Naples Council
World Affairs
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Welcome Back to Our New Season at NCWA!

Dear NCWA Members:

Welcome to this season’s lecture series, which will be held at the Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive, Naples.

Please note the following protocols we have established to keep members safe in today’s pandemic environment. These protocols have been designed to keep our membership as safe as possible while enjoying engaging, thought-provoking programs. 

The Naples Council on World Affairs welcomes fully vaccinated members to its live lectures. Those not vaccinated or uncomfortable in crowds are encouraged to participate in our lecture program virtually, either through livestreaming or later viewing of recorded lecture videos. Those attending live lectures—even though they are vaccinated--will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing to the extent possible in this venue.  

We request that you bring and wear your own masks indoors. If you forget your mask, we will have extras and be able to provide one for you.

Please stay home and join us online if you have recently been tested positive for COVID-19, if you think you may have been recently exposed to someone with COVID-19, or you are currently experiencing any COVID-19 signs or symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, tiredness, muscle aches, loss of sense of smell or taste or any signs of illness.

We also want to bring you up to date with the good news that the audio system has undergone updates with fiber-optics, much improved audio and speaker enhancement that we believe will make a great deal of improvement to our speaker presentations. In spite of some additional  improvements that are still to come and are caught in the interruption of the global supply chain (Remember your Great Decisions article last season), we are moving forward! 

Finally, we thank you for your attention and cooperation with regard to the important public health issue of safe practices as COVID-19 continues.

With warm regards,

Jim Schmotter

President,  Naples Council on World Affairs

Important Lecture News

The 2021-2022 season lectures will be in-person again

The new lecture venue is 

Moorings Presbyterian Church

791 Harbour Dr, Naples 

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For lecture topics and dates click here.

The afternoon lecture starts at 3:45 PM and the evening lecture starts at 7:30 PM. Please check your membership card for the lecture time that you are signed up for. 

There are two options to attend the lecture:

1. Attend in person at Moorings Presbyterian Church, full vaccination and mask required, or

2. By livestream on your internet connected device. For more details and how to join the livestream click here.

Lectures are recorded and videos are available within a week of the lecture date by clicking here. You need to be logged-in in order to access the video archive.

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Upcoming Events and News

Lectures are in-person at 

Moorings Presbyterian Church

791 Harbour Dr, Naples Click here for map

3:45 PM and 7:30 PM


A livestream webcast of the lecture can be watched by clicking here.

January 24th 

Putin’s War in Syria: Unpacking Russia’s Syria Strategy

Andrew Tabler, Martin J. Gross Fellow on Arab Studies, Syria and the Levant, and 

Anna Borshchevskaya, Senior Fellow on Russian Policy in the Middle East, Washington Institute.

February 7th 

Leaving Afghanistan”

Ambassador Ryan Crocker, [USA ret.] Career Ambassador, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan. Diplomat in Residence, Princeton University.

*Seatings for all lectures are at 3:45 PM and 7:30 PM. Check your membership card for your chosen seating time. Please do not switch. We will not be able to accommodate you. Feature lecture attendance is for Full Members of NCWA only.


Missed the last lecture? Still time to watch the video.

Click here to access the video archive



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Missed a lecture? Want to hear it again? Go to our Lecture Videos*

* Lecture videos are available to Full Members and Associate Members.

Programs for Members


Lectures from October through April, featuring distinguished scholars and statesmen.

Great Decisions

Weekly discussion groups from January to March, using material from the Foreign Policy Association.

Special Programs

Lectures with book authors, the biennial War College and more. Events will be announced.

Book Club, Annual Dinner & more

Monthly book discussions, an annual NCWA dinner, luncheons with speakers, newsletter.

Programs for Students

Global Scholar Program

A three year pilot program.

Model United Nations

Simulating the United Nations, includes 300 + HS students.

Georgetown University Scholarship

One week immersion in International Relations or National Security at Georgetown University in D.C. 

International Scholarships

Summer study and service programs in countries all over the world.

Click on the picture below to view the 2021-2022 handbook for members

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            You can also reach us by phone: (239) 649-3942

Naples Council on World Affairs
2316 Pine Ridge Road #361, Naples, Florida 34109-2006
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