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Become a Member - INDIVIDUAL OR COUPLE

The Board of Directors approved reduced dues for the second half of the 2019-2020 year. The second half will include 3 regular meetings. The dues for the second half are: $70 for an Individual and $140 for Couples. Full year memberships run from Fall to Spring, with a total of 6 events in each season. The dues for the 2019-2020 season of 6 meetings (September 2019 to June 2020) were established at $110 for an individual or $220 for couples (two persons living at the same address). The dues for members under 40 years of age are established at $55 for an individual or $110 for couples. 

You can use the online membership form to register. When complete, you can make dues payment with a credit card online. Alternatively, you can print your form to mail along with your check. 

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.

CLICK HERE TO BECOME A MEMBER.

BECOME A BUSINESS MEMBER

Business Members
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.

CLICK HERE TO BECOME A BUSINESS MEMBER

 



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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.

WACC postponed our Academic WorldQuest (AWQ) regional competition scheduled for March 14.  We are coordinating with appropriate school authorities to reschedule the AWQ.

We have cancelled the March 30th meeting.

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.

The World Affairs Council of Charleston will sponsor a local Academic WorldQuest™ competition in 2020!

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 was scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020 and be held at the Academic Magnet High School Media Center. It has been postponed.

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

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.
You can register a team online, just click here.

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.

 

 

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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.

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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!
MORRIS FINANCIAL CONCEPTS, INC
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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

 

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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.

 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.