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Upcoming WAC Events

Hello WACOC members,

Here are some of the webinars we have coming up at the council. In lieu of the current pandemic crisis, we had to suspend our in-person programs for the time being. As a result, our organization has lost revenue critical to our operation. At this time, we need to ask you, as our most loyal and committed supporters, for help. Your donation will help us maintain our role as the trusted international forum in Orange County.
Turning Point: Policymaking in the Era of Artificial Intelligence
Wednesday,
December 9,
2020
1:00PM PST

Featuring

General John Rutherford Allen 
President of
Brookings Institution

and

Director Darrell
M. West
Vice President of
Brookings Institution


A FREE webinar with General John Allen & Director Darrell West, Brookings Institution
John Rutherford Allen assumed the presidency of the Brookings Institution in November 2017, having most recently served as chair of security and strategy and a distinguished fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings. Allen is a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and former commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan.

Beyond his operational and diplomatic credentials, Allen has led professional military educational programs, including as director of the Marine Infantry Officer Program and commanding officer of the Marine Corps Basic School. He twice served at the United States Naval Academy, first as a military instructor, where he was named instructor of the year in 1990, and later as commandant of midshipmen; the first Marine Corps officer to hold this position. Allen was the Marine Corps fellow to the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the first Marine officer to serve as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where today he is a permanent member.

Among his other affiliations, Allen is a senior fellow at the Merrill Center of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. He is an “Ancien” of the NATO Defense College in Rome, and a frequent lecturer there. Allen is the recipient of numerous U.S. and foreign awards.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in operations analysis from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master of Arts in national security studies from Georgetown University, a Master of Science in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College (now National Intelligence University), and a Master of Science in national security strategy from the National Defense University.

Darrell M. West is the Vice President and Senior Fellow of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He holds the Douglas Dillon Chair in Governance Studies. Previously, he was the John Hazen White Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University. His current research focuses on American politics, technology policy, and artificial intelligence.

West is the author of 25 books including Turning Point: Policymaking in the Era of Artificial Intelligence (Brookings, 2020; with John Allen), Divided Politics, Divided Nation: Hyperconflict in the Trump Era (Brookings, 2019), The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation (Brookings, 2018); Megachange: Economic Disruption, Political Upheaval, and Social Strife in the 21st Century (Brookings, 2016), Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust (Brookings, 2014), Digital Schools (Brookings, 2012), The Next Wave: Using Digital Technology to Further Social and Political Innovation (Brookings, 2011), Brain Gain: Rethinking U.S. Immigration Policy (Brookings, 2010), Digital Medicine: Health Care in the Internet Era (Brookings, 2009), Digital Government: Technology and Public Sector Performance, (Princeton University Press, 2005), and Air Wars: Television Advertising in Election Campaigns (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2013), among others.

He is the winner of the American Political Science Association’s Don K. Price award for best book on technology (for Digital Government) and the American Political Science Association’s Doris Graber award for best book on political communications (for Cross Talk). His books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, and he has delivered lectures in numerous countries around the world.
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Getting to know Zoom
Getting to Know Zoom 

Since we will be hosting our webinar on Zoom, here are some tips if you are not familiar with the software:

  • For an easier time using Zoom, download the free desktop app here.
  • Feel free to email us with any questions about using Zoom.
  • We will be sending emails in the near future. These emails will contain the webinar's Meeting ID and the join link. You can use either method to join the webinar.
  • When you enter the webinar, please make sure you are muted and your camera is not on.
  • Ask questions in the Chat. During the Q&A session, the facilitator will ask the guest speaker questions from the Chat.
  • Click here to watch a video from the Zoom Help Center on the basics of joining meetings in Zoom.
Fundraising Support
Fundraising Support 

In lieu of the current pandemic crisis, we had to suspend our in-person programs for the time being. As a result, our organization has lost revenue critical to our operation. At this time, we need to ask you, as our most loyal and committed supporters, for help. Your donation will help us maintain our role as the trusted international forum in Orange County and provide support for critically needed administrative functions. There are different ways you can help us as we work tirelessly to keep our organization running:

  • Maintain or increase your membership level – if you would like more info on this, please email madeenarafiq@worldaffairscouncil.org
  • Invite friends, relatives, and colleagues to join as members
  • Make a donation– As a 501(c)(3) organization, your donations are tax-deductible. We appreciate your financial support to help us during this difficult time. You may use this link to donate:
World Affairs Council of Orange County | 2102 Business Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92612

Highlights of Past Events

“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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