Announcing our very urgent
September program:

Russia and Its War
Against Ukraine

With former
U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

Steven Pifer

Ambassador Pifer’s sponsor will be Linda Lambert,
member of the Board of Directors, WACSC

As the destruction of Ukraine continues, Steven Pifer, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, will shine a piercing light on the worst war in Europe since World War II.

With his much-anticipated talk, Pifer will elucidate Russian expectations, Ukrainian choices, U.S. options, NATO’s role, and just what Europe’s future might look like. The impact of Putin’s war falls on the entire world, including the United States. How do we think about the human suffering and displacement? What are we to do? Is there any end in sight?

Date: Friday, Sept. 9, 2022
Time: Program at noon — plan to arrive in advance
Cost: Members: $38.50
Non-members: $48.50
Venue: Charlie’s Restaurant, Windsor Golf Course, 1320 19th Hole Dr., Windsor. Take101, turn west on Shiloh Rd., right on Golf Course Dr., left on 19th Hole Dr.
  • PLEASE PRESENT AT THE DOOR: either an official Vaccination Card from a health agency, showing vaccinations and booster; or a negative PCR test taken within the previous 48 hours, visible via a QR code on your phone.
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  • VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: a mask, to be worn except while eating.

Two menu choices: Creamy Chicken Piccata with Mashed closedotatoes, or Vegetarian Ravioli.

Reservations are Closed

About Steven Pifer

Steven Pifer, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, retired from the Foreign Service after more than 25 years. His work focused on Russia, Ukraine, nuclear arms control, and European security.

His long involvement with the Department of State included a variety of assignments as Deputy Assistant Secretary; Special Assistant to the President; and Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia on the National Security Council. He also served at the U.S. embassies in Warsaw, Moscow and London, as well as with the U.S. delegation to the negotiation on intermediate-range nuclear forces in Geneva.

Pifer is currently affiliated with the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, and is a nonresident senior fellow with the Brookings Institution. He is author of The Eagle and the Trident: U.S.-Ukraine Relations in Turbulent Times.

With Pifer’s experience and expertise, this promises to be an important program for sure – one that will be particularly well attended. So, reserve your place now, and we look forward to seeing you on September 9.

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For the first time, WACSC will sponsor teams from Sonoma County high schools to join Academic World Quest — WAC’s exciting nationwide youth education program. It’s a team competition in which students show their knowledge of international affairs. Four-person teams compete from each school.

We’re working to register as many of Sonoma County’s 16 high schools as we can. The regional competition kicks into gear this coming March. The winning Sonoma County team gets no less than an all- expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. to go head-to-head with teams from across the country. And, they may just come home as national champions!

And this is where you can help! As a non-profit organization, we need help funding this program. Please use the link to access the convenient Contribution Form. All funds we receive will be specially earmarked for exclusive use of Academic World Quest.

Our sincere thanks in advance for your seeing the value of Academic World Quest, and for your support. After all, what can be more important than supporting our Sonoma County young people? Be assured that your contribution will be tax deductible to the full extent the law allows.

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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. WACSC is grateful for the support it has received from its members and other individual donors. As a non-profit organization, it relies on ongoing fundraising and membership for funding. Please join us and help support our work. You can learn more about giving options on our Donate page.

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Many of us just can’t eat all the food that we are often served at our WAC luncheons. Wishing not to waste food, we may have asked for a “doggie bag.” Depending on where you were and whom you asked, you may have been told that the venue does not allow food to be taken away. How can that be? There is enough here for another meal!

A ‘NO DOGGY BAG’ policy applies at some of our luncheon venues. This is the restaurant’s food safety rule, not a WACSC policy. The reason is primarily related to liability that the restaurant would have, should you get sick from the food you take home. Sometimes, food taken home may sit in a car a bit too long and develop bacteria that could make you ill. Please understand that the venue is not being mean, but, rather, they do not want to take the risk of any adverse health effects.

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