Info for High Schools

Academic WorldQuest™, a flagship WACA program in its 19th year in the 2020-2021 season, is a fun, friendly, and powerful way for high school students to learn about international affairs. Nearly 5,000 students compete in AWQ contests organized by 50 World Affairs Councils hosts in their states. Prepare yourselves for the increasingly interconnected and complex world of the 21st century and show what you know!

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2021 Academic WorldQuest National Competition

The Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2021 Academic WorldQuest National Competition is scheduled for April 29-30, 2022. Please check back regularly for announcements, updates, and resources.

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Purpose

Preparing the next generation of leaders, scholars, and decision-makers to thrive in a rapidly changing world - where our national interests are intertwined with the global community - is one of the greatest challenges facing our country. It requires a renewed enthusiasm for global studies in our high schools. Too many American students today fall behind their counterparts from other countries in their knowledge and understanding of world history, geography, and current international events. The mission of Academic WorldQuest is to close the gap.

AWQ Study Guide and Topics

The World Affairs Councils of America’s AWQ Official Study Guide is the primary resource to help students and teachers prepare for the topics covered in the timed question-and-answer AWQ competitions hosted by local Councils. Councils may adapt these topics to align with their local programming initiatives. 

The AWQ Study Guide is also an essential resource for the Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition, hosted by WACA every April in Washington, DC.

Winning teams are invited to represent their high school, city, and local Council at the national AWQ championship weekend, which includes the competition, unique programming planned to enhance the global education experience, and an opportunity to meet and engage with approximately 250 like-minded peers from around the United States.

The AWQ Official Study Guide will be released in the coming weeks. Make sure to subscribe to our mailing list so you never miss an update!

2021-2022 AWQ Topics

  • Where Climate and Migration Meet
  • Afghanistan: End of the 20-Year U.S.-Led Intervention
  • Human-Centered Agenda to the Future of Work
  • CDC and the Global Health Agenda
  • Technology and Democracy: Threat or Promise?
  • Great Decisions
    • Global Supply Chains and National Security
    • Persian Gulf Security Issues
    • Brexit and the European Union
    • Struggles Over the Melting Arctic
    • China’s Role in Africa
    • The Korean Peninsula
    • Roles of International Organizations in a Global Pandemic
    • The End of Globalization?
  • 21st Century Money: Dollars to Digital Currencies
  • Working for Peace Through Legacies of War: The Case of Vietnam
  • Insecurity in China’s Neighborhood
  • Current Events

                           

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