Pacific Council Programs - An Overview
Recognized widely as the West Coast’s premier foreign policy forum, the Pacific Council ’s Members Weekend is our signature annual event. With a format designed to be deeply engaging to all participants, this invitation-only summit convenes 250-300 business, government, civic, and academic leaders from around the world to analyze and debate the most important global policy issues of our time. The conference, which takes place in Santa Monica, includes high-level policy addresses, lively discussion and debate, and opportunities to meet and interact with peers and colleagues. Please contact Beril Unver for information on this year's Members Weekend (October 9-10, 2015).
Our ongoing teleconference series connects members from across the country and world to experts and policymakers in order to address timely issues: recent calls have included conversations with the U.S. Ambassadors to Brazil and Mexico, the Executive Director of the Arab Reform Initiative in Paris, and the country director of the National Democratic Institute in South Sudan.
The Pacific Council convenes meetings and roundtables covering a variety of timely international issues. Recent speakers have included the Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Honorable Condoleezza Rice, the Honorable James B. Steinberg, Senator Dianne Feinstein, General Stanley A. McChrystal, General James Mattis, HRH Crown Prince Phillipe of Belgium, and Dr. Jorge Castañeda of Mexico, among others. Speakers meet with Pacific Council members for in-depth discussions of global affairs.
international trips and COUNTRY DIALOGUES
The inaugural Pacific Council Country Dialogue took place December 2009 in Kabul, Afghanistan. This was the first of numerous upcoming visits to global hot spots and places of concern and interest; additional delegations have since traveled to Iraq, Guatemala, and back to Afghanistan. The primary product of these trips is the ability of Pacific Council members to witness events and developments on the ground and to share insights from these experiences with other members of the Council. These fact-finding missions are scheduled to occur approximately once per quarter. Please contact us for more information.
Guantánamo Bay OBSERVER program
In 2013, the Pacific Council was granted official NGO observer status at the Military Commission in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba (GTMO). In becoming an observer, we joined a select group of organizations including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the American Bar Association, that have the privilege of sending a representative to observe select proceedings at GTMO. The Pacific Council has since sent many observers. Each observer provides the Council with valuable insights and reflections upon their return. Please contact us for more information.
An event designed for members, by members, the annual Spring Conference taps deep wells of insight and expertise from within our membership network. With ample time for mingling, refreshment, and conversation between substantive sessions, Spring Conference participants convene for a day of debate and exchange with fellow Council members during panel discussions, roundtable dialogues, and a high-level keynote interview.
WORKSHOPS & SUMMITS
Periodically, the Pacific Council hosts workshops and summits in which business, civic, government and academic leaders can engage in high-level, subject-specific dialogue.
The Pacific Council occasionally hosts galas to celebrate milestones or to honor special guests. Read more about our 15th Anniversary Gala (March 1, 2011) or about our Chairman's Gala on May 8, 2013. The Pacific Council will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with a dinner celebration on April 29, 2015.