Upcoming Events

    • June 10, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)

    The San Diego World Affairs Council & the World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California present the 

    U.S. Soft Power in Foreign Policy Series

    Col. Christopher Conlin 

    United States Marine Corps (Retired) 


    Iraq: Iron Hand, Velvet Glove, Glass House - Employing Soft Power in Hard Places 

    Thursday, 10th June 2021 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. (PST) 

    Zoom Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82752864440?pwd=QzVSSlZHQ0tTYzNONlJVSWZjdzZiZz09

    As a government executive and retired United States Marine, Chris brings the unique experiences of forty years of service to our nation including operations in many of the world’s most hostile environments. He has led multiple large organizations as challenging as front-line combat battalions and as complex as the Iraqi Province of Najaf.

    Chris was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1981 following his graduation from the University of Rochester (New York). He subsequently was on active duty leading a variety of operational and training commands from 40-man rifle platoons to combat battalions of over 1,500 personnel. He retired after 30 years of continuous service with the rank of Colonel.

    Career highlights include: leading an infantry company of 200 Marines during the liberation of Kuwait, serving as the commander of a combined Marine and SEAL Special Operations Unit during operations in the Mideast, and leading a Battalion Task Force during the liberation of Iraq. He also served as the Provisional Governor of Najaf Province in Iraq, the equivalent in population and area of New Hampshire. As a senior officer, Chris developed policies and venues for federal level departments and international level interagency collaboration in crisis response.

    Chris currently serves as the Assistant City Manager for Public Safety in Sacramento, California where he provides executive oversight of the Police and Fire Departments, Office of Community Response, Office of Emergency Management, and the Youth, Parks & Community Enrichment Department (YPCE). Previously, he was the City’s Interim Fire Chief and the Director of Parks and Recreation. Prior to joining the City of Sacramento, Chris served an appointment from Governor Jerry Brown as a Deputy Director (Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation and Boating & Waterways) in the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

    He is a subject matter expert in mission-focused leadership, complex team/coalition building, strategic management, operational decision making, standards-based training, and crisis management. His major media appearances include: CBS’ “60 Minutes”, CNN, NBC, NPR, and Al Jazeera news programs, as well as MSNBC talk shows, History Channel documentaries, and multiple national newspapers.

    Zoom Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82752864440?pwd=QzVSSlZHQ0tTYzNONlJVSWZjdzZiZz09


    • July 08, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)

    The San Diego World Affairs Council & the World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California present the 

    U.S. Soft Power in Foreign Policy Series

    Daniel Miller, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Foreign Service Officer (ret.)
    Environment, Ecology & Range and Livestock Management (consultant)


    "A Cowboy in Mongolia: In Search of the Sacred in the Steppes" 

    Thursday, 8th July 2021 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. (PST) 

    Zoom Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89300583173?pwd=UWZidHJFYVFrb09qQ1NGTU9kdHQ0UT09

    A tour-de-force of Daniel Miller's time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal; cowboy in Montana; consultant and researcher in Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, China, Mongolia; a US Agency for International Development (USAID) Foreign Service Officer in Afghanistan, India, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Mongolia, and Pakistan; and a consultant with a non-governmental organization (NGO) and World Bank in Mongolia after retiring from USAID. A thread that runs through much of Miller's experience is the search to understand rangeland ecosystems and the people who make their living in the steppes (in both Asia and the West).

    Daniel Miller is a retired Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota and began his international development career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal (1974-78) where he lived with yak herders and learned to speak Nepali and Tibetan.

    Returning to the United States after four years in Nepal, he worked as a cowboy on large cattle ranches in Montana for a number of years before eventually finishing a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and starting graduate school at the University of Montana to study rangeland ecology. In 1984, he returned to Nepal to lead treks and started working on range-livestock projects in Nepal and Bhutan for the Asian Development Bank and USAID but continued to cowboy in the summers in the U.S. when not overseas.

    In 1988, he began research on wild yaks in Tibet for a Ph.D. and also worked for numerous international development organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Bhutan, China, and Mongolia. When he was 50 years old, he finally got a real job as a Foreign Service Officer with USAID and served as an Agricultural Officer in Washington, D.C., China, Afghanistan, India, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Mongolia, and Pakistan.

    He retired from USAID in 2017 and then worked in Mongolia for an American NGO and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank. He now makes his home in Buffalo, Wyoming and continues to remain involved in international development.

