A Realistic Look at Cybersecurity Threats for the 2020 elections and Beyond

How worried Should We Be? Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 Bryan Cunningham Executive Director of Cyber Security Policy & Research Institute Former Deputy Legal Adviser to then-Nat’/ Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice Served six years in the Clinton Administration as a senior CIA officer and federal prosecutor The World Affairs Council of Orange County is proud to present “How Worried Should We Be? A Realistic Look at Cybersecurity Threats for the 2020 Elections and Beyond” with Bryan Cunningham. This timely event could not be more relevant as we approach the election season. Cunningham is a leading international expert on cybersecurity law and policy, a former White House lawyer and adviser and a media commentator on cybersecurity, technology and surveillance issues. Cunningham has extensive experience in senior U.S. government intelligence and law enforcement positions. He served as Deputy Legal Adviser to then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. He also served six years in the Clinton Administration as a senior CIA officer and federal prosecutor. Post 9/11, he drafted significant portions of the Homeland Security Act and related legislation. Mr. Cunningham was founding vice-chair of the American Bar Association Cyber Security Privacy Task Force and was awarded the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement for his work on information issues. He is currently UCl’s Cybersecurity Policy and Research Institute’s Executive Director. Time: Reception: 6:15 pm Program: 7:00 pm Location: Newport Beach Marriott Bayview (500 Bayview Cir, Newport Beach, CA 92660) Pricing: Members: $35, Non-Members: $45, Students: $15 Register: www.WorldAffairsCouncil.org or Call: 949-253-5751

December 18th, 2019: Annual Holiday Dinner Event with Ambassador Gaddi Vasquez

      Register Now!   December 18th, 2019   “US Foreign Policy Overview”   Annual Holiday Dinner Event   with   Ambassador Gaddi Vasquez         Register Here!   Location: The Westin South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626   Reception: 5:45 Dinner/Event: 6:30   Pricing: Members: $85 Non-Members: $95 Students: $70   The World Affairs Council of Orange County proudly presents Ambassador Gaddi Vasquez. Vasquez is the United States’ 8th Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, in Rome, Italy. Ambassador Vasquez’ public service extends through the city, county, state and federal levels of government. He began his 28-year career in public service as a police officer in Orange, California, has served as an appointee of three former California governors, and was appointed by former President George H. W. Bush to two federal commissions. From 2002 to 2006, he served as Director of the United States Peace Corps. In 2019, he retired as Vice President of Public Affairs for the Southern California Edison Company, one of the nation’s largest investor owned utilities.​ We look forward to an amazing event!     

November 20th, 2019: Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency. An Evening Dinner Event with Professor Larry Diamond.

  Registration Open Now!   November 20th, 2019   Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency.   A Dinner and Conversation Event   with   Professor Larry Diamond Moderated by UCI Law Professor Gregory Shaffer     Register Here!       Location: The Pacific Club, 4110 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92660   Reception: 5:45 Lecture: 6:30   Pricing: Members: $80 Non-Members: $90 Students: $70   Register Here!   The World Affairs Council of Orange County is proud to present Professor Larry Diamond. Professor Larry Diamond is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. For 6 years, Professor Diamond served as Director of Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. The Professor will be discussing his newest book, Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency. We look forward to an enlightening and timely lecture! You can read a more detailed bio of our speaker below.   Bio: Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. For more than six years, he directed FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, where he now leads its Program on Arab Reform and Democracy and its Global Digital Policy Incubator. He is the founding coeditor of the Journal of Democracy and also serves as senior consultant at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy. His research focuses on democratic trends and conditions around the world and on policies and reforms to defend and advance democracy. His forthcoming book, Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency, analyzes the challenges confronting liberal democracy in the U.S. and around the world at this potential “hinge in history,” and offers an agenda for strengthening and defending democracy at home and abroad. He is now writing a textbook and preparing a massive open online course (MOOC) on democratic development. Diamond’s other books include In Search of Democracy 2016), The Spirit of Democracy (2008), Developing Democracy: Toward Consolidation (1999), Promoting Democracy in the 1990s (1995), and Class, Ethnicity, and Democracy in Nigeria (1989). He has also edited or coedited more than forty books on democratic development around the world. He directed the Stanford Program on Democracy in Taiwan for more than ten years and has been a regular visitor to Taiwan since 1995. During 2002–03, Diamond served as a consultant to the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and was a contributing author of its report Foreign Aid in the National Interest. He has also advised and lectured to universities and think tanks around the world, and to the World Bank, the United Nations, the State Department, and other governmental and nongovernmental agencies dealing with governance and development. During the first three months of 2004, Diamond served as a senior adviser on governance to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad. His 2005 book, Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq, was one of the […]

October 22nd: WACOC Special Event: An Evening with Ben Rhodes

    Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 Soka Performing Arts Center  1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA Lecture and Book Signing: 7:00pm   Register Here!   All World Affairs Council members get discounted tickets! The exclusive coupon code is: WAC2019  

Save the Date! Faking It Part 3: How do False Beliefs spread and what can you do about it?

Faking It Part 3   October 17th, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM   Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel   Admission is FREE!   Register Here!   After two successful events, “Faking It” now has it’s conclusion. We have discussed the complexities of the “Fake News” world, most notably about how different kinds of media (news media, social media, etc.) use a wide range of tactics to shift the beliefs of those consuming their content. Please join us for the final installment; a panel moderated by Brian Calle, CEO and Publisher of Irvine Weekly and LA Weekly, featuring Stephen Kent, spokesperson for Young Voices and host of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, and Dr. Lisa Sparks, Executive Director of the Center for Freedom of Expression and Media Integrity.  Registration is now open!

WACOC Annual General Meeting: Will the Global Economy Survive the US-China Trade War?

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Annual Trustee Luncheon-2019

*Trustee Only Event* Date: Sunday, September 15th, 2019 Location: Balboa Bay Club & Resort: 1221 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663     All World Affairs Council of Orange County Trustees are invited and requested to attend the Annual Trustees Luncheon of the Council’s Board of Trustees. The Annual Trustees Luncheon is an important tradition of the Council and every Trustee is highly encouraged to attend. You can get involved in the Council’s many initiatives and enjoy the Newport Beach coast all during the same event.  To Register, you can sign-up through the emails that have gone out to the Trustees, or, you can call our office at (949) 253-5751. Hope to see you there!

Opportunities and Challenges for Africa in the 21st Century with Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield

REGISTER HERE   About Our Speaker: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield is a Senior Vice President at ASG, where she draws on her long and distinguished career as a U.S. diplomat to help the clients of ASG’s Africa practice. She has focused on Africa during a distinguished career in the foreign service.  Highlights of her service include: assignments in Nigeria, The Gambia, Kenya and Ambassador to Liberia. Her last position before retirement was Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. After decades of slow growth, Africa has a great chance to follow in the footsteps of Asia. The first great surge of western interest in Africa, dubbed the “Scramble”, occurred in the 19th century, when European colonists carved up the continent and seized African lands. The second great surge came during the “Cold War”, when the Eastern and Western bloc countries competed for the allegiance of newly independent African states. The Soviet Union backed Marxist tyrants while the United States propped up despots who claimed to support capitalism. In the latest surge of interest, governments and businesses from all over the world are looking for commercial opportunities. Among the attractions are vast natural resources and an abundant supply of low cost workers. A new group of foreign countries, with China taking the lead, is gaining a commercial and strategic foothold across this huge continent comprising of 54 countries.             Africa’s growing share of the population is one of the reasons the continent is becoming more important. Africa’s current population of about 1.2 billion people is projected to reach 1.7 billion by 2030.  By 2025 the UN predicts there will be more people in Africa than people in China. To say that Africa’s has potential for the next generation would be an understatement. Thank you to our Promotional Sponsors!

Under the Influence: How Corporations and Influencers are Shaping Your Choices

This is part 1 of “Faking It: A 3 Part Social Series on Fake News, Misinformation and Media Bias” How to Keep Your Stories Straight in a Shareable Social World, Hosted by the World Affairs Council of Orange County, your trusted source of information and forum on world affairs.  Moderated by Brian Calle, Owner, LA Weekly Speakers: Neel Grover and Ambreen Qamar Tickets: $25 Includes Appetizers and Drink Ticket We’ll discuss the moral complexities of companies’ use of advertising to promote their stances on political and social issues, including the companies that have gone so far as to endorse political candidates in their ads. Gain a better understanding of the influence our media consumption has on us and how companies are interacting with their customers. We’ll also touch on the role of social media “influencers” in politics and social issues, with a focus on companies like Patagonia, Gillette, Northface, and Nike. Register Here!

“How Asia is Reacting to a Less Dependable United States & More Assertive China” with Former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Affairs Daniel Russel

*Luncheon Event* “How Asia Is Reacting to A Less Dependable United States & More Assertive China” with Former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Affairs  Daniel Russel   REGISTER HERE   The Trans-Pacific Partnership might be over, but the continual maneuvering of the United States and China towards the rest of East Asia continues.  As the US-China rivalry causes concern in Asia, the response from other countries in the region has created a new dynamic as they adapt to a less dependable America and a stronger, more assertive China. Daniel Russel served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2013-2017 and as a major figure in the Obama Administration’s “pivot to Asia.”  He will be joining us to provide insights on:   *The changing relationship of America and China *The reaction of other countries in the Asia-Pacific Region and how they are adapting to the dynamics between the two super powers *How major economic powers such as Japan, South Korea and Taiwan view the long-term impact of the changes * Prospects for the negotiations with North Korea over denuclearization   Daniel Russel served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2013-2017. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary, Mr. Russel was Special Assistant to the President and National Security Senior Staff Director for Asian Affairs. While working at the White House, he was a major figure in the Obama Administration’s “pivot towards Asia” strategy.  He also represented the Administration in negotiating with North Korea. Date: Wednesday, June 5th Time: 11:30am Reception/ Registration & 12pm Lunch/ Lecture Location: Prego Mediterranean 2409 Park Ave. Tustin, CA 92782   Prices: Members : $35 Premium Member Guests: $35 General Member Guests: $50 Non-Members: $50 Students: $20 Bundle of 10 Tickets : $350   Email us at: orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org or Call us at: (949) 253-5751 for more information   Thank you to our Promotional Sponsors!

An Evening Dinner Event With Professor Raghuram Rajan

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 An Evening Dinner Event   with     Professor Raghuram Rajan   Former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India   Former Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund   Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago   Register Now!   Raghuram Rajan is the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He was the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India between 2013 and 2016, and also served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Bank for International Settlements between 2015 and 2016. Dr. Rajan was the Chief Economist and Director of Research at the International Monetary Fund from 2003 to 2006.   Dr. Rajan’s research interests are in banking, corporate finance, and economic development, especially the role finance plays in it. He co-authored “Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists” with Luigi Zingales in 2003. He then wrote “Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy”, for which he was awarded the Financial Times-Goldman Sachs prize for best business book in 2010. His most recent book, “The Third Pillar: How Markets and the State hold the Community Behind” was published in 2019.   Dr. Rajan was the President of the American Finance Association in 2011 and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Group of Thirty. In 2003, the American Finance Association awarded Dr. Rajan the inaugural Fischer Black Prize for the best finance researcher under the age of 40. The other awards he has received include the Deutsche Bank Prize for Financial Economics in 2013, Euromoney magazine’s Central Banker of the Year Award 2014 and The Banker magazine’s Global Central Banker of the Year award in 2016. In that year, Time magazine chose Dr. Rajan as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.       LOCATION:   Center Club   650 Town Center Drive, Garden   Level, Costa Mesa, CA 92626     Valet Parking: $10 (Best value parking option.)   Click here for Center Club parking/valet map       DATE & TIME   Tuesday, June 18th, 2019    General/VIP Reception: 5:30pm   Dinner/Lecture: 6:00pm       TICKET PRICES:   Members Dinner + Program : $65 Premium Member Guests Dinner + Program: $65 General Member Guest/ Non-Members Dinner + Program: $80 Students Dinner + Program: $50 VIP Reception + Dinner + Program: $120     Books will be available for purchase.     Register Now!       Thank you to our Promotional Sponsors!                          

Newport Beach Film Festival Partner Event

Date: April 25th ~ May 2nd, 2019 During the eight day festival we show films from all over the world by both seasoned and emerging filmmakers as well as hosting nightly parties. There is something for everyone and most screenings include a Q & A with filmmakers.  We attract over 50,000 attendees to our 200+ events at the theaters and venues around Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. Upcoming partner events details coming soon!

WACOC at the Newport Beach Film Festival! – “For Sama”

For Sama A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her. Both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. Saturday April 27th,2019,5:30pm Triangle Square Cinemas, 1870 Harbor Blvd,Costa Mesa Tickets and Info For WACOC member discount, use discount code – WAC20 LIMITED SEATING – Tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis.  

World Trade Week with the Irvine Chamber of Commerce

The World Affairs Council of Orange County is partnering with the Irvine Chamber of Commerce for  Orange County World Trade Week    KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Steve Wagner – Experian Decision Analytics, Global Managing Director Program: Orange County Trade & Export Overview Export Success Panel International Resource EXPO: Network and connect with international consuls, chambers, and trade organizations to explore and expand your exporting capacity   Date: Thursday, May 16th, 2019 Venue: Irvine Marriott Time: 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM For more information click below World Trade Week 2019 Limited Seating, if our members are interested in attending the event, please contact our office at (949)253-5751 or e-mail us at orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org REGISTER HERE!

British American Business Council Annual Garden Party

Join the BABC OC and WACOC for the Annual British Garden Party! REGISTER HERE Let’s toast to health and happiness! Enjoy stunning ocean views, live music, Pimms, British tea sandwiches and petite desserts and British charm.  Date: Sunday, June 2, 2019  Time: 11am-2:15pm Location: Montage Laguna Beach 30801 Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA 92651

WACOC at the Newport Beach Film Festival! – ¡Boza!

¡Boza! Three young sub-Saharan African immigrants left home in their teens to embark on their years-long journey to Spain. Crossing the Sahara Desert by foot, spending months to years living in the forests of Morocco, and finally making the dangerous crossing to the Spanish mainland or territories by land or sea, these three distinct immigration stories have one thing in common: their incredible optimism in the face of inconceivable adversity. Monday,April 29th,2019 at 3:15pm Edwards Big Newport 300 Newport Center Dr NewportBeach Tickets and Info For WACOC member discount, use discount code – WAC20 LIMITED SEATING – Tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

“Where Do We Go From Here?” by General David Petraeus

World Affairs Council Premium Members have free admission to this event hosted by The Syrian Institute for Progress! If you are not already a premium Member please contact us to upgrade! REGISTER HERE!

