REGISTER NOW!   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 […]

REGISTER NOW!   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 […]

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 […]

REGISTER NOW!   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 […]

REGISTER NOW!   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 […]

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 […]

REGISTER NOW!   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 […]

REGISTER NOW!   Wednesday, March 28th, 2018   “Yemen: The War the World Ignores At Its Peril”   Ambassador Stephen Seche Former Ambassador to Yemen Executive Vice President of the Arab Gulf States Institute   What started as a Yemeni power struggle between competing domestic competitors, has morphed into a situation where Yeminis are the unfortunate pawns in a regional power-struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Even before war broke […]

REGISTER NOW!   Thursday, March 1st, 2017   “The New Diplomacy: 21st Century Challenges in Foreign Policy”   Ambassador Cameron Munter President & CEO of East West Institute Former US Ambassador to Serbia & Pakistan   In the 21st century, many problems defy simple state to state solutions.  For example, what do we do about the ongoing refugee crisis, climate change, and cyber-security? Cyber-security for example, is the ultimate trans-national […]

REGISTER NOW!   Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018    WACOC’s 50th Anniversary *Black tie optional*   “Middle East Meltdown: Causes & Consequences for the U.S.”   Ambassador Ryan Crocker Former Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon Recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom   The World Affairs Council of Orange County will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary with one of the highest profile American diplomats of our generation, Ambassador Ryan […]