    Daniel has published numerous scientific articles, book chapters, and photographic books about his work. He has had photographic exhibitions in Kathmandu, Beijing, and New Delhi. He is also a collector of Tibetan and Mongolian rugs and textiles and has lectured about Tibetan rugs at the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., in Beijing and Hong Kong. Some of his work can be viewed at http://maptia.com/danielmiller and at http://www.blurb.com/user/wildyakman

    His presentation, “A Cowboy in Mongolia: In Search of the Sacred in the Steppes” will highlight an uncommon career in international development and natural resource management, focusing on his quest to understand rangeland ecosystems and peoples who make their living herding livestock.

    Zoom Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89300583173?pwd=UWZidHJFYVFrb09qQ1NGTU9kdHQ0UT09

    • September 21, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)

    The San Diego World Affairs Council presents the
    "Distinguished Speaker" Series

    Jack Devine & Jonathan Ward, Ph.D.  

    Jack Devine, former CIA top Spymaster
    Jonathan Ward, Ph.D., China Scholar


    Russia & China - Preparing America for Our Greatest Strategic Challenge 

    Tuesday, 21st September 2021 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. (PST) 

    Zoom Link coming soon!

    Jack Devine is a thirty-two-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency who served at the pinnacle of his career as the CIA’s top spymaster—Acting Deputy Director of the CIA’s operations outside the United States, in which capacity he had supervisory authority over thousands of CIA employees involved in sensitive missions throughout the world. He is also a founding partner and the president of the Arkin Group, an international risk consulting and intelligence firm.

    Mr. Devine’s international experience with the U.S. government included postings to Latin America and Europe. During his more than 30 years with the CIA, Mr. Devine was involved in organizing, planning and executing countless sensitive projects in virtually all areas of intelligence, including analysis, operations, technology and management. He is the recipient of the Agency’s Distinguished Intelligence Medal and several meritorious awards.

    He is a recognized expert in Intelligence matters and has written Op-Ed articles for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs Magazine, The World Policy Journal, Politico and The Atlantic Monthly. He has also made guest appearances on National Press Club, CNN, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, Fox News, CSPAN, Bloomberg News as well as the History and Discovery channels, PBS, NPR and ABC Radio.

    Dr. Jonathan D. T. Ward is an internationally recognized expert on Chinese global strategy and US-China competition. He earned his PhD in China-India relations at the University of Oxford and his undergraduate degree at Columbia University where he studied Russian and Chinese language.

    Dr. Ward brings a unique perspective on China, India, and US-China strategic competition to global audiences and businesses given his background of on-the-ground global travel, foreign languages, scholarly work, and extensive geopolitical consulting for large organizations. He lived and traveled globally for over a decade, in China, India, Russia, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. He speaks Chinese, Russian, Spanish, and Arabic.

    Dr. Ward has consulted for the US Department of Defense, Fortune 500 corporations, and leading asset managers on US-China global competition and Chinese grand strategy. He is a frequently invited speaker for government, military, industry, and financial audiences. He has briefed the US Defense Intelligence Agency, US Indo-Pacific Command, the US Department of Commerce, US Strategic Command, the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Chamber of Commerce, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the diplomatic missions of India, the United Kingdom, and Australia to the US, as well as leading corporations in the defense, aerospace, technology, financial services, telecommunications, automotive, and industrial sectors.

    In January 2020, Dr. Ward was commended by the President of the United States in his remarks to industry leaders at the White House at the signing ceremony of the US-China Phase One Trade Deal. He was recently selected for the Stephen M. Kellen Term Member Program at the Council on Foreign Relations and is a member of the Next Generation National Security Leaders Program at the Center for a New American Security in Washington, DC.

    • October 13, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)

    The San Diego World Affairs Council presents the
    "Distinguished Speaker" Series

    Peter Núñez 

    Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement under President George Bush
    Former Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection 


    "Politics has affected border security, immigration, and drug trafficking: How our federal government has failed in its essential duty to ensure that the 'laws are faithfully executed'" 

    Wednesday, 13th October 2021 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. (PST) 

    Peter K. Núñez began his career in law enforcement in 1972 as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorneys Office in San Diego, California. He held a number of positions in that office before being appointed as the U.S. Attorney by President Ronald Reagan in 1982. Mr. Núñez served as the U.S. Attorney through August of 1988, when he left to become a litigation partner in the San Diego office of one of California's largest civil law firms.

