December 13, 2018
'Violence doesn’t stop when you have politicians covering up for the criminals,' said Rachel Kleinfeld, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in a moderated discussion with Maryam Zar, LAWAC member and founder of Womenfound.
December 7, 2018
'We are on the verge of some incredible changes in the banking industry,' said Joseph Otting, Comptroller of the Currency, at a Roundtable Lunch on December 7th. Joined in conversation by Emily Wang, LAWAC member and SVP Director of Marketing and Community Development at East West Bank...
November 28, 2018
Last year, thousands of Americans died from overdosing on prescription painkillers. The issue, says Guardian journalist and author Chris McGreal, is not just misuse, but over-prescription by doctors and a lack of proper regulation by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). McGreal was joined in conversation by UCLA professor and psychologist Steven Shoptaw.
November 15, 2018
'We believe in fair trade and not using food as a weapon,' said Jim Collins, CEO of Corteva, DowDupont's agricultural division, in conversation with Jennifer Sirangelo, President and CEO of 4-H Council. Collins added that Corteva respects 'what the US government is doing today with regards to protecting intellectual property but not food.'
November 9, 2018
On November 5th, the Trump administration re-imposed all economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran that were previously waived under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). 'These sanctions will be the strongest in history and will force Iran to choose between ceasing its destabilizing activities or economic survival,' said David Peyman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Counter Threat Finance and Sanctions, at a LAWAC breakfast on November 9th.
November 7, 2018
Part of what makes profit-driven cybercrime so successful is the anonymity of those committing the crimes. Jonathan Lusthaus, who spoke at a Global Cafe Breakfast on November 7th, has spent the last seven years researching these anonymous criminals to figure out who they are, what motivates them and how they operate. He has met with some of the world’s foremost cybercriminals in hotspots such as Russia, Ukraine, China, Nigeria and Brazil.
October 29, 2018
James M. Lindsay, Senior Vice President at the Council on Foreign Relations, spoke to LAWAC members about the global leadership of the US and China’s potential role in the future world order.
October 12, 2018
In conversation with Clayton Dube, Director of the USC US-China Institute, Humphrey Hawksley analyzed the fault lines and pressure points that might erupt in the cow’s tongue along the nine-dash line, the disputed area in the South China Sea. The strategic region is home to nearly $5 trillion worth of trade and to conflicting claims of sovereignty.
October 12, 2018
One million people of Swiss descent live in the US and nearly 100,000 live in California. Speaking to a Council roundtable lunch for Board and International Circle members on October 11th, the Swiss Ambassador to the United States, Martin Dahinden lauded Swiss-American relations and emphasized core connections in the areas of investment and trade.
October 3, 2018
Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid spoke at a LAWAC breakfast on October 3rd about Estonia’s rise to become the leading digital-first republic.

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