Past Programs



Thursday, October 29, 2015, Exciting Progress and Harsh Realities in the Race to Low-Carbon Energy, Professor Severin Borenstein, E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy, Director Emeritus of the University of California Energy Institute and the Energy Institute at Haas


Friday, October 16, 2015, U.S. Healthcare 2015:  How Do We Compare with the Rest of the World? Dr. Rick Flinders, Chief of Adult Medicine Service, Sutter Hospital, Santa Rosa


Thursday, September 24, 2015

SOUTH AFRICA: THE FUTURE OF AN ILLUSION? Patrick Connolly, World Bank (retired)


Friday, September 11, 2015, THE NORDIC COUNTRIES: WHO ARE THEY AND WHAT MAKES THEM SPECIAL? Hilde Janne Skorpen, Norwegian Consul General


Thursday, July 23, 2015, RUSSIA IN THE UKRAINE: Through the Prism of Putinism, Anna Vassilieva, Professor, Program Head, and Director of Graduate Learning Initiative in Russian Studies at Middlebury Institute of International Studies


Friday, July 10, The Legacy of Obama’s Foreign Policy, Dr. Neil Joeck, Professor, Research Scholar at the Institute of International Studies at the University of California, Berkeley



Thursday, June 18, 2015, HAVING FAITH IN DEMOCRACY: Politics, Islam, and Identity in Contemporary Indonesia, Darren Zook, Ph.D., Institute for South Asia Studies, University of California, Berkeley


Friday, June 12, 2015, NEW LIGHT ON WORLD WAR II AND THE ORIGINS OF THE COLD WAR, Dr. Christopher D. O’Sullivan, Professor, University of San Francisco


Friday, May 8, 2015, WILL THE “NUCLEAR SPRING” EVER ARRIVE? David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle reporter; journalist


Thursday, April 23, 2015, SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN HAVE LED TO MORE HARM THAN GOOD: YES OR NO? Sonoma Academy Debate Team


Thursday, April 16, 2015, YOUR FATWA DOES NOT APPLY HERE, Karima Bennoune, Professor of International Law at University of California, Davis, School of Law; author


Friday, April 10, 2015, VIETNAM: NEW ALLY OR OLD ENEMY, Perry Ritenour, Ph.D., Adjunct College Professor and Lecturer on Foreign Affairs


Thursday, March 26, 2015, DEVIANT GLOBALIZATION, Nils Gilman, Associate Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley, California


Friday, March 13, 2015, WHAT IS GLOBAL HEALTH? Jerome H. Chin, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.


Thursday, February 26, 2015, SYRIA, IRAQ, AND ISIS:  Are There Any Good Options? Reese Erlich, Award-winning Journalist and Author


Friday, February 6, 2015 (ANNUAL DINNER),

AMERICA’S GREATEST FOREIGN POLICY CHALLENGES, Ambassador Christopher Hill, Dean of Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver


Thursday, January 29, 2015, INDIA'S GENERAL ELECTION 2014: The Biggest Ever Democratic Exercise, Dr. Sharad Joshi, Assistant Professor, Monterey Institute of International Studies


Friday, January 9, 2015, CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY: Contending Perspectives, Duncan Clarke, Professor Emeritus, American University, Washington, D.C.




Thursday, December 4, 2014,  THE NEW SULTAN: ERDOGAN AND THE FUTURE OF TURKISH POLITICS, Ryan Gingeras, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California



Friday, November 21, 2014, WATER: THE VANISHING NECESSITY, Sylvia Lee, Director of the Water Program, Skoll Global Threat Fund



Thursday, November 13, 2014, CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL FOR RWANDA: A Personal Account, Abigail Kokutetsa Bridgman, Attorney at Law


Friday, October 24, 2014, THE RIDDLE OF MERKEL’S GERMANY, Donald Abenheim, Associate Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School



