For most of 2014, many of the evening programs will be held at Ingram Hall of the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa, 1550 Pacific Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA  95404. For a map or driving directions to the church, click your mouse arrow at


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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.


Noon, Fountaingrove Inn, Camelot Room

101 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa


Members & Students: $26; Non-Members: $31


Reservations due April 4, 2014

In the last twenty years China has become a major player in Africa. The Chinese have become deeply engaged with many of the 50 nations of Africa that recognize Beijing. In 2009 China surpassed the United States as Africa’s largest trading partner. Africa is now a primary source of raw materials for China and new market for Chinese producer goods.


What are the strategic dimensions of this remarkable development: for China, for African countries? Why has this come about in such a short span of time?


In his remarks Professor Morgan will discuss the recent history, policies and instruments of China’s

aid, trade, and investment in Africa. Changing African attitudes toward Chinese engagements will

be noted, along with examples and observations on the adaptability of the Chinese to the challenges of doing business in Africa.


Philip Morgan has been a professor of politics, public administration and development throughout his career. He has also worked with the World Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development and the United Nations Development Program on diagnostic studies, technical assistance and training. Professor Morgan is a specialist in African political economy. He has lived and worked extensively in both French and English speaking countries of Sub-Saharan Africa and maintains a long-term

committment to the countries of Southern Africa. On June 1, 2013, Philip Morgan assumed the Presidency of the World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay.




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


7:30 p.m., Ingram Hall,

First Presbyterian Church

1550 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa


Members, Students, FPC & SLV Guests: Free. Visitors: $5.


Misconceptions of America’s southern neighbor and the rise of other developing countries have overshadowed Mexico’s economic and institutional changes in the last two decades. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), global economic trends, and internal institutional changes have shaped Mexico’s re-emergence as a prominent developing nation and darling of foreign investors. What do these changes mean for people in both nations and U.S.-Mexico relations?


USF Professor Julio Moreno was director of USF’s Global Service Learning Fellowship Program, Center for Latino Studies in the Americas, and Pan-American Society, and visiting scholar with the Library of Congress and University of Texas. His books include Yankee Don’t Go Home!; Reflections, an elementary school social studies series; and he is now writing a book on the evolution of Coca-Cola corporate strategies in Latin America, and another on American business and diplomacy in the Cold War. His interviews have appeared on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univisión, Telemundo, and U.S. and Latin-American newspapers and news agencies. 



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


Noon, LaGare Restaurant

208 Wilson Street, Santa Rosa

Members & Students: $23; Non-Members: $28


Reservations due May 2, 2014



As of 2013, it has been sixty years since a ceasefire brought the 1950-1953 Korean War to an imperfect end, and since the United States and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) established a security alliance that continues to underpin an uneasy peace on the Korean peninsula. South Korea's economic and political transformation is one of the great success stories of the twentieth century. North Korea (the DPRK), however, has suffered famine and economic decline, while pursuing a nuclear weapons and missile program that has heightened tensions and increased its isolation.  

The United States has played a large role in Korea's tumultuous modern journey. Ambassador Stephens witnessed much of this journey firsthand: first, as a Peace Corps volunteer in a South Korea, and later as a young diplomat reporting on the struggle for democracy in South Korea in the '80s. Most recently she has been American Ambassador to a South Korea that is taking its place as a middle power on the world stage. She will suggest lessons to be drawn from U.S. engagement in South Korea over the decades, and discuss the challenges that confront us now -- in the context of a rising China, still-simmering tensions in the region over historical and territorial issues, and the continuing effort to persuade North Korean leaders to take a different path.  




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


7:30 p.m., Ingram Hall

First Presbyterian Church

1550 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa


Members, Students, FPC & SLV Guests: Free. Visitors: $5.


Japanese nationalization of Senkaku and then China’s declaration of a strategic Air Defense Identification Zone (AIDZ) upsets the balance of power over ocean and island territories between China, Japan, and South Korea. Why did this dispute over small, uninhabited islands suddenly ignite a diplomatic and military crisis that threatens peace in East Asia? The U.S.-Japan Security Treaty commits America to defend Japan in the event of armed attack on territories under Japanese administration. Will the U.S. be pulled into this conflict?


WACSC member, Perry Ritenour, has lectured on Chinese and Japanese history at the collegiate level for many years. His military service as Army intelligence officer was in Okinawa, which remains a key U.S. military base in defending Japan, per the treaty, and maintaining peace in East Asia. Okinawa lies close to Senkaku and in direct "line of fire" from China's AIDZ.



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


5:00 p.m., Ingram Hall

First Presbyterian Church

1550 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa


Members, Students, FPC & SLV Guests: Free. Visitors: $5.



A special program on this topical subject is scheduled for May 27 at 5:00 p.m. at Ingram Hall, First Presbyterian Church.  Refreshments will be served.


Vladimir Putin re-assumed the Russian presidency in 2012 and has since sought to expand Russia’s international influence as well as to solidify his control of the political and social environment inside Russia.  He has actively pursued his objectives abroad without concern for international opinion and has defied the United States and forced compromises that accord with his goals. Though some Russian activists charge his regime with corruption, most citizens seem content with Putin’s leadership and the economy he has developed, based mainly on exploitation of Russian natural resources. He likely will remain one of the most powerful men in the world for years to come. 


Professor Andrei Tsygankov will discuss pending international situations and Putin’s domestic policies. Andrei Tsygankov, a graduate of Moscow State University and University of Southern California (Ph.D., 2000), is a professor at the departments of political science and international relations at San Francisco State University.  He has published extensively in leading academic journals and authored several books on Russia,  his most recent being Russia and the West, from Alexander to Putin.



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


Noon, Hilton Hotel, Golden Gate Ballroom

3555 Round Barn Blvd., Santa Rosa

Members & Students: $26; Non-members: $31


Reservations due June 6, 2014


In April 2014 South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy, and in May will hold its fifth national election, the first without Nelson Mandela. Dr. Piombo will discuss Mandela’s legacy, the achievements of post-apartheid South Africa, current South African politics, and the challenges that remain in the future.


Dr. Piombo teaches courses on African politics, U.S. foreign policy, comparative politics, and ethnic politics and conflicts. She has been a visiting scholar at University of the Western Cape, University of Cape Town, and Center for African Studies at Stanford University. She has conducted extensive research in South Africa and has monitored elections in both South Africa and Nigeria. She is the author of Institutions, Ethnicity, and Political Mobilization in South Africa (Palgrave MacMillan, 2009). Her Ph.D. is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.




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 author


7:30 p.m., Ingram Hall,

First Presbyterian Church

1550 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa


Members, Students, FPC & SLV Guests: Free. Visitors: $5.  


The incredible destructive power of nuclear weapons has made war between major powers suicidal and almost unthinkable. But lesser powers, especially “pariah” states like Iran, North Korea, and previous regimes in South Africa and Libya have both real and imagined enemies that they believe can be deterred only by possession of “the bomb.” Dr. Fingar will discusses the challenges of discovering and disrupting covert nuclear weapons programs and devising negotiated solutions to complex security challenges.


Dr. Fingar is a graduate of Cornell University (A.B. in Government and History), and Stanford University (M.A., and Ph.D., both in Political Science). He is the inaugural Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University and the Payne Distinguished Lecturer at Stanford during 2009. Previous positions include: first Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis and, concurrently, Chairman of the National Intelligence Council; Assistant Secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Analysis; Director of the Office of Analysis for East Asia and the Pacific, and Chief of the China Division, in addition to a number of earlier positions at Stanford University. His most recent book is Reducing Uncertainty: Intelligence Analysis and National Security (Stanford University Press, 2011).



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Reservation and Cancellation Policies.

Luncheon and Annual Dinner reservations have become increasingly popular and are filling our venue capacities more rapidly than ever. While this is greatly appreciated by the WACSC Management Board, it requires the implementation of some practical controls, as follows:

Reservations must be cut off one week before the date of the event. If your reservation is received after the published deadline it will be returned and your name will be placed on a waiting list.

Cancellations will be honored if you call us at 707-573-6014, at least 48 hours before the event. This same number can be used to ask questions about WACSC programs and policies. You will receive a refund in the mail. If you need to cancel less than 48 hours before the event we cannot issue a refund because your meal will be charged to the Council. Cancellations made before the 48 hour deadline may allow members on a waiting list to attend.

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