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Become a Member of WACC!

New members are welcome! Currently WACC programs consists primarily of webinars, podcasts, and Great Decisions. These programs will be conducted in a virtual environment for members participation.

WACC dues primarily fund the expenses associated with the six evening meetings - the speakers, the venue, and the refreshments.  With no evening programs planned at this time, new member dues for the 2020-2021 year are significantly lower than in previous years. New member annual dues are set for the 2020-2021 year at $35 for an individual membership and $70 for a couple membership.

WACC 2019-2020 members will have their membership extended to June 30, 2021. There is no need for 2019-2020 members to renew their membership. There will be no dues assessed to those members. Dues consideration after the end of the WACC fiscal year (June 30, 2021) will be revisited in April 2021. There are funds available from the 2019-2020 budget that can sustain WACC obligations until decisions on resuming “normal programming” can be made.

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The new Business membership runs from Fall to Spring, with a total of 6 events in each season. The dues for the 2020-2021 season (September 2020 to June 2021) 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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Due to the COVID-19 virus, all WACC 'in-person’ events (evening programs, dinner, luncheons) have been cancelled until further notice. The WACC Board of Directors is closely monitoring the situation and will keep WACC members advised on ‘reopening plans.’


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.


Colonel Harrington and Cadet Joseph Field

The Harrington Award is WACC's highest form of recognition. Given the man whom it honors, it is not bestowed lightly.  The Award 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 won the Navy Cross, the nation’s second highest medal for valor in combat during the battle for Hue in the Vietnam war.  He served in Australia, England, Japan, and Lebanon before returning to teach at his alma mater as professor of naval science.  Thereafter, he was headmaster of Trident Academy, nationally known for his dedication to students with learning disabilities.  He is active in a wide range of civic organizations, including those working with veterans. Col. Harrington is Chair of the Board of Visitors of the Citadel which bestowed its highest honor, the Palmetto Medal Award on him.  He is also a former president of the Charleston Foreign Affairs Forum, predecessor to the World Affairs Council, and was on our board for several years.  

It is with these distinctions very much in mind that every year we in the Council request The Citadel to identify a Cadet  who has distinguished him or herself in international studies as worthy of the Harrington Award.  We don’t think that Dr. Dubose Kapeluck, Chair of the Political Science and Criminal Justice Department, had any difficulty in identifying Cadet Joseph Field from Bettendorf, Iowa. His record speaks for itself.  We thank Dr.  Kapeluck for his support of the World Affairs Council commitment to this award.   

It is especially fitting that Cadet Field is the Harrington Award recipient for 2021 as he will very soon be commissioned as a Marine Corps officer, thereby following Col. Harrington’s distinguished precedent and example. On behalf of the World Affairs Council of Charleston, we extend our heartiest congratulations to Cadet Field.  

Indeed, Joe Field’s commitment to the Marine Corps has been an integral part of his Citadel experience. He is presently Company Commander of the Marine Naval ROTC Unit, having earlier been Company First Sergeant responsible for the well-being of all 120 Cadets in Victor Company, and Company Gunnery Sergeant. He created, oversaw and executed the physical training plan for the Marine Corps Unit at The Citadel.  Other accomplishments include service as Operations Manager of the Semper Fi Society and Club President of the Young Americans for Liberty at The Citadel. 

His academic excellence is no less outstanding, majoring in Political Science, international relations, and Foreign Military Relations. He is a Member of the Citadel’s Honor Program, on the Dean’s list for four consecutive years, and the recipient of the Military Order of the World Wars Award of Merit which is presented to one member of a year’s class for each branch of service.

We are pleased that the World Affairs Council of Charleston’s Col. Myron C. Harrington Award goes to such an outstanding recipient.     

Col. Harrington presented the 2021 award bearing his name, and Dr. Jack Porter presented our specially selected book, to Cadet Joseph Field.     


The World Affairs Council of Charleston has prepared a social media guide for members and guests to learn about WACC's social media platforms - our website, our Facebook page and our new LinkedIn page. The guide includes instructions to access the different media as well what is contained in each. View Social Media Guide Here!

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The World Affairs Council of Charleston and Academic WorldQuest™ !


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 is proud to congratulate Academic Magnet High School for the success of two teams in the 2021 Academic WorldQuest National Competition, held virtually on April 17, 2021. Both teams advanced to the national competition because of their success in the Charlotte, NC regional competition which took place virtually on March 24th, 2021.

The student team which scored 2nd on the March 24th competition of 14 schools included Briggs Murray, Angela Mei, Kabir Zaman, and Burton McCulley.

The student team which scored 9th place nationally on April 17th included Caroline Tiller, Lily Skinner, Paisley Hodges, and Finlay Palmer.

The teacher/coach, Kimberly Zerbst from Academic Magnet High School continued this extracurricular activity in the 2020-2021 academic year when she recognized the enthusiasm of her students for this endeavor. The 2019-2020 local and national competitions were abruptly canceled due to the pandemic closures in March 2020.    

Academic WorldQuest has been held for 19 years in Washington DC. It is the flagship youth education program of the World Affairs Councils of America. The program tests students’ knowledge of international relations, current affairs, and foreign policy issues. 105 teams from across the nation competed this year.

Topics for the 2021 competition are below. The students started preparing for the competition in November 2020.
1. Global Protests
2. Shifting Sands: The Arab Spring 10 Years On
3. International Labour Organization (ILO)
4. The U.S. Foreign Service in the 21st Century
5. Great Decisions
6. Country in Focus: Uzbekistan
7. Exploring Peace in a World of Conflict
8. Fraying Alliances
9. Looking to a Post-Pandemic Economy
10. Current Events

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.



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




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


===============================Jim Melville and Tim Johnson of the College of Charleston with Ken Fox and George Pope of WACC thank Rachel Holley, CofC Senior for her Internship with WACC.


Cadet Joseph Field is the 2021 Colonel Myron C Harrington Award Winner!


Ken Fox, WACC VP and David Neff, Head of the WACC education Committee were invited by new WACC board member Stephanie LeVan to meet the president of Charleston Southern University, Dr. Dondi Costin, on April 1, 2021. Stephanie also gave Ken and Dave a tour of the campus. 

International Business Luncheon

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.


The WACC has started a partnership with the Political Science Department at The Citadel which will sponsor a WACC student intern. The part-time internship includes helping the WACC with marketing, implementing and managing various programs, and writing a term paper relating to a relevant international topic of interest. This program will provide an opportunity for our intern to work with "real world" aspects of organizing and managing an active and progressive international affairs civic organization. 

Ken Fox giving the WACC thank you letter to Intern Wes Hayes.