13th Annual Members Weekend

America in the Global Context: Policy Directions for a New Administration

Friday, March 7, 2008

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

General Registration and Welcome Reception

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Dinner and Keynote Address

After Pakistan’s Elections: What’s Next?
Hon. Shaukat Aziz, Prime Minister of Pakistan (2004–2007)
Ms. Lee Cullum, Syndicated Columnist* (Moderator)
Mr. Warren Christopher, Senior Partner, O’Melveny & Myers* (Chair)

Saturday, March 8, 2008

8:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Co-Plenary Sessions and Continental Breakfast

The Global Economy: How Bad Is It?
Hon. Mickey Kantor, Secretary of Commerce (1996-97); U.S. Trade Representative (93-97)
Mr. Andrew Cohen, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Trust Company, N.A.
Mr. David Richards, Private Investor* (Chair)

The Future of U.S. Immigration Policy
Hon. Howard Berman (D-CA), Acting Chairperson, House Foreign Affairs Committee
Hon. Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow, MPI; Commissioner, INS (1993-2000)
Mr. Dan Stein, President, Federation for American Immigration Reform
Mr. John Trasviña, President and General Counsel, MALDEF
Dr. Abraham F. Lowenthal, Pacific Council President Emeritus and Senior Fellow (Moderator/Chair)

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Where is China Headed?
Dr. Richard Baum, Professor and former Director, UCLA Center for Chinese Studies
Respondent: Mr. Li Jianping, Vice President, Chinese Peoples’ Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries
Mr. David Tang, Managing Partner for Asia, K & L Gates, LLP* (Chair) 

What Does the World Want from the Next U.S. President?
Hon. Jack Austin, Canadian Minister of State (1981-84); Leader of the Government in the Senate (2003-06)
Hon. Kantathi Suphamongkhon, 39th Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Thailand
Hon. B.S. Prakash, Consul General of India in San Francisco
Amb. Rockwell A. Schnabel, former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union* (Chair)

South Asia: The Changing Landscape
Hon. Richard Celeste, U.S. Ambassador to India (1997-2001) and Ohio Governor (1983-1991)
Hon. Ed Royce (R-CA), Ranking Member, House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation & Trade
Dr. Sumit Ganguly, Pacific Council Adjunct Fellow and Director, India Studies Program, Indiana University, Bloomington
Mr. Robert Abernethy, Chairman, American Standard Development Company* (Chair)

Grand Strategy for the 21st Century
Ms. Nina Hachigian, Senior Vice President, Center for American Progress
Ms. Mona Sutphen, Managing Director, Stonebridge International, LLC
Mr. Philip Taubman, Associate Editor and Special Correspondent, New York Times
Mr. Michael Parks, Professor and Director, USC Annenberg School of Journalism* (Chair)

U.S. Policy Options in Latin America
Hon. Jeffrey Davidow, Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs (1996-1998); U.S. Ambassador to Mexico (1998-2002)
Dr. Laurence Whitehead, Official Fellow and Director, Mexican Studies Centre, Oxford University
Dr. Chappell Lawson, Pacific Council Adjunct Fellow and Director of Inter-American Affairs, NSC (1998)
Dr. Abraham F. Lowenthal, Pacific Council President Emeritus and Senior Fellow (Chair)

Humanitarian Diplomacy and Non-State Actors
Ms. Nancy Aossey, CEO, International Medical Corps
Mr. Richard Walden, President and CEO, Operation USA
Dr. Byron Auguste, Director, McKinsey & Company* (Moderator/Chair)

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Keynote Address

The United States and South Asia
Hon. Richard Boucher, Asst. Sec. of State for South and Central Asian Affairs
Mr. Mike Chinoy, Pacific Council Edgerton Senior Fellow; CNN Senior Asia Correspondent (2001-06)
Mr. Hasan Shirazi, Director, Citigroup Private Bank (Chair)

1:45 - 3:00 p.m.

Plenary Session

Energy Challenges, Environmental Imperatives, California Leadership
Mr. John Bryson, Chairman & CEO, Edison International*
Mr. James Strock, Principal, James Strock & Co.; Secretary, California EPA (1991-97)
Mr. Matthew Rogers, Director, McKinsey & Company
Dr. Mark Allen Bernstein, Managing Director, USC Energy Institute (Moderator/Chair)

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Limiting Nuclear Proliferation
Mr. Douglas Frantz, Co-Author, The Nuclear Jihadist
Mr. Mike Chinoy, Pacific Council Edgerton Senior Fellow; CNN Senior Asia Correspondent (2001-06)
Mr. Sonny Astani, Chairman, Astani Enterprises, Inc.* (Chair)

Conflict in the Middle East
Dr. Banafsheh Keynoush, Professor and Interpreter for Shirin Ebadi, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Dr. Jerrold Green, Senior Advisor, Middle East/South Asia, RAND Corporation
Respondent: Consul General Jacob Dayan, Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles
Mr. Alexander Cappello, Chairman and CEO, Cappello Group, Inc.* (Chair)

Democracy and National Security
Dr. Gregory Treverton, Director, RAND Center for Global Risk and Security
Dr. Matthew Spence, Director, Truman National Security Project
Dr. Geoffrey Cowan, University Professor and former Dean, USC Annenberg School for Communications (Chair)

The Future of North America
Ms. Margaret McCuaig-Johnston, Assistant Deputy Minister - Natural Resources, Canada
Hon. Jeffrey Davidow, Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs (1996-98); U.S. Ambassador to Mexico (1998-2002)
Dr. Chappell Lawson, Pacific Council Adjunct Fellow and Director of Inter-American Affairs, NSC (1998)
Mr. John Cooke, CEO, Western Territories Group, LLC* (Chair)

Energy, Environment and International Security
Dr. Iraj Ershaghi, Director of the Petroleum Engineering Program, USC
Mr. Mikkal Herberg, Pacific Council Adjunct Fellow
Mr. James Strock, Principal, James Strock & Co.; Secretary, California EPA (1991-97) (Moderator)
Mr. George Montgomery, Senior Advisor, Seven Hills Group, LLC (Chair)

4:45 - 6:00 p.m.

Keynote Address

What the U.S. Needs to Know About Asia
Hon. Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary (2006-07) and Senior Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs (2005-06)
Hon. Pete Wilson, California Governor (1991-99) (Chair)

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Dinner and Keynote Interview

Foreign Policy Directions for 2008 and Beyond
Hon. R. Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary of State, Political Affairs
Hon. James Steinberg, Deputy National Security Advisor* (1996-2000) (Moderator)
Mr. Warren Christopher, Senior Partner, O’Melveny & Myers* (Chair)

*Member, Pacific Council Board of Directors

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