    In 1990, he was appointed by President George Bush to be the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement in Washington, D.C. He was responsible for all law enforcement functions of the Treasury Department, including the Customs Service, the Secret Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the Criminal Investigations Division of the Internal Revenue Service, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control. Mr. Núñez also served as the Chairman of the Southwest Border Committee, which had primary responsibility for the coordination of law enforcement activities along the U.S.-Mexican border, and chaired Project Northstar on the U.S.-Canadian border. He also served as the co-chairman of the U.S. National Central Bureau of INTERPOL.

    During his tenure as Assistant Secretary, Mr. Núñez represented the United States in numerous bilateral and multilateral negotiations relating to international money laundering. He represented the Treasury Department and its law enforcement bureaus in bilateral and multilateral efforts to improve coordination and cooperation among the international law enforcement community. Finally, he coordinated the Treasury Department’s law enforcement efforts with the Departments of Justice, State, Defense, and other appropriate departments and agencies.

    He was a member and past president of the San Diego Crime Commission, the past vice president of the San Diego Prevention Coalition, a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, D.C., and a member of the Board of Visitors at the University of San Diego School of Law. He has been a lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of San Diego from 1997 to 2013, specializing in criminal justice, transnational crime and terrorism, and immigration policy.

    Between 1998 and 2004 he provided training, advice, and technical assistance to various foreign governments with respect to legal reform and the improvement of their criminal justice systems. He has been a law enforcement advisor to the Governments of Armenia and El Salvador under a program sponsored by the Treasury Department. He has also worked with government officials in Georgia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt, Turkey, Brazil, Israel, China, and India in the development of legal reforms in criminal justice and law enforcement. Mr. Núñez currently serves as the West Region Director of Forfeiture Support Associates, a nationwide government contractor providing support services to many federal law enforcement agencies and the U. S. Attorneys Office.

    Mr. Núñez graduated from Duke University in 1964, served in the U.S. Navy, and attended law school at the University of San Diego, graduating cum laude in 1970. Upon graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Gordon Thompson, Jr., U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of California.

    • October 19, 2021
    • (PDT)

    The San Diego World Affairs Council presents the
    "Distinguished Speaker" Series

    Alan Bersin 

    Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs and Chief & Diplomatic Officer in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (retired) 
    Former Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection


    "Border/Immigration Issues: The Path Behind and the Way Forward" 

    Tuesday, 19th October 2021 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. (PST) 

    Since leaving public service in January 2017, Alan Bersin has served at the global law firm of Covington & Burling as a Senior Advisor to the Firm; as an Inaugural Senior Fellow in the Homeland Security Project at the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; as a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington D.C.; as Inaugural North America Fellow at the Canada Institute and the Mexico Institute (Wilson Center).

    He is Chairman of BorderWorks Group, a consulting firm specializing in matters of Border Security and Management, including infrastructure projects on U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico; and Executive Chairman of Altana AI, an enterprise devoted to providing a shared artificial intelligence model of the global supply chain to help governments, enterprises, and financial institutions to see across borders, manage risk, and improve global commerce.

    Between 2012 and 2017, Bersin served (at various times) as Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs and Chief Diplomatic Officer in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In those capacities, Bersin led DHS’s transnational engagement, served as the principal advisor to the Secretary on international affairs, and oversaw the Department’s strategic planning and policy formulation functions. Between 2012 and 2015, Bersin served as Vice President of INTERPOL for the Americas Region and as a member of the INTERPOL Executive Committee. He currently serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the INTERPOL Foundation based in Geneva.

    From 2010 to 2011, Bersin served as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a position from which he oversaw the operations of CBP’s 58,000-employee work force and managed an operating budget of more than $12 billion. Bersin guided CBP’s efforts to secure the nation’s borders and mitigate threats while expediting lawful trade and travel.

    In 2009, Bersin served as Assistant Secretary and Special Representative for Border Affairs in the Department of Homeland Security. In this capacity, he served as lead representative for DHS on border affairs and strategy regarding security, immigration, narcotics, and trade matters as well as for coordinating the Department’s security initiatives along the nation’s borders.

    Prior to his DHS experience, President Bill Clinton appointed, and the U.S. Senate confirmed, Bersin to serve in the Department of Justice as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California. Bersin served as the U.S. Attorney for nearly five years, during which time he was the Attorney General’s Southwest Border Representative (the so-called Border Czar) responsible for coordinating federal law enforcement on the border from South Texas to Southern California.

