Message from the President
The journey continues…
This quarter, as we continue with our traditional focus on international hot topics and countries in the news, we again add a few programs off the beaten track.
On April 23 we will have a debate by the award-winning Sonoma Academy Debate Team on the issue of whether sanctions on Iran have done more harm than good. It should be compelling for two reasons. First, it’s a timely and important issue. As Ambassador Chris Hill noted in his book, sanctions can be a “doomsday machine” which, even when they’re counterproductive, can’t be stopped in the way that negotiating or bombing can be stopped. Cuba comes to mind. Second, it may be an eye-opening experience for many of us to see high school students thoroughly engaged in world affairs issues.
On May 21 we will have Jack Fuller, former editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune, fly in to tell us what’s been happening to the news … and why. Though not specifically a world affairs topic, the world news we get, and the way it’s selected and presented to us, profoundly affects our perception of what is going on in the world and why crises like Ukraine and ISIS occur. It’s easy to fault technology and the Internet age for the decline in the quality of our news. But as Jack will explain, a large part of the problem is within ourselves. This is an evening that may prompt some attitude adjustments. The Press-Democrat has been invited.
I hope to see you at all of our events – especially these two.
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