The Passport for November/December 2018

This is an online version of the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). You may click here to see other online issues or click here to reach the archive of recent issues in PDF format.

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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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

 


Discussion Groups for November 2018

To see a list of recent Discussion Group events, click here.

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 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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Board Meeting on November 1, 2018

Open to Members
Begins at 4:30 pm

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Location

McCone Building Conference Room, MIIS


September Program Report

Summary of “From Cold War to Hot Peace” presentation by Dr. Michael McFaul of Stanford University on September 28, 2018

The World Affairs Council was honored to host Dr. Michael McFaul at our September luncheon.  McFaul previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, and is currently a professor at Stanford University in Palo Alto.  McFaul is also the author of the new book From Cold War to Hot Peace, which recounts his time as U.S. ambassador in Putin’s Russia.

In his presentation, McFaul struck a balance between analyzing U.S. – Russia relations and relating often-harrowing personal stories of incidents that occurred during his time as ambassador in Moscow.  Those stories included how he became a proxy target of Putin’s enmity against the U.S., leading to public disinformation that was put out by the regime to undermine McFaul’s standing and threaten him personally.

2011 was a key year in Russia’s turn against the West under Putin, and McFaul pointed to two critical events.  The first involved the events of the ‘Arab Spring’ that year and specifically what happened in Libya. Putin felt he had been duped by the West: that a humanitarian intervention to prevent a slaughter in the eastern city of Benghazi turned into full-on regime change, which Russia did not support.  Second, later in 2011, Russia held parliamentary elections, which were widely seen as fraudulent.  Secretary of State Clinton called out Putin over these rigged elections, an action that set in motion Putin’s later subterfuge to undermine her presidential bid in 2016.

McFaul painted a dire picture of Putin, and the thuggish and kleptocratic regime he has established in Moscow. Putin was, and is, very much the byproduct of the KGB, where he worked for many years.

Summary by Glenn E. Robinson


Scholarships!

At the October luncheon, Scholarship Committee Chair Naomi Terman announced the 2018-2019 recipients of the World Affairs Scholarships.  They will each receive $1000 to use toward their studies.

  • Marantha Croomes is a B.A. candidate at CSUMB, majoring in World Languages and Culture.  She has studied abroad in Germany, Australia, and Japan.
  • Nicholas De Golla is a Dean’s Fellow and a dual degree candidate at MIIS, working toward a Fisher M.B.A. in Global Impact Management and an M.A. in International Environmental Policy.
  • Brianna V. Hartley is an M.A. candidate at MIIS, with a focus on Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies.  She is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).
  • Sandy Her is a B.A. candidate at CSUMB, majoring in Global Studies and Human Communications, with a focus on Asian Studies.  This spring, she studied abroad in South Korea.
  • Paul S. Warnke is an M.A. candidate at MIIS, where he is studying Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies.  He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and has competency in French.

Those in attendance at the October luncheon had the opportunity to meet some of these impressive young scholars.  Many thanks to Naomi and the other members of the Scholarship Committee, Barbara Zellmer and Michelle Amirkhanian, for all their good work in selecting the winners!

 

The Passport for October 2018

This is an online version of the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). You may click here to see other online issues or click here to reach the archive of recent issues in PDF format.

Luncheon Meeting on October 19, 2018

Topic

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

Speaker

Dr. Thomas Bruneau, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Naval Postgraduate SchoolDr. Thomas Bruneau

Distinguished Professor Emeritus,
Naval Postgraduate School

Overview

For decades now, the centrality of contracting in American warfare – both on the battlefield (sometimes called mercenaries) and in support of those on the battlefield – has been growing.  Today’s private military industry is a multi-billion dollar business.  In Fiscal Year 2017 in the U.S. Department of Defense alone contracting out totaled $320 billion, more than 50% of the DOD budget.  Erik Prince, former owner of Blackwater and possibly the world’s best known military contractor, has recently proposed contracting out the war in Afghanistan.  As the U.S increasingly relies on the private sector to wage war, some see this as a strategic liability.  Others consider the trend more efficient and cost effective.

Professor Thomas Bruneau, author of Patriots for Profit: Contractors and the Military in U.S. National Security (Stanford University Press, 2011), will discuss the pros and cons of contracting security support.  Highlighting the American experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, he will explore the many dimensions of using private contractors, including effectiveness, cost, accountability, and ethics.  The impact of private contractors on regular U.S. troops and relations with host governments are among the issues he will examine.

