Luncheon on March 20, 2020

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

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

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


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



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

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

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


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

Luncheon Menu

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

Luncheon Cost

  • $33 for members
  • $40 for guests


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

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.


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

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