Fostering Engagement
In International Affairs

The Richmond World Affairs Council is re-establishing respectful public discourse about international relations and current events.

The mission of the Richmond World Affairs Council is to foster engagement in international affairs and cooperation with peoples of all nations. As globalization increasingly shapes every aspect of life on our planet, so does our Greater Richmond region increasingly experience, and even help shape, these global trends.

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Who We Are

Founded in 1996, the Richmond World Affairs Council is an official member council of the World Affairs Councils of America.

Richmond World Affairs Council is one of the nation’s top geo-political and foreign affairs forums. Over the past twenty years, the Council has sponsored more than ten timely and informative programs every year, allowing members to interact with some of the nation’s thought leaders and experts.

Through community engagement and collaboration, the Richmond World Affairs Council creates experiences that explore critical global issues and promote a greater understanding of the world.

We’re bringing the world to Richmond.



Join us for engaging speaker programs where you’ll have the opportunity to interact with diplomats, global influencers, and industry leaders, and learn about the most pressing global issues of our time. Our past programs feature leaders and experts in diplomacy, news, media, business, international trade, the military, arts and culture.


Membership is the best way to get involved in the Council and for us to get to know you better! By becoming a member of World Affairs, you will see more opportunities to connect with the world around you. If you are a lifelong student with an interest in global affairs, then World Affairs is the perfect home for you. We connect Richmond with the world. Become a member and enjoy exclusive benefits, such as event discounts, free tickets, speaker meetings and receptions, and VIP access.