Thomas Bruneau is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).  During his career at NPS, he served as Chairman of the Department of National Security Affairs (1989-1995) and Director of the Center for Civil Military Relations (2000-2004).  Prior to joining the faculty of NPS Dr. Bruneau taught in the Department of Political Science at McGill University.  In addition to his long academic career, and ten years of administrative responsibilities at the Naval Postgraduate School, Bruneau is also Vice President of Global Academic Professionals, LLC, a contracting firm.

On this occasion annual World Affairs Council awards will be presented to Peninsula area college students pursuing careers in international relations.

Agenda

Friday, October 19, 2018
11:30 am: Registration
11:50 am: Luncheon
12:45 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • House Salad of Mixed Greens with Ranch Dressing
  • Panko-Crusted Chicken with Sherry Cream Sauce
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Steamed Vegetables
  • Freshly Baked Rolls and Butter
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Vegetarian Option: Pasta with Marinara Sauce

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

 


Discussion Groups for October 2018

To see a list of recent Discussion Group events, click here.

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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Board Meeting on October 4, 2018

Open to Members
Begins at 4:30 pm

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Location

McCone Building Conference Room, MIIS

 


Some Facts About the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area

In 1951, a group of individuals interested in worlds affairs organized the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB).  At that time, the Board chose WWII U.S. Navy Admiral (Ret.) Raymond Spruance, one of the greatest admirals in American naval history, as its first president.

At its founding, WACMB chose to be an affiliate council of the World Affairs Council of Northern California.  This relationship continued successfully for more than 40 years until 1992, when WACMB became a totally independent
Public Benefit Corporation as a 501(c)(3).

WACMB is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA), and participates in the national activities arranged by that organization.  It also is a “Cooperating Council” in the Travel Program of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, which you may already have read about in these pages.

WACMB is now approaching its seventh decade of providing our members and the residents of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties with intellectually challenging programs that address significant international issues.

Scholarships!

Did you know that your Monterey Bay World Affairs Council awards $1000 merit-based scholarships to students at California State University Monterey Bay, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and Monterey Peninsula College?  Recipients must be high academic achievers and interested in international affairs.

This year’s winners will be introduced at the October 19th luncheon.  Please join us as we honor these outstanding young scholars!

Welcome to Our New Members
Summer 2018

  • Roger Gayman
  • Seung-Jae Oh
  • Loretta Patterson
  • Katharina Harlow
  • Susan Hinde
  • Thomas Rowland and Christine Hallas

The Passport for September 2018

This is an online version of the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). You may click here to see other online issues or click here to reach the archive of recent issues in PDF format.

Luncheon Meeting on September 28, 2018

Topic

From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia

— This Event Is Sold Out —

Speaker

Professor Michael McFaul

United States Ambassador to the Russian Federation 2012 – 2014

Overview

In 2008 when Michael McFaul was asked to leave his perch at Stanford University to join an unlikely presidential campaign he had no idea that he would find himself at the center of one of today’s most consequential international relationships. As President Barack Obama’s adviser on Russian affairs, McFaul helped craft the United States’ policy known as “reset” that fostered a new and unprecedented collaboration between the two countries. And then, as U.S. Ambassador to Russia, he had a front row seat when this hopeful moment crumbled with Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency.

On this occasion Professor McFaul will share highlights from his new book, From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 2018), a highly acclaimed account that combines history and memoir to tell the story of U.S.-Russia relations from the fall of the Soviet Union to the new rise of President Putin.

Michael McFaul is Professor of Political Science, Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. He earned his B.A. in International Relations and Slavic Languages and M.A. in Soviet and East European Studies at Stanford. As a Rhodes Scholar, Professor McFaul completed his Ph.D. in International Relations at Oxford University.

Books will be available for sale and signing at the program.

Please note that this program will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, Monterey.  Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received until the program is full.  We regret that we are unable to accommodate auditors at this event.

Agenda

Friday, September 28, 2018
11:00 am: Registration
11:50 am: Luncheon
12:50 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Field Green Salad
  • Grilled Salmon Filet with Lemon Dill Beurre Blanc
  • Rice Pilaf and Grilled Vegetables
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • NY Cheesecake with Mango Coulis and Berries
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Vegetarian Option: Peppers Stuffed with Vegetables, Rice and Cheese

Luncheon Cost

  • $29 for members
  • $35 for guests

Registration

This event is sold out and registration is closed.  We regret that we are unable to accommodate auditors at this event.

Location

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

 

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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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Board Meeting on Sep 6, 2018

Open to Members
Begins at 4:30 pm

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Location

McCone Building Conference Room, MIIS

 


For Your Information

National Conference

The World Affairs Councils of America (our parent organization) will hold its annual National Conference November 7 – 9, 2018, at the Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington, DC.  This year’s topic is “Braving the New World Order.”

