Academic WorldQuest

The International Center of the Capital Region is an affiliate of the World Affairs Council of America (WACA). The World Affairs Councils of America represents and supports the largest national non-partisan network of local councils that are dedicated to educating, inspiring and engaging Americans in international affairs and the critical global issues of our times. Academic WorldQuest (AWQ) is the flagship youth education program of the World Affairs Councils of America. The ICCR’s AWQ competition brings together students from across the Capital Region to test their knowledge in world affairs.

AWQ is a team game testing high school students’ knowledge of international affairs. In the game, four-person teams compete by answering multiple-choice and fill-in the blank questions divided into ten unique and engaging thematic categories. Our Regional Champions then compete in the National Competition, held during the spring of each year in Washington, DC.

This experience will prepare the next generation of leaders, scholars, and decision-makers to thrive in a rapidly changing world – where our national interests are intertwined with the global community. If you are a representative of a local school interested to participate, please contact us to receive news about the program.

Interested in becoming a sponsor for youth programs like the AWQ?

We will be hosting our first annual “Bid for Peace” silent auction March 13th – April 3rd 2023 to benefit youth programs including the AWQ. Please fill out the silent auction item donation form below to participate!

The Academic WorldQuest competition will be held on Sunday March 26th, 2023, with the winning team moving on to the National Competition on April 28-29, 2023.

The 2023 ICCR Academic WorldQuest competition will be hosted
at the Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY. 
The National Academic WorldQuest competition will take place in Washington, D.C., at the United States Institute of Peace.

Registration for the VCWA Academic WorldQuest competition is open and closes on February 7, 2023. We require only one registration per team, and there are no restrictions on the number of teams per school. Please email: to register.

High Schools may register as many teams as they would like at no cost.

2023 Academic WorldQuest Topics

Securing the Future of the World’s Wildlife

The Arctic Council: Frozen Cooperation

Atrocity Prevention and Accountability

Combating Global Food Insecurity

Economic Sanctions – A Double-Edged Sword

Great Decisions (more info)

Country in Focus: Ethiopia

The Future of Supply Chains

Battle of the Century: Autocracy vs. Democracy

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