“What Next in Saudi Arabia After Khashoggi?” by Ambassador David D. Pearce

*Dinner and Lecture Event* “What Next in Saudi Arabia After Khashoggi?” with   Ambassador David D. Pearce Ambassador to Greece (2013-16) Ambassador to Algeria (2008-11) Assistant Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan Deputy United States Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan United States Consul General in Jerusalem The World Affairs Council of Orange County invites you to join us Wednesday, March 13 at 6 pm for a discussion with Ambassador (ret.) David D. Pearce on “What Next in Saudi Arabia After Khashoggi?”  Ambassador Pearce will discuss events leading up to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and examine the implications of his death for both Saudi Arabia’s internal stability and its external relations.  We encourage you to read Ambassador Pearce’s blogpost on the subject here: https://t.co/hzm8zUmKPi Now retired to Maine and California, Ambassador David D. Pearce served 35 years at 11 diplomatic postings in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and Europe, in addition to several Washington tours.  He was U.S. Ambassador to Greece and to Algeria, Assistant Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, and Deputy United States Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.  He is the recipient of numerous State Department awards, two Presidential rank awards for distinguished service, and a U.S. Army Commander’s Award for Public Service, presented by General David Petraeus for his work in Iraq.    A native of Maine, Ambassador Pearce graduated from Bowdoin College in 1972 and received a Master’s degree in journalism from Ohio State University in 1973.  After working as a journalist for nine years, he entered the Foreign Service in January 1982, serving first as a vice consul and political officer in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  He has professional proficiency in speaking and reading Arabic, French and Italian.  Elected in 2018 to the U.S. Academy of Diplomacy, he is a member of the American Foreign Service Association; the Association of Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired (DACOR); the Middle East Institute; and World Affairs Councils in both Portland, Maine and Orange County, California.     Date: March 13th, 2019 Time: Reception: 6:00 pm/ Dinner& Lecture: 6:30 pm Location: Caspian Restaurant, 14100 Culver Dr., Irvine, CA 92604 Price:  Premium Members: $50 Premium Member Guests: $50 General Members: $50 General Member Guests/ Non-Members: $65 Students: $30 Table of 10: $500 Sponsor a Student Ticket & Membership: $50 Email us at: orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org or call us at: (949) 253-5751 for more information

Academic WorldQuest 2019

What is AWQ? The World Affairs Councils of America’s flagship youth education program is a fun, fast-paced team competition for high school students. Academic WorldQuest tests players’ knowledge of current international politics, geography, global economics, history, and world cultures. Academic WorldQuest engages more than 4,000 high school students annually to test their knowledge of global issues and foreign policy in competitions across the country. Be a SPONSOR or an UNDERWRITER for the March 2019 Academic WorldQuest to give a high school team a once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete in the national AWQ tournament in Washington DC! To Become a Sponsor or Donate email us atmadeenarafiq@worldaffairscouncil.org or call us at (949) 253—5751. Parents & Students: The 2018-2019 local Academic Quest Competition will be held at Chapman University. Local Orange County winners will go on to represent the county at the national competition in Washington D.C. Topics for this years competition are listed below, however only schools/teams that register will receive the full study guide from the World Affairs Council of America. If you wish to register please fill and return the form linked below before December 14, 2018. Competition Structure: Four-person teams compete by answering rounds of questions projected onto a screen. A full competition is 100 questions, divided into ten rounds with distinct thematic categories. The winning team is the team with the most right answers.  Local Competition: Location: Beckman Hall, Chapman University Date: Saturday March 2nd, 2019 Time: 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM National Competition: Location: Marriot Wardman Park, Washington D.C. Date: April 26-27, 2019     Registration Form 2018-19

A Conversation with Ambassador John Negroponte and Dr. Clayton Dube.

“A Conversation with Former Ambassador John Negroponte”   Thursday, February 14th, 2019 *Lunch Event* With Ambassador John Negroponte The World Affairs Council of Orange County invites you to attend a luncheon event at The Westin South Coast Plaza featuring Ambassador John Negroponte.  Ambassador Negroponte is uniquely qualified to help us understand the shifting foreign and security policy landscape that confronts America.  Ambassador Negroponte’s remarks will focus on the U.S. – China relationship, the evolution of U.S. security priorities since the creation of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and U.S. leadership priorities in 2019. The Ambassador has had a distinguished career in diplomacy and national security which includes service as the inaugural Director of National Intelligence under President George W. Bush, service as ambassador to the United Nations, Iraq, Mexico, Honduras, and the Philippines.  He was awarded the National Security Medal by President Bush in 2009. Our Moderator Dr. Clayton Dube! Dr. Clayton Dube, Executive Director of USC US-China Institute,  focuses on the multidimensional and always changing U.S.-China relationship. Dube has earned teaching awards at three universities. Trained as a historian, he first lived in China in 1982-85 and carried out research there in 1989 and 1991-92. He’s visited another fifty-plus times for research, teaching, and to lead groups of students and teachers. Dube is a director of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) and serves on the editorial boards of Education about Asia and the International Review of Chinese Studies. He was previously associate editor of Modern China. Dube has produced several documentary films and consulted on others. The best known of these is the twelve-part Assignment: China series on American media coverage of China since the 1940s.     Date: Thursday, February 14th, 2019 Time: Registration 11:30 am Lunch/Program 12:oo pm Location: The Westin South Coast Plaza 686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Price: WACOC Member+Program     $65 VIP Reception + Lunch + Program     $120 WACOC Premium Member Guest Lunch     $65 WACOC General Member Guest Lunch + Program   $75 WACOC Student Member Lunch + Program   $45 Non-member Lunch + Program   $75 Table and Lunch for 10 + Program    $650  

A Conversation with Chapman Professor Gregory A. Daddis

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 *Dinner Event* With Gregory A. Daddis Presenting Sponsor: Mark Chapin Johnson Foundation In January 1969, Richard M. Nixon became our nation’s 37th president. His most pressing foreign policy concern was ending the long war in Vietnam in a way, he hoped, would secure “peace with honor.” What perspectives can be gleaned from this conflict on foreign policy decision-making, on civil-military relations, and on the problems of departing from a war the United States had not won? Chapman professor and retired US Army Colonel Gregory A. Daddis will analyze how a fractious relationship between senior military leaders and the White House had a major impact on American strategy and foreign policy during the war’s final years, offering lessons for today in our current era of “perpetual war.”   Gregory Daddis is an associate professor of history and director of Chapman University¹s MA Program in War and Society. Daddis joined Chapman after having served as the Chief of the American History Division in the Department of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point. A retired US Army colonel, he has served in both Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. Daddis specializes in the history of the Vietnam Wars and the Cold War era. He has authored four books, including Withdrawal: Reassessing America¹s Final Years in Vietnam (2017), Westmoreland¹s War: Reassessing American Strategy in Vietnam (2014) and No Sure Victory: Measuring U.S. Army Effectiveness and Progress in the Vietnam War (2011). He has also published several op-ed pieces commenting on current military affairs, to include writings in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and National Interest magazine. Date: Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 Time: Reception – 5:30pm Dinner/Program – 6:30pm Q&A – 8:00pm Location: The Pacific Club (4110 MacArthur Blvd. Newport Beach, CA 92660) Price: Members- $70  Non-Members- $90 Student Members- $45

AROUND THE WORLD IN 60 MINUTES WITH ED ROYCE

  WACOC’S Annual Holiday Event   Monday, December 3, 2018 *Dinner Event*     Congressman Ed Royce   Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee   U.S. Representative of California’s 39th Congressional District   Former Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade   “Royce has always been driven by a desire to do the right thing and not let partisan politics or special interests get in the way.”  (Council on Foreign Relations blog, 1/17/18)  “In the last five years, we’ve produced legislation that has made the United States safer and stronger, helping advance our interests and values around the world. We’ve left politics at the water’s edge to do what’s right for our country. For all those accomplishments, we have Ed Royce to thank.” (Washington Examiner, 1/8/18)  Ed Royce “deserves particular praise for his years promoting human rights, especially in the fight to end human trafficking and protect the most vulnerable people around the world”.  (Rollcall.com, 1/10/18)   Those warm salutes to Congress member Ed Royce by Democrats, Independents, and Republicans alike are just the proverbial tip of the iceberg.  Few people have his grasp of international relations globally.  Few people understand, as he does, the forces shaping the international arena, and, in turn, affecting our own lives and the freedoms that we treasure. Now, after 36 consecutive years of public service representing Orange County in both the California State Senate and the US House of Representatives, and as Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee since 2013, Ed Royce has announced that he will retire this year when his term is completed. We at WACOC are most appreciative of his distinguished career and are excited to honor Ed Royce with a special retirement party to thank him for his service.  We are excited that he will be our keynote speaker, for our third Annual Round the World Lecture & Holiday Celebration on Monday, December 3, 2018. We look forward to his presentation of his perspectives on the implications of the most significant events of our time, where the game changers are leading us, and where we need to place our priorities moving forward.  We will have an audience question and answer opportunity as well, so come prepared to inquire about what matters to you! You can register now to attend the dinner, and/or the reception.  Also, you may want to become a sponsor and help WACOC — our nonprofit, nonpartisan, trusted source of information — to continue to provide the public service our community needs.  We can continue to bring renown leaders to our county, so our members and guests can interact with the decision makers who are shaping the future.  Please see the attached materials to learn what levels of sponsorship and corresponding benefits might interest you. We’re excited to have the opportunity to thank Congress member Ed Royce for his service and host his final local public event!   VENUE:  The Resort at Pelican Hill (22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Beach, CA 92657) TIME: VIP and General Reception 5:30 PM Dinner and Speaker Event 6:30 PM TICKET PRICES: WACOC Premium/General Member Dinner + Program $130.00 […]

CAN OĞUZ CONSUL GENERAL OF THE REPUBLIC OF TURKEY IN LOS ANGELES

 Thursday, November 1, 2018 5:30pm   Trustees Only- Complementary Dinner Event *Bring One Guest* *Limited Seating* Can Oğuz has been a career officer in the Turkish diplomatic service since 2000.  Before assuming his duties as Turkey’s Consul General to Los Angeles in December 2017, he served as Head of Department in the Deputy Directorate General for Iraq at the Turkish Foreign Ministry between 2015-2017.  He served in the Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C. as Political Counselor between 2010 and 2015. Prior to his tenure in Washington D.C. he worked as First Secretary in the Deputy Directorate for Iraq between 2008 and 2010.  The upcoming program with Can Oguz, Consul General of the Republic of Turkey, has come at an excellent time to give us a better understanding of the current situation in Turkey.  The news media have recently been covering several significant stories about events in Turkey. One long running story has been the arrest and lengthy detention of Andrew Brunson, the American Pastor, who had been a long-time missionary in Turkey. His recent release appears to have lowered the level of tension with the United States Government.   Then, the mysterious death of Washington Post contributor Jamal Kashoggi in the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Istanbul has recently raised questions about how the Turkish Government will react and what effect it may have on relations between the two countries.

“AMERICA’S ROLE IN THE WORLD AND AT HOME UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP”

Monday, October 22, 2018 *Dinner Event* “AMERICA’S ROLE IN THE WORLD AND AT HOME UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP” Tom Campbell Moderator US Congressman (1989-1993; 1995-2001) Dean, Chapman Univ. Fowler School of Law (2011-2016) interviews:  William Kristol Founder and Editor-at-large of the political magazine The Weekly Standard Chief of staff to Reagan’s Secretary of Education, William Bennett Chief of Staff to the Vice President under Dan Quayle in the George H. W. Bush Administration -Dinner Event- Monday, October 22, 2018 The Pacific Club 4110 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92660 VIP Reception 5:30 pm General Reception 6:15 pm Dinner & Speaker Event 6:45pm Pricing: Student $40 /Premium Members $65 / General Members $65 Premium Member Guest $65 / Non-Member/General Member Guest $80 VIP Reception +Dinner and Program $130

REGISTER NOW! Annual Trustee Luncheon *Open To Only WACOC Trustees*

REGISTER NOW!   Sunday, September 23, 2018   *Luncheon Event* Annual Trustee Luncheon   Please plan to attend our Annual Trustee Luncheon on September 23rd at the beautiful Balboa Bay Club! This important event is one of the occasions where all of our Trustees have the opportunity to engage and learn more about the Council’s past and upcoming year.  It is also the time that the new officers are elected and individual members are recognized for exceptional service this past year. VENUE: Balboa Bay Club [1221 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663] TIME: 11:30AM- 3:00PM TICKET PRICES: WACOC Trustee- $75 WACOC Trustee’s Guest- $75 To Register please call our office at (949)253-5751   REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY,SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 Dietary Restrictions: Please e-mail orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org or call our office (949) 253-5751 by Friday, September 14, 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 Friday, September 14, 2018

EVENING LECTURE EVENT -Annual General Membership Meeting with Arif Alikhan

Thursday, September 13, 2018 *Evening Lecture Event* (Not a Dinner Event) Annual General Membership Meeting with  Arif Alikhan Former Assistant Secretary for Policy Development at the United States Department of Homeland Security appointed under President Obama. Former Senior Adviser to both Attorney General John Ashcroft and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to handle cyber-crime and intellectual property initiatives. Distinguished Professor of Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism at the National Defense University (NDU), College of International Security Affairs in Washington, D.C.   Arif Alikhan is the Director of the Office of Constitutional Policing and Policy and is the highest ranking civilian commander at the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). He oversees LAPD’s policy development, legal affairs, internal audits, risk management, community affairs, government affairs, youth programs, media relations, and strategic planning. He also serves as the senior policy advisor to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and the LAPD command staff. Chief Beck appointed Mr. Alikhan in October of 2013 and he began serving with the LAPD in February of 2014. In 2015, Chief Beck promoted Mr. Alikhan to the equivalent rank of an Assistant Chief of Police, the first in the history of the Department. Before joining the LAPD, Mr. Alikhan served in several senior homeland security, counter-terrorism, and law enforcement positions in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. He was a federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles for nearly a decade, served as a senior advisor to two U.S. Attorneys General in Washington, D.C. during the George W. Bush Administration, and was appointed to the Obama Administration in 2009 as the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His local government experience includes serving as the Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety for the City of Los Angeles from 2006 to 2009 and most recently as the Deputy Executive Director for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement and Fire Services for Los Angeles International, LA/Ontario International and Van Nuys airports. Mr. Alikhan’s academic experience includes serving as the Distinguished Professor of Counter-terrorism and Homeland Security at National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs in Washington D.C. and as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law. He is currently a lecturer at U.C. Irvine’s School of Law where he teaches a course on Constitutional Policing. Mr. Alikhan has been a featured lecturer at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, UCLA, USC, Penn State, the University of North Carolina, San Diego State University, Loyola Law School Los Angeles, the University of California at Irvine and King’s College London. He has also participated on numerous panels for research and policy institutes such as the RAND Corporation, South Asia Society, and Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands. Mr. Alikhan graduated with honors from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles where he was Chief Articles Editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review. He served as a judicial extern to Judge Arthur L. Alarcon of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and as a judicial law clerk for United States District Judge Ronald S.W. Lew in the Central District of California. […]

*OPEN TO WACOC TRUSTEES ONLY*Trustees Social with Special Guest Speaker – Ambassador Dimitar Abadjiev, Current Bulgarian Ambassador to Slovenia – ” A Conversation on Eastern and Central Europe”

*OPEN TO WACOC TRUSTEES ONLY*   SUMMER TRUSTEES SOCIAL   “Conversation on Eastern and Central Europe”   Wednesday, July 11, 2018 with  Ambassador Dimitar Abadjiev Current Bulgarian Ambassador to Slovenia   Dimitar Abadjiev is the current Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to Slovenia. He was also the Consul General for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria in Shanghai, China and a Board Member and Head of Corporate Affairs Department for Nabucco Gas Pipeline International. From 1997 to 2009, Abadjiev served as a Member of Parliament for the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria. As a Member of Parliament, Abadjiev worked for the Committee of Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Security, the Committee of Fight Against Corruption, the Committee of European Integration and Legal Issues, the Тemporary Committee for Changes in the Constitution, the Committee for Legal Issues, and the Committee for Internal Security and Public Order. He has also acted as a Bulgarian Observer to the European Parliament, as Chairman of the Regional Court for the city of Omurtag, as Judge at the Regional Court for the city of Omurtag, and as Officer at the Regional Court for the city of Targovishte.  VENUE: HOSTED BY MS. NORA VALENZUELA TIME: 6:00 PM TO RSVP FOR THE EVENT – PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT (949)-253-5751 OR E-MAIL US AT ORANGECOUNTY@WORLDAFFAIRSCOUNCIL.ORG

“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? with 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 […]

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” with 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 […]

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   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 REGISTER NOW!

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

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” with 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 & 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 […]

*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 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 […]

“Independent Filmmaking in Contemporary China” with Professor Paul Pickowicz, Ph.D.

