Newport Beach Film Festival Partner Event

Date: April 25th ~ May 2nd, 2019

During the eight day festival we show films from all over the world by both seasoned and emerging filmmakers as well as hosting nightly parties. There is something for everyone and most screenings include a Q & A with filmmakers.  We attract over 50,000 attendees to our 200+ events at the theaters and venues around Newport Beach and Costa Mesa.

Upcoming partner events details coming soon!

Read more

WACOC at the Newport Beach Film Festival! – “For Sama”

FOR_SAMA_Courtesy_PBS_Distribution_image1For Sama

A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her. Both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war.

Saturday April 27th,2019,5:30pm

Triangle Square Cinemas,

1870 Harbor Blvd,Costa Mesa

Tickets and Info

For WACOC member discount, use discount code – WAC20

LIMITED SEATING – Tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis.


Read more

World Trade Week with the Irvine Chamber of Commerce


The World Affairs Council of Orange County is partnering with the Irvine Chamber of Commerce for 

Orange County World Trade Week 


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Steve Wagner – Experian Decision Analytics, Global Managing Director


Orange County Trade & Export Overview

Export Success Panel

International Resource EXPO: Network and connect with international consuls, chambers, and trade organizations to explore and expand your exporting capacity


Date: Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Venue: Irvine Marriott

Time: 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM

For more information click below

World Trade Week 2019

Limited Seating, if our members are interested in attending the event, please contact our office at (949)253-5751 or e-mail us at


Read more

British American Business Council Annual Garden Party

Join the BABC OC and WACOC for the Annual British Garden Party!


Let’s toast to health and happiness!

Enjoy stunning ocean views, live music, Pimms, British tea sandwiches and petite desserts and British charm. 

Date: Sunday, June 2, 2019 

Time: 11am-2:15pm

Location: Montage Laguna Beach 30801 Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Read more

WACOC at the Newport Beach Film Festival! – ¡Boza!



Three young sub-Saharan African immigrants left home in their teens to embark on their years-long journey to Spain. Crossing the Sahara Desert by foot, spending months to years living in the forests of Morocco, and finally making the dangerous crossing to the Spanish mainland or territories by land or sea, these three distinct immigration stories have one thing in common: their incredible optimism in the face of inconceivable adversity.

Monday,April 29th,2019 at 3:15pm

Edwards Big Newport

300 Newport Center Dr NewportBeach

Tickets and Info

For WACOC member discount, use discount code – WAC20

LIMITED SEATING – Tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

Read more

“Where Do We Go From Here?” by General David Petraeus

World Affairs Council Premium Members have free admission to this event hosted by The Syrian Institute for Progress!

If you are not already a premium Member please contact us to upgrade!

Upcoming Events petraeus


Read more

“What Next in Saudi Arabia After Khashoggi?” by Ambassador David D. Pearce

*Dinner and Lecture Event*

“What Next in Saudi Arabia After Khashoggi?”



Ambassador David D. Pearce

Ambassador to Greece (2013-16)

Ambassador to Algeria (2008-11)

Assistant Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan

Deputy United States Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan

United States Consul General in Jerusalem

The World Affairs Council of Orange County invites you to join us Wednesday, March 13 at 6 pm for a discussion with Ambassador (ret.) David D. Pearce on “What Next in Saudi Arabia After Khashoggi?”  Ambassador Pearce will discuss events leading up to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and examine the implications of his death for both Saudi Arabia’s internal stability and its external relations.  We encourage you to read Ambassador Pearce’s blogpost on the subject here:

Now retired to Maine and California, Ambassador David D. Pearce served 35 years at 11 diplomatic postings in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and Europe, in addition to several Washington tours.  He was U.S. Ambassador to Greece and to Algeria, Assistant Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, and Deputy United States Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.  He is the recipient of numerous State Department awards, two Presidential rank awards for distinguished service, and a U.S. Army Commander’s Award for Public Service, presented by General David Petraeus for his work in Iraq. 


A native of Maine, Ambassador Pearce graduated from Bowdoin College in 1972 and received a Master’s degree in journalism from Ohio State University in 1973.  After working as a journalist for nine years, he entered the Foreign Service in January 1982, serving first as a vice consul and political officer in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  He has professional proficiency in speaking and reading Arabic, French and Italian.  Elected in 2018 to the U.S. Academy of Diplomacy, he is a member of the American Foreign Service Association; the Association of Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired (DACOR); the Middle East Institute; and World Affairs Councils in both Portland, Maine and Orange County, California.  


Date: March 13th, 2019

Time: Reception: 6:00 pm/ Dinner& Lecture: 6:30 pm

Location: Caspian Restaurant, 14100 Culver Dr., Irvine, CA 92604


Premium Members: $50
Premium Member Guests: $50
General Members: $50
General Member Guests/ Non-Members: $65
Students: $30
Table of 10: $500
Sponsor a Student Ticket & Membership: $50

Email us at: or

call us at: (949) 253-5751 for more information

Read more

Academic WorldQuest 2019

What is AWQ?

