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Maria Rueda and Robert Daly give it
a thumbs up after his lecture.

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A Surprise for our Speaker!

The audience in Moss Hall was hushed. The announcements by President Mark Schwab were done. Phones were off.

Maria Rueda, a senior at Immokalee High School and one of NCWA's Global Scholars, stepped to the lectern. She told her listeners that Robert Daly, director of the Kissinger Institute at the Wilson Center and a leading authority on Chinese-U.S. relations, would be our speaker.

And, suddenly, this quiet, studious young woman was giving the introduction in Mandarin Chinese, which she has been studying as a third language. Fortunately, she translated what she said into English!

Maria is busy applying to colleges and making good use of her experiences in Model UN and other NCWA school programs. For more information about Maria and other students and alumni of NCWA programs, click here.

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Key Points from the 'All Eyes on China' Lecture

A new form of "Cold War" between the U.S. and China is heating up, in which each side is seeking partners in economic, military, technological and ideological spheres, according to Robert Daly, an expert on Chinese-U.S. relations and recent NCWA lecturer.

The two superpowers are fragile -- China because its economic model is failing and the U.S. because of political division. But beyond power, the competition is for a global order that will determine how countries will behave, shaping new and evolving rules, and we must respond. China does not threaten our existence, but our values. It tolerates no criticism or dissent, while we value a vibrant, messy, free society. The goal of a Cold War is to keep it cold, a play for time to allow change to do its work. China needs to learn how to adapt to modernity, and the U.S. needs to learn to adapt to multilateralism, accepting that we do not have to be the only great power. "Change is hard for great nations," Daly said.

Membership Renewal for Next Season is Open!

By now, you have received an email reminding you to renew your membership for next season.* We hope you continue to enjoy our robust Distinguished Lecture Series, our Great Decisions small discussion groups and our varied programs for local students, including Model UN and two Academic WorldQuest competitions. Family and individual memberships are available. Please feel free to explore our website and then click here or reach our Call Center at 239-649-3942 to join us!

*Membership year runs July 1 through June 30 of each year.

Upcoming Lectures

Mark Your Calendars!

Moss Hall, Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive, Naples FL
Also live-streamed and archived videos

Click here to view complete lecture schedule.


Monday, March 4

"Afghanistan Today"

    Ambassador James B. Cunningham (U.S. Retired), Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council, Career Minister, former Ambassador to Afghanistan


Monday,  March 18

"Game Changer in the Middle East: New Friends: Saudi Arabia and Israel and Breakthrough in Iran?"

Brian Katulis, VP and Senior FellowMiddle East Institute


NCWA Book Club

Our March book is by Scott Snyder, who recently lectured on South Korea: The United States–South Korea Alliance: Why It May Fail and Why It Must Not (published December 5, 2023).  

The alliance between the United States and South Korea has endured through seven decades of shifting regional and geopolitical security contexts. Yet it now faces challenges from within. Domestic political turmoil, including deepening political polarization and rising nationalism in both countries, has cast doubt on the alliance’s viability―with critical implications for the balance of power in East Asia. Scott A. Snyder provides an authoritative overview of the internal and external pressures on the U.S.–South Korea alliance and explores its future prospects.

The NCWA book club will meet via Zoom on March 5, 2024, between noon and 1:30 PMThe Zoom address is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84735020449 


News and Announcements

Guests are Welcome
At Lectures and Great Decisions

How to Bring Guests to Lectures

NCWA has announced a program in which members may bring up to two guests who may be potential members per lecture. Each guest is welcome to attend one lecture for the season. 

Please register your guests before the lecture by calling our Call Center at 239-649-3942. Have your guests' names and email addresses ready before you call. Phone numbers are welcome but optional.

How to Bring Guests to Great Decisions:

The number of available guest seats at each group meeting will be determined by the group leader. A guest may not attend more than two sessions per season. 

Guest requests should be emailed to the group leader  before each meeting and should include the guest's name, email, and telephone number and whether the guest is a potential member or simply a visitor. Group leaders will send information to guests to enable them to effectively participate in the meeting. The Great Decisions program chair will follow up with potential members to discuss information about membership in NCWA.


2024 Model UN Competition
Is March 4-5 at FGCU

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. Over two days, students from area high schools will debate critical international issues and compete for prizes.

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


Travel with WACA Friends 

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


A Voyage Along the Lower Mississippi River
March 5-13, 2024
A few spaces are left

Join a special voyage along the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Memphis on a classic paddle-wheeler ship accompanied by educational lectures by Pulitzer-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and other speakers.


Classical Mediterranean Cruise
Malta, Sicily and Tunisia
May 7-15, 2024

Click here for information
about other WACA travel opportunities


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What We Do: Our Mission

We educate, inspire and engage our community in international affairs and global issues.

Member Benefits

  • Lectures by experts in foreign affairs 
  • Small friendly, nonpartisan discussion groups
  • Highly popular Model UN program
  • Competitions in which middle and high school students learn about international affairs
  • Scholarships for U.S. and overseas summer study
  • Support for local students' careers in international affairs
  • Selection of Teacher of the Year
  • Foreign affairs Book Club
  • Opportunities for volunteers to make a difference in many NCWA activities!

NCWA has almost 1,800 members and is one of the largest chapters of the World Affairs Councils of America.
Founded in 1980.

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