Great Decisions 2019

Eight sessions: every other Monday, starting February 4

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm in the Community Room, Lower Level

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting expert speakers in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. Each year, eight topics are chosen by Foreign Policy Association's panel of experts.

In partnership with the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, this year's discussions will meet every other Monday afternoon at 1:00 pm (2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15, 4/29, 5/13). Registration now open online.

Discussion topics remaining are:

~Decoding U.S.- China Trade (4/1)

Though arguably the most advanced economy in the world, the United States still uses centuries-old numbers to measure trade. These antique numbers mangle understanding of the U.S.-China trade relationship, shrinking America’s true economic size and competitiveness, while swelling China’s. Bad numbers give rise to bad policies that ultimately kill U.S. jobs and cede market share to China. What other tools can the United States employ to counter China’s unfair trade practices? There are several available, yet they remain mostly unused.

~Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics (4/15)

Cyber conflict is a new and continually developing threat, which can include foreign interference in elections, industrial sabotage and attacks on infrastructure. Russia has been accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential elections in the United States and China is highly committed to using cyberspace as a tool of national policy. Dealing with cyber conflict will require new ways of looking at 21st century warfare. Is the United States prepared to respond to such threats?

~The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested (4/29)

The United States and Mexico have a long, intertwined history, with both countries prominently featured in each other’s politics and agendas. The war on drugs, immigration and trade issues have taxed the relationship over the years. What impact will new leadership in both countries have on this crucial partnership?

~State of the State Department and Diplomacy (5/13)

During the Trump administration, the usual ways of conducting diplomacy have been upended. Many positions in the State Department have never been filled, and meetings with foreign leaders such as Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin have been undertaken with little advance planning. What effect are these changes having now, and how will they affect ongoing relationships between the United States and its allies and adversaries?

Discussion topics can also be found here

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Monday, February 18, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Monday, March 4, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Monday, March 18, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Monday, April 1, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Monday, April 15, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Monday, April 29, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Monday, May 13, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

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