The Passport for April 2019

This is an online version of the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). You may click here to see other online issues or click here to reach the archive of recent issues in PDF format. 

The Impact of California Agriculture in the International Arena

By a large margin, California remains the national leader in agricultural production and exports. In 2017, California farms and ranches produced over $50 billion in total cash receipts for over 400 crops grown. Exports of our state’s agricultural goods totaled more than $20.5 billion, almost double the amount from 10 years ago.

However, the Golden State’s agricultural producers face increasing challenges as they strive to meet the growing domestic and international demand for food. Our guest, Barry Bedwell, will discuss some of these challenges and what they mean for the future, in terms of both innovation
and leadership.

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The Great Decisions discussion program for 2019 concluded on March 25. However, the conversation continues through WACMB’s two ongoing discussion groups. Both programs are free for WACMB members. Each month, the group will select the topic for the following month’s discussion.

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New Mission Statement for the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area

After much discussion and deliberation, the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area has decided to adopt the following mission statement for our organization:

The World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization established to promote the presentation, discussion, and study of international affairs.

The consensus of the board was that this statement best describes the mission of our organization. Your Board of Directors will use it to guide all future decision making for WACMB. As always, members’ comments are welcome. Send your thoughts to wacmb@redshift.com.


Something to Think About

Are you still receiving your monthly Passport in the mail? Consider receiving it via email instead.

What’s the advantage to that? It’s faster. Here’s why: once the Passport is created, it goes to both the printer and our Membership office at the same time. The printer takes about four to five days to print the hard copies. The printed Passports go to the mailing service, where they are addressed over another four to five days, and then they are put in the mail, which takes several more days.

Meanwhile, the Membership office has clicked a few buttons and emailed the Passport, which appears in your inbox on that very same day. This means that you’ll receive an emailed Passport up to two weeks before you receive a printed copy. So if there’s a luncheon that might be sold out (such as Ambassador McFaul’s talk in September), you’ll be able to register for it significantly earlier than if you only receive the mailed version.

In addition to being efficient, receiving your Passport via email can also save your World Affairs Council some money for printing and mailing – and you’ll help to save some trees in the process!

To make the change, click here and use the form that comes up to request an emailed Passport instead of a hard copy. Be sure to include the email address where you’d like to receive The Passport.


Announcing a New Service

Did you need to miss a recent luncheon meeting that you really wanted to attend? Fear not! Your WACMB is now videotaping the luncheon presentations and making them available on our website. This is a program that’s just getting underway, but you can already watch talks by Professors Anne Marie Baylouny, Jason Blazakis, Philipp Bleek, and Francis Fukuyama, and new videos will be added each month.

Explore the realm of world affairs from the comfort of your own living room by clicking the Past Speakers, Topics, and Videos link on the General Information menu on any page of the web site.


This is the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). Founded in 1951, the council is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization established to promote the presentation, discussion, and study of international affairs. WACMB is a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization, EIN-770301206. Contributions are tax deductible as permitted by law. WACMB sponsors monthly luncheons, discussion groups, and student scholarships.

Corporate and institutional support for the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area is provided by:

  • California State University Monterey Bay
  • Defense Language Institute
  • Monterey Peninsula College
  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  • Rancho Canada
  • Horan & Lloyd Law Firm

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The Passport for March 2019

This is an online version of the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). You may click here to see other online issues or click here to reach the archive of recent issues in PDF format. 

Iraq has been ravaged in recent years by cycles of warfare, a growing refugee crisis, crippling sectarianism, and the violent spread of the self-styled Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Although the U.S.- led war in Iraq officially ended in 2011, there is widespread concern that Iraq poses a long-term challenge to stability in the region. What are the threats facing Iraq today? What can the United States and other countries do to help stabilize Iraq and get it on the right path to self-sufficiency and stability?

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From January through March, WACMB presents Great Decisions, an eight-week program produced by the Foreign Policy Association of America (FPA). Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. Each year, the program provides background information and policy options for eight of the most critical issues facing the United States; this information serves as the focal text for discussion groups all across the country, including ones at MPC and OLLI/CSUMB.

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Welcome to our New Members

The World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay is pleased to welcome our new members:

  • Ray Hiebert and Sheila Gibbons Hiebert
  • Bonnie Lockwood
  • Anthony and Jane Diamond
  • Joseph and Cynthia Hertlein
  • Deborah and Peter Stern

WACA Newsletters

The World Affairs Councils of America (our umbrella organization) offers a number of free regular email newsletters for WAC members. You can sign up to receive weekly or monthly updates about WACA programs, such as Cover to Cover conference calls, the WAC travel program, leadership conferences, the Academic World Quest high school competition, and
programs at other WAC chapters around the country. WACA also offers the Weekly World News Update, which contains links that allow you to go into depth about current items of interest in world affairs.

To sign up for these free email newsletters, click here to go directly to the Newsroom page on the WACA website, or go to the main page at www.worldaffairscouncils.org and click on the Programs menu item and then on Newsroom. (The appearance of the menu system depends on the device you use to view it – computer, tablet, or smartphone.) You can read previous newsletters and sign up to receive new ones (and you can unsubscribe at any time).

Check out this free service for WAC members!


Luncheon Price Increase

Please note that the prices for our luncheons have gone up, beginning this month. The price for members is now $31 and the price for guests is $40. If you’re not a member, join now and save $9 on every luncheon!

