September 2010

Piracy and the Maritime Commons

Thu, Sep 30 2010 - 6:00pm

Piracy and the Maritime Commons

Captain Jeff Kline, USN (ret.); Director, Maritime Defense and Security Programs, Naval Postgraduate School

Despite the international response in supplying war ships to patrol the Gulf of Aden and eastern Somali approaches, pirate attacks have increased. Ungoverned spaces in the maritime commons invite threats to free use of the seas in Nigeria, Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean. Read more »

P.J. O'Rourke: Why Voting Just Encourages Politicians

Thu, Sep 30 2010 - 12:00pm

P.J. O'Rourke: Why Voting Just Encourages Politicians

Author, Don't Vote: It Just Encourages the Bastards, Parliament of Whores and CEO of the Sofa

Phil Bronstein, Executive Vice President, San Francisco Chronicle - Moderator

With more than 1 million words of trenchant journalism under his byline and more citations in the Penguin Dictionary of Humorous Quotations than any living writer, O'Rourke has established himself as a premier political satirist. Read more »

Submission Guidelines

Authors and publishers are invited to submit entries online for books published in 2014 to The Commonwealth Club of California's 84th California Book Awards.  Deadline is December 22, 2014.

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California Book Awards

The Commonwealth Club of California is pleased to announce the Finalists for the 83rd annual California Book Awards for books published in 2013.

The Commonwealth Club of California’s 83rd Annual California Book Awards Finalists are:  Read more »

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NEW: Sec. of State Hillary Clinton at Commonwealth Club October 15

Sep 29, 2010 @ 3:42 PM by Anonymous with [0] comments

The Commonwealth Club of California announced today that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will appear at The Club on Friday evening, October 15, in San Francisco.
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How to Get a Failing Congress Back on Track


Thomas E. Mann, Author,The Broken Branch
Norman J. Ornstein, Author, The Broken Branch

With the executive branch accumulating power, we need strong, lucid congressional leadership, say Beltway watchdogs Mann and Ornstein. This may appear elusive in a Congress many criticize for its bickering, partisanship and red tape. Hear two judicial and political scholars attempt to unravel this complex issue of checks and balances. Read more »