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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Luncheon on April 24, 2019

Topic

The Impact of California Agriculture in the International Arena

Speaker

Overview

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.

Barry Bedwell has been president of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation since 2016. The Foundation is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation engaged in leadership training with four California universities: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; Cal Poly, Pomona; CSU, Fresno; and UC Davis. Previously, he was president of the California Fresh Fruit Association, a voluntary nonprofit agricultural association specializing in public policy issues. The Association is one of the oldest agricultural trade associations in California. Earlier in his career, he was president of Allied Grape Growers, a statewide grower’s marketing cooperative.

Mr. Bedwell earned a B.A. in Business Administration from CSU, Fresno. He was born and raised in Madera, California, and now resides in Pacific Grove.

Agenda

  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50: Luncheon
  • 12:45 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Apple Cider Salad topped with Grilled Chicken,Pecans, Dried Cranberries,and Bleu Cheese Crumbles
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Apple Cider Salad

Luncheon Cost

  • $31 for members
  • $40 for guests

Registration

Reservations are due by April 18 for this April 24 event.

To register by mail, fax, or phone, click here to view or download the Luncheon Reservation form in PDF file format and follow the instructions.

To register and pay online with a credit card, debit card, or PayPal, click here.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

Location

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

Discussion Groups for April 2019

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

WACMB Discussion Group meetings are free and open to the public.

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.


MPC

Meetings are on the second Monday of the month, from 4:00-5:30 pm in Room 101, Social Sciences Building. Parking is available for $3 in Lot D.

The topic for the April 8 meeting is“The Venezuelan Crisis…What Role Should the U.S. Play?”

Click here to put this event on your online calendar.


OLLI/CSUMB

Meetings are on the third Monday of the month, from 4:00-5:30 at the CSUMB Ryan Ranch Location. Parking is free. Note: please RSVP for this group at either csumb.edu/olli or (831) 582-5500 so that you can receive course communications.

The topic for the April 15 meeting is Climate Change.

Click here to put this event on your online calendar.

Other Events

Monterey Threat Financing Forum

This event aims to provide the most up-to-date knowledge and tools needed to help combat the growing threat posed by sanctions evaders, terrorism financing, WMD proliferation financing, cryptocurrency crime and more. Registration fees range from $255-$495 but there is a special discount for members of WACMB and other local organizations. Use the code MontereyLocal at checkout. Click here for more information.

MIIS Events Calendar


Language Day


NPS Events List

Note that many events at NPS require that attendees have gate access.


2019 Social Justice Colloquium

The topic of the 2019 Social Justice Colloquium will be the country of Iran and Iranian women. There will be two weeks of free events between April 8-18, 2019 which will be open to the campus and Bay Area community. The keynote address by internationally acclaimed Iranian film director Rakhshan Banietemad is on April 17th, 2019 from 5pm to 7pm at the MPC World Theatre (below).

World Theatre

Luncheon on March 27, 2019

Topic

Rebuilding Iraq After ISIS

Speaker

Professor Heather Gregg

Associate Professor in Department of Defense Analysis

Naval Postgraduate School

Overview

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?

Professor Heather Gregg will draw on her new book, Building the Nation: Missed Opportunities in Iraq and Afghanistan (University of Nebraska Press, 2018), to briefly review what the United States initially aimed to do with the 2003 invasion of Iraq, what went wrong, and what can be done moving forward.

Heather Gregg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Defense Analysis, Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences, at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). Before joining the faculty of NPS she was an Associate Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation. Professor Gregg earned a Ph.D. in Political Science, International Relations and Security Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.A. at Harvard Divinity School in Theological Studies with a focus on Islam.

Agenda

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50: Luncheon
  • 12:45 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Hearts of Romaine Salad, tossed with Walnuts and Raspberry Vinaigrette
  • Chicken Fettucini Alfredo
  • Steamed Garden Vegetables
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Pasta topped with Zesty Marinara Sauce

Luncheon Cost

  • $31 for members
  • $40 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

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

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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Discussion Groups for March 2019

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

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.

Great Decisions is free and open to the public.

The following topics will be discussed in March:

  • Decoding US-China Trade
  • Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics
  • The US and Mexico: Partnership Tested
  • State of the State Dept. and Diplomacy.

Click here for more information about these topics on the Great Decisions website.

Briefing Books are available for purchase from the moderators at each site on a first come/first served basis. Or order online on the Great Decisions website or by calling 1-800-477-5836. Ordering by phone or online may be more expensive than buying in person.


MPC

Meetings are 4:00-5:30 pm in Room 101, Social Sciences Building, on Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25. Parking is available for $3 in Lot D.

Click here to get an electronic event notice for all of the above MPC meetings for your online calendar


OLLI/CSUMB

Meetings are 4:00-5:30 at the CSUMB Ryan Ranch Location, on Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25. Parking is free. Preregistration is required for the OLLI program. Register at olli.csumb.edu (do not include a “www” at the beginning of the URL).

Click here to get an electronic event notice for all of the above OLLI/CSUMB meetings for your online calendar.