The complicated world we live in is illuminated a bit more every week at the North County Chapter’s Thursday Morning Forum in Rancho Bernardo. These free, weekly talks address a range of global topics in a relaxed and social atmosphere. Forums begin with a coffee social at 9:30 a.m., followed by a program at 10 a.m. and Q&A from 11:10 a.m. to noon. The public is invited and no reservation is needed. 

Unless otherwise indicated, Forums are held at the Remington Club (Phase II), 16916 Hierba Drive, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA 92128. Parking is available in the adjacent shopping center. 

For more information, contact Phyllis Murchland at

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North County Chapter Programs for April, 2018 


April 5, 2018

 Cold War Brinkmanship and Legacies: Evolving Roles of Nuclear Technology.” 

Dr. Alexander DeVolpi (Ph.D.)

Dr. Volpi will base his presentation on his most recent book, “Cold War Brinkmanship: Nuclear Arms, Civil Rights, Government Secrecy” (Amazon, 2017).  His talk will focus on the Navy's experience with nuclear power, reactor history, nuclear power, nuclear weapons, reactor safety, the Cuban missile crisis, arms control, the collapse of the Soviet Union, demilitarization, and current  administration nuclear challenges.  Dr. DeVolpi is a nuclear physicist and a retired Lieutenant Commander (U.S. Navy Reserves). He has authored nine books.

Reservations for the round table lunch  following this meeting may be made by contacting Phyllis Murchland at

April 12, 2018

“A Comparison of the Icelandic and Greek Economic Crashes.”

Mr. Bill Thayer

 In 2008, the economy of Iceland imploded.  In 2010, Greece suffered a similar fate.  Both countries got in trouble because of borrowing.  For Iceland, it was the private sector.  For Greece, it was the public sector.  But the subsequent paths of Iceland and Greece were very different.  Iceland, not a member of the Eurozone, received essentially no help.  Greece received three different bailouts from the Eurozone.  Which country is in better shape today?  It is Iceland by a mile.  Why?  Well, that is what the talk will explain.   Bill Thayer has an MBA and spent 10 years in real estate and finance after spending 30 years in aerospace engineering.   

Please note:  This will be a continuous meeting until 11:30.  After a short break the San Diego World Affairs Council (SDWAC) President and Vice President will provide a summary overview of the organization and its structure and will discuss how SDWAC has experienced significant change and growth in the last few years putting them in a better position to increase its impact and expand its reach in engaging and educating San Diegans with respect to world affairs, global economic and trade and cultural outreach.  They will also provide a glimpse into the strategic thinking of SDWAC and a preview of what lies ahead for the organization.

April 19, 2018

“India Minorities and the Modi Government.”

 Mr. Cyrus Bharucha 

The Modi government in India is widely perceived as promoting a caste Hindu agenda at the expense of India’s minorities.  This affects the positions of Muslims, Christians, and Parsis as well as Dalits (Untouchables), and other Backward Castes and Tribal religious groups in varying ways.  Cyrus Bharucha, a Parsi, will address this question in the context of a modernizing and economically expanding India.  He has worked in media organizations in India, Britain, and the U.S. including BBC, CNN, and PBS.  He has also taught media production and analysis in India.  He has produced a widely acclaimed documentary on the history of the Parsis.  

Reservations for the round table lunch following this meeting may be made by contacting Phyllis Murchland at

April 26

"Highlights of a State Department Political Officer's Career"

 Mr. John Schlosser 

Mr. Schlosser, President of the San Diego World Affairs Council, served as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State from 1983 to 2007. He will discuss some of the substantive issues he grappled with as a political officer during his career. Touching briefly on issues that arose in The Netherlands and the former Dutch colony of Suriname early in his career, his remarks will focus on: changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba in the mid-1990s; Poland's accession to NATO in the late '90s; aspects of U.S. policy toward the nonproliferation of WMD in the early 2000s; and U.S. policy toward India and Pakistan in the mid-2000s. Although there is no single overarching theme uniting the presentation, the common thread will be the importance of diplomacy in shaping American foreign and national security policy.

 Reservations for the round table lunch following this meeting may be made by contacting Phyllis Murchland at




North County Chapter President's Communiqué April 2018

by Tom Reeve

Our Website.  Please use and share our Chapter website (which has North County Chapter History and Program information) with friends.


Guests and Visitors. Welcome. Each week we are privileged to meet new people. Please feel free to introduce yourself to your program neighbor. We are very glad you have chosen to spend time with us, and we invite you to return and become members.


Please save the date -- June 7th -- Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon.

Please save June 7th on your calendar for the North County Chapter’s Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon.  It will once again be held at the Bernardo Heights Country Club (16066 Bernardo Heights Pkwy, San Diego, CA 92128). Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m., and the program will begin at 11:00 a.m. Our speaker will be Ambassador (ret.) Leslie Ann Bassett.  Ambassador Bassett held posts in Israel, El Salvador, South Africa, Nicaragua, Colombia, Botswana, and South Korea, as well as Washington, D. C. before her appointment as Ambassador to Paraguay.  She will speak about the countries of southern South America.


Congratulations Received for Your Civility and Mutual Respect, Thank-you All.

We recently hosted Professor John E. Rielly (Ph.D.), President Emeritus of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (after three decades as President of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations), as well as the holder of teaching positions at Northwestern Univ. and Univ. of Cal. San Diego. He was accompanied by his wife Irene, who attended the program and the Round-Table-Lunch (as she had attended many other gatherings). In her post-visit email she singled out our Chapter for special praise, stating,


What a bright and interesting assortment of people and views … If more people could engage in the open and respectful conversation that we were honored to enjoy, wouldn’t the country be doing just great? Congratulations on … such a marvelous organization.


Remington Club. We thank and appreciate the Remington Club for its continued support. We are very pleased to be guests in their house.  Their continuing cooperation and support helps to make these programs possible.


Chapter Mission and Policy. The North County Chapter supports free and fair discussion of foreign policy and the conduct of international affairs by presenting a balance of speakers with diverse viewpoints about policies and events, while maintaining respect and civility in our discourse. Although our speakers and members have opinions, the Chapter is steadfastly non-partisan and takes no stand on any public issue, policy, or candidate.



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