Great Decisions 2018

 

When you participate in the Indiana Council on World Affairs Great Decisions 2018, you will gain a better understanding of the complex, but critical, world within which we live.

 

The series is now in progress and focuses on topics covered by the Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions Briefing Book, available for purchase.

 

For each event, experts present information as well as insight, from various perspectives, on current international events.

 

 

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Date & Time:

January 30, 2018 to April 10, 2018, Tuesday evenings:

[See: Schedule following.]

 

7:00 Registration

7:30 Presentation plus Q & A

9:00 Event concludes

 

Registration:

Order now for reduced rates [per person]:

 

$30 Member: Session Series Ticket

$40 Non-Member: Session Series Ticket

$ 9 Member 1-Session

$10   Non-Member 1-Session

$ 5   College Student 1-Session

Free High School Student

 

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Location:

 

Carmel High School, Freshman Center

All except: March 20, 2018. Parking west of Door #13.

 

Carmel High School, Main Cafeteria

March 20, 2018. Parking south of Door #7.

 

520 E. Main St

Carmel, IN 46032

Note: Please see the map inset at the end of this document.

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Schedule:

GD 2018 Winter-Spring Schedule [4 pages]

PrintableGreat Decisions Speaker List



GD 2018 Briefing Book

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February 27, 2018 Turkey: A Partner in Crisis

Presenter: Tijen-Demirel-Pegg, PhD, Ast. Professor, Political Science, IUPUI

Description: Of all NATO allies, