Friday, July 25, 2014,
GREENPEACE: WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE THEY DOING IN THE NAME OF
SAVING US? Ed Harrington, Member of the Board of
Noon, Fountaingrove Inn, Camelot Room
101 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa
Members: $27; Non-members: $32
Reservations due 7/18
Harrington will bring us up to date on Greenpeace environmental
activism throughout the world. Hopefully, by the time we meet, the
Greenpeace activists in Russia will no longer be under threat of
long jail sentences for protesting oil drilling in the Arctic. But
why do they do it? Does the Quaker approach of “bearing witness” and
bringing attention to bad behavior, in the hopes of making change,
actually bring results?
retired in 2012 from the City and County of San Francisco where he
served as the City Controller for many years. From 2008 to 2012 he
was General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
that operates the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System along with
sewer and power services in San Francisco. These positions led to
his activism on climate change issues.
Harrington is the only member of the Greenpeace International Board
who is from North America. He lives in Sonoma County with his
Friday, August 8, 2014,
THE UKRAINE CRISIS, RUSSIA AND THE WEST,
Steven Pifer, Senior Fellow, Center on the U.S. and Europe in
the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings Institute, former U.S.
Ambassador to Ukraine.
5:00 p.m., Ingram Hall
1550 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa
Members, Students, FPC & SLV Guests: Free; Visitors: $5
Refreshments served after the program.
its recent presidential election, Ukraine remains in crisis as it
implements difficult economic reforms and tries to calm eastern
Ukraine's armed separatists in cities throughout Donetsk and Luhansk
Moscow’s actions -- including the illegal occupation and annexation
of Crimea, as well as other measures aimed at destabilizing the
government in Kyiv (Kiev) -- have caused Russia’s relations with the
United States and Europe to plunge.
Mr. Pifer will discuss developments in Ukraine, Russian actions, and
the West’s response. He will focus on arms control and Ukraine and
Russia, issues he worked on for more than 25 years as a Foreign
Service Officer. He has offered commentary
on these issues on PBS, National Public Radio, CNN, Fox News, and
BBC, and his articles have run in the New York Times,
Washington Post, and National Interest, among others.
grew up in Sebastopol and coauthored with
Michael O’Hanlon The Opportunity: Next Steps in Reducing Nuclear
Wednesday August 20, 2014,
WORLD AFFAIRS GALA SUMMER AFFAIR
Quail Inn, Oakmont
7035 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Book Sale/Social Time, 5:00 to 5:45 p.m.
5:45 to 7:00 p.m.
Buffet Picnic Dinner
Members and Guests: $25
Reservations due 8/13
Come one and all to the World Affairs Council's Gala Summer Affair
in beautiful Quail Inn -- with green open space and a lovely view of
Gastronomically, the spread offers BBQ chicken, sausages, salads,
dessert; wine, beer, and a full bar available for
purchasing drinks to quench that late afternoon summer thirst –
and all accompanied by the cool music of solo guitarist
Four $25 gift certificates to Copperfields' Books and bottles of
wine will be given away. You only win if you're there!
Come at 5:00 pm to socialize and purchase donated books at out
annual Book Sale; bring your donated books to sell – in
particular, world affairs books -- or any books you think others may
like. Books are sold at really good prices – and help keep your
World Affairs Council afloat! To arrange to drop off books before
the Gala please contact Pat Lewis at 528-9540 or
Mark your calendars now and reserve your place at the Quail Inn on
August 20. Enjoy a pleasant summer afternoon with all of the great
local World Affairs Council people! Bring your appetite and enjoy
an affair to remember! Questions? Call 707 573-6014.
Thursday, September 11, 2014,
BRINGING WORLD NEWS TO LOCAL READERS -- AND MAKING IT RELEVANT,
Paul Gullixson, Editorial Editor, The Press Democrat
newspaper, Santa Rosa
7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village Auditorium
5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa
Members, Students & SLV free: Visitors $5
6:45 p.m. Reception: Welcome Back to Spring Lake Village
Wine/ice tea, appetizers provided.
Gullixson is point man for selecting syndicated columnists,
including Thomas Friedman, Nicholas Kristof, Trudy Rubin, and
others, who write on international issues. He also determines when
to initiate local editorials on international issues, and writes
many of these pieces himself.
will describe what drives his decisions on how the newspaper handles
world issues. He will also describe his experiences covering
international events, such as visiting a safe house for girls
rescued from sex-trafficking in Costa Rica -- the first of its kind
in that country. Paul's reporting brought an overlooked situation to
Prior to joining The Press Democrat in 1998, Paul was
Peninsula Bureau Chief for the San Francisco Chronicle,
editor of Palo Alto Weekly, and reporter and editor for the
Peninsula Times Tribune. He teaches journalism at Sonoma
State University and is faculty advisor to the campus newspaper.
Gullixson is a native of Palo Alto, graduated from the University of
Oregon School of Journalism, and has received numerous awards for
editorial and column writing. He is a 14-year board member and past
president of the First Amendment Coalition based in San Rafael.
Friday, September 26, 2014,
THE PARADOX OF DISCLOSURE: SNOWDEN LEAKS AND THE FUTURE OF
AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE, Mark Randol, Retired Senior Specialist,
Domestic Intelligence and Counterterrorism, Congressional
Research Service; and Director of Counterterrorism Policy at the
Department of Homeland Security.
Noon, Quail Inn, Oakmont
7035 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa
Members: $26; Non-members: $31
Reservations due 9/19
year’s blockbuster leaks by Edward Snowden revealed the extent of
electronic surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA);
specifically, NSA collected phone and Internet communications of
Americans, stockpiled a huge database of telephone “metadata,”
inserted “back doors” into widely-used online encryption, and tapped
phones of friendly foreign leaders.
These activities were undertaken just as they are supposed to be, in
our representative democracy; they were authorized and re-authorized
by law, overseen by Congress, and supervised by the judiciary,
albeit a special court that operates in secret. Snowden’s leaks were
illegal, but without them, how would Americans have learned about
intelligence activities of significant concern?
Randol addresses this paradox of disclosure, discussing the tension
between security and liberty arising from our demand that government
protect us from terrorism and other threats, but also protect our
privacy and uphold civil liberties while remaining transparent. Is
it possible to achieve these objectives in the intelligence realm
where secrets are essential?
Randol is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley,
with a Masters Degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown