NORTH COUNTY CHAPTER
The North County Chapter of the San Diego World Affairs Council holds weekly meetings that address a global range of political topics in a relaxed and social atmosphere.
For more information on the Weekly Forum speakers and dates, see here.
The Remington Club, Thursdays @ 10:00 AM (Coffee Social beginning at 9:30 AM)
Everyone is welcome to attend and to participate in these meetings.
No cost and no reservation needed.
Contact: Phyllis Murchland for more details at email@example.com
Regular schedule: Coffee Social (funded by donations) 9:30 a.m., Speaker 10:00 a.m., Question & Answer 11:10 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
President’s Communique’ by Tom Reeve
Each week we are privileged to meet and greet visitors and first-time attendees. You are all welcome and we are very glad you have chosen to spend time with us. Please come back and get more involved with our Chapter.
Join Today and Enjoy Three Months for Free. Yes, three for free. The Chapter’s membership year is January thru December. As a special offer to new members, if you join In October your membership will run from October 2017 through December 2018 -- you will get three months for free.
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December 21st - The North County Chapter was formed in 1986 and since then has provided over 1,700 programs. On December 21st the Chapter will present its first Authors’ Day and Celebration. This will include an informal showcase of some of our talented members who are authors. The Authors’ Daypresentations will be combined with a casual celebration with our friends as we enter the holiday season. We will have our member authors provide brief presentations on their books (and perhaps have some for signature and sale), followed by a shortened joint question and answer period, that will be followed by time to enjoy the snacks while we chat with authors and friends.
Authors Call - All interested North County members who are authors are asked to contact Tom Reeve (TPReeve72@gmail.com) to reserve a presentation place in the program. All books suitable for general discussion are welcome – not just foreign policy books. We know there is a lot of talent in our membership, so claim your presentation place early. Please contact Tom not later than October 28th.
Celebration Snacks - We invite and welcome all who wish to provide a special snack for this special holiday event. The Chapter will begin the holiday season with stimulating presentations, delicious snacks, coffee, and collegial friends.
Remington Club - We thank the Remington Club for your continued cooperation and support. We are very pleased to be guests in your house and appreciate your efforts which help to make these programs possible.
Chapter Mission and Policy - The North County Chapter supports free and fair discussions of foreign policy and international affairs by presenting speakers with diverse viewpoints and by maintaining civility in our discourse. The Chapter is steadfastly non-partisan and takes no stand on any public issue, policy, or candidate.
Regular schedule: Coffee Social 9:30 a.m.; Speaker 10:00 a.m.; Question & Answer 11:10 a.m. until Noon.
NORTH COUNTY CHAPTER EVENTS
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. Unless otherwise indicated, the Thursday Morning Forum begins with a coffee social and registration at 9:30 a.m., followed at 10 a.m. with a one-hour program and one hour of polite, but freewheeling, Q&A.
Thursday Morning Forums are held at The Remington Club, Phase II, 16916 Hierba Drive, Rancho Bernardo. Free parking is available at the adjacent shopping.
September 28, 2017
Mike Williams, Associate Professor in the University of San Diego Department of Political Science, will speak on “The State of South Africa’s Democracy in 2017.” Dr. Williams, who has conducted research in South Africa for nearly 20 years, will discuss and analyze broad factors that influence political decisions in the country 23 years after the end of apartheid, and efforts in rural South Africa to enhance democracy.
A USD graduate, Dr. Williams earned a law degree from American University Washington College of Law. His Ph.D., in political science, is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. NCC members who wish to attend a round table luncheon after the presentation should contact Phyllis Murchland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 5, 2017
North County Chapter member Bulent Yoldas, Ph.D., will present “Income Inequality and Its Global Effects.” In a recent international survey, when people were asked what they see as the greatest threat facing the world today, the most common answer was “economic inequality,” ahead of nuclear war, pollution and disease. Dr. Yoldas will explore the underlying causes of income inequality, its moral and economic components, its effect on the stability of societies, and the search for remedies. Dr. Yoldas holds degrees in material science and engineering.
October 12, 2017
SDWAC member and retired Ambassador Leslie Bassett, a Korean Peninsula expert, will discuss “North Korea: What’s Next.” Bassett served as Deputy Ambassador/Charge d'Affaires for the U.S. Embassy in Seoul from 2012 to 2014, in the early years of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un’s rule. In what promises to be a lively discussion, Bassett will explore the unique nature of the North Korean mafia/ruling cult, its absolute red lines, and the interests of regional players. Bassett will then look at options -- both far-fetched and well-worn -- for a way forward that protects U.S. and allied interests.
Following her assignment in Seoul, Bassett served as Ambassador to Paraguay. She also was Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. embassies in Mexico City, Manila, Philippines, and Gaborone, Botswana. Her many other Foreign Service assignments included postings in Colombia, Israel, South Africa, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Bassett is a distinguished graduate of the National War College and holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis.
October 19, 2017
Hisham Foad, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics at San Diego State University, will discuss, “The Cultural, Economic and Political Influence of Saudi Arabia in the Middle East.” Dr. Foad’sresearch focuses on the interactions between the movements of capital, goods, and people across national borders. Current research projects include an examination of the impact of migration on trade and the effects of living in an ethnic enclave on a migrant's income and education.
Dr. Foad earned his bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College and his master’s degree and Ph.D., both in economics, from Emory University. NCC members who wish to attend a round table luncheon after the presentation should contact Farouk Al-Nasser at email@example.com.
October 26, 2017
Rafael Fernández de Castro, Ph.D., professor and Director at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the School of Global Policy & Strategy at the University of California, San Diego, will discuss"Mexico’s Strategy Towards the United States." Dr. Fernández de Castro will take a historical look at Mexico's relations with the United States and examine the motives of Mexicans attempting to immigrate to this country, the effects of NAFTA and maquiladoras, and Mexico´s new strategy toward its northern neighbor.
A former foreign policy adviser to President Felipe Calderón, Dr. Fernández de Castro is an expert on bilateral relations between Mexico and the U.S NCC members who wish to attend a round table luncheon after the presentation should contact Phyllis Murchland at firstname.lastname@example.org.