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Rick Wicks

Council member, Streit Council

Rick was born in Iowa, raised in Alaska, and has lived in California and DC. He is a graduate of St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

He has had a dual “career” in social-welfare work (teaching elementary school, working with severely autistic children, director of preschool and childcare center, counseling street alcoholics) and accounting/management (international law firm, title insurance firm, international economic consulting firm). He has traveled extensively in Asia as well as Europe, in the Caribbean, and a bit in Central America and Africa.

He drafted “Common Sense for World Democracy” in 1985; met Tom Hudgens and joined the Assn. to Unite the Democracies (AUD) in 1986. He was a co-founder of World Democracy News, was its editor in 1987-89, as well as Vice President and President of the World Government Organizations Coalition (now the Coalition for Democratic World Government), 1988-90.

His wife is Swedish (met in Bangladesh), they moved to Sweden in 1992, daughter and son raised there. He has a doctorate in economics (“the foundations of micro”) at Göteborgs Universitet, 2012.

He joined the Association to Unite the Democracies (AUD)  Board in 1990, assisted with organization of an  international conference on “Euro-Atlantic Integration and Russia after 9/11” in Moscow in 2002. He has served on the board of the Streit Council for a Union of Democracies since its inception in the early 2000s. He has been a member of the Swedish Atlantic Council and is an active volunteer with Democrats Abroad and