Great Decisions Discussion Group
Brandywine Hundred Library
1300 Foulk Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
Multipurpose Rooms A & B 2nd Floor Meeting Room Wing
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Great Decisions Foreign Discussion Program
Join us for the 2022 Great Decisions Foreign Policy Discussion Nine Week Program at the Brandywine Hundred Library 1300 Foulk Road, Wilmington DE, 19803 (302) 477-3150.
Each week a 30 minute video will be shown follwed by an open discussion on the topics listed below. "Foreign Policy Association is nonpartisan serves as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. Through its balanced, nonpartisan programs and publications, the FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process." (FPA.org) You are welcome to write your opinions about any of the topics below on FPA's Opinion Ballot.
You are welcome to attend the programs that interest you. Please feel free to checkout a Great Decisions Briefing Book to read about additional supplinmentary materials on each week's topic. Register Here: https://delawarelibraries.libcal.com/event/9436236
Week 1 January 11, 2023 Changing Demographics
The world experienced remarkable demographic changes in the 20th century that continue today and have resulted in far-reaching social, economic, political, and environmental consequences all over the globe. These consequences are creating mounting challenges to development efforts, security, climate, and the environment, as well as the sustainability of human populations.
Week 2 January 18, 2023 Outer Space
The launch of Sputnik I in October 1957 marked the beginning of the space era and of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. In the 21st century, there are many more participants in space, including countries such as India and China, and commercial companies such as SpaceX. How will the United States fare in a crowded outer space?
Week 3 January 25, 2023 Climate Change
The ideological divide in the United States on the subject of climate change has impeded progress in curbing greenhouse emissions. But extreme weather events at both ends of the thermometer have focused attention on the consequences of inaction. What role will the United States play in future negotiations on climate?
Week 4 Febuary 1, 2023 Russia
Russia and the United States have many areas of conflict and some possible areas of mutual interest. Arms control, Russian interference in U.S. elections and support of cyberattacks, the status of Ukraine, the fate of opposition politicians in Russia, all continue to be concerning. How will the new administration in Washington approach these issues?
Week 5 Febuary 8 2023 Myanmar and ASEAN
The situation in Myanmar, including the coup by the military in February 2021 and the ongoing human rights crises, coupled with civil resistance by those opposed to the regime, has led to chaos in the Southeast Asian country. How are neighboring countries reacting, and what role will ASEAN play?
Week 6 February 15, 2023 The Quad Alliance
As part of the U.S. pivot to Asia, the United States has been in dialogue with Japan, Australia, and India in an effort to contain China. Recently, the Quad countries held joint naval exercises in the South Pacific. How effective will the actions of this alliance be?
Week 7 Febuary 22, 2022 Industrial Policy
The current discussion of industrial policy in the United States is not simply about whether or not to support specific companies or industries, but about trust or mistrust of the government and its ability to manage the economy and deal with a rising China. The upheaval in supply chains during the pandemic exposed weaknesses in the international economy. What policies can the United States implement to deal with trade and the economy?
Week 8 March 1, 2023 Drug Policy in Latin America
The issue of migration to the United States from Latin America has overshadowed the war on drugs, which has been underway for decades with little signs of progress. What are the roots and the bureaucratic logic behind today´s dominant drug policies in Latin America? Is it time to reconsider punitive drug control policies that disrupt supply chains and punish drug possession?
Week 9 March 8, 2023 Biden’s Agenda
The new administration in Washington promised to reverse many of the policies of the past administration, especially in foreign policy. How will issues such as climate, the pandemic, and alliances be treated under the Biden administration?