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October 17, 2021: Annual Trustee Luncheon 

**Due to COVID-19 concerns, the World Affairs Council is taking extra precautionary measures to ensure the safety of our members and guests. Thus, in order to create the safest environment possible, the World Affairs Council of Orange County will be requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test taken within 72 hours to be presented at the door. We also ask that you inform any of your guests of our updated COVID protocols. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.** Annual Trustee Luncheon  Sunday, October 17, 2021 A Luncheon Event Please Join us for a Sunday Brunch and our Annual Trustee Social. This important event welcomes all of our Trustees for a recap of the previous year and a look into our future term. We will also be officially welcoming the incoming executive board for the 2021-2022 term! Registration to open now! Date: Sunday, October 17, 2021 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Reception 12:30 – 2:30 – Lunch and Presentation Location: BALBOA BAY CLUB 1221 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663 Price: TRUSTEES: $90 TRUSTEE “PLUS ONE”: $90  

The Art of War in an Age of Peace: U.S. Grand Strategy and Resolute Restraint

Friday, October 29, 2021 @ 1:00 PM PST | 4:00 PM EST The World Affairs Council of Orange County Presents: The Art of War in an Age of Peace: U.S. Grand Strategy and Resolute Restraint Panelist Biography: Michael O’Hanlon is a senior fellow, and director of research, in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in U.S. defense strategy, the use of military force, and American national security policy. He co-directs the Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology; the Defense Industrial Base working group; and the Africa Security Initiative within the Foreign Policy program, as well. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia and Georgetown universities, a professional lecturer at George Washington University, and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. O’Hanlon was also a member of the external advisory board at the Central Intelligence Agency from 2011-12. O’Hanlon has written several hundred op-eds in newspapers including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Japan Times, USA Today, and Pakistan’s Dawn paper.  His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, Survival, Washington Quarterly, Joint Forces Quarterly, and International Security, among other publications. O’Hanlon has appeared on television or spoken on the radio some 4,000 times since September 11, 2001. In 2021, O’Hanlon was named one of Washingtonian’s “Most Influential People” in national security and defense. O’Hanlon was an analyst at the Congressional Budget Office from 1989 to 1994. He also worked previously at the Institute for Defense Analyses. His doctorate from Princeton is in public and international affairs; his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, also from Princeton, are in the physical sciences. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Congo/Kinshasa (the former Zaire) from 1982-84, where he taught college and high school physics in French. Earlier, he worked on a dairy farm in Upstate New York, where he grew up, and attempted (unsuccessfully) with a team of Princeton experimental physicists in the “Gravity Group” to disprove Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. If you wish to purchase Michael O’Hanlon’s book, “The Art of War in an Age of Peace: U.S. Grand Strategy and Resolute Restraint,” it is available for purchase here: https://www.amazon.com/Art-War-Age-Peace-Restraint/dp/0300256779    Moderator Biography: Elizabeth Shackelford joined the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in January 2021 as senior fellow on US foreign policy. Her analysis, writing, and outreach focus on building awareness and understanding of a “restraint” approach to foreign policy, which seeks to limit the use of military force to the defense of core US national security interests and favors robust diplomatic engagement. Shackelford was a career diplomat with the US Department of State until December 2017, when she resigned in protest of the Trump administration. Her resignation letter was the first to draw widespread attention to the declining state of diplomacy under Donald Trump. She is the author of The Dissent Channel: American Diplomacy in a Dishonest Age, winner of the 2020 Douglas Dillon Book Award. Using both firsthand and historical observations, The Dissent Channel demonstrates that the crisis in US foreign policy predated recent efforts to […]

November 1st, 2021: A Conversation with Scott Gottlieb, MD – “Uncontrolled Spread: Why COVID-19 Crushed Us and How We Can Defeat the Next Pandemic”

A Conversation with Dr. Scott Gottlieb “Uncontrolled Spread: Why COVID-19 Crushed US and How We Can Defeat the Next Pandemic”  Monday, November 1st 2021 Speaker: Dr. Scott Gottlieb Former FDA Commissioner, 2017 – 2019 ____ The World Affairs Council of Orange County and Chapman University current COVID-19 protocols are as follows:  Proof of vaccination or negative test within 24 HOURS will be required.  All guests must wear masks, unless eating or drinking and the completion of a visitor questionnaire by all individuals accessing University facilities.  A Chapman University Daily COVID Screening email will be sent to individuals who complete the questionnaire with a clear statement.  The “clear” email must be produced upon request to access facilities. Masks must be worn indoors at all times regardless of vaccination status. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. ____ The World Affairs Council of Orange County is excited to announce our upcoming lecture event at Sandhu Conference Center in Chapman University. Please join us in welcoming Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD to discuss his New York Times bestselling book, “Uncontrolled Spread: Why COVID-19 Crushed US and How We Can Defeat the Next Pandemic.” Enjoy hors d’oeuvres while listening to Dr. Scott Gottlieb identify the reasons why the US was caught unprepared for the pandemic and how the country can improve its strategic planning to prepare for future viral threats. A copy of Dr. Scott Gottlieb’s book is included with registration, and be sure to stick around to the end of the event for a book signing! __ This event is being presented in a hybrid format. For the registration to our in-person event, please click here: Register for in-person event For the registration to our live Webinar via Zoom, please click here: Register for Live Zoom event  ___ Location:   Sandhu Conference Center Chapman University 571 North Grand Street Orange, CA   Time: Reception at 6:00PM – 7:00PM Main Program at 7:00PM – 8:30PM Book Signing at 8:30PM – 9:00 PM   Food & Drinks: Hors d’oeuvres & Cash Bar   Tickets: VIP Reception:  6:00PM – 7:00PM – $100 per person (includes one copy of his book) *to attend VIP reception, you must also register for your general ticket below* Ticket price for members:  $50 (includes one copy of his book) Ticket price for non-members: $60 (includes one copy of his book) Ticket for member couple:  $90 (includes one copy of his book) Ticket for non-member couple: $110 (includes one copy of his book) Ticket for students (18+ only): $20 (includes one copy of his book)  *Please note the student admission is for presentation only, from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Ticket for webinar: $30 (includes one copy of his book) ___ CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY / COVID-19:  Guests to the campus, who are attending the event, must follow local and state health agencies recommendations, which may include wearing masks, social distancing, contact tracing, and cancelation of the event if COVID-19 or one of its strains were to worsen.  Please review Chapman’s current COVID-19 Policies and Procedures. CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY VISITOR DAILY SURVEY (Required Day Of): Your confirmation email will include a PDF document with instructions for the Visitor Daily Survey. The Visitor Daily […]

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