January 27, 2017
The world is in a state of disarray, and the diminishing US role overseas is no small part of that, according to Richard Haass, the President of the Council on Foreign Relations. At a LAWAC breakfast meeting on January 27th, Haass gave a wide-ranging review of the challenges facing the US in the world, and said the early signs were that the incoming administration could further complicate America's global relationships.
January 26, 2017
'Take risks, but thoughtful risks' became a motto for Dr. Charles Elachi, who as director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory launched some of America's most risky space missions - during a time that he calls 'the Golden Age of Space Exploration.'
December 8, 2016
Senator George Mitchell delivered a stirring call for the cause of peace in the Middle East at a time when events on the ground seem to be pointing towards increasing violence and conflict. Speaking to a LAWAC dinner on Thursday, December 8th, the veteran negotiator of the Northern Ireland Peace Agreement who was also US Special Envoy for Middle East Peace said 'peace is worth it. You can't take the first no, or the fifth no, or the twentieth no - peace is worth fighting for.'
November 18, 2016
Donald Trump may have run a raw, no-holds-barred campaign, but as the reality of becoming President sinks in, a more complex picture is appearing, according to John Russell, a DC-based Republican lobbyist.
October 28, 2016
Congressman Adam Schiff said the prospect of Russian hackers influencing US election results 'terrifies him', that the new Philippines President is a 'loose cannon', and that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is 'as dangerous as we might fear.' Schiff, who represents California's 28th congressional district and is Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, spoke at a LAWAC dinner on Wednesday October 26th.
October 25, 2016
Whoever wins the White House in November, Republican or Democrat, they will face a turbulent world. From the brutal civil war in Syria, the global terrorist threat from ISIS and a hostile government in Tehran to aggression from Moscow, an increasingly assertive China, a mounting loss of faith in global free trade and the world's largest number of refugees since the end of World War II, many challenges face the next US President.
October 19, 2016
US Presidents experience failures during their administrations, sometimes very visible failures - the botched roll-out of Obamacare, the incompetent response to Hurricane Katrina by President Bush, the disastrous hostage-rescue mission in Iran under President Carter. Unexpected events cannot be discounted, but often Presidents make failures more probable by not consulting widely enough amongst the 4 million federal employees...
October 13, 2016
Colombians and the world at large were shocked when an October 2nd referendum on a peace agreement to end 50 years of war saw a majority vote 'No'. 'We have a very polarized country,' said Hector Aristizábal, a therapist and peace activist from Medellín in Colombia. 'The bigger message [from the vote] is we need more peace education,' he told a LAWAC Global Café Breakfast meeting on Wednesday, October 12th.
September 30, 2016
Maureen Dowd, a political columnist for the New York Times, told a lunch meeting of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council on Friday September 23rd that while she used to call up political analysts to help her with her columns in the past, 'now I call up shrinks.' The current campaign, which she says has 'gone beyond parody', is now so bizarre that one couldn't make it up.
September 28, 2016
The Los Angeles World Affairs Council's inaugural 'Future of Asia' conference on Sept 15th-16th revealed a continent where economic pragmatism increasingly trumps political animosity, where Asian millennials are focused on the promise of future growth rather than historical grievance, where private entrepreneurs are making inroads into the state-dominated economy in China, where an inward-looking India is starting to engage with the outside world, where a formerly flailing Japan has found some stable political leadership... but where air quality and food safety are suspect, and inter-state rivalries require, more than ever, a stabilizing US presence. Asia is a continent where the stakes are rising rapidly - both in economic promise and expansion of individuals' horizons, but also in environmental and security challenges.

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Persian Dreams - Visiting Iran
Terry McCarthy and Jessica McCarthy blog about the Council tour to Iran.

 

 

 

 

Visiting the Hermit Kingdom
Jessica McCarthy, LAWAC's Program Director, blogs about the Council tour to North Korea.

 

 

 

Cobblestones in Cuba
Jessica McCarthy blogs about the Council tour to Cuba.