Thursday, June 22, 2017, AMERICA’S ROLE IN ASIA:

THE FUTURE OF THE REBALANCE, David Arnold, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Asia Foundation


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

5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa


Members & SLV free: Visitors $5



Asia has been transfixed by the twists and turns of the new U.S. Administration and where U.S. foreign policy toward Asia will stand going forward. With 60 percent of the world’s population, and some of the world’s fastest-growing economies and thorniest security challenges, Asia’s rising strategic importance cannot be overstated. Asian leaders are deeply concerned about the way forward on complex issues in the region, including security, trade, pressing inter-Asian tensions, as well as rising powers eager to set their own agendas. According to a new report by The Asia Foundation, the United States must not shrink from its leadership role in the international order. Asian Views on America’s Role in Asia: The Future of the Rebalance is a set of strategic recommendations for the new Administration regarding foreign policy toward Asia, including a concise top 10. The Asia Foundation’s signature foreign policy initiative presents insights from Asian and American thought leaders.


David Arnold leads all aspects of The Asia Foundation, overseeing 18 country offices across Asia and its San Francisco headquarters and office in Washington. Since assuming the presidency in 2011, he has launched new initiatives focusing on technology innovations and Asian Leadership development. Before joining The Asia Foundation, Mr. Arnold served as president of the American University in Cairo for seven years. From 1984 to 1997 he worked for the Ford Foundation in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. He holds a Master Degree in Public Administration from Michigan State University and a Bachelor Degree from the University of Michigan.




Friday, July 14, 2017, THE NEW GREAT GAME IN SOUTHERN ASIA, Feroz Hassan Khan, former Brigadier in the Pakistan Army, lecturer and senior researcher in the Department of National Security Affairs of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School


Noon, Legends, Bennett Valley Golf Club

3330 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa


Members: $29; Non-members: $34

Reservations due 7/7


Brigadier Khan examines implications of strategic stability in the region linking Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. China, India, and Pakistan are rivals while forming new alliances/balances in the important cusp of these three nuclear-armed countries. Rivalry involves military modernization as the U.S. pivots to Asia-Pacific region, and spans into Southern Asia where India and Pakistan’s security competition is intensifying--and a regional nuclear war is not ruled out. The U.S. plans to reduce its footprint in the Afghanistan-Pakistani region, but is beset with territorial and ideological disputes, overladen with non-state actors and terrorism.


Brigadier Khan holds an M.A. in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies and John Hopkins University. He has held visiting fellowships at Stanford University, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Brookings Institution, and Sandia National Lab in New Mexico. Khan has authored Eating Grass: The Making of the Pakistani Bomb and is co-editor of Nuclear Learning in South Asia: The Next Decade.

Linda Lambert, Sponsor




Thursday, July 27, 2017, WAC ANNUAL PICNIC

(no speaker)


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

7035 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa


Members and Guests: $30

Reservations due 7/20


Buffet: Grilled Tri-Tip, Pesto Cheese Tortellini,

Baked Beans, Various Salads, Ice Cream Sundae.

No-host full bar.




Friday, September 8, 2017, DILEMMAS GALORE: THE MEANING OF BREXIT IN A GLOBAL SETTING,Dr. Sheldon Rothblatt, Professor of History Emeritus at U.C. Berkeley


Noon, Camelot Room, Fountaingrove Inn

101 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa


Members: $32; Non-members: $37

Reservations due 9/1



Dr. Rothblatt will address the impact that Brexit (Britain Exit) will have on the United Kingdom (UK), the European Union (EU), and the United States on international trade, immigration, and environmental agreements.


The EU economic/political partnership, in its present form, took effect on November 1, 1993. Now including 28 countries, the EU acts as a “single market,” allowing goods, services, and citizens to move freely about as one country, and its common government negotiates common issues. EU’s single currency (Euro) is used by 19 members; Britain kept its Pound Sterling.


The UK’s June 2016 election, nicknamed Brexit, was to decide whether to remain in the EU or leave it. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain, but Britain and Wales votes took precedence, and the UK is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29, 2020.


Dr. Rothblatt’s specialty is Modern British History. He was educated at Berkeley and Cambridge University, and was awarded the “Berkeley Citation” for distinguished achievement and for notable service to the university.

Heather McLintock, Sponsor




Thursday, September 21, 2017, BRIDGING THE GULF: U.S. FOREIGN POLICY AND THE ARABIAN GULF, Ambassador Susan Ziadeh, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Arabian Peninsula Affairs, former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar


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

5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa


Members & SLV free: Visitors $5


The Arabian Gulf nations wield significant influence in policy areas as disparate as international finance, military cooperation, counterterrorism implementation, energy production, and complex negotiations involving Iran, Iraq, Syria, and the Arab/Israeli Peace Process. These nations--Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates--are joined in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), but their actions and policy goals often differ and diverge based on their own national interests. Despite the importance and influence of the GCC countries for U.S. interests, the American public often has only a vague understanding of these nations and their vital importance to the United States.


Ambassador (retired) Susan Ziadeh is a perfect guide to demystifying this region due to her extensive diplomatic expertise in support of the U.S. national interest in the Arabian Gulf. She was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Arabian Peninsula Affairs in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, and U.S. Ambassador to the State of Qatar from 2011-2014. She also held positions of Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Riyadh, Official Spokesperson at U.S. Embassy Baghdad, and Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Bahrain. Her other overseas postings included Riyadh, Kuwait, Amman, and Jerusalem.

Kathleen Riley, Sponsor


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