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Upcoming Programs

Ambassador William B. Taylor to Deliver Lecture
on Tuesday, December 19!

"500+ Days of Battle with Volodymyr and Vladimir"

Ambassador William B. Taylor is vice president, Europe and Russia at the U.S. Institute of Peace. In 2019, he served as charg√© d’affaires at the U.S. embassy in Kyiv and as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to 2009. During the Arab Spring, he oversaw U.S. assistance and support to Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria. He served in Jerusalem as the U.S. government's representative to the Mideast Quartet. He served in Kabul in 2002 and in Baghdad in 2004.

Livestream and other information will be sent via email before December 19.

A Special Webinar on the Middle East on Monday, December 4!

This program is in addition to the regular lecture schedule and will be presented
in one session only at 4:00 pm. 

A link to the webinar will be distributed to members nearer the date via email.

  Steven A. Cook, Ph. D., an expert on the Middle East, will return to NCWA programming to lead a special one-time webinar discussion on "This War Won't Solve the Israel-Palestine Conflict" on Monday, December 4 at 4:00 pm. Dr. Cook is Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow, Middle East and Africa Studies, at the Council on Foreign Relations. 

He is an expert on Arab and Turkish politics as well as U.S.-Middle East policy. A columnist at Foreign Policy magazine, he also is published widely in international affairs journals, opinion magazines, and newspapers, and is a frequent commentator on radio and television. His work can also be found on

Cook is the author of four books about Middle East policy, including one that won the 2012 gold medal from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Foreign Affairs Book Club

The NCWA Book Club meets via Zoom on the first Tuesday of the month through April 2024 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm Eastern time.

On Tuesday, December 5, the club will discuss Three Dangerous Men: Russia, China and Iran, by Seth Jones. The author argues that these three men have recognized conventional warfare's limitations and embraced American irregular warfare techniques to achieve their countries' strategic goals. 

 Join Book Club Zoom Meeting  Meeting 

Use the button above for all Book Club meetings

Other Upcoming Lectures

Mark Your Calendars!

Wednesday, January 10

"Climate Extremes, Risks and Adaptation"

Professor Radley Horton, Columbia University, Principal Investigator and Climate Scientist

Monday, January 22

"All Eyes on China"

Robert Daly, Director Kissinger Institute, Wilson Center, leading authority on Sino-U.S. relations, former U.S. diplomat in Beijing

News and Announcements

Help our school programs 

High School Academic WorldQuest
winning team in 2023

Our school programs are gearing up for another season of significant contributions to the greater Naples area.

  • Leaders are needed for two important school programs: Middle School Academic World Quest and School Program Alumni Association. 
    Volunteer now and make a difference! Contact Mark Walchak at
  • Two new universities have been added to the NCWA program offering scholarships for summer study. The deadline for application for international study and for North American programs at Georgetown, American, Tufts/Boston and McGill universities is December 15. Click here for more information.
  • NCWA is again invited to provide judges for Collier County high school debates. Contact Mark Walchak for information at

2024 Model UN Competition

NCWA will sponsor and administer the 2024 Model UN competition in partnership with Florida Gulf Coast University at the FGCU campus on March 4-5, 2024. FGCU President Asyegul Timur will give opening remarks at 9:00 am March 4.

Click here for topics to be debated in the Model UN competition and other information.

President's Club Luncheons with Speakers

To check out the NCWA President's Club, click here and learn about opportunities to join luncheons with our lecturers!

How to Bring Guests to Lectures

NCWA is introducing a program in which members may bring up to two guests who may be potential members per lecture. Our process for registering your guests online is not yet completed. Until online registration becomes available, you may register them by emailing with the following information no later than midnight of the Saturday before the lecture:

  • Name of the member sponsoring the guest(s)
  • Name(s) of guest or guest(s)
  • Emails of guest or guests
  • Date AND time of the lecture they will attend

Each guest is welcome to attend one lecture for the season.

Travel with WACA friends 

The Philadelphia Chapter organizes trips for chapters affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America.

Moroccan Discovery
March 5-18, 2024
Final payment is due December 1, 2023

United Arab Emirates

January 30 - February 8, 2024

Savings of $250 if booked by 12/16/2023!

Click here for information
about other WACA travel opportunities

NCWA Program Alumni 
One of 25 Students Selected to Attend
WACA Conference in Washington

Click here to view brief slide show about Liam Casco's trip to WACA. 

Click here to read his report about his trip.

What We Do

Our mission is to educate, inspire and engage our community in international affairs and global issues.

The Naples Council on World Affairs was founded in 1980 and serves the Greater Naples area. With more than 1,600 members, it is one of the largest members of the World Affairs Council of America.

Member Benefits

  • Lectures by experts in foreign affairs 
  • Small friendly, nonpartisan discussion groups
  • Highly popular Model United Nations program in partnership with Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Competitions for middle and high school students to learn more about international affairs
  • Scholarships for U.S. and overseas summer study
  • Support for students' careers in international affairs
  • Selection of Teacher of the Year and other recognition for educators
  • Foreign affairs Book Club
  • Many opportunities for volunteers in a wide variety of NCWA activities!
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