Each year, the Council hosts a variety of events which feature major figures in world affairs. We generally hold up to five public events each month, usually on weekday afternoons or evenings. These events feature a speaker delivering an address after a three-course lunch or dinner, followed by a question and answer session. In addition to these public programs, we also offer several private events each month open only to upper-level members.Read More


If you're a Southern California resident with an interest in international affairs, there is no greater value than a membership in the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. As a member, you'll meet some of the world's most influential figures and network with many of LA's leading citizens -- all at a steep discount from the rate paid by the general public. The Council offers a wide variety of member options, tailored to meet all budgets and levels of interest. Membership levels range from basic packages for individuals or couples to the premium-level International Circle. As your membership level increases, so do your benefits.Read More

Young Professionals

The Council's Young Professionals program provides an affordable option for college students and young professionals who are interested in international affairs. In addition to discounted ticket prices to Council events, the Council's Young Professionals also participate in stand-alone events of their own, including private sessions with notable speakers and topical film screenings. This program cultivates the next generation of civic-minded individuals interested in influencing world affairs.Read More

High School Program

As part of our mission to give back to the City of Los Angeles, the Council is proud to operate a program that allows a limited number of students from local high schools to attend our public programs free of charge. This opportunity, largely funded by the generosity of our donors, also allows the students to sit down for a private Q & A session with our speakers either immediately prior to or immediately following our events.Read More


The Council actively encourages top local college students who are interested in learning more about world affairs to apply for an internship position. The Council accepts applications for Spring, Summer, and Fall periods each year. Intern duties include assisting with event planning, programming, development, and communications. Interns also get to attend many of our events for free.

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Travel Program

The Council's mission is to "bring the world to Los Angeles." Our more adventurous members, however, take advantage of our travel options to see the world for themselves. We partner with a consortium of other World Affairs Councils to provide our members the opportunity to travel on guided tours in virtually every part of the world. These trips often figure VIP-level accomodations, tour guides with deep expertise on the geopolitical issues in the region, and celebrity speakers.Read More
Cobblestones in Cuba
Jessica McCarthy, LAWAC's Program Director, blogs about the recent Council tour to Cuba.