Great Decisions Discussion Group

Join the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council’s Great Decisions Discussion Group!

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 in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.

This group will meet at Mackenzie Pace, 1605 Elm Creek View, Colorado Springs, in eight sessions between January – May 2020, and will be led by Craig Larimer. 

  1. Time.  The time scheduled is 11:30 to 1:pm 
  2. Lunch.  A soup, salad, sandwich and dessert lunch will be available for a small fee.

There is no charge, but participants must purchase a Briefing Book and must be a member of the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council.

Because Great Decisions is a World Affairs Councils of America Flagship program, the Foreign Policy Association will provide the book for 20% off the original price of $30.  Please call our office at (719) 579-8443 or email info@csworldaffairs.org.

We’re pleased to announce the dates and topics for Great Decisions 2020

2020 Meeting Dates and Program Topics

January 23 

Climate Change and the Global Order

by Ronald Bee

Climate change has become one of the defining issues of our time. As much of the world bands together to come up with a plan, the U.S. remains the notable holdout. What is the rest of the world doing to combat climate change? What impact will the effects of climate change have on global geopolitics?

February 13

India and Pakistan

by Barbara Crossette

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi rode a wave of Hindu nationalism to a historic reelection in 2019. His first order of business was to revoke the special status granted to the Kashmir region, inflaming the rivalry between India and Pakistan. How will the Kashmir situation affect the region, both economically and politically?

February  27

Red Sea Security

by David Shinn

The Red Sea has remained vital for global trade since the time of ancient Egypt. Once home to the spice trade, the Red Sea now sees millions of barrels of oil a day transported across its waters. With major nations like China, France, Italy, and the U.S. building large ports and bases in the region, what does the future of the region look like? How important is Red Sea security for global security? Can the region be a place of global cooperation?

March 12

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

by Ronald Weitzer

Almost every nation has enacted laws criminalizing human trafficking, and international organizations, governments, and NGOs sponsor a large variety of projects to curb trafficking and slavery. Billions of dollars have been allocated to these efforts. What is the international community doing to combat slavery and trafficking? What are the experiences like for those being trafficked?

March 26

U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle

by Michael Shifter and Bruno Binetti

Combatting illegal immigration has become a priority of the Trump administration. The Northern Triangle of Central America, made up of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, is a special target of the administration, which hold the nations responsible for the large flow of migrants from Latin America to the U.S. With funds from the U.S. cut, how can the Northern Triangle countries curtail migration?

April 9

China’s Road into Latin America

by Margaret Myers

As the Trump administration continues to withdraw from the world stage, China is looking to fill the void. How does Latin America fit into China’s “One Belt, One Road” plan? How will the relationship with China affect the region? Should the U.S. be concerned about China’s growing “sphere of influence?” 

April 23

The Philippines and the U.S.

by Julio Amador and Deryk Matthew N. Baladjay

The Philippines has had a special relationship with the United States since the islands were ceded by Spain to the United States after the Spanish-American War at the end of the 19th century.  However, since the election of Rodrigo Duterte, the country has pivoted more toward China, and away from the U.S. Duterte has also launched a large-scale war on drugs that many criticize for its brutality. What does the future hold for U.S, relations with the Philippines?

May 14

Artificial Intelligence and Data

by Susan Ariel Aaronson

Policymakers in many countries are developing plans and funding research in artificial intelligence (AI). Global growth is slowing, and not surprisingly, many policymakers hope that AI will provide a magic solution. The EU, Brazil, and other Western countries have adopted regulations that grant users greater control over their data and require that firms using AI be transparent about how they use it. Will the U.S. follow suit?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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