Mission: The mission of the Alaska World Affairs Council, a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization, is to: support and strengthen the United States and its institutions by developing an informed public; to stimulate interest in world affairs through a program of lectures, forums, and other educational activities; to assist individuals in reaching their own conclusions on foreign policy issues; to facilitate cooperation among organizations or groups which have similar aims, including the United Nations and the U.S. Department of State; and to promote international understanding and world peace through programs and personal contact
Results: For the 2012-2013 year, we reached an average of 107 people per program. We also provided opportunities for Alaskan students to engage with international affairs and an average of 35 students attended each program with 94 students at our April 19th program with Barry Eichengreen!
Programs: Meetings and general program to promote individual understanding of world affairs including student program to invite students as guests to program meetings. Speakers also visit various schools and universities and programs are recorded for broadcast on public radio and internet.
In my many years of association with Alaska World Affairs Council I have seen and participated in many of the Council's weekly programs. The programs really "Bring the World to Alaska." Guests and members alike come from all age groups and professions to hear personally what guest speakers discuss on a broad range of international and national topics. The Council has developed a strong and widely accepted student participation program and most of the schools in the Anchorage School District participate. The Council's World Quest competitions have been outstanding and produced some very knowledge winners. The goals of the Council incorporate both learning and listening to the world around us. The speaker's list has been impressive and has included presidents from other countries, ambassadors, politicians, successful business leaders all highly qualified in their professions or area of expertise. The Council itself is an active enthusiastic group of residients who truly believe in what they do. And what they do as volunteers is energic, active and meaningful in producing one of the best World Affairs programs in the U.S. This Council is a major non-profit player in our community and contributes greatly to expanding knowledge and the quality of life.