The complicated world we live in is illuminated a bit more every week at the North County Chapter’s Thursday Morning Forum in Rancho Bernardo. These free, weekly talks address a range of global topics in a relaxed and social atmosphere. Forums begin with a coffee social at 9:30 a.m., followed by a program at 10 a.m. and Q&A from 11:10 a.m. to noon. The public is invited and no reservation is needed. 

Unless otherwise indicated, Forums are held at the Remington Club (Phase II), 16916 Hierba Drive, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA 92128. Parking is available in the adjacent shopping center. 

For more information, contact Phyllis Murchland at

To become a member or to renew your NCC membership, please see the form at the bottom of this page.

North County Chapter Programs for March, 2018 


March 1:  Allen Greb (Ph.D) will present his findings on "THE BALTIC STATES AND RUSSIA: A New Cold War,” discussing the questions: Do we need to worry about Russian tanks rolling into the Baltic States anytime soon?  What is the relationship between Estonia, the Baltic States, and Russia?  What are Estonia's and the Baltic States' major strategic concerns? And why from the Tallinn's perspective,   "hybrid warfare” is the threat that Estonians think about the most? Dr. Greb is the coordinator of the International Security and Conflict Resolution (ISCOR) Program at SDSU.


March 8:  Mary McKenzie (Ph.D.), a professor at USD, will talk on "Europe at a Crossroad: A Perfect Storm," discussing several threats Europe faces in 2018. What had generally been regarded as the successful and historically remarkable institutionalization of the continent is being shaken by both internal and external forces.  This lecture will examine the postwar development of Europe, focusing specifically on its key institutions: the EU (and the Euro), NATO, and the OSCE. Current challenges to the unity of Europe, then will be addressed, including Brexit, the continuing migrant crisis, the growth in strength of the far right in several countries, and the remaining economic disparity between eastern and western Europe. Reservations for the round table luncheon  following this meeting may be made by contacting Phyllis Murchland at


March 15:  Allen Wittenborn (Ph.D.) will discuss "FROM BURMA TO MYANMAR: Where It’s Been, Where It's Going,” providing a brief overview of the past 30 years, including the role of Aung San Suu Kyi, her final release from house arrest, and the ensuing problems with the generals, as well as the current Rohingya issue which is getting nastier all the time. He will discuss the current situation 'on the ground' in Burma, how the people are doing, and some interesting happenings. Professor Wittenborn teaches at SDSU.  Reservations for the round table luncheon following this meeting may be made by contacting Phyllis Murchland at


March 22:  Member Mehdi Sarram Ph.D. will explain “Global Nuclear Waste Disposal” analyzing the global technical and political issues with the nuclear waste produced from commercial nuclear power plants.  A brief discussion will be provided on the public perception of nuclear waste, especially on the problems next door to us at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.  Finally, he will discuss how France has solved its nuclear waste problem by reprocessing.  Dr. Mehdi Sarram is a nuclear physicist and the President of Energy Security Consulting Group.

March 29:  Member Robert Meyer (Ph.D.) will present a talk entitled "Foreign Aid."  A common perception of foreign aid is that it is selfless charity, directed at helping underdeveloped nations and impoverished or displaced peoples.  While there are often very altruistic motives driving non-government providers of foreign aid, government-funded aid is intended to promote national security and related foreign policy initiatives.  The presentation will describe the emergence of government-sponsored foreign aid in the 20th century as a powerful, low-cost, but easily-misapplied new tool for furthering these national policy objectives.





North County Chapter President's Communiqué March 2018

by Tom Reeve


Welcome to the North County Chapter of the San Diego World Affairs Council, we are now on the web at

 Our New Website

Through the efforts of Bill Davison and Pat Reeve we now have a North County Chapter website.  This is a focused site that gives you access to the Chapter’s program schedule, our Membership information and application, and the history of the North County Chapter.  Please share the website with friends and persons interested in the Chapter.


Guests and Visitors. Welcome. Each week we are privileged to meet new people. Please feel free to introduce yourself to your neighbor. We are very glad you have chosen to spend time with us, and we invite you to return and become members.


PLEASE Don’t Wait JOIN or RENEW Now!

The membership form is below.  If you have not yet joined for 2018, please do so now. We are a part of the San Diego World Affairs Council (SDWAC), and North County Chapter members have full member benefits at SDWAC events, as well as being part of the national World Affairs Councils of America.


Please Share this Newsletter. Feel free to share this Newsletter and Program Schedule with your friends and acquaintances – confirming that all of our programs are free and reservations are not required - while encouraging them to attend.


Save the Date -- June 7th -- Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon

Please save the date of June 7th for our Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon.  It will be held at the Bernardo Heights Country Club (16066 Bernardo Heights Pkwy, San Diego, CA 92128).  We are very pleased to announce that our speaker will be Ambassador (ret.) Leslie Ann Bassett.  Ambassador Bassett held posts in Israel, El Salvador, South Africa, Nicaragua, Colombia, Botswana, and South Korea, as well as Washington, D. C. before her appointment as Ambassador to Paraguay. We are very much looking forward to her presentation. 


Remington Club. We thank and appreciate the Remington Club for its continued support. We are very pleased to be guests in their house.  Their continuing cooperation and support helps to make these programs possible.


Chapter Mission and Policy. The North County Chapter supports free and fair discussion of foreign policy and the conduct of international affairs by presenting speakers with diverse viewpoints about policies and events, while maintaining civility in our discourse. Although our speakers and members have opinions, the Chapter is steadfastly non-partisan and takes no stand on any public issue, policy, or candidate.



Mailing Address

San Diego World Affairs Council

113 West G Street #601

San Diego, CA 92101


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