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As a World Affairs Council member, you join a diverse group of individuals who are passionate about expanding international awareness. Members participate in world class events featuring speakers who provide the stories behind the headlines as well as special receptions and gatherings.

As a member you will have the opportunity to build relationships with other liked minded individuals and professionals that in the local international affairs community. Your membership is valuable in supporting World Affairs Council programming and student outreach in the community.

September 29th – “The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations” with Daniel Yergin

Tuesday, September 29th at 9 AM PST Join the World Affairs Councils of Dallas Fort Worth and Orange County for a livestream event on: In 2018, American fracking overtook Russia and Saudi Arabia to make the U.S. the world’s largest oil producer. But in the April throes of COVID-19, U.S. crude fell to a negative value for the first time in history. The foundations of energy, international politics and economics have shifted, but master storyteller and global energy expert Dr. Daniel Yergin has drawn a new map of what he calls a world “being shaken by the collision of energy, climate change, and the clashing power of nations in a time of global crisis.” Reg Manhas will talk with the man Fortune called “one of the planet’s foremost thinkers about energy and its implications.” Daniel Yergin is the founder of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates and Vice Chairman of IHS. Dr. Yergin won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for his bestselling definitive history of oil, “The Prize,” and “The New Map” is his fourth book. He was awarded the United States Energy Award for “lifelong achievements in energy and the promotion of international understanding.” He serves on the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and chaired the U.S. Department of Energy’s Task Force on Strategic Energy Research and Development. Dr. Yergin is a director of the Council on Foreign Relations and a trustee of the Brookings Institution. Dr. Yergin holds a B.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. In conversation with Reg Manhas Reg Manhas is Principal at Purcell Global Strategies. He built and led the external affairs and sustainability functions at Talisman Energy and Kosmos Energy, and has two decades of experience managing complex above ground risks in over 25 countries on 5 continents. Reg has degrees in chemical engineering and law from the University of British Columbia. Purchase the book from Interabang

September 29th – October 2nd: Global Security Forum 2020 | Battlefronts

Tuesday, September 29th at 9 AM PDT – Friday October 2nd at 12:30 PM PDT Join the World Affairs Councils of Connecticut and Orange County for a livestream event on: Global Security Forum 2020 | Battlefronts A cyberattack. A satellite takeover. A climate crisis. A global pandemic. These are some of the emerging battlefronts we face in 2020 and beyond. Global Security Forum 2020: Battlefronts is coming to you virtually from Tuesday, September 29 through Friday, October 2 and packed with more powerhouse leaders in national and global security than ever before. Be a part of the national conversation about the security of our nation and the future of the world. Majority of the events are free – RSVP today. Sometimes, our biggest battles are faced outside the field.


Tuesday, October 20th at 9 AM PDT – Friday October 23rd at 12:00 PM PDT   Join the Bureau of Industry and Security and World Affairs Councils of Orange County for a livestream event on: COMPLYING WITH US EXPORT CONTROLS In partnership with the District Export Council of Southern California, and utilizing the power of virtual, interactive learning tools, BIS is now offering our popular Complying with U.S. Export Controls seminar as an online program. This interactive course delivers critical information for compliance with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). This seminar will be a live online event: an opportunity to see and hear BIS Specialists present, have your questions answered, and participate in interactive exercises to expand your regulatory and compliance knowledge. Experienced BIS Specialists will deliver the training in four, three-hour sessions from 9am to 12pm PDT (UTC-7) daily. The information covered will include the same topics typically covered in the two day, in-person programs: Scope of the EAR, how to classify your items for export, how to apply for an export license, understanding and using license exceptions, deemed exports, de minimis and direct product rules, export clearances, export enforcement, and developing an export management and compliance program. This program will also feature a guest speaker from the Census Bureau to discuss the Automated Export System. With the travel, budget, and time limits we all face, this program offers a timely, cost-effective, and highly accessible way to learn about the EAR and the steps to comply. Participation Requirements: • Reliable and stable internet connection • Computer with audio to participate in the virtual seminar and digital learning exercises This professionally designed and monitored platform will give access to all presentation materials and include real-time question and answer sessions. If you miss one of the days, sessions will be recorded and available for viewing to attendees. Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit (11 MCLE credits) is available for California State Bar members. REGISTRATION FEE: The registration fee for the seminar is $430 and includes seminar materials which will be handed out in digital format on the day of the seminar. The registration fee is non-refundable after October 6, 2020. Deadline to register as well as substitutions within the same company can be made online on the registration form up until October 13, 2020. For questions or information regarding registration, please contact: BISSupport@decsocal.org For more information on how the program will work or questions on the topics to be covered, please call the BIS Western Regional Office at (949) 660-0144, (408) 998-8806, or by email.

November 18-20: WACA’S 2020 National Conference

Wednesday – Friday, November 18 – 20, 2020   WACA’S 2020 National Conference The WACA National Conference, WACA’s annual flagship event for more than three decades, will be all digital. COVID-19 has forced WACA to renegotiate their contract with The Mayflower Hotel. We look forward to reconvening in person for our 2021 and 2022 conferences. For now, WACA will be reimagining the design of this year’s program with an all-star speaker lineup. Stay tuned! Keep checking back at WACA’s page and subscribe to their newsletters for all 2020 Conference announcements regarding topics, speakers, working agenda, and other important information. We look forward to seeing you in 2020! In the meantime, checkout highlights from the 2019 Conference!

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