The Passport for August 2018

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Luncheon Meeting on August 23, 2018


Cyber Strategy: Russia, Putin and Political Warfare


Ryan Maness

Naval Postgraduate School


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.


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 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.


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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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:


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