The complicated world we live in is illuminated a bit more every week at the North County Chapter’s, Rancho Bernardo, Thursday Morning Forum with a coffee social at 9:30 a.m. and program at 10:00 a.m. The sessions are structured to have an hour of presentation followed by an hour of polite, but freewheeling,  Q&A.


September 8, 2016. The North County Chapter presents Patricia Marquez (Ph.D.), Dean of the University of San Diego, School of Peace Studies.  Dean Marquez will present, Peace through Commerce: From Inclusion to Post-Conflict Rebuilding.  The role business can play in “peace through commerce,” centers on transforming the socio-economic and cultural fabric of communities through market mechanisms.  This talk will compare and contrast innovative models of peace through commerce, highlighting ways in which business and entrepreneurship can generate large-scale inclusion and social justice.  For example, after the Spanish Civil War in the impoverished Basque region a Catholic priest developed the Mondragon Cooperative to help rebuild community and to overcome poverty. It succeeded and today has more than 75,000 employees. Can this model of post-conflict rebuilding be replicated in other parts of the world?


September 15, 2016.  The North County Chapter presents NCC member Judith Hand (Ph.D.),  an evolutionary biologist, novelist, and pioneer in the emerging field of peace ethology.  Dr. Hand will present, Sex, War, and World Affairs: A Biological Perspective.  Looking through the lens of biology, she will examine how sex, specifically sexual dimorphism (when the two sexes of the same species exhibit different characteristics beyond the differences in their sexual organs), relates to both War and World Affairs.  What two things might the global community seek to change that would foster a more peaceful, just, and environmentally sustainable future?


September 22, 2016.  The North County Chapter presents NCC member Kiki Munshi (Ph.D.).  Dr. Munshi obtained her Ph.D. in History from the University of Bucharest, Romania.  She is a widely published commentator.  Dr. Munshi will present, From the Edge of Europe: Romanian World View and Foreign Policy. Like that of many smaller countries, Romania’s foreign policy is a balancing act between opportunity and threat. This will be an opportunity to learn about the importance of perspective — how the world looks from another country’s point of view. With the USIA and the Department of State, Dr. Munshi served in diplomatic posts in Nigeria, Romania, Greece, Washington, DC, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and India.


September 29, 2016.  The North County Chapter presents John Shu (J.D., Pepperdine Univ. & G.C., Peking Univ.).  Mr. Shu has lectured and published on theForeign Corrupt Practices Act, securities and financial law, intellectual property law, and international affairs and policy.  He served in the U. S. government and clerked for the Chief Judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review.  He is the Chairman of the Asian United News Service and a member of the National Committee on U. S. – China Relations.  He will speak about,  International Trade: How it Works and Why It Is Sometimes Controversial. Mr. Shu will address the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement, and the proposed Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific, a.k.a. the Asia-Pacific Free Trade Area, which some speculate is China’s way to counter the TPPA.


More details about these programs can be found in the  Calendar Section