WACMB Recommends Issue 35 November 17, 2022​

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Welcome to Issue #35 of our brief newsletter with selected content from the many sources regarding world affairs. There are various formats in the below events; enjoy their messages which will contribute to understanding these issues. We wish you a happy and healthy month.
 
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1) Wilson Center: “Prospects for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament in South Asia.” Watch here.

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 2) Quincy Institute: “Is America Ready for a Multipolar World?’ Watch here. 
 
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3) Hoover Institution: “Pesci-ent Knowledge: Stephen Kotkin On Xi’s China, Putin’s Russia.” Watch or listen here.

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4) RAND Corporation: “Xi Likely Won’t Be Attacking Taiwan Anytime Soon.” Read here.

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5) Council on Foreign Relations: “Academic Webinar: AI Military Innovation and U.S. Defense Strategy.”  Watch here.
 
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WACMB members can view an archive of previous Recommendation emails in the Member Resources section of our website here.  Request the password by sending an email to info@wacmb.org.
 
WACMB members also have the opportunity to register to receive two weekly news summaries from The World Affairs Councils of America (WACA), our national parent Council in Washington D.C. These are Monday and Wednesday updates and listings of other USA Council events and global issues impacting the USA. To be added to their distribution please connect to this link https://www.worldaffairscouncils.org/Newsletters/
 

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Don’t delay! The program runs from November 10 through December 31. Also remember: the more we donate, the more our donations will generate additional funds. So be generous!

Something of Interest

Welcome to Issue #34 of our brief newsletter with selected content from the many sources regarding world affairs. There are various formats in the below events; enjoy their messages which will contribute to understanding these issues. We wish you a happy and healthy month.

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 1) Wilson Center: “The Human Cost of Russia’s War in Ukraine: The Migration Dimension.” October 18, 2022 10:00 am – 11:30am EDT Register here.

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  2) Wilson Center: “Public Outrage: A Look at Protest Movements in Iran and the Arab World.” October 20, 2022 10:00 am – 11:00 am EDT Register here. 

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 3) Hoover Institution: “How the Ukraine Crisis Shapes Taiwan’s Public Opinion – and Beyond.” October 18, 2022 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm PT  Register here.

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 4) RAND Corporation: “The Iran Nuclear Deal: Is the Juice Still Worth the Squeeze?” Read here.

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 5) Council on Foreign Relations: “World Economic Update: Inflation, Sanctions, and the Russia-Ukraine War.”  Watch here.

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 WACMB members can view an archive of previous Recommendation emails in the Member Resources section of our website here.  Request the password by sending an email to info@wacmb.org.

 

WACMB members also have the opportunity to register to receive two weekly news summaries from The World Affairs Councils of America (WACA), our national parent Council in Washington D.C. These are Monday and Wednesday updates and listings of other USA Council events and global issues impacting the USA. To be added to their distribution please connect to this link https://www.worldaffairscouncils.org/Newsletters/

 

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Russia’s War on Ukraine – Luncheon Lecture Sep 21, 2022

Speaker

The Honorable William B. Taylor

US Institute of Peace and former US Ambassador to Ukraine
We are all looking forward to Ambassador William Taylor's luncheon presentation, Russia's War on Ukraine, at the World Affairs Council luncheon on Wednesday, September 21.  Ambassador Taylor has just returned from Ukraine which will make his presentation especially timely.  Unfortunately, upon his return from Kiev this week he tested positive for Covid.  We have just learned that he will be unable to travel to Monterey to meet with us in person.  We want you to know in advance that his presentation to us will be virtual.  It will still include a question and answer period in real time.  All other luncheon arrangements remain the same.

We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for what promises to be a fascinating session.  Reservations are due September 19.  If you have made a reservation but  wish to cancel we must also receive your cancellation no later than September 19.  As we are a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational organization, if you would like to cancel please consider donating your refund to the World Affairs Council. 

Overview

As the war between Russia and Ukraine enters its seventh month, causing serious destruction on many levels, the world struggles to find a resolution that will settle the conflict and ease the disruption it has caused globally. WACMB is fortunate to hear from the Honorable William B. Taylor, the US ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to 2009 and chargé d’affaires in 2019. Ambassador Taylor will use his “boots on the ground” experience in the region to review what may be the world’s most unsettling military and humanitarian event since World War II. He will discuss the present situation and analyze the near-term prospects for Russia and Ukraine.

If you’ve viewed Ambassador Taylor’s Quick Takes video on Russian/US/Ukrainian relations as they were in August 2021, you know that his talk will be authoritative, enlightening, and timely. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear him in person!

William Taylor is Vice President, Russia and Europe, at the US Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. In addition to serving as US ambassador and chargé d’affaires to Ukraine, he coordinated US assistance to the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. He was the US government’s representative to the Mideast Quartet, which facilitated Israel’s disengagement from Gaza and part of the West Bank. He served in Baghdad as the first director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office, and in Kabul as the coordinator of US and international assistance to Afghanistan.

