February 2, 2017

 
 
 
 
 
February 2, 2017
 
 
 
A Message From the President of SDWAC


Dear SDWAC members and friends,

The San Diego World Affairs Council continues its strong start to 2017.  After two outstanding events in January, with Kurdish Regional Government representative Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman and Vice Admiral (ret.) Charles Martoglio, SDWAC notched another success on February 1 with an insightful talk on contemporary Cuba by Professor Richard Feinberg of UCSD’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. Dr. Feinberg had just returned from a visit to Cuba and was thus able to share not only his expertise on the Cuban economy but his impressions of the mood of the Cuban people in the aftermath of the island’s longtime strongman, Fidel Castro. As Dr. Feinberg observed, there is a modest opening of the door to the private sector and further engagement with the world economy, but there is also the likelihood that the existing system will ensure a large measure of continuity in the coming years.  I recommend to anyone interested in Cuba Professor Feinberg’s new book, Open for Business: Building the New Cuban Economy, which is available on Amazon.


The leadership of the Council is currently focused on our upcoming celebratory dinner, to be held February 13 at the Royal India Banquet Hall on Miramar Road (see details below). We are expecting an interesting presentation on the Middle East, with particular attention to the Iran nuclear agreement, by Jay Solomon, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent of the Wall Street Journal.  Mr. Solomon  is a highly regarded journalist who covered for the WSJ the negotiations leading to the agreement.  He is well positioned to inform our audience on the ramifications in the region of new policy departures on the part of the Trump administration. In keeping with the spirit of celebrating SDWAC (which has a big anniversary coming up - stay tuned!), we will also have entertainment from noted local pianist Glenn Kramer.  I urge everyone reading this newsletter to support the Council’s work – which arguably is more important now than ever –by coming to the dinner … and bringing guests!

 
-- John Schlosser
 

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February 13, 2017

Reserve your seats now! 

San Diego World Affairs Council’s

2017 Fundraising Dinner Celebration

Keynote Speaker

Jay Solomon

Three-time Pulitzer Prize Nominee and

Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent,

The Wall Street Journal

“US Middle East Policy, the Iran Deal and

the Potential Impact of the Trump Presidency” 



Time:

5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Location:

Royal India Banquet Hall

8990 Miramar Road, San Diego, CA 92126


Dinner and Program $50/person

No Host Bar

- Music by award-winning pianist Glenn Kramer -  

Register Here

Please register early as space is limited.


February 9, 2017

David A. Shirk: Dr. Shirk, Director of the Master of Arts in International Relations Program at the University of San Diego, will present “U.S.-Mexico Relations in Uncertain Times.” Few countries send us more goods, capital, or people than Mexico, and perhaps no other country in the world is as intimately tied to the United States as Mexico. Roughly 80 percent of Mexico’s exports come to the United States, 40 percent of the contents of U.S. imports from Mexico were made in the United States, and Mexico buys more U.S. goods than any country except Canada. Yet, Mexico is also a favorite punching bag in U.S. politics, as made evident in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. With recent criminal violence and economic turmoil in Mexico, the growing discord in U.S.-Mexico relations could not come at a worse time. This talk will examine the state and future prospects of U.S.-Mexico relations in these uncertain times. Member reservations for a round table lunch following the presentation may be made by contacting the sponsor, Phyllis Murchland: pmurchland@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, 16916 Hierba Drive, Rancho Bernardo, CA 92128.

Free parking is available at the adjacent shopping center.


February 16, 2017

Jim Verdi: Mr. Verdi has worked for the FBI for more than 20 years as a Special Agent Bomb Technician. He will share an overview of “FBI Counter-IED Operations Overseas” and discuss the FBI’s role in fighting improvised explosive devices (IEDs) overseas. He will also talk about the evolution of this effort from Khobar Towers to the present day, and U.S. efforts to provide forensic knowledge to the military.  He will intersperse this with stories and many pictures of his missions into Iraq, Afghanistan, and Africa. Member reservations for a round table lunch following the presentation may be made by contacting the sponsor, Phyllis Murchlandpmurchland@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, 16916 Hierba Drive, Rancho Bernardo, CA 92128.

Free parking is available at the adjacent shopping center.


February 23, 2017

The Rev. Daren Erisman: The Rev. Erisman earned a Ph.D. in Systematic and Philosophical Theology, and an M.A. in Islamic Studies.  He is an expert in Christian-Muslim relations and will explain “The One and the Many: The Challenge of Unity and Diversity Within Islam.” The Rev. Erisman engages the question of how a diverse religion, spanning the world with 1.6 billion adherents, addresses the challenges of modern globalization and modern extremism. He will explain how the heart of the Islamic religion, tawhid, asserting the unity of God, guides and challenges contemporary Muslims to make sense of a quickly changing world involving multiple cultures and contexts. This talk will address the real diversity within Islam and the fundamental desire by Muslims to live out tawhid both personally and communally. Learn some of the key concepts that are often ignored or misunderstood by the media and by some forms of modern Islamic extremism. The Rev. Erisman will intersperse his talk with stories and many pictures of his missions into Iraq, Afghanistan, and Africa. Member reservations for a round table lunch following the presentation may be made by contacting the sponsor, Joe McElroyjmcelroy2013@gmail.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, 16916 Hierba Drive, Rancho Bernardo, CA 92128.