Your WACMB board made the decision to raise the prices for our luncheons because our luncheon venues have raised the prices that they charge us. If we hadn’t raised the rates, we’d lose money on every luncheon. We think you’ll agree that the quality programs offered by WACMB are easily worth the price.


This is the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). Founded in 1951, the council is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization established to promote the presentation, discussion, and study of international affairs. WACMB is a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization, EIN-770301206. Contributions are tax deductible as permitted by law. WACMB sponsors monthly luncheons, discussion groups, and student scholarships.

Corporate and institutional support for the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area is provided by:

  • California State University Monterey Bay
  • Defense Language Institute
  • Monterey Peninsula College
  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  • Rancho Canada
  • Horan & Lloyd Law Firm

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The Passport for February 2019

This is an online version of the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). You may click here to see other online issues or click here to reach the archive of recent issues in PDF format. 

What will become of the Syrian refugees? Professor Anne Marie Baylouny will update us on this humanitarian crisis, how the host countries are faring, the dimensions of international aid, and policy options for the international community and the United States. She will also address the prospects for an end to the conflict.

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From January through March, WACMB presents Great Decisions, an eight-week program produced by the Foreign Policy Association of America (FPA). Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. Each year, the program provides background information and policy options for eight of the most critical issues facing the United States; this information serves as the focal text for discussion groups all across the country, including ones at MPC and OLLI/CSUMB.

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Cover to Cover

Are you interested in books about world affairs? Would you like to hear what the authors of those books have to say, without waiting (and hoping) for them to come to town? Look no further: Cover to Cover is here for you!

Cover to Cover is a free monthly half-hour conference call featuring interviews with some of today’s most prominent writers on world affairs. Speakers during the past year have included Richard Haas, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, discussing his book A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order; Ambassador Rick Barton, currently at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, discussing his book Peace Works: America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World; and Ambassador Vicki Huddleston, former head of the US Diplomatic Mission to Cuba, discussing her book Our Woman in Havana: A Diplomat’s Chronicle of America’s Long Struggle with Castro’s Cuba.

Cover to Cover is a free benefit offered to World Affairs Council members by the World Affairs Council of America, our umbrella organization. Preregistration for the conference calls is required. To register, click here to go directly to the Cover to Cover web page or go to the main site: www.worldaffairscouncils.org and click on the Programs menu item and then on Cover to Cover. (The appearance of the menu system depends on the device you use to view it – computer, tablet, or smartphone.) Once on the Cover to Cover page, click on the conference call of interest.

Missed an interesting call? Not to worry: previous Cover to Cover calls become free podcasts, which you can access from that same page. You’ll see Professor Francis Fukuyama and Ambassador Michael McFaul featured there, just in case you might have missed them when they spoke here!

December Program Report

Bill Clifford

The World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay was honored to host national president and Japan expert Bill Clifford for our December luncheon. Clifford has helped to revitalize the national organization, and has been visiting many local chapters around the country. While here, Clifford met with our Board to discuss new programming and possibilities for growth.

At the luncheon, Clifford spoke on “Japan, America, and the New Nationalism,” touching upon internal Japanese politics, regional issues, and Japan’s important relationship with the United States.

Shinzo Abe, recently re-elected, has become a major leader of the international order, even more so given America’s retreat and Europe’s
problems. The perception is widespread in Japan that the US is abdicating its global role, and that “America First” is a significant break with 70 years of history. There is also a disconnect between 50,000 US troops stationed
in Japan and new US tariffs that hurt Japanese exports.

The US engagement on the Korean peninsula worries Japan, as Tokyo does not have a seat at the table for the nuclear talks. Despite good personal relations with Trump, Abe is hedging his bets politically, for he has seen this administration treat many old allies poorly.

Perhaps Japan’s greatest internal challenge is a “demographic time bomb.” Its fertility rate is 1.2, well below the replacement rate of 2.1, and since Japan allows virtually no immigration, its population is shrinking. This will put Japan’s social safety net under stress, since there are not enough workers to support its aging population.

— by Glenn E. Robinson

This is the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). Founded in 1951, the council is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization established to promote the presentation, discussion, and study of international affairs. WACMB is a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization, EIN-770301206. Contributions are tax deductible as permitted by law. WACMB sponsors monthly luncheons, discussion groups, and student scholarships.

Corporate and institutional support for the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area is provided by:

  • California State University Monterey Bay
  • Defense Language Institute
  • Monterey Peninsula College
  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  • Rancho Canada
  • Horan & Lloyd Law Firm

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The Passport for January 2019

This is an online version of the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). You may click here to see other online issues or click here to reach the archive of recent issues in PDF format. 

For a number of years, ISIS has been engaged in the illegal antiquities trade, generating millions of dollars by looting priceless cultural artifacts. Jason Blazakis, the Director of the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) will address this practice in his talk on January 21. He will discuss the overall ways that ISIS finances itself, and will then delve more specifically into its process of exploiting antiquities for profit. He will also address some of the countermeasures employed by the US government to combat this problem.

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From January through March, WACMB presents Great Decisions, an eight-week program produced by the Foreign Policy Association of America (FPA). Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. Each year, the program provides background information and policy options for eight of the most critical issues facing the United States; this information serves as the focal text for discussion groups all across the country, including ones at MPC and OLLI/CSUMB.

