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in the multi-billion dollar resign of tax computer systems, and in the Department of Veterans Affairs, replacing outdated information systems for 180 medical centers.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




Thursday, March 2, 2017, The Evolving Crisis in Venezuela: Origins, Dynamics, and Possible Solutions, Margarita Lopez Maya, Professor at the Center for Development Studies (CENDES) at the Central University of Venezuela.


Glaser Center in downtown Santa Rosa

547 Mendocino Avenue

3:45 p.m. to 5:00 pm. Doors open at 3:30 pm.

Parking: Parking: 7th Street parking garage; $.75 per hour; Main entrance at 521 7th Street


We are especially pleased to offer this very special presentation by Professor

Margarita Lopez Maya, an extremely well thought of, highly respected, and highly informed Venezuelan expert from Venezuela. She will be here in the United States to make only two presentations: at Stanford University and to us! This is a rare opportunity that you certainly won't want to miss.


Venezuela is in crisis. The country's economy is under extreme duress. Consider these numbers: inflation clocked in at 800% in 2016; Gross National Product (GDP) was down by19%. These are obviously jaw-dropping numbers. As you would expect, these numbers can and have manifested into real social disruption. Press reports tell of people forced to wait for hours in line just to get into grocery stores to buy food, only to find that all the food is already gone. Unrest is palpable. All the while, deep political divisions within the country swirl about. How did Venezuela get here? What might be their way out? What can we learn from their experience? Find out by attending this special presentation.


Lopez Maya is Professor at the Center for Development Studies (CENDES) at the Central University of Venezuela. She has been a researcher and lecturer of Contemporary Political History of Venezuela for more than twenty-five years. She has studied political and social participation in different historical periods of Venezuela's democracy, as well as participatory innovations in the Bolivian revolution.


BRING A FRIEND. There is no charge for WAC members and their guests! Mark your calendar now. You won't want to miss this very interesting and fun event



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




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

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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.

No Doggie Bag policy applies to two of our meal venues: Fountaingrove Inn and the Hilton Hotel. This is their food safety rule; not ours.

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