Register Now! “A Conversation with Former Ambassador John Negroponte”   Thursday, February 14th, 2019 *Lunch Event* With Ambassador John Negroponte The World Affairs Council of Orange County invites you to attend a luncheon event at The Westin South Coast Plaza featuring Ambassador John Negroponte.  Ambassador Negroponte is uniquely qualified to help us understand the shifting foreign and security policy landscape that confronts America.  Ambassador Negroponte’s remarks will focus on the U.S. – […]

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 *Dinner Event* With Gregory A. Daddis Presenting Sponsor: Mark Chapin Johnson Foundation In January 1969, Richard M. Nixon became our nation’s 37th president. His most pressing foreign policy concern was ending the long war in Vietnam in a way, he hoped, would secure “peace with honor.” What perspectives can be gleaned from this conflict on foreign policy decision-making, on civil-military relations, and on the problems of departing […]

REGISTER NOW!   WACOC’S Annual Holiday Event   Monday, December 3, 2018 *Dinner Event*     Congressman Ed Royce   Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee   U.S. Representative of California’s 39th Congressional District   Former Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade   “Royce has always been driven by a desire to do the right thing and not let partisan politics or special interests get in […]

 Thursday, November 1, 2018 5:30pm   Trustees Only- Complementary Dinner Event *Bring One Guest* *Limited Seating* Can Oğuz has been a career officer in the Turkish diplomatic service since 2000.  Before assuming his duties as Turkey’s Consul General to Los Angeles in December 2017, he served as Head of Department in the Deputy Directorate General for Iraq at the Turkish Foreign Ministry between 2015-2017.  He served in the Turkish Embassy […]

Monday, October 22, 2018 *Dinner Event* “AMERICA’S ROLE IN THE WORLD AND AT HOME UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP” Tom Campbell Moderator US Congressman (1989-1993; 1995-2001) Dean, Chapman Univ. Fowler School of Law (2011-2016) interviews:  William Kristol Founder and Editor-at-large of the political magazine The Weekly Standard Chief of staff to Reagan’s Secretary of Education, William Bennett Chief of Staff to the Vice President under Dan Quayle in the George H. W. Bush Administration […]

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 […]