Thursday, April 26th, 2018   “Independent Filmmaking in Contemporary China” with   Paul Pickowicz, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of History and Chinese Studies at the University of California, San Diego   Everyone knows there is state-sector filmmaking in China closely supervised closely by the government.  Much of it falls into the propaganda or commercial light entertainment categories.  What many people outside China do not know is that non-state-sector independent filmmaking also takes place in China (ever since about 1990).    Independent cinema has shown the unfiltered and at times undesirable aspects of a country keen on perfect displays, and the Chinese government has retaliated with intense regulation. Independent cinema has become a conflict over whom and what ultimately is presented as China.  Unlike Western indie films, which seek independence from the dominance of Hollywood’s silver screen, non-state Chinese films have sought independence from the confines of censorship.  You won’t see the work on TV, in theaters, or in other state-controlled venues, but it gets made and is circulated in various ways nonetheless.  It tends to deal with real social issues and problems that the state sector neglects or avoids.   We are thrilled to have Dr. Paul Pickowicz, one of the country’s leading historians on modern China with 15 books (2 on this subject) to his credit address our Council on this subject.  Professor Pickowicz currently serves as Distinguished Professor of History and Chinese Studies as well as Endowed Chair in Modern Chinese History at the University of California, San Diego.  A true interdisciplinary scholar, his work has investigated the impact of the Cultural Revolution on Chinese peasants, the history of Chinese cinema, Cold War propaganda strategies, rural protest and Chinese soft-power initiatives.  His book “Chinese Village, Socialist State,” was called “by far the best book on the impact of the Chinese Communist Party on peasant life” by The New York Review of Books.  Complete with sample clips from different films, Professor Pickowicz will be discussing what motivates these filmmakers (many of whom he knows), and how their work is received.  Join us as we welcome Professor Paul Pickowicz on Thursday, April 26th! Venue: The Pacific Club (4110 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92660)  5:30 PM REGISTRATION/RECEPTION 6:45 PM DINNER   WACOC Member $75 Non-Member $90 Student $50   REGISTER HERE (If you are interested in sponsoring a student or a table of students (10) which includes dinner, please contact our office at (949) 253-5751 or e-mail us at orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org)   REGISTRATION DEADLINE: THURSDAY, APRIL 19TH, 2018 Dietary Restrictions: Please e-mail orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org or call our office (949) 253-5751 by Thursday, April 19th, 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: Please bring your check to the event and call our office at (949) 253 – 5751 to confirm your reservation before the registration deadline.  

“Yemen: The War the World Ignores At Its Peril” with Ambassador Stephen Seche

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018   “Yemen: The War the World Ignores At Its Peril”   Ambassador Stephen Seche Former Ambassador to Yemen Executive Vice President of the Arab Gulf States Institute   What started as a Yemeni power struggle between competing domestic competitors, has morphed into a situation where Yeminis are the unfortunate pawns in a regional power-struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Even before war broke out between the Saudi backed government forces and Iranian backed Houthi rebels, Yemen was the poorest country in the Middle East.  Now the United Nations calls this the world’s worst current humanitarian crisis, with three quarters of its population in need of humanitarian aid.  With headlines being grabbed by Syria, Venezuela, and the threat of terrorist attacks, it is incredible to think that a country devastated by war, on the brink of famine, and experiencing the worst cholera outbreak in modern history would not get more attention.  Instead, in the shadows of these other global crises, Yemenis continue to be a victim of a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. What are the causes?  What are the solutions, if any?  Why should the world be concerned not just of the humanitarian tragedy, but of another failed state, a new Afghanistan or Somalia, that could foster the deadly combination of a proliferation of both weapons and global terrorism. Ambassador Seche is uniquely positioned as a former US Ambassador to Yemen and still deeply engaged as the Executive Vice President of the Arab Gulf State Institute, to shine a spotlight on this true tragedy with no end in sight. AMBASSADOR STEPHEN SECHE’S BIO Stephen A. Seche is the executive vice president of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. He spent 35 years as a career U.S. Foreign Service officer. From 2011-13, Seche served as deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State, with responsibility for U.S. relations with the GCC states and Yemen. He served as the U.S. ambassador to Yemen from 2007-10. During the 2006-07 academic year, Seche was a visiting fellow at the University of Southern California, where he taught public diplomacy in the master’s degree program. On his return from Yemen, he spent a year at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, leading a graduate seminar in the School of Foreign Service. From February 2005 to August 2006, Seche served as charge d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria; he was deputy of chief of mission for the six months prior. This was his second tour in Damascus. From 1999 to 2002, Seche was the counselor for public affairs and the director of the American Cultural Center. He spent the two years between his Damascus assignments as director of the Office for Egypt and Levant Affairs at the Department of State in Washington, DC. Seche spent the first seven years of his Foreign Service career in public diplomacy positions in Guatemala, Peru, and Bolivia. Other overseas assignments have included Ottawa, Canada and New Delhi, India. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and […]

“Myanmar: The Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya & Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s Reaction” with Dr. Azeem Ibrahim – Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Policy and Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College

November 2017 “Myanmar: The Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya & Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s Reaction” with   Dr. Azeem Ibrahim Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Policy and Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Dr. Azeem Ibrahim is author of the recently released, “The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide.”  Over 400,000, 1/4 of the Rohingya population in Rakhine State, have fled their homes since the long simmering conflict between the Myanmar military and the Rohingya boiled over on August 25th.  The United Nations has described the situation as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing and world leaders have pleaded with Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to speak out more forcefully about the crises. Dr. Ibrahim is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Policy and Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge and has previously been appointed an International Security Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a World Fellow at Yale University.   DATE & LOCATION: TBA

“The New Diplomacy: 21st Century Challenges in Foreign Policy” with Ambassador Cameron Munter

Thursday, March 1st, 2017   “The New Diplomacy: 21st Century Challenges in Foreign Policy”   Ambassador Cameron Munter President & CEO of East West Institute Former US Ambassador to Serbia & Pakistan   In the 21st century, many problems defy simple state to state solutions.  For example, what do we do about the ongoing refugee crisis, climate change, and cyber-security? Cyber-security for example, is the ultimate trans-national threat. It is a challenge that is understood by few, but impacts everyone.  It’s something to be dealt with by business, finance, governments, and individuals.  It’s something abused by terrorists, and something used by nation-states as a new means for weak nations to take on more powerful adversaries. How do we get beyond the traditional diplomats in an embassy working in a 19th century fashion?  Who are the people who should be involved in the new conversations that need to be taking place?  Are they young people?  Are they women?  Are they people who have been disenfranchised in the past?   The overriding question is, “Can we get the answers that we want?”  Can we get beyond the simple question that defines country to country? As someone who has worked both as a diplomat at our nation’s highest levels, and as a CEO and President of a nonprofit, addressing these new questions, Ambassador Cameron Munter is uniquely positioned to explain the challenges, and contribute to the conversation of how the world can work together to solve these new 21st century issues.   VENUE: Center Club (650 TOWN CENTER DRIVE, GARDEN LEVEL, COSTA MESA, CA 92626) TIME: Registration/ General Reception 5:30 PM              Dinner/Speaker Program 6:45 PM   WACOC MEMBER $67/ NON-MEMBER $82/ STUDENT $50 Dietary Restrictions: Please e-mail orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org or call our office (949)253-5751 by Thursday, February 22nd, 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 Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

WACOC’s 50th Anniversary with Ambassador Ryan Crocker – “Middle East Meltdown: Causes & Consequences for the U.S.”

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018    WACOC’s 50th Anniversary *Black tie optional*   “Middle East Meltdown: Causes & Consequences for the U.S.”   Ambassador Ryan Crocker Former Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon Recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom   The World Affairs Council of Orange County will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary with one of the highest profile American diplomats of our generation, Ambassador Ryan Crocker.   Dubbed, “America’s Lawrence of Arabia” by former US President, George W. Bush, Ambassador Crocker has held our nation’s highest diplomatic positions throughout the Middle East, having served as US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Kuwait. For decades, Ambassador Crocker has courageously and dutifully served our nation in leadership positions throughout the Middle East and South Asia.  In August 1990, Crocker served as Director of the Iraq-Kuwait Task Force following the Iraq invasion of Kuwait.  In 2002, he led a team that secretly worked with Iranian counterparts to capture Al Qaeda operatives in the days after 9/11.  Prior to the invasion of Iraq, he co-authored a memo for Secretary of State Colin Powell warning that overthrowing Saddam Hussein could unleash long-repressed ethnic and sectarian tensions in Iraq, potentially pulling in Iran and Syria, and warning that the US would be left to rebuild the country’s economic and political systems.  Most recently he was General David Petraeus’s civilian partner as US Ambassador to Iraq during the US troop surge in 2007. Ambassador Crocker in his speech to our Council will address the causes and consequences of the current “meltdown” in the Middle East including the ongoing crisis in the various nations there. Venue: Hotel Irvine  (17900 JAMBOREE ROAD, IRVINE, CA 92614) Time: 5:30 PM Registration/Reception             6:45 PM Speaker/Dinner   $85 WACOC MEMBER & GUEST/ $100 NON-MEMBER/ $50 STUDENT/$1250 TABLE SPONSOR     WACOC 50TH ANNIVERSARY AD SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY! Please take out a personal or company AD to honor our Council and its members and receive recognition for your contribution! Full Page $175 1/2 Page $100 1/4 Page $50   Please fill out the Ad Sponsorship form and follow the instructions for sending logos/business cards and messages and payment methods. SPONSORSHIP AD PAYING BY CHECK   SPONSORSHIP AD PAYING BY CARD (If you are paying for  the Ad via credit/debit card please e-mail your logo/business cards to orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org)  

Annual Holiday Party & Sir Eldon Griffith’s Around the World Talk

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017   Annual Holiday Party & Sir Eldon Griffith’s Around the World Talk “Global Challenges for the US & The World in the Coming Year” with Nubar Hovsepian, PhD. Chair & Associate Professor of Political Science at Chapman University    & Special Guest Performance by: Cesar Sanchez   Francis Fukuyama declared that the end of the Cold War, was the triumph of liberal democracy. This triumph has fostered populist ideologies as evidenced by Brexit and Trump’s ascendance to the US presidency. The bi-polar international system enabled the emergence of unipolar world dominated by the US. However, this did not last. Instead, we have a new multipolar world that has weakened American hegemony. In view of these changes, will the US become more isolationist, and if so what are the implications for international trade, democracy, and major international conflicts? Dr. Nubar Hovsepian is chair of Political Science at Chapman University. He teaches courses on Middle East politics, democracy and de-democratization, and globalization’s implications for democracy and peace. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Graduate Center—City University of New York. He edited: The War on Lebanon (2007). His book: Palestinian State Formation: Education and the Construction of National Identity, was published in 2009. He is currently working on a book on Edward Said as a Oppositional Intellectual. In addition, he has written and edited four books (in Arabic), most notably on the Iranian revolution of 1979. He served as Political Affairs officer at the United Nations (1982-84), and has worked as publisher, journalist, and development specialist.   Venue: The Pacific Club          4110 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92660 Time: 5:30 PM Registration/Hosted Champagne Reception 6:45 PM Dinner/Speaker Program $72 WACOC Members/$87 Non-Members/$58 Student

“Global Disaster Relief & Responding to Humanitarian Crises” with Kerri Murray – President of ShelterBox USA

Thursday, October 19th, 2017   REGISTER NOW!   “Global Disaster Relief & Responding to Humanitarian Crises”   with   Kerri Murray President of ShelterBox USA   Currently, there are approximately 65 million people or close to 1% of the global population displaced due to the hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Caribbean, and US states bordering the Gulf of Mexico, the earthquakes in Mexico, and the millions of refugees in war-torn countries.  Since 2000 Shelterbox has been providing emergency shelter to people affected by disasters and humanitarian crises around the world.  Hear how they are reacting to the current crises closer to home, and how they have emerged as a major player in the field of international disaster relief.   $14 Student/ $30 WACOC Member/ $42 Non-Member (20 % of YOUR ticket price will be donated directly to ShelterBox USA)   Location: Orange County Mining Company (10000 S Crawford Canyon Road, Santa Ana, CA 92705) Time: 5:45 PM Registration/General Reception 7:00 PM  Lecture/ Q & A Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served REGISTER HERE!

Annual Trustee Luncheon 2017

Sunday, September 10th, 2017   REGISTER NOW!   Annual Trustee Luncheon 2017  (Trustees Only)   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, Serge Tomassian, 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. WACOC Trustee – $65   Balboa Bay Club & Resort  (1221 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663)    11:30 AM – 3:00 PM   If you wish to attend, please call WACOC office at (949)-253-5751 or e-mail us at orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org   Please RSVP and send in your dietary restrictions by Thursday, August 31st, 2017   REFUND POLICY: Refund request will not be accepted after registration deadline Cancellations must be made no later than the registration deadline

Annual General Membership Meeting with Ambassador Howard Gutman – “Europe: An Ambassador’s Perspective On What No One Will Tell You”

Wednesday, September 27th 2017   SAVE THE DATE!   Annual General Membership Meeting “Europe: An Ambassador’s Perspective On What No One Will Tell You”   with   Ambassador (Rtd) Howard Gutman  Former US Ambassador to Belgium   Who is Europe and why are they saying those things about us?  Who is the second most dangerous threat to the U.S.-European relationship? Is Brexit the divorce that never happens?  How did the US snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the US-EU TTIP Trade Deal?  What none of the politicians know about climate and the Paris deal?  European terrorism and how to stop it?  The Odd Couples:  Merkel-Macron; Orban- Duda; Trump-Tillerson. An inside Washington perspective on other parts of the world as well. Ambassador (Rtd) Howard Gutman served as the United States Ambassador to Belgium from 2009-2013.  One leading European newspaper dubbed him “the Ambassador who makes us love America again!”  while another described him as “the most popular Ambassador ever.”  A former United States Supreme Court law clerk (for Justices Stewart and O’Connor), former Special Assistant to the Director of the FBI (William Webster) for Counter-intelligence and Counter-terrorism; and former 27 year leading attorney is Washington DC (Williams & Connolly), Ambassador (Rtd) Gutman is now the Managing Director of The Gutman Group, an international consulting and investment firm.  www.gutmangroup.com  He is a regular commentator on Fox Business News and Belgian television, a frequent speaker for companies and associations in Belgium, London and the US, serves on the board of directors of a publicly-traded Belgian company and privately held U.S. ventures, and publishes often in the Washington Post, Politico, and the Huffington Post on both US politics and geopolitics.  Along with his wife Dr. Michelle Loewinger, Ambassador (Rtd) Gutman spends roughly one week/month in Belgium and the remainder in Washington DC.   Location: The Pacific Club ( 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach, CA 92660) Time: 5:45 PM Registration/ Reception 6:45 PM Dinner / Speaker Program $50 Student/ $70 WACOC Member/ $85 Non-Member Valet Complimentary   REGISTER HERE!  

“Losing An Enemy: Obama, Iran & the Triumph of Diplomacy” with Dr. Trita Parsi

Thursday, September 7th 2017   REGISTER NOW!   Dr. Trita Parsi Founder & President of National Iranian American Council (NIAC) & Author   Dr. Trita Parsi is the founder and president of the National Iranian American Council and an expert in US-Iranian relations, Iranian foreign politics, and the geopolitics of the Middle East. He is the author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States (Yale University Press 2007), for which he conducted more than 130 interviews with senior Israeli, Iranian and American decision-makers. Parsi was born in Iran but moved with his family at the age of four to Sweden in order to escape political repression in Iran. His father was an outspoken academic and non-Muslim who was jailed by the Shah and then by the Ayatollah. He moved to the United States as an adult and studied Foreign Policy at John Hopkins’ School for Advanced International Studies where he received his Ph.D. Parsi has followed Middle East politics through work in the field and extensive experience on Capitol Hill and at the United Nations. He is frequently consulted by Western and Asian governments on foreign policy matters. Parsi has worked for the Swedish Permanent Mission to the UN, where he served in the Security Council, handling the affairs of Afghanistan, Iraq, Tajikistan and Western Sahara, and in the General Assembly’s Third Committee, addressing human rights in Iran, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Iraq.  He is fluent in Persian/Farsi, English, and Swedish. Parsi’s articles on Middle East affairs have been published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times, and The American Conservative. He is a frequent guest on CNN, PBS Newshour, NPR, the BBC and Al Jazeera. LOCATION:  Orange County Mining Co.  (10000 S Crawford Canyon Road, Santa Ana, CA 92705)   Time: 5:45 PM        Registration/ Reception                                               Hors d’oeuvres will be served                                   7:00 PM         Lecture/ Q & A/ Book Signing Event REGISTER HERE!