Thursday, October 9, 2014, BEHIND THE ARAB SPRING: Causes, Consequences, and the Future of the Middle East, Glenn Robinson, Associate Professor, Department of Defense Analysis, Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences, Naval Postgraduate School


Thursday, October 2, 2014, INSIDER’S VIEW: AFGHANISTAN UPDATE, Theodore Eliot, former Ambassador to Afghanistan



Friday, September 26, 2014, THE PARADOX OF DISCLOSURE: SNOWDEN LEAKS AND THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE, Mark Randol, Retired Senior Specialist, Domestic Intelligence and Counterterrorism, Congressional Research Service; and Director of Counterterrorism Policy at the Department of Homeland Security.


Thursday, September 11, 2014, BRINGING WORLD NEWS TO LOCAL READERS -- AND MAKING IT RELEVANT, Paul Gullixson, Editorial Editor, The Press Democrat newspaper, Santa Rosa


Wednesday, August 20, 2014, The annual WACSC picnic


Friday, August 8, 2014, THE UKRAINE CRISIS, RUSSIA AND THE WEST, Steven Pifer, Senior Fellow, Center on the U.S. and Europe in the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings Institute, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine.


Friday, July 25, 2014, GREENPEACE: WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE THEY DOING IN THE NAME OF SAVING US? Ed Harrington, Member of the Board of Greenpeace International



Thursday, June 26, 2014, PROLIFERATION, POLITICS, AND PARANOIA: USING INTELLIGENCE AND DIPLOMACY TO AVOID DEATH AND DESTRUCTION, Dr. Thomas Fingar, Stanford University Professor, former Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis.


Friday, June 13, 2014, SOUTH AFRICA AFTER MANDELA, Dr. Jessica Piombo, Associate Professor, Department of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School



Tuesday, May 27, 2014, RUSSIA AND PUTIN: PERSPECTIVES AND RELATIONS. Professor Andrei Tsygankov, Ph.D. San Francisco State University.



Tuesday, May 20, 2014, WAR IN EAST ASIA? CHINA AND JAPAN COLLIDE OVER CONTROL OF ISLAND TERRITORIES AND STRATEGIC OCEAN BORDERS, Perry Ritinour, Ph.D. in Chinese Studies from Georgetown University, retired international banker


Friday, May 9, 2014, THE UNITED STATES AND KOREA: LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD, Kathleen Stephens, former U.S. Ambassador to Korea


Thursday, April 24, 2014, MEXICO: RE-EMERGING NEIGHBOR, Julio Moreno, Ph.D., Professor, University of San Francisco 


Friday, April 11, 2014, CHINA’S ROBUST ENGAGEMENT IN AFRICA: “DRAGON’S GIFT” or BURDEN?, Dr. Philip Morgan, Professor Emeritus, Monterey Institute of International Studies.


Thursday, March 27, 2014, THE WORLD BANK: EVOLUTION OF A VISION. Patrick Connolly, Ph.D., World Bank Senior Financial Advisor (ret.)


Friday, March 14, 2014, THE GOOD COMPANY: Profit, Ethics, and Sustainability, Robert Girling, Professor of Business Administration, Sonoma State University


Thursday, February 27, 2014, THE MIDDLE EAST AND COMING CHANGES IN THE BALANCE OF POWER, Jonathon Whooley, Department of International Relations, San Francisco State University   



Friday, February 7, 2014, BURMA AT THE CROSSROADS. Nyunt Than, Chair, Burmese American Democratic Alliance


Thursday, January 30, 2014, JAPAN ON THE MOVE: ECONOMIC, POLITICAL, Military Challenges Ahead? Tsuneo Akaha, Ph.D., Professor of International Policy Studies and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies



Friday, January 17, 2014, TODAY'S FOREIGN POLICY: CAN WE LEARN FROM FDR? By Dr. Christopher O'Sullivan, University of San Francisco Professor.


Thursday, January 9, 2014, SYRIA: THE VIEW FROM JORDAN AND LEBANON, Richard Read, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter.







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