The Passport for May 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. 

Afghanistan: Political Order and the Prospects for Peace

In recent months there has been a flurry of movement in the Afghan peace process after years of frustrated efforts to negotiate an end to the war in Afghanistan.  Is peace at hand and is it sustainable?

Our guest, Dr. Naazneen Barma, will assess the prospects for a peaceful settlement to the Afghanistan conflict, the current draft peace framework, and the complex governance challenges that would follow if such a deal were struck with the Taliban. 

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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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WACMB In Profile:
Board President Larry Johnson

Welcome to WACMB In Profile, the first in an occasional series of profiles of members of our organization. The World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area is full of interesting people who have done and are doing interesting things. WACMB In Profile will let you get to know some of them better. For this inaugural column, we begin at the head of the organization.

WACMB Board President Larry Johnson is a lifelong Californian and a proud graduate of UC Santa Cruz (you may have noticed that he bleeds Banana Slug Yellow), where he studied Politics with an emphasis on Public Opinion and Social Psychology. He put his degree to work during a long and distinguished career in radio. Larry was a co-founder of the UCSC radio station (KRUZ, now KZSC); Founder, Program Director, and DJ at KTYD in Santa Barbara; DJ at KNDE in Sacramento; DJ and Public Affairs Programmer at KSJO in San Jose; and Public Affairs Programmer both at KOME in San Jose and at Double 99 in San Francisco and Santa Cruz.

In addition to his wide-ranging work with radio stations, Larry has taught Radio Programming and Production at CSU Los Angeles, Humboldt State University, and San Jose State University. Some of the best parts of his career were playing a role in the birth of the Progressive Rock radio format, and founding and participating in radio stations. Now Larry gets to indulge his lifelong interest in current events and world affairs by serving as WACMB Board president and moderator of the WAC/MPC Discussion Group.

Larry’s wife, Kathleen Baker, is an active volunteer who has done some wonderful work in our community. She is a co-founder of Gathering For Women – Monterey, a resource center and community for homeless women on the Monterey Peninsula. She is also involved in the Master Gardeners Program and Monterey’s Neighborhood Improvement Program. Larry’s daughter, Erin, lives in the Seattle area, where she works in Human Resources in the technology sector when she’s not out traveling around the world.


Want to Get Involved?

WACMB is always looking for volunteers to help keep the organization running smoothly. If you’d like to get more involved with your organization, whether on a committee or on the board, we welcome you! Please let us know by sending an email to wacmb@redshift.com.


New Refund Policy

If you look closely at the Reservation Form for our monthly luncheon, you’ll notice a new line:

No refunds or credit will be given for cancellations received after the due date.

You can make and cancel luncheon reservations at any time up until the end of the day on the due date, which is always listed on the reservation form. We agree to pay the luncheon venue for the number of reservations we have at that point. If you cancel a reservation after the due date, your WACMB is still contractually obligated to pay for that unused lunch. Therefore, in order to be fiscally responsible, we will no longer be able to issue refunds or credit for any cancellations that are made after the due date.

Thank you for understanding why we have implemented this change. As always, members’ comments are welcome. Send your thoughts to wacmb@redshift.com.


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 May 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 May 13 meeting is“The Israeli-Palestinian Conundrum.” Over fifty years after the founding of Israel, tensions remain. Can common ground be found between the two sides?

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 May 20 meeting is Israel and Palestine.

Click here to put this event on your online calendar.

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 21 for this April 24 event.

Refunds are not available after April 19.

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 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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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.

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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