Discussion Groups for December 2018

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MPC

America’s Role and Responsibility in the War in Yemen

The war in Yemen is shaping up to be one of the greatest humanitarian disasters since World War II. What is America’s responsibility in backing Saudi Arabia is in this war?

The MPC Discussion Group is free to the public and will meet on Monday, December 10 at 4:00 pm in the Social Science Building, Room 101, Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey.  Parking is available in Lot D for $3.00.

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OLLI

The OLLI Discussion Group will meet on Monday, December 17 at 4:00 on the second floor of the CSUMB building at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey. Free parking is available in front of the building.

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Discussion Groups for November 2018

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MPC

Patriots for Profit?  America’s Experience with Private Military Contractors

Is the practice of relying on the private sector to wage war a strategic liability or a trend toward efficiency and cost effectiveness?  What is the impact of private contractors on U.S. troops and relations with host governments?

The MPC Discussion Group will meet on Monday, November 5 at 4:00 pm in the Social Science Building, Room 101, Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey.  Parking is available in Lot D for $3.00.  (Note: this meeting will be on the first Monday of the month to avoid a conflict with Veteran’s Day.)

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OLLI

The Effect of the National Mid-Term Elections

The OLLI Discussion Group will meet on Monday, November 19 at 4:00 on the second floor of the CSUMB building at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey. Free parking is available in front of the building.

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Discussion Groups for October 2018

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MPC

Evolving Coalitions: What Does the New Russia/Turkey/Iran Partnership Portend for International Relations?

Does the recent Russia/Turkey/Iran Summit signal a reordering of the international alignment?  What do Russia, Turkey and Iran hope to gain in this new partnership? How should the U.S. reformulate its policy in response?

The MPC Discussion Group will meet on Monday, October 8 at 4:00 pm in the Social Science Building, Room 101, Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey.  Parking is available in Lot D for $3.00.

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OLLI

The topic for October’s discussion will be the #MeToo movement and its implications.  The OLLI Discussion Group will meet on Monday, October 15 at 4:00 on the second floor of the CSUMB building at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey.  Free parking is available in front of the building.

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Discussion Groups for September 2018

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MPC

Cyber Strategy: Russia, Putin, and Political Warfare.

The Discussion Group will evaluate Russia’s continued interference in U.S.
and other Western electoral processes. Participants will discuss why Russia does what it does in the cyber domain, and what the United States can do about it.

The MPC Discussion group will meet on Monday, September 10 at 4:00 pm in the Social Science Building, Room 101, Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey. Parking is available in Lot D for $3.00.

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OLLI

The OLLI Discussion Group resumes after its summer hiatus, and will meet on Monday, September 17 at 4:00 pm at CSUMB’s Ryan Ranch campus, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey. Advance registration is required; find the form at this link and look for the course called Current Affairs Discussion Group.

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Discussion Group on Monday August 13, 2018

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Putin and Trump: The Future
Trajectory for Russia/U.S. Relations

Free to the Public

The next MPC Discussion Group meeting will address the topic Putin and Trump: The Future Trajectory for Russia/U.S. Relations.  Given the interactions that have already occurred between the Trump administration and Russia, what does the future hold in store for the relationship between these two nations?  Participants may also evaluate the outcome of July’s Trump/Putin summit.

This timely discussion will be held on Monday, August 13 at 4:00 pm in the Social Science Building, Room 101, Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey, CA 93940.  Parking is available in Lot D for $3.00.

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Discussion Group on Monday July 9, 2018

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North Korea . . . What Now?

Free to the Public

The next MPC Discussion Group meeting will focus on North Korea . . . What Now?  Participants will appraise what has happened since the Trump/Kim Jong-un summit in June.  What is the way forward with North Korea?

This highly relevant discussion will be held on Monday, July 9 at 4:00 pm in the Social Science Building, Room 101, Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey, CA 93940.  Parking is available in Lot D for $3.00; parking permits are available for attendees.

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Discussion Group on Monday June 11, 2018

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Israel, Palestine, and the Greater Middle East

Free to the Public

The next MPC Discussion Group meeting will focus on Israel, Palestine, and the Greater Middle East. What’s the current status of the Israeli/Palestinian situation within the context of the Middle East?  What, if any, constructive paths forward are available to the different sides in the disputes?

This timely discussion will be held on Monday, June 11 at 4:00 pm in the Social Science Building, Room 101, Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey, CA 93940. Parking is available in Lot D for $3.00; parking permits are available for attendees.

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Discussion Group on Monday May 14, 2018

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Free Trade: Boom, Bane, or Somewhere in Between

Free to the Public

The next MPC Discussion Group meeting will focus on Free Trade: Boom, Bane, or Somewhere in Between?  Participants will discuss the positives and negatives of free trade agreements, and where we are now in terms of international trade agreements and tariffs.

This timely discussion will be held on Monday, May 14 at 4:00 pm in the Social Science Building, Room 101, Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey, CA 93940.  Parking is available in Lot D for $3.00; parking permits are available for attendees.

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Discussion Group on Monday April 9, 2018

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World Affairs Council Discussion Group

Free to the Public

The World Affairs Council Monterey Peninsula College Discussion Group meets each month to discuss a topical international issue. Meetings are held on the second Monday of every month from April through January. These meetings are free to the public.

The next MPC Discussion Group meeting will be held on Monday, April 9 at 4:00 pm in the Social Science Building, Room 101, Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey, CA 93940. Parking is available in Lot D for $3.00; parking permits are available for attendees.

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Discussion Group on January 8, 2018

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Cyber Security

Free to the Public

 What are the issues that go into discussing cyber security?  What cyber security policies should the United States have in place?

 January 8th at 4 PM, MPC Room 101, Social Sciences Building, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey, CA 93940.  Parking $3 in Lot D, permits for attendees.

In 2018, the WAC/MPC Discussion Group will go back to our usual scheduling: In 2018: we’ll meet on the 2nd Monday of each month in Social Sciences Room 101 from 4:00-5:30 p.m.  The exception to this 2018 scheduling is the eight-week Great Decisions Series, discussed below.

 Some good news on the parking permit front:  MPC is once again allowing me to distribute permits to attendees.