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A single person can change million lives

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“The Velvet Revolution and the Advance of Democracy: Where Can It Lead?” with Ambassador Grigor Hovhannessian

Friday, June 15, 2018

 

*Lunch Event*

 

“The Velvet Revolution and the Advance of Democracy: Where Can It Lead?

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Ambassador Grigor Hovhannessian

Current Ambassador of Armenia to the United States

 

It has been called the “Velvet Revolution”.  Starting March 31, 2018, the citizens of Armenia using social media demanded that their Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resign after he initiated further consolidation of power for himself, after 10 years of ruling in Armenia.  Led by Nikol Pashinyan (42), the people assembled in the streets, traffic was stopped, and institutions were shut down nationwide.  The people, especially the young, wanted immediate change.  Recent years of economic development had benefitted the elites, but most of the country was left behind in hopeless poverty. 

 At first, Sargsyan refused to step down, and the Parliament confirmed his position, but the people persisted, remarkably, again without violence. The threat of Russian interference loomed.  Then, after two weeks, the citizens succeeded in their push toward Democracy.  Sargsyan stepped down, saying, “The movement of the street is against my office. I fulfil your claim.”  Pashinyan was elected Prime Minister.

 As global leaders witnessed this process, policy developers and pundits alike started to speculate on where this extraordinary nonviolent revolution would lead.  Could a strengthened Armenia help bring about geopolitical balance and stability in the near East and surrounding regions?  Could Armenia become a neutral country like Switzerland, and, if so, how might that affect United States interests?  Some have even suggested that Armenia’s “Velvet Revolution” could become a model for change toward democracy in other countries. 

 The Ambassador of Armenia to the United States, Grigor Hovhannessian, will be in Orange County on June 15, 2018, and our Orange County World Affairs Council has arranged for him to speak to us about the impacts, globally and to the United States, of the new developments in this sensitive part of the world. 

 Make sure to reserve your tickets for this luncheon — at 12:15 pm and/or the prior reception at 11:30 am at Prego Mediterranean.  Tickets are first come, first served for this rare opportunity to hear directly from the Ambassador about this timely and important topic.  Also, if you would like to be a sponsor of this event, please email Trustee member Helen Haig at helen.haig@gmail.com for more information.  Sponsors will be recognized at the luncheon, and they will be invited to a sponsors-only private VIP pre-reception with the Ambassador.

 Before serving as Armenia’s Ambassador to the United States, Hovhannessian served as Consul General at the Los Angeles Consulate, and as Armenia’s ambassador to Mexico.  Before that, Hovhannessian held several appointments in the United Nations focusing on Africa and the Middle East.  This included serving at the Office of the UN Special Coordinator (UNESCO) for the Middle East Peace Process in Jerusalem, and an appointment to the UN Secretariat Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs as head of the Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Brazzaville (Republic of the Congo) offices, among other things.  Hovhannessian is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

VENUE:

Prego Mediterrenean

TIME:

Event Sponsor Reception 11:15 AM

VIP Reception (hosted hors d’oeuvres, bar & beverages) 11:30 AM

Lunch & Speaker Program 12:15 PM

TICKET PRICES:

WACOC General Member Lunch + Program $35

WACOC Premium Member Guest Lunch + Program $35

Non-Member / WACOC General Member Guest Lunch + Program $40

Student Lunch + Program $30

VIP Reception only (1 ticket) $20

Event Sponsor ( Includes Lunch + Program + Event Sponsor Reception + VIP Reception) $250

Dietary Restrictions: Please e-mail orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org or call us office (949) 253-5751 by Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Accommodations cannot be made after this date. 

Refund Policy: Refund requests will not be accepted after the registration deadline. Cancellations must be made no later than the registration deadline. 

Paying by Check: If sending in a check, please call our office by Wednesday, June 13, 2018. 

 

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EVENING DINNER EVENT – “Why NAFTA & US-Mexico Relations Are Important To You” with Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

 

*Evening Dinner Event*

 

“Why NAFTA & U.S. Mexico Relations Are Important To You”

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Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne

Former US Ambassador to Mexico (2011-2015)

Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs (2000-2006)

Former US Ambassador to Argentina (2007-2009)

 

Some politicians seem not to have a core ideology, and we call them “Flip-Floppers”.  Mexico’s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is not one of them.  He is famously the anti-Trump hard-core leftist populist with a double-digit lead in the polls for the country’s upcoming July 1st presidential elections. 

 What accounts for Lopez Obrador’s popularity, particularly in the face of Mexico’s past 25 years of economic modernization and development?  In part, only a tiny enclave has benefited while the agriculture sector has suffered, not unlike the US manufacturing sector under NAFTA.  Lopez Obrador has also managed to ride the wave of the Mexican electorate’s growing intolerance for government corruption and systemic violence nationwide.

