The Syrian government’s use of Chemical Weapons against its own people marked the first time that a state used CWs since the Chemical Weapons Convention treaty banned them in the 1990's. The United States and its Allies have struggled as to how they should respond to that violation. Doctor Jeff Knopf, Professor & Program Chair of Nonproliferation & Terrorism Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, will provide a comprehensive & in-depth discussion on how the world turned to strategies that rely on coercive threats, thereby leading to air strikes against Syria. Dr Knopf will also assess the outcome of the United States efforts in Syria and draw lessons to support the use of coercive strategies more generally to combat the use of CWs. The lecture takes place on Monday, January 20th, 2020 at the Palo Corona Park Headquarters, 4860 Carmel Valley Road (formerly Rancho Cañada). Registration begins at 11:30am with the luncheon starting at 11:50am & Dr. Knopf’s lecture / discussion commencing at 12:50am. The luncheon is $33.00 for Members & $40.00 for Guests. Vegetarian meals are optional. Please RSVP by January 15th at (831) 643-1855 or register online at www.wacmb.org. Auditors may attend the lecture only free with proper ID by reporting at 12:45pm.