The World Affairs Council of Oregon was founded in 1950 when an informal group of Reed College professors and friends came together to discuss international issues. After World War II, isolationist sentiments were taking hold across the United States. The group wanted to preserve a platform for deeper understanding of world affairs. They worked to ensure that Oregonians resisted isolationist trends, providing resources for internationally-focused engagement for residents in our region.

Under the leadership of Dr. Frank Munk, in 1953 the World Affairs Council of Oregon officially received its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. We joined the World Affairs Council of America network
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