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.

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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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Luncheon on June 21, 2019

Topic

Venezuela’s Crisis: Chavez, Maduro, and Beyond?

Speaker

Dr. Harold Trinkunas

Senior Research Scholar, Center for International Security and Cooperation

Stanford University

Overview

Venezuela finds itself mired in an unprecedented economic and political crisis.  The economy has contracted nearly 50% since President Maduro took office in 2013, oil production has declined to levels below those last seen in 1950, and inflation has reached as high as an estimated annual rate of over 1.3 million percent.  Millions have fled abroad in search of a better life, making Venezuela’s migration crisis the second worst in the world after Syria’s.

In 2019, the ruling Maduro regime faces new challenges at home from an opposition that has declared it illegitimate.  There is also unrest from within its own ranks, and from abroad due to diplomatic non-recognition by over 50 governments and U.S. opposition to its continuation of power.  In his talk, Dr. Harold Trinkunas will examine the apparently intractable political and economic crisis facing Venezuela. He will discuss the role played by the military in keeping the present government in power and the impact of the latest domestic and international pressures on the Maduro regime.

Harold Trinkunas is both Deputy Director and a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Prior to arriving at Stanford, Dr. Trinkunas served as the Charles W. Robinson Chair and Senior Fellow and Director of the Latin America Initiative in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. Dr. Trinkunas has written on emerging powers and the international order, ungoverned spaces, terrorism financing, borders, democratic civil/ military relations, drug policy, and internet governance. His latest book is Militants, Criminals, and Warlords: The Challenge of Local Governance in an Age of Disorder (Brookings, 2017). He received his doctorate in political science from Stanford University. He was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela.

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

  • Friday, June 21, 2019
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50 am: Luncheon
  • 12:45 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Field Greens Salad with Lemon Herb Vinaigrette
  • Honey Dijon Garlic Chicken over Toasted Almond Couscous
  • Sauteed Vegetables
  • Rolls and Butter
  • Coffee and Decaf
  • Frosted Lemon Bundt Cake with Blueberries
  • Vegetarian Choice: Grilled Vegetable Stack with a Classic Pesto

Luncheon Cost

  • $31 for members
  • $40 for guests

Registration

Reservations are due by June 17 for this June 21 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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Luncheon on May 23, 2019

Topic

Afghanistan: Political Order and the Prospects for Peace

Speaker

Overview

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. 

In her remarks, Professor Barma will describe how past international attempts at brokering peace in Afghanistan – including the 2001 Bonn Agreement – have unsuccessfully contended with the underlying political realities in the country, which in turn have been forged by decades of conflict.  She will also discuss the view that Afghan elites have constructed a political order in which traditional, patronage-based governance stymies statebuilding and democratization.  Drawing on her most recent book, The Peacebuilding Puzzle: Political Order in Post-Conflict States (Cambridge University Press 2017), Dr. Barma will suggest a series of principles necessary for achieving a peaceful political order in post-conflict Afghanistan. 

Naazneen H. Barma is Associate Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School.  Her research and teaching center on international engagement in post-conflict and developing countries.  Her work has been supported by the United States Institute of Peace and the Minerva Research Initiative, among others. Dr. Barma received her PhD and MA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MA in International Policy Studies and BA in international Relations and Economics from Stanford. Dr. Barma is one of the founders and a co-director of Bridging the Gap, an initiative devoted to enhancing the policy impact of contemporary international affairs scholarship.

  • Wednesday, May 23, 2019
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50: Luncheon
  • 12:45 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Asian Salad
  • Teriyaki Salmon
  • Roasted Red Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Vegetable Stir Fry

Luncheon Cost

  • $31 for members
  • $40 for guests

Registration

Reservations are due by May 19 for this May 23 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 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

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

Luncheon on February 25, 2019

Topic

The Syrian Refugee Crisis

Speaker

Anne Marie Baylouny

Associate Professor of National Security Affairs

Naval Postgraduate School

Overview

Syria is the biggest humanitarian and refugee crisis of our time.

Fillipo Grandi, UNHCR

Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011, over 5.6 million people have fled Syria, seeking safety in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and beyond. Millions more are displaced inside Syria. Most are living in extreme poverty, and humanitarian groups are unable to access many who live in the areas of conflict.

What will become of the Syrian refugees? Professor Anne Marie Baylouny will update us on this humanitarian crisis, how the host countries are faring, the dimensions of international aid, and policy options for the international community and the United States. She will also address the prospects for an end to the conflict.

Anne Marie Baylouny is Associate Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, where she specializes in Middle East politics, grassroots organizing, and Islam. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Baylouny has lived in Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan, and has traveled extensively in the Middle East. She speaks Arabic, Italian, French, and Spanish, and has received numerous

Agenda

  • Monday, February 25, 2019
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50: Luncheon
  • 12:45 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Caesar Salad
  • Oven Roasted Salmon Filet with Bearnaise Sauce
  • Steamed Rice
  • Seasonal Vegetables
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian option: Pasta Primavera tossed with pesto olive oil and topped with Parmesan cheese

Luncheon Cost

  • $29 for members
  • $35 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

Luncheon on January 21, 2019

Topic

Financing Terror: ISIS and Antiquities

Speaker

Jason Blazakis

Professor of Practice and Director of the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism
Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey

Overview

For a number of years, ISIS has been engaged in the illegal antiquities trade, generating millions of dollars by looting priceless cultural artifacts. Jason Blazakis, the Director of the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) will address this practice in his talk on January 21. He will discuss the overall ways that ISIS finances itself, and will then delve more specifically into its process of exploiting antiquities for profit. He will also address some of the countermeasures employed by the US government to combat this problem.

