Friday, July 8, 2016, DOES EUROPE HAVE A FUTURE? Colonel Peter Frank, German Army, Associate Military Professor, Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California


Noon, Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club

333 Country Club Drive, Santa Rosa


Members: $29; Non-members: $34  

Reservations due 7/1


In a world characterized by anarchy and self-interest of nation states, the 28 member-state European Union (EU) is a remarkable political achievement. A supranational organization with a population of more than half a billion, the EU has a combined GNP larger than that of the United States, considerable wealth, advanced industries, and significant military. Nevertheless, Europe is currently struggling with fundamental challenges, including ISIS terror and unparalleled migration, as well as political, economic, and financial problems. Colonel Peter Frank will discuss the root causes of Europeís dilemmas today, the current situation, and steps leaders are taking.


Colonel Frankís research interests include international relations, crisis management, NATO and the European Union, and European security and defense policy. He joined the Naval Postgraduate School in October 2014. He has held national and international leadership and staff positions at tactical, operational, and national ministerial levels, as well as in NATO operations.


Colonel Frank received an M.A. in Business and Administration from the Bundeswehr University, Neubiberg; is a graduate from the German Armed Forces General Staff Course, Hamburg; and also received an M.A. in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2003.

Mike Morrison, Sponsor




Thursday, July 21, 2016, HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT: TODAY AND TOMORROW, Ralph A. Grau, Deputy Manager, International Space Station Program External Integration Office


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

5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa


Members & SLV free: Visitors $5


The United States came into being as a modern nation as a result of the voyages of the Age of Exploration. The country expanded as a result of continuing exploration into unknown frontier lands, and visionaries were willing to take risks and seek out new worlds. So, it is no surprise that we are still fascinated by exploration. Even after fifty years of space exploration, many challenges remain. Scientifically there is much still to be learned and accomplished, and space program success brings political complications and grave responsibilities. Mr. Grau will discuss the past, present, and future of the U.S. space program and of global space exploration.


Mr. Grau is responsible for all negotiations relating to Space Station international partners, external and internal communications, export control, and international partnerís physical and virtual access to NASA assets. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston. Between 1990-2010 he had increasing responsibilities in many aspects of engineering and management of the ISS Program. He has received many awards. Mr. Grau lives in Houston, Texas.

Joe Clendenin, Sponsor


Wednesday, August 17, 2016, WORLD AFFAIRS GALA SUMMER AFFAIR


5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Quail Inn, Oakmont

7035 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa


Members and guests: $29 per person

Reservations due 8/10


Itís time for the Annual Picnic! Shrug off those dog days of summer and get ready to have a great time! Like last year, we will unfold the blankets and open up the wicker baskets at the Quail Inn at Oakmont for our summer get together. Please join all of us, family and friends, on Wednesday, August 17, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. We have ordered up good summer weather to view the beautiful golf course and Mayacamas Mountains from the terrace at Quail Inn.


Music will serenade us while we savor the bountiful buffet of grilled tri tip, salads, and dessert provided by Quail Inn. A quiz or two will test your world affairs knowledge, with prizes for the winners. In addition to wine prizes for the quiz, we will again raffle off four $25 book certificates to Copperfield's Books. Please note that we will not have the traditional book sale this year, as our experience in recent years was that the logistical hassles far outweighed the financial benefits. Keep your books on your bookshelves!


Please mark your calendars for this special day when we can all come together for a good time, great conversation, and to celebrate our wonderful World Affairs Council community.




Friday, September 9, 2016, Tamin Ansary,


Noon, Flamingo Hotel

2777 4th Street, Santa Rosa


Members: $29; Non-members: $34  

Reservations due 9/2


Tamin Ansary is an Afghan-American author who excels, through his fascinating books, at telling the historically complicated and multi faceted story of Afghanistan. Mr Ansary will speak about his native country and its role in the world in a way that his books do. Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes  gives a vivid picture that often differs from the Western perspective. One of his more recent books Games Without Rules: The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan has been described as an epic drama, thriller, tragedy, and surreal farce. One of his earlier books, West of Kabul, East of New York describes his reaction shortly after the 9/11  attacks. All of these books and others have made  Mr. Ansary an expert on all the literary ways that Afghanistan and it's challenges can be described. His talk will  be enlightening and provide us with a cultural perspective we seldom hear or know about.

Reservations are on a first come first received basis but no later than Sept.2. Checks and reservation forms can be mailed to WACSC, please note that it is for the 9/9 program; P.O. Box 1433, Santa Rosa, CA 95402. Further information at 707 573-6014. The author's books will be available for sale.



Thursday, September 22, 2016, ELECTRIFYING A BILLION PEOPLE WITHOUT FRYING US ALL, Dr. Daniel R. Soto, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Studies and Planning, Sonoma State University

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

5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa

Members & SLV free: Visitors $5


Despite over one hundred years of electricity, over a billion people still lack reliable access to it. At the same time, many other people consume much more energy than is necessary to get the services they desire. Energy efficient technologies are key to extending energy to all citizens of the globe while keeping our climate as stable as possible. Dr. Soto has worked in projects to lower the technical and economic barriers to energy access in Mali, Uganda, and Indonesia.


Dr. Soto is an Assistant Professor at Sonoma State University, where he teaches courses focused on energy and the environment. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Earth Institute, working on solar micro-grids in Mali and Uganda. He earned his Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Stanford University, his M.S. in Physics from San Francisco State University, and his B.S. from Stanford.

Pat Givens, Sponsor



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

We have a great corporate sponsor, Spring Lake Village, please support them at every opportunity.

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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