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My Note –

Has anybody asked the people of Afghanistan if they mind the destruction of their lives, their livelihoods, their safety, their villages, their country with the efforts being made on their behalf to go after the Taliban? Are their views and considerations being given voice or has the fact that tanks and military personnel, drones and humvees, exploding bombs and assault rifle fire battles escaped their notice?

Were they asked and their viewpoints expressed anywhere in the materials and sources listed below, including those given by experts, consultants and advisors? Did anyone note what would happen to them and for what extent of time their lives would be disrupted in profound ways?

I neither agree nor disagree with war. It is a necessary fact in some situations where there are actions that cannot be stopped in any other way. I am neither for it or against it, where it comes to Afghanistan or anywhere else. I disagree with one-sided views of the experts who all seem to agree without ever giving respect to any other viewpoint including that of the individual lives, cultures and futures of those affected by decisions using those “expert” opinions.

– cricketdiane


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Recent Activity & Upcoming Events

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Program of the 2008 North American Regional Meeting
Ottawa, Ontario — November 21-23, 2008�

(7th Meeting of the North American Group)

At the Fairmont Hotel Château Laurier

Conference Chairman: Joseph S. Nye, Jr, ., University Distinguished Service Professor and former Dean, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; former Chair, National Intelligence Council and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; North American Chairman, Trilateral Commission
Host Country Chairman: Allan E. Gotlieb, Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP, Toronto, ON; Chairman, Sotheby’s, Canada; former Canadian Ambassador to the United States; North American Deputy Chairman, Trilateral Commission

Friday, November 21

6:30-9:30 pm
Reception and Dinner at the Parliament Building
Chair: Bill Graham, (pdf 25kb/3pp) former Member of Canadian House of Commons; former Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Minister of Defence, Ottawa; Chancellor, Trinity College, University of Toronto; Chair, The Atlantic Council of Canada; Co-Vice Chair, Canadian International Council
Andre Pratte, Editor, La Presse, Montrèal, QC
Andrew Coyne, National Editor, Maclean’s Magazine, Ottawa, ON

Saturday, November 22

8:30-10:30 am
Chair: Paul A. Volcker, (pdf 84kb/4pp) former Chairman, Wolfensohn & Co., Inc., New York; Frederick H. Schultz Professor Emeritus, International Economic Policy, Princeton University; former Chairman, Board of Governors, U.S. Federal Reserve System; Honorary North American Chairman and former North American Chairman, Trilateral Commission
Martin S. Feldstein, George F. Baker Professor of Economics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; President Emeritus, National Bureau of Economic Research; former Chairman, U.S. President’s Council of Economic Advisors
David A. Dodge, (pdf 59kb/3pp) Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP, Toronto, ON; former Governor, Bank of Canada
Herminio Blanco Mendoza, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Soluciones Estratégicas, Mexico City, NL; former Mexican Secretary of Commerce and Industrial Development
Respondent: Richard W. Fisher, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; former U.S. Deputy Trade Representative

10:45 am-12:30 pm
Chair: Kenneth M. Duberstein, (pdf 64kb/3pp) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Duberstein Group, Washington, DC; former Chief of Staff to President Ronald Reagan
Speaker: Steven R. Weisman, (pdf 76kb/3pp) Editorial Director and Public Policy Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC
The Honorable Jim McCrery (R-LA), Ranking Republican Member, Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives
Joseph S. Nye, Jr., (pdf 84kb/4pp) University Distinguished Service Professor and former Dean, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; former Chair, National Intelligence Council and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; North American Chairman, Trilateral Commission

12:45-2:15 pm
Chair: Carla A. Hills, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hills & Company, International Consultants, Washington, DC; former U.S. Trade Representative; former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Speaker: Jeffrey Schott (pdf 40kb/2pp) and The North American Free Trade Agreement: Time for a Change? (pdf 200kb/17pp) , Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC
John Manley, Counsel, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Ottawa, ON; former Canadian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
Richard W. Fisher, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; former U.S. Deputy Trade Representative
Jaime Serra (pdf 69kb/3pp) and (ppt 684kb/9 slides) or (pdf 308kb/9 slides) , Chairman, SAIC Consulting, Mexico City, DF; former Mexican Minister of Trade and Industry