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October Program Report

Dr. Thomas Bruneau

At the October luncheon, WACMB was honored to host Dr. Thomas Bruneau, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Naval Postgraduate School. Bruneau spoke on “Patriots for Profit? America’s Experience with Private Military Contractors,” with a particular focus on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Using private military contractors can be an attractive option for decision makers because there are no long term costs committed to a particular job, just a shorter term contract. In addition, such contractors can be quite effective, as they are often retired special forces and other well trained American military personnel. These sorts of contracts provide significant flexibility to decision makers.

Still, according to Bruneau, the use of private military contractors has gotten out of hand. In 2017, the total Department of Defense budget for contractors was $320 billion, or 55% of the total DoD budget. Some people view contractors as mercenaries, a term Bruneau said is loaded. In reality, contractors are used by the DoD for a wide variety of jobs, from cooks to truck drivers to warriors. This kind of outsourcing is quite legal; indeed, it has been strongly encouraged in US law since the 1980s.

Contractors have become so pervasive in the DoD that most DoD contracting officers who write and oversee various contracts, are contractors themselves. At the end of the day, contractors report to the head of the company that employs them, not to the unit commander in whose office they work. Bruneau argued that significant reform is needed in the DoD contracting model in future American wars abroad.

— by Glenn E. Robinson

A Polite Request

Things become complicated when luncheon reservations reach the office after the deadline, and also when people arrive at the luncheons without making reservations beforehand. The luncheon venues charge WACMB a higher rate for meals that are ordered past the deadline. We don’t want to pass those extra costs on to our members, and so we ask that you please respect the deadlines for registration that are listed on the reservation form.

Did you forget to mail your reservation in time to meet the deadline? Don’t worry: you can now register online! Just go to www.wacmb.org and find the News and Events list on the right sidebar. Click on the link to the next luncheon, then scroll down to Registration. The first paragraph contains options to register by phone or fax, and the second contains a link to register online. Check it out: it’s easy and efficient!

This is the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). Founded in 1951, the council is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization established to promote the presentation, discussion, and study of international affairs. WACMB is a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization, EIN-770301206. Contributions are tax deductible as permitted by law. WACMB sponsors monthly luncheons, discussion groups, and student scholarships.

Corporate and institutional support for the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area is provided by:

  • California State University Monterey Bay
  • Defense Language Institute
  • Monterey Peninsula College
  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  • Rancho Canada
  • Horan & Lloyd Law Firm

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The Passport for November/December 2018

This is an online version of the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). You may click here to see other online issues or click here to reach the archive of recent issues in PDF format.

Luncheon Meeting on November 16, 2018

Topic

Chemical Weapons and Their Horrible, But Also Hopeful, Past, Present, and Future

Speaker

Philipp Bleek, MIISDr. Philipp C. Bleek

Associate Professor; Acting Program Chair, Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies;

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Overview

Chemical weapons are back in the news, based on Syria’s repeated, indiscriminate use in the past few years, as well as targeted attacks by both North Korea (on Kim Jung-Un’s brother) and Russia (on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia).  How worrisome are these developments?  And what implications do they have
for the future use of chemical weapons?

Professor Philipp Bleek will discuss the past, present, and potential future of chemical weapons.  He will argue that, while the use of chemical weapons in the past has been horrifying, there is also good news in the way that the international community has managed to progressively marginalize them.  He will explore some reasons to be optimistic about the future of chemical weapons, although he will warn that the progress we’ve seen may be more fragile than anticipated.Philipp Bleek is an Associate Professor and Acting Program Chair of the  Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.  His research and teaching focus on the causes, consequences, and amelioration of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons threats at the intersection of academia, non-governmental organizations, and government.  From 2012 to 2013, he served as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs.  In that capacity, he staffed the then-secret Syria Chemical Weapons Senior Integration Group, a Pentagon-based interagency effort to prepare for various chemical weapons-related contingencies.  He previously worked on a project that involved questioning the Japanese Aum Shinrikyo terrorists about their chemical and biological weapons programs that culminated in the 1995 sarin attacks on the Tokyo subway.

Professor Bleek has a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University,  and a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University.

Please note that this program will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, Monterey.  Room capacity is limited.  Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received until the program is full.  Depending on demand, we may be unable to accommodate auditors at this event.

Agenda

Friday, November 16, 2018
11:30 am: Registration
Noon: Luncheon
12:50 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Classic Green Salad
  • Lemon and Garlic Herb Chicken with a White Bean Spinach Sauce
  • Classic Rice Pilaf
  • Sauteed Vegetables
  • Rolls and Butter
  • Coffee and Decaf
  • Chocolate Mousse Cake with Seasonal Berries
  • Vegetarian Option: Stuffed Peppers with a Harvest Apple Stuffing

Luncheon Cost

  • $29 for members
  • $35 for guests

Registration

Registration for the luncheon is now closed.  Audience seating for the lecture only may be available, depending on room capacity, on a first-come-first-served basis.

Location

Hilton Garden Inn, Monterey
1000 Aguajito Road
Monterey, CA 93923

 

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Luncheon Meeting on December 6, 2018

Overview

The alliance between the U.S. and Japan has long been the cornerstone of  American security interests in Asia, and is fundamental to regional stability and prosperity.  But while the partnership is based on shared vital interests and values, it now faces major challenges.  How will the administrations of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump chart the next phase of the relationship?

Bill Clifford, who was a Tokyo-based journalist for more than a decade, will discuss how recent political, economic, and social trends in our two countries are changing the dynamics of U.S.-Japan relations.  He will highlight how North Korea’s nuclear and cyber threats and China’s growing military might have profoundly affected Japan’s foreign policy.

