Past Programs




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




THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016, SCHOOLS FOR SALONE, Cindy Nofziger, Founder and Executive Director, Schools for Salone & Dr. Robert Heavner, former Board Member for Schools for Salone; clinical psychologist


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2016, WHOSE HERITAGE IS THIS? Dr. Margaret Purser, Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Sonoma State University


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, GUNS VS. BUTTER: SECURITY AND FOREIGN POLICY IN THE 2016 U.S. ELECTION OR THE POCKETBOOK ELECTION? Dr. David McCuan, Professor of Political Science, Sonoma State University; faculty member with U.C. Davis-Sonoma State Joint Doctorate


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2016, U.S., LIBYA, AND THE RISE OF THE ISLAMIC STATE, Ethan Chorin, former Foreign Service Officer in Libya; CEO of Perim Associates; author


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2016, THE GLOBAL RACE FOR CLEANER ENERGY, Jeffrey Ball, Scholar-in-Residence, Stanford Universitys Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance; writer and lecturer



Thursday, September 22, 2016, ELECTRIFYING A BILLION PEOPLE WITHOUT FRYING US ALL, Dr. Daniel R. Soto, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Studies and Planning, Sonoma State University


Thursday, July 21, 2016, HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT: TODAY AND TOMORROW, Ralph A. Grau, Deputy Manager, International Space Station Program External Integration Office



Friday, July 8, 2016, DOES EUROPE HAVE A FUTURE? Colonel Peter Frank, German Army, Associate Military Professor, Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California



Thursday, June 23, 2016, THE RULE OF LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS CRIMES AROUND THE GLOBE, C. Dixon Osburn, Executive Director, Center for Justice and Accountability, San Francisco




Thursday, May 26, 2016, CUBA AND THE UNITED STATES…PROSPECTS FOR THE FUTURE, Alex Saragoza, Professor, Chicano/Latino Studies, UC Berkeley


Friday, May 13, 2016, CURRENT U.S. IMMIGRATION LAWS, POLICIES…AND MORE, William Ong Hing, Professor of Law, University of San Francisco; Professor Emeritus, U.C. Davis


Thursday, April 28, 2016,  AFGHANISTAN: FRESH PERSPECTIVES ON AN OLD STORY, Tim F. Reese, the executive director of the Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County


Friday, April 8, 2016, THE GLOBAL MIGRATION CRISIS: ITS SECURITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS IMPACTS, William Arrocha, Professor, International Policy and Development, Middlebury Institute of International Studies




Thursday, March 24, 2016, A Mind-Opening Journey Across Cultures, Joe Lurie, Executive Director Emeritus of the University of California Berkeley’s International House, and author


Friday, March 11, 2016, The U.S. and China Are Rivals, Adversaries and Partners.  Where Does All This Lead?, Thomas Hout, Visiting Professor, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey



Friday, March 11, 2016, The U.S. and China Are Rivals, Adversaries and Partners.  Where Does All This Lead?, Thomas Hout, Visiting Professor, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey



Thursday, February 25, 2016, Disaster Medicine in Disasters Around the World, Dr. Joshua Weil, M.D., FACEP, Emergency Physician and Assistant Physician-in-Chief for Hospital Operations, Kaiser Hospital, Santa Rosa


Friday, February12, 2016, The Japan – South Korea Identity Crisis: Implications for the U.S. and Asia, Brad Glosserman, Executive Director, Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic and International Studies


Thursday, January 21, 2016, International Travel: Best Practices for a Safe Trip, Brent Barker, owner/president of Barker Global Security; global travel security consultant 


Friday, January 8, 2016, Tunisia and the Arab Springs, Dr. Laurence O. Michalak, former Vice-Chair, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley, CA




Thursday, December 3, 2015, Cuba and Haiti: Near Neighbors the U. S. Must Engage, Joseph Sullivan, former Ambassador to Zimbabwe and Angola; Chief of the U.S. Mission in Havana, Cuba; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Latin America



Saturday, November 21, 2015, My Incredible Journey with Nicholas Kristof to India and Nepal,  Austin Meyer, journalist and educational design engineer


Friday, November 13. 2015, Uzbekistan: Public Diplomacy to Those Who Mistrust You, Carol Marks, retired U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officer 


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.






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