 In the meantime, to the north, President Trump has demanded a re-working of NAFTA, which accounts for $1.3 trillion in commerce, and supports 14 million American jobs, making Mexico and Canada the United State’s top 2 export markets.  The question arises: What might happen as each man works toward trade relations that will create greater perceived fairness and economic revitalization for his country?

 How will the Mexican election and Trump’s position on NAFTA affect us here in southern California and in the US our economy, jobs, political realities, and daily lives?  Will there be winners and losers?  Can we find a win-win resolution of competing ideologies and national interests?

 As a recent Ambassador to Mexico, and former Assistant Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Economic Affairs, Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne is uniquely positioned to provide us with unique insights into these timely and important questions. 

 Come hear Ambassador Wayne speak to us at our upcoming Orange County World Affairs dinner on June 27, 2018.

 Ambassador Wayne is currently a public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center at Princeton University.  He served as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, & Business Affairs from 2000-2006, and Us Ambassador to Mexico from 2011-2015.

VENUE: 

The Center Club

(650 Town Center Drive, Garden Level, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)

TIME:

VIP Reception 5:30 PM

General Reception 5:30 PM

Dinner & Speaker Program 6:45 PM

TICKET PRICES:

WACOC Member Dinner + Program $75

WACOC Premium Member Guest Dinner + Program $75

Non-Member / WACOC General Member Dinner + Program $90

Student Dinner + Program $40

VIP Reception + Dinner + Program $120

VIP Reception only (1 ticket) $50

Table Sponsor (10 seats – Includes 2 VIP Reception tickets) $700

WACOC IS OFFERING A SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATE TO ALL CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE MEMBERS, INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THE EVENT – TO LEARN MORE ABOUT IT, PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT (949) 253-5751 OR E-MAIL US AT ORANGECOUNTY@WORLDAFFAIRSCOUNCIL.ORG

PLEASE USE COMPLIMENTARY VALET PARKING *

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2018

Dietary Restrictions: Please e-mail orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org or call our office (949) 253-5751 by Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Accommodations cannot be made after this date. 

Refund Policy: Refund requests will not be accepted after the registration deadline. Cancellations must be made no later than the registration deadline. 

Paying by Check: If sending in a check, please call our office by Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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SAVE THE DATE – Annual Garden Party with British American Business Council & World Affairs Council of Orange County

SAVE THE DATE!

 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

 

Join the British American Business Council (BABC) & World Affairs Council of Orange County (WACOC)

for the

 Annual British Garden Party

 

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Enjoy the stunning ocean views, live music, Pimms, British tea sandwiches and petite desserts and British style from Clements & Church, India Hicks and Aston Martin.

VENUE: Montage Laguna Beach (30801 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651)

TIME: 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM

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Orange County World Trade Week

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

 

Date: Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Time: 7:00 Am – 11:00 AM

Venue: Irvine Marriott

For more information: contact our office at (949) 253-5751 or e-mail us at orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org

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EVENING LECTURE EVENT – “Russia’s Border Wars & Frozen Conflicts” with Ambassador Steven Pifer and James Coyle, Ph.D.

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018

 

*EVENING LECTURE EVENT*

 

“Russia’s Border Wars & Frozen Conflicts”

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Ambassador Steven Pifer

Former US Ambassador to Ukraine

Former Special Assistant to the President

Former Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine, & Eurasia on the National Security Council

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James Coyle, Ph.D.

Director of Center for Global Education at Chapman University

Nonresident Senior Research Fellow, Atlantic Council

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been quite clear that he is willing to use force to protect what he believes to be Russian national interests.  In short, to this day, President Putin continues to push Boris Yeltsin’s original agenda to keep the countries of the former Soviet Union under the Russian sphere of influence, highlighted, for example, by the annexation of Crimea, and multiple attacks on the power grid in Ukraine since.

On Thursday, May 24th, the World Affairs Council of Orange County will host two top experts to provide valuable insight on Putin’s agenda what it means for us now.

Former Ambassador Steven Pifer, and author of the book, The Eagle & the Trident, will discuss the history of US-Ukraine relations, what worked and did not work in America’s approach, and how Washington might more effectively promote its goal of helping Ukraine become a stable, independent, democratic state.

Dr. James Coyle, author of Russia’s Border Wars and Frozen Conflicts, argues that when the Kremlin believes that a border country is slipping in to Western orbit, it creates frozen conflicts to weaken, divide, and prevent these countries from moving away.  Looking at the examples of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, he explores how President Putin has been quite clear that he’s willing to use force to protect what he believes still “belongs” to Russia.