2:30-5:00 pm
Chair: E. Peter Lougheed, Counsel, Bennett Jones, Barristers & Solicitors, Calgary, AB; former Premier of Alberta
Speaker: Arjun Murti, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs & Co., New York, NY
Harold Kvisle (pdf 49kb/8pp) and (ppt 5.2mb/15 slides) , (ppt 4.6mb/14 slides) or (pdf 1.2mb/15 slides) ,
(pdf 808kb/14 slides) , Chief Executive Officer, TransCanada, Calgary, AB
José Alberro, (pdf 1.8MB/12pp) Director, LECG, Mexico City, DF; former Chief Executive Officer, PEMEX Gas & Basic Petrochemical
John Hess, (pdf 41kb/7pp) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hess Corporation, New York, NY

6:30-9:00 pm
Reception and Dinner at the National Gallery of Canada
Speaker: The Honorable Gerald Keddy, MP, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of International Trade; former Whip, Progressive Conservative Party; New Ross, NS

Sunday, November 23

9:00-11:00 am
Chair: Victoria Nuland, (pdf 28kb/2pp) National Defense University, Washington, DC; former U.S. Ambassador to NATO
Gen. Rick Hillier (Ret.), former Canadian Chief of Defense Staff; Ottawa, ON
John M. Deutch, (pdf 36kb/4pp) Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA; former Director of Central Intelligence; former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense

Informal closing luncheon



My Note –


John M. Deutch, (pdf 36kb/4pp) Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA; former Director of Central Intelligence; former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense – (among the experts)

– cricketdiane, 07-09-09


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So, who decided what and whose expert opinions are made available and why did they choose them?

Who’s choices and viewpoints are being honored and what is been excluded?

– cricketdiane

(Maybe it’s balanced in the array offered – but . . . maybe it isn’t intended to be and is inadvertently screening out anything that differs from their “educated” guesses, including a variety of standpoints from international economists, individual cultures, regional sociologists or whoever else’s also educated understanding of the situation.)

Is that how a massive macro-economic storm could’ve been missed before it brought down stable economies and systems of banking, markets and money based fundamentals all over the world? How could that have happened unnoticed despite the facts giving signs ahead of time?

Is that why in case after case, the actions of businesses and governments that affect massive local populations fail to consider the interests of the people nor consider their viewpoints and opinions in the decisions.


North American Group

Chairman: Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
Deputy Chairman: Allan E. Gotlieb
Deputy Chairman: Lorenzo Zambrano
Director: Michael J. O’Neil

secretariat address: is 1156 Fifteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
telephone: 1-202-467-5410
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email: mvalder@trilateral.org

The North American Group of the Trilateral Commission includes a maximum of 87 U.S. members, 20 Canadian members and, since 2000, 13 Mexican members. A list of current members can be obtained from the North American office by e-mail.

The first North American Chairman was Gerard C. Smith (1973-77), former head of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and chief U.S. negotiator of SALT I, who served as Trilateral Chairman until he entered the Carter admistration as Ambassador-at-large in charge of Non-Proliferation Issues. The next North American Chairman was David Rockefeller (1977-91), who had played a central role in the formation of the Trilateral Commission and continues to be recognized as Founder and Honorary Chairman. He was succeeded by Paul A. Volcker (1991-2001), former Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board, who now serves as Honorary North American Chairman. Thomas S. Foley, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1989-95) and former U.S. Ambassador to Japan (1997-2001), served as North American Chairman from 2001 to 2008. He was succeeded by Joseph S. Nye, Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor and former dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, as well as former U.S. assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs and former chairman of the National Intelligence Council. The North American Deputy Chairmen are the heads of the Canadian and Mexican groups. On the Canadian side, Jean-Luc Pepin was succeeded in 1977 by Mitchell Sharp, former Foreign Minister, when Mr. Sharp left government service and Mr. Pepin returned to government service. J.H. (Jake) Warren, former Ambassador to the United States and Coordinator for Multilateral Trade Negotiations, served from 1986 to 1990. He was succeeded by Allan Gotlieb, former Ambassador to the United States. Lorenzo Zambrano, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Cemex, became Deputy Chairman in 2000 when the North American group widened to include Mexican members.

