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Upcoming 2019 Programs — Save the Date

Patriots for Profit? America’s Experience with Private Military Contractors

Thursday, April 18, 2019

7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village Auditorium
5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa

Members & SLV Residents: No Charge
Non-Members: $5
No reservation required.

Thomas Bruneau, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Naval Postgraduate School

For decades now, the centrality of contracting in American warfare–both on the battlefield and in support of the battlefield–has been growing. Today’s private military industry is a multibillion-dollar business. As the U.S. increasingly relies on the private sector to wage war, some see this as a strategic liability. Others consider the trend more efficient and cost-effective.

Dr. Bruneau will discuss the pros and cons of contracting security support. Highlighting the American experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, he will explore the many dimensions of using private contractors, including effectiveness, cost, accountability, and ethics. The impact on regular U.S. troops and relations with host governments will also be issues to be examined.

During his career at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Thomas Bruneau served as Chairman of the Department of National Security Affairs and Director of the Center for Civil-Military Relations. Prior to joining the NPS, Dr. Bruneau taught in the Department of Political Science at McGill University. In addition to his long academic career and ten years of administrative responsibilities at the NPS, Dr. Bruneau is also Vice President of Global Affairs, LLC, a contracting firm.

As Dr. Bruneau was researching and writing Patriots for Profit, he became aware of the tension between democratic civilian control and military effectiveness. Contracting out is supposed to enhance military effectiveness, but holds serious implications for democratic civilian control. In a new publication, with others, titled Civil-Military Relations: Control and Effectiveness Across Regimes, Dr. Bruneau explores the spectrum from democracies to authoritarian regimes in their use of private military contractors.

Mike Morrison, Sponsor

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Identity and the Rise of Global Populism

Francis Fukuyama speaks at World Affairs Council of Sonoma CountyFriday, May 3, 2019

12 noon at the Flamingo Hotel
2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA
Luncheon: Members: $35; Non-members $45

Reservations close Friday, April 26 (or earlier if capacity is reached)

Francis Fukuyama, Internationally acclaimed political scientist, professor at Stanford, author


“I don’t get no respect.”  Rodney Dangerfield, comedian

Francis Fukuyama would probably appreciate the above Rodney Dangerfield oft-repeated line from long ago.

According to Francis Fukuyama, it’s when people feel a lack of respect, i.e., their personal dignity has been violated, that the problems for democracy (and other forms of government) really begin.

Interestingly, Fukuyama believes that disrespect is even more upsetting to people than economic hardship.  It seems people can endure hardships; they can’t endure disrespect.   If Fukuyama is right, his observations have profound implications for how best to solve political problems.  Just giving “things” or “money” to people isn’t going to be enough.  Restoring respect is central to any real solution.

This presentation is a unique opportunity to hear from one of the top minds in the world talk about democracy: what makes it work; what leads to breakdowns, including the rise of populism; and what we might do to preserve it.

It is going to be a very interesting and timely talk! Don’t miss it.

About Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama is an acknowledged expert in the area of democratic political theory and practice.  His thinking is widely respected and his opinions are sought by leaders throughout the world.

Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and the Mosbacher Director of FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

Dr. Fukuyama has written widely on issues relating to questions concerning democratization and international political economy.  His book, The End of History and the Last Man, was published by Free Press in 1992 and has appeared in over twenty foreign editions.

About his latest book: “Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment.”

Literary reviews include:

“(Fukuyama offers) a wealth of insights worthy of the greatest writers about democracy.”  David Runciman, Financial Times

“(Fukuyama is) both a perceptive political analyst and a wonderful storyteller.”  Gerard De Groot, The Washington Post

“One of the leading public intellectuals of our time.”  Michael Lind, The New York Times Book Review

You might want to read it before the presentation!


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Most venues require this amount of time (one week) in order to be properly staffed and for the chef to order the right quantity of food for our event. Also note that we will take reservations up to a week prior to the luncheon date, or earlier if capacity is reached. It is always a good idea to make your reservation as soon as you can so as not to be disappointed.

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We accept cancellations and provide refunds up to 72 hours before the event. For example, if there is a luncheon on Friday, we can accept your cancellation and send you a refund if you have called the above-mentioned phone number to cancel before noon on the preceding Tuesday. After that time, we cannot provide a refund, since we are obligated to pay the venue for the reservation, even if you do not come.


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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