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    • January 08, 2019
    • 6:00 AM
    • January 31, 2019
    • 10:00 PM
    • Your computer or similar divice

    The New York Times
     Three half-hour videos about Russia's use of Disinformation
    as a tool for increasing their power and damaging Western democracies


    By Adam B. Ellick and Adam Westbrook

    Access and watch these videos at your leisure from your own computer or tablet

    November 26 and December 28, 2018
    6:00 am - 10:00 pm

    Russia’s meddling in the United States’ elections is not a hoax. It’s the culmination of Moscow’s decades-long campaign to tear the West apart. “Operation InfeKtion” reveals the ways in which one of the Soviets’ central tactics — the promulgation of lies about America — continues today, from Pizzagate to George Soros conspiracies. Meet the KGB spies who conceived this virus and the American truth squads who tried — and are still trying — to fight it. Countries from Pakistan to Brazil are now debating reality, and in Vladimir Putin’s greatest triumph, Americans are using Russia’s playbook against one another without the faintest clue.


    This series of three videos traces the use of false information by the Russians from the mid 20th century until now to undermine American and other Western societies and governments.. It shows how this "information" is created and distributed to distort the truth and create suspicion and fear in the U.S. See how other countries undermine this process and compare it with what the U.S. is doing.

    • January 24, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Phone

    World Affairs Councils of America
    Cover to Cover Conference Call with Francis Fukuyama

    Mr. Fukuyama will discuss his book

    Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment

    January 24, 2019
    11:00 - 11:30 am

    Free conference call event

    Francis Fukuyama describes the demand for recognition of one’s identity as a master concept that unifies much of what is going on in world politics today. The universal concepts such as human rights on which liberal democracy is based has been increasingly challenged by narrower forms of recognition based on nation, religion, sect, race, ethnicity, or gender, which have resulted in anti-immigrant populism, the upsurge of politicized Islam, the fractious “identity liberalism” of college campuses, and the emergence of white nationalism. Populist nationalism, said to be rooted in economic motivation, actually springs from the demand for recognition and therefore cannot simply be satisfied by economic means. The demand for identity cannot be transcended; we must begin to shape identity in a way that supports rather than undermines democracy.

    Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment is an urgent and necessary book—a sharp warning that unless we forge a universal understanding of human dignity, we will doom ourselves to continuing conflict.

    Register at
    • February 06, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • phone

    Join this informative World Affairs Councils of America Cover to Cover conference call with Author Thomas Bollyky

    Plagues and the Paradox of Progress
    Why the World Is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways

    Featuring Thomas J. Bollyky
    February 6, 2019
    11:00 - 11:30 am

    Plagues and parasites have played a central role in world affairs, shaping the evolution of the modern state, the growth of cities, and the disparate fortunes of national economies. This book tells that story, but it is not about the resurgence of pestilence. It is the story of its decline. For the first time in recorded history, virus, bacteria, and other infectious diseases are not the leading cause of death or disability in any region of the world. People are living longer, and fewer mothers are giving birth to many children in the hopes that some might survive. And yet, the news is not all good. Recent reductions in infectious disease have not been accompanied by the same improvements in income, job opportunities, and governance that occurred with these changes in wealthier countries decades ago. There have also been unintended consequences. In this book, Thomas Bollyky explores the paradox in our fight against infectious disease: the world is getting healthier in ways that should make us worry.

    Historic health achievements are remaking a world that is both worrisome and full of opportunities. Whether the peril or promise of that progress prevails, Bollyky explains, depends on what we do next.


    • February 06, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    • University of Redlands, Casa Loma Rm, E. Brockton Ave., Redlands CA 92374
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    World Affairs Council Inland Southern California
    University of Redlands

    invite you to a critically important discussion on how cyber issues
    impact America's security

    Cyber Threats to America
    What are the International Digital Challenges to U.S. Elections,
    Financial Systems, and Intellectual Property
    …a conversation with Anthony Chapa

    Anthony Chapa, HAPCOA website

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    University of Redlands - Casa Loma Room
    E. Brockton Ave., Redlands CA 92374

    6:00 – 6:30 pm
    registration & refreshments 
    6:30 – 7:45 pm - Talk and Q & A

    Preregistration Required
    WAC Members = $20 
    Non-members = $25
    Redlands Faculty & Students free
     University students & H.S. Teachers with 4-5 students free to
    Mr. Chapa's Talk at 6:30

    Mr. Chapa retired from the U.S. Secret Service (USSS), Department of Homeland Security after a more than a 25-year successful career, including Assistant Director and Chief Technology Officer responsible for the Technical Security Division. Mr. Chapa also served as Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles field office including leadership over the nation’s premier USSS Electronic Crimes Task Force (ECTF). Since 2012, Tony Chapa has been providing global security services and management throughout the world to a wide range of organizations as Executive Vice President of Nastec International, Inc. He also serves as Executive Director of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association and on the Board of Directors of Black Ops Partners, a cybersecurity firm focused on providing "tip of the spear" experience, strategy and capabilities required of Boards of Directors leading major international corporations".

