Academic WorldQuestâ„¢

The World Affairs Councils of America’s flagship youth education program 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.

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2021 National Competition

2020-2021 AWQ Councils, Teams, and Rankings
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Some 50 World Affairs Councils hold local Academic WorldQuest (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 Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition is made possible by sponsors and sustained by our AWQ Endowment. To become a sponsor, please contact WACA by phone at 202-833-4557 or email

2021 Academic WorldQuest National Competition

The Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2021 Academic WorldQuest National Competition took part on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at 1:30 - 5:30 PM ET. More than 400 students from 38 Councils came together to compete in this year's 19th annual Academic WorldQuest National Competition! Congratulations to all of the teams who participated. 

Congratulations to this year's winners:

  • First Place: Plano West High School (Team 2) – World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Second Place: Allen High School – World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Third Place: Rampart High School – Colorado Springs World Affairs Council

Watch the AWQ 2021 USIP Keynote and announcement of the winning teams!


AWQ 2021 in the News:


2020-2021 AWQ Topics

  • Global Protests
  • Shifting Sands: The Arab Spring 10 Years On
  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • The U.S. Foreign Service in the 21st Century
  • Great DecisionsCountry in Focus: Uzbekistan
    • Climate Change and the Global Order
    • India and Pakistan
    • Rea Sea Security
    • Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
    • U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle
    • China’s Road into Latin America
    • The Philippines and the U.S.
    • Artificial Intelligence and Data
  • Exploring Peace in a World of Conflict
  • Fraying Alliances
  • Looking to a Post-Pandemic Economy
  • Current Events


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