World Policy Council

World Policy Council

The mission of the Alpha Phi Alpha World Policy Council (WPC) is to address issues of concern to our brotherhood, our communities, our nation, and the world. The council has been charged with applying sustained and profound intellectual energy to understanding an alternative means of bringing about the resolution of problems at the community, national, and international levels; expanding fraternal and public knowledge of such problems, and engaging public discussion about them. The council, in fulfilling its mission, is non-partisan, gives consideration to domestic and international issues, seeks the counsel of experts in relevant fields, provides perspectives on specific problems, and, where practicable, recommends possible solutions that may have a favorable impact on African Americans, the community, the nation, and the world.

In the World Policy Council’s evaluative report on the Obama administration’s first four years we notes, “with dramatic climate change already upon us, [President Obama’s] responsibility for mobilizing public opinion for the long haul may be critical.” As the waning days of President Obama’s tenure unfold, it is clear that the political challenges to environmental policy formulation are formidable. The president has demonstrated his commitment to environmental protection most recently by his leadership in Paris climate summit and the difficult decision to stop the Keystone Pipeline project.

In 2012, the World Policy Council applauded President Obama’s performance in steering the country through worldwide economic crisis, deep domestic political division, and proliferating international conflict. We said he deserved the opportunity to pursue his “unfinished agenda” in a second term. The council reviews herewith Mr. Obama’s handling of the critical issues facing his presidency, those held over from his first term and those unforeseen.

The World Policy Council reviews President Barack Obama’s performance as chief executive in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election. Our principal areas of focus are his performance on domestic issues—the economy, healthcare, education, racial and cultural conflicts and immigration—and his role as world leader—global economic issues, U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, the search for Arab and Israeli peace, the balance of power in the Pacific and environmental challenges.

This report deals with six separate issues deemed to be of national and/or international importance: Haiti: relief, recovery, and development; immigration issues; taking back our country; the Bush administration and African health; Africom: an unnecessary and dangerous idea; plight of the African-American male.

This report deals with The Black College Fraternity at One Hundred; the millennium challenge; a “revolution of values” to achieve the goal of what King called “The World House.”

This report deals with the millennium challenge, “extraordinary rendition” and justice denied, and Katrina, the tragedy and policy implications.

World Policy Council Members

HORACE G. DAWSON JR., Chairman [Nu ’46] 

HENRY PONDER, Vice Chairman [Beta Kappa ’48]

BOBBY W. AUSTIN [Tau Lambda ’68]


RONALD DELLUMS [Delta Omicron ’57]

KENTON W. KEITH [Upsilon ’58]

CHARLES B. RANGEL [Alpha Gamma Lambda ’64]


CORNEL WEST [Zeta Beta Lambda ’96] 

KANTON T. REYNOLDS [Eta Omicron ‘91]