THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018, DRAGON IN THE ROOM: IS CHINA GOOD OR BAD FOR AFRICA? Dr. Wei Liang, Ph.D., Professor, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California


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

5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa


Members & SLV free: Visitors $5


During the last 50 years, China’s ties with Africa have undergone a remarkable transformation…from cooperating on diplomatic matters to trade and investments in a majority of the countries in Africa. A McKinsey Report states that Chinese state-owned projects in energy and infrastructure are huge, but more than 10,000 Chinese privately-owned firms are operating in Africa today. State-of-the art factories are going up in various African countries, employing African citizens, managed by Chinese employers, and producing everyday useful items.


Dr. Liang will help us understand these Chinese investments, and perhaps the “game plan” for the future relationship between China and African nations.


Dr. Liang is a professor at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, specializing in international trade and development policy. She is a graduate of Peking University, P.R.C., and received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.



FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018, THE CURRENT ECONOMIC OUTLOOK AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR MONETARY POLICY, John C. Williams, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Noon, Flamingo Hotel
2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa

Members: $31: Nonmembers: $36
Reservations due 3/30 or earlier if capacity is reached


Our economy is central to everything we hold dear: our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Given economy’s importance, what is the outlook? Our economy is expected to grow, but by how much and is that sustainable? Is inflation a concern? John Williams is eminently qualified to address these questions and discuss what our monetary strategy might be in response. His thoughts matter . . . he votes on U.S. monetary policy!

John C. Williams took office as President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco on March 1, 2011. In this role, he serves on the Federal Open Market Committee, bringing the Fed’s Twelfth District’s perspective to monetary policy discussions in Washington. Mr. Williams has a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an A.B. from UC Berkeley.

Joe Leadem, Sponsor


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, in addition to 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, PERIL ON THE NORTHERN HORIZON: FOREIGN CHALLENGES IN 2018, John F. Kelly, Professor of National Security Studies, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.

Noon, DoubleTree Hotel
One Doubletree Drive, Rohnert Park

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

John F. Kelly will review the current status of the relationships among NATO nations, the United States, and Russia. A new card has been dealt in the game of great power politics--climate change. While the Trump Administration minimizes and even disputes "climate change," Vladimir Putin and Russia are banking on it and are investing heavily in the Arctic. Russia is enhancing its military presence in the area in order to access the Northwest Passage. The United States’ denial, inaction, and potential consequences will be reviewed in detail.

Dr. John F. Kelly is an engaging speaker and accomplished academic with over 40 years of concurrent experience in higher education, civil government, and the military. He retired from Federal service as a Professor of Security Studies at the National Defense University and served as Associate Dean of the African Center for Strategic Studies. Professor Kelly teaches U.S. foreign policy and national security studies, concentrating on conflict mitigation.

Joe Clendenin, Sponsor




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