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“Russian Military Capability, The Lessons of Fighting and What’s Next in US-Russian-Ukraine Security Negotiations” with Retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Peter B. Zwack

The World Affairs Council of Orange County presents: “Russian Military Capability, The Lessons of Fighting and What’s Next in US-Russian-Ukraine Security Negotiations” with Retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Peter B. Zwack (Former U.S. Army Brigadier General- served in Moscow from 2012 to 2014 as the U.S. senior defense official and attaché to the Russian Federation Wilson Center Global Fellow at the Kennan Institute) We are delighted to invite you to our event on June 8, 2022. We will be returning to the prestigious Pacific Club where Peter B. Zwack will discuss Russia’s military capabilities, why was Russia not able to overpower Ukraine, what military lessons both on the battlefield and in cyberspace can be learned from the past 3+ months about Russia’s military capability, what do future NATO-Russian-Ukrainian-US security negotiations look like, and when will it end? — In-Person and Live Stream Event Date & Time: Wednesday, June 8, 2022 5:30 PM Reception 6:30 PM Dinner & Main Program Location: The Pacific Club 4110 MacArthur Blvd. Newport Beach CA 92660 Tickets: Early Bird Discount Ends June 1st! Register Before June 1st to get a $10 discount on the prices below!  Members: $75 Non-Members: $85 Livestream: $20 Covid Protocols: Proof of vaccination or 24-hour test to be provided at the door — Speaker Bio: From 2012 – 2014, BG (r) Peter Zwack served as the United States Senior Defense Official and Attache to the Russian Federation. By interacting with Russians at multiple levels since 1989, including defense, security, academia, policy, veterans, and private citizens, BG Zwack developed a personal hands-on perspective on Russia and Eurasian security affairs during a turbulent period that included the recent strife in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. BG Zwack enlisted in the US Army in 1980 and received his commission via Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Benning, Georgia. He subsequently served 34 years as a Military Intelligence and Eurasian Foreign Area Officer serving in diverse and challenging duty locations including West Germany, South Korea, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Russia. Inducted into the OCS Hall of Fame in 2015, BG Zwack is a recipient of the Bronze Star, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and numerous other awards and decorations. He was also honored as the Joint Chief’s of Staff “Action Officer of the Year” in 1999 and proudly wears the Ranger Tab and Airborne Wings. Retired in 2015, he served as the Senior Russia-Eurasia Fellow at the Institute of National Strategic Studies, National Defense University and is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Pell Center, Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. As such, he regularly consults, writes and lectures within the interagency, defense department, think tanks, and academic institutions on contemporary Russian and Eurasian security issues, and leadership lessons learned. BG Zwack speaks Russian, German, Italian, and some French.

“Timely Perspectives On Our Nation’s Security” with Admiral Phil Davidson (ret) 25th Commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command (2018-2021)

The World Affairs Council of Orange County presents: “Timely Perspectives On Our Nation’s Security” with Admiral Phil Davidson (ret) 25th Commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command (2018-2021) Retired Admiral Davidson will discuss the security environment in the Indo-Pacific, America’s deep economic and security interests there, and how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine affects our interests at home and abroad around the world. In-Person Event Date & Time: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 5:30 PM Reception 6:30 PM Dinner & Main Program Location: The Pacific Club 4110 MacArthur Blvd. Newport Beach CA 92660 Tickets: Members: $70 Non-Members: $80 Livestream: $20 Covid Protocols: Proof of vaccination or 24-hour test to be provided at the door   — Speaker Bio: Retired Admiral Phil Davidson brings a wealth of experience in national security affairs, strategy development, and risk analysis, as well as regional security insights in the Indo-Pacific, in Europe, and in the Middle East. Admiral Davidson was the 25th Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) in Honolulu, Hawaii. In this capacity, he led the United States’ oldest and largest combatant command, consisting of nearly 380,000 personnel, and held the responsibilities for all U.S. military activities across the Indo-Pacific, covering half the globe, from 2018 to 2021. In his nearly 39 years of active service, he previously commanded U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, VA, U.S. SIXTH FLEET and STRIKFORNATO in Europe, as well as a carrier strike group, a cruiser and a frigate, and held assignments in the White House, the State Department, the Pentagon and every major geographic fleet in the U.S. Navy. In addition to private sector work, Admiral Davidson now serves on Military Advisory Groups at both the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA and the U.S. Institute of Peace. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

