"Navigating the New Normal: A Port Perspective"

A free webinar with Dr. Noel Hacegaba, Deputy Executive Director Port of Long Beach

Moderated by Guy Fox

Dr. Noel Hacegaba is responsible for managing the day-to-day administrative and operating functions of the Port, including finance, human resources, real estate, commercial operations and security. More recently, he served as the Port’s Managing Director of Commercial Operations and was responsible for developing and executing business development strategies to drive volume and revenue growth during a period of significant industry realignment. Dr. Hacegaba’s career at the Port began in 2010 as the Executive Officer to the Board of Harbor Commissioners.

Prior to joining the Port, Dr. Hacegaba managed $200 million in contracts for a Fortune 500 company. He has also served as a chief of staff for an elected official, a business executive for a global trade company, a research analyst for a policy research group and as a management consultant.

A two-time graduate of USC, he holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics, business administration and urban planning. He also earned his doctorate degree in public administration from the University of La Verne.

As part of his service to the industry, Dr. Hacegaba serves on the Boards of Directors of the Intermodal Association of North America and the Marine Exchange of Southern California and he also Chairs the Professional Development Board for the American Association of Port Authorities.

“Making Sense of a World in Crisis — Through the Eyes of a Foreign Policy Expert” with Richard Haass

The World: A Conversation with Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations “Making Sense of a World in Crisis — Through the Eyes of a Foreign Policy Expert”

Moderated by Dr. Richard Downie

A wide-ranging conversation with Dr. Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Haass is one of the most articulate, thoughtful analysts in the United States regarding global affairs and U.S. foreign policy. He will discuss how we can become more informed, discerning citizens by understanding how the world works, how international acts impact us domestically, and how we can help shape US responses. Haass will also explain how he studies world events, global politics, financial shifts, cultural uprisings and ancient and modern history to make sound, independent judgments regarding events around the globe. Finally, Dr. Haass will engage with the audience in a frank, lively Q and A regarding international challenges. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to interact with one of the foremost experts of our day on global affairs!

You can purchase Richard Haass’s book The World: A Brief Introduction from Chevalier’s Bookstore here – https://bookshop.org/books/the-world-…

-Haass : The New York Times Review: The Challenges of a Threatening World : In “The World,” Richard Haass urges Americans to educate themselves about an increasingly dangerous planet. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/12/bo…

Technology, Geo-Political Espionage, and the New Russian Threat

A Free Webinar with Dr. Eric Haseltine

Moderated by Rick Putnam

Based on his experiences both in the private sector and in US Government intelligence, author and TED speaker Eric Haseltine provides a unique perspective on the inner workings of technology within geopolitical espionage, and calls our attention to the risks imbedded within. With reference to both organizational and technological shortfalls, Eric will describe how the US can reduce threats to, and increase the effectiveness of US intelligence gathering.

Venezuela- America's Greatest Challenge In the Western Hemisphere

A Free Webinar with Ambassador William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for Drugs and Law Enforcement (2011-17) Ambassador to Colombia (2007-10), Venezuela (2004-07), and Chile (2002-04)

Moderated by Richard Downie

Bill Brownfield, now a Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), was promoted to the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service, in 2012. For the last seven years of his career, he was Assistant Secretary for Drugs and Law Enforcement (INL), running a portfolio of more than $4 billion in 80 countries administered by 5000 employees and contractors. His responsibilities ranged from police training and assistance in Afghanistan and Iraq, massive anti-drug efforts in Colombia and Mexico, crisis management in Central America, and police development in the Palestinian West Bank to maritime law enforcement in the South China Sea and stopping the flow of heroin/fentanyl into the United States.

As Ambassador to Colombia, Brownfield ran an embassy of 4000 employees and $1 billion budget supporting an enormous range of military, security, law enforcement, economic and humanitarian programs with the Colombian government. In Venezuela, he led an embassy in constant crisis with the most adversarial government of any country in the Hemisphere, if not the world. As Ambassador to Chile, he managed a sophisticated relationship with a mature and stable government leading to the first U.S. free trade agreement in Latin America since NAFTA in 1993.

Brownfield has United Nations experience in Geneva (humanitarian) and Vienna (drugs and crime). He was temporary Political Adviser to the U.S. Southern Command. He received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award and the Presidential Performance Award three times each. He is a graduate of Cornell University and the National War College. He attended the University of Texas School of Law. He speaks Spanish and French. Brownfield is a native of the State of Texas. His wife, Kristie Kenney, is also a Career Ambassador and previous ambassador to Thailand, The Philippines, and Ecuador.

Free Webinar: From the Tiananmen Protests of 1989 to the Hong Kong Crisis of 2019–And Beyond

A Free Webinar with Professor Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Dr. Yangyang Cheng

Moderated by William Edwards

June 4 marks the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre in Beijing and elsewhere in China. The anniversary is marked by large gatherings each year is Hong Kong, where a June 4th vigil attended by well over 100,000 people in 2019 launched a series of protests that captured the attention of the world. Both our panelists have written extensively on this subject, which is the focus of a new book by one of them. This webinar will reflect on the meaning of the current state of political life in different parts of the PRC. It will begin with a dialog moderated by William Edwards, who have 38 years of living and working experience with China. Then we will segue into a broader conversation involving the audience.

A Free Webinar with Congressman Harley Rouda on a Washington Update During This Pandemic

A Free Webinar with Congressman Harley Rouda, The United States House of Representatives For California’s 48th Congressional District speaking on a Washington Update: Global, National and Local Impacts of the CoronaVirus, and Policy Responses.