    Bersin has also held numerous distinguished state and local government positions, including serving as California's Secretary of Education, Superintendent of Public Education in San Diego, and Chairman of the San Diego Airport Authority. Before entering public service, Bersin was a senior partner in the law firm of Munger Tolles & Olson. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy.

    He received his A.B. in Government from Harvard College (magna cum laude) from where he was selected as a member of the All East, All New England and All Ivy Football Teams. In 1995, he was named to the Harvard University Athletic Hall of Fame. From 1969 to 1971, Mr. Bersin attended Balliol College at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. In 1974, he received his J.D. from the Yale Law School. He is currently a member of the Bars of California, Alaska and the District of Columbia.

Past events

May 13, 2021 Distinguished Speaker Series - Anish Goel, Ph.D. - "India in South Asia: Fraught Regional Relationships"
May 12, 2021 U.S. Soft Power in Foreign Policy Series Part IV
April 21, 2021 U.S. Soft Power in Foreign Policy Series Part III - Forging Public-Private Partnerships in Health Systems Strengthening
April 20, 2021 Distinguished Speaker Series - Richard Nuccio, Ph.D. & Giles Dickenson-Jones - "Myanmar: Development, Democracy, and Despair"
March 31, 2021 U.S. Soft Power in Foreign Policy Series Part II
March 16, 2021 Distinguished Speaker Series - Audie de Castro, Esq. - "Trade and Tourism in the Philippines"
February 16, 2021 Distinguished Speaker Series - David Pasquini on "The United Kingdom: A Year of Global Leadership"
February 11, 2021 Healing the Political Divide: A Path Forward Virtual Event
January 21, 2021 Human Rights Movements in China and China’s Responses
January 07, 2021 Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison
December 17, 2020 The History of the Ottoman Empire and its Subsequent Breakup after WWI
December 10, 2020 Ambassador in Baku: Politics, Petroleum, & Nagorno-Karabakh
December 10, 2020 "Foreign Policy Changes after January" with Ambassador Ronald Neumann
November 19, 2020 “Bulgaria: Political, Economic, and Commercial Crossroads Today”
November 19, 2020 NCC Online Presentation
November 18, 2020 CAMPAIGN 2020 DECONSTRUCTED
November 10, 2020 US-China Relations after the Election: The Specter of Decoupling
November 10, 2020 FREE WEBINAR - The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution
November 10, 2020 The Wall Street Journal & Infragard San Diego Present: “360 Degrees Of A Ransomware Attack: Decision Points in Defense, Response and Mitigation”
November 09, 2020 Global Minnesota in partnership with WACA presents The Man Who Ran Washington:The Life and Times of James A. Baker III
October 24, 2020 Annual Membership Meeting (Zoom) and Presentation by Ambassador Bindenagel on behalf of Wunderbar Together
October 22, 2020 "U.S. Relations with Pakistan and The South Asia Region"
October 20, 2020 "North Korea in the Next Administration’s Foreign Policy"
October 15, 2020 Webinar with John Brennan and Janet Napolitano
September 30, 2020 “WILL THE SINO-US COLD WAR GO HOT? How Asia’s Geopolitical Clash will Dominate the Next Administration”
August 25, 2020 SDWAC warmly welcomes the International Rescue Committee (IRC) of San Diego Executive Director, Donna Duvin "From Harm to Home: Arc of the Refugee Crisis: Global Challenges, Local Solutions”
August 20, 2020 The San Diego World Affairs Council is honored to support the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) presentation - Race: “A Path Forward” How do we talk about race in a way that unites and strengthens us as a community?
August 20, 2020 The San Diego World Affairs Council is honored to co-sponsor for the first time an exciting virtual event with Friends of Liberia* “Liberty Brought Us Here: The True Story of American Slaves Who Migrated to Liberia”
August 20, 2020 The San Diego World Affairs Council invites you to register for "U.S. & Germany: Strained Alliance?" with German Ambassador to the U.S., Emily Haber
