Welcome to the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of key global issues throughout Western Pennsylvania in an effort to increase the region’s global competence so that it can better compete and collaborate in the global environment of the 21st century.

Public Events


October 26 @ 5:45 pm - October 26 @ 8:00 pm

Save the date for a fun evening of food, drinks, prizes, unique networking opportunities, and friendly competition. Show off your knowledge of the world and help support the work of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.

Hacked: Inside the Minds of International Cyber Criminals

October 28 @ 12:00 pm - October 28 @ 1:45 pm

Adam Meyers, Vice President of CrowdStrike, will explore the who, what, and why of cybercrime. He will take a look at the transnational networks of cyber criminals that have sprung up around the world, explaining who these criminals are, what motivates them, and how they operate. Adam will also address the increasingly complex ways in which these cyber criminals are hacking into our lives, and the efforts being undertaken by the international community to combat these 21st century criminals.

School Events

Bringing the Global Local: A Student Travel Inspiration Session

October 19 @ 6:00 pm - October 19 @ 8:30 pm

Join us for an evening of discussion and travel inspiration with the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh’s Global Travel Scholarship students as they share their transformative experiences abroad.

Global Goals for Sustainable Development

October 22 @ 8:00 am - October 22 @ 9:30 am

This year’s International Youth Forum series will feature 90 minute video conference sessions with students participating from local and international sites. During the first session, students will hear a briefing on the Global Goals. In the following two sessions, students will discuss the goals that resonate with them and their communities. Between the third and final sessions, students will move from learning and discussing to designing and implementing actions.

Council News

KQV Interview: Will the Next World War Start in Cyber Space?

October 8, 2015

Recently named one of the 10 most influential voices in the world on cybersecurity, P.W. Singer discusses the issue of state-sponsored cyber attacks with host George Savarese. Listen to the audio or read the transcript of this recent interview.

Event Recap: Pope Francis: Reshaping the Diplomatic Role of the Vatican

September 30, 2015

Hannah Purkey, Council intern, blogs about our recent event, “Pope Francis: Reshaping the Diplomatic Role of the Vatican.” During the event, Ambassador Anne Leahy, former Canadian Ambassador to the Holy See, spoke about foreign policy and the growing diplomatic influence of Pope Francis.

Radio Interviews

At a Political Crossroads: The Iran Nuclear Deal

This half-hour radio program will feature Mr. Joel Rubin, President of Washington Strategy Group and former senior government official under the Obama Administration. He will discuss “At a Political Crossroads: The Iran Nuclear Deal” with host Emily Markham, Education Program Manager. This interview will air on October 10 (7:00 a.m.) and October 11 (10:30 a.m. ).

The Role of Human Rights Laws in U.S. National Security

This half-hour radio program will feature Hina Shamsi, Director, ACLU National Security Project. She will discuss “The Role of Human Rights Laws in U.S. National Security” with host Emily Markham, Education Program Manager. This interview will air on October 17 (7:00 a.m.) and October 18 (10:30 a.m. ).

The Council’s Global Blueprint Featured on the Global Switchboard

Global Blueprint, a series of workshops designed to strengthen Pittsburgh’s global future, has garnered local attention.

The Council recently hosted the series of interactive workshops designed to generate dialogue and brainstorm steps to make Pittsburgh a more globally fluent metro region. This unique and innovative program was featured among the first batch of “Switchboard Stories” on the Global Switchboard website.

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We did it - Thank You!

We Reached our Challenge Goal!

Thanks to your generous support, we met and exceeded The Benter Foundation’s challenge grant of $25,000 in new and increased contributions!

All of us at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to each of you who made a gift. We truly appreciate your dedication to increasing global competency among area youth so that they can succeed in a 21st century global environment.

We would also like to extend our deep gratitude to The Benter Foundation for their enormous generosity.

Thank you!

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