Welcome to the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council!  When you join, you become 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, gain first-hand knowledge 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.  We hope this guide will help you access the opportunities that come with your membership.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We hope you enjoy your associations and profit from being a member.


Go "Behind the Headlines" with Our Expert Speakers

As a member you'll have the opportunity to learn from renowned experts at the forefront of policy making and scholarship through our Speaker Series Programs. Our monthly events feature distinguished authors, international thought leaders, and policymakers with expertise and experience on the most pressing global issues. You'll gain insider insight on important current topics in international affairs.…and an opportunity to engage with the experts directly.

To see our upcoming topics, visit our event calendar.


As a member, you'll enjoy our speaker series at the discounted member rate. When you join as a premium member, you'll receive a number of free events.

Participate in Members Only Discussion Groups


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.

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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.

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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.

Save on Magazine Subscriptions and Books


$12 for 12-week introductory offer, after which WACA members receive a 10% discount on annual subscriptions. 

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$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) 


$30 per year (40% off regular subscription price)
for all issues, which are available in
digital and print.


$10.50 per year for 12 issues (38% off regular subscription price)

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Since 2014, WACA has made PRISM, the journal of complex operations published at National Defense University, available to Councils and their members. 

Attend the World Affairs Councils of America National Conference

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Members may attend the annual World Affairs Councils of America National Conference, held in Washington DC. 

The annual WACA Conference, takes place every autumn in our nation’s capital. It brings World Affairs Council leaders and members together with top government officials, diplomats, business executives, innovators, journalists, experts, educators, students and interested citizens.

This conference provides the opportunity to engage on the most pressing global issues and policy choices impacting our lives.

The benefits to attending this premier three-day event 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

Participate in World Dinners

Local Colorado Springs family hosts International Visitors for dinner

Since 2014, WACA has made PRISM, the journal of complex operations published at National Defense University, available to Councils and their members. 

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; help them unwind as you get to know them in a more intimate environment --  the dinner table. What better way to share and learn about culture than over a meal?

"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.


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.