AMBASSADOR STEVEN PIFER – BIO

Steven Pifer is currently a non-resident senior fellow at Brookings Institution, having most recently served there as the director of the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative.  His more than 25 years with the State Department included assignments as deputy assistant secretary of state with responsibilities for Russia and Ukraine (2001-2004), ambassador to Ukraine (1998-2000), and special assistant to the president and senior director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia on the National Security Council (1996-1997).

JAMES COYLE, Ph.D. – BIO

James J. Coyle is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, director of Global Education at Chapman University, and a visiting professor of public policy at Pepperdine University. Dr. Coyle previously held a variety of positions in the US government, including director of Middle East Studies, US Army War College.

 

VENUE:

Hotel Irvine

(17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA 92614)

TIME:

Registration/Reception 5:30 PM

Lecture/ Q&A 6:45 PM

TICKET PRICES:

WACOC Member $30

Non-Member $40

Student $10

10 Student Tickets $95

PARKING PRICES:

Valet $10/Self-Parking $5

Dietary Restrictions: Please e-mail orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org or call our office (949) 253-5751 by Thursday, May 17, 2018. Accommodations cannot be made after this date. 

Refund Policy: Refund requests will not be accepted after the registration deadline. Cancellations must be made no later than the registration deadline. 

Paying by Check: If you prefer to pay by check, please bring your check to the door (YOU MUST call the office to reserve your spot, otherwise your registration will be incomplete)

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*PREMIUM MEMBER LUNCHEON*- “From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia” with Ambassador Michael McFaul

THURSDAY, MAY 24TH, 2018

 

*PREMIUM MEMBER LUNCHEON *

 

“From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia”

with

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Ambassador Michael McFaul

Former US Ambassador To Russia (2012-2014)

Professor of Political Science at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University

 

How can we best describe US-Russia relations?  Michael McFaul, recent US Ambassador to Russia, says we have just transitioned from a “Cold War” to a “Hot Peace”.  The nerve agent attacks on a former Russian spy and his daughter in England, the investigation into interference in the 2016 US election, and the ongoing war Russia is waging in the Ukraine four years after Russia originally invaded, among other things, . . . all raise serious questions. 

 On Tuesday, May 24, McFaul, who served as President Obama’s advisor on Russian Affairs before serving as Ambassador 2012-14, will talk with VIP members at an OC WAC luncheon about Russian leader Vladimir Putin and his character and goals, challenges, and impacts.  McFaul, one of America’s top experts on post-Soviet Russia, will provide valuable perspective on the turbulent past relations, current news headlines, and the future of US-Russian relations. 

 Read a review of McFaul’s latest book From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia.

 Ambassador Michael McFaul – BIO

Michael McFaul is Professor of Political Science, Director and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1995. He is also an analyst for NBC News and a contributing columnist to The Washington Post. Dr. McFaul served for five years in the Obama administration, first as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House (2009-2012), and then as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014). He was also the Distinguished Mingde Faculty Fellow at the Stanford Center at Peking University from June to August of 2015.

He has authored several books, including “Advancing Democracy Abroad: Why We Should, How We Can“; with Kathryn Stoner, “Transitions To Democracy: A Comparative Perspective”; with James Goldgeier, “Power and Purpose: American Policy toward Russia after the Cold War”; and “Russia’s Unfinished Revolution: Political Change from Gorbachev to Putin”. His current research interests include American foreign policy, great power relations, and the relationship between democracy and development. Dr. McFaul’s latest book “From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia” comes out Spring 2018.

Dr. McFaul was born and raised in Montana. He received his B.A. in International Relations and Slavic Languages and his M.A. in Soviet and East European Studies from Stanford University in 1986. As a Rhodes Scholar, he completed his D. Phil. in International Relations at Oxford University in 1991.

 

VENUE:

The Center Club

(650 Town Center Drive, Garden Level, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)

TIME:

VIP Reception 11:30 AM

General Reception 11:30 AM

Lunch & Speaker Program 12:15 PM

TICKET PRICES:

Premium Member Lunch + Program $55

Premium Member Guest Lunch + Program $55

VIP Reception + Lunch + Program $150

VIP Reception only (1 ticket) $100

Table Sponsor (10 seats – includes 2 VIP Reception tickets) $600

IF INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THE EVENT – PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE AT (949)-253-5751 OR E-MAIL US AT ORANGECOUNTY@WORLDAFFAIRSCOUNCIL.ORG

*PLEASE USE COMPLIMENTARY VALET PARKING *

Dietary Restrictions: Please e-mail orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org or call our office (949) 253-5751 by Thursday, May 17, 2018. Accommodations cannot be made after this date. 

Refund Policy: Refund requests will not be accepted after the registration deadline. Cancellations must be made no later than the registration deadline. 

Paying by Check: If sending in a check, please call our office by Thursday, May 17, 2018

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