Dean C. Alexander: The New Administration’s Challenges with Confronting the Islamic State/ISIL

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Dean C. Alexander is Director, Homeland Security Research Program and Professor, Homeland Security at the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration at Western Illinois University. Prof. Alexander’s teaching, research, and speaking activities encompass terrorism, security, and legal issues. He has lectured in ten countries, including to law enforcement and military officials at North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), U.S. State Department, fusion centers, as well as state and municipal police events. Prof. Alexander’s professional experience includes executive, business development, and legal positions in the United States and abroad, including Chile, Israel, and the United Kingdom. Since publishing on terrorism in 1991, Prof. Alexander has written several books on the subject, most recently, co-authoring The Islamic State: Combating the Caliphate Without Borders (Lexington Books, 2015). He is on the Advisory Board of Security Magazine and founding Advisory Council member of the Marsh Center for Risk Insights, research fellow at the Chesapeake Innovation Center (the first homeland security-focused business incubator), and served on the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council executive board for the Central District of Illinois. He earned law degrees from Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M.) and American University (J.D.). He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and studied at the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva).

Location: TBA

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*Premium Members Only * “The Rising Voice of the Kurds”

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*Premium Members Only Event*


Luncheon with Kurdish Representative to the United States

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman


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Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman is the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative to the United States of America.

Key to her role are strengthening ties between Kurdistan and the United States, advocating her government’s position on a wide array of political, security, humanitarian, economic, and cultural matters and promoting coordination and partnership. Prior to her US appointment in 2015, Ms. Abdul Rahman was the High Representative to the United Kingdom. She was elected to the Leadership Council of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in 2010.

Before her career in public service, Ms. Abdul Rahman worked as a journalist for 17 years in Britain and Tokyo. Her late father, Sami Abdul Rahman, was a veteran of the Kurdish freedom movement, joining the Kurdistan Democratic Party in 1963 and playing a critical leadership role in the Kurdish and Iraqi opposition to Saddam Hussein’s regime. He held the post of Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government and General Secretary of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). Sami Abdul Rahman was killed alongside his elder son Salah and 96 others in a twin suicide bombing in 2004.

Venue: Darya Restaurant at SOUTH COAST PLAZA

South Coast Plaza, 3800 S Plaza Dr, Santa Ana, CA 92704

Date: Wednesday January 11th, 2017

Time: 11:30 AM Registration

$50 Student/ $55 Premium Member/ $70 Guests of Premium Member / $105 Non-Premium Member


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World Trade Week: Partnering with Irvine Chamber of Commerce

Orange County

World Trade Week

Date: May 18th, 2017

Venue: Irvine Marriott

Time: 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM

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1st Annual Sir Eldon Griffiths “Around the World Discussion in 60 Minutes or Less”


                                                                                Wednesday December 14th, 2016 

1st Annual Sir Eldon Griffiths “Around the World Discussion in 60 Minutes or Less”


Special Performance by:

Mr. Cesar Sanchez, a renowned opera singer who will perform operatic Christmas songs and other classics. He is a Mexican born tenor who was bestowed the title of “Ambassador of the Arts” by the Mexican government. He studied on a full scholarship at Mozarteum Conservatory of Music in Salzburg, Austria. He has performed in La Traviata as Alfred, in Calvalleria as Turridu among his other famous roles. He has travelled the world as an accomplished artist and previously performed for our Council receiving a standing ovation at the conclusion.

The three key note Speakers and Moderator for the “Around the World” discussion will be:

  • James Coyle (Chapman University),
  • Robert O’Brien Esq. (Larson Obrien LLP) and
  • Daniel Wehrenfennig (UCI, Olive Tree Initiative)
  • Moderator Dr. Mark Chapin Johnson, MCJ Foundation Claremont

They will address the past year’s critical developments in world affairs from the Middle East to Asia, Europe, Africa and of course the United States and North America. We can also expect bold predictions and insightful analysis on the upcoming year with the foreign policy of President Trump and his new administration.


  Venue: Fairmont Hotel                     Time: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

(4500 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92660)

Reception/Registration: 5:30 PM


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Tom Nazario: “Global Poverty: What Everybody Should Know”

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{ Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 }

Luncheon – Tom Nazario: “Global Poverty: What Everybody Should Know”


Thomas A. Nazario grew up in New York City and completed his undergraduate degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and went on to complete a graduate degree from the City University of New York and New York University. Upon graduation from law school at the University of San Francisco, Professor Nazario practiced criminal law as a public defender in San Francisco for two years.

In 1978, he returned to the University of San Francisco and received a Robert F. Kennedy Fellowship to continue his work in the development of the “Street Law Project” which continues to work extensively with inner-city kids in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Nazario’s expertise lies in the area of Children’s Rights as well as issues related to global poverty.

