Luncheons Postponed


To reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, the our monthly luncheons are postponed.


In their stead, we have initiated a program of 15-minute Quick Takes lectures by leading international affairs experts in the Monterey region. Click here for more information.

Check back on this website periodically for updates on future luncheons and other programs.

The WACMB office will contact those who already are registered to arrange a credit or refund.

Luncheon on March 20, 2020


To reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, the March luncheon is postponed.

Check back on this website periodically for updates on future luncheons and other programs.

The WACMB office will contact those who already are registered to arrange a credit or refund.

Topic

ISIS: A Retrospect and Prospects for the Future

Note that the location for this event is the
Hilton Garden Inn, Montere
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Speaker

Overview

ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, rose to great heights in 2014 when it established a caliphate in Syria and Iraq. Most observers believe that it has since collapsed – that its armies have been defeated and its supporters scattered in camps and desert hideouts. Despite this, its distinctive banner can still be found from West Africa to the Philippines.

In his talk to the World Affairs Council, Dr. Craig Whiteside will discuss the rise and staying power of ISIS, as well as why it will continue to impact regional stability for some time to come.

Craig Whiteside is an Associate Professor at the US Naval War College resident program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, where he teaches national security affairs. He is also a senior associate with the Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and a fellow at the George Washington University’s Program on Extremism. His current research focuses on the leadership succession and military doctrine of the Islamic State militant group. He is co-author of The ISIS Reader: Milestone Texts of the Islamic Movement (Oxford University Press, 2020), which will be available for purchase at the World Affairs Council luncheon.

Dr. Whiteside holds a BS in Civil Engineering from West Point, an MA in Leadership and Counseling from Long Island University, and a PhD in Political Science from Washington State University. He is a former US Army officer with experience in Iraq.

Agenda

  • Friday, March 20, 2020
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50 am: Luncheon
  • 12:50 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Field Greens Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Asiago
  • Roasted Chicken with Lemon Tarragon Cream Sauce
  • Creamy Polenta
  • Sauteed Seasonal Vegetables
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Coffee Crumb Cake
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Creamy Polenta with a Winter Mushroom and Lentil Ragout

Luncheon Cost

  • $33 for members
  • $40 for guests

Registration

Reservations are due by March 16 for this March 20 event.

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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Luncheon on February 25, 2020

Topic

The Climate Crisis: A Major Challenge for the World

Speaker

Mike Clancy

Former Technical and Scientific Director, Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center

Overview

Human-induced climate change is a major challenge for the world. It has reached a crisis point and, if left unchecked, may threaten the very existence of civilization itself. Unfortunately, the governments of the
world have failed to act decisively to halt climate change. With global causes and global consequences, climate change must be addressed as a global problem through international coordination, cooperation, and burden sharing.

In his presentation to the World Affairs Council, Mike Clancy will provide an overview of climate change and its consequences; he will explore the relevant science, review international agreements, and discuss technologies and strategies for mitigation.

Mike Clancy earned a BS in Oceanography from Florida Institute of Technology in 1973 and an MS in Meteorology from the University of Miami in 1975. He worked for Science Applications International Corporation in the late 1970s and the Naval Research Lab in the early 1980s. He joined the US Navy’s Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC) in Monterey in 1983, and became its Technical and Scientific Director in 2005.

Mr. Clancy has authored over 100 publications in meteorology, oceanography, and information technology, and received over 50 professional awards, including the Navy’s highest civilian award, which he received prior to his retirement from federal service in 2011. Mr. Clancy was inducted into the FNMOC Hall of Fame in 2015. He is a member of the Monterey Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) and a frequent lecturer on climate change.

Agenda

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2020
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50 am: Luncheon
  • 12:50 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Caesar Salad
  • Oven-Roasted Salmon with Tarragon Butter Sauce
  • Whipped Potatoes
  • Seasonal Vegetables
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Portobella Mushroom Steak on a Bed of Polenta

Luncheon Cost

  • $33 for members
  • $40 for guests

Registration

Reservations are due by February 20 for this February 25 event.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

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

Luncheon on January 20, 2020

Topic

How to Prevent a Dictator from Using Chemical Weapons: Lessons from Syria

Speaker

Jeffrey Knopf, PhD

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Overview

As Syria descended into civil war, what had once appeared unthinkable – that the government would use chemical weapons (CW) against its own people – became a horrifying reality. This marked the first time that a state had used CW since the Chemical Weapons Convention, a treaty that banned CW, was negotiated in the 1990s. The United States and its allies struggled with how to they should respond to this violation of the norm against chemical warfare.

