Founded in 2013, by former U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Douglas McElhaney and Professor Thomas Smith of the University of South Florida, the annual St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs (SPCWA) brings together diplomats, military, media, scientists and experts in many fields to work collaboratively at better understanding and operating in the world. 

Our Mission:

A well-informed citizenry is crucial to sustaining a vibrant democracy.  Knowledge and understanding of the world can inspire enlightened change around the globe.  Focusing on international relations, economics, environment, culture, humanity, and health, we offer St. Petersburg a forum for international experts to educate, engage, and empower members of our community and beyond.

Panels of distinguished diplomats, military, media, and academic experts discuss critical international issues of the day at each annual conference. 

Sponsors of the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs

It is by the generosity of our sponsors and donors that the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs and its related events are presented by St. Petersburg in the World, Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c )(3) organization. If you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and other ways to support the Conference, please contact our Development Committee.

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