|What Sets Us Apart|
What differentiates WACR from other public forums is the “not-for-attribution” factor, which protects our speakers and allows members to hear undistilled and undiluted information. Historically, we have long had this policy and the Board of Directors has recently reaffirmed a continuation of this principle for our monthly meetings. Speakers and members are free to express an opinion, knowing their comments will not appear in the next day’s newspapers.
We believe we are the only organization in the Rochester area with a mission to provide a high level educational experience on issues of international affairs in a small group setting. Although WACR is not one of the largest councils in the country, we have been distinguished by promoting meetings where speakers speak to difficult issues. Recently, we have hosted speakers with controversial views on hot button areas such as Israel/Palestine, Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea, nuclear energy, global trade issues, terrorism and the impact on US foreign policy.
This willingness to tackle hard topics and to listen to alternative points of view has earned us high praise from speakers. Each session concludes with an extended Q&A period. Our members are intelligent, inquisitive, and well informed, so this exchange is usually lively and occasionally controversial. Speakers invariably comment on the high level of these discussions and value the opinions of our members.