Upcoming events

    • April 03, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • National University Sanford Auditorium, 11355 North Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla

    Alan Bersin

    Mr. Bersin will address the status of border security and migration in 2018 as these reflect new trends over the past five years on the Southwest Border with Mexico, from San Diego to Brownsville Texas. He will focus upon recent developments in these policy areas during the Trump Administration and the impacts these have had on the U.S./Mexico bilateral relationship, the politics of immigration reform, and the future of North America.

    About our Speaker

    During his government service at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 2009 to 2017, Bersin served as Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs and Chief Diplomatic Officer; as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection; and as Assistant Secretary and Special Representative for Border Affairs. Between 2012 and 2015, Bersin served as Vice President of INTERPOL for the Americas Region and as a member of the INTERPOL Executive Committee. Prior to his DHS experience, Bersin served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California for nearly five years, during which time he was the Attorney General’s Southwest Border Representative responsible for coordinating federal law enforcement on the border from South Texas to Southern California.

    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 Fellow in the Homeland Security Project at the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; and as a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington D.C. Bersin serves on the Board of Directors of the Seguritech Group based in Mexico City and is Vice Chairman of the Board of Seguritech North America based in Washington D.C. Seguritech, founded 18 years ago, is among the North American leaders in the integration of innovative security technologies. Bersin is also a founder and the Chairman of the BorderWorks Advisory consulting firm. 

    He received his A.B. (magna cum laude) from Harvard College from where he was selected as a member of the All-Ivy, All-New England and All-East Football Teams and was inducted in 1995 into the Harvard Varsity Club 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. degree from the Yale Law School. 

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    • April 27, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Marriott Mission Valley, 8757 Rio San Diego Dr., San Diego, CA 92108

     Six-time Ambassador Ryan Crocker

    The modern Middle East is 100 years old, but the chaos and turmoil we are seeing now is unprecedented.  The region has always been the scene of coups and revolutions. This is different -we are seeing complete state failure, in Libya, in Yemen, and most horrifically in Syria. What has led to this? Where will it go? Why is it important? What can we do about it? These are profound questions for America’s national security and place in the world.

    About Our Speaker:

    Ambassador Ryan Crocker is Dean and Executive Professor at the George Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University, where he holds the Edward and Howard Kruse Endowed Chair. He served in the Foreign Service for 37 years and, after retiring, was recalled to active duty by President Obama in 2011 to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan. He has served as US Ambassador six times: Afghanistan (2011-2012), Iraq (2007-2009), Pakistan (2004-2007), Syria (1998-2001), Kuwait (1994-1997), and Lebanon (1990-1993). Since joining the Foreign Service in 1971, he also has had assignments in Iran, Qatar, Iraq and Egypt, as well as Washington.

    Ambassador Crocker has received many of the nation’s highest honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the State Department Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award, the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the State Department Distinguished Honor Award, The Award for Valor, three Superior Honor Awards, and the American Foreign Service Association’s Rivkin Award. When he stepped down as Ambassador in Kabul in 2012, Crocker was named an Honorary Marine by the United States Marine Corps.

    The San Diego World Affairs Council Annual Dinner

    This annual fundraising event supports our programs, outreach and projects destined to connect San Diego to the changing world around us.  The San Diego World Affairs Council is a non-partisan, non-profit organization.

    We are grateful to the Charles Hostler Institute for World Affairs at San Diego State University for co-sponsoring this event.

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Past events

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


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San Diego, CA 92101



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