August 13, 2020 San Diego World Affairs Council is honored to support WAC-Orange County's presentation: “Becoming Kim Jong Un: Insights Into North Korea’s Dangerous and Enigmatic Dictator” with Dr. Jung H. Pak
July 22, 2020 Where Does the Money Come From? Financing International Terrorism featuring Dr. Ian Oxnevad
July 13, 2020 The World: A Conversation with Dr. Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations “Making Sense of a World in Crisis — Through the Eyes of a Foreign Policy Expert”
June 18, 2020 The Scientist and the Spy
March 20, 2020 *Postponed* Honoring M.C. Madhu Madhavan
January 15, 2020 "From Dictatorship to Democracy? Myanmar's Uneasy Transition" A Conversation with Dr. Nuccio
December 19, 2019 An Overview of the Mexican Consulate in San Diego with Consul General Gutierrez
November 21, 2019 "Putin and Trump 2.0: The Perils of Presidential Diplomacy" Remarks from Ambassador John Beyrle
October 29, 2019 "Kashmir: Where Identity Rises Above Territory" Remarks by Professor Dipak Gupta
October 14, 2019 "From Soft Power to Hard Truths: Human Rights in U.S. Foreign Policy and Diplomacy" Remarks by Bennett Freeman
September 23, 2019 "America...and the Great Power Competition" Remarks by Vice Admiral Charles Martoglio
August 28, 2019 "Fusion Energy Research and the Creation of Miniature Stars for Electricity"
July 31, 2019 "Global Engagement and the Modern Public Research University" featuring Chancellor Khosla
June 22, 2019 REGISTER NOW! 2019 SDWAC Annual Membership Meeting
May 07, 2019 "Perspective on current U.S. Navy strategy, undersea capabilities and the Submarine Force in San Diego."
March 21, 2019 “U.S. Trade Policy toward China: heading toward trade war or deal?"
February 23, 2019 2019 Annual Dinner
January 24, 2019 “Global Climate Change: Evidence, Scientific Basis, and Selected Impacts”
December 11, 2018 “Health and Peace-building in Africa”
November 15, 2018 “Nicaragua: Revolution and Restoration”
October 15, 2018 “U.S. policy towards India and the Indo-Pacific”
September 26, 2018 “What Diplomats Do and Why It (Still) Matters”
August 30, 2018 Fighting for Cyber Supremacy in an Age of Extremism
July 26, 2018 U.S. trade policy and the economics of trade in today’s technology-driven global era.
June 26, 2018 "Why Mexico's Election, NAFTA and U.S.-Mexico Relations Are Important to You."
June 16, 2018 REGISTER NOW! Annual Membership Meeting
May 23, 2018 May 23, 2018 -- Ukraine: Russian Interference and How the U.S. Can Bolster Ukrainian Security
April 27, 2018 Annual Dinner and Presentation on "Middle East Meltdown: Causes and Consequences"
April 03, 2018 SOLD OUT! Immigration and Border Issues: The Future Is Not What It Used To Be
February 21, 2018 Mexico's Upcoming Elections and What They Mean for the U.S.
January 24, 2018 "China in the Wake of the Party Conference"
December 06, 2017 Is the Turkish Partnership Doomed?
November 28, 2017 Movie Screening: America's Diplomats
November 02, 2017 Russia: Preventing Peace on Its Periphery
October 19, 2017 NAFTA: A Make or Break Moment?
October 06, 2017 Three Elections and a Brexit: The Unraveling of Europe?
September 22, 2017 South Sudan: Crisis and Conflict in the World's Newest Country
August 28, 2017 U.S. Alliances in the Indo-Pacific: A Practitioner's Perspective
August 14, 2017 Life as a Military Officer in the Middle East
July 25, 2017 Tijuana Day Trip
July 12, 2017 Trade Routes and the Evolving Geopolitics of the Middle East
June 29, 2017 Fiber Optics: History, Security, Applications and More
June 22, 2017 Dealing With a Dangerous and Challenging World -- The Physics and Economics of Defense
June 17, 2017 Rising Tensions on the Korean Peninsula: How Does This End?
June 15, 2017 Guantanamo Bay -- Al Qaeda’s Nuremberg: An Inside Look at 9/11 Justice
June 08, 2017 Is the Syrian Regime Survival Guaranteed in Moscow? Origins and Prospects for Relations Between Syria and Russia
June 01, 2017 North County Chapter Annual Meeting
May 01, 2017 Economic Sanctions
April 29, 2017 The Philippines Under President Duterte: Nagging Questions and an Optimistic Outlook
March 18, 2017 Growing the Game: Baseball's Plans for Global Expansion
February 13, 2017 Annual Dinner

