The Passport for September 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. 

Relations Between the US and Mexico

In his remarks, Professor Alex Saragoza will examine the three issues that vex the contemporary relationship between the US and Mexico: the revisions of NAFTA, the illegal drug trade, and immigration and border enforcement.

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WACMB coordinates two ongoing discussion groups, which are free and open to the public. Each month, the group selects the topic for the following month’s discussion.

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Welcome to our New Members

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

  • Barry and Kim Bedwell
  • Kristen Carlson
  • Luke and Linda Dilger
  • Robert Grant
  • Elsa Haas
  • Jeanne Herrick
  • Carol Johnson and Bill Savage
  • Joanne Kelly
  • Linnea and Michael Kwasny
  • Holly Mikkelson
  • Aziz Popal
  • Coleman Smith
  • Frank and Linda Southers
  • Barry and Kathleen Swift

WACA Announces the 2019 National Conference

The World Affairs Councils of America (our umbrella organization) invites you to attend its annual National Conference, which will be held November 6-8 at the historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. This year’s topic is “The Eight Forces Shaping the Global Economy.” Speakers include the following:

  • James Baker, former Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, and White House Chief of Staff
  • Chuck Hagel, former Senator and Secretary of Defense
  • Molly Kinder, Senior Advisor to the New America National Network
  • Richard Stengel, former Undersecretary of State and editor of Time Magazine.

The WACA National Conference offers unparalleled opportunities for learning, networking, and professional development. There will be keynotes, panel discussions, luncheons, off-site visits to think tanks, and a special reception at the embassy of the People’s Republic of China.

The Mayflower Hotel, which opened in 1925, is one of DC’s landmark spaces. Its downtown location places you right in the center of things. Walk to the National Mall, the Smithsonian, the White House, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, and Rock Creek Park. To travel more widely, hop on Metrorail, which you can access at the Farragut North station, less than two blocks away from the Mayflower.

Special Early-Bird registration rates are now available. For further information or to register, go to https://www.wacaconference2019.com.


Help Our Organization Grow!

Did you know that most of our new members find WACMB through our current members? You can help our organization to continue to grow by spreading the word about the advantages and opportunities that membership in WACMB brings. How?

  • Bring a friend to a luncheon
  • Mention our organization at a social gathering
  • Take home a few brochures to pass around.

Have you noticed that we’ve been doing some advertising lately? It’s just another step we’re taking to tell the community about WACMB. We welcome members’ suggestions about other ways to help our organization grow. Send your suggestions to wacmb@redshift.com!


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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

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