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.


May 4, 2017:  “President Trump’s Foreign Policy: The First and Next 100 Days.” Professor Ronald Bee (Ph.D.), Director of the University of San Diego Hansen Summer Institute on Leadership and International Cooperation, will examine how President Trump has moved to fulfill his domestic and foreign policy agendas by picking his cabinet, issuing executive orders and reaching out to foreign leaders. To what degree have his foreign policy promises come to fruition? To what degree has he had to modify his stances? And what can we expect for the next 100 days?

9:30 a.m. Coffee Social

10:00 a.m. Free Program

11:10 a.m. Question & Answer


May 11, 2017: “The Political and Economic Challenges Facing the Middle East.” Hisham Foad (Ph.D.), Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at San Diego State University, will discuss misunderstandings and opportunities that can arise out of challenges facing the Middle East, not only for the region but for the United States. He will address the challenges that have both local and global implications, including a massive youth bulge, low employment, authoritarian regimes,  events after the Arab Spring, and recent trends in energy prices and foreign aid suggesting that authoritarian regimes may have to turn to new means to retain power. Member reservations for a round table lunch following the presentation may be made by contacting Phyllis Murchland at pmurchland@san.rr.com

9:30 a.m. Coffee Social

10:00 a.m. Free Program

11:10 a.m. Question & Answer


May 18, 2017: “Lithuania: At the Heart of Historic Action – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.” Darius Gaidys, Consul General for Lithuania in Los Angeles, and Simona Valanciute, President and CEO of San Diego Oasis, will discuss Lithuania’s ongoing challenges with particular attention to membership in the EU and NATO. Member reservations for a round table lunch following the presentation may be made by contacting Phyllis Murchland at pmurchland@san.rr.com

9:30 a.m. Coffee Social

10:00 a.m. Free Program

11:10 a.m. Question & Answer


May 25, 2017: “Trade Routes and the Evolving Geopolitics of the Middle East.” North County Chapter member   Robert Meyer (Ph.D.) will discuss how the geography of the Middle East made it a center of global trade routes for most of its history and how economic growth trends in China and India may partly restore the region as a global trade route hub, perhaps heightening its geopolitical importance and economic fortunes. Dr. Meyer has had a long interest in history and world affairs, especially regarding the Middle East and North Africa.

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.