Bill Clifford is President and CEO of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) in Washington, D.C., where he leads our national office and represents its network of more than 90 World Affairs Councils across the United States. In March 2017, he was appointed a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He also serves on the editorial board of the SAIS Review.

Before joining WACA five years ago, Clifford was president of WorldBoston, a WACA member council known for its innovative programming. Previously, he served as Asia Bureau Chief for the pioneering multimedia venture CBS MarketWatch, where he launched and directed news bureaus in Japan and Hong Kong. He holds an M.A. from Johns Hopkins SAIS, a B.A. summa cum laude in International Relations and French Literature from Tufts University, and a C.E.P. from Sciences Po in Paris.

 

Agenda

Thursday, December 6, 2018
11:30 am: Registration
11:50 am: Luncheon
1:00 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Hearts of Romaine Salad
  • Chicken Marsala
  • Roasted Red Potatoes
  • Vegetable Medley
  • Rolls and Butter
  • Coffee and Decaf
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • Vegetarian Option: Tortellini in Pesto Cream Sauce
  • Special Holiday Treat: Champagne or Sparkling Cider

Luncheon Cost

  • $29 for members
  • $35 for guests
  • Lecture is open to the public at no charge, beginning at 12:50pm

Registration

Registration for the luncheon is now closed.  Audience seating for the lecture only may be available, depending on room capacity, on a first-come-first-served basis.

Location

Palo Corona Regional Park Headquarters
(formerly Rancho Canada Golf Club)
4860 Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

 


Discussion Groups for November 2018

To see a list of recent Discussion Group events, click here.

MPC

Patriots for Profit?  America’s Experience with Private Military Contractors

Is the practice of relying on the private sector to wage war a strategic liability or a trend toward efficiency and cost effectiveness?  What is the impact of private contractors on U.S. troops and relations with host governments?

The MPC Discussion Group will meet on Monday, November 5 at 4:00 pm in the Social Science Building, Room 101, Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey.  Parking is available in Lot D for $3.00.  (Note: this meeting will be on the first Monday of the month to avoid a conflict with Veteran’s Day.)

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OLLI

The Effect of the National Mid-Term Elections

The OLLI Discussion Group will meet on Monday, November 19 at 4:00 on the second floor of the CSUMB building at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey. Free parking is available in front of the building.

For maps and more detailed directions, follow this link or see the map below.

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Interactive Map of OLLI-CSUMB Location

Discussion Groups for December 2018

To see a list of recent Discussion Group events, click here.

MPC

America’s Role and Responsibility in the War in Yemen

The war in Yemen is shaping up to be one of the greatest humanitarian disasters since World War II. What is America’s responsibility in backing Saudi Arabia is in this war?

The MPC Discussion Group is free to the public and will meet on Monday, December 10 at 4:00 pm in the Social Science Building, Room 101, Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey.  Parking is available in Lot D for $3.00.

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OLLI

The OLLI Discussion Group will meet on Monday, December 17 at 4:00 on the second floor of the CSUMB building at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey. Free parking is available in front of the building.

For maps and more detailed directions, follow this link or see the map below.

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Interactive Map of OLLI-CSUMB Location

 


Board Meeting on November 1, 2018

Open to Members
Begins at 4:30 pm

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Location

McCone Building Conference Room, MIIS


September Program Report

Summary of “From Cold War to Hot Peace” presentation by Dr. Michael McFaul of Stanford University on September 28, 2018

The World Affairs Council was honored to host Dr. Michael McFaul at our September luncheon.  McFaul previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, and is currently a professor at Stanford University in Palo Alto.  McFaul is also the author of the new book From Cold War to Hot Peace, which recounts his time as U.S. ambassador in Putin’s Russia.

In his presentation, McFaul struck a balance between analyzing U.S. – Russia relations and relating often-harrowing personal stories of incidents that occurred during his time as ambassador in Moscow.  Those stories included how he became a proxy target of Putin’s enmity against the U.S., leading to public disinformation that was put out by the regime to undermine McFaul’s standing and threaten him personally.

2011 was a key year in Russia’s turn against the West under Putin, and McFaul pointed to two critical events.  The first involved the events of the ‘Arab Spring’ that year and specifically what happened in Libya. Putin felt he had been duped by the West: that a humanitarian intervention to prevent a slaughter in the eastern city of Benghazi turned into full-on regime change, which Russia did not support.  Second, later in 2011, Russia held parliamentary elections, which were widely seen as fraudulent.  Secretary of State Clinton called out Putin over these rigged elections, an action that set in motion Putin’s later subterfuge to undermine her presidential bid in 2016.

McFaul painted a dire picture of Putin, and the thuggish and kleptocratic regime he has established in Moscow. Putin was, and is, very much the byproduct of the KGB, where he worked for many years.

Summary by Glenn E. Robinson


Scholarships!

At the October luncheon, Scholarship Committee Chair Naomi Terman announced the 2018-2019 recipients of the World Affairs Scholarships.  They will each receive $1000 to use toward their studies.