“The US and China, Allies or Adversaries in Resolving the North Korean Nuclear Crisis”

Wednesday, July 12th 2017   Discussion with    Ambassador Christopher Hill Former Head of the US Delegation to the Six Party Talk on the North Korea Nuclear Issue Former Ambassador to the Republic of Korea   &   Clayton Dube Executive Director of USC U.S.- China Institute   “The US and China, Allies or Adversaries in Resolving the North Korean Nuclear Crisis”   Ambassador Christopher Hill is a former career diplomat, a four-time ambassador, nominated by three presidents. Prior to Iraq, Hill served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs during which he was also the head of the U.S. delegation to the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue. Earlier, he was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (2004-2005). Ambassador Hill’s last post was as Ambassador to Iraq (April 2009-August 2010) and was also the Special Envoy to Kosovo. He also served as a Special Assistant to the President and a Senior Director on the staff of the National Security Council. Ambassador Hill is the Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, a position he has held since September 2010. In addition to overseeing the Josef Korbel School, Ambassador Hill is author of the book “Outpost: A Diplomat at Work“; a monthly columnist for Project Syndicate; and a highly sought public speaker and voice in the media on international affairs.   Clayton Dube heads the USC  U.S.-China Institute, which focuses on the multidimensional and always changing U.S.-China relationship. Dube has earned teachings awards at three universities. Trained as a historian, he first lived in China in 1982-85 and carried out research there in 1989-1991-92. He’s visited another fifty-plus times for research, teaching, and to lead groups of students and teachers. Dube is a director of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) and serves on the editorial boards of Education about Asia and the International Review of Chinese Studies. He was previously associate editor of Modern China. Dube has produced several documentary films and consulted on others. The best known of these is the twelve-part Assignment:China series on American media coverage of China since the 1940s.   LOCATION: Orange Hill Restaurant (6410 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92869) TIME: 5:00 PM Private Reception                          5:45 PM General Registration/Reception                          6:40 PM Dinner/Speaker Program Private Reception & Dinner $100 Dinner + Program (Private Reception not included) – WACOC Member: $65  Dinner + Ptogram (Private Reception not included) – Non-Member: $80   Dinner + Program (Private Reception not included) –  Student: $40 Valet Complimentary NO SELF – PARKING REGISTER HERE!   REFUND POLICY: Refund request will not be accepted after the registration deadline (July 6th) Cancellations must be made no later than the registration date (July 6th)

“Crisis in the Persian Gulf – Saudi Arabia et al. vs. Qatar – Where Will This Lead? with Dr. Jerrold D. Green – President & CEO of the Pacific Council on International Policy

Monday, June 26th 2017   Dinner with Dr. Jerrold D. Green President & CEO of the Pacific Council on International Policy, Research Professor of Communications, Business & International Relations at USC     “Crisis in the Persian Gulf – Saudi Arabia et al. vs. Qatar – Where Will This Lead?”     The worst Gulf crisis since the invasion of Kuwait ignited last week (beginning of June).  The small but influential and wealthy Persian Gulf monarchy of Qatar found itself the recipient of a surprise air, sea, trade, and diplomatic blockade launched by several countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and Egypt, following a trip to the region by US President Trump. Over the last few decades Qatar has become a major player in the region and global economy, becoming the world’s largest liquefied natural gas exporter, launching Al Jazeera, the Arab World’s most influential media network, planning to host the 2022 World Cup, and positioning itself as a key US ally.  Qatar’s Al Udeid Air Base is the largest US airbase in the region.  The base became crucial for US operations in the region after Saudi Arabia asked US forces to leave after the 9/11 attacks, ultimately providing a regional headquarters for operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and more recently, against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. While acting as an important US ally, Qatar has been accused at the same time of funneling money to extremist groups in the region, cozying up to Iran, and stoking the ideology of political Islam which many neighbors see as a threat to the monarchial ruling system in the Gulf. Many see these aggressive moves by the Saudi lead coalition as another manifestation of the power struggle between Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia for hegemony in the Gulf region. A failure to mediate the stand-off could disrupt the stability of the world’s energy resources, rupture the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, and have grave consequences for the US and its allies in their operations in the region. A further destabilization of the Middle East, after Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and of course the simmering Israeli/Palestinian conflict may lead to a regional conflict which could have world- wide and super power consequences.  By adding the Qatar crisis to this already fragile region a “tipping point’ may soon be reached.   The Golden Orange Award   will be presented to Mr. Errol Mathieu   Location: Westin South Coast Plaza (686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)    TIME: 5:30 Pm REGISTRATION                                             6:45 PM DINNER/ SPEAKER PROGRAM    $75 Members/ $90 Members/ $55 Student   $6 Self Parking    REGISTER HERE!

Trans-Atlantic Policy & Prosperity in the Brexit/Trump Era

The British American Business Council, the Orange County Forum and the World Affairs Council of Orange County are sponsoring: British Style Business Debate Topic “Trans-Atlantic Policy & Prosperity in the Brexit/Trump Era Panel Gary Sherwin- President & CEO – Visit Newport Beach John Shu – Attorney & Media – Broadcast Analyst   David Bahnsen – Founder – The Bahnsen Group Mitch Wexler – Partner – Fragomen Worldwide Moderator John Page- Senior Corporate Vice President Golden State Foods THE NEW WORLD OF TRUMP AND BREXIT – AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO US ALL? 2016 was undoubtedly a year of dramatic change in direction for the expectations of an enormous number of people. The vote for Brexit in the UK and the election of Donald Trump have repercussions that will continue to reverberate throughout the world for many years to come. The possible scenarios relating to the future of the UK, the European Union and the USA are many and varied. Major impacts relating to Trade and Investment, Security, Immigration, International Travel and Energy Resource Management are but some of the concerns that have come to the fore. Disappointingly – the shrill voices of the media and the pundits frequently leave much to be desired by those who wish to be better informed. Join us to hear a distinguished panel present their ideas of the “landscape” that they visualize over the next four years, relating to their area of expertise. Each speaker will make 3 to 5 predictions which will be open to challenge, with no holds barred, bu the moderator, the other panelists and the audience. The speakers will vie to win the hearts and minds of the audience based on the strength and persuasiveness of their arguments in support of their predictions. The Westin South Coast Plaza (686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa) 6:00 PM Registration/Reception 6:45 PM Dinner. Followed by Panel Discussion and vote Reservations a must!  REGISTER HERE!

Annual Summer Garden Party

SAVE THE DATE!   Annual Summer Garden Party   The World Affairs Council of Orange County is partnering with the British American Business Council (BABC) for their Annual Summer Garden Party!   We cordially invite you, your friends and business collegues to join The British American Business Council and The World Affairs Council of Orange County for a wonderful afternoon on the cliff top at the Montage Resort, Laguna Beach. Sumptous Afternoon Tea With Pimms, champagne, lemonade and tea Silent Auction (Benefiting our Scholarship Program) Hat Competition (optional) Prize for the best hat Enjoy & shop British accessories Sunday June 4th 2017 Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Location: Montage Laguna Beach (30801 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651)   REGISTER HERE!   SPECIAL RATES FOR WACOC MEMBERS

Trustees Social (ONLY WACOC TRUSTEES)

SAVE THE DATE!   TRUSTEES SOCIAL   Thursday May 11th, 2017   WACOC Trustee and long- time members, Dr. Harry Sahota and his wife Dr. Asha Sahota, would like to invite the Trustees of the World Affairs Council of Orange County for our Spring Trustees Social & State of the Council by Chairman Serge Tomassian. There will also be a special meeting of the Board of Trustees to fill vacancies in the Board membership.   Special Guest – Congressman Ed Royce   TO RSVP YOU MUST BE A WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL OF ORANGE COUNTY (WACOC) TRUSTEE   To reserve your ticket please call 949-253-5751 or e-mail at orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org Please RSVP by Friday April 28th, 2017  

Former US Ambassador to Syria Robert S. Ford (LECTURE EVENT- NOT A DINNER EVENT)

SAVE THE DATE! Lecture Style Event – NOT A DINNER EVENT   Wednesday May 3rd, 2017 “The Crisis in Syria – What Are the Causes? What Are the Options?”   Special insight from the   Former US Ambassador to Syria (2011-2014) Former US Ambassador to Algeria (2006-2008)   Ambassador Robert S. Ford   Ambassador Robert S. Ford spent 4.5 years working for the US Mission in Iraq and another 3 years working on Syrian issues, including as the US Ambassador. As a former US ambassador to Syria he has special insight into the causes and complexities of the bloody Syrian civil war, which tragically has caused the death of nearly ½ million people and refugees that number in the millions.  Ambassador Ford will address the factors that caused the unrest in both Iraq and Syria and spawned the Syrian civil war and which allowed the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS), now straddling across the two countries’ borders. The Ambassador will also asses current US and international efforts to contain the conflicts and opine on the signs that may predict the next steps of the US administration in this volatile region. AMB. Ford completed a 30-year career with the Peace Corps and the U.S. Department of State in April 2014 and now is a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington, where he writes and speaks about Syria, Iraq and North Africa. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Syria 2011-2014, receiving wide recognition for his work defending Syrians’ human rights. He received the annual Profile in Courage award in 2012 from the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston for his human rights work and a Presidential Honor award in 2012 for his stewardship of the American Embassy in Damascus during a crisis period. AMB. Ford was the U.S. Ambassador to Algeria 2006-2008, boosting bilateral cooperation in education and the rule of law. He also served five years in Iraq helping the Iraqis establish their permanent government through three rounds of elections and preparation of a new constitution. He received from Secretary of State John Kerry in March 2014, the Distinguished Service award, the State Department’s highest award. The Ambassador has appeared on CNN, PBS, MSNBC, Fox, NPR, the BBC, Arabic networks speaking in Arabic as well as in numerous print media, including The New York Times. He has taught at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and is a devoted fan of the Baltimore Orioles.   REGISTER HERE!    Location: Hotel Irvine (17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA 92614) Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM $10 Students/ $20 Members/ $30 Non-Members/ $45 Limited Reserved seating for the first 5 rows $8 Self-Parking / $10 Valet

Dinner with Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer, “How Will ISIS End?”

SAVE THE DATE!  Dinner {Thursday April 20th, 2017}   “How Will ISIS End?” with  Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer Professor of Sociology, Global Studies & Religious Studies, Kundan Kaur Kapany Chair of Global and Sikh Studies & Fellow of the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies at University of Santa Barbara  Founding Director of the Global & International Studies Program & the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies at UCSB Past President of the American Academy of Religion In 2014, ISIS brutally controlled over 34,000 square miles in Syria and Iraq, from the Mediterranean coast to south of Baghdad. Its genocidal campaign went unchecked and contributed to the immigration havoc unseen in recent history. Now as the US and allied forces engage in fierce battles to recapture the two remaining ISIS strongholds of Mosul and Raqqa, the difficult question becomes, how will ISIS End?  And what will come in its place? Dr. Juergensmeyer, an expert on ISIS and its malignant doctrines, will attempt to answer these questions by exploring three different movements within ISIS aligned in an uneasy coalition, each with its own violent agenda and its own possibilities for long-term continuity even after the fall of ISIS’ territorial claims.  He’ll look at how ISIS is simultaneously a purported movement for Sunni Muslim empowerment, an apocalyptic cult, and a global cyber community of young activists.  Drawing from his recent visits to Iraq and from detailed monitoring of jihadi internet postings, Dr. Juergensmeyer will discuss how each of these movements have different trajectories and in their own way may be around in one form or another long after the roads from Baghdad to Mosul and from Damascus to Raqqa have been secured and freed from ISIS’ control. Location: Westin Hotel (South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626) Time: 5:30 PM Registration/Reception 6:30 PM Dinner/ Speaker Event $70 Members / $55 Students/ $80 Non-Members REGISTER HERE!

“Assessment of President Trump’s Emerging “America First” Foreign & Economic Policies” with General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus

The World Affairs Council of Orange County & The Richard Nixon Foundation   REGISTER NOW!   TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28th, 2017    “Assessment of President Trump’s Emerging “America First” Foreign & Economic Policies”   Dinner with General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus   Venue: The Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum   Member $150 Non-Member $175   For Sponsorship Level seating please contact our office at (949)-253-5751 or e-mail us at orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org   REGISTER HERE!

Ambassador Dennis Ross “Will The Trump Administration Change US Policy Toward Israel, the Palestinians and the Rest of the Middle East – Will it Bring Peace or More Turmoil in the Region?”

   SAVE THE DATE! {Tuesday, May 16th 2017}    “Does the Trump Administration Have a Middle East Policy”    Will the Trump Administration Change US Policy Toward Israel, the Palestinians and the Rest of the Middle East – Will it Bring Peace or More Turmoil in the Region?   Ambassador Dennis Ross Special Envoy to the Middle East for President George Bush Sr., President Bill Clinton & President Barack Obama    The Golden Orange Award will be presented to Ms. Nora Valenzuela   REGISTER HERE! Time: 5:45 PM Registration/Reception 6:30 PM Dinner/Speaker $75 Member/ $60 Student/ $90 Non-Member Location: Westin Hotel (South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)  

Luncheon with General Michael Hayden – “Playing To The Edge: American Intelligence In The Age of Terror”

 SAVE THE DATE! Luncheon {Friday, March 31st, 2017}                          “Playing In The Edge: American Intelligence In The Age of Terror” with  General Michael Hayden                                                                            United States Air Force General, ret.               Former Director of National Security Agency (NSA) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)  Book Signing   Our Council is pleased to announce its very special guest speaker this month, Gen. Michael Hayden, retired United States Air Force four-star general and former Director of the National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He is currently a principal at the Chertoff Group, a security consultancy founded by former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Hayden also serves as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Mason University School of Public Policy. Under President George W. Bush, his tenure as Director of the NSA and CIA involved sweeping changes and modernization to our Nation’s intelligence gathering methods and organizations. In the face of terrorist threats while addressing domestic critics on privacy & civil rights, he navigated a precarious path during a critical time of this nation’s security history. His involvement at the highest levels of our country’s security and his personal account of those years including where we stand today with our nation’s “state of intelligence”  in view of the ongoing terrorist threats, will be the subject of his speech and in more depth his recommended book.   General Michael Hayden’s book, Playing to the Edge, was published on February 27th, 2017. PLAYING TO THE EDGE chronicles Hayden’s tenure (1999-2009) when American intelligence had to respond to terrorism, a major war, and the most sweeping technological revolution in the last five hundred years. For ten years, he participate in every major event in American national security, the fallout and consequences of which are still unfolding today.        Location: Westin Hotel (South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626) Time: 11:30 AM Registration REGISTER HERE! If you would like to purchase a table, please call our office at (949)253-5751

10th Annual Academic WorldQuest

World Affairs Council of Orange County Invites you to participate in our 10th Annual Academic WorldQuest March 4th, 2017 Register Your OC High School Team Today! 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 on April 29th, 2017! 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 is to be held on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 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: Current Events Great Decisions Peace and Conflict in Today’s World (USIP) Combating Infectious Disease European Union Countering Violent Extremism Turkey Global Megacities China Women in Technology When: Saturday, March 4th, 2017 Time: 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM Location: Chapman University Attire: Business casual Things to note: Please do not bring any additional study guides or study materials to the competition. All writing utensils, paper, and further materials needed to compete will be provided. Snacks will be provided, and dinner will be served after the competition. Registration: – A teacher registers the team by emailing us at orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org How: Preparation – A study guide will be mailed to you when your team is confirmed. Why it is Important: Academic WorldQuest is a great way for students to learn 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.                                                                                   BE A SPONSOR!  OR Be an Academic WorldQuest 2017 Underwriter                                               WINNING TEAM LODGING SPONSOR                   $900 1 Student Lodging Sponsor                       $180 2 Student Lodging Sponsors                     $360 3 Student Lodging Sponsors                     $540 4 Students Lodging Sponsor                     $720                                                           WINNING TEAM FLIGHT SPONSOR    $2500 1 Student Flight Sponsor             $500 2 Students Flight Sponsor           $1000 3 Students Flight Sponsor   […]

