REGISTER NOW!   Sunday, September 23, 2018   *Luncheon Event* Annual Trustee Luncheon   Please plan to attend our Annual Trustee Luncheon on September 23rd at the beautiful Balboa Bay Club! This important event is one of the occasions where all of our Trustees have the opportunity to engage and learn more about the Council’s past and upcoming year.  It is also the time that the new officers are elected […]

Thursday, September 13, 2018   *Evening Lecture Event* (Not a Dinner Event)   Annual General Membership Meeting with  Arif Alikhan Former Assistant Secretary for Policy Development at the United States Department of Homeland Security appointed under President Obama. Former Senior Adviser to both Attorney General John Ashcroft and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to handle cyber-crime and intellectual property initiatives. Distinguished Professor of Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism at the National Defense […]

*OPEN TO WACOC TRUSTEES ONLY*   SUMMER TRUSTEES SOCIAL   “Conversation on Eastern and Central Europe”   Wednesday, July 11, 2018 with  Ambassador Dimitar Abadjiev Current Bulgarian Ambassador to Slovenia   Dimitar Abadjiev is the current Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to Slovenia. He was also the Consul General for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria in Shanghai, China and a Board Member and Head of Corporate Affairs […]

Wednesday, June 27, 2018   *Evening Dinner Event*   “Why NAFTA & U.S. Mexico Relations Are Important To You” with Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne Former US Ambassador to Mexico (2011-2015) Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs (2000-2006) Former US Ambassador to Argentina (2007-2009)   Some politicians seem not to have a core ideology, and we call them “Flip-Floppers”.  Mexico’s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is not one […]

Friday, June 15, 2018   *Lunch Event*   “The Velvet Revolution and the Advance of Democracy: Where Can It Lead? with Ambassador Grigor Hovhannessian Current Ambassador of Armenia to the United States   It has been called the “Velvet Revolution”.  Starting March 31, 2018, the citizens of Armenia using social media demanded that their Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resign after he initiated further consolidation of power for himself, after 10 […]

SAVE THE DATE!   Sunday, June 3, 2018   Join the British American Business Council (BABC) & World Affairs Council of Orange County (WACOC) for the  Annual British Garden Party   Enjoy the stunning ocean views, live music, Pimms, British tea sandwiches and petite desserts and British style from Clements & Church, India Hicks and Aston Martin. VENUE: Montage Laguna Beach (30801 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651) TIME: 11:00 AM […]

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018   *EVENING LECTURE EVENT*   “Russia’s Border Wars & Frozen Conflicts” with Ambassador Steven Pifer Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Former Special Assistant to the President Former Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine, & Eurasia on the National Security Council & James Coyle, Ph.D. Director of Center for Global Education at Chapman University Nonresident Senior Research Fellow, Atlantic Council   Russian President Vladimir Putin has been quite […]

THURSDAY, MAY 24TH, 2018   *PREMIUM MEMBER LUNCHEON *   “From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia” with Ambassador Michael McFaul Former US Ambassador To Russia (2012-2014) Professor of Political Science at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University   How can we best describe US-Russia relations?  Michael McFaul, recent US Ambassador to Russia, says we have just transitioned from a “Cold […]

WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL OF ORANGE COUNTY   will be sponsoring with   GREATER IRVINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE   ORANGE COUNTY WORLD TRADE WEEK Breakfast & Forum Joe Kiani Keynote Speaker Masimo Founder, Chairman, and CEO   Program: Orange County Trade Overview Export Success Stories Panel featuring small, medium and large company export experiences Trade EXPO: Network and connect with International consuls, chambers, trade organizations to explore and expand your exporting capacity […]

Thursday, April 26th, 2018   “Independent Filmmaking in Contemporary China” with   Paul Pickowicz, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of History and Chinese Studies at the University of California, San Diego   Everyone knows there is state-sector filmmaking in China closely supervised closely by the government.  Much of it falls into the propaganda or commercial light entertainment categories.  What many people outside China do not know is that non-state-sector independent filmmaking also takes […]