Info for High Schools

Academic WorldQuest™, a flagship WACA program in its 21st year in the 2022-2023 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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2023 Academic WorldQuest National Competition

The Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2022-2023 Academic WorldQuest National Competition is scheduled for April 28-29, 2023. Please check back regularly for announcements, updates, and resources.

2022-2023 Academic WorldQuest Topics

Securing the Future of the World's Wildlidfe

The Arctic Council: Frozen Cooperation

Atrocity Prevention and Accountability

Combating Global Food Insecurity

Economic Sanctions - A Double-Edged Sword

Great Decisions

  • Changing Demographics
  • Outer Space
  • Climate Change
  • Russia and the U.S.
  • Myanmar and ASEAN
  • Quad Alliance
  • Drug Policy in Latin America
  • Industrial Policy
  • Biden's Agenda

Country in Focus: Ethiopia

The Future of Supply Chains

Battle of the Century: Autocracy vs. Democracy

Current Events


2022 Academic WorldQuest National Competition

On April 30, 2022, the World Affairs Councils of America hosted the 20th anniversary Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition! We congratulate all competing students for their accomplishments and making it to nationals.

Congratulations to Keystone School (TX), Plano West High School (TX), and Palm Desert High School (CA) for their top three placements.




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.

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