World Affairs Council of Seattle

World Affairs Council of Seattle

The World Affairs Council of Seattle is a non-profit, non-partisan international affairs organization based in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1951, it is one of four World Affairs Councils in Washington State and a member of the World Affairs Councils of America. Ian Moncaster, president and CEO since 2001, joined the Council in the middle of a career working with CARE and the Canadian government.


The Council presents over 140 programs annually, with leaders in politics, business, academics, and the arts. These events consist of lectures, discussion fora, and symposia aimed at implicating the greater Puget Sound area into discussion and dialogue on issues of critical international importance.

In addition to bringing speakers closer to the Seattle public, the World Affairs Council of Seattle runs an International Visitors Program which develops programs for emerging leaders from foreign countries selected by the United States Department of State.

The Seattle World Affairs Council also conducts a program aimed at educators called Global Classroom which develops more than 20 programs annually for teachers to better incorporate international understanding into the classrooms of high schools and junior highs throughout the Pacific Northwest region. [ [ "World Affairs Council"] ,, 10 March 2007]

Notable speakers

Notable speakers at World Affairs Council events include:
*John McCain
*Joseph Stiglitz
*Prince Turki Al Faisal
*Hans Blix
*Condoleezza Rice
*Dianne Feinstein
*George Soros
*Robert Gates
*Naomi Klein


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