His work has also led him all over the world documenting human rights violations involving women and children for the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, and for many nongovernmental agencies. Mr. Nazario has visited and reported on Tibetan refugee children living in Northern India, children living in sewers in Romania, children sick or orphaned by AIDS in Botswana, and children sold into sexual slavery in the brothels of Thailand.

In an effort to help those he witnessed living in extreme poverty, in 2007 he founded The Forgotten International, a nonprofit foundation that presently does poverty alleviation work in eight countries around the world and in the United States through dozens of grassroots organizations ( To continue to bring awareness of global poverty issues to the forefront, Mr. Nazario wrote an award-winning book entitled Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor (W.W. Norton & Co. / April 2014) with photographs by a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and a Foreword by the Dalai Lama. It tells the stories, in words and images, of some of the 1.2 billion people in the world who survive on not much more than one dollar a day.


Location: Fairmont Hotel
(4500 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92660)
Time: 11:30 AM-2:00 PM


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House of Saud-Conversation with His Royal Highness Turki Al Faisal

Save the Date: {Thursday November 3rd, 2016}

House of Saud-Conversation with His Royal Highness Turki Al Faisal

Annual Clinton Global InitiativeIn addition to being a member of the Saudi Arabia royal family, Prince Turki is one of the founders of the King Faisal Foundation which has heavily invested in education and numerous other philanthropic projects around the world. Price Turki also serves as chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies which takes part in preserving and promoting Islamic heritage along with encouraging further research so that such traditions may live on and continue in the future. He was appointed ambassador to the court of Saint James in London and to Ireland from January of 2003 until 2005. Later that year he assumed the position of Saudi Ambassador to the United States which he acted as until 2007. He is also co-chair of the C100 Group which has been affiliated with the World Economic Forum since 2003, encouraging interfaith dialogue and cross-cultural understanding. Prince Turki is also deputy chairman of Saudi General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) and was elected as the first Vice President of the regional bureau of Asia-Pacific within airports council international.

November 3rd, 2016

The Resort at Pelican Hill (22701 S. Pelican Hill Rd, Newport Coast, CA 92657)

VIP Reception/Registration: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

General Reception/Registration: 5:30pm-6:30pm

Dinner Event Begins at 6:45pm

$75 Students/ $90 Members/ $105 Non Members


Thank you to our Sponsors:

Bronze Corporate Sponsors:

Ken Petersen – First American Trust

Dr. Mark Chapin Johnson – Mark Chapin Johnson Foundation

Robert & Sandra Teitsworth

Bronze Member Sponsor:

Kenneth August – August Law Group

Hal Smith Jr.

Mouhamad Alsudairy

Student Sponsor:

Souzan Baaj

Table Sponsors:

Norman Tanber

Joanne Sokolski- Chief of Protocol, OC Protocol Foundation

Syrian Institute for Progress

Underwriting Sponsor

Seda Yaghoubian

Drs. Harry & Asha Sahota

Serge Tomassian


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2016 AGM – Dinner Chat with President/CEO of WAC of America

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{Thursday, September 29th, 2016}

“Realigning American Power and Purpose In A Fragmented World”

2016 Annual General Meeting

Dinner Chat with President/CEO of WAC of America, Mr. Bill Clifford


Bill Clifford

President & CEO
Bill Clifford was appointed President and CEO of the World Affairs Councils of America in September 2013. For the past six years, Bill spearheaded the revitalization and growth of WorldBoston, a WACA member Council known for innovative programming, access to leaders, and a tradition of advancing public learning about critical international issues. He also served as a member of the WACA National Board and its Executive Committee.

Previously, Bill was a journalist covering international finance, economics, and politics in Asia, where he launched and directed news bureaus in Japan and Hong Kong for the pioneering multimedia venture CBS MarketWatch. Prior to that, he was senior correspondent for CNBC Asia in Tokyo. Bill holds an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a B.A. summa cum laude in international relations and French literature from Tufts University, and a C.E.P. in public policy from Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris.



 Member: $65

Non-Member/Guests: $80

Student – Dinner: $55

Location: Westin South Coast Plaza
South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Time: 5:30PM-9:00PM

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2016 Annual Trustees Luncheon

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{Saturday, September 17th, 2016}

2016 Annual Trustees Luncheon

The Annual Trustees Meeting is an important event for the Council. Attending Board of Trustees will be asked to elect the Council’s Executive Board and Officers for the coming year. In addition, Board Chairman, Dr. Parmis Khatibi, will provide the overview of the “State of the Council,” and special reports will be provided by our Council’s officers on our finances and investments, our program results, our educational outreach efforts, and our membership status. There will also be time for you, as a member of  the Board of Trustees to ask questions, comment, and offer suggestions and recommendations for the Council’s activities over the coming year. 

