Germany’s Response to the Challenges Posed by the War in Ukraine

Speaker

Colonel (GS) Peter Frank, German Army

National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School

Overview

The German Chancellor Olaf Scholz wrote recently in Foreign Affairs that the world is facing a Zeitenwende, meaning an epochal tectonic shift. He used the same word to describe the Russian invasion of Ukraine, suggesting that it was a historic turning point for German security policy, and promising a special additional investment fund of €100bn in the armed forces. Our February speaker, Colonel Peter Frank, will explain how Germany’s security and defense policies have changed in response to the war, and what lay behind the controversy about whether to supply Ukraine with Germany’s Leopard tanks.
He will describe the consequences of the war for Germany and its position in NATO and the EU. Finally, he will address possible options for ending the war and mitigating the challenges of growing insecurity in the world.

Peter Frank is a Colonel (GS) in the German Army. He received an MA in Business and Administration from the Bundeswehr University Munich in 1990, and an MA in National Security Affairs from NPS in 2003. He graduated from the German Armed Forces General Staff (GS) Course – Hamburg in 200. He has been a lecturer at the Federal Armed Forces Command and Staff College in
Hamburg, a senior instructor in the German General Staff Course, and the Deputy Dean of the George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies. He is currently a military professor in his second tour at NPS.

In addition to his teaching and research, Colonel Frank was assigned to the Office of the High Representative in Sarajevo as Chief of Cabinet in 2021. He was deployed in NATO operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2002, and in Kosovo in 2014. He served as Assistant Branch Chief at the German Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Berlin, and as a Battalion Commander from 2006 to 2008. From 2010 on, he was a Military Assistant for the Under Secretary of Defense in the MoD, where he was involved in the most senior level of decision-making.

A note about this event

Agenda

  • Tuesday, February 14, 2023
  • 11:15 am: Registration
  • 11:45 am: Luncheon
  • 12:30 pm: Program

Menu

  • Spinach Salad Dressed with Champagne Vinaigrette
  • Grilled Salmon Topped with Tomato Bruschetta Salsa and Served on an Orzo Pilaf
  • Blistered Green Beans
  • Fresh Bread and Butter
  • Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Coffee, Tea and Lemonade
  • Vegetarian Option: Penne Pasta Primavera with Grilled Vegetables and Pine Nuts

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 due February 11. Register by mail here.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

Location

NOTE:
February’s luncheon will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn. However, due to renovations at the hotel that began in January, the luncheon will be held in the Presidio Room, which is located on the second floor of the lobby building, and not in the Big Sur Room where we usually meet. There will be signs at the Hilton Garden Inn directing you to this new location; look for them when you arrive.

Since the Presidio Room has a capacity of 80 people, we regret that we will be unable to accommodate any auditors for this luncheon.

The times for this luncheon have been tweaked a bit in order to avoid construction noise during the lecture portion of the event

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

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Japan’s Shifting Defense Policy and the United States

Speaker

Professor Dustin Wright

California State University, Monterey Bay

Overview

Postwar Japan has famously maintained a pacifist constitution and defense-oriented military policy. The Japanese have depended heavily on the US commitment to defend them from external attacks provided by the US-Japan Security Treaty. In return, the US has been free to maintain a massive military presence in the country for the last eight decades, including dozens of military facilities and almost 50,000 troops. In the face of an increasingly complex and dangerous security environment posed by North Korea and China, Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has recently announced a dramatic reshaping of Japan’s defense policy. It includes a major increase in national defense spending and calls for Japan to have offensive capabilities. Though this is not the first time that the Japanese government has “reinterpreted” its pacifist constitution in order to address regional concerns, the new plan will make Japan the third largest military spender, behind the US and China.

Professor Dustin Wright will discuss Japan’s new policies and their significance for the US-Japan relationship, including that large US military presence in Japan. He will draw on his in-process book, Protest Nation: Anti-Military Base Struggle and the Fight for Peace in Modern Japan (Stanford University Press, forthcoming).

Dustin Wright is a historian and Associate Professor of Japanese Culture and Language in the School of World Languages and Cultures at CSU Monterey Bay. He is also an Associate Director of the Okinawa Memories Initiative, Director of the newly established Global Base Studies Project, and a research fellow at Rikkyo University’s Research Center for Cooperative Civil Studies in Tokyo. He previously taught at UC Santa Cruz (where he completed his doctorate), Connecticut College, Soka University of America, and the University of San Diego. His work has been published in The Japan Times, Critical Asian Studies, The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics, and Culture, and Gastronomica: The Journal for Food Studies.

