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    • October 13, 2017
    • 12:00 AM
    • October 27, 2017
    • 11:30 PM
    • Your computer or other similar device

    Decertifying the Iran Nuclear Deal
     A Council on Foreign Relations Podcast


    Ray Takeyh Hasib J. Sabbagh
    Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Coauthor, The Pragmatic Superpower: Winning the Cold War in the Middle East

    Philip H. Gordon
    Mary and David Boies Senior Fellows in U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

    If you are following the fate of the Iran Nuclear Deal this will be an important source. President Trump has just announced a plan to refuse to certify Iranian compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiated between Iran and the United Kingdom, France, the U.S., China, Russia, Germany and the EU and signed in November of 2015.

    In search of greater understanding of the issues surrounding this decisions, the Council on Foreign Relations hosted specialists to discuss: the successes and the failures of the JCPOA to date;
    the Trump Administration’s renegotiation strategy; and
    what the future of U.S.-Iran relations may look like in the absence of such an agreement.

    You will find this podcast very informative in that it covers issues not generally in the news.

    • October 18, 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • November 02, 2017
    • 10:00 PM
    • Computer or other similar divice

    Reforming the African Union for Financial Independence, Sustainability, and Effectiveness - Wilson Center Video

    A Discussion with the African Union High Representative for Financing of the Union and Peace Fund

    Africa today is one of the fastest growing but most volatile regions in the world. Globally eight of the 16 peacekeeping missions is found in Africa. In the last decades, this youthful and resource-rich part of the world has faced challenges on many fronts including public health, terrorism, and political instability and corruption. 

    This Wilson Center program looks at the issues from the African perspective. It will be of value particularly to our WAC participants who have traveled extensively in Africa or who have business relations or served there in some capacity.

    (fast connectivity is needed)

    • October 24, 2017
    • 3:45 PM - 5:45 PM (PDT)
    • CSUSB, 5500 Univeristy Pkwy., San Bernardino, Pfau Library Rm 5005

    World Affairs Council Inland Southern California and
    CSU San Bernardino Modern China Lecture Series

    invite you to the
    National Committee on U.S. - China Relations


    A National Conversation about U.S.-China Policy
    Ambassador Susan Rice and Professor Richard Madsen

    80+ communities across America to explore local connections and national issues in U.S.-China
    relations by means of a National Conversation via a live webcast interview and Q & A with

    The Honorable Susan E. Rice

    Former National Security Advisor
    and U.S. Ambassador to the UN

    Followed by an in person discussion about
    "China and the American Dream" 

      Featuring Dr. Richard Madsen, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, UC San Diego, author of 12 books on Chinese culture, American culture, and international relations.

    Tuesday October 24, 2017
    3:45 - 5:45 pm
    (live webcast begins promptly at 4:00 pm)
    CSU San Bernardino, 5500 University Pkwy.,
    San Bernardino
    Pfau Library, Room PL 5005 (PL on map)
    (elevators inside the library)
    Event free with pre-registration. Best Parking Lot N
    Parking is $6, at the kiosk at campus entrance or at "P" on the map: https://www.csusb.edu/sites/csusb/files/CSUSBcampusmap-color.pdf

    Download and share the flier for this program below:

    • October 26, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • CSUSB Santos Manuel Student Union, Theater
    • 24

    Thursday, October 26
    2:00 pm - film screening
    3:45 pm - webcast interview with Al Gore
    4:30 - 4:50 pm - moderated audience discussion

    CSUSB Santos Manuel Student Union, Theater
    5500 University Pkwy., San Bernardino
    Event is Free. Parking is $6 (closest is Lot D)

    See the film and a live webcast interview with Al Gore at the Nationwide school screening event

    Preregistration required for participation.
    WAC participation is limited to a maximum of 25 seats. Any not taken will be returned to the planner on October 24 to be made available to students.

    • October 30, 2017
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • CSUSB Pfau Library, 5500 University Pkwy, San Bernardino 92407
    • 24

    The Chinese Cultural Revolution and the “Diasporic Trauma”
    in Hong Kong

    (co-sponsored with The Modern China Lecture Series)

      Dr. Angelina Chin, Assoc. Professor of Asian Studies
    Pomona College

    October 30, 2017
    Time: 12:30 – 2:00 pm

    Location: CSUSB Pfau Library (PL on map)
    5500 University Pkwy., San Bernardino

    Map: https://www.csusb.edu/sites/csusb/files/CSUSBcampusmap-color.pdf Cost: Event is Free
    Parking $6 at the kiosk at the entrance to campus. Closet lot is Lot N

    Map: https://www.csusb.edu/sites/csusb/files/CSUSBcampusmap-color.pdf

    From the early 1950s till the early 1980s, hundreds of thousands of Chinese fled from the mainland to Hong Kong. While some of these people were economic elites hoping to migrate to other countries or political aspirants hoping to join the Kuomintang (KMT) in Taiwan, others risked everything to start a new life in the colonial city.  

