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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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May Programs

On May 14, our member Dr. Mehdi Saram will speak on Fighting Climate Change with Renewable Energy and Nuclear Power.  As the population of the world reaches some 10 billion by 2050, fighting climate change will be a necessity for all nations. This presentation will discuss the ways in which maximizing worldwide renewable energy sources and nuclear power can be a solution as well as provide electricity to the 1.2 billion people who do not have access to it today.  The presentation is based on materials and facts provided by the UN IPCC, the Paris accord, IEA, US-EIA, UN-IAEA and other widely accepted sources. The negative impact of fossil fuels such as coal, gas through fracking and oil, based on their high carbon footprints, will also be discussed. 

Dr. Mehdi Sarram is a professional engineer with 47 years of wide ranging nuclear experience who has traveled to 38 countries with nuclear programs. He began his career as a US Atomic Energy Commission Senior Reactor Operator, a professor at the University of Tehran and one of eight directors of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. He then went to Vienna and worked for the International Atomic Energy Agency Department of Safeguards. He immigrated to the US in 1982 and worked in the nuclear industry at Raytheon Nuclear and has published over 30 articles in this field.   


On May 28, our member David Edick will present Global Oil and the Covid Crash.  The emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in an historic worldwide disruption of the oil industry. Social distancing measures and related lockdowns, first in China, then Europe, the United States, and spanning most continents worldwide, have caused an unparalleled collapse in demand. David will detail the market crisis and describe how it is impacting key players in the industry including the US, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. He will also discuss how this crisis could shape the future of the oil industry in the US and abroad.

David Edick Jr. is a 3-term Past-President of the San Diego World Affairs Council and is Principal at Core Global Advisory, a consultancy focused on political risk and market strategy. An energy specialist with particular expertise in the oil and natural gas sectors, David has lectured widely on issues related to oil & gas for more than 15 years. He also serves as a member of the Energy Committee for the Western Regional Partnership, a collaborative between the Department of Defense and representatives of Federal agencies and State and Tribal leadership in 6 states of the US southwest. 

Upcoming events of the San Diego World Affairs Council and our North County Chapter can be seen on and 

For further information, email Cy Chadley at


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PO Box 34010

San Diego, CA 92163


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