business membership runs from Fall to Spring, with a total of 6 events in each season. The dues for the 2019-2020 season (September 2019 to June 2020) are established at $350 with the fexibility allowing any two people (either directly or indirectly associated with the company) to attend each of the 6 meetings.



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The WACC Executive Committee continues to monitor developments and supports social distancing recommendations from the national level. These indicate that meetings should be cancelled and aggressive containment measures taken to avoid further spread of this virus.  These recommendations are broadly available to everyone on c-span, TV newscasts, and print media. In view of considerable uncertainty and rapidly changing circumstances, an abundance of caution is warranted.

The WACC Executive Committee will keep WACC members advised on upcoming WACC events. We recommend consulting official state government and media sources for current developments and continuing to practice good hygienic measures.

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.

Col. Myron C. Harrington Award

Col. Harrington and Lt. Niehoff

Each year, a high point for the World Affairs Council of Charleston (WACC) is our presentation of the Col. Myron C. Harrington Award to an outstanding Cadet at the Citadel. The Harrington Award, the WACC’s highest form of recognition, is named for Col. Myron C. Harrington, a Citadel graduate whose military career exemplified the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps and whose civilian contributions are equally distinguished. He is a former president of the Charleston Foreign Affairs Forum, predecessor to the WACC and was on our board for several years.  

For many years, thanks to the early leadership of Mr. John Settle, CresCom Bank, together with several individual donors, have joined to make the Harrington Award possible. We thank them for their support. 

Each year, the WACC requests The Citadel to identify a Cadet who has distinguished him or herself in international studies.  This year, Dr. Dubose Kapeluck, Chair of the Political Science Department identified Cadet Adam Niehoff from Wantage, New Jersey.

Lt. Niehoff is a Marine Naval ROTC scholarship winner, has studied at the Marine Corps Officer Training School and trained with a Marine infantry company in Quantico, Virginia.  Here at the Citadel, he served as a Battalion Commander, commanding 400 cadets.

His academic excellence is no less outstanding, ranking on the Dean’s List, the President’s List and Commandant’s List. He is the recipient of three academic scholarships. He has devoted special effort to studying German and is a member of the German National Honors Society and given much time to campus outreach activities.     

On May 11, Adam Niehoff, this year’s Harrington Award recipient, was commissioned as a Marine officer, thereby following Col. Harrington’s distinguished precedent and example.

The World Affairs Council of Charleston will sponsor a local Academic WorldQuest™ competition each year!

Academic WorldQuest™ (AWQ) is the World Affairs Councils of America’s flagship youth education program. It 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. Academic WorldQuest™ engages more than 4,000 high school students annually to test their knowledge of global issues and foreign policy in competitions across the country. 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 World Affairs Council of Charleston (WACC) invites local high schools to enter four-person teams for the competition. The competition will be held in March or April of each year

Topics for the 2020 competition are:
1. U.S.-Russia Relations
2. Country in Focus: South Korea
3. Preventing Extremism in Fragile States
4. Oceans: The World's Garbage Dump
5. Great Decisions
6. Brexit and the EU
7. China's Belt & Road Initiative
8. Germany: 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall
9. Qatar and the Future of the Gulf Cooperation Council
10. Current Events

A practice competition was held in February at the Academic Magnet High School. Four teams competed. Since the actual competition was cancelled, it was decided to award the winning team at the practice with our first year trophy. The winning team was from Academic Magnet.


For more information on the AWQ program click here. For questions regarding WACC’s local program send an email to [email protected] or call 843 860 2502.

AWQ funding is not included in present WACC revenues. Sponsors and donations are being requested to support AWQ expenses. If you would like to donate to support AWQ, click on the below 'To Donate' button.


The World Affairs Council of Charleston (WACC) is an affiliate of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) and actively particpates 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 Newsletters and Weekly Alerts. 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 - https://www.worldaffairscouncils.org. You will find the newsletters and updates very interesting and informative.


Welcome to WACC Podcasts!

The World Affairs Council of Charleston is now producing podcasts. The podcasts include WACC meetings, interviews, special talks and more. It is easy to access the WACC podcasts. Just Click Here to See WACC Podcasts! Let us know what you think. We welcome any comments or suggestions.


Thanks to our WACC Podcast sponsor!



See WACC Videos

In 2018 WACC sponsored two special dinner meetings. Both dinner talks were video taped. The videos are available for viewing. Just click below to view the video you want to see.

Luis Rubio Talk on Mexico's Complex Democracy on January 31, 2018 Click Here
Larry Diamond Talk on the Global Liberal Democratic Order on October 1, 2018 Click Here



Meeting location: the citadel Alumni center for 2019-2020 meetings

We will meet at the Citadel Holliday Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Ave. for the 2018-2019 year. The meeting will start at 6:00pm with refreshments being served at 5:15pm.


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.













Click here to access the World Affairs Councils of America newsletters.



The WACC has started a partnership with the Political Science Department at The Citadel in terms of sponsoring student interns for the WACC. The part-time internship includes helping the WACC with marketing, implementing various programs and writing a term paper relating to a relevant international topic of interest. Following the September 12, 2019 business luncheon program on 'The Economic Vitality of India', we decided to have our intern write a paper on Kashmir, India, a disputed area of historical importance. This is our first of planned such papers to provide additional learning and insight for WACC members and those interested in such international topics. Click here to read the paper on Kashmir, India by Victoria Smith


On Februay 26th over 60 WACC members and guests attended a business luncheon featuring the German company, KION North America, headquartered in Summerville, SC. Mr Daniel Schlegel, Vice President of Operations, presented a history and update on this fascinating company. The luncheon was held at Halls Signature Events in downtown Charleston.

Dr. Andrew Hsu, College of Charleston President, Dinner

Over 90 WACC members and guests attended the dinner with Dr. Hsu on January 9th at the Citadel Alumni Center. Dr. Hsu  shared his journey from China to the US, his reasons for accepting the College of Charleston Presidency, and his thoughts about the history of China and China today. Dr. Sally Selden, Provost and Dean of the College at The Citadel, introduced Dr. Hsu.