In his presentation to the World Affairs Council, Dr. Jeff Knopf will describe how the United States government and its allies, seeking to deter CW attacks and to compel Syria to give up its chemical arsenal, eventually turned to strategies that rely on coercive threats. These efforts continued across the Obama and Trump administrations, eventually leading to two rounds of air strikes against Syria. Dr. Knopf will assess the outcome of US efforts in Syria, and will draw lessons from that case to support the use of coercive strategies more generally to combat the use of CW.

Jeff Knopf is Professor and Program Chair of Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Much of his teaching and research has been devoted to arms control, nonproliferation, and other forms of international cooperation that seek to reduce the threats from weapons of mass destruction. Professor Knopf earned his BA in Social Studies from Harvard College, and his MA and PhD in Political Science from Stanford University.

Agenda

  • Monday, January 20, 2020
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50 am: Luncheon
  • 12:50 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Wedgewood Salad with Italian Dressing
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu
  • Whipped Potatoes
  • Seasonal Vegetables
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Tossed with Pesto and Parmesan Cheese

Luncheon Cost

  • $33 for members
  • $40 for guests

Registration

Reservations are due by January 15 for this January 20 event.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

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

Luncheon on December 12, 2019

Topic

Global Challenges for Food and Agriculture

Speaker

Boyd Haight

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (Retired)

Overview

More than 800 million people around the world do not have sufficient food, while obesity is on the rise in both developed and developing countries. In the next 30 years, world agriculture production will need to double in order to meet the growing demand for food caused by an increasing global population and changing food consumption patterns. Both this increased demand and access to food are challenged by conflict, poverty, climate change, and pressure on productive resources, especially soils and water. How should the international community respond?

In his address to our organization, Boyd Haight, former Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, will discuss the opportunities that are available to address such challenges. These include improved technology, education, trade, access to information, and international cooperation.

Mr. Haight retired from the FAO in 2018 after a 35-year career with the United Nations. During that time, he worked in more than 50 countries, and lived in the Central African Republic, Kenya, Zambia, and Zimbabwe; for the last 22 years of his career, he was based at FAO headquarters in Rome. In retirement, he continues to serve as a Special Advisor to the FAO, focusing on long-term strategy, policy, and planning in agriculture and fisheries development. A fourth-generation Californian, Mr. Haight holds a BA degree from Stanford University and an MA from the University of California, Davis.

Agenda

  • Thursday, December 12, 2019
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50 am: Luncheon
  • 12:50 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Hearts of Romaine Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette
  • Chicken Marsala
  • Roasted Red Potatoes
  • Vegetable Medley
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Tortellini with Pesto Cream Sauce and Parmesan Cheese

Luncheon Cost

  • $31 for members
  • $40 for guests

Registration

Reservations are due by December 9 for this December 12 event.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

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

Luncheon on November 20, 2019

Topic

The Rise of China: Past, Present, and Future

Speaker

Covell Meyskens, PhD

Assistant Professor
Naval Postgraduate School

Overview

Over the past fifteen years, China has implemented an expansive strategy of economic outreach and growth of national capacities, including military and diplomatic power. In 2013, China’s global share of gross domestic product (GDP) exceeded that of the United States for the first time. China’s growth has had a profound impact on US-China relations and the balance of power in Asia. The rise of China now makes it a geopolitical, economic, and security competitor to the US.

Professor Covell Meyskens looks at the rise of China through the historian’s lens. “China’s rise is not occurring within a historical vacuum,” he asserts. “It is taking place within an East Asian international order that has been dominated by the United States since World War II.” In his presentation, he will discuss the main pillars of American power in East Asia, how China has challenged them in the last few decades, and how the US and its regional allies have responded. He will further explore China’s current ambitions and its prospects for realizing them.