“The Russian Threat to the US and the Democracies Around the World”

Save the Date { Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 } “The Russian Threat to the US and the Democracies Around the World” Congressman Adam Schiff represents California’s 28th Congressional District, and throughout his tenure in Congress, he has focused on growing the economy, bolstering national security, strengthening our communities, helping small businesses and improving education, safety and healthcare for our children. In his eighth term in the House of Representatives, Schiff currently serves as the Ranking Member, or top Democrat, of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (which oversees all of the nation’s intelligence agencies) and as a Member of the Benghazi Select Committee. Before he was elected to Congress, Schiff served as State Senator for California’s 21st State Senate District, chairing the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Select Committee on Juvenile Justice and the Joint Committee on the Arts. He also worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles for six years, most notably prosecuting the first FBI agent ever to be indicted for espionage.   Location: Westin Hotel South Coast Plaza (South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 ) Time: 5:45 PM Registration/Reception REGISTER NOW! Building Our Global Community

Where Obama Was & Where Trump Is Going in the Middle East, with Russian, Iran & Syria

SAVE THE DATE {Wednesday, March 1st, 2017} “Where Obama Was & Where Trump Is Going in the Middle East, with Russia, Iran & Syria” with Michael Doran Senior Director for the National Security Council under President George W. Bush                                    Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute Certainly with the new Trump Administration, US policy in the Middle East is certain to change. How significant will be the changes and how will the adversarial issues with Russia and Syria be addressed in this context? With the fall of Aleppo to the Assad forces, the facts on the ground have dramatically changed. Russia and Iran have achieved their strategic goal of leaving the Assad regime in place, at least for now.  A less confrontational approach toward Russia but a more aggressive one against Iran by the new administrations will present an interesting dichotomy on formulating US policy in this region. Much of the future is unknown but what is certain is that US Policy will markedly change and reflect both the reality of a devastated Syria still ruled by the dynastic Assad regime and the Administration’s stated goal  to formulate a “coalition” with Russia against ISIS or whatever entity or entities metastasize from the eventual defeat of the defacto “state” created by this terror group.    We are honored to have as our guest speaker Mr. Michael Doran a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC and formerly a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute. Mr. Doran served as a Senior Director in the National Security Council under President George W. Bush where he was responsible for helping to devise and coordinate United States strategies on a variety of Middle East issues, including Arab-Israeli relations and U.S. efforts to contain Iran and Syria. He also served in the Bush administration as a senior adviser in the State Department and as deputy assistant secretary of defense in the Pentagon.  He has held teaching positions at NYU, Princeton, and the University of Central Florida. He is the author of Pan-Arabism before Nasser, which analyzes the first Arab-Israeli war as an inter-Arab conflict, and is now completing a book for Simon and Schuster about President Eisenhower and the Middle East. He appears frequently in the media, and has published extensively in Foreign Affairs, The American Interest, Commentary, Mosaic Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. Location: The Westin Hotel South Coast Plaza (South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626) Time: 5:45 PM Registration/Reception REGISTER NOW!

“Muslim Reform Movement: Is This Necessary and Why?”

SAVE THE DATE : Wednesday January 25th, 2017 “Muslim Reform Movement: Is This Necessary and Why?” Panel Discussion  with Salam Al-Marayati &  Zuhdi Jasser, M.D. The primary issue that confronts the Muslim community both here in the US and other Western Countries is the possible reconciliation and integration of Islamic teachings with Western Liberal Democratic Values. Does Islam need to be reformed from the teachings at some of the Islamic centers in order to conform to Western Democracies or is it simply a misapplication of those teachings by individuals or groups who use Islam as a tool of terrorism for violent political action in the West? In any case, the questions of whether Islam as currently preached in the West, leads naturally to conflict and whether its need to be harmonized with Democratic Values is possible, will be addressed by our two very dynamic and knowledgeable speakers. Salam Al Marayati is nationally recognized for his commitment to improving the public understanding of Islam and policies impacting American Muslims, Salam is president and co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. He is also a board member of the Muslim Reform Institute. He oversees MPAC’s groundbreaking civic engagement, public policy, and advocacy work. He is an expert on Islam in the West, Muslim reform movements, human rights, democracy, national security, and Middle East politics. He has spoken at the White House, Capitol Hill and represented the U.S. at international human rights and religious freedom conferences. His writings have appeared in every major national news publication (including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times), and his interviews have been featured on national and international news outlets (including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and C-SPAN). A devout Muslim, Dr. Jasser founded AIFD (American Islamic Forum for Democracy) in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the United States as an effort to provide an American Muslim voice advocating for the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Constitution, liberty and freedom, through the separation of mosque and state. Dr. Jasser is a first generation American Muslim whose parents fled the oppressive Baath regime of Syria in the mid-1960’s for American freedom. He is leading the fight to shake the hold that the Muslim Brotherhood and their network of American Islamist organizations and mosques seek to exert on organized Islam in America. Venue: The Fairmont Hotel Newport Beach {4500 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92660} Wednesday January 25th, 2017 Time: 5:45 PM Registration/Reception REGISTER NOW!

NIPOC (Network of Iranian-American Professionals of Orange County) 2017 Economic Forecast

  Network of Iranian-American Professionals of Orange County January Special Event Dedicated To the memory of our beloved Dr. Esmael Adibi 2017 Economic Forecast U.S., California & Orange County Economic Forecast by: Dr. James L. Doti President Emeritus and Donald Bren Distinguished Chair of Business and Economics Chapman University Thursday, January 19, 2017, 6pm-9pm Hotel Irvine – 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA Admission & Dinner: NIPOC & SBG Members: $80 Affiliated Members (IAWF, WAC, ISCC) $80 Non-Members: $95 Corporate Tables (10 seats & dinner) $750 Business Display Table: $250 (Includes Logo on Screen) Business Logo on Big Screens: $200 If you would like to attend the event, please call World Affairs Council of Orange County at (949)-253-5751 or e-mail us at orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org

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

Save the Date: January 12, 2017 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

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

SAVE THE DATE : {Wednesday January 11th, 2017}   *Premium Members Only Event*   Luncheon with Kurdish Representative to the United States Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman                                       “The Rising Voice of the Kurds” 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 REGISTER HERE!

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 For more information click below World Trade Week Limited Seating, if our members are interested in attending the event, please contact our office at (949)253-5751 or e-mail us at orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org REGISTER HERE!

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

SAVE THE DATE!                                                                                 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   REGISTER HERE!

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

Save the Date { 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 (www.theforgottenintl.org). 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 REGISTER HERE! Building Our Global Community

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 In 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 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 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 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY INQUIRIES: CALL OUR OFFICE AT (949) 253- 5751 or email orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org

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

Save the Date {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 Building Our Global Community REGISTER HERE!

2016 Annual Trustees Luncheon

Save the Date {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 Building Our Global Community REGISTER HERE

Turkish Consul General Raife Gülru Gezer: Turkey’s Foreign Policy and the Current Syrian Refugee Crisis

Save the Date { Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 } Turkish Consul General Raife Gülru Gezer: Turkey’s Foreign Policy and the Current Syrian Refugee Crisis   As Turkish Consul General in Los Angeles, Raife Gülru Gezer represents approximately 70,000 Turkish citizens living across twelve western states. She graduated from the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University in 2000 and completed her M.A. in European Political and Administrative Studies at the College of Europe. In 2002, Gezer joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey and worked at the European Union Political Affairs Deputy Directorate as a Candidate Career Diplomat. She spent two years at the Turkish Embassy in Damascus. In 2010, Gezer became Chief of Cabinet of the Under Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Four years later, she was appointed Consul General of Turkey.   REGISTER HERE Location: Lake Mission Viejo Clubhouse 22555 Olympiad Rd Mission Viejo, CA 92692 Time: 6:00PM Registration/ 7:00PM Speaker Program Building Our Global Community

Personal Insights From the Front Line of Diplomacy

 Save the Date {Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016}  *Premium Members Only: This is a Special Program for Premium Members with former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ambassador Robert Jordan- “Personal Insights From the Front Line of Diplomacy”   Robert Jordan is Diplomat in Residence and adjunct professor of political science in the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies and Southern Methodist University. He served as US ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 2001-2003 and as a partner in the international law firm Baker Botts LLP for many years where he headed Middle East practice in Dubai. Jordan is Vice Chair of the Tower Center Board of Directors and of the Board of Governors of the Middle East Institute. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a past president of the Dallas Bar Association and the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations. In addition, he is a member of the American Arbitration Association Commercial Panel of Arbitrators, the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals of the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, and the London Court of Arbitration. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce and is a frequent commentator with international media including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, Al Jazeera America, Bloomberg News and the New York Times.    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!                                                               Location: The Westin, South Coast Plaza ( 686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626) Time: 5:45- Registration/ 6:30 Dinner/ 7:00 Speaker Program Notice of Cancellation: Any refund requests will be facilitated through emails to orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org or through phone to (949) 253-5751 no later than 72 hours prior to the day of the event. Refunds will not be issued within 72 hours of the event date, as prior event payments have already been processed by the venue.                                                               Building Our Global Community

Hoover Institution’s Dr. Angelo Codevilla- Identity Politics

Save the Date {Tuesday, March 1st, 2016}    Angelo Codevilla – “Hoover Institution’s Dr. Angelo Codevilla: Identity Politics” Angelo Codevilla is professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University, and was as a visiting professor at Princeton and Georgetown. He was a fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, and is the author of thirteen books. Codevilla’s articles have appeared in journals from Foreign Affairs and The National Interest to The Claremont Review of Books, and his op eds in the Times and Journal as well as abroad. Born and raised in Italy, Angelo Codevilla has a Ph.D from Claremont, where he studied with Leo Strauss and Harry Jaffa. He served as a naval officer and as a US Foreign Service officer. Between 1977 and 1985 he was on the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Angelo Codevilla’s books and articles have been about the nature of regimes, as well as of war and peace. The Character of Nations shows how peoples shape their character by how they govern themselves. Advice to War Presidents explains the instruments of power. Informing Statecraft examines the role of intelligence in statecraft and defines its functions. The Ruling Class is about today’s American regime. His newest book, To Make And Keep Peace, shows how American statecraft’s loss of focus on our peace engenders dysfunction at home and abroad.         Location: The Westin South Coast Plaza 686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Time:  6:00PM – 8:30 PM  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    Notice of Cancellation: Any refund requests will be facilitated through emails to orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org or through phone to (949) 253-5751 no later than 72 hours prior to the day of the event. Refunds will not be issued within 72 hours of the event date, as prior event payments have already been processed by the venue. Building Our Global Community

2016 Academic WorldQuest

World Affairs Council of Orange County Invites you to participate in our 8th Annual Academic WorldQuest February 27, 2016 Register Your OC High School Team Today! 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 on April 23, 2016! 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 Saturday, February 27, 2016 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: Current Events Great Decisions NATO Asia Matters for America International Trade and Finance Sultanate of Oman Privacy in the Digital Age The Arctic Food Security Organization of American States When: Saturday, February 27, 2016 Time: 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Location: Chapman University George H.W. Bush Conference Room, Beckman Hall Room 404 Attire: Business casual Things to note: Please do not bring any additional study guides or study materials to the competition. All writing utensils, paper, and further materials needed to compete will be provided. Snacks will be provided, and dinner will be served after the competition. Registration: – A teacher registers the team by emailing us at Education@WorldAffairsCouncil.org 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 Click here to be a AWQ Sponsor! 

Luncheon – Eurozone Equity Markets versus US Equity Markets

Save the Date { Thursday, February 25th, 2016 }  Member’s Luncheon  Jerry Braakman – “Eurozone Equity Markets versus US Equity Markets” In Partnership With The British American Business Council of Orange County (BABC-OC)   Jerry Braakman First American Trust Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer, Managing Director  Jerry brings 20 plus years of experience with the firm in various management roles. Currently, Jerry oversees all Trust and Wealth Management activities of the firm. He creates the vision and executes the strategy of the firm’s expertise. He ensures client goals are achieved with an experienced team of fiduciary and investment professionals. As Chief Investment Officer, Jerry oversees the investment outlook, portfolio strategy, asset allocation, risk management and investment processes. He regularly provides expert commentary on the financial markets to various media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Reuters, CNBC and Bloomberg. Jerry began his career at First American Trust in 1995 and during his tenure has held various operational and investment management positions. Previous to his current responsibilities, he oversaw the management of First American’s $2.3 billion corporate investment portfolio. Jerry holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of California, Irvine.   Location: The Pacific Club  (4110 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92660) Time:  11:30am – 2:00pm CLICK HERE TO REGISTER *Must register by Friday, February 19th–After this date, prices increase to $65 for Members and $80 for Non-Members/Guests  Notice of Cancellation: Any refund requests will be facilitated through emails to orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org or through phone to (949) 253-5751 no later than 72 hours prior to the day of the event. Refunds will not be issued within 72 hours of the event date, as prior event payments have already been processed by the venue. Building Our Global Community

Premium Members Event: Private Luncheon with Sir Tony Brenton (LIMITED SEATING!)

{January 22, 2016} Premium Members Event: Private Luncheon with Sir Tony Brenton Topic:  Sir Tony Brenton is a distinguished British diplomat and commentator on public affairs issues. He served for over thirty years with the British Foreign Service, including postings in the Middle East, the European Union, Washington DC, and Russia. In particular he was in charge of the British Embassy in Washington through the Iraq War, and was British Ambassador to Russia through a particularly tense time in UK/Russia relations. He has been a lead UK negotiator on such problems as global climate change and international energy and human rights issues. He has written a well received book, “The Greening of Machiavelli”, on international environmental politics. On retirement from the Foreign Service he has become a Fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge, where he is writing a book on Russian history. He is now also a regular commentator and contributor on international affairs on the BBC and in such publications as the ‘Times’ and ‘Standpoint’. Location: Il Fornaio 18051 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612 Date: January 22, 2015 Time: 11:30AM to 1:30PM (parking can be validated by restaurant staff) ~ Please note this event is opened to Premium Members Only – Very Limited Seating! Premium Member’s Price: $45 (Premium members include Consul, Diplomats, and Ambassador Members)  SOLD OUT!!  Notice of Cancellation: Any refund requests will be facilitated through emails to orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org or through phone to (949) 253-5751 no later than 72 hours prior to the day of the event. Refunds will not be issued within 72 hours of the event date, as prior event payments have already been processed by the venue. Building Our Global Community

“Living with the Bear: What do we do about Russia?”

Save the Date {Thursday, January 21st, 2016}   “Living with the Bear: What do we do about Russia?“   Sir Tony Brenton Former UK Ambassador to Russia Lead UK Negotiator on International Energy and Global Climate Change Sir Tony Brenton is a distinguished British diplomat and commentator on public affairs issues. He served for over thirty years with the British Foreign Service, including postings in the Middle East, the European Union, Washington DC, and Russia. In particular he was in charge of the British Embassy in Washington through the Iraq War, and was British Ambassador to Russia through a particularly tense time in UK/Russia relations. He has been a lead UK negotiator on such problems as global climate change and international energy and human rights issues. He has written a well received book, “The Greening of Machiavelli”, on international environmental politics. On retirement from the Foreign Service he has become a Fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge, where he is writing a book on Russian history. He is now also a regular commentator and contributor on international affairs on the BBC and in such publications as the ‘Times’ and ‘Standpoint’.   Location : Westin South Coast Plaza 686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 (please note earlier start times) 5:45pm Reception & Registration  |  6:30pm Dinner  |  7:00pm Speaker Program *Complementary Self-Parking is included   Notice of Cancellation: Any refund requests will be facilitated through emails to orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org or through phone to (949) 253-5751 no later than 72 hours prior to the day of the event. Refunds will not be issued within 72 hours of the event date, as prior event payments have already been processed by the venue. Building Our Global Community

Trustees Social

Sunday, January 10, 2016 { Trustees Social }  Location: Tomassian Residence (Address given upon rsvp) Time: 4:00pm-7:00pm Wine and heavy hor duevers will be served Open to Trustee + 1 guest Must RSVP by January 5, 2016 We are delighted to have Azim Khamisa, internationally renowned speaker and award-winning author deliver an inspirational message at the social gathering as well.  You can inquire more about him at www.azimkhamisa.com. Thank you to Serge & Mona Tomassian for hosting and underwriting this event!

