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Become a Member
Whether you're a student, a business professional, or an individual with a keen interest in the news and the world around you, you'll discover the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia to be one of the best ways to fulfill those interests.
Meet world leaders and experts.
The Council is one of the top public policy forums in the nation and offers a diverse series of more than 30 substantive speaker events on a variety of topics each year.
Support the Next Generation.
The Council's nationally acclaimed world affairs youth education and development program has become a staple of the curriculum of major school districts in southern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and northern Delaware.
Travel the World.
When you travel with the Council, you won't just experience the vacation of a lifetime, you'll also meet political leaders and local experts who give behind-the-scenes views and briefings that make our trips unique.
Discover "The Whole Truth."
Half hour episodes of the Council's public television series, which tackles some of the weightiest public affairs issues of our time, focus on global and long-term issues.
2019 Summer Global Leadership Seminar
The 2019 Summer Global Leadership Seminar is a week-long summer program for high school students titled "The Rise of Political Populism". Students will explore this complex and fascinating topic and will hear from experts, policymakers and academic on the global rise of populism. Students will engage in debates, activities and a culminating trip to Washington D.C. throughout the week.
The Empire Strikes Back: The 21st Century Resurgence of the ‘Strongman’
Dr. George Soroka of Harvard University; Dr. Ely Ratnor, Center for a New American Security; Sarah Repucci of Freedom House; and Thor Halvorssen of Human Rights Foundation discuss the global rise of authoritarianism, the future of the rule of law, and the protection of individual human rights around the world.
The Council in the News
It was a terrific week with many excellent speakers. I think it was the best IDC I’ve attended and I’ve been going since 2010. Thanks for putting together such a great week. Everything appeared to go off without a hitch, at least from the attendees' point of view. The clouds even parted and the rain stopped when the group arrived at the Taipei representatives office... I look forward to next year.
On behalf of Bishop Shanahan High School's World Affairs Club students and myself, I would like to thank you for the opportunity that you provided us [to attend an event with Secretary Janet Napolitano]. As always the event was amazing. The chatter in the van on the drive home sealed the testimony--tiny screens and texts were no match for the impact of Madame Secretary Janet Napolitano on teens (and their teacher).
"[The Whole Truth is]…a refreshingly thoughtful look at the challenges facing our country and the world. No shouting, no talking over each other; just respectful debate and discussion.”
“When traveling abroad, we like to get the real ‘feel’ of the country through sight, sounds & smells. This trip accomplished all spades! History, architecture, political atmosphere, social situations and seeing the standard of living up close and personal. The music and spirit of the people can only truly be appreciated by being in the country. Many thanks for a wonderful experience!”
“[The Whole Truth brings the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia’s] lecture and discussion series, considered to be a jewel on the political and diplomatic circuit, to a wider audience, one that did not have to be present in a Philadelphia auditorium to partake or participate in often probing debates.”
“This tour was wonderful! Our Cuban guide was one of the best! She knew a lot of history as well as current issues.”
“The Game Drives were the highlight of this trip. Seeing the large animals in their natural habitats was just spectacular!”