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Check out the latest in our series of Quick Takes: Issues Around the World in the Age of Covid
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Dear WAC Members,

For both reasons of public health and to be compliant with California’s Covid-19 rules, your World Affairs Council has suspended in-person luncheons for the time being. In their stead, we have initiated a program of 15-minute ‘quick takes’ lectures by leading international affairs experts in the Monterey region. These lectures, entitled “Issues Around the World in the Age of Covid,” commence June 15, and will be sent to your email boxes on the 15th and 30th of every month. If your email address is not already on file with our WAC office, please let us know so we can add you to the distribution list. These short videos will also be posted on this website.

Stay well! We all look forward to the time when we can meet again in person. I very much appreciate your commitment to the World Affairs Council and to our educational mission, even during these difficult times.


— Glenn E. Robinson
President: World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area

The World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area, Inc. is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization established to promote the presentation, discussion, and study of international affairs.  The Council (WACMB) was founded in 1951 and currently sponsors monthly luncheon lectures, discussion groups, local student scholarships, and special events. Questions and viewpoints of individual members are always welcome.

WACMB produces monthly luncheon lectures that feature timely topics from prominent foreign affairs experts such as academicians, diplomats, journalists and United States and foreign government officials.  Most events are open to the public, with no cost to attend the lecture portion of the event.  For details of upcoming lectures check the News and Events links elsewhere on this page.

The Passport, the Council’s monthly newsletter, is distributed to all members with a choice of email and/or U.S. mail.  It includes announcements, the upcoming luncheon date and menu, and featured monthly speaker’s topic.  It also includes information on the next Board Meeting and Discussion Groups,  Board Executive Officer contacts, special events, and a brief membership application.

The Council conducts monthly discussion groups at two locations:

  • Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) in Monterey
  • California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) Ryan Ranch campus

On occasion, the Council arranges for a Special Events program on short notice to address a news-breaking issue or to take advantage of an expert unexpectedly visiting the Monterey Peninsula.  These programs complement the monthly luncheon lectures.

The World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area awards annual scholarships based on merit and financial need to local students attending the California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB), Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS),  Monterey Peninsula College (MPC), and Hartnell College.

The World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area, Inc. (WACMB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with IRS EIN 77-0301206.