Agenda

  • Monday, January 16, 2023
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 12:00 pm: Luncheon
  • 12:50 pm: Program

Menu

  • Spinach Salad with Apples, Walnuts, and Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Bistro-Style Steak with Parmesan Pesto and Scallion Quinoa
  • Seasonal Vegetables
  • Fresh Bread and Butter
  • Chocolate Mousse Cake with Seasonal Berries
  • Coffee, Decaf, and Tea
  • Vegetarian Option: Caprese Stuffed Portabella Mushroom on a Bed of Lemon Rice Pilaf

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

Registration is now closed

Location

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

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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.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

Registration is now closed.

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

Russia’s War on Ukraine – Luncheon Lecture Sep 21, 2022

Speaker

The Honorable William B. Taylor

US Institute of Peace and former US Ambassador to Ukraine
We are all looking forward to Ambassador William Taylor's luncheon presentation, Russia's War on Ukraine, at the World Affairs Council luncheon on Wednesday, September 21.  Ambassador Taylor has just returned from Ukraine which will make his presentation especially timely.  Unfortunately, upon his return from Kiev this week he tested positive for Covid.  We have just learned that he will be unable to travel to Monterey to meet with us in person.  We want you to know in advance that his presentation to us will be virtual.  It will still include a question and answer period in real time.  All other luncheon arrangements remain the same.

We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for what promises to be a fascinating session.  Reservations are due September 19.  If you have made a reservation but  wish to cancel we must also receive your cancellation no later than September 19.  As we are a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational organization, if you would like to cancel please consider donating your refund to the World Affairs Council. 

Overview

As the war between Russia and Ukraine enters its seventh month, causing serious destruction on many levels, the world struggles to find a resolution that will settle the conflict and ease the disruption it has caused globally. WACMB is fortunate to hear from the Honorable William B. Taylor, the US ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to 2009 and chargé d’affaires in 2019. Ambassador Taylor will use his “boots on the ground” experience in the region to review what may be the world’s most unsettling military and humanitarian event since World War II. He will discuss the present situation and analyze the near-term prospects for Russia and Ukraine.

If you’ve viewed Ambassador Taylor’s Quick Takes video on Russian/US/Ukrainian relations as they were in August 2021, you know that his talk will be authoritative, enlightening, and timely. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear him in person!

William Taylor is Vice President, Russia and Europe, at the US Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. In addition to serving as US ambassador and chargé d’affaires to Ukraine, he coordinated US assistance to the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. He was the US government’s representative to the Mideast Quartet, which facilitated Israel’s disengagement from Gaza and part of the West Bank. He served in Baghdad as the first director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office, and in Kabul as the coordinator of US and international assistance to Afghanistan.

Ambassador Taylor is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He served in the US Army as an infantry platoon leader and combat company commander in Vietnam and Germany.

Please note: Ambassador Taylor’s talk will take place at the Monterey Conference Center.

Agenda

  • Wednesday, September 21, 2022
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50 am: Luncheon
  • 1:00 pm: Program

Menu

  • Butter Lettuce with Feta, Roasted Tomatoes, Crostini, and Vinaigrette
  • Roasted Garlic and Lemon Chicken with Jus and Chevre
  • Smashed Potatoes with Parmesan
  • Grilled Asparagus
  • Fresh Bread and Rolls
  • Fruit Tart
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Vegan Option: Paella with Black Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Chickpeas, Zucchini, and Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

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 September 19.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

Registration for the luncheon is now closed.

Location

Monterey Conference Center
One Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 646-3770

The Global Economic Impact of the Invasion of Ukraine – Prof. Robert Rogowsky – Luncheon August 30, 2022

Speaker

Professor Robert Rogowsky

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and Georgetown University

Topic

The Global Economic Impact of the Invasion of Ukraine

Overview

While the world’s main focus since the February 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine has been the tragic human toll and the destruction of Ukrainian territory, the war is also causing a major disruption of global economies. Professor Robert Rogowsky will discuss the ripple economic effects of the invasion, including the impact on global supply chains, cost increases, product shortages, and catastrophic food shortages. He will also discuss how the international community is addressing these challenges.