Featured speakers:

  • Dr. Nina Ansary, Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and one of six UN Women Champions for Innovation
  • Ray Rothrock, Chairman and CEO of cybersecurity provider RedSeal
  • Dr. Dambisa Moyo, author, international economist and one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World
  • Kelly Magsamen, VP for National Security and International Policy at the Center for America Progress

In addition, the conference will include visits to local think tanks and embassies, an ambassadors’ luncheon, events for young professionals and students, and fantastic networking opportunities.

Early Bird registration is now open.  Student discounts are available.

Interested?  For more information, visit the conference website:
https://www.wacaconference2018.org


The Passport for August 2018

This is an online version of the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). You may click here to see other online issues or click here to reach the archive of recent issues in PDF format.

Luncheon Meeting on August 23, 2018

Topic

Cyber Strategy: Russia, Putin and Political Warfare

Speaker

Ryan Maness

Naval Postgraduate School

Overview

Russia’s continued interference in U.S. and other Western electoral processes and political discourse via cyber and information warfare tactics has left these societies divided and discontent.  As Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation continues to uncover Russia’s involvement in the 2016 campaign, the question that remains for many is whether members of the Trump campaign were involved and, if so, at what level.

Ryan Maness will examine why Russia does what it does in the cyber domain, and what the United States can do about it.  He will describe how cyber coercion complements, rather than replaces, traditional instruments of statecraft and power.  He will offer the empirically-grounded theory that cyber strategies function more as political warfare and covert action than decisive instruments of war, and seem most useful in the manipulation of information between geopolitical rivals.  He also will discuss the emerging art of cyber strategy as part of a larger approach to coercion by states in the
international system since the turn of the century.

Ryan Maness is the primary data collector and coder of the Dyadic Cyber Incident and Dispute (DCID) dataset, which records all state-attributed cyber incidents between rivals.  He has published in outlets such as Oxford University Press, Journal of Peace Research, Foreign Affairs, and Armed Forces and Society.  His most recent book is Cyber Strategy: The Changing Character of Power and Coercion (Oxford University Press, 2018). Professor Maness earned his PhD in Political Science at the University of Illinois.

Agenda

Thursday, August 23, 2018
11:30 am: Registration
11:50 am: Luncheon
12:50 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

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

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 (formerly Rancho Canada)
4860 Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

 


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.

Come join the discussion!

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Board Meeting on Aug 2, 2018

Open to Members
Begins at 4:30 pm
 

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Location

McCone Building Conference Room, MIIS

 


Save The Date

On September 28, 2018, Dr. Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia and current Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, will speak at our monthly luncheon about his latest book, From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia.  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from one of America’s leading experts on relations between the United States and Russia.

 


For Your Information

National Conference

The World Affairs Councils of America (our parent organization) will hold its annual National Conference November 7 – 9, 2018, at the Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington, DC.  This year’s topic is “Braving the New World Order.”

Featured speakers:

  • Dr. Nina Ansary, Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and one of six UN Women Champions for Innovation
  • Ray Rothrock, Chairman and CEO of cybersecurity provider RedSeal
  • Dr. Dambisa Moyo, author, international economist and one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World
  • Kelly Magsamen, VP for National Security and International Policy at the Center for America Progress

In addition, the conference will include visits to local think tanks and embassies, an ambassadors’ luncheon, events for young professionals and students, and fantastic networking opportunities.

Early Bird registration is now open.  Student discounts are available.

Interested?  For more information, visit the conference website:
https://www.wacaconference2018.org

 


Welcome to Our New Members
Winter/Spring 2018

Georgia Byrne
Pattie Cucura
Johanna Dimitrov
Nalini Elkins
Makuria Gordon
Boyd and Susan Haight
Tamara and Reuben Harris
Abdullahi Kani
Tom LaFollette
William Meyer
Sharon Miller
Akbar Montaser
Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Neutra
Michelle Noseworthy
Margaret and Jens Pedersen
Kathy Pomeroy
Doug Porch
LaVonne Rilling
Suzanne Safar
Fred Slautterback
Mary Jane Sligar
Jim Suchen
William Wiltschko


The Passport for July 2018

This is an online version of the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). You may click here to see other online issues or click here to reach the archive of recent issues in PDF format.

