Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council is a regional membership organization. Our members include a diverse group of regional citizens with backgrounds in education, medicine, law, business, academia, media, humanitarian, civic organizations, and beyond. Government officials, as well as active ­duty and retired military personnel, are also active members. SECWAC happily accepts those interested in foreign policy and world affairs from any walk of life.


2021-2022 membership dues for speaker events September 2021-June 2022:

  • $95.00 for individual membership
  • $35.00 for Young Professionals under 35
  • Free for area students and educators
  • $1,100 corporate membership – contact us for more information

Guest Program

Members are encouraged to refer friends and colleagues for membership who share an interest in discussing and educating themselves and others on world affairs.
A guest of a member may attend once as a complimentary guest; thereafter, the guest/walk-in rate is $20 per person.

Members of the Press are invited to attend meetings as a guest of the Board – contact Executive Director Paul Nugent to arrange.


(left to right) Paul Nugent, Executive Director, SECWAC; Eric Trager, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 2017 speaker;  Milton Walters, Chairman, SECWAC; Andreas Mink, SECWAC Board Member

SECWAC members during Q&A

Member Benefits

  • 10-15 speaker series events between September and June, offered in the evenings. Free for members; open to the public for a fee.
  • Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, all meetings have been and will continue to be Virtual on Zoom, until it is safe to conduct meetings in person again.
    Certain in-person aspects of the SECWAC membership are on hold, to be resumed in the future:

    • Monthly lunch discussions for 12-20 attendees to discuss current events. Members have the opportunity to moderate their own program. Members will receive information on luncheons via email. RSVPs required.
    • Following most events, members can join the speaker for an intimate dinner and conversation for $40/person.
  • Quarterly Colloquium programs, offered in the evenings as an additional program to regular speaker series.
  • Community Partnership Programs throughout the year, in an effort to expand offerings.
  • One complimentary guest at any speaker event.
  • For students, SECWAC membership is a great resume builder for college applicants and relates to many studies – from history to political science. Learn more about student benefits here.

SECWAC members are also members of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA), the largest nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots organization in the United States dedicated to educating and engaging the American public on global issues. Over 500,000 people a year benefit from their network programming, including members and participants.

  • WACA members may attend their Annual Conference in Washington D.C., which takes place each November.
  • WACA members also get access to Podcasts, conference call series Cover to Cover and KNOW NOW, with authors and global thought leaders.
  • WACA also offers great monthly and weekly newsletters, including the Weekly Newsletter and Weekly World News Update. Must subscribe on their website.
  • Access to Worldwide Travel Tours – land tours and small-ship cruises with fellow WACA members.
  • And more!

Mission Statement

The mission of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs by study, debate, and educational programming, primarily through a Speakers Series of 8 to 10 monthly meetings.