Ethiopia: Understanding the Conflict and the Prospects for Peace

Speaker

Colonel Bruce Sweeney

U.S. Army (Retired)

Overview

The Horn of Africa, which includes Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan, is one of the world’s most conflict-prone and fragile regions. This strategic area has been immersed in conflict in one form or another since 1974. In addition, both protracted conflict and climate-driven drought have also propelled widespread famine of crisis proportions in the Horn of Africa. Recently, a ceasefire appears to have been established in Ethiopia and peace talks have started, allowing food aid to be delivered to starving people in the Tigray region of the country. Thus, in at least one part of the world, politics may end on a hopeful note at the close of 2022.

Our December speaker, Colonel Bruce Sweeney, served as Defense Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 2012 to 2014. In his talk, Colonel Sweeney will discuss the strategic area of the Horn of Africa, with a
special focus on Ethiopia, its history, and the difficulty of keeping its neighbors and provinces at peace.

Thomas (Bruce) Sweeney retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of colonel. Most recently, he served as a Military Professor and the Foreign Area Officer Chair in the Department of National Security Affairs at the U.S.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey. An Army Foreign Area Officer, Colonel Sweeney speaks French, Hungarian, and Russian. His most recent assignment before NPS was as Defense Attaché and Senior Defense Official in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He has also served as Defense Attaché in Paris, Kabul, and Budapest. Colonel Sweeney has extensive overseas experience in almost every region of the world: Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Pacific, and South Asia.

Agenda

  • Monday, December 19, 2022
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 12:00 pm: Luncheon
  • 12:45 pm: Program

Menu

  • Caesar Salad
  • Grilled Chicken Caponata Topped with Olives and Capers and Served on a Bed of Creamy Polenta
  • Seasonal Vegetables
  • Fresh Bread and Butter
  • Classic Tiramisu
  • Coffee, Decaf, and Tea
  • Vegetarian Option: Grilled Portabella Mushrooms Topped with Olives and Capers and Served on a Bed of Creamy Polenta

Cost

  • $36 for members
  • $41 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 December 14. Register by mail here.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

Location

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

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Liberalism and Its Discontents: A Conversation with Francis Fukuyama

Speaker

Dr. Francis Fukuyama

Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University

Overview

Classical liberalism is in a state of crisis. Developed in the wake of Europe’s wars over religion and nationalism, liberalism is a system for governing diverse societies that is grounded in fundamental principles of equality and the rule of law. It emphasizes the rights of individuals to pursue their own forms of happiness free from encroachment by governments.

We are honored to have renowned political philosopher Francis Fukuyama speak at our November luncheon. He will draw upon his new book, Liberalism and Its Discontents (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2022), to discuss how liberalism has been pushed to new extremes by both the right and the left in recent decades. The result, he will argue, has been a fracturing of our civil society, placing our democracy in increasing peril. In his remarks, Dr. Fukuyama will touch on how this profoundly affects our current political discontents, from immigration to the invasion of Ukraine.

In addition to being one of America’s leading public intellectuals, Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and Director of the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy, also at Stanford. A political scientist, political economist, and international relations scholar, Dr. Fukuyama has written widely on issues in development and international politics. His best-selling book The End of History and the Last Man (Free Press, 1992) has been printed in over twenty foreign editions. Dr. Fukuyama received his BA in Classics from Cornell University and his PhD in Political Science from Harvard.

Information About November’s Luncheon at the Marriott

The Monterey Marriott is a new venue for WACMB luncheons. It is located at 350 Calle  Principal in downtown Monterey, right across  Del Monte Avenue from the Monterey  Conference Center. The luncheon will be held  in Ferrante’s Bay View Ballroom, which is  located on the 10th floor of the Marriott and  offers sweeping views of Monterey Bay. Find  the elevators to the left as you enter the lobby  of the Marriott from Calle Principal.

Paid parking is available nearby in the city’s  parking structures. The East and West Garages  are found on Tyler Street between Del Monte  Avenue and Franklin Street. The Calle Principal  Lot is located at 468 Calle Principal; its upper  level can only be accessed from Pacific Street.  Be very careful about street parking in the  downtown area: the two-hour maximum is  strictly enforced.

Agenda

  • Monday, November 14, 2022
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 12:00 pm: Luncheon
  • 1:00 pm: Program

Menu

  • Potato Leek Soup
  • Marina Korean Chicken Entree Salad Topped with Almonds, Rice Noodles, and Crispy Wontons, and Dressed with Sesame Vinaigrette
  • Freshly Baked Bread
  • Salted Caramel and Kailua Cheesecake
  • Coffee, Decaf, and Tea
  • Vegetarian Option: Falafel Salad with Hummus, Feta, and Olives, Dressed with Basil Vinaigrette and Served with Naan

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 November 10. Register by mail here.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

Registration is now closed.

Location

Monterey Marriott
350 Calle Principal
Monterey, California 93940

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: How China’s Economic Policies are Changing the World – Luncheon Lecture October 26, 2022

Speaker

Professor Wei Liang

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Overview

Under President Xi Jinping, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, designed to develop an expanded, interdependent market for itself, became China’s first grand strategy of the twenty-first century. China’s rise has allowed it to exert an ever-greater influence on international affairs. This raises a number of questions: Is China an opportunity? Is China a threat? What does China want? How should the global community meet the challenges of “China shocks” and the “dragon in the room?” In her talk to the World Affairs Council, Professor Wei Liang will discuss the Belt and Road Initiative and how its projects are impacting the developing world. She will also address how the ongoing Ukraine war and US-China trade war affect China’s policy choices and calculations.

A Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, where she has been teaching since 2007, Dr. Liang specializes in international trade and development policy, global economic and environmental governance, the political economy of East Asia, and Chinese foreign economic policy. She is the co-author of China and East Asia’s Post-Crises Community: A Region in Flux (Lexington Books, 2012) and the co-editor of China and Global Trade Governance: China’s First Decade in the World Trade Organization (Routledge, 2013), in addition to a number of journal articles and book chapters.

Dr. Liang holds the Gordon Paul Smith Chair in International Studies at MIIS, where she has been recognized for her excellence in teaching. She earned a BA from Peking University in the People’s Republic of China, and holds both an MA and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Southern California.

Agenda

  • Wednesday, October 26, 2022
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50 am: Luncheon
  • 12:50 pm: Program

Menu

  • “Bob Cobb Salad”: Entree Salad topped with Turkey, Egg, Avocado, Bacon, Olive, and Bleu Cheese, and Tossed with Ranch Dressing
  • Garlic Bread
  • Cheesecake
  • Coffee, Tea, and Lemonade
  • Vegan Option: “Open Sesame Salad” Topped with Cashews, Mandarin Oranges, Crispy WonTons, and Sesame Dressing

Cost

  • $34 for members
  • $39 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

Registration is now closed.

Location

Bayonet and Black Horse
1 McClure Way
Seaside, California 93955
(831) 899-7271