Past Programs

 

THIRD QUARTER 2017 PROGRAMS

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

 

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

 

Thursday, July 27, 2017, WAC ANNUAL PICNIC (no speaker)

 

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

 

SECOND QUARTER 2017 PROGRAMS

Thursday, June 22, 2017, AMERICA’S ROLE IN ASIA: THE FUTURE OF THE REBALANCE, David Arnold, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Asia Foundation

 

Friday, June 9, 2017,  MUSLIM AND JEWISH RELATIONS, THEN AND NOW, Dr. Emily Gottreich, Chair, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Associate Adjunct Professor of History and International and Area Studies, UC Berkeley

 

Thursday, May 25, 2017, MY PILGRIMAGE TO MECCA AS A SECULAR WOMAN, Humaira Ghilzai, Co-Founder of “Afghan Friends Network”

 

Friday, May 12. 2017, NAFTA AND TPP: WHAT THEY ARE, THEIR POTENTIAL IMPACT AND EFFECTIVENESS, Harley Shaiken, Director, Center for Latin American Studies and Member of the Department of Geography, University of California, Berkeley.

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017, BRIDGE TO NOWHERE? TURKEY AND THE WEST AFTER THE ATTEMPTED COUP, Jessica Catherine Varnum, Senior Research Associate and Project Manager, Center for Nonproliferation Studies

 

Friday, April 7, 2017, TRUMP, TAIWAN, AND THE UNCERTAIN FUTURE OF U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS, Dr. Crystal Chang, Lecturer, Department of Political Science, and the International and Area Studies Academic Program, UC Berkeley.

 

 

 

FIRST QUARTER 2017 PROGRAMS

Thursday, March 23, 2017, THE ISLAMIC STATE, ASSAD, RUSSIA,

AND THE FAILURE OF U.S. POLICY,  

Reese Erlich, award-winning journalist and author

 

Friday, March 10, 2017, THE CASE FOR U.S. NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN THE 21ST CENTURY, Brad Roberts, Ph.D., Director, Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

 

Thursday, March 2, 2017, The Evolving Crisis in Venezuela: Origins, Dynamics, and Possible Solutions, Margarita Lopez Maya, Professor at the Center for Development Studies (CENDES) at the Central University of Venezuela.

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017, ZIKA VIRUS IN THE AMERICAS: RETURN OF THE COLUMBIAN EXCHANGE.

George Rutherford, M.D., Salvatore Pablo Lucia Professor of Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine, Pediatrics and History; Head of the Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, and Vice Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco

 

Friday, February 10, 2017, THE CYBER SECURITY CHALLENGE: ENSURING THE SUCCESS OF OUR ECONOMY AND DEMOCRACY,  

Edward Kinney, retired, 30+year veteran of Information Systems and Cyber Security with the federal government.

 

Thursday, February 2, 2017, THE TRUMP ELECTIONS IMPACT ON U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS, Anna Vassilieva, professor, program head, and Director of Graduate Learning Initiative in Russian Studies at Middlebury Institute of International Studies (formerly Monterey Institute), author, translator, and editor

 

Friday, January 13, 2017, WACSC ANNUAL DINNER, WHAT THE RISE OF ASIA MEANS FOR THE U.S., Anja Manuel, former diplomat, speaker, author

 


 


 


 


 
 

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