WACA National Conference

2021 National Conference

Save the Date! November 17 - 19, 2021


2020 National Conference




Registration is open for WACA's virtual 2020 National ConferenceNew Frontiers in Diplomacy and National Security on November 16-20. We will present 20+ livestream sessions throughout the week - keynote conversations, exclusive think tank briefings, Council of the Year award programs, and professional leadership development workshops!


Pricing Information


Special Revenue-Sharing Opportunity for Councils

  • For Councils that generate 6 or more paid tickets (non-student), WACA will return 10% of those ticket sales back to the Council. Council CEO and staff tickets count toward the six tickets.

  • For Councils that generate 10 or more paid tickets (non-student), WACA will return 20% of those ticket sales back to the Council. Council CEO and staff tickets count toward the ten tickets.





2019 National Conference

The WACA 2019 National Conference: The 8 Forces Reshaping the Global Economy was held November 6-8, 2019 at The Mayflower Hotel Washington, DC. Please visit the official 2019 National Conference website to view the official agenda and learn about Conference speakers and sessions.
Watch the Conference recap video!
Click here to watch video recordings of the 2019 National Conference
Click here to view photos from the 2019 National Conference - you may just see yourself!

The annual WACA Conference, taking place every autumn in our nation's capital, brings World Affairs Council leaders and members together with top government officials, diplomats, business executives, innovators, journalists, experts, educators, students, and interested citizens to convene and engage on the most pressing global issues and policy choices impacting our lives.

The benefits to attending the premier three-day world affairs event - in its fourth decade - include:

  • Expert opinions, timely insights, and audience dialogue about the United States' role in the world
  • Access to extraordinary speakers, thought leaders, and ambassadors available for local Council programming
  • Bipartisan, diverse, and inclusive perspectives on the issues
  • Visits to think tanks and embassies; networking receptions and dinners
  • Professional development, leadership training, mentoring, and peer-to-peer networking

2019 Conference Sessions

Tuesday, November 5

  • 1918 Society Dinner: American Foreign Policy in a Shifting World Order

Wednesday, November 6

  • Ambassadors Luncheon: 30 Years On: The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Global Order; Award: WACA's Inaugural International Service Award presented to The Honorabel James A. Baker, III
  • Think Tank Off-Site Briefings
  • Student Scholars & Young Professionals Reception
  • Annual Membership Meeting
  • Awards Dinner and Keynote Program: AI: How We Will Learn, Work, and Live With Dignity; Awards: 2019 WACA Chairman's Individual Award presented to Lise Falskow, President and CEO of Alaska World Affairs Council, and 2019 Council of the Year presented to the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth (President and CEO James Falk accepted); A Touch of Sicily: Performance by Sicilian composer and pianist Corrado Neri

Thursday, November 7

  • Global Ties U.S. Members Meeting
  • Trade and the EU
  • The SHE Economy
  • The Corporation and the Future of Capitalism
  • Great Decisions Luncheon: China's Grand Strategy
  • Climate Change and Food Insecurity
  • The Economics of Disinformation
  • Chinese Embassy Reception: 40 Years of China-U.S. Diplomatic Relations

Friday, November 8

  • Are We Entering an Illiberal Era? The Challenge to Liberal Democracy
  • Leadership Day Professional Workshops

2019 Conference Speakers







2019 Think Tank Off-site Briefings



Click here to watch video recordings of the 2018 National Conference.

Click here to watch video recordings of the 2017 National Conference.

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