Luncheon Meeting – Thursday, July 19, 2018

Topic

Xi in Command

Speaker

Michael Ipson

International Banker

Overview

Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, has introduced new and far reaching political and economic policies since assuming leadership in 2012. He has also become increasingly powerful. Xi now holds the top offices of the party (Secretary General), the state (President) and the military (Chairman, Central Military Commission) and in March, China’s National People’s Congress amended its constitution eliminating presidential term limits. Xi Jinping is officially referred to as the Paramount Leader of the PRC.

Our guest, Michael Ipson, will review how Xi has centralized his personal power over China and look forward as he embarks upon his second term as supreme leader. In his presentation he will discuss China’s growing global role and analyze the major challenges that China and President Xi face including the economy and environmental quality.

Michael Ipson began his engagement with China in 1966 as an exchange student in Hong Kong. After pursuing graduate studies in Chinese and Vietnamese history, , he began a career in banking, spending 28 years in Hong Kong and China. During the last five years he spent his second sojourn in Beijing, including two-and-a-half years as Country Manager for International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank. He continues to travel to China working with financial institutions.

Agenda

Thursday, July 19, 2018
11:30 am: Registration
11:50 am: Luncheon
12:50 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Romaine Salad with Walnuts and Raspberry Vinaigrette
  • Lasagna
  • Roasted Red Potatoes and Vegetables
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Grilled Portobello Mushroom

Location

4860 Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

Cost

  • $29 for members
  • $35 for guests
  • Credit card charge: $2 each person

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June Program Report

Summary of The Demise of the Arab Spring and the Deep State

Presented by Dr. Robert Springborg

The World Affairs Council was honored to host Dr. Robert Springborg for its June luncheon, when he spoke on The Demise of the Arab Spring and the Deep State.  Recently retired from the Naval Postgraduate School, Dr. Springborg is currently a non-resident fellow at the Italian Institute of International Affairs, and is widely recognized as one of America’s premier scholars of the Middle East.

Decades before the term “deep state” entered the American political lexicon, it was most frequently used in analyses of Turkey to explain how the military kept tight reins on the exercise of power while allowing elections to occur and democracy to ostensibly function. Dr. Springborg elaborated on how deep states have come to rule most Arab republics (less so in monarchies) by centering real power, which has been enabled by coercion, in military intelligence, security forces, police, and the office of the presidency.  Typically, these institutions are “off budget,” meaning that the true extent of their resources is not publicly known.  As well, these resources are autonomous from the usual tax collection system, often being generated by smuggling and similar illicit activities controlled by these deep state institutions.

Dr. Springborg’s main argument was that the pervasive deep state arrangements in much of the Arab world successfully worked against any real democratic transition during the Arab Spring.  While Egypt may have been the most famous case of Arab Spring change, it now represents the clearest victory of the deep state in reversing those democratic steps that were initiated in 2011.  In addition to fighting deep state interests, the democrats of the Arab Spring faced long odds when it came to other social variables, such as income levels, median age, and the size of the middle class.

Wading briefly into current American discussions, Springborg noted that in comparison to the Middle East, the United States has no equivalent of a deep state —”yet.”

By Glenn Robinson


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The Passport for June 2018

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Luncheon Meeting – Friday, June 8, 2018

Topic

The Demise of the Arab Spring and the Deep State

Speaker

Dr. Robert Springborg

Italian Institute of
International Affairs

and
Naval Postgraduate School (ret.)

Overview

The term “deep state” came into American parlance in the early months of the Trump administration on both sides of the political spectrum.  Few Americans are aware, however, that the concept of the deep state can be traced to the Middle East and North Africa.  Indeed, many specialists on the region believe that the existence of deep states helps to explain the rise and fall of the Arab Spring.

In his remarks, Dr. Springborg will suggest that applying the term “deep state” to U.S. institutions is stretching the concept too far.  Unlike in the Middle East, American coercive institutions are under civilian control and subject to the rule of law, and they have not penetrated and subordinated other governmental bodies or civil society as they have in the Middle East.  The negative consequences Arab deep states had for both political and economic development undermined the ability of their people to successfully organize nationally and to convert their Arab Spring movements into democratic transitions.  More recently, deep states that survived in the Arab republics have been reinforced, as have those in Turkey and Iran; attempts to build or rebuild them from the bottom up are underway in Libya, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq, and from the top down in some of the Arab monarchies.  In most of the Middle East, “real” politics that determine who gets what, when and how, are the preserve of deep states, leaving only a largely meaningless “pseudopolitics” for normal citizens.

Robert Springborg is a specialist on Middle East governance and politics, with a special focus on Egypt and U.S. policy toward the region.  His books include Mubarak’s Egypt; Globalization and the Politics of Development in the Middle East; and Egypt.  He has worked as a consultant on the Middle East for the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United Nations Development Program, and various British government departments.  Dr. Springborg is currently a non-resident research fellow of the Italian Institute of International Affairs.

