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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December & January Programs

Dec. 19Our guest, Mickey Wade, will speak on “Nuclear Fusion as a Source of Clean Energy”.  For many years nuclear fusion has been a goal of researchers in advanced nuclear countries but achieving it has proved a lengthy, challenging process.  Currently a major thirty-five country demonstration project in France is nearing completion.  Some private companies and governments are optimistic that this could bring commercial use of this energy source into reality, but a number of hurdles remain. Mickey Wade comes to us from General Atomics which has been in the forefront of fusion research since the early ‘70s.   

Jan. 9:  Our guest, Alex Robertson, will speak on Brexit, the EU and Trade, focusing on the December 12 election in the UK and its effects on Brexit, the UK’s relationship with the European Union, and the impact of these events on the EU and on trade relationships.  Alex, with a wide background in international business, presently represents the Scottish Government for business and industry in the San Diego area.  Contact Kiki Munshi ( for inclusion in the Round Table Lunch (RTL) following the presentation.

 Jan 16: Our guest, Ms. Rachel Locke, Director of ‘Impact:Peace’ at the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, USD, will discuss Evidence, Narrative, Change: Building Peace by Inspiring Action.  Ms. Locke will provide an overview of Impact:Peace’s collaboration with partners to reverse the 30-year high of violent conflict being experienced throughout the world by leveraging evidence to accelerate the most important processes in the peace-building and violence prevention fields; by creating smarter, more effective and better-funded ways; and by building peaceful societies. Current areas of collaboration focus around urban violence, appreciating the scale and intersection of all forms of violence, emerging efforts around public health, and militarized approaches to prevention.

 Jan. 23:  Our member, Jim Larrimore, will speak on The IAEA and the CTBTO: Pillars of Nuclear Nonproliferation.  President Eisenhower’s call for” Atoms for Peace” in 1953 led to formation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In 1970, the Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) launched the nuclear nonproliferation regime and gave IAEA a larger nuclear verification mission. UN General Assembly approval in 1996 of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) led to the Organization for provisional implementation of the CTBT (CTBTO). This talk will present the achievements and current challenges of these two multilateral organizations, which serve as pillars of the nuclear nonproliferation regime. Jim worked for 16 years on nuclear verification at IAEA in Vienna, where CTBTO is also located. 

 Jan. 30:  Our member, Bill Thayer (MS, MBA), will present China:  Economics, Tariffs, Currency and Inflation: The Effect of Recent Developments.  We may all wonder what is going on with tariff/counter-tariff and trade issues; what is the economic effect (present and future) of Hong Kong's quest for democracy; how the Chinese currency is faring; what has been the effect of the swine flu epidemic on Chinese inflation.  These and other questions will be addressed by Bill who has degrees from Stanford and USC (Math, Engineering, MBA), has worked in aerospace, finance and real estate and has authored books on the Euro, Baltics and Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) attacks. 

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