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Academic WorldQuest 2016-2017

Current Events
Great Decisions
Peace and Conflict in Today's World
Combating Infectious Disease
The European Union 
Countering Violent Extremism 
Global Megacities
Women in Technology

The Carlos and Malú Alvarez 
2017 Academic WorldQuest 
National Competition

April 29, 2017
The National Press Club 
529 14th Street NW, 
Washington, DC 20045

Hotel Block:
The World Affairs Councils of America has arranged a group hotel block at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center (775 12th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005) . See the reservation link here.
Event Details:
The national competition is attended by more than 225 of the nation's most promising high school students, along with their parents, teachers, and chaperones. The 5-hour AWQ competition is a unique opportunity for many students to visit the nation's capital for the first time. There is a weekend of substantive programming to enhance the experience. 

Reception at USIP:

This year's national competition will also feature a welcome reception at the U.S. Institute of Peace on Friday, April 28. USIP will also be sponsoring the "Peace and Conflict in Today's World" category of the competition. 
Details for Councils
Pledge a Team Now
To confirm your Council's participation in the 2016-2017 Academic WorldQuest, please fill out and submit this Pledge Form by  October 12, 2016. 

Local Competition Questions
A full set of questions will be available to local Councils by mid-October. Indicate your interest in these questions by submitting your Pledge Form.

As introduced in last year's AWQ program, alternative formats in the Current Events round of questions will once again be used in The Carlos and Ma l ú Alva rez National 2017 National Competition. The questions we provide for local competitions, however, will remain fully multiple-choice. Councils are welcome to assess their capacity to adjust their local competition for this year or to continue with the multiple-choice-only model.

Great Decisions
The Foreign Policy Association will provide each participating Council with six complimentary copies of the 2016 Great Decisions Briefing Book. Indicate your request for these free copies by submitting your Pledge Form . Additional copies for use in Academic WorldQuest are available at a 60% discount and may be purchased directly from the Foreign Policy Association. Please Note: The Great Decisions 2016 Briefing Book is required study material for the National Competition. However, the Briefing Book will NOT be required reading for local competitions.  In order to prepare for local competitions, students should study the online resources outlined in the Study Guide.  
AWQ Endowment Fund
Academic WorldQuest Endowment Fund
Principal Sponsor: 

Carlos and Malú Alvarez
Impetus Foundation

The Carlos and Mal ú  Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition honors the tremendous dedication and philanthropic support of WACA National Board member Carlos Alvarez and his wife to our flagship program and the Academic WorldQuest Endowment Fund. 

For information on making a gift to the AWQ Fund, please visit  our website.

We are grateful to our AWQ Sponsors


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