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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