About Us

Who We Are

The World Affairs Council of Connecticut (CTWAC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes greater awareness and dialogue on important global issues. With an emphasis on community engagement and collaboration, the Council creates experiences that explore critical global issues and promote a greater understanding of the world.

What We Do

The World Affairs Council of CT hosts programs and discussions on critical international issues that impact the local community and the world at large. The Council also works with Connecticut schools to provide programs for students and educators that increase awareness of our world and the challenges facing us as global citizens.

Our History

Founded in 1924, the Council is part of the World Affairs Councils of America, the largest international affairs non-profit in the United States. Since its creation, CTWAC has been engaged in a constant campaign to promote greater knowledge and understanding of international affairs among Connecticut residents. The Council has hosted many distinguished speakers, including: Dr. Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State; former President George H.W. Bush; Bill Richardson, former Ambassador to the United Nations; Mr. Ernesto Zedillo, former President of Mexico; General David Petraeus; and Nancy Pelosi, former Speaker of the House of Representatives.

World Affairs Councils of America

The World Affairs Council of CT is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America, a national association of over 90 nonprofit, nonpartisan, locally autonomous World Affairs Councils from coast to coast. It reaches over 20 million people each year through its 2,500 events and radio, TV, and school programs. Councils offer international exchanges, school programs, teachers’ workshops, foreign policy discussions, national opinion polling, travel programs, journals, newspaper columns, and local radio and television programs.

The national office organizes an annual conference, leadership missions overseas, a national speaker referral system, international speaker exchanges, people-to-people diplomacy missions, educational workshops, book tours, subscription discounts, operations workshops and papers, and a variety of national publications. It also runs nationwide program series, such as Congressional Town Meetings, World Bank Town Meetings, State Department Town meetings, and series focusing on specific issues and regions of the world.

The Nitty-Gritty

Articles of Incorporation