International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

International Relations Council of Kansas City

Global Access • Global Awareness • Global Vision

Kansas City, MO


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.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Mr. Matthew Hughes

Main Address

107 W. 9th St. Second Floor

Kansas City, MO 64105 USA


Foreign affairs, global issues, international relations, civic involvement, WorldQuest, international education, Academic WorldQuest





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Promotion of International Understanding (Q20)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Away from the borders and coasts, many Kansas City residents are not aware how global their lives or community are, making the need for programming that supports international awareness in Kansas City great. Between 1990 and 2015, the foreign-born population in Kansas City nearly quadrupled, and some 14,000 refugees were resettled in the area between October 2002 and March 2016. Dozens of internationally owned companies have operations in the Kansas City region; countless more contribute to the area’s trade with top partners China, Canada, Mexico, Germany, and Taiwan. The Kansas City, Missouri, School District instructs students with more than 50 different home languages, and Kansas and Missouri welcomed a combined 34,000 international students in the 2015-16 school year with an economic impact of nearly $950 million.

Our programs

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International Speaker Series

Academic WorldQuest

Great Decisions

Global Honors Evening


Berkley Lecture

Global Experience Series

IRC Speakers Bureau

Your Global Future

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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Most fundamentally, the IRC promotes a globally informed and engaged community in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area.

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

World Affairs Councils of America - Member


International Relations Council of Kansas City

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Board Leadership Practices

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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?