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 9:20 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.

NCC World Affairs Council Meetings are held on Thursdays at The Remington Club, Phase II, 16916 HIERBA DRIVE, Rancho Bernardo. Free parking is available at the adjacent shopping center.


January 5, 2017 Jim Hayes, fiber optic expert, will discuss “Fiber Optics and the Communication Revolution.” Mr. Hayes is President and a co-founder of the Fiber Optic Association and the International Professional Society of Fiber Optics.  He has a degree in physics and astronomy from Vanderbilt University. In the last 40 years, fiber optics has revolutionized communications and had a giant impact on people and politics. This simple invention — and offshoots like the Internet — has expanded communications and reduced the cost so much that the average person has access to practically all the knowledge of the world and can communicate with most of its population. The free flow of ideas is not always regarded as a good thing, of course. This talk will focus on the spread of communications and how it is being received by the people and their governments. It will look at how the same technology that makes communications so widespread and cheap can be used to eavesdrop, to control the flow of information, and as a strategic weapon. Member reservations for a round table lunch following the presentation may be made by contacting the sponsor, Cal Watson: cewats@san.rr.com

9:30 a.m. Coffee Social

10:00 a.m. Free Program

11:10 a.m. Question & Answer

This North County Chapter program will be in the meeting room of the Remington Club 2, at 16916 Hierba Drive, Rancho Bernardo, CA 92128.

Free parking is available at the adjacent shopping center.


January 12, 2017.   Farouk Al-Nasser (Ph.D.  – Electrical Engineering)member of NCC will present “Egypt: from Nasser – Mubarak – Mursi – Sissi, De Ja Vu all Over Again” – A brief history of Egypt from the end of the Pharos Golden Age to the 1952 Revolution. Military rule from Nasser – Mubarak, the Arab Spring, the rise of the Moslem Brotherhood to Power, the Presidency of Muhammad Mursi, followed by military coup and the Presidency of General Sissi, and back to square one, Military dictatorship.  What is Egypt’s future considering their political, Security, andEconomic problems?   Program Committee will meet in the conference room after the regular meeting.  All members are welcome to attend.

9:30 a.m. Coffee Social

10:00 a.m. Free Program

11:10 a.m. Question & Answer

This North County Chapter program will be in the meeting room of the Remington Club 2, at 16916 Hierba Drive, Rancho Bernardo, CA 92128.

Free parking is available at the adjacent shopping center.


January 19, 2017.   David G. Schrunk (M.D.) David G. Schrunk is an aerospace engineer and medical doctor with specialization in nuclear medicine and diagnostic radiology. He will presentGovernance of the Future Moon: Challenges and Opportunities.”   Before the end of this century, advances in science and engineering will have enabled permanent human settlements to be established on the Moon.  Since a government is necessary for the security and stability of every organized society, a rule of law will be required for the people who live and work on the “Planet Moon.”  This presentation discusses the “Planet Moon Project” and a proposed system of governance for the Moon based upon a new science: “The Science of Laws.”  Member reservations for Round Table Lunch following the presentation may be made by contacting the sponsor Phyllis Murchland atpmurchland@san.rr.com

9:30 a.m. Coffee Social

10:00 a.m. Free Program

11:10 a.m. Question & Answer

This North County Chapter program will be in the meeting room of the Remington Club 2, at 16916 Hierba Drive, Rancho Bernardo, CA 92128.

Free parking is available at the adjacent shopping center.


January 26, 2017: The NCC presents Dr. Dipak Gupta, Professor Emeritus at SDSU where he taught for over 30 years. His distinguished academic career took him too many parts of the world and involved him in several interesting projects; he is a Founder Director of the ISCOR – the International Security and Conflict Resolution – program at SDSU. Dr. Gupta will discuss the question “Can ISIS Be Defeated?”arguing that while it seems intuitive that a bold and decisive foreign policy approach toward defeating ISIS is what the US needs, the complex reality in the region dictates that a policy of “muddling through” is perhaps the only way to approach the problem.  Due to the prevalence of internecine conflicts, defeating ISIS as a group is much easier than defeating the ideas that propelled them.  Member reservations for Round Table Lunch following the presentation may be made by contacting the 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

This North County Chapter program will be in the meeting room of the Remington Club 2, at 16916 Hierba Drive, Rancho Bernardo, CA 92128.

Free parking is available at the adjacent shopping center.


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NCC World Affairs Council Meetings are held on Thursdays at The Remington Club, Phase II, 16916 Hierba Drive, Rancho Bernardo.

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