2020 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Annual Dinner: The U.S. – South Korea Alliance:  Linchpin under Stress?
Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, Retired U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea 2008-2011, currently President and CEO of the Korean Economic Institute of America, Washington, D.C.

How to Save a Constitutional Democracy … Including Ours
Tom Ginsburg, Leo Spitz Professor of International Law and Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago; member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

PAST PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Control of Nuclear Weapons: Needed Now More Than Ever
William J. Perry, 19th U.S. Secretary of Defense; the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor (emeritus); Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute and Hoover Institution; Director, Preventive Defense Project, all at Stanford University

Soaring Ambitions and Daunting Challenges: China’s Future and Its Implications for the United States
Dr. Thomas Fingar, Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University

Better Health, Lower Cost:  How Other Advanced Democracies Provide Health Care to All at Half the American Health Care Cost
T.R. Reid, American reporter, documentary film correspondent, author, and lecturer

The Impact of Gun Violence on the Education of our Youth
Rep. Mike Thompson, Representative to Congress for California’s 5th Congressional District and Kelly Drane, Research Manager at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

The Global Rise of Populism
Anna Grzymala-Busse, Political Science Scholar and Professor at Stanford

Identity and the Rise of Global Populism
Francis Fukuyama, Internationally acclaimed political scientist, author, Stanford professor

Defeating Terrorist Ideology – how to stop the recruitment and radicalization of younger people into terrorist groups
Farah Pandith, World-leading expert in countering violent extremism

WACSC Annual Dinner
Seven Presidents Confront War in Vietnam
Chris O’Sullivan, Historian and Professor at the University of San Francisco

Where Is Russia Going?
Jeremy Kinsman, formerly one of Canada’s top career diplomats

Artificial Intelligence – What It Is and Its Effects Now and in the Future 
Jonathan Miranda, Director of Strategy-Technology, Salesforce
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Why Terrorism Continues to Threaten International Security
Martha Crenshaw, Ph.D., Stanford University

The Current Economic Outlook and the Implications for Monetary Policy:
John C. Williams, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

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

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

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