The North American Group has a ceiling of 120 members.

In the case of the U.S. group, a rotation system generally brings 5-10 openings in the membership each year under the ceiling of 87. A major portion of the summer annual meeting of North American Executive Committee members is devoted to consideration of U.S. membership invitees, based on a list of candidates many times larger than the number of openings. If a member is elected or appointed to a position in the Executive Branch of the U.S. government, he or she steps down as a member, given the Commission’s unofficial character.

The Canadian Group of 20 members and the Mexican Group of 13 members are separately organized for membership choices and for raising and expending the funds which cover participation of their members, a contribution to program, and hosting costs for events in Canada or Mexico, such as the North American regional meetings.

A grant from the Ford Foundation was the most important part of the financial base for the Trilateral Commission in the first triennium (1973-76). Fundraising has been decentralized since that time. In the United States, an increasing portion of the needed financial support has come from a wide range of corporations. Foundation support remains important, particularly for some project work, as does the support of some individuals.

The North American group holds occasional dinner or luncheon events organized around a particular speaker. The presentations of these speakers are often transcribed for broader circulation.



Allan E. Gotlieb

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Allan E. Gotlieb

Allan GotliebAllan E. Gotlieb is a senior advisor, Bennett Jones LLP, Toronto; chairman, Sotheby’s Canada; chairman of the Canadian Group of the Trilateral Commission; and North American deputy chairman. Mr. Gotlieb is a director of Davis + Henderson Income Trust. He is also chairman of the Donner Canadian Foundation and the Aurea Foundation. A past director of various Canadian and U.S. companies, Mr. Gotlieb is a trustee of the Art Gallery of Ontario, a trustee of the Gardiner Museum, a director of the Ontario Arts Foundation, and serves on several advisory boards. Mr. Gotlieb was Canadian ambassador to the United States (1981-89), under-secretary of state for external affairs (1977-81), and chairman of the Canada Council (1989-94). He is a companion of the Order of Canada and recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Government of Canada. Mr. Gotlieb is an honorary and former fellow of Wadham College and visiting fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. A former editor of the Harvard Law Review, Mr. Gotlieb was also William Lyon MacKenzie King Professor at Harvard University and Claude Bissell Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto. He holds an honorary doctorate of law from the University of Toronto and a number of other universities and is the author of several books on international law and diplomacy.

February 2009


Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

Joseph S. Nye, Jr.Joseph S. Nye, Jr. is University Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard University and from 1995 to 2004 was dean of the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to assuming the deanship he served as U.S. assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, in which position he won two Distinguished Service medals, and was chair of the National Intelligence Council. Dr. Nye originally joined the Harvard faculty in 1964, serving as director of the Center for International Affairs and associate dean of arts and sciences. From 1977 to 1979, Dr. Nye was deputy to the undersecretary of state for security assistance, science, and technology and chaired the National Security Council Group on Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Nye’s most recent books are The Paradox of American Power (2002), Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics (2004) The Power Game: A Washington Novel (2004), and The Powers to Lead (2008). Nye received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Princeton University. He did postgraduate work at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship and earned a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an honorary member of The British Academy. Dr. Nye is North American chairman of the Trilateral Commission.

February 2009



Joseph S. Nye Jr.