Covell Meyskens is an Assistant Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School. He received a BA in Philosophy from UC Santa Cruz and an MA in the same subject from the University of Paris. He attended National Taiwan University, Renmin University, and the University of Chicago, where he obtained his PhD in International History. Dr. Meyskens’s first book, Mao’s Third Front: The Militarization of Cold War China, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. He is currently working on a second book on the building of the Three Gorges Dam.

Agenda

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50 am: Luncheon
  • 12:50 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • House Salad with Ranch Dressing
  • Classic Roast Turkey with Stuffing and Gravy
  • Whipped Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Pasta Primavera

Luncheon Cost

  • $31 for members
  • $40 for guests

Registration

Reservations are due by November 16 for this November 20 event.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

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

Luncheon on October 29, 2019

Topic

Turmoil in Hong Kong: Social Inequality and Political Failures are Rupturing the Community

Speaker

Michael Ipson

International Banking Consultant

Overview

Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China since 1997, is undergoing unprecedented social and political turmoil. Peaceful protests against a proposed extradition agreement with China have led to an outburst of discontent about the inequities of Hong Kong society, the growing Chinese presence there, and the stagnation in the governmental reform that was supposed to culminate in universal suffrage in the election of Hong Kong’s head of government.

In his presentation to the World Affairs Council, Michael Ipson will examine the underlying issues that have fueled the protests in Hong Kong, including enormous disparities in wealth, a housing crisis, the legacy of colonial rule, hesitant political reform, and the younger generation’s growing estrangement from China. He will also analyze the actions of the various stakeholders in the dispute and sketch out possible outcomes.

Michael Ipson first resided in Hong Kong from 1966 to 1968 as an exchange student. He returned to conduct research at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and then worked in Hong Kong as an international banker from 1982 to 1986 and 1988 to 2005. With permanent Hong Kong residence status, he has regularly traveled there during the past 15 years, including during the Umbrella Movement in 2014.

Ipson received his BA from UC Berkeley, an MA in East Asian Regional Studies from Stanford, and an MBA from DePaul University. He was a candidate in Chinese and Vietnamese History at Harvard, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

Agenda

  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50 am: Luncheon
  • 12:45 – 2:00 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • House Salad with Ranch Dressing
  • Panko Crusted Chicken with Sherry Cream Sauce
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Seasonal Vegetables
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Pasta with Marinara Sauce

Luncheon Cost

  • $31 for members
  • $40 for guests

Registration

Reservations are due by October 24 for this October 29 event.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

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

Luncheon on September 20, 2019

Topic

Relations Between the US and Mexico

Speaker

Dr. Alex M. Saragoza

Professor Emeritus,
University of California, Berkeley

Overview

A revised NAFTA has been ratified by Mexico, but not formally approved by the US or Canada; “El Chapo” is in prison, but drugs continue to enter the US; funding of the border wall has received the Supreme Court’s approval to go forward but continues to be a contentious issue between the administration and Congress. Meanwhile, the newly elected left-of-center populist president of Mexico appears unsure how best to accommodate the US regarding the border and migration. He faces a public increasingly unimpressed with his handling of various issues, especially his dealings with the US. This seems exacerbated by the overwhelming dislike among Mexicans toward the American president for whom those issues will figure prominently in the 2020 election.

In his remarks, Professor Alex Saragoza will examine the three issues that vex the contemporary relationship between the US and Mexico: the revisions of NAFTA, the illegal drug trade, and immigration and border enforcement.

Alex M. Saragoza earned his PhD in Latin American history from UC San Diego, specializing in the field of modern Mexican history. He was Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley, Director of the UC Center in Mexico City, and a founder of UC’s US-Mexico Studies Program. He was the chief editor of Mexico Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic. In 2012, he was a visiting professor at the Sorbonne, Paris, France. Dr. Saragoza was the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award from the Osher Lifelong-Learning Institute at UC Berkeley. He is Professor Emeritus of History in UC Berkeley’s Department of Ethnic Studies.