“China’s Rising Authoritarianism: Implications for Vulnerable Ethnic & Religious Groups & Uyghur Genocide”

  The World Affairs Council of Orange County proudly presents: “China’s Rising Authoritarianism: Implications for Vulnerable Ethnic & Religious Groups & Uyghur Genocide””  with Rushan Abbas — A Zoom Webinar Event Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 1:00 PM PST Speaker Bio: Ms. Rushan Abbas was born, raised, and attended university in Urumchi, the capital city in East Turkistan (AKA Xinjiang). She has been an activist since her days at university in East Turkistan, where she co-organized pro-democracy protests in the mid and late 80s. Since coming to the United States in 1989, she has been a tireless advocate for Uyghur rights. Recently, after Beijing accelerated the genocidal policies in East Turkistan, in 2017, she established the Campaign for Uyghurs to advocate for her people among the government officials and lawmakers, interfaith organizations, universities and think tanks and as well as the grassroots movements. In September 2018, her own sister, Dr. Gulshan Abbas was abducted by the Chinese regime and illegally sentenced to prison in retaliation for Ms. Abbas’s activism. Today, Ms. Abbas continues to advocate for her release and the freedom of millions of other Uyghurs as well as delivering remarks at national and international forums. She frequently testifies at the Congress, briefs, and advises on policy and legislative response. Ms. Abbas received a Freedom Fighter 2019 Award for her work raising awareness on the current Uyghur Genocide. She resides in Virginia.

POSTPONED: “An Intelligence Officer’s View of the World” with Former Acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell

  POSTPONED Due to unforeseen technical circumstances affecting our keynote speaker, we have had to postpone this webinar. We will be rescheduling with a new date very soon. Your registeration and credit will be transferred onto the new webinar’s date. We are very sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause. Please contact us with any questions or concerns. Email: orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org Phone: 949-354-3180   The World Affairs Council of Orange County proudly presents: “An Intelligence Officer’s View of the World”  with Michael Morell  (Acting Director of the CIA, 2011, 2012-2013  Deputy Director of the CIA, 2010-2013)  — Tickets:  TBA Covid Protocols: Please note that due to COVID-19 concerns, the World Affairs Council of Orange County will be requiring proof of vaccination or a 24-hour negative test to be presented at the door. We appreciate your cooperation. — Speaker Bio: Michael Morell, the former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is one of our nation’s leading national security professionals, with extensive experience in intelligence and foreign policy. He has been at the center of our nation’s fight against terrorism, its work to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and its efforts to respond to trends that are altering the international landscape—including the rise of China, a revanchist Russia, and the cyber threat. Politico has called Michael the “Bob Gates of his generation.” During his 33-year career at CIA, Michael served as Deputy Director for three-and-a-half years, a job in which he managed the Agency’s day-to-day operations and analysis, represented the Agency at the White House and Congress, and maintained the Agency’s relationships with intelligence services and foreign leaders around the world. Michael also served twice as Acting Director, leading CIA when Leon Panetta was confirmed as Secretary of Defense and again after David Petraeus left government. Michael’s senior assignments at CIA also included serving for two years as the Director of Intelligence, the Agency’s top analyst, and for two years as Executive Director, the CIA’s top administrator—managing human resources, the budget, security, and information technology for an agency the size of a Fortune 200 firm. Michael has been a witness to history on multiple occasions. He is the only person who was both with President Bush on September 11th, when al-Qaida burst into the American consciousness, and with President Obama on May 1st, when Bin Laden was brought to justice. Michael played a major role in the Bin Laden operation. Michael was known inside the CIA for his leadership. He inspired individuals and work units to perform beyond expectations. He mentored many Agency officers into the senior leadership ranks, including a significant number of women and minorities. When he departed the CIA, thousands of officers wrote Michael notes of thanks. Michael is the recipient of many awards. He received the Presidential Rank Award for exceptional performance – the nation’s highest honor for civilian service. He also received the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the CIA’s highest award, for his role in the Bin Ladin operation. Michael is also the recipient of the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and the Department of Defense Service Medal. […]

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