Ambassador Taylor is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He served in the US Army as an infantry platoon leader and combat company commander in Vietnam and Germany.

Please note: Ambassador Taylor’s talk will take place at the Monterey Conference Center.

Agenda

  • Wednesday, September 21, 2022
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50 am: Luncheon
  • 1:00 pm: Program

Menu

  • Butter Lettuce with Feta, Roasted Tomatoes, Crostini, and Vinaigrette
  • Roasted Garlic and Lemon Chicken with Jus and Chevre
  • Smashed Potatoes with Parmesan
  • Grilled Asparagus
  • Fresh Bread and Rolls
  • Fruit Tart
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Vegan Option: Paella with Black Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Chickpeas, Zucchini, and Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

Cost

  • $64 for members
  • $69 for guests
Important: You Must Provide Proof of Full Covid-19 Vaccination in Order to Attend

All those attending WACMB in-person events must show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination, including a booster.

To prove your vaccination status, you can present either your vaccination card or your State of California QR code.

You only need to present such proof once. Your documentation will be noted, and that box will be automatically checked for future meetings.

For the time being, no auditors will be permitted to attend any WACMB in-person meetings. This is to ensure that every person in the room has been vaccinated and boosted.

Thank you for your cooperation with our efforts to keep our members healthy!

Registration

Reservations are due by September 19.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

Registration for the luncheon is now closed.

Location

Monterey Conference Center
One Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 646-3770

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Please join us at an upcoming event or discussion group and consider becoming a member of the Council or renewing your current membership.

Our Regards,

Judith Glickman, President of The World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area

Judith Glickman
President of The World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area

The Global Economic Impact of the Invasion of Ukraine – Prof. Robert Rogowsky – Luncheon August 30, 2022

Speaker

Professor Robert Rogowsky

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and Georgetown University

Topic

The Global Economic Impact of the Invasion of Ukraine

Overview

While the world’s main focus since the February 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine has been the tragic human toll and the destruction of Ukrainian territory, the war is also causing a major disruption of global economies. Professor Robert Rogowsky will discuss the ripple economic effects of the invasion, including the impact on global supply chains, cost increases, product shortages, and catastrophic food shortages. He will also discuss how the international community is addressing these challenges.

Robert Rogowsky is a professor in the International Trade Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He also teaches as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and McCourt School of Public Policy. He is the president of the Institute for Trade and Commercial Diplomacy. Dr. Rogowsky spent nearly two decades at the US International Trade Commission, where he served as chief economist from 1995 to 1999, and as director of operations from 1991 to 2010. On many occasions, he has testified before Congress on matters involving international trade and has published widely on the topics of international trade, competition policy, and regulation.

Because he is currently on the East Coast, Professor Rogowsky will deliver his remarks virtually, appearing live on screen during the in-person luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn. Don’t miss this timely presentation and Q&A session!

Agenda

  • Tuesday, August 30, 2022
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50 am: Luncheon
  • 1:00 pm: Program

Menu

  • Spinach Salad with Apples, Walnuts, and Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Grilled Bistro-Style Steak with Parmesan Pesto
  • Scallion Quinoa and Roasted Tomatoes
  • Fresh Bread and Butter
  • Chocolate Mousse Cake
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Salinas Valley Pasta Primavera with Pine Nuts, Basil, Zucchini, and Roasted Tomatoes

Cost

  • $36 for members
  • $42 for guests
Important: You Must Provide Proof of Full Covid-19 Vaccination in Order to Attend

Although Dr. Rogowsky will appear virtually, all those attending WACMB in-person events must show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination, including a booster. To prove your vaccination status, you can present either your vaccination card or your State of California QR code. You only need to present such proof once. Your documentation will be noted, and that box will be automatically checked for future meetings.

For the time being, no auditors will be permitted to attend WACMB in-person meetings. This is to ensure that every person in the room has been vaccinated and boosted.

Thank you for your cooperation with our efforts to keep our members healthy!

Registration

Reservations are due by August 24.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

Registration for the luncheon is now closed.

Location

Because he is currently on the East Coast, Professor Rogowsky will deliver his remarks virtually, appearing live on screen during the in-person luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn.

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

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Discussion Group July 18, 2022: Ukraine and Russia – Why the West vs the Rest?

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is in its fifth month. The invasion is illegal – it violates the territorial integrity of a UN member nation, and it goes against the norms of the post-war liberal international order. The nations of the world are not united in response to Russia’s aggression; while Western countries have condemned the invasion and imposed sanctions on Russia, many non-Western countries have not. Yet the war and the reaction to it are causing significant economic and social impacts worldwide. To discuss:

  1. What are the political and economic dynamics that have led nations not to call out Russia for its invasion of Ukraine?
  2. What can the US government do to convince “fence-sitters” that they can balance their own interests with the American and European drive to isolate Russia?
  3. What could be the long-term effects of the different sides taken by countries (i.e. support Ukraine, neutral, support Russia)?

The following resources provide background for our discussion: