Member Benefits


Welcome to the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council!  You are part of a community that shares your interest in culture, world affairs, foreign policy, and how it affects the United States.  Membership offers the opportunity to engage the experts, get behind the headlines in discussion with policymakers, journalists, business and military leaders, scholars, and authors.  You will meet others with a global perspective in a stimulating, non-partisan environment.

We have a wide variety of programs and benefits to meet all interests and needs.  You may enjoy speaker series program, members only groups, dinners with visitors from other parts of the world, travel opportunities, discounted access to leading publications, and much more!   We hope this guide will help you access the opportunities that come with your membership.  Please visit our web site ( for current information on particular programs. Questions and comments are always appreciated.  We hope you enjoy your associations and profit from being a member.  Welcome!

Discounts on Speaker Series Programs

The Colorado Springs World Affairs Council holds regular speaker programs with renowned experts at the forefront of policy making and scholarship.  Our monthly events feature distinguished authors, international thought leaders, and policymakers with expertise and experience on the most pressing global issues.   You will have the opportunity to get “behind the headlines” on important current issues in international affairs.…and an opportunity for you to engage with the experts directly.

As a member, you are entitled to the members discounted rate to the speaker series programs.  Our premium member levels also offer a limited number of free events.

Members Only Programs

Book Club

Members-only group that explores non-fiction and fiction books relating to current topics of interest and books authored by CSWAC speakers.  The structure is a monthly potluck dinner hosted at the homes of Book Club members, with a Book Club member moderating the discussion for each book.

Great Decisions

From the Foreign Policy Association, Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs.  The program uses a Briefing Book, DVD and group meeting to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.  There is no charge, but participants must purchase a Briefing Book and be a member of CSWAC.

World Affairs Council Colleagues

This group meets monthly to participate in discussion of international relations issues. The topic is announced prior to the meeting and asks volunteers from within the group or an invited presenter to lead the discussion.  The Colleagues meet at a local restaurant and share lunch from a fixed menu, Dutch treat.

World Dinners

The Colorado Springs World Affairs Council is one of more than 90 community-based organizations in the country that provides assistance to international visitors brought to the United States under the U.S. Department of State’s prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

Our international guests want to share an authentic American meal in an American household. During their visit to the United States these guests are in formal meetings throughout the week; unwind with them at the dinner table.

Having guests in our home in Colorado Springs is such a great way to expand our friendships and our awareness and knowledge of other parts of the world. This people-to-people approach to international relations is the most important way we can be an active part of this world that we all share. 

Janet Foerster, World Dinner Host

What better way to share and learn about culture than over a meal?

Discounts on Publications

Members are entitled to discounts on these great publications. Contact us for access codes and/or dedicated links.

Brookings Institution: 20% off any full-price book
The Economist: $12 for 12-week introductory offer, after which WACA members receive a 10% discount on annual subscriptions
Foreign Affairs: $28 per year for Foreign Affairs Plus (includes digital and print editions) or $22 per year for digital or print subscriptions (30% off regular subscription price)
Foreign Policy: $71.99 for annual subscription or $5.99 per month (40% off regular subscription price)
Foreign Service Journal: $30 per year (40% off regular subscription price) for all issues, which are available in digital and print
Harper’s Magazine: $10.50 per year for 12 issues (38% off regular subscription price)
The New Yorker: $69.99 per year for 47 issues
PRISM: Since 2014, WACA has made PRISM, the journal of complex operations published at National Defense University, available to Councils and their members
Stratfor Worldview: $99 for one-year subscription, or $19 for a monthly subscription
World Policy Journal: 20% off annual subscription.

Travel Opportunities

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Travel the World Series

The Colorado Springs World Affairs Council offers travel opportunities in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, which organizes the Travel the World trips for the national association of Councils.  If you enjoy traveling on unique tours to fascinating destinations and having access to political experts and local guides who give behind the scenes views and briefings, then you’ll quickly discover why traveling with this program is so special.

Because of our reputation as one of the nation’s leading forums, the Council has established connections around the globe that allow us to offer members access that they can’t get when traveling alone or on other tours.  Travel leaders are drawn from across the World Affairs Councils of America leadership, and experts from the fields of diplomacy, journalism, or academia accompany some tours as lecturers, thereby providing added value to the experience.

National Conference

World Affairs Councils of America

Members may attend the annual World Affairs Councils of America National Conference, held in Washington DC.  The annual WACA Conference, taking place every autumn in our nation’s capital, brings World Affairs Council leaders and members together with top government officials, diplomats, business executives, innovators, journalists, experts, educators, students and interested citizens to convene and engage on the most pressing global issues and policy choices impacting our lives.

The benefits to attending the premier three-day world affairs event – in its fourth decade – include:

  • Expert opinions, timely insights, and audience dialogue about the United States’ role in the world
  • Access to extraordinary speakers, thought leaders, and ambassadors available for local Council programming
  • Bipartisan, diverse, and inclusive perspectives on the issues
  • Visits to think tanks and embassies; networking receptions and dinners
  • Professional development, leadership training, mentoring, and peer-to-peer networking
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