    What happened to these people when they arrived in Hong Kong?
    How did they put their imprint on Hong Kong?

    Are there parallels to today's refugee crisis?

                                            Download and share the attached flier:

    • November 11, 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • November 12, 2017
    • 5:15 PM
    • La Sierra University, 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside CA, 92505
    La Sierra University invites World Affairs Council to participate in the

    9th Annual Archaeology Discovery Weekend

    Herod the Great
    Scoundrel, Survivor, Genius

    Cost: presentations and discussions free
    Banquet: $50 per/person
    Kids Dig: $5

    November 11
    Illustrated presentations/discussions 4:00 - 5:30 pm
    (live streamed at
    Bedouin Hospitality Tent
    "Roman" Banquet

    November 12

    Illustrated presentations/discussions 1:00 - 5:15 pm
    (live streamed at ZSBlive.com)
    Kids Dig, Hands-on displays and activities


    Center for Near Eastern Archaeology &
    Zapara School of Business
    La Sierra University

    4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside CA, 92505

    Herod the Great as a complicated, ruthless ruler who governed by means of tyrannical brutality; as a politically savvy survivor and connoisseur of great taste; as an ingenious architect and monumental builder at places like first-century Jerusalem, Caesarea Maritima, Herodium, Masada, and Machaerus.

    Scholars at the conference will look not only the art and architecture of Herod's time but also at the way King Herod survived intense Middle Eastern political turmoil. This era in many ways is as important today as it was during Roman times.

    Speakers include Jodi Magness
    (U. North Carolina), Andrea Berlin (Boston U.), Kenneth Holum (U. Maryland), David Mevorach (Israel Museum), Barbara Burrell (U. Cincinnati), Gyz Vörös (Hungarian Academy of Arts), and Dawn Acevedo (La Sierra U.)

    Download the flier

    • November 15, 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • November 17, 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • The Capital Hilton, Washington DC

    The Future of American Leadership
    WACA 2017 Leadership Conference

    November 15-17, 2017
    The Capital Hilton, Washington DC
    For nearly three decades, the WACA National Conference has brought World Affairs Council leaders and members to engage with top government officials, diplomats, business executives, educators, innovators, journalists, and students on the most pressing global issues and policy choices that impact our lives.

    By attending this year's WACA Conference in Washington, DC, you will benefit from:

    • Expert opinions, timely insights, and audience dialogue about the United States' role in the world
    • Access to extraordinary speakers, thought leaders, and ambassadors available for local Council programming
    • Bipartisan, diverse, and inclusive perspectives on the Administration’s "America First" philosophy
    • Visits to think tanks and embassies; networking receptions and dinners
    • Professional development, leadership training, mentoring, and peer-to-peer networking
    Find out more and register at:


Past events

October 05, 2017 Windfall - How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power
September 13, 2017 What Now for U.S. Policy in Afghanistan? - Two Podcasts
September 06, 2017 Dueling Narratives of U.S. Relations with Iran
September 05, 2017 Asia's Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power - Conference Call
August 25, 2017 Afghanistan on the Brink
August 24, 2017 North Korea's Military Challenges - Does the World Have a Good Response?
August 10, 2017 The End of Europe - Cover to Cover
July 31, 2017 Cybersecurity Threats: How Vulnerable Is the United States?
July 24, 2017 Video Panel Discussion - Four Treasury Secretaries Talk About U.S. China Relations
July 20, 2017 Feeding a Hot and Hungry Planet - Video
July 18, 2017 Hot, Hungary Planet - Cover to Cover Conference Call with Lisa Palmer
July 12, 2017 Susan Cohen on the Travel Ban
July 05, 2017 Tensions in the Gulf: Implications for U.S. Policy
June 24, 2017 America's Foreign Policy Goals: A Conversation with Vice President Mike Pence
June 23, 2017 Video Talk - China and the World: Russia
June 22, 2017 NAFTA - Is It Good or Bad for America?
June 20, 2017 KNOW NOW Call: USIP President speaks on World Refugee Day
June 13, 2017 I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad
May 25, 2017 All Measures Short of War - May WACA Author Series Conference Call
May 15, 2017 Re-Envisioning Refugees: Empowerment through Education
May 10, 2017 Media and the Middle East
May 09, 2017 Know Now Podcast - The Revised Travel and Refugee Ban
May 04, 2017 Surviving Loss - Thriving in Life: Refugee Education Matters
April 27, 2017 Powerful Migrations: Identity, Security, Fluidity
April 23, 2017 VIDEO - Global Security Forum 2016: Challenges from North Korea
April 11, 2017 April's WACA Cover to Cover Author Talk with Howard French
March 30, 2017 Employers struggle to make H-1B visas work - PODCAST
March 24, 2017 Did NAFTA cost or create jobs? Both - NPR Podcast
March 23, 2017 Know Now - Sharp Cuts to the International Affairs Budget
March 21, 2017 KNOW NOW Conference Call - with Jim Schoff
March 09, 2017 Anticipating Russia’s Next Move: Can We Tame Putin’s Overreach and Avoid Conflict?
February 24, 2017 KNOW NOW Series with Anne Applebaum on “The U.S., Ukraine and Russia’s Western Ambitions”
February 20, 2017 Understanding Japanese-American "Internment" Today
February 16, 2017 Perspectives on Syria and the Middle East
February 15, 2017 The Unnatural World - Race to Remake Civilization in Earth's Newest Age
February 14, 2017 Recorded Conference Call with Former President Fox of Mexico
February 07, 2017 Podcast - World Affairs Councils of America Author Series with David Priess
February 02, 2017 China's Crony Capitalism with Minxin Pei
January 25, 2017 Mediterranean Migration: A Global Crisis
January 19, 2017 President's Book of Secrets - Cover to Cover Conference Call with Author David Priess
January 12, 2017 Critical Partners in the Middle East: U.S. & Kurdistan Autonomus Region
December 29, 2016 Leaders Speak: Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Madeline Albright
December 15, 2016 Red Line: American Foreign Policy in a Time of Fractured Politics and Failing States
December 01, 2016 The Iran Nuclear Deal: Prospects for Cooperation, Competition and Confrontation - Online Video
November 29, 2016 TAMING TRANS-BORDER TERRORISM - Top Priority for the Next Administration
November 21, 2016 70 Years of the Kashmir Issue... Is there a Way Forward?
November 16, 2016 America and Global Megatrends Conference
November 12, 2016 A Man's World? Queens, Goddesses, and Mothers in the Ancient Near East
November 03, 2016 The War in Syria and the US Role in the Region
November 03, 2016 Human Rights in Turkey - Aftermath of the Failed Coup
November 03, 2016 Policing Madness in Twentieth Century Beijing
October 27, 2016 Cover to Cover Author Series - Steven Koltai
October 18, 2016 CHINA TOWN HALL: Featuring Livestreamed Interview with Dr. Henry Kissinger
October 06, 2016 The Butcher, the Baker, and the Carpenter: Chinese in Fujian and the Spanish Philippines, 16th-18th Centuries
September 21, 2016 China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know....with Jeffrey Wasserstrom
September 07, 2016 The Long Game: How Obama Defied Washington and Redefined America's Role in the World
September 01, 2016 WAC Inland Southern California Welcomes Chief Consul of Mexico in San Bernardino Salomón Rosas Ramírez
August 09, 2016 Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers from the Experts About Our Presidents - Conference Call
August 04, 2016 How Do I Reach Markets in Singapore?
July 28, 2016 The Party Conventions & the Presidential Election - Conference Call with Former VP Dan Quail
July 28, 2016 How Do I Reach Markets in India?
July 21, 2016 Americans against Terrorism, Hate, and Violence
July 13, 2016 War By Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft - Conference Call
June 14, 2016 This Brave New World India, China and the United States
June 07, 2016 Christine Fair speaks on… Afghanistan: Peace Caught in the Crosshairs
May 17, 2016 U.S. Cuban Relations: Are the Two Nations Ready for a Meaningfoul Change in Relationship?
May 10, 2016 International Migration: Resolving Crises that Lead to Mass Migration
May 03, 2016 Speaker Sessions of the Discuss the World with Great Decisions 2016
May 03, 2016 Climate Change Geopolitics – It’s Happening but How Much Should Be Done & at What Cost?
April 14, 2016 Salam Neighbor - A View of Life in Jordon's Za'atari Refugee Camp
April 12, 2016 THE UNITED NATIONS at 70: A New 2016 Economic Development Agenda and Changes of Leadership
April 07, 2016 Emerging Infections and Their Global Impact - Zika Virus and Ebola
March 14, 2016 Creating Our Future - Sustainable Solutions for Our World
February 24, 2016 ISLAMIC STATE: Is there a strategy for defeating the terrifying new architects of global jihad?
February 04, 2016 The Refugee Question: A Live Think Conversation
January 29, 2016 Race and Relation: China and the Global 60s
January 20, 2016 Living with the Bear: What do we do about Russia?...A Conversation with Sir Tony Brenton
December 04, 2015 Symposium on International Education
November 18, 2015 Turkey and the Middle East Refugee Crisis
November 18, 2015 Portrait of Turkey - Turkish Culture Day
November 18, 2015 Lunch & Learn:Turkey's Role in our Global Economy & Trade Opportunities
November 14, 2015 Syria: Immense Archaeological Wealth and Heritage Under Siege
October 22, 2015 "Ways to Fight Islamic Fundamentalism" with Noble Laureate Shirin Ebadi
October 15, 2015 The Mitzvah Project
October 05, 2015 China’s Direct Investment in the U.S. & Its Impact on California’s Economy
September 29, 2015 Peg Hill, Ph.D. - Starting a Great Decisions Discussion Group Ideas
September 08, 2015 Reflecting on American Foreign Policy from Truman to Obama with Seyom Brown

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