Agenda

Friday, June 8, 2018
11:30 am: Registration
11:50 am: Luncheon
12:50 pm: Program

Location

Rancho Canada
4860 Carmel Valley Road

Luncheon Menu

  • Wedgewood Salad with Italian Dressing
  • Chicken in a Pesto Cream Sauce
  • Roasted Red Potatoes and Vegetables
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Tortellini in Pesto Cream Sauce with Parmesan
Cost:
  • $29 for members
  • $35 for guests
  • Credit card charge: $2 each person

Click here to open or download the luncheon reservation form in PDF format.


Did You Know?

The World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America

Our parent organization has had a long and distinguished history. Here’s what WACA’s website has to say about it:

“The World Affairs Councils of America traces its earliest roots to 1918, when the League of Free Nations Association was formed by 141 distinguished Americans, including the social reformer Paul Kellogg, to support President Woodrow Wilson’s efforts to achieve a just peace.  At the end of World War I, the Association’s founders were concerned that Americans would choose isolationism over a foreign policy based on international engagement.  They worked to promote and nurture public awareness of critical international issues affecting the U.S., and in 1923 reconstituted the organization as the Foreign Policy Association.  John Foster Dulles and Eleanor Roosevelt were among the FPA’s incorporators.

“Citizen discussion groups and FPA branches began to form and spread in the 1920s,1930s, and after World War II – forerunners of the independent World Affairs Councils of subsequent decades.  In 1954, the Great Decisions program was launched in Oregon.

Based on the annual briefing book prepared by FPA’s editors, Great Decisions has become the largest nonpartisan public education program on international affairs in the world.  The FPA consolidated its operations into its New York City headquarters in the 1980s while the network of independent councils on world affairs continued to flourish.

“In 1986, the National Council of World Affairs Organizations office was established in Washington, DC.  The organization was renamed the World Affairs Councils of America, and today WACA serves more than 90 World Affairs Councils nationwide, in 40 states and the District of Columbia.

“In an age of globalization and a rapidly shifting international order, we believe that our mission – engaging the public and leaders to better understand global affairs and America’s role in the world – is more vital than ever.”

To learn more about our umbrella organization, as well as to access much valuable information about current world affairs, visit the World Affairs Councils of America’s website at https://www.worldaffairscouncils.org/

The Passport for May 2018

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Luncheon Meeting – Thursday, May 17, 2018

Topic

Why Iran Remains a Challenge for U.S. Foreign Policy

Speaker

Professor Afshon Ostovar

Assistant Professor at Naval Postgraduate School

Overview

The United States and Iran have long had an adversarial relationship.  Many observers point to the U.S.’s long history of interventions into Iranian politics as the factor that has most shaped the modern relationship
between the two nations.  More recently, Iran’s expanding foothold across the Middle East has exacerbated U.S.-Iran relations. As of this writing, the most imminent threat emanates from Washington, where the Trump Administration is poised to retreat from the 2015 nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Afshon Ostovar, a popular professor of Middle East politics at the Naval Postgraduate School, will examine the dynamics of the U.S.-Iran relationship and the U.S.’s strategy to combat Iran’s regional influence and nuclear ambitions.

Dr. Ostovar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at NPS. His research and writing focus on conflict and security in the Middle East, with a special focus on Iran and the Persian Gulf. His most recent book, Vanguard of the Imam: Religion, Politics and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (Oxford University Press, 2016) examines the rise of Iran’s most powerful armed force—the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC—and its role in power politics, regional conflicts, and political violence.

Dr. Ostovar earned his B.A., summa cum laude, in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan.

Agenda

Thursday, May 17, 2018
11:30 am: Registration
12:00: Luncheon
12:50: Program

Location

Rancho Canada
4860 Carmel Valley Road

Luncheon Menu

  • Asian Salad
  • Teriyaki Salmon
  • Roasted Red Potatoes and Vegetables
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • Vegetarian Option: Vegetable Stir Fry
Cost:
  • $29 for members
  • $35 for guests
  • Credit card charge: $2 each person

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March Program Report

Summary of “North Korea’s Weapons of Mass Destruction”

Speaker: Melissa Hanham, MIIS
Date: March 27, 2018

The World Affairs Council was treated to a real-life Sherlock Holmes detective story during our March luncheon. Melissa Hanham from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) spoke about North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and particularly about the missile program designed to deliver nuclear weapons. Melissa and her colleagues at MIIS have gained an international reputation for using publicly available tools to shed light on WMD programs in various countries around the world.

When it came to tracking down the building in which North Korea houses its large missiles, Melissa’s tools included Google Earth, architectural programs, a keen eye for details in pictures published by Pyongyang, and a robust knowledge of the history of North Korea’s actions on the WMD front, all mixed together with a dash of intuition and some advice from a trucker cousin. Using photographs of the new generation of missiles as they were carried on Chinese trucks, and knowing the measurements of those trucks, Melissa was able to carefully estimate the exact length of the missile, and thus know how tall a building would need to be to house such a missile if it were raised on the back of the launch truck. Based on these calculations and some other pictures, Melissa was able to (we know now) accurately determine the architectural design of the building that houses these missiles, including the use of casters (thanks to that trucker cousin) to maximize the storage capacity for the trucks and missiles within the building.

Sure enough, when a close inspection using Google Earth revealed just such a unique building in an area known for being a closed military zone, Melissa and her team at MIIS knew they had solved the mystery. That such a tightly held state secret could be revealed by researchers using only publicly available sources is remarkable, and a true testament to the power of the information revolution.

Melissa’s actions have earned the wrath of the North Korean regime, which routinely tries to hack into her accounts and others at MIIS. Sherlock Holmes would be proud!

Report by Glenn Robinson

For more information about Ms. Hanham’s work, click here to read the research paper that she co-wrote, and click here to see a related article published on BBC News.


Did You Know?

The World Affairs Councils of America (our umbrella organization) has a worldwide travel program.

Run by WAC of Philadelphia, the program offers a plethora of opportunities for you to travel to all the corners of the world, learn from experts, meet people who are making a difference in their communities, and see some truly amazing sights.

There are still some spaces available for trips in 2018, including to Ireland, the south of France, Botswana, and Cuba.  In addition, the 2019 schedule is up and offers some absolutely incredible tours.  Here’s just a taste: Antarctica, Hamilton’s Caribbean, southern Africa by rail, Mongolia during the Naadam Festival, Vietnam, Morocco, and a private jet tour that will take you to 14 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The world is waiting!  Want to learn more?  Visit the travel site at https://www.wacphila.org/travel/

The Passport for April 2018

This is an online version of the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). You may click here to see other online issues or click here to reach the archive of recent issues in PDF format.

Luncheon Meeting – Friday, April 20, 2018

Topic

A Global Water Crisis?  The Future of Water is Closer and Better Than You Think

Speaker

Dr. Jeff Langholz

Professor at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Overview

Experts warn that in the 21st century, water shortages will become increasingly common across the world. Many believe water will become the oil of the 21st century, driving major geopolitical decisions and creating a dividing line between those who have it and those who don’t. Recent water shortages in California and beyond have highlighted our shaky relationship with the world’s most important resource.

Dr. Jeff Langholz, a natural resource policy and management expert at the Middlebury Institute, argues that the potential crisis has, in fact, spurred breakthrough innovations that make water more reliable, affordable, and ecological. In his presentation, he will explore exciting new pathways to a more sustainable approach to water.

Dr. Langholz is an award-winning teacher, researcher, and entrepreneur, with a passion for “triple bottom line” solutions to global challenges. A primary focus of his work has been sustainability of the world’s natural resources. For this, he has drawn on extensive professional experience with the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and consultancies across North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. His work has been covered by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, National Geographic, The Economist, and more than 250 other media outlets.

A former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa and Fulbright Scholar in
South Africa, Dr. Langholz earned his Ph.D. in Natural Resource Policy and Management from Cornell University.

Agenda

Friday, April 20, 2018
11:30 am: Registration begins
11:50 am: Luncheon
1:00 – 2:00 pm: Program

Location

Rancho Canada
4860 Carmel Valley Road

Luncheon Menu

  • Apple cider salad with
    grilled chicken pecans,
    dried cranberries,
    and bleu cheese crumbles
  • Fresh rolls and butter
  • Chef’s choice dessert
  • Vegetarian option: apple cider salad
Cost:
  • $29 for members
  • $35 for guests

Click here to open or download the luncheon reservation form in PDF format.


February Program Report

Summary of “Challenges to Democracy in South Africa”

Speaker: Professor E. Philip Morgan, MIIS
Date: February 27, 2018

South Africa is important as a bellwether of how African governments can maintain legitimacy as they deal with the challenges of population growth, climate change, economic development, and employment. Failure to do so has consequences beyond the African continent.

Over the 25 years of its dominance in South Africa, the African National Congress (ANC) party has lost much of its moral authority because of corruption and extreme inequality. Half of its population lives in poverty; unemployment is between 30% and 36%.

Previous ANC-led governments have tried a number of programs to improve the livelihood of the majority of black citizens, but they were often ineffective because of corruption at local levels. Popular dissatisfaction came to a head as the Public Protector (PP) disclosed evidence of then-President Jacob Zuma’s involvement in malfeasance and corruption. The PP is an independent body created by the constitution to protect South African democracy. It is vested with the authority to order other state institutions to take appropriate remedial action against any government impropriety. Two PP reports in particular have fueled public anger: one concerning the improper use of US$21.4 million in state funds to upgrade Zuma’s private home, and the other concerning “State Capture” by the Gupta brothers, immigrants from India who, with the collusion of Zuma, built a fortune in South Africa through the acquisition of media companies, leveraging influence via bribes of employees in state corporations, mines, and other businesses under contract to the government. They persuaded Zuma to sack the very competent Minister of Finance and replace him with an unqualified crony!

As a result, at the December 2017 ANC Party Conference, the delegates chose Cyril Ramaphosa as the party’s next presidential candidate. Although Zuma’s term did not end until the 2019 general election, he was pressured to resign early so as not to com-promise the ANC’s chances at the next election.

Ramaphosa’s reputation was tainted in 2012, when more than 30 striking mine-workers were killed at a site where he was a company board member. However, he is probably the best person to lead South Africa at this critical time. He is a genuine “hero of the anti-apartheid struggle.” In addition, he was Nelson Mandela’s Deputy President, a trade union leader, a corporate executive in mining and other conglomerates, and Zuma’s deputy. Thus, Cyril Ramaphosa is best positioned to promote economic development and restore integrity to the national leadership.

by Philip Morgan

The Passport for March 2018

This is an online version of the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). You may click here to see other online issues or click here to reach the archive of recent issues in PDF format.

Luncheon Meeting – Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Topic: North Korea’s Weapons of Mass Destruction

Speaker: Melissa Hanham

James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS)

Overview

North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests are grabbing headlines and sending shockwaves throughout the world. The Olympics yielded an opportunity for détente, but tensions remain high.

Our guest, Melissa Hanham, will discuss how analysts right here in Monterey gather information about North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs and make assessments of their true capabilities. Prepare to see satellite imagery and ground photos of North Korea in a whole new light.

Melissa Hanham is a Senior Research Associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, as well as the Mixed-Methods, Evaluation, Training and Analysis Lab. She studies East Asian security and the proliferation of WMD, with particular focus on North Korean WMD procurement and proliferation networks and China’s nuclear posture. She also studies Chinese, South Korean, and Japanese nuclear exports as well as East and South-east Asian export control systems and proliferation finance activities. Ms. Hanham teaches “Geospatial Tools for Nonproliferation Analysis” at the Middlebury Institute and is a regular contributor to Arms Control Wonk.

Hanham earned her MA in International Security Policy and East Asia at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and her BA in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University. She has been teaching at the Middlebury Institute since 2012.

Agenda

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
11:30 am: Registration begins
11:50 am: Luncheon
1:00 – 2:00 pm: Program

Location

Rancho Canada, Carmel Valley Road

Luncheon Menu
  • Hearts of Romaine salad with walnuts, raspberry vinaigrette
  • Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo
  • Fresh rolls and butter
  • Chef’s choice dessert
  • Vegetarian option: pasta with Marinara sauce
Special Notice
Luncheon Price Increase

Due to rising labor and food costs, the price of our luncheons at Rancho
Canada increased to $29 for members and stays at $35 for guests.

This is the first increase in many years.

The new payment deadline is 7 days in advance.

Click here to open or download the luncheon reservation form in PDF format.


January Program Report

Summary of “Worlds Fall Apart: The Implosion of the Middle East”

Speaker: Prof. James Russell, Naval Postgraduate School
Date: January 25, 2018

Russell describes the gradual disintegration of a regional political order of family elites, sustained for a generation by military and security services. Four failed states – Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen – have been plagued for years by violent armed struggles involving outside proxies trying to influence the outcomes. The traditional outside powers exercising dominance in the 20th century are giving way to regional rivalries: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Iran, and the Gulf States. As the Arab Spring fades, all of these are now autocracies dependent on security sector arrangements.

What are the wars about? Struggle for political authority in states previously ruled by authoritarians where dissent was stifled by force and intimidation. There was no way to peacefully settle arguments about individual identity, state identity, relationship of the individual to the state, role of religion in the above matters, and over basic governing authority.