2016 Economic Forecast

2016 ECONOMIC FORECAST U.S., CALIFORNIA & ORANGE COUNTY This event is in partnership with the Network of Irianian-American Professionals of Orange County (NIPOC) DATE: Thursday Jan. 7, 2016 (6:00 PM) PLACE: Hilton – Irvine (Across from OC Airport)   Admission & Dinner: $75 when registered through WACOC   SOLD OUT! —————-   About NIPOC: The Network of Iranian-American Professionals of Orange County (NIPOC) is a grass-root, non-profit organization, with no religion preference or political affiliations. Their mission includes promoting professional and business opportunity among our members, raising awareness of rich Persian heritage and culture among Iranians and Americans, and unifying Iranian-Americans in serving public and social causes in our community.   Building Our Global Community

The Change in the Balance of Power in the Middle East: US-Iran Diplomacy

  Save the Date {Wednesday, November 18th, 2015} Reza Marashi, Dr. Ted Galen Carpenter, Ambassador Mark Johnson, and Dr. Mark C. Johnson- “The Change in the Balance of Power in the Middle East: US-Iran Diplomacy” Speakers: Reza Marashi joined NIAC in 2010 as the organization’s first Research Director. He came to NIAC after four years in the Office of Iranian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to his tenure at the State Department, he was an analyst at the Institute for National Strategic Studies covering China-Middle East issues, and a Tehran-based private strategic consultant on Iranian political and economic risk. Marashi is frequently consulted by Western governments on Iran-related matters. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The Atlantic, among other publications.  He has been a guest contributor on CNN, NPR, the BBC, TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Financial Times, among other broadcast outlets.   Dr. Ted Galen Carpenter is senior fellow for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. Dr. Carpenter served as Cato’s director of foreign policy studies from 1986 to 1995 and as vice president for defense and foreign policy studies from 1995 to 2011. He is the author of 10 books and the editor of 10 books on international affairs, including The Fire Next Door: Mexico’s Drug Violence and the Danger to America, Smart Power: Toward a Prudent Foreign Policy for America, America’s Coming War with China  A Collision Course over Taiwan, The Korean Conundrum: America’s Troubled Relations with North and South Korea, Bad Neighbor Policy: Washington’s Futile War on Drugs in Latin America, The Captive Press: Foreign Policy Crises and the First Amendment,Beyond NATO: Staying Out of Europe’s Wars, and A Search for Enemies: America’s Alliances after the Cold War. His forthcoming book, Perilous Partners: The Benefits and Pitfalls of America’s Alliances with Authoritarian Regimes, will be released in Fall 2015. Carpenter is contributing editor to the National Interest and serves on the editorial boards of Mediterranean Quarterly and the Journal of Strategic Studies, and is the author of more than 600 articles and policy studies. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the National Interest, World Policy Journal, and many other publications. He is a frequent guest on radio and television programs in the United States, Latin America, Europe, East Asia, and other regions. Carpenter received his Ph.D. in U.S. diplomatic history from the University of Texas. Ambassador Mark Johnson (ret.) completed 30 years as a career foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department serving as Ambassador to Senegal, Deputy Inspector General of the State Department, Deputy Chief of Mission in Kuwait, and as Deputy Chief of Mission in Cairo, Egypt.  He was the first American diplomat to return to the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait City after it was liberated during the Desert Storm military campaign. He also was involved with the Middle East peace process in Cairo and helped negotiate the release of the American diplomats during the Iranian hostage crisis from 1979-81.  He has led several World Affairs Council trips to Iran, Egypt and the Persian Gulf. Ambassador Johnson is the founder of the World Affairs Council […]

“Crouching Tiger: What China’s Militarism Means to the World”

Save the Date November 12, 2015 “Crouching Tiger: What China’s Militarism Means to the World”  This program is in partnership with The Chancellor’s Club and Paul Merage Dean’s Leadership Circle LOCATION: The New Paul Merage School of Business Auditorium UC Irvine, Paul Merage School of Business SB1, Irvine, CA 92697 6:00PM      Lecture and Q&A by Peter Navarro, Ph.D. and Gordon G. Chang 7:00PM      Book signing and VIP Reception (with Drinks & Appetizers)    Peter Navarro is a professor at the Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. With a Masters of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard, this distinguished macroeconomist has written extensively on Asia as well as lived and worked there. Peter’s new book Crouching Tiger provides the most complete and accurate assessment of the probability of confl ict between the United States and the rising Asian superpower. Equally important, it lays out an in-depth analysis of the possible pathways to peace. Written like a geopolitical detective story, the narrative encourages reader interaction by starting each chapter with an intriguing question that often challenge conventional wisdom. Advance reviews call it a “a brilliant and clear-head analysis,” a “must read,” and required reading for every 2016 presidential candidate.” Gordon G. Chang is a lawyer, author, and television pundit, best known for his book The Coming Collapse of China (2001), in which he argued that the hidden nonperforming loans of the “Big Four” Chinese State banks would likely bring down China’s fi nancial system and its communist government and China would collapse in 2006, 2011, 2012. Mr. Chang provided the Forward in Crouching Tiger: What China’s Militarism Means for the World.   Business Attire •  Complimentary Parking with Reservation $35 Premium Members |  $45 Members  |  $55 Non-Members Please RSVP by November 5, 2015 ! For pre-order signed books, visit www.crouchingtiger.net for more information ~   Driving Directions: If you are coming from NORTH of Irvine (Los Angeles area): Take the 405 freeway south just past the 55 freeway. Take the Jamboree Road exit. Turn right onto Jamboree Road. Turn left onto Campus Drive. The campus will be a couple of miles ahead on the right. If you are coming from SOUTH of Irvine (San Diego area): Take the 405 freeway north. Take the Jamboree Road exit. Turn left onto Jamboree Road. Turn left onto Campus Drive. The campus will be a couple of miles ahead on the right. If you are coming from EAST of Irvine (Riverside area): Take the 91 freeway west to the 55 freeway south. Take the 55 freeway south to the 405 freeway south. Take the Jamboree Road exit. Turn right onto Jamboree Road. Turn left onto Campus Drive. The campus will be a couple of miles ahead on the right.   Parking for Paul Merage School of Business Auditorium: From Campus Drive (coming east from Jamboree Road noted above), turn right at the light at Stanford to immediately enter the Social Sciences/MPAA Parking Structure. When walking out of the parking structure toward the campus, from the crosswalk, proceed straight ahead through the double doors at the left end of the building to locate the elevator, stairwell and restrooms.  Building Our Global Community

EU in the US

  This program is in partnership with the Pepperdine University Orange County Waves. For more information, please visit their website: https://www.facebook.com/OrangeCountyWaves or give them a call at 310-506-6190 Save the Date {Wednesday, October 14th, 2015} Topic: “EU in the US” with Consuls General of France and Germany, Former Vice Consul of Britain Please join us for a night with both Consuls General of France and Germany and former Vice Consul at the British Consulate General in Los Angeles. In this program, German Consul General Mr. Neumann will discuss the EU’s common foreign policy, followed by French Consul General Mr. Lemoine and Former Vice Consul of Britain, Mr. Cummings, on the EU-US economic cooperation. Panelists:  Mr. Christophe Lemoine is the Consul General of France in Los Angeles. He is a former student of the Institute of Political Studies of Bordeaux and holds a Doctorate-level degree in International Law and International Organizations Law, as well as a Diploma in Economic and European International Law, both from the University of Geneva. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 16 January 2001. Appointed to the Human Resources Department, Lemoine then joined the French Embassy in Berlin in 2004 as Third Secretary. He served at the External Relations Division of the European Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2007 to 2009, then at the Office of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2012. Having been Chief of Staff for Mr. Laurent Fabius–Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development–from 2012 to 2015, he was recently appointed by decree of the President of the Republic as Consul General of France in Los Angeles. He took office on July 13th 2015. Mr. 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. Neumann joined the German Foreign Service in 1987. He has served as Deputy Head of Mission at the Germany 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, 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.   Mr. James Cummings is Vice President of Business Development at London and Partners, the Mayor of London’s promotional company. London and Partners works to build London’s international reputation and attract investment and visitor spending. He is based in Los Angeles, California and works with US companies that are expanding into and growing operations in London. James was previously Vice Consul at UK Trade & Investment at the British Consulate-General […]

Toward a Strategy for the Middle East, AGM

Save the Date {Thursday, September 24th, 2015}  Toward a Strategy for the Middle East, AGM  President Obama has acknowledged that the United States does not have a “strategy” for dealing with Syria, now the epicenter of a region facing multiple civil wars and violent crises of state legitimacy.  To confront the most urgent security aspect of this complex set of problems, the U.S. has rallied an international coalition of states  determined to defeat ISIS.  None of these coalition partners is more crucial to success than Turkey, and none of the coalition members’ bilateral relationships is more difficult for both parties to manage.  To better inform US and world publics and national public policy processes about the larger challenge of developing a strategy not only for but also with the Middle East,  the Atlantic Council has drawn together eminent persons and experts from across the Middle East region, Europe, and the United States, in its “Middle East Strategy Task Force.” Bipartisan co-chairs,  former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, are leading the Task Force’s efforts to help the current and next US administrations, with our European and Middle Eastern Partners,  jointly to develop such a strategy.  The focus is on collaboration among stakeholders in the Middle East, Europe, and U.S. in regenerating a stable regional order based on legitimate, well-governed states dedicated to the service of their people.   Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis J. Ricciardone,  Vice President of the Atlantic Council and Director of its  Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, will outline the approach of the Task Force, with a particular focus on Turkey’s pivotal role,  and invite WAC members’  advice and questions.   The AGM meeting is the kick-off to a brand new year of events and programming. WAC is excited with the lineup of speakers and panels that we are assembling for the 2015-2016 year. The world has many challenges and the U.S. continues to be instrumental in leading and finding solutions. WAC welcomes all new and old members. This is an opportunity for the general membership to meet the incoming Executive Board and the new class of trustees, as well as provide feedback on what members would like to see from the World Affairs Council of Orange County.     Francis J. Ricciardone is Atlantic Council vice president and director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Before joining the Council he was a career Foreign Service officer in Washington, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, including assignments as ambassador to Turkey (2011-14), chargé d’affaires and deputy ambassador to Afghanistan (2009-10), ambassador to Egypt (2005-8), and ambassador to the Philippines and Palau (2002-5). As Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s special coordinator for the transition of Iraq (1999-2001), Ambassador Ricciardone supported the reestablishment of the democratic opposition to the Saddam Hussein regime.  Secretary of State Colin Powell assigned him in 2004 to organize the new US Embassy in Baghdad to replace the Coalition Provisional Authority. He worked with Egyptian, Israeli, and other international military forces as chief of the Civilian Observer Unit of the Multinational Force and Observers in Egypt’s […]

2015 Annual Trustees Meeting

Save the Date {Sunday, September 13th, 2015} 2015 Annual Trustees Meeting 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, Tommy Papa, 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: $60 Valet parking is included   Register Here! Location: Great Room of Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails 2607 Main St, Irvine, CA 92614 Time: 11:30-2:30pm Building Our Global Community

Premium Members Event: Private Luncheon with Dr. Seyom Brown (LIMITED SEATING!)

SOLD OUT! Premium Members Event: Private Luncheon with Dr. Seyom Brown  Topic: Obama’s Foreign Policy Dr. Seyom Brown is prominent foreign policy and historical analyst, teaching at such prestigious institutions as Columbia University, Harvard University, Brandeis University, UCLA, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Tufts University. He has also been a senior policy analyst in some of the largest think-tanks, such as the RAND Corporation, the Brookings Insititution, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Harvard University’s Belfer Center, the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, and many more. Dr. Brown also has experience in government, working in both the Departments of State and Defense. Dr. Brown has numerous publications covering subject matter from the Middle East to human rights to outer space. Location: Il Fornaio 18051 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612 Date: September 10, 2015 Time: 11:30AM to 2:30PM (parking can be validated by restaurant staff) ~ Please note this event is opened to Premium Members Only – Very Limited Seating! Premium Member’s Price: $45     Building Our Global Community

Afghanistan 2.0 – Future Visions and Business Opportunities

Save the Date Thursday, July 30th, 2015 Afghanistan 2.0 – Future Visions and Business Opportunities   Col. Bullion and Mr. Delawari recently returned to the US from multiple assignments in Afghanistan where they oversaw aspects of the Afghan economy which has grown 10 fold since 2002. They will serve on a panel to provide insight into the critical policies and infrastructure that need to be put in place to ignite the Afghan economy. The Afghan government has identified key objectives in the areas of banking, mining, energy, agriculture, and rule of law. This discussion will not only provide background on various projects, but also business opportunities for investors in the West. Location: The Pacific Club 4110 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92660 Time: 5:30PM – 8:30PM   Pricing: $65 Members |  $90 Non-Members | $40 Students   The Presentation from the event can be found here:           Col Jim Bullion USA (Ret), Former Director, Task Force for Business Stability Operations (TFBSO) at the U.S. Department of Defense. From 2010 to 2014, TFBSO worked in Afghanistan, at the direction of the Secretary of Defense, coordinating with  the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, ISAF, the Government of Afghanistan and other agencies. TFBSO’s mission was to help Afghanistan’s private sector grow by attracting foreign investors and encouraging local entrepreneurship. The major areas of effort for TFBSO were in the minerals, energy, indigenous industries and agriculture sectors of the Afghan economy. Prior to his current position, Col. Bullion was President of Phoenix Global Services LLC, a consulting and investing company he founded in 2005. He has more than 20 years of experience in international business management, consulting, and military service. As an Army Reserve Officer, Col. Bullion has served two tours in Iraq, first as Executive Officer and Commander of a Civil Affairs Battalion attached to the 10th Special Forces Group and to the 101st Airborne Division, then as Plans and Operations Chief for the Multinational Security Transition Command commanded by General David Petraeus. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal (2OLC) and the Combat Action Badge for his work in Iraq. Prior to his two tours in Iraq, Mr. Bullion was a Vice President at Genuity, Inc., a $1 billion publicly traded telecommunications services company and built and managed international operations for UNIFI Communications, a high-growth startup company which developed and provided leading-edge data communications services. Mr. Bullion is a graduate of Dartmouth College and also was commissioned there as an infantry officer through ROTC. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School and is fluent in French.      His Excellency Noorullah Delawari – Former Governor of Da Afghanistan Bank (Central Bank of Afghanistan) Mr. Delawari was appointed as governor by presidential decree No. 78 dated November 30, 2011. His nomination was confirmed by the (Wolsi Jirga) the lower house of parliament on November 26, 2011. Delawari handed in his resignation on 6 December 2014 to retire and spend time with his family in Southern California. Governor Delawari brings with him a diverse professional background and rich experience in commercial banking, international business/ leadership. Prior to this assignment […]

Global Water Security

Save the Date {Thursday, June 25th, 2015} James G. Workman – Global Water Security How a Rights-Based Approach to Water Ensures Natural and Human Resilience from Below    James G. Workman, author of “Heart of Dryness” and founder of AquaJust draws on his experience from the Kalahari to Oman to Bali to Spain to shape the world’s first online water-trading marketplace, unfolding today in California Workman is an award-winning journalist, foreign correspondent, and writer who has prepared speeches for statesmen on four continents. As a ‘Drought Doctor’ he has advised businesses, aid agencies, civic associations, environmentalists and government departments on water scarcity and climate change adaptation. He is based in San Francisco, where he is translating his experiences with Kalahari Bushmen into a new venture that harnesses Web 2.0 platforms to trade the right to water. Workman is a Yale and Oxford graduate, award-winning journalist, recruited to U.S. Cabinet-level aide, and essayist on water scarcity, conservation, & global warming.  He is an award winning freelance writer and has written for various publications such as World View Magazine, The Washington Business Journal, The New Republic, Foreign Service Magazine, Africa Geographic, Sustainable Development, Washington Times, and Business Day. As an international public speaker and academic lecturer, he has spoken at Yale University, University of Cape Town, California Institute of Technology, University of Botswana, among others in regards to the needed adaptation and development in a changing climate. Location: The Pacific Club 4110 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92660 Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm  Pricing: Member: $55   |   Nonmember: $75   |   Student: $40  —– General Reception: 5:30pm Start Program: 6:45pm Dinner: 7:00pm  *Please note the earlier start times —– *** Free Valet & Self Parking *** PLEASE NOTE: Bar will accept CASH ONLY [ REGISTER NOW! ] Building Our Global Community