Agenda

  • Friday, September 20, 2019
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50 am: Luncheon
  • 12:45 – 2:00 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • House Salad with Zesty Italian Dressing
  • Alaskan Cod Topped with Grape Tomato Vinaigrette
  • Steamed Rice
  • Green Beans
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Pasta Primavera

Luncheon Cost

  • $31 for members
  • $40 for guests

Registration

Reservations are due by September 16 for this September 20 event.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

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

Luncheon on August 22, 2019

Topic

Europe in Turmoil

Speaker

Dr. Isebill Gruhn

Professor Emerita,
University of California
Santa Cruz

Overview

Immigration.  Brexit.  An unraveling nuclear deal with Iran.  A populist surge.  Trade tensions. Climate change……  The European Union and Europe in general face myriad and sometimes overwhelming challenges.  Many believe the conflict between an old establishment and new challenges will define future European politics. Our guest, Dr. Isebill Gruhn, will examine the current issues, their political and economic consequences, and the prospects for the future.

An expert and widely published scholar in international politics and international law,  Dr. Gruhn joined the faculty of the University of California Santa Cruz in 1969.  She taught in the politics department and twice chaired the department.  During her tenure she also served as Social Science Dean and Academic Vice Chancellor.  Much of her work has focused on African and European Affairs with an emphasis on development politics, human rights, and international law and international institutions.  Prior to teaching at UCSC she taught at Oberlin College.

Dr. Gruhn received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California Berkeley and her M.A. in international studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, D.C.  She was born in Leipzig, Germany and immigrated to the United States at the age of twelve.    

Agenda

  • Thursday, August 22, 2019
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50 am: Luncheon
  • 12:45 – 2:00 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Caesar Salad
  • Chicken Piccata with Lemon Caper Sauce
  • Rice Pilaf
  • Seasonal Vegetables
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Fettucini Alfredo

Luncheon Cost

  • $31 for members
  • $40 for guests

Registration

Reservations are due by August 18 for this August 22 event.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

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

Luncheon on July 11, 2019

Topic

Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency

Speaker

Prof. Larry Diamond

Senior Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and Faculty Director of the Haas Center for Public Service

Stanford University

Overview

Larry Diamond is a leading contemporary scholar in the field of democracy studies. He has made it his life’s work to secure democracy’s future by understanding its past and by advising dissidents who are fighting autocracy around the world. During his talk, Professor Diamond will discuss his latest book, Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency (Penguin Press, 2019), which is a personal and passionate call to action against the rising authoritarianism that is occurring today. In his remarks, he will analyze the challenges confronting liberal democracy in the United States and around the world, and will offer an agenda for strengthening and defending democracy both at home and abroad.

Larry Diamond is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), both at Stanford University. For more than six years, he directed FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, where he now leads its Program on Arab Reform and Democracy and its Global Digital Policy Incubator. He is the founding coeditor of the Journal of Democracy. Dr. Diamond is a prolific author; his other books include In Search of Democracy (2016), The Spirit of Democracy (2008), and Developing Democracy: Toward Consolidation (1999). He has also edited or coedited more than forty books on democratic development around the world. Dr. Diamond was educated at Stanford, with a BA in Political Organization and Behavior, an MA from Stanford’s Food Research Institute, and a PhD in Sociology.

Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency will be available for purchase at the luncheon.

Please note that this program will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, Monterey.  Room capacity is limited. Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received until the program is full. Depending on demand, we may be unable to accommodate auditors at this event.

Agenda

  • Thursday, July 11, 2019
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50 am: Luncheon
  • 12:45 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • California Field Greens with Almonds, Cranberries, and Pears
  • Maple & Mustard Glazed Salmon
  • Roasted Root Vegetables
  • Wild Rice Pilaf
  • Rolls and Butter
  • Coffee and Decaf
  • An Assortment of Chocolate and Double Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Vegetarian Choice: Harvest Squash stuffed with Herbs and Mushrooms

Luncheon Cost

  • $31 for members
  • $40 for guests

Registration

Reservations are due by July 8 for this July 11 event.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

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

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

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