  • Marantha Croomes is a B.A. candidate at CSUMB, majoring in World Languages and Culture.  She has studied abroad in Germany, Australia, and Japan.
  • Nicholas De Golla is a Dean’s Fellow and a dual degree candidate at MIIS, working toward a Fisher M.B.A. in Global Impact Management and an M.A. in International Environmental Policy.
  • Brianna V. Hartley is an M.A. candidate at MIIS, with a focus on Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies.  She is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).
  • Sandy Her is a B.A. candidate at CSUMB, majoring in Global Studies and Human Communications, with a focus on Asian Studies.  This spring, she studied abroad in South Korea.
  • Paul S. Warnke is an M.A. candidate at MIIS, where he is studying Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies.  He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and has competency in French.

Those in attendance at the October luncheon had the opportunity to meet some of these impressive young scholars.  Many thanks to Naomi and the other members of the Scholarship Committee, Barbara Zellmer and Michelle Amirkhanian, for all their good work in selecting the winners!

 

The Passport for October 2018

This is an online version of the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). You may click here to see other online issues or click here to reach the archive of recent issues in PDF format.

Luncheon Meeting on October 19, 2018

Topic

Patriots for Profit?  America’s Experience with Private Military Contractors

Speaker

Dr. Thomas Bruneau, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Naval Postgraduate SchoolDr. Thomas Bruneau

Distinguished Professor Emeritus,
Naval Postgraduate School

Overview

For decades now, the centrality of contracting in American warfare – both on the battlefield (sometimes called mercenaries) and in support of those on the battlefield – has been growing.  Today’s private military industry is a multi-billion dollar business.  In Fiscal Year 2017 in the U.S. Department of Defense alone contracting out totaled $320 billion, more than 50% of the DOD budget.  Erik Prince, former owner of Blackwater and possibly the world’s best known military contractor, has recently proposed contracting out the war in Afghanistan.  As the U.S increasingly relies on the private sector to wage war, some see this as a strategic liability.  Others consider the trend more efficient and cost effective.

Professor Thomas Bruneau, author of Patriots for Profit: Contractors and the Military in U.S. National Security (Stanford University Press, 2011), will discuss the pros and cons of contracting security support.  Highlighting the American experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, he will explore the many dimensions of using private contractors, including effectiveness, cost, accountability, and ethics.  The impact of private contractors on regular U.S. troops and relations with host governments are among the issues he will examine.

Thomas Bruneau is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).  During his career at NPS, he served as Chairman of the Department of National Security Affairs (1989-1995) and Director of the Center for Civil Military Relations (2000-2004).  Prior to joining the faculty of NPS Dr. Bruneau taught in the Department of Political Science at McGill University.  In addition to his long academic career, and ten years of administrative responsibilities at the Naval Postgraduate School, Bruneau is also Vice President of Global Academic Professionals, LLC, a contracting firm.

On this occasion annual World Affairs Council awards will be presented to Peninsula area college students pursuing careers in international relations.

Agenda

Friday, October 19, 2018
11:30 am: Registration
11:50 am: Luncheon
12:45 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • House Salad of Mixed Greens with Ranch Dressing
  • Panko-Crusted Chicken with Sherry Cream Sauce
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Steamed Vegetables
  • Freshly Baked Rolls and Butter
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Vegetarian Option: Pasta with Marinara Sauce

Luncheon Cost

  • $29 for members
  • $35 for guests
  • Lecture is open to the public at no charge, beginning at 12:50pm

Registration

Registration for the luncheon is now closed.  Audience seating for the lecture only may be available, depending on room capacity, on a first-come-first-served basis.

Location

Palo Corona Regional Park Headquarters
(formerly Rancho Canada Golf Club)
4860 Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

 


Discussion Groups for October 2018

To see a list of recent Discussion Group events, click here.

MPC

Evolving Coalitions: What Does the New Russia/Turkey/Iran Partnership Portend for International Relations?

Does the recent Russia/Turkey/Iran Summit signal a reordering of the international alignment?  What do Russia, Turkey and Iran hope to gain in this new partnership? How should the U.S. reformulate its policy in response?

The MPC Discussion Group will meet on Monday, October 8 at 4:00 pm in the Social Science Building, Room 101, Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey.  Parking is available in Lot D for $3.00.

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OLLI

The topic for October’s discussion will be the #MeToo movement and its implications.  The OLLI Discussion Group will meet on Monday, October 15 at 4:00 on the second floor of the CSUMB building at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey.  Free parking is available in front of the building.

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Board Meeting on October 4, 2018

Open to Members
Begins at 4:30 pm

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Location

McCone Building Conference Room, MIIS

 


Some Facts About the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area

In 1951, a group of individuals interested in worlds affairs organized the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB).  At that time, the Board chose WWII U.S. Navy Admiral (Ret.) Raymond Spruance, one of the greatest admirals in American naval history, as its first president.

At its founding, WACMB chose to be an affiliate council of the World Affairs Council of Northern California.  This relationship continued successfully for more than 40 years until 1992, when WACMB became a totally independent
Public Benefit Corporation as a 501(c)(3).

WACMB is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA), and participates in the national activities arranged by that organization.  It also is a “Cooperating Council” in the Travel Program of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, which you may already have read about in these pages.

WACMB is now approaching its seventh decade of providing our members and the residents of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties with intellectually challenging programs that address significant international issues.

Scholarships!

Did you know that your Monterey Bay World Affairs Council awards $1000 merit-based scholarships to students at California State University Monterey Bay, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and Monterey Peninsula College?  Recipients must be high academic achievers and interested in international affairs.

This year’s winners will be introduced at the October 19th luncheon.  Please join us as we honor these outstanding young scholars!

