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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.

Annual Holiday Event: Around the World in the Year Ahead with Dr. Greg Treverton

WACOC Annual Holiday Event Around the World in the Year Ahead Tuesday, December 7, 2021  with Dr. Greg Treverton Chairman, Nation Intelligence Council (2014-2017) Former Director of the Center for Global Risk & Security and the Intelligence Policy Center, Rand Corporation (2004-2014) Senior Advisor, Transnational Threats Project, CSIS Featuring a performance from the world-renowned opera singer, Cesar Sanchez Sponsored by Drs. Tom and Cynthia Coad The World Affairs Council of Orange County is happy to present our annual Holiday Event, Around the World in the Year Ahead on December 7th, 2021. Join us at the wonderful Costa Mesa Marriott for food, drinks, and a stunning performance by the world-renowned opera singer Cesar Sanchez. We are also delighted to welcome Dr. Greg Treverton as he explains the most important topics to be aware of in 2022. Our Programs Co-Chair, Dr. Kyle Longley (Director of the War and Society Program and Professor of History at Chapman University) will moderate this very exciting conversation. We hope to see you there, and to celebrate the holidays together! Speaker Bio: Gregory F. Treverton stepped down as Chair of the National Intelligence Council in January 2017. He is Chair, Global TechnoPolitics Forum and senior adviser to the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and a professor of the practice of international relations and Spatial Sciences at the University of Southern California. Earlier, he directed the RAND Corporation’s Center for Global Risk and Security and before that its Intelligence Policy Center and its International Security and Defense Policy Center. He has served in government for the first Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the National Security Council and Vice Chair of the National Intelligence Council. He has taught at Harvard and Columbia universities, in addition to RAND, been a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and deputy director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. He holds an AB summa cum laude from Princeton University and an MPP (Master’s in Public Policy) and PhD in economics and politics from Harvard.  His latest books are Telling Truth to Power:  A History of the National Intelligence Council, (edited, with Robert Hutchings), Oxford University Press, 2019; and National Intelligence and Science:  Beyond the Great Divide in Analysis and Policy, (with Wilhelm Agrell), Oxford University Press, 2015.   Location: Costa Mesa Marriott 500 Anton Blvd Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Date & Time: Tuesday, December 7, 2021 Reception 5:30 PM | Dinner and Presentation 6:30 PM Price: $70 – Members $75 – Non Members Covid Protocols: Proof of vaccination or 24-hour test to be presented at the door

“There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the 21st Century” A Conversation with Dr. Fiona Hill

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 @ 1:30 PM PST | 4:30 PM EST The World Affairs Council of Orange County Presents: “There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the 21st Century”: A Conversation with Dr. Fiona Hill Senior Director for Europe and Russia of the National Security Council (2017-2019) Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution Author of New Book, “There’s Nothing For You Here” A Webinar Event About the Book:  Fiona Hill grew up in a world of terminal decay. The last of the local mines had closed, businesses were shuttering, and despair was etched in the faces around her. Her father urged her to get out of their blighted corner of northern England: “There is nothing for you here, pet,” he said. The coal-miner’s daughter managed to go further than he ever could have dreamed. She studied in Moscow and at Harvard, became an American citizen, and served three U.S. Presidents. But in the heartlands of both Russia and the United States, she saw troubling reflections of her hometown and similar populist impulses. By the time she offered her brave testimony in the first impeachment inquiry of President Trump, Hill knew that the desperation of forgotten people was driving American politics over the brink—and that we were running out of time to save ourselves from Russia’s fate. In this powerful, deeply personal account, she shares what she has learned, and shows why expanding opportunity is the only long-term hope for our democracy. Speaker Biography: Fiona Hill is the Robert Bosch senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. She recently served as deputy assistant to the president and senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council from 2017 to 2019. From 2006 to 2009, she served as national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at The National Intelligence Council. She is co-author of “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin” (Brookings Institution Press, 2015). Prior to joining Brookings, Hill was director of strategic planning at The Eurasia Foundation in Washington, D.C. From 1991 to 1999, she held a number of positions directing technical assistance and research projects at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, including associate director of the Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project, director of the Project on Ethnic Conflict in the Former Soviet Union, and coordinator of the Trilateral Study on Japanese-Russian-U.S. Relations. Hill has researched and published extensively on issues related to Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, regional conflicts, energy, and strategic issues. Her book with Brookings Senior Fellow Clifford Gaddy,“The Siberian Curse: How Communist Planners Left Russia Out in the Cold,” was published by Brookings Institution Press in December 2003, and her monograph, “Energy Empire: Oil, Gas and Russia’s Revival,” was published by the London Foreign Policy Centre in 2004. The first edition of “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin” was published by Brookings Institution Press in December 2013, also with Clifford Gaddy.

WACOC – Academic World Quest 2022

Academic World Quest is Back and IN PERSON! Date: March 19, 2022 (tentative) Time: TBA Venue: TBA Registration Open NOW! Click the link below to register your team today. http://weblink.donorperfect.com/WACOC-AWQ Academic WorldQuest is a flagship program of the World Affairs Councils of America. AWQ engages more than 4,000 high school students annually across the U.S. to test their knowledge of global issues and foreign policy in competitions across the country. AWQ’s mission is to offer high school students an interactive way to learn about critical challenges in today’s world. “We learned so much about the city, our government, our world, and each other. It was an unforgettable experience.” – Testimonial From Briana, Celine, Jacob, and Kiernan of Marina High School (2018 Local Competition Winners) The local competition will be held on a Saturday in March 2022. A study guide will be distributed from the national World Affairs Council board to the participating schools a couple days after registration. We are hoping to confirm participants as soon as possible so that students have adequate time to prepare. Please note that the deadline to register your team is December 29, 2021. Winners will receive a paid, all inclusive trip to the AWQ competition in Washington DC!

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