North County Chapter
On Feb. 6, our member, Dr. Farouk Al-Nasser, will present “Iraq: Sixteen Years of Corrupt Government and Foreign Influence.” Since 2003, the US supported government of Iraq has been mired in corruption while concurrently heavily influenced by Iran. Individual players have changed and parties gained or lost influence, but the situation has remained much the same since the invasion. The country is now caught in the U.S.-Iran face-off with the possibility that it may become a venue for a proxy war, carried on without the consent of the Iraqi people or government. What does this portend for the future of the country?
On Feb. 13, we will welcome our guest Ambassador (ret.) Leslie Basset, who will present “Cupid’s Arrow Targets Foreign Affairs: Diplomacy Is Sometimes the Art of Winning ‘Hearts and Minds’.” In this pre-Valentine’s Day presentation, Ambassador Basset puts the spotlight on how romance, playboys, con men, honey traps and true love have affected the course of international relations over the centuries. Ambassador Bassett spent 35 years with the Department of State serving on five continents. From haunted embassies to love-struck envoys, she will share SOME of what goes on behind the scenes in world affairs. To participate in the Round Table Lunch (RTL) after the meeting, contact Pat Reeve at TPReeve72@gmail.com.
On Feb. 20, we will welcome our guest, USD Professor Mary McKenzie, who will present “Populism in Europe and its Ties to the United States.” Populism presents politics as an “us versus them” contest based on the dominance of a privileged elite over a disenfranchised general public. Recently, populism has grown to be a force in both the U.S. and Europe, but the movements are quite different in character because they define “us” and “them” differently. Dr. McKenzie will compare the movements and will attempt to draw conclusions about populism’s longevity and its effects on international politics. Contact Mehdi Sarram at firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in the Round Table Lunch following the meeting.
On Feb. 27, we will welcome our guest, SDSU Professor William Twayigizi, who will present “Kenya: Current Affairs and Issues.” Against a background of the development of Kenyan politics since Independence in 1960, Professor Twyagizi will discuss alliance formation and betrayal among the three main tribes: Kikuyus, Luos, and Kalenjins. He will also look at Kenyan regional geopolitical influence, relations with Somalia and preparations for the 2022 general elections. In his conclusion he will outline Kenya’s economic opportunities, with a focus on what the absence of the US and the growing influence of China mean for the future in the region. Contact Mehdi Sarram at email@example.com for inclusion in the Round Table Lunch which will take place after the meeting.
Upcoming events of the San Diego World Affairs Council and our North County Chapter can be seen on www.sdwac.org and www.northcountyworldaffairs.org.
Note: Upcoming events of the San Diego World Affairs Council and our North County Chapter can be seen on www.sdwac.org and www.northcountyworldaffairs.org.
For further information, email Cy Chadley at firstname.lastname@example.org