The World Affairs Council of Orange County presents:

WACOC’s Trustee and Premium Member Social, with Dr. James Coyle on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

We invite our Trustees and Premium Member to our exclusive first event of the new year! Please join us at Antonello Ristorante for a cocktail and hor d’eouvres social event. We are delighted to welcome Dr. James Coyle, author of Russia’s Border Wars and Frozen Conflicts and former WACOC Chair, to deliver some informative words. Registration is $35 per person; all Trustees and Premium Members may bring up to one guest. Registration closes Tuesday, March 1. Please note that this is a standing cocktail event. If you have concerns or require additional accommodation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you have any questions on becoming a premium member, please contact our office at or 949-354-3180.


Wednesday, March 2, 2022

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Antonello Ristorante

3800 S Plaza Dr

Santa Ana, CA, 92704


$35 per person

(includes hor d’eouvres and cash bar)

Covid Protocols: 

Proof of vaccination or 24-hour negative test will be required at the door.

Speaker Bio: 

James J. Coyle is a former chair of the World Affairs Council of Orange County.  He is an international consultant working primarily for the US military.  The author of Russia’s Border Wars and Frozen Conflicts (2017), two other books and numerous articles, over the past 35 years he has held a number of positions in the federal government, including director of Middle East studies at the U.S. Army War College; first secretary for political-military affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara; senior political analyst for Palestinian affairs; and special assistant to the FBI/New York Joint Terrorism Task Force.  Coyle speaks and/or reads Turkish, Persian, and French in various degrees of proficiency. He received his bachelor of science in foreign service from Georgetown University, his master’s degree in public administration from Temple University, and a PhD in political science from George Washington University. His dissertation topic was “Nationalism in Iranian Kurdistan.”  His book, 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.