March 8, 2017
There is a chance of some progress towards peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians in the era of President Trump's administration because of the coalition of convenience between Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Emirates that has come together in the past few years, according to former Israeli ambassador to Egypt, Haim Koren.
March 3, 2017
Every time Andreas Weigend calls a 1-800 number and gets the standard advisory 'this call will be recorded for quality and training purposes' he tells the company representative on the other end of the line that he too will be recording the conversation. Not to be awkward or truculent, but rather to establish what he regards as the very important principle of 'data symmetry'.
March 1, 2017
President Trump may have got off on the wrong foot with the US intelligence community, but Greg Treverton, the outgoing chairman of the National Intelligence Council (NIC), says the President will be forced by the demands of office to mend relations with the intelligence services.
February 28, 2017
The threat of nuclear war is greater today than it was even at the height of the Cold War, according to Dr. William Perry, Former Secretary of Defense. At a LAWAC dinner on Thursday, February 23rd, Perry said that most people assumed that once the Cold War ended, so too did the threat of nuclear weapons being used whereas he believes the opposite to be the case.
February 13, 2017
Jake Wood is a former college football player-turned Marine Corps sniper who co-founded a disaster relief organization- Team Rubicon - to help out in hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes and other natural catastrophes. Since 2010 Team Rubicon has provided emergency aid to 175 disaster areas, both domestic and overseas.
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.

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