World Affairs Council
of Sonoma County

On July 15 we are pleased to present
an extremely timely program

“The New Wealth of Nations:

Presented by Dr. Surjit S. Bhalla

Dr. Surjit S. Bhalla
Dr. Bhalla’s sponsor is WACSC member Judie Coleman.

In the age of globalization, how do countries really compete? We ignore the answer to our peril. And so we will welcome Dr. Surjit Bhalla, with a program that only an economist of his depth and experience can present.

Fact: as recently as 40 years ago, the emerging world was poor and illiterate. Fact: today over 70 percent of the world’s middle class resides in those countries. Why? Dr. Bhalla eloquently makes the case that this is due to the spread of education in the non-Western world. Indeed, education is the new wealth of nations, and it is revolutionizing the world order.

Dr. Bhalla bolsters his claim with the crucial significance of rising world income; declining world poverty; radical changes in gender roles, including significant educational achievements of women — all recently made murky by anti-globalization rhetoric.

You won’t want to miss his all-important program!

Date: Thursday, July 15
Time: 4:00 P.M.
Venue: via Zoom
It’s Free: As a member you will receive priority enrollment.



More About Surjit S. Bhalla:

Dr. Bhalla, economist, author and columnist, is Executive Director for India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Bhutan at the International Monetary Fund. Previously he was a part-time member of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Economic Advisory Council. His extensive experience also includes post-doctoral fellow at the Rand Corporation, Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Senior Economist and Chief Investment Officer at the World Bank, Vice President of Goldman Sachs, and Director of Duetsche Bank.

An expert on globalization and its effects on the world economy, Dr. Bhalla is author, most recently, of The New Wealth of Nations (Simon and Schuster). Previous books include Imagine There’s No Country; Second Among Equals – The Middle Class Kingdoms of India and China; and Devaluing to Prosperity.

Dr. Bhalla holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Purdue, an MPA and Ph.D. in economics from Princeton.

We are pleased to present a speaker of Dr. Bhalla’s experience and insight. So register today.

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Also Coming Soon…

August 19
What is China really up to? Dr. Thomas Fingar, security specialist, author, and fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, will present “Does China Have a Grand Strategy?” We’ll be pleased to welcome Dr. Fingar back, as a repeat speaker.
September 16
What’s at stake in the Arctic? Ambassador David Balton, Senior Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Polar Institute, will present “Seeking Leadership for a Changing Arctic,” a program focused on the crisis that may well be coming up north.

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Who We Are

World Affairs Council of Sonoma County (WACSC) is an independent, non-partisan forum for exploring issues and opportunities that transcend borders.

WACSC engages thought leaders, change-makers and citizens to share ideas, learn from each other.  We engage in conversations of public concern on global issues. Through these and other programs, WACSC provides the community with the knowledge they need to be better informed in their choices and actions that relate to global issues and international affairs.

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