Welcome to Our New Members
Summer 2018

  • Roger Gayman
  • Seung-Jae Oh
  • Loretta Patterson
  • Katharina Harlow
  • Susan Hinde
  • Thomas Rowland and Christine Hallas

The Passport for September 2018

This is an online version of the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). You may click here to see other online issues or click here to reach the archive of recent issues in PDF format.

Luncheon Meeting on September 28, 2018

Topic

From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia

— This Event Is Sold Out —

Speaker

Professor Michael McFaul

United States Ambassador to the Russian Federation 2012 – 2014

Overview

In 2008 when Michael McFaul was asked to leave his perch at Stanford University to join an unlikely presidential campaign he had no idea that he would find himself at the center of one of today’s most consequential international relationships. As President Barack Obama’s adviser on Russian affairs, McFaul helped craft the United States’ policy known as “reset” that fostered a new and unprecedented collaboration between the two countries. And then, as U.S. Ambassador to Russia, he had a front row seat when this hopeful moment crumbled with Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency.

On this occasion Professor McFaul will share highlights from his new book, From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 2018), a highly acclaimed account that combines history and memoir to tell the story of U.S.-Russia relations from the fall of the Soviet Union to the new rise of President Putin.

Michael McFaul is Professor of Political Science, Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. He earned his B.A. in International Relations and Slavic Languages and M.A. in Soviet and East European Studies at Stanford. As a Rhodes Scholar, Professor McFaul completed his Ph.D. in International Relations at Oxford University.

Books will be available for sale and signing at the program.

Please note that this program will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, Monterey.  Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received until the program is full.  We regret that we are unable to accommodate auditors at this event.

Agenda

Friday, September 28, 2018
11:00 am: Registration
11:50 am: Luncheon
12:50 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Field Green Salad
  • Grilled Salmon Filet with Lemon Dill Beurre Blanc
  • Rice Pilaf and Grilled Vegetables
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • NY Cheesecake with Mango Coulis and Berries
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Vegetarian Option: Peppers Stuffed with Vegetables, Rice and Cheese

Luncheon Cost

  • $29 for members
  • $35 for guests

Registration

This event is sold out and registration is closed.  We regret that we are unable to accommodate auditors at this event.

Location

Hilton Garden Inn, Monterey
1000 Aguajito Road
Monterey, CA 93923

 

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Discussion Groups for September 2018

To see a list of recent Discussion Group events, click here.

MPC

Cyber Strategy: Russia, Putin, and Political Warfare.

The Discussion Group will evaluate Russia’s continued interference in U.S.
and other Western electoral processes. Participants will discuss why Russia does what it does in the cyber domain, and what the United States can do about it.

The MPC Discussion group will meet on Monday, September 10 at 4:00 pm in the Social Science Building, Room 101, Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey. Parking is available in Lot D for $3.00.

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OLLI

The OLLI Discussion Group resumes after its summer hiatus, and will meet on Monday, September 17 at 4:00 pm at CSUMB’s Ryan Ranch campus, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey. Advance registration is required; find the form at this link and look for the course called Current Affairs Discussion Group.

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Board Meeting on Sep 6, 2018

Open to Members
Begins at 4:30 pm

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Location

McCone Building Conference Room, MIIS

 


For Your Information

National Conference

The World Affairs Councils of America (our parent organization) will hold its annual National Conference November 7 – 9, 2018, at the Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington, DC.  This year’s topic is “Braving the New World Order.”

Featured speakers:

  • Dr. Nina Ansary, Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and one of six UN Women Champions for Innovation
  • Ray Rothrock, Chairman and CEO of cybersecurity provider RedSeal
  • Dr. Dambisa Moyo, author, international economist and one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World
  • Kelly Magsamen, VP for National Security and International Policy at the Center for America Progress

In addition, the conference will include visits to local think tanks and embassies, an ambassadors’ luncheon, events for young professionals and students, and fantastic networking opportunities.

Early Bird registration is now open.  Student discounts are available.

Interested?  For more information, visit the conference website:
https://www.wacaconference2018.org


The Passport for August 2018

This is an online version of the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). You may click here to see other online issues or click here to reach the archive of recent issues in PDF format.

Luncheon Meeting on August 23, 2018

Topic

Cyber Strategy: Russia, Putin and Political Warfare

Speaker

Ryan Maness

Naval Postgraduate School

Overview

Russia’s continued interference in U.S. and other Western electoral processes and political discourse via cyber and information warfare tactics has left these societies divided and discontent.  As Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation continues to uncover Russia’s involvement in the 2016 campaign, the question that remains for many is whether members of the Trump campaign were involved and, if so, at what level.

Ryan Maness will examine why Russia does what it does in the cyber domain, and what the United States can do about it.  He will describe how cyber coercion complements, rather than replaces, traditional instruments of statecraft and power.  He will offer the empirically-grounded theory that cyber strategies function more as political warfare and covert action than decisive instruments of war, and seem most useful in the manipulation of information between geopolitical rivals.  He also will discuss the emerging art of cyber strategy as part of a larger approach to coercion by states in the
international system since the turn of the century.

Ryan Maness is the primary data collector and coder of the Dyadic Cyber Incident and Dispute (DCID) dataset, which records all state-attributed cyber incidents between rivals.  He has published in outlets such as Oxford University Press, Journal of Peace Research, Foreign Affairs, and Armed Forces and Society.  His most recent book is Cyber Strategy: The Changing Character of Power and Coercion (Oxford University Press, 2018). Professor Maness earned his PhD in Political Science at the University of Illinois.

