Friday, January 13, 2017, WACSC ANNUAL DINNER

WHAT THE RISE OF ASIA MEANS FOR THE U.S., Anja Manuel, former diplomat, speaker, author


Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club

333 Country Club Drive, Santa Rosa


5:30 p.m. No-Host Cocktails; 6 p.m. Dinner; 7 p.m. Program


Members and Members Guests: $44

Reservations due 1/6


In the next decade and a half, Asia will surpass the combined strength of North America and Europe in economic might, population size, and military spending. Formerly at the State Department and now advisor to American CEOs, Anja Manuel gives an intimate tour of China and India and shows American politicians, businesses, and ordinary citizens doing business there an optimistic path to partner with these countries.


Ms. Manuel is a significant voice on globalization. She is co-founder and partner with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in a strategic consulting firm, helping business leaders make sense of international markets.


Anja Manuel’s book, This Brave New World, draws on her experience in business, law, and government. She comments on TV and radio and writes frequently for many media outlets. She graduated Harvard Law School and Stanford University and now lectures at Stanford.

Mike Morrison, Sponsor




Thursday, February 2, 2017, THE TRUMP ELECTIONS IMPACT ON U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS, Anna Vassilieva, professor, program head, and Director of Graduate Learning Initiative in Russian Studies at Middlebury Institute of International Studies (formerly Monterey Institute), author, translator, and editor


7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village Auditorium

5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa

Members & SLV free; Visitors $5



The U.S. has a new president-elect–-Donald Trump. Trumps attitude and policies toward Russia may differ from those of the prior administration. During the election itself, Russian political leaders preferred Trump to Clinton. Do they still? What might their reactions be to changes in foreign policy? Ms. Vassilieva will look at things from the Russian point of view.


Professor Anna Vassilieva was born and grew up in Russia. She earned a Ph.D. in history from the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Federation. She taught in Russia, and for the past 25 years has been a Professor of Russian Studies at the Monterey Institute. Professor Vassilieva is founder and Director of the Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies, a program studying contemporary Russian politics and society through the lens of Russian political scientists, historians, and economists. She has been interviewed on the PBS NewsHour, CNN International, and Al Jazeera America. 

                                                                              Joe Leadem, Sponsor



Friday, February 10, 2017, THE CYBER SECURITY CHALLENGE: ENSURING THE SUCCESS OF OUR ECONOMY AND DEMOCRACY, Edward Kinney, retired, 30+year veteran of Information Systems and Cyber Security with the federal government.


12:00 noon, Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club

Members: $30; Guests: $35  (deadline for reservations: 2/3)


Cyber security, and all things associated with telecommunications within in the U.S. government and the economy, are “hot topics” in the media these days. WACSC is fortunate to present a noon program featuring a Santa Rosa native, Edward Kinney. His presentation will include: 1) what is information security and why it is important; 2) critical factors on how it is created, maintained, and improved; 3) comments on security breeches; and 4) a look ahead to the future regarding cyber security. This presentation will provide a non-technical perspective about the challenges “we” face in successfully securing information systems.


Mr. Kinney has completed a 30-year career in U.S. government positions, successfully managing large and critical information technology mission projects and programs. He was a Director within the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Customs. He was Program Director in the Department of Treasury, managing the largest telecommunications network (11,000 circuits) in the civilian federal government, in IRS Project Management in the multi-billion dollar resign of tax computer systems, and in the Department of Veterans Affairs, replacing outdated information systems for 180 medical centers. Following federal service, Ed was a consultant and VP for companies providing information technology services across the federal government.  




Thursday, February 23, 2017, ZIKA VIRUS IN THE AMERICAS: RETURN OF THE COLUMBIAN EXCHANGE, George Rutherford, M.D., Salvatore Pablo Lucia Professor of Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine, Pediatrics and History; Head of the Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, and Vice Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco

7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village Auditorium

5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa

Members & SLV free; Visitors $5


The Zika virus has rapidly spread throughout the Americas, including the United States, plus many other parts of the world. If contracted during pregnancy, the virus can have devastating effects on the developing fetus. Dr. Rutherford will discuss our ever-changing current knowledge of this infection, the current status of the Zika epidemic, and its implications for each of us.  


Dr. Rutherford was educated at Stanford University and Duke University School of Medicine, and is board-certified in pediatrics and general preventive medicine and public health. He is an internationally-recognized expert on the epidemiology and control of communicable diseases of public health significance. Dr. Rutherford has advised various health committees and organizations all over the world, including WHO, UNAIDS, and the Global Fund. He was the first Chair of the Department of Veterans Affairs Research Advisory Council.


                                                                                Joe Clendenin, Sponsor



Friday, March 10, 2017, THE CASE FOR U.S. NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN THE 21ST CENTURY, Brad Roberts, Ph.D., Director, Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Noon, Quail Inn at Oakmont

7035 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa, CA

Members $30; Non-members $35

Reservations due 3/3


The U.S. nuclear weapons strategy has been one of “mutually assured destruction” (MAD)—make nuclear war so terrible, no one will start one. It has worked, but the world is evolving. MAD is still relevant but, now, multiple countries have nuclear weapons; some are developing them; we have numerous mutual defense pacts, one country with an erratic leader; regional disputes; and a nuclear arsenal that may need modernizing. Dr. Roberts discusses where things stand, what it means, and options going forward. 


As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy, Dr. Roberts helped lead the Administration's Nuclear Policy Review and Ballistic Missile Defense Review. He had long tenures at the Institute for Defense Analyses and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and for seven years was editor for Washington Quarterly; his writings appear in many publications.


Dr. Roberts has a B.A. from Stanford, a M.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a doctorate from Erasmus University, the Netherlands.

Joe Leadem, Sponsor




Thursday, March 23, 2017, THE ISLAMIC STATE, ASSAD, RUSSIA, AND THE FAILURE OF U.S. POLICY, Reese Erlich, award-winning journalist and author


7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village Auditorium

5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa

Members & SLV free; Visitors $5



Reese Erlich discusses the growth of Syrian extremist rebel groups, the status of the Assad regime, foreign intervention, and the failure of U.S. policy. He provides up-to-date analysis and discusses what the new U.S. president faces in one of the world's major crises. Mr. Erlich has reported from the frontlines along the northern Iraq-Syria border and visited all the countries surrounding Syria to interview rebel leaders, refugees, and civil society activists.


As a Peabody-winning journalist, Reese Erlich is the author of five books on U.S. foreign policy, including Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect, and has won many awards. He has a 40-plus-year history in journalism and, today, works as a full-time print and broadcast freelance reporter for NPR, Foreign Policy, VICE News, The Progressive, ABC (Australia), and Radio Deutsche Welle, among others. His television documentaries have aired nationwide on PBS. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors declared September 14, 2010, as “Reese Erlich Day” in honor of his investigative journalistic work.


Kathy Riley, Sponsor




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Reservation and Cancellation Policies.

Luncheon and Annual Dinner reservations have become increasingly popular and are filling our venue capacities more rapidly than ever. While this is greatly appreciated by the WACSC Management Board, it requires the implementation of some practical controls, as follows:

Reservations must be cut off one week before the date of the event. If your reservation is received after the published deadline it will be returned and your name will be placed on a waiting list.

Cancellations will be honored if you call us at 707-573-6014, at least 48 hours before the event. This same number can be used to ask questions about WACSC programs and policies. You will receive a refund in the mail. If you need to cancel less than 48 hours before the event we cannot issue a refund because your meal will be charged to the Council. Cancellations made before the 48 hour deadline may allow members on a waiting list to attend.

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