Our Mission


The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh’s mission
is to provide a pathway for a more globally minded region, offering students and the community a learning space that covers key international issues. The Council is a member of the World Affairs Council of America (WACA), a network of more than 90 nonprofit, nonpartisan member Councils around the country.


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Public Events

Cryptocurrency for Beginners

December 5 @ 6:00 pm - December 5 @ 8:00 pm

Have you ever wondered “What’s up with cryptocurrency?” “What is bitcoin anyway?” “How does this affect the global economy?” “Do I have to be an economist to understand this?” “Can normal people use this?” then this event is for you! Join us at the Allegheny HYP Club in the library for a panel discussion, networking, … Read More

“How Does Russia See the World?” feat. General Peter B. Zwack

December 13 @ 12:00 pm - December 13 @ 1:30 pm

Join the World Affairs Council for our final foreign policy luncheon of the year, featuring Brigadier General Peter B. Zwack, USA (Ret.) – “How Does Russia See The World?” the John T. Ryan Jr. Memorial Lecture upon the occasion of the Council’s 87th annual meeting. As the US Senior Defense Official and Attaché to the … Read More

School Events

World Affairs Institute for Student Leaders

November 30 @ 8:30 am - November 30 @ 3:00 pm

Exploring the New Space Age Friday, November 30, 2018 8:30am – 3pm Join us to hear from experts on the current state of space exploration, including commercial human spaceflight, space colonization, and the use of robotics and artificial intelligence. Learn about international space law and discuss complex international issues that arise as we explore the … Read More

Council News

City High’s Jacob Osho gains a global perspective through his amazing internship.

October 23, 2018

When City Charter High School senior Jacob Osho showed up for his first workplace experience, an internship at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, he made a fantastic first impression. “From the very first day (and I’m not exaggerating), I was impressed with Jacob’s professionalism,” reports Brittany Cheeks, Education Program Manager at the World Affairs … Read More

WACA Weekly World News Update 8/29/2018

August 29, 2018

  Wednesday, August 29, 2018 Remembering John McCain; Rohingya Crisis One Year On; Uganda’s Crackdown; Land Reform in South Africa; Australia’s New PM; Taiwan’s Allies Dwindle; Macron’s Call for European Defense; U.S. Foreign Aid Rollback?        Remembering John McCain   “Obituary: John McCain” Editorial Board — The Economist, August 26, 2018   “The … Read More

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