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Visions & Voices On Global Issues
World Affairs Council Inland SoCal
Experts on issues.
May 6, 2021
Peace Corps Returns to Service - Kate Raftery
Happy 60th anniversary to Peace Corps! A year after its global evacuation, Peace Corps plans for a return to countries around the world as conditions allow. What will that post COVID-19 presence look like for Peace Corps? Kate Raftery currently serves as an expert consultant in the Office of the Director. Prior to that she was the Director for Service Innovation at Peace Corps. Kate has been the Peace Corps Country Director in Paraguay, Peru, Eastern Caribbean and Honduras. Among the other roles she has held at Peace Corps include the Sexual Assault Risk Reduction and Response Program Team Lead and Chief of Operations in the InterAmerica and Pacific region. Kate served as the Director of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). NCCC engages 2,800 young people 18-24 years of age in a 10 month national service experience. She also served as the Vice President for Learning and Citizenship at the International Youth Foundation where she worked with young people across the globe to increase their participation in political dialogue and community service. Kate began her journey with Peace Corps and international development and service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay in the early ‘70s.
Apr 30, 2021
Building Healthcare Capacity in Malawi: A Personal Perspective - Ronald Mataya, MD
Dr. Ron Mataya is currently Professor of Global Health in the Center for Leadership in Health Systems at the Loma Linda University School of Public Health. He is also a senior lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Malawi College of Medicine where he helped start the residency program in obstetrics and gynecology. He is currently the co-director of the Global Health Women’s Initiative Baylor College of Medicine Malawi Project which continues to support the training of the residency program with funding from USAID and private donors. As an obstetrician/gynecologist, he developed an interest in public health early in his carrier. In 1996, he won a one-year US government scholarship, the Hubert Humphrey Research Fellowship, which allowed him to study for a non-degree program in health policy, planning and management at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta. More information and to help support Dr. Mataya's work with Baylor University: https://www.texaschildrensglobalhealth.org/maternalhealth
Apr 14, 2021
Empowering Women in Developing Countries - Taroub Faramand, MD
Taroub Harb Faramand, MD, Founder of WI-HER, is dedicated to serving the underserved through projects on Justice, Women’s Empowerment, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in over 35 countries in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
Mar 15, 2021
Our Oceans At Risk - Steve Dunbar, PhD
Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Efforts in an Era of Climate Change Dr. Dunbar has been a Marine Biologist for 23 years and works in the Department of Earth and Biological Sciences (EBS) at Loma Linda University (LLU). He is a Professor of Biology and continues to direct the Graduate Biology (MS and PhD) programs in EBS. This provides many opportunities to carry out field and lab research in the area of marine biology, both in the U.S. and internationally.
Feb 22, 2021
Current Issues With Water and Public Health - Ryan Sinclair, PhD
Ryan Sinclair, PhD is an environmental microbiologist who manages several water projects in the Inland Empire and Coachella Valley. His research includes several projects with local partners in wastewater management, water quality, and household hygiene, as well as a project funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts investigating the risks of infectious disease for children who live near failed on-site wastewater systems in California. He also has worked on water issues in Cambodia and Peru.
Jan 11, 2021
Russia, the Ukraine, and the West - Paul D'Anieri, PhD
Fascinating interview with Paul D’Anieri, PhD, on Russia, the Ukraine, and the West, providing a brief historical perspective on relations between Russia and the Ukraine and the relevance of this relationship for the incoming Biden Administration and US foreign policy. Dr. D’Anier is a Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, University of California, Riverside who has written extensively on this subject. He helps answer questions and provides background on how and why Putin tries to eliminate his opponents by poising. In 2019 he published Ukraine and Russia: From Uncivilized Divorce to Uncivil War.
Dec 9, 2020
Foreign Policy Challenges After Inauguration - Ambassador Ronald Neumann
Ambassador Ron Neumann, current President of the American Academy of Diplomacy sat down with Ron Osborn to talk about his decades long career in the Foreign Service, and to provide us with a glimpse of what challenges the incoming Biden Administration will face in January in the international arena. He is articulate and explains the complexities of foreign affairs in an easy to understand style that is refreshing.
Dec 9, 2020
Serving Women in Chad, Africa - Danae Netteburg, MD
Our host, Ron Osborn talks with Dr. Netteburg an OBGyn about her life as a missionary doctor in Bere, Chad—one of the more remote places in West Africa. Dr. Netteburg has found her calling working at a 100-bed hospital where she offers hope and surgically treatment to women who suffer from vesicovaginal fistulas. Her work is amazing and the results are life changing for her patients.
Nov 20, 2020
Medicine and Service in Haiti - Scott Nelson, MD
In this episode, Ron Osborn explores with Dr. Scott Nelson what it is like to practice medicine in a resource depleted country like Haiti in the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Nov 9, 2020
Will the Sino-US Cold War Go Hot? feat. Michael Auslin, PhD
Michael Auslin, PhD, is a historian by training, specializing in U.S. policy in Asia and geopolitical issues in the Indo-Pacific region. He is the inaugural Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, a senior fellow in the Asia and National Security Programs at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and a senior fellow at London’s Policy Exchange. Auslin is the author of six books, including Asia’s New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific and the best-selling The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World's Most Dynamic Region. He is a longtime contributor to the Wall Street Journal and National Review, and his writing appears in other leading publications, including The Spectator, Financial Times, and Foreign Policy. He comments regularly for U.S. and foreign print and broadcast media.