War Powers of U.S. Presidents

Save the Date Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 Dr. Tom Campbell – War Powers of the U.S. Presidents   Dr. Thomas Campbell, Dean, Chapman Law School and Former U.S Congressman, will speak on the war powers of the US President and the efforts he’s made to define the limits of the President’s power to involve the country in wars without the consent of Congress. Location: The Westin 686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm (6:00pm VIP & General Reception, 6:45pm Dinner, 7:30pm Program) Members – $65  | Nonmembers – $85  |  Students – $40  | Table of 10 – $650  | Student Program Only – $10 Complimentary Self Parking or $18 for Valet Dr. Tom Campbell was appointed Dean of the Fowler School of Law in February, 2011. He came to Chapman in January 2009 as a visiting Presidential Fellow and Fletcher Jones Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law. Prior to joining Chapman, he was the Bank of America Dean and Professor of Business from 2002 to 2008 at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Campbell was a Professor of Law at Stanford University from 1987-2002; Associate Professor at Stanford, 1983-1987; a member of the United States Congress from 1989-1993 and 1995-2001; a member of the California State Senate from 1993-1995; and the director of the California Department of Finance from 2004-2005. He has a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago, and a JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he also served as a member of the board of editors of the Harvard Law Review. He was a law clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Byron White, and to US Court of Appeals Judge George E. MacKinnon; a White House Fellow; executive assistant to the Deputy Attorney General, Department of Justice; and, director of the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission. Dr. Campbell’s principal area of academic work is in the application of economics to legal questions. He has published articles in the Harvard Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, the Texas Law Review, the Hastings Law Journal, and the Antitrust Law Journal, among others. He is the author of the book Separation of Powers in Practice, published by Stanford University Press(2004). Since 2001, Dr. Campbell and his wife Susanne have taught in Africa as volunteers on seven separate occasions, in Ghana, Eritrea and Rwanda, where they taught courses in fund raising (Susanne) and international financial institutions, business strategy and constitutional law (Tom), at the following universities: Ashesi University, Accra, Ghana; Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, Kigali, Rwanda; School of Banking and Finance, Kigali, Rwanda; and the University of Asmara, Asmara, Eritrea.    [ Register Now! ] Building Our Global Community

Syrian Refugee Crisis: Movie Screening, Panel Discussion and Cocktail hour

Save the date: Join the World Affairs Council of Orange County   Thursday, April 30th, 2015 Balboa Yacht Club Corona Del Mar, CA “Growing Home” Documentary Viewing & Expert Panel Discussion moderated by Taymor Kamrany, WAC Board Member   The film, “Growing Home” takes place amid Syria’s refugee crisis that has displaced nine million people; a Syrian barber struggles to maintain normality in the Zaatari refugee camp. Following the film will be a panel discussion with the film’s director, Faisal Attrache and panelists.    Faisal Attrach is a Syrian-American filmmaker born in Syria and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He attended UCLA where he received BAs in International Development Studies and Environmental Studies. While at UCLA he fell in love with film and added a Film and TV minor to his studies, set on making it his career.  After graduating, Faisal spent a year living in Syria where he made his first short film and studied Arabic. Faisal attended the University of Southern California’s (USC) prestigious School of Cinematic Arts where he received an MFA in Film and Television Production in 2014.  Faisal is a writer/director who strives to tell unique stories across many genres, with a powerful, socially conscious message.   Souzan Baaj  is the CEO of Isra Couture. She is the Chairwoman of the Syrian Institute for Progress (SIP), an organization that focuses on addressing and supporting the needs of Syrian refugees. She provides information and advice on the dynamic changes of the Syrian revolution and the opposition in order to help find the most suitable and lasting solution to the crisis. Souzan has been an activist from the beginning of the Syrian revolution. She established and was the president for the Syrian American Council, Los Angeles chapter, (2011-2012) She had worked hard in sending humanitarian aid to the Syrian Refugees and she was able to send 6 of 40-foot containers filled with baby milk, blankets, sleeping bags, and winter jackets for the Children at the camps. Currently she has been working with the Shriner hospital to bring burnt Syrian children to be treated in the US.   Puneh Ala’i is the founder of For The Unseen, which is a non-profit organization that is currently helping Syrian Refugees. The overall mission of For The Unseen, is to improve the quality of life of those around the globe who are impacted by illness, poverty and/or societal conflicts by providing sustainable solutions to alleviate human suffering. Puneh is a product of immigrant parents, who was raised with the belief that “Mankind is One” and service is a key factor in one’s contribution to this life. In 2013, her organization helped open a Syrian refugee school in Lebanon that originally had 350 children, and now it has over 1,000 children. She has traveled into Syria four different times to provide immediate aid to the refugees in the worst conditions. She fund raised money before each trip, and 100% of the donations were used to buy food in bulk, hospital supplies and toys for the children.   Taymor Shah Kamrany  Mr. Taymor Kamrany is a seasoned business development professional with over 15 years of proven leadership and management […]

Genocide – 100 years later

Genocide – where are we today? Acknowledging 100 years from the Armenian Genocide Every year on April 24 Armenians around the world commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide. April 24 of 1915 is the day when thousands of the Armenian community leaders of Constantinople (now Istanbul) were deported and mostly executed (Wikipedia) Please join the World Affairs Council of Orange County  In commemorating the  100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide RSVP by March 27th Every year, Armenians around the world commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide. While remembering those who were lost, we also give thanks for the creation of a new Armenia and for thriving Armenian communities around the world. On April 2nd, we will honor the 100 year anniversary with a cultural  and educational event. Music and entertainment will start our evening, followed by three expert panelists who will provide us with a historical, political and legal perspective of the genocide. Harut Sassounian Publisher and editor of The California Couriernewspaper and Founder and President of the United Armenian Fund Levon Marashlian Professor of History at Glendale Community College in California, teaching Armenian history and Diaspora current affairs, as well as Middle Eastern, Russian, and US history and politics Carla Garapedian International documentary  filmmaker  and former anchor on BBC World News and NBC correspondent Hannah Garry Professor of law and founding Director of USC Gould School of Law’s International Human Rights Clinic Special Performance Hasmik Piliposyan As part of the cultural portion of our program, Hasmik Piliposyan, a local UCI student, will perform several songs dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Register By March 27th   Thursday, April 2nd, 2015   The Pacific Club – Newport Beach 4110 MacArthur Blvd Newport Beach, CA 92660    *** Free Valet & Self Parking *** PLEASE NOTE: No-host bar will accept ***** CASH ONLY *****    Dinner will include wine  compliments of the Armenian National Committee   BUILDING OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY VIP Reception 5:30 pm VIP Members Only General Reception 5:30 pm Cultural Program 6:30 pm Dinner 7:00 pm Panel Discussion 7:30 pm Members $55 Non members $75 Table of 10 – Purchased by members only with Program Acknowledgement $550 Student $40 Student Program Only $10 RENEW YOUR WAC MEMBERSHIP TODAY Access our  PREMIUM MEMBER PROGRAMS & PRIVATE VIP RECEPTIONS One Hundred Years of Solitude: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing, 2015 (Huffington Post)Some articles for reference: Searching for Historic Armenia after 100 Years (The Armenian Weekly) 100 Years Facts Project (100 Years 100 Facts)

Securing our Southern Border

Join the World Affairs Council of Orange County to hear from our expert panel and learn about the challenges and possible solutions on border security and immigration. Mexico’s Drug War, Border Security and Undocumented Immigration: Separating Spectacle from Reality   The  Mexican Drug War, which is in its ninth year, has spanned two Mexican Presidential administrations and resulted in the arrest and death of several high-ranking drug trafficking figures.  Despite some successes, the war has resulted in a horrific death toll, erosion of civil liberties, and basked public safety in large parts of the country. Drug Cartels are now controlling human smuggling operations all along the border. Our Border Security and Immigration experts will share with you the problems facing Mexico which are also effecting the United States and offer real solutions. Dr. Everard Meade is Director of the Trans-Border Institute, part of the Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. He holds a PhD in Latin American History from the University of Chicago, and he has published a number of articles and books on the relationship between violence memory and the law in modern Mexico.  His current research examines the social impacts of violence in contemporary Mexico and Central America. For the last 15 years, he has worked closely with the National Immigrant Justice Center, and he recently joined the advisory council of the American bar Association’s Immigrant Justice Project. Sylvia Longmire is a (medically) retired Air Force captain and former Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. She is currently an independent consultant and freelance writer. With over seventeen years of combined experience in military law enforcement, counter-terrorism analysis, and having written a variety of professional products, Longmire is an expert speaker on the threats posed by the drug violence south of the U.S. border.  Wednesday March 11th, 2015  The Center Club – Costa Mesa 650 Town Center Dr.  Costa Mesa, CA  92626    **Valet Parking in included in price** REGISTER HERE BUILDING OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY VIP Reception 6:00 pm VIP Members Only General Reception 6:00 pm Dinner  6:45 pm Panel Discussion 7:30 pm   Members $55 Non members $75 Table of 10 – members only $550 Student $40 Student Program Only $10

Lunar New Year – Year of the Goat

Please join the   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   REGISTER HERE 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 (www.apru.org). 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 […]

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 Education@WorldAffairsCouncil.org 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

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 BUILDING OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY   RSVP   Program Times VIP (Private Reception)   6:00 pm – Premium WAC Members General Reception:         6:00 pm Dinner:                                 7:00 pm Program:                             7:45 pm Prices   WAC Members$ 75 Non-Members  $ 95 Table of 10 (WAC Members)  $ 750 Student Dinner   $ 50 Student – Program Only    $ 10

12/03/2014 Bridging Borders through Sounds of the World

World Affairs Council of Orange County Presents Bridging Borders through Sounds of the World   A Holiday Celebration with Carl St. Clair Music Director, Pacific Symphony Carl St. Clair, Conductor and Music Director of Pacific Symphony Orchestra and Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra will take us on a journey in the world of music and its power to “Bridge Borders” among cultures. For 25 years under his leadership, the Pacific Symphony has pioneered  a wide range of programs and activities that have brought together diverse cultures and ethnicities, including commissioning and premiering a symphony for Nowruz, the Persian New Year, and collaborating with musicians and conductors from Mexico, Syria, China and many other countries.  From 2008 to 2010 he was the general music director for the Komische Oper in Berlin.  In 2014 he assumed the position of music director for the National Symphony Orchestra in Costa Mesa.  He has appeared with orchestras throughout the world from Israel to Japan, Hong Kong to Australia, and South America to Europe. Maestro St. Clair’s presentation will be augmented by musical performances by two outstanding artists. Navid Kandelousi is a highly accomplished violinist who has performed with orchestras in France, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom after completing studies at the Verdi Conservatory in Milano, Italy and at the Moscow Violin Academy in Moscow.  He has played both the violin and traditional Persian instruments such as the Kamanchah, Setar, and Taar at numerous venues, including the Lincoln Center, Julliard music school, Albert Hall and Sydney’s Symphony Hall. Grace Zhou is only 12 years old and a student at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, but has already performed her piano wizardry at Carnegie Hall, the Robert Mondavi Performing Arts Center at the University of California Davis and the Spotlight Concert on the Amalfi Coast in Italy.  She appeared with the internationally acclaimed Lang Lang on “The Tonight Show” and the winner of the piano award in the Junior Division of the Modavi Center’s annual Young Artists Competition. Location: Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel 686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Congratulations Maestro To honor Conductor St. Clair on his 25 years with the Pacific Symphony, we are offering you an opportunity to congratulate him in our commemorative program. Please see details when registering for this event.  REGISTER HERE    PRICES VIP Reception:                 6:00 pm  Premium Members General Reception:         6:00 pm Dinner:                               7:00 pm Program:                             7:45 pm Members:                           $110.00 Non-Members:                $130.00 Member table of Ten:   $1,000.00 Student:                              $55.00 Commemorative Program:    $50 Half  page      $100 Full page Building Our Global Community

11/10/2014 The Ukraine Tragedy – How the West and Russia Overplay

Download Presentation “The Ukraine Crisis – Oystein Noreng” (From November 10, 2014 at the Center Club)   World Affairs Council of Orange County welcomes Øystein Noreng  Former Professor of Petroleum Economics and Management at BI Norwegian School of Management, Oslo, Norway   Monday, November 10, 2014 Location: Center Club 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 VIP Reception: 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm (Premium Members only) General Reception: 6:00 pm Dinner: 7:00 pm Program: 7:45 pm Members: $60.00 Non-Members $70.00 Table of Ten: $550.00 (purchased by Members) Student: $45.00 Student Program Only: $10.00 Thank you to Norm Tanber, Trustee WACOC, for sponsoring our guest speaker from Norway. BIO Professor Øystein Noreng is Norway’s leading energy economist and a profoundly insightful commentator on the geopolitical factors affecting global energy markets. He has authored many international articles and books, most notable Oil on the Fire, an account on the United States and the Iraq War. He was a research fellow for the Norwegian Humanities Research Council from 1968-1971. Professor Noreng has had numerous teaching and research assistant assignments at Norwegian and foreign universities and institutions. He has been a consultant for numerous Norwegian, foreign, and international public and private organizations including the governments of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the US State Department, the Internal Revenue Service, the UN, the World Bank, the IMF, the International Energy Agency, and several oil and gas companies. There will be a private reception for our Premium Members prior to the dinner and program. Please contact Becky Williams at the WAC office to learn more about this event and about becoming a Premium Member. Building Our Global Community

10/16/2014 – Hidden No More: Exposing Human Trafficking in Orange County

30 Minute Film followed by expert Panel Discussion World Affairs Council of Orange County Presents Combating Human Trafficking The goal of this program is to increase awareness in the United States of the underlying causes and profound dangers of human trafficking. Please join the World Affairs Council of Orange County, in partnership with the World Affairs Council of America and a generous grant from Carlson & the Carlson Family Foundation for a panel discussion on combating human trafficking. We will bring together law enforcement officials, victims advocates, and subject matter experts for a panel discussion to raise awareness of the issue. The panel will also highlight legislation being advanced at the federal level that will help prevent sex trafficking. Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014 Location: Port Theater in Corona Del Mar 2905 East Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625 (949) 723-6333 This will be a 30 minute movie screening with a panel discussion to follow.The Moderator will be Annie Kim from UNICEF. Panelists include: Lita Mercado (OC Human Trafficking Task Force) Craig Friesen (Lt from Anaheim Police Dept) Sandra Morgan (Director for Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University) Sara Catalan (Chief of Staff, Congressman Ed Royce’s office) A program of the World Affairs Councils of America with support provided by a grant from Carlson & the Carlson Family Foundation.    