Agenda

Thursday, August 23, 2018
11:30 am: Registration
11:50 am: Luncheon
12:50 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Caesar Salad
  • Chicken Piccata with Lemon Caper Sauce
  • Rice Pilaf and Vegetable Medley
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Fettucini Alfredo

Luncheon Cost

  • $29 for members
  • $35 for guests
  • Lecture is open to the public at no charge, beginning at 12:50pm

Registration

Registration for the luncheon is now closed.  Audience seating for the lecture only may be available, depending on room capacity, on a first-come-first-served basis.

Location

Palo Corona Regional Park (formerly Rancho Canada)
4860 Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

 


Discussion Group on Monday August 13, 2018

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Putin and Trump: The Future
Trajectory for Russia/U.S. Relations

Free to the Public

The next MPC Discussion Group meeting will address the topic Putin and Trump: The Future Trajectory for Russia/U.S. Relations.  Given the interactions that have already occurred between the Trump administration and Russia, what does the future hold in store for the relationship between these two nations?  Participants may also evaluate the outcome of July’s Trump/Putin summit.

This timely discussion will be held on Monday, August 13 at 4:00 pm in the Social Science Building, Room 101, Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey, CA 93940.  Parking is available in Lot D for $3.00.

Come join the discussion!

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Board Meeting on Aug 2, 2018

Open to Members
Begins at 4:30 pm

 

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Location

McCone Building Conference Room, MIIS

 


Save The Date

On September 28, 2018, Dr. Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia and current Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, will speak at our monthly luncheon about his latest book, From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia.  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from one of America’s leading experts on relations between the United States and Russia.

 


For Your Information

National Conference

The World Affairs Councils of America (our parent organization) will hold its annual National Conference November 7 – 9, 2018, at the Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington, DC.  This year’s topic is “Braving the New World Order.”

Featured speakers:

  • Dr. Nina Ansary, Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and one of six UN Women Champions for Innovation
  • Ray Rothrock, Chairman and CEO of cybersecurity provider RedSeal
  • Dr. Dambisa Moyo, author, international economist and one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World
  • Kelly Magsamen, VP for National Security and International Policy at the Center for America Progress

In addition, the conference will include visits to local think tanks and embassies, an ambassadors’ luncheon, events for young professionals and students, and fantastic networking opportunities.

Early Bird registration is now open.  Student discounts are available.

Interested?  For more information, visit the conference website:
https://www.wacaconference2018.org

 


Welcome to Our New Members
Winter/Spring 2018

Georgia Byrne
Pattie Cucura
Johanna Dimitrov
Nalini Elkins
Makuria Gordon
Boyd and Susan Haight
Tamara and Reuben Harris
Abdullahi Kani
Tom LaFollette
William Meyer
Sharon Miller
Akbar Montaser
Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Neutra
Michelle Noseworthy
Margaret and Jens Pedersen
Kathy Pomeroy
Doug Porch
LaVonne Rilling
Suzanne Safar
Fred Slautterback
Mary Jane Sligar
Jim Suchen
William Wiltschko


The Passport for July 2018

This is an online version of the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). You may click here to see other online issues or click here to reach the archive of recent issues in PDF format.

Luncheon Meeting – Thursday, July 19, 2018

Topic

Xi in Command

Speaker

Michael Ipson

International Banker

Overview

Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, has introduced new and far reaching political and economic policies since assuming leadership in 2012. He has also become increasingly powerful. Xi now holds the top offices of the party (Secretary General), the state (President) and the military (Chairman, Central Military Commission) and in March, China’s National People’s Congress amended its constitution eliminating presidential term limits. Xi Jinping is officially referred to as the Paramount Leader of the PRC.

Our guest, Michael Ipson, will review how Xi has centralized his personal power over China and look forward as he embarks upon his second term as supreme leader. In his presentation he will discuss China’s growing global role and analyze the major challenges that China and President Xi face including the economy and environmental quality.

Michael Ipson began his engagement with China in 1966 as an exchange student in Hong Kong. After pursuing graduate studies in Chinese and Vietnamese history, , he began a career in banking, spending 28 years in Hong Kong and China. During the last five years he spent his second sojourn in Beijing, including two-and-a-half years as Country Manager for International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank. He continues to travel to China working with financial institutions.

Agenda

Thursday, July 19, 2018
11:30 am: Registration
11:50 am: Luncheon
12:50 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Romaine Salad with Walnuts and Raspberry Vinaigrette
  • Lasagna
  • Roasted Red Potatoes and Vegetables
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Grilled Portobello Mushroom

Location

4860 Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

Cost

  • $29 for members
  • $35 for guests
  • Credit card charge: $2 each person

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June Program Report

Summary of The Demise of the Arab Spring and the Deep State

Presented by Dr. Robert Springborg

The World Affairs Council was honored to host Dr. Robert Springborg for its June luncheon, when he spoke on The Demise of the Arab Spring and the Deep State.  Recently retired from the Naval Postgraduate School, Dr. Springborg is currently a non-resident fellow at the Italian Institute of International Affairs, and is widely recognized as one of America’s premier scholars of the Middle East.

