THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018, JAPAN-U.S. RELATONS ON AN UNCERTAIN TRAJECTORY?, Tsuneo Akaha, Ph.D., Professor of International Policy and Development, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village Auditorium
5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa

Members & SLV residents: free; Nonmembers: $5 donation


The inauguration of the Trump Administration in 2017 has presented both challenges and opportunities for Japan. Prime Minister Abe has quickly and adroitly responded, but Tokyo’s approach to Washington has also revealed some areas of divergence between the two countries’ trade policies and approaches to Russia, and also exposed contradictions in Japan’s national security and nuclear nonproliferation policies.

Can the U.S. and Japan overcome these challenges and effectively deal with the emerging global and regional issues such as North Korea's nuclear and missile development…plus China's burgeoning power and influence, the mounting global call for a ban on nuclear weapons, and regional trade frameworks, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
. Professor Akaha will share his thoughts on these and other questions.

Dr. Akaha teaches courses on human security, international migration, multiculturalism, East Asia, Russia, and East Asia. He has authored/edited twelve books and authored over 100 journal articles and book chapters on human security and migration in East Asia, international relations in Northeast Asia, and Japanese foreign policy. He received his Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Southern California.

Pat Givens, Sponsor

FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018, UNDERSTANDING NORTH KOREA’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM, Melissa Hanham, Senior Research Associate in the East Asia Nonproliferation Program (EANP) at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS), Monterey

Noon, Legends at Bennett Valley Golf Club
3330 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa

$29; Nonmembers: $34
Reservations due 5/4
or earlier if capacity is reached

North Korea's nuclear and missile tests have been grabbing headlines for some time now, but what does it mean? Join Melissa Hanham in examining satellite imagery, photos, and videos to see North Korea's capabilities firsthand. Join us for a lively discussion about what we can do to address it.

Ms. Hanham’s regional interests include the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, North Korean WMD procurement and proliferation networks, China’s nuclear posture, and East Asian security. She also studies Chinese, South Korean, and Japanese nuclear exports, as well as East and Southeast Asian export control systems. She investigates new techniques in open source geospatial analysis, incorporating imagery and other remote sensing data, large data sets, social media, 3D modeling, and GIS mapping. Ms. Hanham teaches “Geospatial Tools for Nonproliferation Analysis” and is a regular contributor to the Arms Control Wonk blog and Bellingcat website.

Linda Lambert, Sponsor

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018, MACRON’S VISION FOR FRANCE AND EUROPE, Dr. Norman Bowen, Emeritus Professor of Political Science and former Director of the International Studies Program at California State University East Bay.

7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village Auditorium
5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa

Members & SLV: free; Visitors: $5 donation

The French President Emmanuel Macron has articulated a political and economic vision that promises to reach beyond traditional left and right ideologies and policies to construct a new France. He aims to unleash individual initiative, capacity, and entrepreneurship while revamping the social safety net to protect the truly disadvantaged. Macron aims to undermine the dangers of resurgent race-based nationalism. His vision can only be realized within a strong and improved European Union. Dr. Bowen will explore Macron’s plans, discuss their philosophical and structural foundations, and evaluate the results thus far.

Norman Bowen’s areas of specialization are the history of the United Nations and its various programs, as well as French foreign and domestic policy. He lived and taught in France at the University of Paris III and the American University of Paris for twenty years before returning to the U.S. and completing his career at California State University East Bay.

Linda Lambert, Sponsor

FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018, To Be Announced


Noon, DoubleTree Hotel
One Doubletree Drive, Rohnert Park

Members: $34, Nonmembers: $39
Reservations due 6/1 or earlier if capacity is reached





THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018, Switzerland: #1-Rated Country in the World. What Might America Learn from Them? by Walter Niederberger, U.S. Correspondent for Tages-Anzeiger, Switzerland’s largest daily newspaper.


7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village Auditorium
5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa

Members & SLV: free; Visitors: $5 donation


Switzerland has been recently rated the world’s #1 country by U.S. News and World Report. (The United States has been ranked #8 in the same survey.) How is Switzerland doing so well? What can we learn from them? Be ready…we can learn a lot!

In tonight’s program, Joe Leadem from the World Affairs Council Program Committee will interview Mr. Niederberger, who will share his thoughts on Switzerland. Walter has previously been a political correspondent for the Associated Press (AP) in Switzerland and the capital newspaper Der Bund. He currently reports on U.S. economic affairs. In 2016 he published his first book, Trumpland--Portrait of a Divided Nation for the German-speaking market. He and his wife live in Healdsburg.

Please join us for this discussion of Switzerland. We have a lot of questions for Walter and maybe you do, too! Who knows where it will lead? Maybe we can find answers to some of the issues facing America…in the Alps of all places!

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As we announced in the First Quarter Perspectives, due to the October fires, we must find new luncheon venues to replace the Fountaingrove Inn and the Hilton. We have often considered the DoubleTree in Rohnert Park because of the very nice banquet rooms and good reputation for quality and service. Now we are going to add it to our luncheon venue options, beginning on June 8. Although it sounds like a long way from Santa Rosa, it is only a 15-minute drive from Santa Rosa’s Montgomery Village, or about the same as the drive to the Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club. Here are two options for driving there:

• Take Highway 101 south to the Golf Course Drive exit. Turn left onto Golf Course Drive. Continue for
0.3 miles to Doubletree Drive. This takes you right into the parking lot for the DoubleTree Hotel.

• Alternatively, you can take Petaluma Hill Road south to Snyder Lane. Make a soft right onto Snyder Lane. Continue on Snyder Lane to Golf Course Drive. Turn right and continue to Doubletree Drive on your right.

We are looking forward to a great relationship with the DoubleTree Hotel and hope that you will enjoy their ambiance, ease of parking, and good quality of food and service.



Make checks payable to WACSC and send to World Affairs Council, PO Box 1433, Santa Rosa, CA 95402.


When we announce a forthcoming WAC luncheon program, we request that you mail your reservation form and check to arrive no later than one week before the event. Most venues require this amount of time in order to be properly staffed and for the chef to order the right quantity of food for our event. Also note that we will take reservations through that week-prior date, or until we reach capacity. It is always a good idea to send your reservation as soon as you can so as not to be disappointed.


If your reservation arrives after the deadline date or capacity has been reached, you will receive a notification and your check will be returned. You may request to be added to a wait list for cancellations by leaving a message at the WACSC phone number, 707-573-6014.


We accept cancellations and provide refunds up to 72 hours before the event. For example, if there is a luncheon on Friday, we can accept your cancellation and send you a refund if you have called the above mentioned phone number to cancel before noon on the preceding Tuesday. After that time, we cannot provide a refund, since we are obligated to pay the venue for the reservation, even if you do not come.



Many of us just can’t eat all the food that we are often served at our WAC luncheons. Wishing not to waste food, we may have asked for a “doggie bag.” Depending on where you were and whom you asked, you may have been told that the venue does not allow food to be taken away. How can that be? There is enough here for another meal!


NO DOGGY BAG policy applies at some of our luncheon venues. This is the restaurant's food safety rule, not a WACSC policyThe reason is primarily related to liability that the restaurant would have, should you get sick from the food you take home. Sometimes, food taken home may sit in a car a bit too long and develop bacteria that could make you sick. So, please understand that the venue is not just being mean, but, rather, they do not want to take the risk of you becoming ill.


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