    The success of America’s economy and democracy depends on secure voting and financial systems. These issues and the safety of our intellectual property and creative innovations are vulnerable to hacking in today’s rapidly changing and competitive world. How do we move beyond traditional military concepts of security to ones that include coping with digital challenges?
    What policies and practices are the best way forward
    to a stronger digital America?

    Register today

    Register online

    Download and share the flier attached below. Use it for mail in registration.

    • February 12, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:15 PM
    • La Sierra University, Cossentine Hall 100
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    La Sierra University
    World Affairs Council Inland Southern California
    to a program on a little discussed but extremely important topic

    "Who Defends the Persecuted in Iraq, Nigeria, and Sudan?"
    ...a discussion with Tina Ramirez, 
    Founder and President of Hardwired

    Tina Ramirez, Hardwired President

    February 12, 2019
    Reception 5:30 pm
    Talk 6:00 - 7:15 pm
    La Sierra University

    4500 Riverwalk Parkway | Riverside, CA 92505
    Cossentine Hall 100 (CH on campus map at link below)

    Park in Lot F across from Cossentine Hall
    (parking passes not needed after 5 pm)

    Preregistration required
    for all WAC participants.

    Ms Ramirez addresses the question many of us have in the back of our minds:
    If Western anti-terrorism policies are working, why hasn't terrorism declined more dramatically by now? What more should we do?

    In her talk, Ramirez will share how her organization is fighting religious
    oppression around the world through indigenous networks of leaders. These Defenders of Freedom have been established in ten countries and are
    changing laws, bringing justice in the courts, mobilizing the media to
    speak for the voiceless, and infusing religious freedom into schools.
    Ms. Ramirez will share how these Defenders of Freedom leaders
    facilitated by her organization, Hardwired, are shifting the culture
    in Iraq, Sudan and Nigeria to alleviate the suffering of
    persecuted communities. You will hear stories from each country
    and learn how Muslims are trained to defend Christians and how
    they are all working together at risk of their own lives.
    These are things you will not hear in the news. 

    As the Founder and President of Hardwired,Tina Ramirez brings 20 years of experience as a teacher, foreign policy expert, and authority on international
    human rights law and religious freedom. Working for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, she developed policy recommendations
    to protect persecuted communities in Sudan, Iraq, Turkey, and Cuba. While
    working for the U.S. Congress, she founded the bi-partisan International
    Religious Freedom Caucus, re-directing U.S. policy so that
    religious freedom was prioritized when dealing with foreign governments.
    She developed and launched a simple, inexpensive training program
    that has been put in place quickly in countries where she has worked
    and maintained key relationships.

    Ramirez is author of Iraq: Hope in the Midst of Darkness (2017) and
    was a contributing author and editor of Human Rights in the United
    States: A Dictionary and Documents
    (2010 and 2017). She received
    a certificate at the International Institute for Human Rights in Strasbourg,
    France and a Master’s Degree in International Human Rights focusing on the protection of the human right to freedom of religion or belief from the
    University of Essex in England.

    Ramirez has spoken before the United Nations and the African Union
    and testified before the U.S. Congress. In 2012, she was awarded the
    Second Annual Ahmadiyya Muslim Humanitarian Award for her
    congressional work defending Islamic communities worldwide.
    She serves as Secretary of the UN NGO Committee on Freedom of
    Religion or Belief, and is a former board member for the
    First Freedom Center.

    Please download and share the flier with others
    2019 Backus-brochure.pdf

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October 09, 2018 CHINA Town Hall - U.S. China Relations in 2018
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July 22, 2018 Debriefing the Helsinki Summit
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July 10, 2018 Cover to Cover Conference Call with Author Dambisa Moyo
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March 01, 2018 Israeli National Security - Cover to Cover Conference Call
February 28, 2018 "The New Diplomacy" 21st Century Challenges in Foreign Policy
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February 20, 2018 Sudan - Know Now Conference Call with Amb. Mary C. Yates
February 16, 2018 Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan
February 15, 2018 Minutes to Die - Snakebite
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January 30, 2018 Control Risks Webinar
January 10, 2018 A World in Disarray - Cover-to-Cover
December 22, 2017 Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen
December 20, 2017 Dare to Educate Afghan Girls
December 14, 2017 Digital World War - Conference Call
December 05, 2017 U.S.-Turkey Relations: A Partnership in Crisis
November 15, 2017 The Future of American Leadership
November 11, 2017 Herod the Great - Scoundrel, Survivor, Genius
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November 08, 2017 Freedom of Speech in a Global Context
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October 30, 2017 The Chinese Cultural Revolution and “Diasporic Trauma” in Hong Kong
October 26, 2017 an inconvenient sequel - TRUTH TO POWER
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August 25, 2017 Afghanistan on the Brink
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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
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July 12, 2017 Susan Cohen on the Travel Ban
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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
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May 25, 2017 All Measures Short of War - May WACA Author Series Conference Call
May 15, 2017 Re-Envisioning Refugees: Empowerment through Education
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April 11, 2017 April's WACA Cover to Cover Author Talk with Howard French
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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
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