Decades before the term “deep state” entered the American political lexicon, it was most frequently used in analyses of Turkey to explain how the military kept tight reins on the exercise of power while allowing elections to occur and democracy to ostensibly function. Dr. Springborg elaborated on how deep states have come to rule most Arab republics (less so in monarchies) by centering real power, which has been enabled by coercion, in military intelligence, security forces, police, and the office of the presidency.  Typically, these institutions are “off budget,” meaning that the true extent of their resources is not publicly known.  As well, these resources are autonomous from the usual tax collection system, often being generated by smuggling and similar illicit activities controlled by these deep state institutions.

Dr. Springborg’s main argument was that the pervasive deep state arrangements in much of the Arab world successfully worked against any real democratic transition during the Arab Spring.  While Egypt may have been the most famous case of Arab Spring change, it now represents the clearest victory of the deep state in reversing those democratic steps that were initiated in 2011.  In addition to fighting deep state interests, the democrats of the Arab Spring faced long odds when it came to other social variables, such as income levels, median age, and the size of the middle class.

Wading briefly into current American discussions, Springborg noted that in comparison to the Middle East, the United States has no equivalent of a deep state —”yet.”

By Glenn Robinson


Welcome to Our New Members
Fall 2017

Erik and Robin Eidsmo
Carol Bergere
Dr. Cary Mrozowski
Donna Pribble
Linda Foley
Elizabeth Gianola and James Cook
Michelle Amirkhanian
K. Haller
Joe and Cynthia Hertlein
Cheryl Gillette
John and Nell Blankfort
Mark and Bettina Schwartz

The Passport for June 2018

This is an online version of the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). You may click here to see other online issues or click here to reach the archive of recent issues in PDF format.

Luncheon Meeting – Friday, June 8, 2018

Topic

The Demise of the Arab Spring and the Deep State

Speaker

Dr. Robert Springborg

Italian Institute of
International Affairs

and
Naval Postgraduate School (ret.)

Overview

The term “deep state” came into American parlance in the early months of the Trump administration on both sides of the political spectrum.  Few Americans are aware, however, that the concept of the deep state can be traced to the Middle East and North Africa.  Indeed, many specialists on the region believe that the existence of deep states helps to explain the rise and fall of the Arab Spring.

In his remarks, Dr. Springborg will suggest that applying the term “deep state” to U.S. institutions is stretching the concept too far.  Unlike in the Middle East, American coercive institutions are under civilian control and subject to the rule of law, and they have not penetrated and subordinated other governmental bodies or civil society as they have in the Middle East.  The negative consequences Arab deep states had for both political and economic development undermined the ability of their people to successfully organize nationally and to convert their Arab Spring movements into democratic transitions.  More recently, deep states that survived in the Arab republics have been reinforced, as have those in Turkey and Iran; attempts to build or rebuild them from the bottom up are underway in Libya, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq, and from the top down in some of the Arab monarchies.  In most of the Middle East, “real” politics that determine who gets what, when and how, are the preserve of deep states, leaving only a largely meaningless “pseudopolitics” for normal citizens.

Robert Springborg is a specialist on Middle East governance and politics, with a special focus on Egypt and U.S. policy toward the region.  His books include Mubarak’s Egypt; Globalization and the Politics of Development in the Middle East; and Egypt.  He has worked as a consultant on the Middle East for the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United Nations Development Program, and various British government departments.  Dr. Springborg is currently a non-resident research fellow of the Italian Institute of International Affairs.

Agenda

Friday, June 8, 2018
11:30 am: Registration
11:50 am: Luncheon
12:50 pm: Program

Location

Rancho Canada
4860 Carmel Valley Road

Luncheon Menu

  • Wedgewood Salad with Italian Dressing
  • Chicken in a Pesto Cream Sauce
  • Roasted Red Potatoes and Vegetables
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Tortellini in Pesto Cream Sauce with Parmesan
Cost:
  • $29 for members
  • $35 for guests
  • Credit card charge: $2 each person

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Did You Know?

The World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America

Our parent organization has had a long and distinguished history. Here’s what WACA’s website has to say about it:

“The World Affairs Councils of America traces its earliest roots to 1918, when the League of Free Nations Association was formed by 141 distinguished Americans, including the social reformer Paul Kellogg, to support President Woodrow Wilson’s efforts to achieve a just peace.  At the end of World War I, the Association’s founders were concerned that Americans would choose isolationism over a foreign policy based on international engagement.  They worked to promote and nurture public awareness of critical international issues affecting the U.S., and in 1923 reconstituted the organization as the Foreign Policy Association.  John Foster Dulles and Eleanor Roosevelt were among the FPA’s incorporators.

“Citizen discussion groups and FPA branches began to form and spread in the 1920s,1930s, and after World War II – forerunners of the independent World Affairs Councils of subsequent decades.  In 1954, the Great Decisions program was launched in Oregon.

Based on the annual briefing book prepared by FPA’s editors, Great Decisions has become the largest nonpartisan public education program on international affairs in the world.  The FPA consolidated its operations into its New York City headquarters in the 1980s while the network of independent councils on world affairs continued to flourish.

“In 1986, the National Council of World Affairs Organizations office was established in Washington, DC.  The organization was renamed the World Affairs Councils of America, and today WACA serves more than 90 World Affairs Councils nationwide, in 40 states and the District of Columbia.

“In an age of globalization and a rapidly shifting international order, we believe that our mission – engaging the public and leaders to better understand global affairs and America’s role in the world – is more vital than ever.”

To learn more about our umbrella organization, as well as to access much valuable information about current world affairs, visit the World Affairs Councils of America’s website at https://www.worldaffairscouncils.org/