The results? Displaced populations, death and hardship, shattered economies and infrastructure add to the humanitarian catastrophe that will shape the landscape indefinitely. Whatever the eventual outcomes of these tragic conflicts, the Middle East will lag behind in human, economic social and political development.

U.S. policy choices? Ties to authoritarian regimes through arms sales, training, military bases and exercises limit flexibility. These same authoritarian regimes prevent peaceful, inclusive political liberalization that only helps fuel jihadi extremists. We endorse participative, open government; groups supported by the countries of the Gulf states mostly favor sharia law. “We cannot re-engineer the region’s politics.” Moreover, given the transformation of the energy sector and the rise of Asia, the Middle East is of decreasing strategic importance.

by Philip Morgan

The Passport for February 2018

This is an online version of the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). You may click here to see other online issues or click here to reach the archive of recent issues in PDF format.

Upcoming Luncheon Meeting

Challenges to South Africa’s Democracy

Speaker: E. Philip Morgan, Emeritus Professor

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS)

Overview

After a short honeymoon, the promise of President Nelson Mandela’s 1990s legacy has suffered many slings and arrows in the intervening twenty years. The remarkably peaceful transition from the minority rule of the apartheid state to open, universal suffrage, competitive elections, and guaranteed human rights was seen as a great achievement the world over and a beacon to the rest of the African continent. However, a combination of global and internal forces challenged the new, liberal government almost immediately upon ratification of a new constitution in 1996.

The ruling African National Congress party has maintained its collective participatory decision making at many levels. It still has legitimacy as the party that delivered majority rule and discouraged ethnic factions from be-coming breakaway parties. But the increasing incidences of unaddressed corruption have been undermining these virtues in recent years. These events have affected confidence in the national economy; growth is barely discernible. The judicial system is robust to this day, but if criminal behavior on the part of people in high places is not prosecuted, the public sees impunity. When this gap is filled it is usually by the media. South Africa has a free press but has been threatened in recent years by the cur-rent government. So the question Professor Morgan will attempt to answer is: “Will South African leadership meet the challenges to democracy?” This is a transition year, national elections occur in 2019.

Professor Morgan is the former Dean of the Graduate School of International Policy Studies at MIIS. While a professor of politics, public administration and development throughout his career, he has also worked with The World Bank, USAID, and UNDP on diagnostic studies, technical assistance and training. He has lived and worked extensively in both the French and English-speaking countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, with a long-term commitment to the countries of Southern Africa. Philip Morgan earned his PhD. in Political Science at Syracuse University.

Agenda

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
11:30 am: Registration begins
11:50 am: Luncheon
1:00 – 2:00 pm: Program

Location

Rancho Canada, Carmel Valley Road

Luncheon Menu
  • Caesar Salad
  • Oven Roasted Salmon with Béarnaise Sauce
  • Rice and Vegetables
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • (Vegetarian option: Pasta Primavera tossed in pesto olive oil with parmesan cheese)

Click here to open or download the luncheon reservation form in PDF format.

Special Notice
Luncheon Price Increase
Starting This Month

Due to rising labor and food costs, the price of our luncheons at Rancho
Canada increased to $29 for members and stays at $35 for guests.

This is the first increase in many years.

The new payment deadline is 7 days in advance.


December Program Report

Meteorology, Oceanography and National Security

Speaker: Dr. Jim Hansen

The World Affairs Council was pleased to host Dr. Jim Hansen, head of the Naval Research Lab (NRL) in Monterey, during our December luncheon. Dr. Hansen spoke on what the NRL and the co-located Fleet Numerical Center do with regard to “Meteorology, Oceanography and National Security.” In a nutshell, Fleet Numerical is in charge of daily forecasting for the US Navy world-wide, while the NRL is the Navy’s “corporate laboratory” concentrating on big picture basic research.

As an example, a warmer future includes numerous outcomes, including more cyclones, so how might the Navy respond? What types of ships and equipment would likely be needed given those changed conditions in the decades ahead?

Dr. Hansen gave numerous examples of the types of problems that researchers at the NRL deal with, including: emergent large dust storms bearing down on the fleet, night time ice flows that can seriously harm ships if not accounted for, tropical cyclones that strike at night and are thus not visible, pirate risk analysis, major drug running patterns and interdiction that the Navy is called on to deal with, and even the proper spacing of submarines for maximum effect and minimum accidents.

Hansen concluded that “science is easy, people are hard.” That is, the NRL’s major task is to make science user friendly, particularly when it comes to uncertainty. There are lots of captains and admirals who have done things a certain way for years and need to be convinced that the NRL’s science often shows a better path forward to solving fleet problems.

by Glenn E. Robinson