What is a World Affairs Council?

We are proud to be the newest member of the WACA national network! Until WACNJ’s founding in 2019, we were the most populous state in the country not to have a council of its own.

World Affairs Councils of America is a national network of roughly 90 member councils across 42 states. Member councils bring programs to high-school students, C-suites, college campuses, town halls, and other community gatherings. They also facilitate educational exchanges and partner with their state’s business communities.

As the world grows more interdependent, our ability to understand global affairs and assess US foreign policy decisions is more important than ever. Our goal at the World Affairs Council of New Jersey is to strengthen public dialogue on global affairs in our state by expanding access to world-class experts, making connections between events abroad and local communities, building capacity for community education, and fostering exchanges with international visitors.

We stage independent, informative, and thought-provoking programs across NJ communities using a variety of engaging formats: keynote speaker events, participatory town halls, moderated small-group discussions, school-focused activities, professional networking opportunities, and online tools and resources, among others. It is not our goal to achieve political or intellectual consensus on a set of prescribed policy issues, but rather to foster an engaged and informed citizenry - the most fundamental step to ensuring a positive future for our democracy in a globalizing world.

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization incorporated in New Jersey. We are excited to bring our state — which is already global in so many ways — into the national conversation on global affairs.