Who We Are

Our Mission & Vision

The International Relations Council (IRC) brings a global perspective to our community through strategic partnerships with businesses, universities, community organizations and K-12 schools. 

We bring world leaders and dignitaries to the metro region, host forums for high school students to interact with and learn from foreign policy experts, and create opportunities for area business leaders to strengthen relationships abroad.

We believe that by promoting global awareness and understanding, we support and strengthen our community.

Since 1955, the IRC has been the region's leading organization for global affairs education.

Our Founder

The IRC was founded in late December 1954 by Eliot Berkley whose passion for global issues inspired many people. Eliot passed away in 2012. Read what business, community and academic leaders said about Eliot »






Eliot Berkley with Eleanor Roosevelt


Our National Network

The IRC is one of more than 90 organizations in the U.S. affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) ». WACA is the largest non-profit organization in the United States dedicated to fostering grassroots understanding of, and engagement in, international affairs.

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Global Experience: Habashi House

2017 CHINA Town Hall, featuring Ambassador Susan Rice

Diplomat Luncheon: Mexican Ambassador to the U.S.

IRC Book Club: China's Future

2017 Global Honors Evening

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