The World Affairs Councils of America’s flagship youth education program is a fun, fast-paced team competition for high school students. Academic WorldQuest tests players’ knowledge of current international politics, geography, global economics, history, and world cultures. Academic WorldQuest engages more than 4,000 high school students annually to test their knowledge of global issues and foreign policy in competitions across the country.

Be a SPONSOR or an UNDERWRITER for the March 2019 Academic WorldQuest to give a high school team a once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete in the national AWQ tournament in Washington DC!

To Become a Sponsor or Donate email us at or call us at (949) 253—5751.

Parents & Students:

The 2018-2019 local Academic Quest Competition will be held at Chapman University. Local Orange County winners will go on to represent the county at the national competition in Washington D.C. Topics for this years competition are listed below, however only schools/teams that register will receive the full study guide from the World Affairs Council of America. If you wish to register please fill and return the form linked below before December 14, 2018.

Competition Structure:
Four-person teams compete by answering rounds of questions projected onto a screen. A full competition is 100 questions, divided into ten rounds with distinct thematic categories. The winning team is the team with the most right answers.

 Local Competition:

Location: Beckman Hall, Chapman University

Date: Saturday March 2nd, 2019

Time: 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM

National Competition:

Location: Marriot Wardman Park, Washington D.C.

Date: April 26-27, 2019



Registration Form 2018-19

Read more

A Conversation with Ambassador John Negroponte and Dr. Clayton Dube.

“A Conversation with Former Ambassador John Negroponte”


Thursday, February 14th, 2019

*Lunch Event*


john negroponte

Ambassador John Negroponte

The World Affairs Council of Orange County invites you to attend a luncheon event at The Westin South Coast Plaza featuring Ambassador John Negroponte.  Ambassador Negroponte is uniquely qualified to help us understand the shifting foreign and security policy landscape that confronts America.  Ambassador Negroponte’s remarks will focus on the U.S. – China relationship, the evolution of U.S. security priorities since the creation of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and U.S. leadership priorities in 2019.
The Ambassador has had a distinguished career in diplomacy and national security which includes service as the inaugural Director of National Intelligence under President George W. Bush, service as ambassador to the United Nations, Iraq, Mexico, Honduras, and the Philippines.  He was awarded the National Security Medal by President Bush in 2009.

Our Moderator Dr. Clayton Dube!

Dr. Clayton Dube, Executive Director of USC US-China Institute,  focuses on the multidimensional and always changing U.S.-China relationship. Dube has earned teaching awards at three universities. Trained as a historian, he first lived in China in 1982-85 and carried out research there in 1989 and 1991-92. He’s visited another fifty-plus times for research, teaching, and to lead groups of students and teachers. Dube is a director of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) and serves on the editorial boards of Education about Asia and the International Review of Chinese Studies. He was previously associate editor of Modern China. Dube has produced several documentary films and consulted on others. The best known of these is the twelve-part Assignment: China series on American media coverage of China since the 1940s.




Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Registration 11:30 am
Lunch/Program 12:oo pm

The Westin South Coast Plaza
686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

WACOC Member+Program     $65
VIP Reception + Lunch + Program     $120
WACOC Premium Member Guest Lunch     $65
WACOC General Member Guest Lunch + Program   $75
WACOC Student Member Lunch + Program   $45
Non-member Lunch + Program   $75
Table and Lunch for 10 + Program    $650


Read more

A Conversation with Chapman Professor Gregory A. Daddis

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
*Dinner Event*


Gregory A. Daddis

Presenting Sponsor: Mark Chapin Johnson Foundation

In January 1969, Richard M. Nixon became our nation’s 37th president. His most pressing foreign policy concern was ending the long war in Vietnam in a way, he hoped, would secure “peace with honor.” What perspectives can be gleaned from this conflict on foreign policy decision-making, on civil-military relations, and on the problems of departing from a war the United States had not won? Chapman professor and retired US Army Colonel Gregory A. Daddis will analyze how a fractious relationship between senior military leaders and the White House had a major impact on American strategy and foreign policy during the war’s final years, offering lessons for today in our current era of “perpetual war.”


Gregory Daddis is an associate professor of history and director of Chapman University¹s MA Program in War and Society. Daddis joined Chapman after having served as the Chief of the American History Division in the Department of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point. A retired US Army colonel, he has served in both Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. Daddis specializes in the history of the Vietnam Wars and the Cold War era. He has authored four books, including Withdrawal: Reassessing America¹s Final Years in Vietnam (2017), Westmoreland¹s War: Reassessing American Strategy in Vietnam (2014) and No Sure Victory: Measuring U.S. Army Effectiveness and Progress in the Vietnam War (2011). He has also published several op-ed pieces commenting on current military affairs, to include writings in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and National Interest magazine.

Date: Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Reception – 5:30pm
Dinner/Program – 6:30pm
Q&A – 8:00pm

The Pacific Club (4110 MacArthur Blvd. Newport Beach, CA 92660)

Members- $70 

Non-Members- $90
Student Members- $45

Read more