July 9, 2020
MONDAY: WAC Orange County Hosts Co-Presented Webinar With Richard Haass
The  World Affairs Council of Orange County, along with the  World Affairs Council of Inland Southern CaliforniaSan Diego World Affairs Council, the  Santa Barbara Committee on Foreign Relations, and  WACA will co-present a livestream  webinar with  Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, on  Monday, July 13, at 4:15 PM ET (1:15 PM PT).

Dr. Haass is one of the most articulate, thoughtful analysts in the United States regarding global affairs and U.S. foreign policy. He will discuss how we can become more informed, discerning citizens by understanding how the world works, how international acts impact us domestically, and how we can help shape U.S. responses. Haass will also explain how he studies world events, global politics, financial shifts, cultural uprisings, and ancient and modern history to make sound, independent judgments regarding events around the globe. Finally, Dr. Haass will engage with the audience in a frank, lively Q&A regarding international challenges.
Next Thursday on Cover to Cover : Qatar and the Gulf Crisis
Register now for WACA's  Cover to Cover conference call   Thursday, July 16, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET, featuring  Kristian Coates Ulrichsen on his book  Qatar and the Gulf Crisis. Dr. Ulrichsen is a Fellow for the Middle East at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and an Associate Fellow of Chatham House’s Middle East and North Africa Program,

In 2017, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, launching an economic blockade by land, air and sea. Well into its second year, the standoff in the Gulf has no realistic end in sight. With the Bahraini and Emirati criminalization of expressing support for Qatar, and the Saudi labelling of detainees as ‘traitors’ for their alleged Qatari links, bitterness has been stoked between deeply interconnected peoples. The adviser to the Saudi crown prince advocating a moat to physically separate Qatar from the Arabian Peninsula illustrates the ongoing intensity of the crisis. Ulrichsen offers an authoritative study of this international standoff, from both sides.
Cover to Cover on Tap

Thursday, August 6, 2:00 PM ET
Lesley Blume, award-winning journalist, historian, and New York Times bestselling author, Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-Up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World
Cover to Cover on Podcast

Listen now to the podcast of WACA's Cover to Cover program featuring Mira Rapp-Hooper on her new book Shields of the Republic: The Triumph and Peril of America’s Alliances .
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