Robert Rogowsky is a professor in the International Trade Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He also teaches as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and McCourt School of Public Policy. He is the president of the Institute for Trade and Commercial Diplomacy. Dr. Rogowsky spent nearly two decades at the US International Trade Commission, where he served as chief economist from 1995 to 1999, and as director of operations from 1991 to 2010. On many occasions, he has testified before Congress on matters involving international trade and has published widely on the topics of international trade, competition policy, and regulation.

Because he is currently on the East Coast, Professor Rogowsky will deliver his remarks virtually, appearing live on screen during the in-person luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn. Don’t miss this timely presentation and Q&A session!

Agenda

  • Tuesday, August 30, 2022
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50 am: Luncheon
  • 1:00 pm: Program

Menu

  • Spinach Salad with Apples, Walnuts, and Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Grilled Bistro-Style Steak with Parmesan Pesto
  • Scallion Quinoa and Roasted Tomatoes
  • Fresh Bread and Butter
  • Chocolate Mousse Cake
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Salinas Valley Pasta Primavera with Pine Nuts, Basil, Zucchini, and Roasted Tomatoes

Cost

  • $36 for members
  • $42 for guests
Important: You Must Provide Proof of Full Covid-19 Vaccination in Order to Attend

Although Dr. Rogowsky will appear virtually, 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 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 August 24.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

Registration for the luncheon is now closed.

Location

Because he is currently on the East Coast, Professor Rogowsky will deliver his remarks virtually, appearing live on screen during the in-person luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn.

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

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Global Jihad’s Fourth Wave: How the Internet Has Changed Everything – Professor Glenn Robinson – Dinner Lecture July 27, 2022

Speaker

Professor Glenn Robinson (Retired)

Naval Postgraduate School

Topic

Global Jihad’s Fourth Wave: How the Internet Has Changed Everything

Overview

The internet and social media have dramatically changed how terrorist violence operates, empowering “lone wolves” and small cells like never before. While it was leaders within the Ku Klux Klan who first began thinking through the implications of inspiring violence through the internet in the 1990s, global jihadis have embraced such “personal jihad.” Virtually all jihadi attacks in the US in recent years—from San Bernardino to Orlando to Boston to New York City—have been this new form of terrorism.

In his latest book, Global Jihad: A Brief History (Stanford University Press, 2021), Glenn Robinson created a new paradigm by viewing the phenomenon of global jihad as a series of four distinct waves, each begun by a specific crisis and all with distinctive ideologies and agendas to point their way forward. Global Jihad was named a “Best Book of 2021” by both Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy journals. Join your World Affairs Council for an early dinner followed by a program in which Dr. Robinson will discuss the fourth wave of global jihad: personal, or lone wolf, jihad, which is still with us today.

In December 2021, Glenn Robinson retired as a Professor of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School after 30 years on the faculty. He remains affiliated with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley, from which he received his PhD in political science in 1992.

Please note the time for this event! We’re trying something new: this month’s program will be a dinner – not a luncheon.

Agenda

  • Wednesday, July 27, 2022
  • 5:30 pm: Registration and cash bar
  • 6:00 pm: Dinner
  • 6:50 – 8:00 pm: Program

Menu

  • Tossed Garden Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Panko-Crusted Chicken Breast with Peach and Apricot Salsa
  • French Beans
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Fresh Bread and Butter
  • Lemon Bars with Berries
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Summer Zucchini Fritters with Grilled Peach and Apricot Salsa and Sour Cream

Cost

  • $36 for members
  • $42 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 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 July 22.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

Registration for the luncheon is now closed.

Location

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

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Crowded Orbits: International Challenges in Space – Professor Clay Moltz – Luncheon Lecture, June 23, 2022

Speaker

Professor Clay Moltz

Department of National Security Affairs
Naval Postgraduate School

Topic

Crowded Orbits: International Challenges in Space

Overview

Space has remained peaceful since 1957, but safety in orbit will face new challenges. First, there is renewed great power competition among China, Russia, and the United States. Second, commercial actors like SpaceX are launching huge mega-constellations with thousands of satellites, making space traffic management much more difficult. Third, the volume of dangerous orbital space debris is growing and may become more uncontrollable. How will the international community manage these threats, and what is the possible role of the United States? Professor Clay Moltz will review these issues and consider possible solutions.

