The World Affairs Council of Sonoma County

The World Affairs Council of Sonoma County (WACSC) is a  non-profit, non-partisan  organization whose purpose is to promote study and public education  in world affairs and to contribute to improved international understanding and relations. We feature speakers such as Ambassadors, international figures, journalists, academics, and business  professionals. 


Council programs provide participants the opportunity to meet and ask questions of people who shape world events in a variety of formats. Regular programs are sponsored by the Council and are open both to members and the general public.

P.O. Box 1433
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
Phone: (707) 573-6014

If you are a WACSC member and have a change of name, address, phone or email, please notify Brantly Richardson by clicking your mouse arrow on the mailbox.






Upcoming Events




Thursday, March 27, 2014, THE WORLD BANK: EVOLUTION OF A VISION, Patrick Connolly, Ph.D., World Bank Senior Financial Advisor (ret.)




Friday, April 11, 2014, CHINA’S ROBUST ENGAGEMENT IN AFRICA: “DRAGON’S GIFT” or BURDEN?, Dr. Philip Morgan, Professor Emeritus, Monterey Institute of International Studies.


Thursday, April 24, 2014, MEXICO: RE-EMERGING NEIGHBOR, Julio Moreno, Ph.D., Professor, University of San Francisco 


Friday, May 9, 2014, THE UNITED STATES AND KOREA: LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD, Kathleen Stephens, former U.S. Ambassador to Korea


Tuesday, May 20, 2014, WAR IN EAST ASIA? CHINA AND JAPAN COLLIDE OVER CONTROL OF ISLAND TERRITORIES AND STRATEGIC OCEAN BORDERS, Perry Ritinour, Ph.D. in Chinese Studies from Georgetown University, retired international banker


Tuesday, May 27, 2014, RUSSIA AND PUTIN: PERSPECTIVES AND RELATIONS. Professor Andrei Tsygankov, Ph.D. San Francisco State University.


Friday, June 13, 2014, SOUTH AFRICA AFTER MANDELA, Dr. Jessica Piombo, Associate Professor, Department of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School


Thursday, June 26, 2014, PROLIFERATION, POLITICS, AND PARANOIA: USING INTELLIGENCE AND DIPLOMACY TO AVOID DEATH AND DESTRUCTION, Dr. Thomas Fingar, Stanford University Professor, former Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis, and authorNew Members in February, 2014: William & Karen Babula, Phoebe DesMarais, Barbara Kanowick, David & Kathie Mcintyre


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For more Headlines , Click on World Affairs above.


For the story behind each headline in the World Affairs box, click on the headline.


Click on the WACA Logo above for the prior editions of Weekly Digest of World News, published every Wednesday by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and distributed by the World Affairs Councils of America.



News Items:


Perspectives Newsletter

PERSPECTIVES, our 6-page, full color quarterly newsletter, is distributed by email to members with email addresses registered with the Council.  The current PERSPECTIVES can also be viewed by placing your mouse arrow on the logo below and click it.


Members who do not provide us with email addresses receive a one color, 2-page Program Mailer with complete information about upcoming programs and reservation forms. It is mailed several days after e-publication of PERSPECTIVES.


New Members in Marech, 2014: Nancy Brennan, Barbara Robbins


Bob’s Farewell Quarter

On December 31, Bob Kirk completed 7 1/2 years of service as President of WACSC. We can’t thank Bob enough for his service and for all that he has done for and meant to the WACSC. We can just be glad that he remains on the Board as immediate past president, be available to give his counsel, and continue to participate in Board affairs. Thank you, Bob!

To read an "ODE to Bob" click your mouse arrow on his photo 


WACSC “Hotline” Now Designated a “Lukewarm Line”


As members of WACSC you are encouraged to call our Council phone number, 573-6014, for general information and to make and cancel meal reservations. We have generally referred to this phone number as the WACSC “hotline.”


However, please be advised that we have downgraded the “hotline” designation to the “lukewarm line” to clarify that this phone line does not have 24/7 coverage with operators waiting to take your call. We check for messages on a regular basis and attempt to respond to all calls promptly. However, some responses may take more time. As an all-volunteer-managed Council, it takes the time and commitment of a volunteer to monitor this phone. Your understanding and patience will be appreciated.



Searching for a World Travel Opportunity?

WAC of Philadelphia continues to offer wonderful travel experiences for WAC members and their friends. Their 2014 Travel Tours are available for our members to view, consider, inquire and reserve. You can reach the WAC Philadelphia website at You can call toll free to their Travel Department at 800-942-5004, Ext. 209 or 217. You may reach their VP of Travel, Joan Russell, directly at WAC Philadelphia has been arranging world tours for many years and is highly recommended by our national parent organization, World Affairs Councils of America.




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