Friday, June 12, 2015, NEW LIGHT ON WORLD WAR II AND THE ORIGINS OF THE COLD WAR, Dr. Christopher D. O’Sullivan, Professor, University of San Francisco


Noon, Fountaingrove Inn, Camelot Room

101 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa


Members: $30; Non-members: $35


Reservations deadline 6/5


Exploring international relations during World War II, as well as the origins of the Cold War, Dr. O’Sullivan has recently published a new diplomatic biography of FDR’s special advisor, Harry Hopkins: FDR’s Envoy to Churchill and Stalin. Many of us are familiar with Hopkins’ name and his era, but few understand how essential he was to the strategy of maintaining the delicate “Big Three” alliance of Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin.


Both Churchill and Stalin acknowledged that much of what the Allies achieved during the war would never have been possible without Hopkins, whom the press described as FDR’s most trusted advisor. Analyzing Hopkins’ role in wartime diplomacy and his interactions with the Allies’ leaders, Dr. O’Sullivan presents fresh insights into American foreign policy, the diplomacy of World War II, and the origins of the Cold War. He also offers observations as to why America’s role in world affairs since World War II has been largely marked by poor planning, misperceptions, and enormous miscalculations.


Dr. O’Sullivan is the recipient of the Distinguished Lecturer Award at the University of San Francisco. He received his Ph.D. from the University of London and his B.A. from UC Berkeley. The author of five books on world affairs, he lives in Healdsburg with his wife Maeve. They are WACSC members.




Thursday, June 18, 2015, HAVING FAITH IN DEMOCRACY: Politics, Islam, and Identity in Contemporary Indonesia, Darren Zook, Ph.D., Institute for South Asia Studies, University of California, Berkeley


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

5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa


Members & SLV free: Visitors $5



Indonesia’s democratic transformation after 1998 has been one of the more surprising success stories in recent years. Few observers had expectations that Indonesia, a majority Muslim country of 250 million people, would be able to make democracy work, given the lack of experience with democratic politics and the unbelievably complex layers of Indonesian society. Yet, against all odds, Indonesia has emerged as one of the few countries in the region to keep democracy moving in a stable and productive direction. This is especially evident in the dramatic presidential elections of July 2014, which brought Joko Widodo to power on a platform of hope and reform for the next chapter of Indonesia’s ongoing political transition. Problems and challenges remain, of course, but Indonesia seems determined to stay the course of democratization.

Professor Zook teaches political science and international and area studies at UC Berkeley. His interests include international law and human rights, cybersecurity, and comparative politics of the Asia-Pacific region. He spent the summer of 2014 in Indonesia, monitoring the election.




Friday, July 10, 2015, The Legacy of Obama’s Foreign Policy, Dr. Neil Joeck, Professor, Research Scholar at the Institute of International Studies at the University of California, Berkeley


Noon, Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club

333 Country Club Drive, Santa Rosa


Members: $26; Non-members: $31


Reservations deadline: 7/3 


American foreign policy has been marked historically by tension between interests and values. This tension is mirrored in the structure of U.S. foreign policy bureaucracy between regional and functional concerns. With about a year left before the Republicans and Democrats pick their candidate to replace him, President Obama is increasingly attentive to his legacy after he leaves office in January 2016. He still faces significant regional challenges-–in East Asia, Russia, Europe, the Middle East, and Southern Asia-–as well as functional concerns such as trade, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and human rights. Dr. Joeck will discuss these issues and how President Obama will attempt to strike a balance between these competing tensions that will define his legacy.


Dr. Joeck is a Research Fellow at the Institute for International Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, after a distinguished career in government service. He was employed initially as an intelligence analyst at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, then served on the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff. He later became Director for Counter Proliferation Strategy at the White House. Named National Intelligence Officer for South Asia in 2009, Dr. Joeck served for two years as the senior intelligence official on India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.







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