Free parking is available at the adjacent shopping center.




75th Anniversary Celebration
of the Charles W. Hostler Institute on World Affairs

                              Chukuka S. Enwemeka
Provost and Senior Vice President
San Diego State University

cordially invites you to the

75th Anniversary Celebration
of the Charles W. Hostler Institute on World Affairs


dedicated to bringing the world to San Diego since 1942.

Featuring forums on some of today's most compelling issues and regions with

Ambassador Nicholas Burns

Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and former U.S. Ambassador to Greece
Professor, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
and
Ambassador John Bass
Current U.S. Ambassador to Turkey
Former U.S. Ambassador to Georgia
and
special guest speaker
Ms. Mary Eisenhower
President and CEO, People to People International

Friday, February 24, 2017
Ambassador Burns Forum: 1:30 PM
Ambassador Bass Forum 3:15 PM
Light reception to follow

Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center
Fowler Family Ballroom

(Directions Provided upon RSVP)

The event is free and open to the public. Please register by February 17th





 

Academic World Quest 2016 - 2017 

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A National Quiz Competition for High School Students

Registration: October 1, 2016 through February 10, 2017

Curious about the world? Love to travel? Want a career in foreign affairs, politics, international trade, or humanitarian work?

Test your knowledge with Academic WorldQuest™ !

The Academic WorldQuest quiz will consist of ten rounds:

Current Events

Great Decisions
Peace and Conflict in Today’s World (USIP)
Combating Infectious Disease
European Union
and more!

 Schedule of Competition

March 4, 2017
San Diego County Competition

April 29, 2017
National Championship, Washington, D.C.

Learn More
                             
 
 


Wednesday, February 1, 2017


U.S.-Russia Relations; China and the World; Iranian Nuclear Violation; Executive Orders/Foreign Policy; Economics in the Americas.

U.S.-Russia Relations

" Europe's Fatal Attraction to Trumpism and Putinism " Judy Dempsey -- Carnegie Europe, January 31, 2017


" The Power of Siberia Natural-Gas Project: Commercial or Political? " Pierre Noël -- IISS, January 30, 2017


" Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin Expected to Discuss Ukraine Sanctions in Weekend Phone Call " Feliks Garcia -- Independent, January 27, 2017


" Trump Spells Trouble for Eastern Europe " Simeon Djankov -- Peterson Institute for International Economics, January 30, 2017


" Deadly Violence Erupts in Eastern Ukraine Amid 'Worsening Humanitarian Situation' "  Deutsche Welle, January 31, 2017

China and the World

" Europe's Trump-China Dilemma " Francois Godement -- European Council on Foreign Relations, January 31, 2017


" Beijing's Development Bank Gains Momentum " Gary Sands -- Foreign Policy Association, January 29, 2017


" Vietnam and the South China Sea's Roiled Waters " Carlyle A. Thayer -- Asia and the Pacific Policy Society, January 30, 2017


" China Defends against U.S. Anti-Dumping Tariffs " Wang Hui -- Video by CGTN, January 25, 2017

Iranian Nuclear Violation

" UNSC to Convene Emergency Meeting on Iran " Curt Mills -- U.S. News, January 31, 2017


" Iran Violates U.N. Resolutions Again with Ballistic Missile Test " Khater Al-Khater -- Asharq Al-Awsat, January 31, 2017

Executive Orders/Foreign Policy 

"Will Trump Carry Out His Foreign Policy Pledges? " Claire Felter, Zachary Laub, and James McBride -- Council on Foreign Relations, January 30, 2017


Trump's Immigration Order Deprives U.S. of Exports and Technology Talent " Cameron F. Kerry -- Brookings Institution, January 30, 2017


Global Economics Monthly: Troubling Start for Trump's Economic Statecraft " Matthew P. Goodman -- CSIS, January 30, 2017


5 Things to Know Before the U.S. Reduces Its Role at the UN " Stewart M. Patrick -- Defense One, January 27, 2017

Economics in the Americas

"NAFTA Doesn't Count for Much Economically, but It's Still a Huge Political Football. Here's Why" Michael Hiltzik -- Los Angeles Times, January 30, 2017


What's the Impact of President Trump's Executive Order on the Mexico Border Wall? " Duncan Wood -- Video by the Wilson Center, January 26, 2017


Preserving and Strengthening the U.S.-Mexico Relationship " Dan Restrepo, Michael Werz, and Joel Martinez -- Center for American Progress, January 30, 2017

 

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