AFFILIATE WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCILS AND NETWORKS
We are a proud member of two networks designed to connect world affairs councils and international visitor councils. Read more about our partners below and visit their websites for additional information.
THE WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCILS OF AMERICA
The World Affairs Councils of America (or WACA) is the largest non-profit grassroots organization in the United States dedicated to educating and engaging Americans on global issues with nearly 100 councils across 40 states reaching more than half a million people a year. The World Affairs Councils of America has a long and storied history that stretches back some 90 years. Two groups, the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) and the World Affairs Councils worked together in the same organizational system from 1918 until the early 1950s. The FPA was begun in the spring of 1918 by a small group of individuals who worked with President Woodrow Wilson and included journalist and social reformer Paul Kellogg, who also served as FPA’s first president. The founding members were concerned that at the end of World War I, Americans would choose an isolationist foreign policy over one of engagement and worked to nurture grassroots citizen involvement in international affairs. By 1947, these two groups operated as a national organization that was composed of a network of independent community councils.
Online at The World Affairs Councils of America.
GLOBAL TIES U.S.
Founded in 1961, Global Ties U.S. (formerly the National Council for International Visitors) and its member organizations have served as private sector partners to the U.S. Department of State’s prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). World leaders, ranging from former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to Mexico’s former president Felipe Calderón, developed close ties to the United States through their experience as IVLP participants. With an impressive alumni roster of more than 350 current and former heads of state worldwide, the IVLP and members of the Global Ties network have played a role in shaping U.S. international relations for decades. For over 50 years, Global Ties U.S. has been making these kinds of connections possible. As a nonprofit partner of the U.S. Department of State, Global Ties U.S. sustains a network that coordinates international exchange programs and brings current and future leaders from around the world to communities throughout the United States. They provide member organizations—from large, national organizations to smaller, community-based ones across 44 states and 13 countries—with connections, leadership development, and professional resources, so that they are the strongest, most effective organizations they can be.
Online at Global Ties U.S..