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Lorenzo Zambrano

Lorenzo ZambranoLorenzo H. Zambrano earned a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM) and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. Mr. Zambrano joined CEMEX in 1968. He was named chief executive officer in 1985 and has served as chairman of the board since 1995. CEMEX is one of the world’s largest global building solutions companies; its stock is traded on the Mexican Stock Exchange and listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Zambrano is a member of the IBM Board of Directors, the Citigroup International Advisory Board, and the boards of several leading Mexican companies, including Femsa, Grupo Financiero Banamex, and Televisa. He is also chairman of the board of the Tecnológico de Monterrey, the leading private university in Latin America, and serves on the board of the Monterrey Contemporary Art Museum. Mr. Zambrano has earned a number of prestigious honors such as the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship, the Americas Society’s Gold Medal for Distinguished Service, and the Ernest C. Arbuckle Award for Managerial Excellence from the Stanford Graduate Business School’s Alumni Association. Mr. Zambrano is the North American deputy chairman of the Trilateral Commission.

February 2009



Lorenzo H. Zambrano

Gender: Male

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Trialogue/Annual Meeting Publications
The Trilateral Commission occasionally publishes reports on annual meetings and other reports in a many-authored format. The latest of these are Challenges to Trilateral Cooperation, a report on the 2006 Trilateral Commission Plenary Meeting in Tokyo, and Global Governance: Enhancing Trilateral Cooperation, a report on the 2003 Trilateral Commission Plenary Meeting in Seoul. These publications appear in the Trialogue series. Some presentations from other recent annual meetings may be found on links from the Recent Activity listing on this web site.

Task Force Reports/Project Work
Usually one to two Task Force Reports are published each year in a series also known as the Triangle Papers. The latest report to the Trilateral Commission, Engaging Iran and Building Peace in the Persian Gulf Region, includes papers delivered by Volker Perthes, Ray Takeyh, and Hitoshi Tanaka at the 2008 plenary meeting in Washington. Energy Security and Climate Change comprises essays presented by John Deutch, Anne Lauvergeon, and Widhyawan Prawiraatmadja at the 2007 Brussels meeting. Two previous reports were based on papers delivered at the 2006 Tokyo plenary meeting: Engaging with Russia: The Next Phase by Roderic Lyne, Strobe Talbott, and Koji Watanabe and Nuclear Proliferation: Risk and Responsibility by Graham Allison, Hervé de Carmoy, Thérèse Delpech, and Chung Min Lee. Other recent reports to the Trilateral Commission are The New Challenges to International, National and Human Security Policy by Anne-Marie Slaughter, Carl Bildt and Kazuo Ogura (2004); The “Democracy Deficit” in the Global Economy: Enhancing the Legitimacy and Accountability of Global Institutions by Joseph S. Nye, Jr., and others (2003); and Addressing the New International Terrorism: Prevention, Intervention and Multilateral Cooperation , by Joseph S Nye, Jr., Yukio Satoh and Paul Wilkinson (2003). Current project work is focused on addressing the challenges of globalization.

A Trilateral Commission Task Force project typically involves a team of authors from our three regions working together for a year or so on a report which is discussed in draft form in the annual meeting and then published. Such a report permits more intensive consideration of a particular set of issues (more intensive than a single session at an annual meeting). It allows us to draw many other persons into our work, including persons from non-Trilateral countries—sometimes as authors or commentators in an annual meeting, more often as consultants along the way as the authors prepare their reports. These reports allow the careful preparation of joint policy recommendations by a Trilateral team, and the published reports are circulated widely.

