2019 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Can High School be Fair and Real? An International, Regional and Local Perspective David Stern, Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, and Principal Investigator for the Career Academy Support Network;
Erin Fender, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Healdsburg Unified School District;  Jessica Progulske, Program Coordinator for Student Supports, CTE Partnerships, Educational Support Services, Sonoma County Office of Education.

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

U.S. Economic Sanctions:  Their Legal Framework and Actual Economic Impact
Florence Bouvet, Professor of Economics, Sonoma State University; Co-Chair, Economic Interest Section, European Studies Association

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

U.S Afghan Policy and the Future of Regional Stability
Feroz Hassan Khan, Research Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and former Brigadier in the Pakistan Army

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

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. 

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

 

 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

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