Lunar New Year – Year of the Goat

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World Affairs Council of Orange County

Please join our Consul Generals and Business Experts to learn about how changing political and economic structures in Asia have given opportunities for American Trade and Investment.

We will be celebrating the Year of the Goat by having a special cultural performance by the Irvine Chinese School  followed by a Panel Discussion on Trade in the Asia Pacific



The Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA), previously named the Bangkok Agreement, was signed in 1975 as an initiative of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. Being the oldest preferential trade agreement among developing countries in Asia-Pacific, APTA aims to promote economic development through the adoption of mutually beneficial trade liberalization measures that will contribute to intra-regional trade expansion and provides for economic integration through coverage of merchandise goods, services, investment and trade facilitation.

CGHorinouchi1 Consul General of Japan Harry Horinouchi graduated from Tokyo University (Faculty of Law) and entered into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1980. Prior to his post as Consul General of Japan, he was Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary for the Embassy of Japan in Beijing.
Dube Mr. Clayton Dube has headed the USC U.S.-China Institute since it was established by USC President C.L. Nikias in 2006 to focus on the multidimensional U.S.-China relationship. He is an expert on economic and political change in China since 1900 and its wide-reaching effects.
cg-phillippines Consul General of Philippines Leo Herrera-Lim is a career officer of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. Prior to his arrival in Los Angeles on 17 April 2014, he served as Second Secretary and Consul at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. from 1991 to 1998 and had frequent interaction with the World Bank Group, Intelsat, U.S. Department of State and U.S. Treasury. He has extensive experience with foreign governments, international organization and financial institutions. He was intricately involved in the crafting and formulation of Government policies and positions on bilateral, multilateral and special issues.
Drobnick Dr. Richard Dornick will serve as moderator. Richard Drobnick is the director of the IBEAR MBA program at the USC Marshall School of Business. He was the founding director of the School’s Center for International Business (1990-2014), which was supported by the U.S. Department of Education since 1990, as one of its 33 national resource centers on international business. Dr. Drobnick served as USC’s inaugural Vice Provost for International Affairs (1994-2005). He was the inaugural Secretary General (1997-2002) and a member of the Steering Committee (1997-2010) of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), an association of presidents of 45 leading Pacific Rim research universities ( He launched and led APRU’s Pacific Rim research programs on “Sustainability and Climate Change” and “Public Health”(2006-2010).

Dr. Drobnick specializes in Pacific Rim economic and business issues and U.S. and Pacific Rim trade policies. He is a member of the U.S.-Asia Pacific Council, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Asia Society of Southern California’s Executive Committee, and is a director of the Japan-America Society-Southern California. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia (1967-1969), Drobnick served as an economic advisor to the Malaysian Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Association Movement.

 Wednesday February 25th, 2015

Crown Plaza Costa Mesa
3131 S. Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA  92626

  Festive Finery Welcome


 Complimentary Self-Parking

**No Valet Parking Provided**


VIP  Reception
(Open for Premium & Corporate Members)
5:15 pm
General Reception 5:15 pm
Cultural Program 6:00 pm
(reserved seating for VIP members)
7:00 pm
Panel Discussion 7:45 pm


WAC Members $65
Non-Members $85
Table of 10
(Reserved Seating)
Student $40
Student Program Only (after Dinner) $10
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February 7, 2015 – Academic WorldQuest

Register Your OC High School Team Today!

World Affairs Council of Orange County

Invites you to participate in our

7th Annual Academic WorldQuest
February 7, 2015


Academic WorldQuest is a team competition, held among Orange County high school students, testing students’ knowledge of global affairs. This year the local winning team from Orange County will have the opportunity to participate in the National Academic WorldQuest in Washington DC in April 2015! Recruit your team of trivia all-stars and join us for an afternoon of fun, food, and friendly competition! 

Who: One team of 4 students per high school

Cost: There is no fee to participate

What: Academic WorldQuest competition to be held on February 7, 2015 in Orange County. Teams respond to a combination of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, true/false, and open-ended questions in the following categories:

2014-2015 Topics
Russia / Eurasia
Youth, Jobs, and Social Unrest
Food and Water
Future of Energy
Africa Rising
Human Trafficking
Asia and the New Global Economy
Millennium Development Goals: 2015 and Beyond
Great Decisions
Current Events

When: Saturday, February 7, 2015

Tentative Time: 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

Registration: – A teacher registers the team by emailing us at

How: Preparation – A study guide willl be mailed to you when your team is confirmed.

Why it is Important: Academic WorldQuest is a great way for students to learn about and engage in international affairs through fun and challenging activities along with being able to include their experience on their resume or college applications. This year the local winning team from Orange County will have the opportunity to participate in the National Academic WorldQuest in Washington

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January 21, 2015 – “America, still the Indispensable Nation.”

Despite broad public support for a return to American isolationism, American interests require that we stay engaged in global affairs. A world without robust American leadership would be detrimental to the liberal world order we now take for granted.


  Wednesday, January 21, 2015


 Register Today



Ambassador L Paul Bremer III

 Presidential Envoy to Iraq, 2003


“America, still the Indispensable Nation”


During three decades as a professional diplomat, Paul Bremer served many appointments including Ambassador to the Netherlands and Ambassador at Large for Counter Terrorism in the Reagan administration, and was appointed by President Bush as Presidential Envoy to Iraq in 2003.  A Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service and Class of Career Minister, Bremer received the State Department Superior Honor Award, two Presidential Meritorious Service Awards, and the Distinguished Honor Award from the Secretary of State. In 2004, Ambassador Bremer was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, for his service in Iraq. Bremer was appointed Chairman of the National Commission on Terrorism by House Speaker Dennis Hastert in 1999. He also served on the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Science and Technology for Countering Terrorism, which authored a 2002 report called “Making the Nation Safer: The Role of Science and Technology in Countering Terrorism”.

Ambassador Bremer retired from the Foreign Service in 1989 and became Managing Director at Kissinger and Associates, a worldwide consulting firm founded by Henry Kissinger and later served as Chairman and CEO of Marsh Crisis Consulting Company, a firm providing crisis management advice to corporate boards. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Board of the RAND Corporation’s Center for Middle East Public Policy. Bremer and his wife were the founders of the Lincoln/Douglass Scholarship Foundation, a Washington-based nonprofit that provide high school scholarships to inner-city youths. Mr. Bremer holds a B.A. from Yale University, a Certificat d’Etudes Politiques from the University of Paris and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.  

Wednesday January 21st, 2015

Westin South Coast Plaza

686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626





Program Times

VIP (Private Reception)   6:00 pm – Premium WAC Members

General Reception:         6:00 pm

Dinner:                                 7:00 pm

Program:                             7:45 pm


WAC Members$ 75

Non-Members  $ 95

Table of 10 (WAC Members)  $ 750

Student Dinner   $ 50

Student – Program Only    $ 10

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