The Passport for March 2019

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. 

Iraq has been ravaged in recent years by cycles of warfare, a growing refugee crisis, crippling sectarianism, and the violent spread of the self-styled Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Although the U.S.- led war in Iraq officially ended in 2011, there is widespread concern that Iraq poses a long-term challenge to stability in the region. What are the threats facing Iraq today? What can the United States and other countries do to help stabilize Iraq and get it on the right path to self-sufficiency and stability?

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From January through March, WACMB presents Great Decisions, an eight-week program produced by the Foreign Policy Association of America (FPA). Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. Each year, the program provides background information and policy options for eight of the most critical issues facing the United States; this information serves as the focal text for discussion groups all across the country, including ones at MPC and OLLI/CSUMB.

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Welcome to our New Members

The World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay is pleased to welcome our new members:

  • Ray Hiebert and Sheila Gibbons Hiebert
  • Bonnie Lockwood
  • Anthony and Jane Diamond
  • Joseph and Cynthia Hertlein
  • Deborah and Peter Stern

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Luncheon Price Increase

Please note that the prices for our luncheons have gone up, beginning this month. The price for members is now $31 and the price for guests is $40. If you’re not a member, join now and save $9 on every luncheon!

Your WACMB board made the decision to raise the prices for our luncheons because our luncheon venues have raised the prices that they charge us. If we hadn’t raised the rates, we’d lose money on every luncheon. We think you’ll agree that the quality programs offered by WACMB are easily worth the price.

This is the monthly newsletter of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area (WACMB). Founded in 1951, the council is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization established to promote the presentation, discussion, and study of international affairs. WACMB is a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization, EIN-770301206. Contributions are tax deductible as permitted by law. WACMB sponsors monthly luncheons, discussion groups, and student scholarships.

Corporate and institutional support for the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area is provided by:

  • California State University Monterey Bay
  • Defense Language Institute
  • Monterey Peninsula College
  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  • Rancho Canada
  • Horan & Lloyd Law Firm