Academic WorldQuest, the World Affairs Councils of America’s flagship youth education program, is a fun, fast-paced, team-oriented global knowledge competition for high school students. Academic WorldQuest tests player’s knowledge of current international politics, geography, global economics, history, and world cultures and is a powerful way for high school students to engage with international affairs. Teams are comprised of four students plus alternates who typically prepare in an after-school setting over the course of several months. The prize for the winning team is an all expenses paid trip to Washington, DC for the national championship competition hosted by the World Affairs Councils of America!

The 2020 regional competition, the 13th Annual John H. Carlson Academic WorldQuest, will take place on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at Bridgewater State University.

2019-2020 Academic WorldQuest Topics

  • Great Decisions

    • Refugees & Global Migration

    • The Middle East: Regional Disorder

    • Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?

    • The Rise of Populism in Europe

    • Decoding U.S.-China Trade

    • Cyber Conflict & Geopolitics

    • The United States & Mexico: Partnership Tested

    • State of the State Department & Diplomacy

  • U.S.-Russia Relations

  • Country in Focus: South Korea

  • Preventing Extremism in Fragile States

  • Brexit & the EU

  • China’s Belt & Road Initiative

  • Germany: 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

  • Qatar & the Future of the Gulf Cooperation Council

  • Current Events

Our 2019 regional competition, the 12th Annual John H. Carlson Academic WorldQuest, took place on Saturday, March 16 at Bridgewater State University with 13 teams from Boston Latin School, Brookline High School, Holyoke High School, Quincy High School, Manchester Essex Regional High School, Newton South High School, and Somerset Berkley High School.

1st Place: Newton South High School (Team 9)
2nd Place: Brookline High School (Team 3)
3rd Place: Boston Latin School, Team 1 (Team 1)

The national championship competition took place in Washington, DC on Saturday, April 27 at the United States Institute of Peace.


AWQ winning team.JPG

For more information, please email