Professor Blazakis is a specialist in terrorism and counterterrorism, including the finances, group structures, social media presence, and state sponsorship of organizations that utilize terror. He was employed by the federal government for almost twenty years, working at the State Department, the Congressional Research Service, and the US Congress. Before arriving at MIIS in the Fall of 2018, he was the Director of the Counterterrorism Finance and Designations Office at the State Department. He hold master’s degrees from Columbia and Johns Hopkins Universities.

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

  • Monday, January 21, 2019
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50: Luncheon
  • 12:50 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • California Field Greens Salad
  • Grilled Salmon Filet with a Lemon Dill Beurre Blanc
  • Rice Pilaf and Seasonal Grilled Vegetables
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • New York Cheesecake with Mango Coulis and Berries
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Bell Peppers Stuffed with Roasted Vegetables, Rice and Cheese

Luncheon Cost

  • $29 for members
  • $35 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

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

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Luncheon Meeting on December 6, 2018

Overview

The alliance between the U.S. and Japan has long been the cornerstone of  American security interests in Asia, and is fundamental to regional stability and prosperity.  But while the partnership is based on shared vital interests and values, it now faces major challenges.  How will the administrations of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump chart the next phase of the relationship?

Bill Clifford, who was a Tokyo-based journalist for more than a decade, will discuss how recent political, economic, and social trends in our two countries are changing the dynamics of U.S.-Japan relations.  He will highlight how North Korea’s nuclear and cyber threats and China’s growing military might have profoundly affected Japan’s foreign policy.

Bill Clifford is President and CEO of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) in Washington, D.C., where he leads our national office and represents its network of more than 90 World Affairs Councils across the United States. In March 2017, he was appointed a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He also serves on the editorial board of the SAIS Review.

Before joining WACA five years ago, Clifford was president of WorldBoston, a WACA member council known for its innovative programming. Previously, he served as Asia Bureau Chief for the pioneering multimedia venture CBS MarketWatch, where he launched and directed news bureaus in Japan and Hong Kong. He holds an M.A. from Johns Hopkins SAIS, a B.A. summa cum laude in International Relations and French Literature from Tufts University, and a C.E.P. from Sciences Po in Paris.

 

Agenda

Thursday, December 6, 2018
11:30 am: Registration
11:50 am: Luncheon
1:00 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Hearts of Romaine Salad
  • Chicken Marsala
  • Roasted Red Potatoes
  • Vegetable Medley
  • Rolls and Butter
  • Coffee and Decaf
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • Vegetarian Option: Tortellini in Pesto Cream Sauce
  • Special Holiday Treat: Champagne or Sparkling Cider

Luncheon Cost

  • $29 for members
  • $35 for guests
  • Lecture is open to the public at no charge, beginning at 12:50pm

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

Luncheon Meeting on November 16, 2018

Topic

Chemical Weapons and Their Horrible, But Also Hopeful, Past, Present, and Future

Speaker

Philipp Bleek, MIISDr. Philipp C. Bleek

Associate Professor; Acting Program Chair, Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies;

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Overview

Chemical weapons are back in the news, based on Syria’s repeated, indiscriminate use in the past few years, as well as targeted attacks by both North Korea (on Kim Jung-Un’s brother) and Russia (on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia).  How worrisome are these developments?  And what implications do they have
for the future use of chemical weapons?

Professor Philipp Bleek will discuss the past, present, and potential future of chemical weapons.  He will argue that, while the use of chemical weapons in the past has been horrifying, there is also good news in the way that the international community has managed to progressively marginalize them.  He will explore some reasons to be optimistic about the future of chemical weapons, although he will warn that the progress we’ve seen may be more fragile than anticipated.Philipp Bleek is an Associate Professor and Acting Program Chair of the  Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.  His research and teaching focus on the causes, consequences, and amelioration of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons threats at the intersection of academia, non-governmental organizations, and government.  From 2012 to 2013, he served as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs.  In that capacity, he staffed the then-secret Syria Chemical Weapons Senior Integration Group, a Pentagon-based interagency effort to prepare for various chemical weapons-related contingencies.  He previously worked on a project that involved questioning the Japanese Aum Shinrikyo terrorists about their chemical and biological weapons programs that culminated in the 1995 sarin attacks on the Tokyo subway.

Professor Bleek has a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University,  and a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University.

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

Friday, November 16, 2018
11:30 am: Registration
Noon: Luncheon
12:50 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Classic Green Salad
  • Lemon and Garlic Herb Chicken with a White Bean Spinach Sauce
  • Classic Rice Pilaf
  • Sauteed Vegetables
  • Rolls and Butter
  • Coffee and Decaf
  • Chocolate Mousse Cake with Seasonal Berries
  • Vegetarian Option: Stuffed Peppers with a Harvest Apple Stuffing

Luncheon Cost

  • $29 for members
  • $35 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

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

 

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