Trustees and Guests: $50

Location: Darya Restaurant
South Coast Plaza, 3800 S Plaza Dr, Santa Ana, CA 92704
Contact info: (714) 557-6600

Time: 11:30AM-3:00PM

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EU in the US: “The European Union at a Crossroads”

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{ July 28, 2016 }

EU in the US: “The European Union at a Crossroads”


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The Consuls General of Romania – Eugen Chivu, Poland – Mariusz Brymora, and Germany – Hans Jörg Neumann, will speak at the event and discuss the current situation in Europe, referring to issues such as TTIP, the refugee crisis, Brexit, and the Ukrainian crisis.

SEEFest Closing Night

Eugen Chivu – Consul General of Romania in Los Angeles

Mr. Eugen Chivu took office as Consul General, Head of Consulate General of Romania in Los Angeles in the month of February 2013.
Before taking over as Consul General of Romania in Los Angeles, Mr. Eugen Chivu has practiced law, serving as a Bucharest Bar member within the Romanian National Bar Association. During his career as a lawyer from June 1994 to July 2012, Mr. Eugen Chivu was Managing Partner of the Law firm Chivu & Associates SCA in Bucharest, Romania.
Since June 1990, Mr. Eugen Chivu served as a member of Romanian diplomatic corps, holding various positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From July 1992 until May 1994, Mr. Eugen Chivu has held the position of Head of Private International Law Office in the International Law and Treaties Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania. Between June 1990 and June 1991, he served as adviser in the office of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania. At the same time, his diplomatic career included responsibilities of participating in and contributing to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE).
He graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest in 1984, thereafter continuing his diplomatic studies at the Diplomatic Institute of International Studies at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom (1991), studies on European integration legislation, the legal basis of the market economy and human rights protection in Europe at the European University Institute (Academy of European Law) Florence, Italy (1993), and intellectual property at the Robert Schuman University, Strasbourg, France (1996).

Mr. Eugen Chivu is married to Floarea Chivu, and has one son, Eugen Octavian. He was born in Saliste, Sibiu, on June 10, 1959.

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Hans Jörg Neumann – Consul General of Germany in Los Angeles

Hans Jörg Neumann has served as German Consul General in Los Angeles since July 2015.

Prior to this, he was German Ambassador to Benin in West Africa. His extensive knowledge of the United States was acquired during his time as an exchange student with the American Field Service in Pennsylvania in 1974, and while serving as Political Advisor and Head of Consular and Legal Affairs at the German Embassy in Washington from 2001 to 2005.
Mr. Neumann joined the German Foreign Service in 1987. He has served as Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy in Bucharest, Head of Consular and Legal Affairs in Prague as well as in the Economic Department of the German Embassy in Cairo and as Foreign Desk Officer for the Maghreb countries.

Before starting his career in the German Foreign Service, Mr. Neumann studied law in Frankfurt and Lausanne, Switzerland. From 1984 to 1985, he spent a year at the Ecole National d’ Administration in Paris. He practiced law in Frankfurt from 1986 to 1987.

Mr. Neumann was born in Berlin and has three daughters.


Mariusz M. Brymora – Consul General of Poland in Los Angeles

Mariusz M. Brymora was appointed the Consul General of Poland in Los Angeles on September 7, 2013.
Before coming to California, he worked as the Deputy Director of the Department of Public and Cultural Diplomacy of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he supervised the promotional activity of Polish diplomatic missions, including 23 Polish Institutes.
Earlier he had served as the Polish consul in Chicago (1999 – 2003) and as public affairs councilor of the Embassy of Poland in Washington D.C. (2005 – 2009).
Consul Brymora is a graduate of the Faculty of English of Maria Skłodowska Curie University in Lublin, Poland, and holder of postgraduate diplomas in British Culture and History from Warsaw University and Ruskin College, Oxford (England).
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he used to work as an academic teacher and translator of English. His literary translations include two short stories by Bernard Malamud published by Wydawnictwo Literackie in Kraków in 1989. From 1994 until 1998 he served as a councilman and deputy mayor of his hometown Radom, Poland.
He is the co-author and editor of 400 Years of Polish Immigrants in America – the album published in 2008 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the first Poles’ arrival at Jamestown, Virginia. He also wrote a short history of The Embassy of Poland in Washington DC, published in 2009. While working in Warsaw, he supervised the screenplay and production of Polska?Tak! – a short documentary on Poland’s image as seen through the eyes of the world’s greatest cultural celebrities.
Consul General M. Brymora is married and has two adult children.



Complimentary Parking Offered

Price: Members & Student $45/ Non-members & Guests $70

5:45pm Reception/Registration | 6:45pm Dinner | 7:00pm Program Begins

Location: Orange County Mining Company – 10000 Crawford Canyon Rd Orange, CA 92705

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