9/22/2014 – Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ed Royce at the Annual General Membership Dinner

World Affairs Council of Orange County  welcomes Congressman Ed Royce  Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee at the Annual General Membership Dinner   World Affairs Council of Orange County is proud to host Congressman Ed Royce at the first Annual General Membership (AGM) dinner for the 2014-15 year on Monday, September 22nd. The AGM meeting is the kick-off to a brand new year of events and programming. WAC is excited with the lineup of speakers and panels that we are assembling for 2014-2015. The world has many challenges and the U.S. continues to be instrumental in leading and finding solutions. WAC welcomes all new and and old members. This is an opportunity for the general membership to meet the incoming Executive Board and the new class of trustees and provide feedback on what members would like to see from World Affairs Council of Orange County. Congressman Royce represents the 39th district of California and has served in the House of Representatives for 11 terms. He is the Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and a leading policymaker on terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and the role of the US in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific. With the Middle East currently in chaos, Ukraine in crisis, and a multitude of other challenges around the globe, World Affairs Council is honored to have Congressman Royce address the Council as a distinguished speaker at this very important annual event. There will be a private reception for our Premium Members prior to the Annual General Membership dinner. Please contact the WAC office to learn more about this event and about becoming a Premium Member. Date: Monday, September 22, 2014 Location: Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel 686 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa, Ca. 92626 Self Parking – Complimentary (included in price)

9/7/2014 – Annual Trustees Luncheon

World Affairs Council of Orange County  Cordially invites our Trustees to attend the  Annual Trustees Luncheon  join us for Breathtaking Views Overview of the “State of the Council”at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort You are invited and requested to attend the Annual Trustees Luncheon of the Council’s Board of Trustees, which will be held on Sunday, September 7, 2014. Spouses and guests also are invited to attend.The Annual Trustees Meeting is an important event for the Council. You will be asked to elect the Council’s Executive Board and Officers for the coming year. In addition, Board Chairman, Leslie McNamara, 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 to ask questions, comment, and offer suggestions and recommendations for the Council’s activities over the coming year. Participation in the Annual Trustees Meeting is a key responsibility of our Trustees, and we value your advice, guidance, and feedback very highly. We look forward to seeing you. Date: Sunday, September 7, 2014 Location: Balboa Bay Club & Resort  1221 West Coast Highway The Commodore Room Newport Beach, Ca. 92663 Price: $75.00 11:30 am Reception * 12:00 pm Lunch * 12:45 pm Meeting Register Here 

June 23rd Ryan Issakainen At The Center Club

World Affairs Council of Orange County welcomes Ryan Issakainen.
Senior Vice President, Exchange-Traded Fund Strategist for First Trust Advisors
“REASON TO BE BULLISH”
Event Sponsor: First Trust and Roya Cole, Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley

June 22nd Afternoon Garden Tea Party

World Affairs Council of Orange County and British American Business Council OC Request the pleasure of your company For breathtaking views at our Champagne High Tea at the fabulous Montage Resort

June 12th Chris O’Connor, British Consul General and Dr. Bernd Fischer, German Consul General

World Affairs Council of Orange CountyandBritish American Business Councilpresents Consul General Panel: The Honorable Chris O’Connor, Consul General of Britain and The Honorable Dr. Bernd Fischer, Consul General of Germany Moderator: Serge Tomassian “Consul General Panel – Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)” About In the past two decades the world has seen a push towards free trade agreements between nations and economic blocs. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) aims to expand the already massive trade relationship between the US and the European Union. Its proponents argue that the new trade agreement’s elimination of tariffs and reduction of differences in regulations and standards will boost both economies by as much as $301 billion a year. Both economies already maintain the largest investment relationship in the world at over $3.7 trillion.What are the biggest challenges facing this agreement? What are the projected gains for various industries in the US and EU? How can the US and the EU successfully coordinate their divergent regulations on health standards and the environment? How should the parties respond to popular protests against the agreement? Two distinguished Consuls General will address these issues at a panel discussion at an upcoming WACOC dinner program. British Consul General Chris O’Connor Chris O’Connor most recently served as the UK’s Ambassador to Tunisia from November 2008 to June 2013. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1993. Since then he’s been posted in Cairo, Riyadh, Brussels, Ottawa, Beirut and Tunis. He also worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office headquarters in London. In London he worked on Southern European issues, United Nations issues and as Head of the Middle East Peace Process Team from 2004-2005.In the Middle East/North Africa region he was posted in Cairo (1995-96) as Attache, with the purpose of learning Arabic, Riyadh as Second Secretary (1996-1999) and Beirut as Deputy Head of Mission (2006-2008). Outside of the region he worked at the UK delegation to NATO, where he focused on Kosovo issues and as Head of Political Section in Ottawa (2000-2003). Chris also had the opportunity to work on secondment to the Canadian Department for Foreign Affairs (1999-2000). Chris is married to Martha Nelems who is Canadian. They have two daughters. He spends most of his leisure time enjoying their company, but he also plays tennis and snooker when the opportunity arises and enjoys a range of other sports. German Consul General Dr. Bernd Fischer Dr. Bernd Fischer, who holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from Heidelberg University and most recently served as German Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia, has been head of the German Consulate General in Los Angeles since July 10, 2012. Prior posts of his Foreign Service career include the embassies in Washington, Tokyo, New York and various positions at the German Foreign Office headquarters in Bonn and Berlin. As Consul General in Southern California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah he seeks to foster and deepen German-American relations. Date: Thursday, June 12, 2014Location: Hotel Irvine 17900 Jamboree Rd.,Irvine, Ca. 92614Self Parking – Complimentary (included in ticket price)6:00 pm General Reception * 7:00 pm Dinner * 7:45 pm Program Members – $60 * […]

May 20th “America: A Nation of Immigrants” At Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel

World Affairs Council of Orange County in cooperation with the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) presents “America: A Nation of Immigrants” and presentation of the Ellis Island Humanitarian Award to Herbert V. Nootbaar. At this unique World Affairs Council event, Herbert V. Nootbaar will be honored with the Ellis Island Humanitarian Award, presented by Mr. Nasser J. Kazeminy, Chairman of the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations which sponsors the prestigious Ellis Island Medals of Honor celebrating American diversity and honoring individuals who have made an indelible mark upon the nation. Mr. Nootbaar will be recognized for his extraordinary achievements in business, humanitarian endeavors and significant contributions to the nation. As a distinguished national leader in agribusiness, Mr. Nootbaar’s visionary leadership and philanthropic generosity were the foundation of the Herb and Elinor Institute on Law, Religion and Ethics at Pepperdine University. In addition to his numerous accomplishments and contributions in a life extending for more than 105 years, his continued leadership as a Trustee of the World Affairs Council of Orange County is one of which we are especially proud. Panel Includes 2014 and past Ellis Island Medal honorees: Following the presentation by Chairman Kazeminy to Mr. Nootbaar, a panel of Ellis Island Medalists, including two 2014 Medal recipients, will discuss the meaning of America as an immigrant nation, including their personal stories and those of their families…stories that will educate, enlighten and inspire. • Bijan Kian – Immediate past Director of the US Export-Import Bank, appointed by the President • Gaddi Vasquez – Former Director of the Peace Corps and Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome, appointed by the President • Charles Zhang – Entrepreneur and founder of Pick UP Stix restaurant line and Asceptic Solutions, USA • Goli Ameri – Former Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, appointed by the President Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Location: Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel 686 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa, Ca. 92626 Self Parking – Complimentary (included in price) 6:00 pm General Reception * 7:00 pm Dinner * 7:45 pm Program Members – $65 * Non-Members – $80 Member (Table of 10) – $600 * Non-Member (Table of 10) – $750 Member – ½ table (5 seats) – $300 * Student – $45 Member – Program Only: $15 (No Meal and No Parking) – Arrive at 7:30 pm

May 7th New Member Dinner and Reception At Residence of Dr. Parmis Khatibi, Laguna Niguel

The World Affairs Council of Orange County will be having a New Member Reception to welcome new members as well as give them an opportunity to mix, mingle, and meet our Executive Board. Hear directly from leaders at the Council and learn more about the benefits you receive as a member. The evening will include Persian dinner, wine reception and interaction! New Member Dinner and Reception Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Time: 6pm-8:30pm Welcoming remarks and introduction to Executive Board, followed by Persian dinner, wine reception and mingling Member Price: $25 Location: Residence of Dr. Parmis Khatibi, Laguna Niguel Limited Space Must RSVP by Friday, May 2nd

April 24th Dr. Shadi Hamid At The Bistango Restaurant

World Affairs Council of Orange County presents Dr. Shadi Hamid Fellow, Saban Center at the Brookings Institution; Vice-chair, Project on Middle East Democracy “The Future of Political Islam” Dr. Shadi Hamid is a fellow with the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and is the author of Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East. He served as director of research at the Brookings Institution’s Doha Center until January 2014. Prior to joining Brookings, Hamid was director of research at the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) and was a Hewlett Fellow at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. He is currently vice-chair of POMED, a correspondent for The Atlantic, and a member of the World Bank’s MENA Advisory Panel. Dr. Hamid has served as a program specialist on public diplomacy at the U.S. State Department and was a legislative fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). His articles on Islamist movements and U.S. policy have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, The Washington Quarterly, Policy Review, Slate, Forbes, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, and many other publications. His writing on Egypt has been featured on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and the Washington Post named him one of the top “23 Twitter accounts you must follow to understand Egypt.” Dr. Hamid received his B.S. and M.A. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and he received his Ph.D. in political science from Oxford University. Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014 Location: Bistango Restaurant 19100 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine CA 92612 Complimentary Valet Parking 11:30 am Reception * 12:00 pm Lunch * Program and Booksigning Members – $40 * Non-Members – $55 * Students – $30 Members – Program Only – $10 (no meal) Limited Seating – First Come, First Serve Basis

April 3rd Dr. Muhammad Khalid Ejaz – Premium Member and Trustees Dinner At The Center Club

World Affairs Council of Orange County Presents Premium Member and Trustees Only Event With Dr. Muhammad Khalid Ejaz Acting Consul General of Pakistan “The Role of Pakistan in a post-Afghanistan World” Moderator: Dr. Mark Chapin-Johnson Dr. Muhammad Khalid Ejaz holds a Master’s degree in International Public Policy from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. He was a Lecturer/Demonstrator at Nishtar Medical College in Multan, Pakistan before joining the Pakistani Foreign Service in 1998. He served within various divisions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs including: Afghanistan, ECO, South Asia, and Personnel. He remained posted as Second Secretary at the Embassy of Pakistan in Kuwait from August 2002 to December 2005. He has received training from the Civil Services Academy in Lahore, the Foreign Services Academy in Islamabad, the Japanese Language Training Institute in Kansai, Japan, Human Soft, the Centre for European Studies in Strasbourg, France, the Singapore Mediation Centre, the National Institute of Management, and the School of Public Policy in Pakistan. Between 2008 and 2009 he was a visiting faculty member of the Faculty of Contemporary Studies (FCS), the National Defence University in Islamabad, and Bahria University. He joined the Consulate General of Pakistan, Los Angeles in October 2009. He is married and has three children. Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014 Location: The Center Club 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, Ca. 92626 6:00 pm Reception * 7:00 pm Dinner * 7:45 pm Program Premium Members and Guests – $65 Limited Seating – First Come, First Serve Basis

March 14th Angela Stent At Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine Restaurant

  World Affairs Council of Orange County presents Angela Stent Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University and former National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council “Russia: Is a “Reset” Still Possible?” Join us for a Presentation and Book Signing Russia and the US remain at odds on so many fronts. The crisis in the Ukraine, the Syrian conflict, the Iranian nuclear program, the Snowden asylum, individual and human rights issues, are indicative of a relationship that has reached an impasse before it had any chance to improve. The prospects of a burgeoning partnership which appeared possible just a few years ago seems to have faded and given way to more strained relations. Do the Russians feel they have been shunned by the West and should take a hard line to assert a position of power and to be taken seriously? Have the US and the EU made strategic mistakes and, as a result missed opportunities to bring Russia into the fold of a collaborative agenda? Will the memories of the Cold War and an enduring mistrust continue to hamper any possibility of a strong US-Russian partnership? How important is Putin’s persona in all this? Angela Stent, a leading expert on Russia will address these hot topics, and her recently published book “The Limits of Partnership: US-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century” at an upcoming WACOC lunch program. Angela Stent is Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is also a Senior Fellow (non-resident) at the Brookings Institution. In the fall of 2008, she was a Fulbright scholar at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. From 2004-2006 she served as National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council. From 1999 to 2001, she served in the Office of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State. Dr. Stent received her B.A. from Cambridge University, her MSc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science and her M.A. and PhD. from Harvard University. Date: Friday, March 14, 2014Location: Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine Restaurant 2607 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614 Self Parking – Complimentary 11:30 am Reception * 12:00 pm Lunch * 12:30 pm Program and Book-signing Members – $45 * Non-Members – $65 * Students – $35 Members – Program Only (no meal) – $10 (arrive at 12:20)

March 11th Philip J. (P.J.) Crowley At Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel

The terrorist attacks preceding the Sochi Winter Olympics along with recent sniper attack targeting the US power grid highlight the fact that world terrorism is not in a state of hibernation or repentance but rather active, engaged and continuing, albeit with decimated ranks.

February 8th Academic WorldQuest 2014 At Chapman University

Thank You to our Sponsors Orange County Winning Team Sponsor Mission Viejo Rotary Club Academic WorldQuest Sponsors Center for Living Peace James and Catherine Emmi Bruce and Carol Hallenbeck John and Carolyn Kuykendall Peggy Maradudin Errol and Candace Mathieu Judge Tully (RET) and Janette Seymour – ADR Service, Inc. Norm Tanber Mike Withrow ********************************************************************************************** World Affairs Council of Orange County Invites you to participate in our 6th Annual Academic WorldQuest February 8, 2014 Chapman University 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 2014! Recruit your team of trivia all-stars and join us for an evening 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 8, 2014 in Orange County. Teams respond to multiple-choice and identification questions regarding topics in the following categories: 2013-2014 Topics Cybersecurity U.S. Energy Policy Global Economic Realignment Middle East Global Environmental Issues U.S. Education UN Millennium Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty & Hunger Global Health Geography Current Events When: Competition: Saturday, February 8, 2014 Time: 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm (arrive at 3:00 pm). Registration: – A teacher registers the team by emailing us at orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org. How: Preparation – Study guide will be available soon on www.worldaffairscouncil.org or call us at 949-253-5751. A study guide will 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, DC Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Georgetown University. The World Affairs Council of Orange County is one of 94 such councils throughout the United States. World Affairs Councils are non-profit, non-partisan, non-government organizations open to all who wish to join. Phone: 949-253-5751 * Fax: 949-253-5752 * 2102 Business Center Drive, Irvine * Learn more at www.worldaffairscouncil.org

February 5th Deputy Assistant Secretary James Zumwalt At The Pacific Club

  World Affairs Council of Orange County and Japan America Society Presents James Zumwalt Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Japan and Korean Affairs “The U.S. Rebalance Toward Asia: A Look at the Year Ahead” The year 2014 offers many opportunities for the United States to sustain its policy of strengthening our ties to the world’s most dynamic region. Jim Zumwalt will talk about the Obama Administration’s efforts to strengthen bilateral security alliances, promote partnerships with like-minded countries, work constructively with China in areas of common interest, take advantage of opportunities for trade and investment, and promote people-to-people ties with Asia. He will look back on achievements over the past year, and then talk about the opportunities that lie ahead. Jim Zumwalt began his tour as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Japan and Korean affairs on January 3, 2012. He previously served as the Embassy Tokyo’s Deputy Chief of Mission. He was Director of the Office of Japanese Affairs in the Department of State, Washington, D.C. from 2006-2008 and has served prior assignments in Japan, as Economic Minister Counselor, Embassy Tokyo Economic Officer and Consulate Kobe Consular Officer. In Washington, D.C., Jim has previously worked in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Korea and Philippine desks, and in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Front Office. He received a master’s degree in International Security Studies from the National War College in 1998 and a bachelor of arts in American History and also in Japanese Language from U.C. Berkeley. Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2014Location: The Pacific Club 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach, CA 92660 Complimentary Self Parking 6:00 pm Reception * 7:00 pm Dinner * 7:45 pm Program Members – $55 * Non-Member – $75 * Students – $45 Table of 10 – $550 * Program Only (does not include a meal) – $10

January 22nd Nina Hachigian At Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel

America and China are the two most powerful players in global affairs, and no relationship is more consequential. How they choose to cooperate and compete affects billions of lives. But U.S.-China relations are complex and often delicate, featuring a multitude of critical issues that America and China must navigate together. Missteps could spell catastrophe.