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

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March 2019 Programs


Thursdays at THE REMINGTON CLUB II, 16916 HIERBA DRIVE, Rancho Bernardo

Located behind Vons Market.  (Please do not park in the Club’s parking area)

Regular schedule:  Coffee Social 9:30 a.m.;

Speaker 10:00 a.m.; Question & Answer 11:10 a.m. until Noon.

March 7 - Our guest, Professor Michael Provence will follow last month's presentation with the "Making of the Modern Middle East, 1920-1950,” in which he will describe how the 1918-1920 post-war settlement imposed a new Anglo-French order on the former Ottoman lands and laid the seeds of many conflicts that led to events like the wars in Palestine, Iraq, and the Gulf and civil wars in Lebanon and Syria after World War II. Professor Provence teaches Modern Middle East History at UCSD; his research focuses on the Ottoman, colonial and post-colonial Arab world. Please advise Cy if you would like to attend the Round Table Lunch following the program,

March 14 - Our member Charles [Toby] Westbrook will guide us through an exercise in "Thinking Outside the Box" that will focus on the concept of the "Wisdom of the Crowd,” arguing that under the right circumstances the "Crowd" can be very instinctive, intuitive and especially prescient. "Who is the One that is Wiser than Anyone?" Toby during his 50-year career spent the first half in international banking, corporate finance and investment banking. The latter 25 years were spent in investment advisory and management.

March 21 – Our guest, Professor Everard Meade, will guide us through “Crisis or Diversion: What's Really Happening on the U.S.-Mexico Border,” often framed as a dead zone, a breeding ground for crisis and tragedy, with caravans of desperate asylum seekers and violent drug traffickers having fueled a heated debate over border security and caused the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. Everard Meade is Professor of Practice and Faculty Director of the Trans-Border Institute at the Kroc School. Please advise Farouk if you would like to attend the limited-seating Round Table Lunch following the program at

March 28 - Our guest, Professor Philip G. Roeder, from UCSD will talk on how "America Confronts its Russian Challenge: Hard Choices and No Easy Solutions.” Professor Roeder specializes in the analysis of the politics and policies of the Soviet Union and Russia; he received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and was a Fulbright lecturer at Kazan Federal University in Tatarstan (Russia); he has published extensively and written four books, including 'Post-communism and the Theory of Democracy and Red Sunset: The Failure of Soviet Politics.’ Please advise Tom Reeve if you would like to attend he limited-seating Round-Table Lunch at


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