Over the years these projects have covered a wide range of topics, a reflection of the broad purposes we see for the partnership among the Trilateral countries. Some reports have focused on a particular country or region—such as the 1994 report on An Emerging China in a World of Interdependence, the 1995 report on Engaging Russia, the 1997 report on Community-Building with Pacific Asia, the 1998 report on Advancing Common Purposes in the Broad Middle East, the 2000 report on The New Central Asia: In Search of Stability, and the 2001 report on East Asia and the International System. Some reports have focused on aspects of managing the international economy or political/security challenges. The 1996 report on Maintaining Energy Security in a Global Context blends issues of international economic management with crucial security and broad political challenges. The 1996 report on Globalization and Trilateral Labor Markets: Evidence and Implications cuts across domestic and international concerns. The Commission’s need to re-examine its basic framework and approach to the broad international system led to the 1997 set of essays entitled Managing the International System Over the Next Ten Years and a 1999 report was 21st Century Strategies of the Trilateral Countries: In Concert or Conflict?.

The topics for projects are chosen by the chairmen, deputy chairmen, and directors, with the advice of the Executive Committee and others. Authors are then invited, sometimes from the Commission membership. The authors do not relocate to the offices of the Commission while preparing their report. They remain in their existing institutional settings, and the Commission enables them to meet with each other and various consultants along the way. The reports are to the Trilateral Commission, not of the Commission. The membership of the Commission is too diverse to achieve detailed agreement quickly on a controversial set of issues; and on a few occasions a summary of discussion in the annual meeting has been added to a report to detail the controversy it created.

Trilateral publications are available by clicking this link.



Just a note –




Economic Abuse: The Hidden Side Of Domestic Violence

(NAPSI)-A term commonly associated with Wall Street could apply on Main Street more often than you might expect. According to a new national poll released by The Allstate Foundation, 86 percent of Americans fail to see a connection between domestic violence and “economic abuse.” In fact, when given a choice of definitions, the survey revealed that nearly eight out of 10 Americans link economic abuse to Wall Street woes or irresponsible spending.

Economic abuse is a tactic commonly used by abusers to control their victims’ finances and prevent them from leaving a dangerous relationship. Many women stay in abusive relationships due to lack of resources to stand on their own two feet.

Ask Kalyn Risker to define economic abuse and you’ll hear of an abusive ex-boyfriend who caused her to lose her job, spent all her money and destroyed her personal property, including her clothing and car, to keep her from leaving him. This picture of abuse rarely comes into the American mind-set.

“Many people associate domestic violence with physical attacks, but damage to your credit score and being cut off from access to money create lasting scars that make it hard, if not impossible, for abuse victims to recover,” said Jennifer Kuhn, manager of the Economics Against Abuse program at the Foundation. “For victims of domestic violence, economic abuse is much more personal-and dangerous.”

The poll also found that more than 70 percent of Americans know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. With millions of Americans touched by domestic violence in some way, The Allstate Foundation is educating Americans on economic abuse and its dangerous signs:

• Taking money, credit card or property from a partner without permission;

• Racking up debt without a partner’s knowledge;

• Purposely ruining a partner’s credit score;

• Preventing a partner from earning money or attending school;

• Being forced by a partner to hand over paychecks;

• Canceling insurance or credit cards without the partner’s knowledge;

• Harassing a partner at work to negatively impact a job.

Building financial skills is an important key to overcoming economic abuse. Now more than ever, it is important that domestic violence survivors build economic skills to overcome financial instability-the leading barrier to exit and stay out of an abusive situation.

For more information on economic abuse or to access the Financial Empowerment Curriculum to help domestic violence survivors achieve financial independence, please visit http://www.clicktoempower.org.

Domestic violence survivors in need of immediate assistance are encouraged to call the National Domestic Violence Hotline, (800) 799-SAFE (800…).

Purposely ruining a partner’s credit score is a sign of economic abuse.



My Note –
According to this list – the “experts” are working on the wrong war. Abusive banking and credit card practices that companies and entire industries are commonly using would fit in this list also. Yes, from economists and market analysts to international affairs specialists and academics – they missed the war that mattered where the real battles were being waged, both in economics and in the living rooms and homes where safe harbor didn’t exist, in the boardrooms and in the bedrooms of America – and across the World.
– cricketdiane