Passport for August 2020

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. 

Issues Around the World in the Age of Covid-19

Check your email on the scheduled days for links to these videos

August 15, 2020
Emily Meierding
Naval Postgraduate School

The Pandemic and the Price War: Oil During Covid-19

As the Covid-19 pandemic intensified, oil markets experienced a rocky ride. Dr. Emily Meierding explores the reasons for the collapse of oil prices in the spring of 2020 and discusses the prospects for recovery. Emily Meierding is an Assistant Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. Her research examines energy geopolitics and environmental security issues. Dr. Meierding’s book, The Oil Wars Myth: Petroleum and the Causes of International Conflict, has just been published by Cornell University Press. She holds a BA in history from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MA and PhD in political science from the University of Chicago.

August 30, 2020
Robert Tomlinson
Naval War College

National Security Affairs in the Age of Covid-19

Dr. Robert Tomlinson looks at how America’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic will dramatically shape our foreign policy and national security choices. He argues for the development and promulgation of a new national security strategy that takes into account the new geopolitical reality of America’s role in a post-Covid world. Robert Tomlinson is an Associate Professor of National Security Affairs in the Naval War College’s program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. Dr. Tomlinson has a BA from the College of the Holy Cross, master’s degrees from Golden Gate University and California State University, Northridge, and a PhD from Claremont Graduate University. He served in the US Air Force for 26 years, retiring at the rank of Colonel.


Click here for a list of all “Quick Takes” episodes, both published and planned. On the scheduled day, you will receive an email with a link that will take you to the video.


Video Library

Remember: every past episode of our “Quick Takes: Issues Around the World in the Age of Covid-19” series is available in our video library, along with many videos of previous luncheon talks. Go to our Speakers, Topic, and Videos page to view the following Quick Takes:

  • Philipp Bleek on How Prepared Were Governments to Meet Covid-19-Related Issues? (coming on July 30)
  • Mike Clancy on Covid-19 and Climate Change
  • Craig Whiteside on ISIS
  • Glenn E. Robinson’s on Global Jihad

WACMB coordinates two ongoing discussion groups that address a new current topic each month. The sessions are are free and open to the public.

Click the headline above to read more.


High School Essay Contest Winners

This spring, WACMB launched a new initiative: a high school essay contest. Thanks to the Scholarship Committee – Michelle Amirkhanian, Brett Borden, Jean Hurd, Chris Keehn, and Larry Johnson (ex officio) – for their hard work in creating the contest, which aims to encourage interest in international affairs and global studies among local high school students.

Entrants were required to write an essay that addressed the following: If you could change something in current world affairs, what would it be? Why should it be changed, and how would you change it?

You can read or listen to the winning essays by clicking here.

Congratulations to the winners!

  • Jasmine Agha is a junior at York School. Jasmine’s essay, “Fear and Hopelessness in the Unknown,” addresses the catastrophic civil war in Syria and the plight of Syrian refugees.
  • Jane Hoffman is a junior at Santa Catalina School. Jane’s essay, “Confronting the Climate Crisis,” encourages extensive international collaboration to reduce carbon emissions.
  • CJ Hunt is a sophomore at Seaside High. CJ’s essay, “The Problem of Capitalism,” argues for an international shift to economies that are driven by the common good rather than by profits.
  • Angelia Shi is a junior at Santa Catalina School. Angelia’s essay, “Our Future: A Religious Melting Pot,” recommends the study of comparative religions as a way to increase tolerance and decrease conflicts.

How the World is Approaching Covid-19

At the July WACMB Board meeting (conducted via Zoom to allow for safe social distancing), there was a discussion about the ways that different countries are addressing Covid-19. Here in the US, of course, we’re using masks, handwashing, social distancing, and sanitizing wipes, etc. But what practices are encouraged and discouraged elsewhere?

Doug Rogers, our Publicity chair, reached out to friends all around the world to ask about what’s being done in their countries, and they quickly responded.

The poster to the left is from Australia, and emphasizes hand washing for at least 20 seconds. (Sound familiar?)

The other responses came as links to videos, which are mostly PSAs. We think you’ll enjoy them!

Remember: Wash your hands. Wear your mask. Maintain social distancing. We’re all in this together.


CRYPTOGRAMS!

Answers to the Cryptograms in July’s Passport

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    -UPUIVYH HYYKUTUPN
    ANSWER: It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
    -Eleanor Roosevelt
  2. YVH BXWWHG RW MVRPV SWH HWLQGHC MVXY BQCY TH HWLQGHL RC BSGH RBOSGYXWY YVXW YVH YVRWZ YVXY BQCY TH HWLQGHL.
    -LHXW XPVHCSW
    ANSWER: The manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured.
    -Dean Acheson
  3. VG JDX OSIBQ SC Z KXIN CZTSPQ BXZB HXIQSG, “Z GZJVSG JDZJ BSXQ GSJ UGSO VJQ DVQJSIN VQ BSSTXB JS BS HSSIFN SG JDX QYDSFZQJVY ZHJVJPBX JXQJ.”
    -BZKX AZIIN
    ANSWER: In the words of a very famous dead person, “A nation that does not know its history is doomed to do poorly on the Scholastic Aptitude Test.”
    -Dave Barry

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