Upcoming events

    • November 28, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92115

    San Diego World Affairs Council and the ISCOR Student Society at San Diego State University will host a special screening of the documentary at San Diego State University

    “America’s Diplomats”

    on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

    Followed by a post-screening discussion with Former U.S. Diplomats John Schlosser, Amb. Leslie Basset (ret.) and Amb. Reno Harnish III (ret.).

    Meet Our Panelists

    John Schlosser is the President of SDWAC and a Senior Advisor of Albright Stonebridge Group. Prior to joining the firm, John was Director of the Office of Regional Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. Prior to that assignment, Mr. Schlosser was founding Director of the Department’s Office of Export Control Cooperation and Sanctions.

    Previously he served as Deputy Political Counselor and chief of the Political-Military and External Affairs units at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland and as Senior Political Officer in the State Department’s Office of Cuban Affairs.

    Leslie Bassett had completed 35 years as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer when she retired to Imperial Beach, CA, in 2017. She served as second in command/acting ambassador in Botswana, Mexico, the Philippines and Korea before being named as U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay in 2014. Her commitment to strong leadership was recognized by the Department of State when she was twice asked to address the Global Chiefs of Mission Conference on integrity and mentoring.


    Ambassador Reno L. Harnish III founded the Center for Environment and National Security at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Prior to this, he spent 33 years in the Foreign Service, including positions as the U.S. Ambassador in Azerbaijan, the Chief of Mission in Kosovo and the Deputy Chief of Mission in Egypt. He was heavily engaged in conflict resolution, democratization and energy issues. He received the Presidential Meritorious Service Award twice and the Department of State Distinguished Service Award among other decorations.

    Tuesday, November 28, 2017

    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm 


    San Diego State University* 

    (The exact venue will be identified shortly in a subsequent message)

    5500 Campanile Drive San Diego, CA 92115

    Watch the trailer by clicking here.

    Register Here

    • December 06, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • National University, Sanford Center Auditorium, 11355 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037

    San Diego World Affairs Council Presents

    “Is the Turkish Partnership Doomed?”


    Dr. Sinan Ciddi

    Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of the Institute for Turkish Studies at Georgetown University

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    The Turkish-American bilateral relationship has its roots embedded in World War II. After committing a sizable number of combat divisions to the Korean War in 1950, Turkey was formally admitted to NATO in 1952. Since this time, the U.S. and Turkey have collaborated in numerous regional and global security initiatives. By the late 2000s, the Obama administration labelled the relationship as a ‘model’ partnership.

    Since the onset of the Arab uprisings and heightened instability in the near and Middle East, Turkey’s relationship with the United States has come under increased strain, owing largely to divergent policies that have eroded trust and undermined cooperation. Most recently, in response to the arrest of a Turkish employee of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, the United States imposed an unprecedented ban on non-immigrant visa issuance across Turkey.  To what extent has the U.S.-Turkish relationship suffered irreparable harm and are there ways that the partnership can be rebuilt? In the wider context, how will the United States approach policy-making towards the region if Turkey is not a partner or ally?

    About our Speaker

    Dr. Sinan Ciddi is an expert on Turkish domestic politics and foreign policy. He obtained his Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2007 in the field of Political Science. Dr. Ciddi continues to author scholarly articles, opinion pieces, and book chapters on contemporary Turkish politics and foreign policy, as well as participate in media appearances. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities at Georgetown, Ciddi also serves as the Executive Director of the Institute of Turkish Studies.

    Wednesday, December 6, 2017

    6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Registration

    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Presentation and Q&A


    National University, Sanford Center Auditorium

    11355 N. Torrey Pines Road
    La Jolla, CA 92037

    Register Here


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