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 Farouk Al-Nasser at

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

Make sure and visit the new North County Chapter website:

(hurry!  registration closes 5/24)

The North County Chapter

of the San Diego World Affairs Council


The Thirty-second Annual Meeting and Luncheon

1986 - 2018

June 7, 2018 ~ 10:30 am Reception ~ 11:00 am Presentation ~  12:15 pm Luncheon

Guest Speaker Ambassador (ret.) Leslie Ann Bassett, former Ambassador to Paraguay on

Tio Sam in the Looking Glass: How Latin America Sees the U.S.

Bernardo Heights Country Club

16066 Bernardo Heights Parkway  ~  Rancho Bernardo, California 92128


RSVP Before May 24.  $30/person    Name(s)________________________________________  Phone___________________         Check # ______________  Date ________________

Indicate Choice of Entree:  ____Grilled Marinated Flat Iron Steak

                 ____Pan Roasted Salmon

                                                 ____Vegetarian Option: Mushroom Fettuccine

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North County Chapter Programs for  May, 2018 


May 3  "National Security Decision Making in America"

Vice Admiral Charles W. Martoglio, US Navy (ret), will explain how America makes national security decisions, conducts foreign policy, integrates the numerous U.S. departments and agencies involved in security policy, and involves international and non-governmental organizations in protecting America and U.S. interests in “National Security Decision Making in America”.   The backdrop is North Korea's nuclear program, China and Russia's strategic alliance against America, and continued instability across the Middle East -- simultaneous and global challenges to America's security. Please contact Farouk Al-Nasser for the limited-seating Round-Table Lunch following the program at


May 10   "Israel - 1948-2018:  Learning from the Past, Looking Toward the Future"

Professor Tamar Arieli, (Ph.D.) is the head of the Conflict Management Program at Tel Hai College, Israel, and currently the Israel Institute Visiting Professor and Scholar at the Jewish Studies Program of SDSU.  Dr. Arieli will present “Israel – 1948-2018:  Learning from the Past, Looking Toward the Future”. Israel has faced challenges over its existence as a modern state -- political, social-cultural, economic and environmental. While politics and wars have been the focus of most global attention, matters of society and environmental sustainability are increasingly central to the quality of life of Israel's citizens and its prospects for stability and prosperity.  Dr. Arieli’s perspective is from her studies in political geography, regional and urban planning, and conflict resolution. 

May 17 "What Happens if the Middle East Runs Out of Water?"

Hisham Foad (Ph.D.), Associate Professor of Economics (SDSU) will explain “What happens when the Middle East runs out of water?”  Conflict, economic stagnation, and political instability are all key challenges facing the Middle East. However, one major issue confronting the region that does not get nearly the attention it deserves is water. Many of the countries in the region face water shortages so severe that they cannot effectively grow enough food to feed their populations. While climate certainly plays a role, much of the water scarcity in the region is man-made, a result of government policies, conflict, and weak institutions that have encouraged over-use and limited conservation. Dwindling water resources challenge the tenuous stability and limit the growth potential of many of the countries in the region and may even ignite wider cross-border conflicts. In this talk, we will explore the causes of water scarcity in the region, the potential economic and political effects if nothing is done, and what options are out there to reverse this trend.  Please contact Farouk Al-Nasser for the limited seating Round-Table Lunch following the program at


May 24  "The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and Its Warrants"

Dr. John Shu (J.D. Pepperdine Law & G.C., Peking Univ.) was a Law Clerk to Judge Paul H. Roney of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and Chief Judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review.  Dr. Shu will discuss and explain the background, function, standards and procedures of the “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court And Its Warrants”.  Sometimes referred to as the “FISA Court,” it hears and rules upon the U.S. Government applications for electronic surveillance, physical search, and certain other forms of investigative actions for foreign intelligence purposes. Please contact Tom Reeve for the limited seating Round-Table Lunch following the program

 May 31  "Hong Kong:  Re-Integration Into China"

Dr. Y Pang Tsui (Eng.Sc.D., Columbia Univ.) will discuss “Hong Kong: Re-Integration into China”.  In 1842, China ceded Hong Kong Island “in perpetuity” to Great Britain.  Over the next century and a half, tiny British Hong Kong, with an ethnic Chinese population, has become a global economic powerhouse. Why did Britain return it to China in 1997? Dr. Tsui will discuss Hong Kong’s transition from British Crown Colony to the Peoples Republic of China. He will review historical, cultural, demographic, geopolitical, and economic factors to understand the perspectives of key stakeholders in this transition. Dr. Tsui is an inventor and developer of engineering processes for manufacturing. Please contact Tom Reeve for the limited seating Round-Table Lunch following the program at



 NCC World Affairs Council Meetings are held on Thursdays at The Remington Club, Phase II, 16916 HIERBA DRIVE, Rancho Bernardo located behind Vons Market.  (Please do not park in the Club’s parking area without a disabled parking permit). 

Regular schedule:  Coffee Social 9:30 a.m.; Speaker 10:00 a.m.; Question &  Answer 11:10 a.m. until Noon.



Upcoming events of the San Diego World Affairs Council and our North County Chapter can be seen on under "Upcoming Events" and "NCC Events" respectively


North County Chapter President's Communiqué May, 2018

by Tom Reeve


Our Website.  Please use and share our Chapter website (which has North County Chapter History and Program information), with friends.

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

Please Make Reservations for our June 7th Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon

Please make your reservations now for the North County Chapter’s Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon ​on ​June 7th.  It will once again be held at the Bernardo Heights Country Club (16066 Bernardo Heights Pkwy, San Diego, CA 92128). Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m., and the program will begin at 11:00 a.m.


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.  She will speak about, Tio Sam in the Looking Glass:  How Latin America Sees the U.S. We often look at Latin America’s issues and challenges in terms of their impact on the United States, but the nations of the region are increasingly independent, assertive and effective global players who have broadened their alliances, trade relationships and allegiances.   Recent polling by the Pew Research Center shows China is more popular than the U.S. in key Latin American nations like Mexico, Chile, Peru and Argentina.   The Economist links U.S. standing in Latin America to factors well beyond who is the sitting president, to include distance, investment, and remittances as key influences.  Understanding how Latin America sees the U.S. is key to our security and economic well-being.  

Please join us for a wonderful lunch and a​ thoughtful look at "Tio" (Uncle) Sam from the Latin American perspective. 

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 a balance of speakers with diverse viewpoints about policies and events, while maintaining respect and 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.



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