SOURCE: World Affairs Council of Orange County

World Affairs Council of Orange County

February 17, 2009 12:53 ET

Sir Eldon Griffiths to Speak on Foreign Policy Challenges for the Obama Administration at the World Affairs Council of Orange County Event

COSTA MESA, CA--(Marketwire - February 17, 2009) - The event, hosted by the non-profit organization, the World Affairs Council of Orange County, is scheduled for Thursday, February 26 at the Hilton Costa Mesa at 3050 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, Ca. 92626. The topic will be "Foreign Policy Challenges to the Obama Administration." Please join us to hear Sir Eldon Griffiths, former national chairman of the World Affairs Council's network as he speaks on the top foreign policy issues that confront the president at a time when U.S. Forces are overstretched and the U.S. economy is shrinking. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a dinner presentation at 7 p.m. and a Q&A after the speech. The public is invited to attend.

Sir Eldon Griffiths was elected in 1964 as Member of Parliament for the Safe Conservative seat of Bury St. Edmunds. After serving as a delegate to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and Chairman of the House of Commons, German, Polish and Taiwan Sub committees, he was named Under-Secretary of State in the world's first Department of the Environment with responsibility for airports, the Channel Tunnel and pollution Control. Margaret Thatcher appointed him as her Party's spokesman on European and NATO issues. He was knighted by the Queen in 1988. For seventeen years he served as Parliamentary Advisor to the British Police.

Cost: WACOC members $55; non-members $70; students $38. Self-parking is complimentary. For information and reservations, call (949)253-5751 or visit

World Affairs Council of Orange County is a member-driven non-profit organization that hosts forums on international issues and presentations by some of the world's foremost leaders. Past speakers have included: Robert Tuttle, U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James; John Bruton, European Union Ambassador and Former Prime Minister of Ireland; His Excellency Ronen Sen, India's Ambassador to the United States; H.R. McMaster, 71st Colonel, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment; Dr. Hans Blix, Chairman of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission; His Royal Highness Prince Andrew and many other well known people with expertise in various world affairs with respect to political, social and economic issues. The organization also offers study field trips to foreign countries, cultural and educational institutions, and activities that support international education in local schools and universities. The World Affairs Council of Orange County was founded in 1967 and today has more than 500 members.

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