Upcoming WAC Events

May 3, 2021
Embassy Row Live! Armenia; WACA Climate Week Recordings; Several Councils Are Hiring; WACA's Engage America Series; Council Highlights; and more!
Embassy Row Live! Armenia's Ambassador to the U.S.
Wednesday, May 5, at 3:00-4:00 PM ET
Armenian Ambassador Varuzhan Nersesyan will address key topics in Armenian current affairs and international relations in conversation with WorldBoston and WACA on Wednesday, May 5, at 3:00-4:00 PM ET for Embassy Row Live! Armenia has been in U.S. news recently because of President Biden's recent labelling of the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire between 1915-23 as genocide. Other important subjects may include regional tensions with Azerbaijan and the role of Russia, COVID recovery, upcoming June parliamentary elections, and relations with the U.S. and Turkey.
Star Speakers This Week
Catherine Mann
Global Chief Economist, Citibank
Beatriz Perez
SVP & Global Chief of Communications, Coca-Cola
Charles Person
Freedom Rider
Connie Belciug
Executive Director, CERI
The Hon. Michael Pompeo
Fmr. U.S. Secretary of State
Alonzo Fulgham
EVP of Defense/Homeland, VIATEQ Corporation
Council of the Month: World Affairs (Northern California)
The WorldAffairs podcast, brought to you by World Affairs in San Francisco, is your guide to a changing world. Sound-rich stories and in-depth interviews give you the tools and context to navigate across borders and ideologies. Hosts Ray Suarez, Teresa Cotsirilos, and Council CEO Philip Yun help you make sense of a changing world, one story at a time.

The podcast comes out every Monday. Check out today's: Facing Our Climate Future. Check out last week's: 20 Years in Afghanistan: What's Next?.
WACA's Best Practice Sessions
Diversity in Programming and Young Professionals
Thursday, May 13, 3:00-4:00 PM ET
The next WACA Best Practices Session will take place Thursday, May 13, at 3:00 PM ET and will expand on April's conversation of diversity, equity, and inclusion by looking at diversity in programming and young professionals. Whereas last month's discussion focused on internal best practices, this session will center on an external lens - how to diversify programming and audiences.

Speakers will include Valerin Lopez DeFrank, Business Manager at the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, and Katie Ferman, Senior Program Officer, International Visitors at the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, with more details to be announced soon.

Make sure to mark your calendars for Thursday, May 13, at 3:00 PM ET.
Note: Registration is open to Council staff and boards. More than one person per Council may attend.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Recording and Materials
Thursday, April 29
Member Councils can access last week's WACA Best Practices Session: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion recording and materials by visiting the WACA Members Resources webpage and selecting the "Best Practices Meetings" square. Many thanks to WACA Board Member Derrick Olsen and his team at WorldOregon.
WACA's Engage America Speaker Series
World Food Program USA Speaker Series

Wheatfields to the World: Oregon, Hunger, and Humanitarian Aid
Thursday, May 13, at 3:00 PM ET (12:00 PM PT)
For more than 50 years, the United States has led the world in support for international food security programs. The U.S. was instrumental in creating the United Nations World Food Programme—2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and the largest hunger-relief humanitarian organization—in the 1960s and today is its largest government donor. We’ll explore the U.S. legacy of food aid and anti-hunger advocacy, why it matters, and the dynamic role that American agriculture, particularly Oregon’s wheat industry, plays in helping to combat both domestic and global hunger.

Join us as we welcome Barron Segar, President and CEO of World Food Program USA; Amanda Hoey, CEO of the Oregon Wheat Growers Commission/Oregon Wheat Growers League; Jeremy Everett, founder and executive director of the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty for a rich and engaging discussion about global and domestic food insecurity and Oregon’s contributions to aid, hunger-relief, and the global food supply.
Cover to Cover: The Water Defenders
WACA's April Cover to Cover webinar on Wednesday, April 28 featured co-authors Robin Broad, Professor of International Development at American University, and John Cavanagh, Executive Director of the Institute for Policy Studies. The Water Defenders tells the inspirational story of an El Salvadorian community that took on an int'l mining corporation at seemingly insurmountable odds and won not one but two historic victories.
WACA Climate Week Video Recordings
Did you miss last week's WACA Climate Week 2021? Watch the recordings and subscribe to WACA's Climate Week YouTube playlist.

Highlights of Past Events

“Bulgaria: Political, Economic, and Commercial Crossroads Today” PDF

“From Harm to Home: Arc of the Refugee Crisis: Global Challenges, Local Solutions" PDF

Check Out the Full Presentation Recording in DropBox HERE!


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