Maintaining an Active Voice in World Affairs

​Promote global identity in the Upstate. Sustain international engagement in our region. Get involved in leading intellectual discussions on critical issues facing the world. At World Affairs Council Upstate, we are participants in shaping a global tomorrow. Join us in fostering a broad perspective of our ever increasing inter-dependent world by sponsoring, donating, or becoming a member of World Affairs Council Upstate.

Dedicated to fostering a deep understanding of global affairs and cultures, and supported by individuals and businesses, Upstate International engages globally-minded South Carolinians directly with each other and with elected officials, civic leaders, and professionals from around the world. Upstate International works with partner organizations to reach all generations and sectors and is always looking to enhance those partnerships and collaborations.

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“The World Affairs Councils of America is the largest nonprofit  grassroots organization in the United States dedicated to educating and engaging Americans on global issues with nearly 100 councils across 40 states reaching more than half a million people a year.” Learn more at www.worldaffairscouncils.org.

World Affairs Council Upstate Events

Every year, the nation-wide network of World Affairs Councils collectively conducts more than 1200 programs in communities and cities across the nation. Each council sets is own calendar and programs. The WACA offers a number of programs every year, including our annual National Conference, national program series, Leadership Missions, and special programs. It also acts as a distribution center for five national flagship programs: Academic WorldQuest, It’s Your World!, Great Decisions, Travel the World, and World in Transition.

Upcoming 2019 WACU events:

America and the World Monthly Lecture Series

  • Remaining Topics for the 2018-2019 series:
    • Wednesday, January 16: EU Minus the UK: The European Union in the Post-Brexit Era, presented by Dr. Brent nelson.
    • Wednesday, February 20: Challenges for the Middle East, presented by Dr. Buket Oztas.
    • Wednesday, March 20: The Israeli – Palestinian Conflict, presented by Dr. Akan Malici.

Upcoming Distinguished Speaker Events: 

  • Monday, April 8 –  The Trump Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.  Hosted by World Affairs Council Upstate and Furman University’s Department of Politics and International Affairs.   Come to a discussion of the utmost importance led by Nathan Stock, of the Middle East Institute, and Lara Friedman, of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, along with Professor Akan Malici.
  • Tuesday, April 23 –  Global Fluency 2.0,  Workshop and Panel Discussion for Business. The World Affairs Council Upstate in partnership with Upstate SC Alliance invite you to a half-day training session designed to develop strong and effective cross-cultural business skills.  The current global economy calls for employees to possess the necessary skills to interact effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds. Knowing how to market in an appropriate context, negotiate and not alienate, forge trust and successfully communicate are keys to success. This workshop provides participants with the tools to be more fluent in any global business setting with a focus on the differences between Germany and France, and China and Japan.  Click here for details
  •  More events being planned for Summer and Fall:
    • America and Cuba.  After the Obama thaw, is President Trump returning U.S.-Cuban relations to the chilly days of the Cold War?  Will Cuba be our friend or foe? The World Affairs Council Upstate (WACU), continues its Distinguished Speaker Series with Ambassador Vicki Huddleston, an expert on U.S. – Cuban relations.  Ambassador Vicki Huddleston, retired career Senior Foreign Service officer, spent years navigating the complicated relationship between the U.S. and Cuba as the Deputy Director of Cuban Affairs for the Department of State. Her presentation Overcoming the Ghost of Fidel Castro: A New Approach to Cuba is timely and relevant. Join us for a seated dinner, the Ambassador’s presentation, plenty of time for Q&A, and networking.
    • Doing Business with Ireland. World Affairs Council Upstate, in partnership with Upstate SC Alliance, is pleased to present Shane Stephens, Irish Consul General in Atlanta, for a presentation, Q&A, and light breakfast.
    • Doing Business with Germany.  Meet and discuss doing business in Germany with Dr. Heike Fuller, German Consul General in Atlanta (and/or the Ambassador to Germany) over breakfast at the BMW Zentrum Center.

Join The World Affairs Council Upstate 

Join us in educating ourselves on, and promoting a global perspective in, our increasingly inter-dependent world by becoming a member of WACU.

WACU Memberships:

  • Individual Membership: $100.
  • Family Membership $125.
  • Corporate Business Memberships at various levels.  Contact Tracie Frese to find the right fit for your organization. Email her at [email protected]

WACU Benefits:

  • Free admission or discounts on events and programs
  • Automatic membership in Upstate International
  • Publication discounts, including: Foreign Affairs (30% off), Foreign Policy (40% off), The Economist (10% off), The New Yorker (80% off), Harper’s Magazine (38% off), Brookings Institution (20% off books) and World Policy Journal (20% off).
  • Access to World Affairs of Council of America (WACA) Resources: WACA Leadership Network; Discussion Boards, Resource Materials, Authors, Events, and Programming
  • WACA Weekly Digest with updates from around the WACA National Network, including attendance and virtual participation opportunities in programs and discussions with U.S. and international leaders, as well as access to a virtual library of renowned speakers and special events.

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Engage Opportunities with World Affairs Councils of America

Cover to Cover is a monthly program featuring the most influential authors on subjects of national and international importance.

Offered as a benefit to all current WACA Member Councils, Cover to Cover conference calls are opportunities for Council leaders, members, and supporters to engage with esteemed authors on critical issues. Cover to Cover authors often welcome invitations to speak at Councils. In short, the WACA National Office covers a topic with an expert so that Councils may discover a speaker and cover the topic in even greater depth in their own communities, spearheading a national conversation.

WACA Podcasts feature the most influential authors and experts on subjects of national and international importance. Moderated by WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford.

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KNOW NOW Conference Call Series

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to present the Know Now conference call series. These calls will feature global thought leaders hosted by WACA as well as local authorities in government, business, academia and cultural fields who are identified and moderated by local Councils, using our national conference call platform to bring local and national issues of global dimensions to our network.

Leadership Missions

For more than two decades, the World Affairs Councils of America has been invited to bring small delegations of council leaders to learn about a host country.  A leadership mission is an overseas fact-finding visit to a city, country, or international organization by a national leadership delegation of the World Affairs Council movement.

WACU Steering Committee