- World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth is a non-profit, non-partisan international affairs organization based in Dallas, Texas. It was formed by the 2006 unification of the World Affairs Councils of Dallas and Fort Worth,
Texas, which were founded in 1951 and 1961, respectively. It is one of four World Affairs Councils in Texas, and one of 86 councils in the United States. Jim Falk, president and CEO since August 2001, is also a director and the treasurer of the World Affairs Councils of America.
The council presents over 80 programs annually, with leaders in politics, business, academics, and the arts annually. These are aimed at helping its 3,000 members and also citizens around the
Metroplexlearn more about the world.
The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth sponsors the North Texas Academic World Quest competition each year, testing high schoolers' knowledge of world affairs, geography, history, culture, flags, sports, current events, leaders, economics, international organizations, and more. The winning team, made up of four students, receives an all-expenses paid trip to the national tournament in
Washington, D.C.. The 2007 tournament is the WACDFW's third and the World Affairs Councils of America's fourth.
Dallas Protocolis a partnership between the City of Dallasand the World Affairs Council.
Some famous and important speakers the World Affairs Council has presented include:
* Abdullah Alireza, Minister of State of
James Baker, former Secretary of State
Bono, lead singer of U2and co-founder of DATA
Paul Bremer, former Director of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance of post-war Iraq
Clark Ervin, former Inspector Generalof the Department of Homeland Security
* Prince Turki al-Faisal, Saudi
Ambassadorto the United States
Ari Fleischer, former White HousePress Secretary
Thomas Friedman, " The New York Times" Columnist and Pulitzer Prizerecipient
* Carlos Alberto de Icaza Gonzalez, Mexican Ambassador to the United States
Alan Greenspan, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve
Kay Bailey Hutchison, United States Senator, Texas
* Gen. Ronald Keys, Commander of
Air Combat Commandof the United States Air Force
David McCullough, author, historian, and Pulitzer Prize recipient
T. Boone Pickens, founder of BP Capital
Condoleezza Rice, United States Secretary of State
Jack Welch, former CEOof General Electric
* Zhou Wenzhong, Chinese Ambassador to the United States
Carlos Westendorp, Spanish Ambassador to the United States
* Dick Cheney, Vice president of United States
* [http://www.dfwworld.org World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Forth]
* [http://www.worldaffairscouncils.org World Affairs Councils of America]
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