The Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs (WIFA), was founded in 1961 as a forum designed “to promote greater knowledge and understanding of international affairs and problems.” WIFA holds about 15 meetings each year at Washington’s Cosmos Club where invited guests, experts in their field, speak to a particular international issue and then join in discussion with members.

WIFA holds eight or nine luncheon meetings each year. Meetings begin with an informal reception at 11:30am, lunch at noon, followed by the speaker’s presentation (generally 20 to 30 minutes long), and conclude with a question and answer segment which ends promptly at 1:30pm. A half dozen meetings are afternoon sessions that begin with a reception at 4:00pm. Speakers begin their talk at 4:30pm, and finish up with questions and answers that conclude at 5:30pm.