2019 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Patriots for Profit? America’s Experience with Private Military Contractors        Thomas Bruneau, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Naval Postgraduate School

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

Cataract Blindness: Worldwide Strategies
Gary Barth, MD, Eye Care Institute, Santa Rosa; Trustee Seva Foundation

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

The Politicization of Humanitarian Aid
Mark Ward, US Foreign Service (ret’d.)

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

An Analysis of the 2018 Midterms
Brian Sobel, Sobel Communications

NOW WHAT? CUBA, THE U.S. AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION
Alex M. Saragoza, Professor Emeritus of History, Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, author.

 

2018 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

#1-Rated Country in the World; What Might America Learn from Them?
Walter Niederberger, U.S. Correspondent for Tages-Anzeiger, Switzerland’s largest daily newspaper

The Challenges of Globalization: Are Tariffs The Answer?
Florence Bouvet, Professor of Economics, Sonoma State University; Co-Chair, Economic Interest Section, European Studies Association

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

Peril On The Northern Horizon: Foreign Challenges in 2018:
John F. Kelly, Professor of National Security Studies, National Defense University, Washington, D.C. 

Transforming Educational Reform in the Arab World:
The Journey of the Tamam Project

Rima Karami-Akkary, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Educational Administration, Policy and Leadership at the American University of Beirut; Director of the TAMAM  Lebanon Hub funded by the LORE Foundation

Understanding North Korea’s Nuclear Program:                                                                        Melissa Hanham, Senior Research Associate in the East Asia Nonproliferation Program (EANP) at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS), Monterey

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

The Trump Administration’s Middle East Policy, with Special Focus on Iran:
Dr. Dalia Dassa Kaye, Director, Center for Middle East Public Policy; senior political scientist at Rand Corporation; author

 2017 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

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

Dilemmas Galore: The Meaning of Brexit in A Global Setting:
Dr. Sheldon Rothblatt, Professor of History Emeritus at U.C. Berkeley

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

America’s Role in Asia: The Future of the Rebalance:
David Arnold, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Asia Foundation

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

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

What the Rise of Asia Means for the U.S.:                                                                                     Anja Manuel, former diplomat, speaker, author