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Celebrating 75 Years of Citizen Diplomacy in St. Louis

We invite you to join us on April 10, 2024 for a reception, dinner, and fireside chat with a meal prepared by Butler’s Pantry, as we mark a significant milestone in our journey of connecting St. Louis to the world.

Since 1948

The World Affairs Council of St. Louis is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-partisan membership organization that connects the citizens of the St. Louis Metro region to the world. Founded in 1948, our mission is to offer programs which promote understanding, engagement, relationships, and leadership in World Affairs.

We are dedicated to advancing the power of citizen diplomacy and global connections through in-person international exchanges. We promote business, cultural understanding and relationships, introducing world leaders to the Gateway Region, providing education on global matters, and opportunities for all in the region to be global citizens.

Become a Member

 We are dedicated to advancing the power of citizen diplomacy and global connections through in-person international exchanges. We promote business, cultural understanding and relationships, introducing world leaders to the Gateway Region, providing education on global matters, and opportunities for all in the region to be global citizens.

Get Involved

The World Affairs Council of St. Louis offers members and supporters many volunteer opportunities to engage with our council whether it is speaking to a group of international visitors, hosting a group of international delegates for dinner, or being a judge at our annual youth competition.

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Heartfelt Thanks to Our Corporate Sponsors

We extend our sincerce gratitude to our corporate sponsors who play a pivotal role in fulfilling our mission of connect St. Louis to the world and the world to St. Louis. Your unwavering support fuels our passion; enabling us to create opportunities, foster cultural relations, and build bridges that tanscend borders. Together, we are shaping a more interconnected, global future for our city. Thank you for making a global impact right here in St. Louis

Our Impact

International Visitors in St. Louis since 2017

Meetings with STL Leaders since 2017

Engaged St. Louis High Schools

Dollars Contributed to the STL Economy since 2022

When I was editing The St. Louis American, I started getting these invitations to host delegations of visiting journalists from all over the world in our newsroom and talk with them. The World Affairs Council is a local entity that coordinates these State Department tours to stop in St. Louis. I thought it was fabulous that our city and our newspaper were on the radar for this sort of thing. I said yes to every single invitation, with the blessing and enthusiasm of publisher Donald M. Suggs, and by now could never remember every country with a journalist who has ever had a heart to heart with me, and other folks at The American, in that newsroom.

When I moved on from journalism to criminal justice, which is much more my passion, the World Affairs Council and State Department followed me to The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. I thought that was awesome, and the elected prosecutor who hired me – Wesley Bell – loves this kind of thing. 

Chris King

Affiliations

The World Affairs Council of St. Louis is proudly affiliated with Global Ties U.S. and the World Affairs Councils of America

The International Visitor Leadership Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by the World Affairs Council of St. Louis.

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