Clay Moltz is a professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), where he also holds a joint appointment in the Space Systems Academic Group. From September 2020 to March 2022, he served as Dean of the Graduate School of International and Defense Studies at NPS. His books include The Politics of Space Security: Strategic Restraint and the Pursuit of National Interests (Stanford University Press, 2008, 2011, and 2019 editions) and Crowded Orbits: Conflict and Cooperation in Space (Columbia University Press, 2014). A prolific writer, Dr. Moltz has published op-eds in the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Professor Moltz holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA and BA (with Distinction) from Stanford University.

Important: You Must Provide Proof of Full Covid-19 Vaccination in Order to Attend Luncheons

All those attending luncheons (or any other 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!

Agenda

  • Thursday, June 23, 2022
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 12:00 am: Luncheon
  • 12:45 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Caesar Salad
  • Grilled Chicken Caponata Topped with Roasted Vegetables and Served on Creamy Polenta
  • Seasonal Vegetables
  • Fresh Bread and Butter
  • Carrot Cake
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Grilled Portobello Mushrooms Served on Creamy Polenta and Topped with Roasted Vegetables

Luncheon Cost

  • $36 for members
  • $42 for guests

Registration

Reservations are due by June 19.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

Registration for the luncheon is now closed.

Location

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

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The Changing World of German Politics – Prof. Carolyn Halladay – Luncheon Lecture May 26, 2022

Speaker

Professor Carolyn Halladay

Department of National Security Affairs
Naval Postgraduate School

Topic

The Changing World of German Politics

Overview

When Angela Merkel announced in 2018 that she would not seek reelection as German chancellor in 2021, people spoke, with only a little hyperbole, about the end of an era. Observers of Germany certainly expected changes in Berlin, but which ones? The answer remains unclear, however portentous it may ultimately be. It took two months for a governing coalition to form, with the result a somewhat unlikely three-way “stop light” agreement among disparate parties. While the new government seeks to clarify its domestic priorities, unprecedented international events, notably the Russian invasion of Ukraine, confront the German leadership. It is a very different Germany–and world—for Chancellor Olaf Scholtz. In her presentation, Professor Carolyn Halladay will explore the promise and potential pitfalls of the current situation.

Carolyn Halladay is a Senior Lecturer in the Center for Civil- Military Relations and in the National Security Affairs Department at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). She also lectures at the NPS Center for Homeland Defense and Security. An historian and a lawyer, Dr. Halladay’s academic focus is on contemporary Central Europe.

Before joining the NPS faculty, Dr. Halladay was a lecturer in history at Pennsylvania State University at Erie, The Behrend College. She has also taught history and international relations at the graduate and undergraduate levels at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Important: You Must Provide Proof of Full Covid-19 Vaccination in Order to Attend Luncheons

All those attending luncheons (or any other 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!

Agenda

  • Thursday, May 26, 2022
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 12:00 am: Luncheon
  • 12:45 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Organic Greens with Pine Nuts, Golden Raisins, and Vinaigrette
  • Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Bearnaise Sauce
  • Seasonal Vegetables
  • Fresh Bread and Butter
  • Carrot Cake
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Crispy Polenta Napoleon with Wild Mushrooms, Boursin Cheese, Spinach, and Roasted Peppers

Luncheon Cost

  • $43 for members
  • $48 for guests

Registration

Please note that May’s luncheon is at a new location: the clubhouse at Bayonet Black Horse (BBH) Golf Course at 1 McClure Way on what used to be Fort Ord. The easiest way to get there is to exit Highway 1 at Lightfighter Drive. Continue east until you reach the third stoplight, where you will turn right onto Gen. Jim Moore Blvd. After about two miles, you will see the entrance to the golf course on your right. Turn right onto McClure Way and follow it to the parking lot.

As you face the buildings, you’ll see a sidewalk that begins at an archway between some planters. Follow the sidewalk toward the bay to the end of the building, where you will enter the building on your left into The Grill. Once inside, continue straight ahead until you reach the end of the building, then turn left into the meeting room. We hope to see you there! Luncheon prices differ among the various venues we now use. At BBH, the cost for members is $43 and for guests is $48.

Reservations are due by May 24 for this May 26 event.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

Registration for the luncheon is now closed.

Location

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