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International Education for Tomorrow’s Leaders

Upcoming Dialogues

Global Perspectives. Local Conversations.

Pillars of Service


The Council hosts expert-led lectures, panel discussions, luncheons, film screenings, networking events and more.


The Council connects students to the global leaders & offers educators personal & professional development opportunities.


The Council specializes in small group travel exploring locations & providing a unique travel experience.
Calendar of events

Hong Kong’s Global Importance

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

As China’s economic and military might grow, some fear that Hong Kong’s significant autonomy could erode. Beijing’s passage of new national security laws in June 2020 heightened fears of its tightening grip over Hong Kong.

Wed 05

Refugees in America

Thursday, August 6, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
mariel pair houston
Thu 06

Robert Reich: Fixing the Systems of American Politics and Power

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
bob reich WEBINAR

Former Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich shows how wealth and power have interacted to install an elite oligarchy, eviscerate the middle class, and undermine democracy.

Wed 12

22nd Annual Jesse H. Jones Award Luncheon

Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm
Thu 13

Putin’s World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
angela stent WEBINAR
Wed 19

Featured Programs

Become a Member

Membership in the World Affairs Council offers you admission to all general programs at a reduced rate, or, in many cases, for free. At these programs, you will have access to a vast pool of thought-leaders and policy-makers as well as to fellow citizens who share your interest in world affairs.

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Student World Affairs Councils

Shaping the students of Greater Houston today into the global leaders of tomorrow.

Local to Global:
Early Career Professionals

The Council’s Local To Global discussions engage early career professionals, aged 21 to 40, in peer-driven learning and dialogue on leading international affairs issues.


International Contacts


Peers from Around The World


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Global Adventures Travel

We focus on organizing unforgettable journeys to one-of-a-kind destinations for small groups of 10 to 20 travelers. Travelers are guided from the beginning to the end of the experience to ensure safety, knowledge, cultural exchange and entertainment, giving them an opportunity to connect with their surroundings and with one another.

Our Mission

In service to Greater Houston as a Global City, the mission of our Council is to promote understanding of the world – its people, politics, economies and cultures – to enable the Houston community to participate more effectively in the global world.

World Affairs and International Education

At the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston, we offer unprecedented opportunities to get involved with world affairs and international education through a Houston nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to unbiased learning opportunities and the exchange of both global culture and local perspectives.

As a nonpartisan organization, we promote international dialogue and education through cultural sessions, speaking engagements, travel opportunities and much more. All World Affairs Council programming is open to the public, as we are dedicated to free and fair discussion on pressing topics that influence the world today and the world to come.


Exploring the World

As a Houston nonprofit travel organization, we offer global citizens options and opportunities you simply cannot find  anywhere else. For instance, the Council organizes insider tours, embassy visits and other such engagements in the countries we visit, offering travelers an inside view to learn about the world, taking this far beyond a simple tourism opportunity. This is a way to travel that can broaden your global perspective and impact and change your life forever.

Engaging in Houston 

Of course, you do not have to travel to engage with foreign affairs in Houston. We organize  premiere events that bring timely speakers and experts to you. Speakers include senators, national security advisors, presidential candidates, high-level executives, foreign world leaders and the like. Engage with world leaders and acclaimed experts and thought leaders at one of our private luncheons, an intimate Council Cabinet reception, an open dialogue at one of our evening programs, or perhaps over dinner at one of our cultural sessions. As the premier foreign affairs programming in Houston, the options are limitless.  

You want to explore the world in a deeply intellectual manner and expand your own perspectives through relentless education. We’re the best Houston international nonprofit organization to make those dreams a reality.

Educational Opportunity

Throughout the academic school year, we also offer educational opportunities and programs for students and teachers. We have a vast array of resources used by teachers and professors, including international affairs lesson plans and discussion modules. Let us bring you something that you just cannot find in a standard classroom. It’s been our mission for years and we continue to work hard toward this end every day. Teachers can receive professional development credit by attending one of our programs or lectures, while students have the opportunity to engage with speakers on a one-on-one basis. As Houston’s premiere nonprofit international education center, we’re proud to offer education beyond the classroom and beyond the headlines.  

The Benefits of Membership

When you join, these opportunities become more affordable and accessible than ever. You can experience our international programs in Houston at discounted rates and get advanced notice of upcoming events as soon as they get scheduled. You also get a chance to have more than your standard evening out, joining with other life-long learners and dedicating yourself to the noble pursuit of knowledge and insight on many levels. 

If you’d like to learn more about memberships options and the programs we offer, please click here or contact us at 713-522-7811.