The complicated world we live in is illuminated a bit more every week at the North County Chapter’s Thursday Morning Forum in Rancho Bernardo. Forums begin at 9:30 a.m. with a coffee social and registration, followed at 10 a.m. with a one-hour program and one hour of polite, but freewheeling, Q&A.

Unless otherwise indicated, North County Chapter Thursday Morning Forums are held at The Remington Club, Phase II, 16916 Hierba Drive, Rancho Bernardo. Free parking is available at the adjacent shopping center.


April 6, 2017: “Inflation, Deflation and Political Turmoil.” North County Chapter member William Thayer (M.S., aerospace engineering; MBA), author of four books on finance and national security, will describe economic stresses that can trigger inflation, deflation and political turmoil. Political actions are frequently driven by underlying economic stresses such as inflation and deflation. Mr. Thayer will discuss historical examples to bring focus to current economic issues. For example, in the current case of high inflation in Venezuela, there are historical lessons from the hyperinflation of Germany in 1924. What are and were the causes? Deflation will also be explained, with examples, as well as discussion of gold, central banks and related subjects.

9:30 a.m. Coffee Social

10:00 a.m. Free Program

11:10 a.m. Question & Answer


April 13, 2017: “Intelligent Design in 21st Century Immigration Policy.” North County Chapter member David R. “Dick” Curtis, who has an extensive national security background with the U.S. Navy and as a CIA contractor and aerospace manager, will moderate a panel on immigration policy. While immigration has been a hot-button issue for decades, the rhetoric tends to tone down during times of widespread employment and peace at home and abroad. For that reason, immigration policy has been largely within the purview of the president; a floating policy environment, if you will. Congress has sometimes delegated its immigration authority to the executive branch, to the political advantage of both parties. In the 21st century the issue has become increasingly complex, and immigration policy that is a “redheaded stepchild” is no longer possible. In this forum, our panel will explore these issues with the membership.

9:30 a.m. Coffee Social

10:00 a.m. Free Program

11:10 a.m. Question & Answer


April 20, 2017: “Ukraine’s Precarious Position.” Professor Mikhail Alexseev (Ph.D), professor of political science at  San Diego State University, will examine how support for democratic governance and geopolitical orientation among Ukraine’s public hold up in light of Brexit, the Trump presidency, Russia’s continuing occupation of Crimea, and Ukraine’s ongoing war with Russia-backed separatist forces in Donbas. Professor Alexseev was born in the Ukraine and is a former journalist and newscaster. Member reservations for a round table lunch following this meeting may be made by contacting sponsor Cy Chadley at cychad@att.net.

9:30 a.m. Coffee Social

10:00 a.m. Free Program

11:10 a.m. Question & Answer


April 27, 2017: The Worldwide Status of Nuclear Power.” North County Chapter member Vojin Joksimovich (Ph.D., nuclear engineering) will discuss nuclear power’s global outlook. The British consultancy Lloyd’s Register reports that nuclear power generation technologies are now cost competitive with fossil fuels, innovation is gathering pace, and nuclear power will continue to be “part of the solution to climate change long into the future.” Nevertheless, nuclear power is currently blossoming only in China and Russia and to a lesser degree in South Korea and India. China is building more nuclear plants than the rest of the world put together. Russia has perfected its water-water energetic reactor (VVER) designs, has a backlog of some 30 nuclear exports, and is introducing fast reactors to close the fuel cycle. While the United Kingdom has resumed its nuclear program after three decades, France has lost its world leadership in this area, as has the United States, with more plants being shut down than built.  Dr. Joksimovich has frequently published in these areas and has over 45 years experience in the fields of nuclear safety, risk assessment applications, management and foreign policy analysis.

9:30 a.m. Coffee Social

10:00 a.m. Free Program

11:10 a.m. Question & Answer


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Upcoming events of the San Diego World Affairs Council and the North County Chapter can be seen on www.sdwac.org.