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 […]

REGISTER NOW!   Tuesday, December 19th, 2017   Annual Holiday Party & Sir Eldon Griffith’s Around the World Talk “Global Challenges for the US & The World in the Coming Year” with Nubar Hovsepian, PhD. Chair & Associate Professor of Political Science at Chapman University    & Special Guest Performance by: Cesar Sanchez   Francis Fukuyama declared that the end of the Cold War, was the triumph of liberal democracy. This […]

The World Affairs Council of Orange County & The Richard Nixon Foundation   REGISTER NOW!   TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28th, 2017    “Assessment of President Trump’s Emerging “America First” Foreign & Economic Policies”   Dinner with General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus   Venue: The Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum   Member $150 Non-Member $175   For Sponsorship Level seating please contact our office at (949)-253-5751 or e-mail us at […]

November 2017 “Myanmar: The Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya & Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s Reaction” with   Dr. Azeem Ibrahim Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Policy and Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Dr. Azeem Ibrahim is author of the recently released, “The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide.”  Over 400,000, 1/4 of the Rohingya population in Rakhine State, have fled […]

Thursday, October 19th, 2017   REGISTER NOW!   “Global Disaster Relief & Responding to Humanitarian Crises”   with   Kerri Murray President of ShelterBox USA   Currently, there are approximately 65 million people or close to 1% of the global population displaced due to the hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Caribbean, and US states bordering the Gulf of Mexico, the earthquakes in Mexico, and the millions of refugees in war-torn countries.  […]

Wednesday, September 27th 2017   SAVE THE DATE!   Annual General Membership Meeting “Europe: An Ambassador’s Perspective On What No One Will Tell You”   with   Ambassador (Rtd) Howard Gutman  Former US Ambassador to Belgium   Who is Europe and why are they saying those things about us?  Who is the second most dangerous threat to the U.S.-European relationship? Is Brexit the divorce that never happens?  How did the […]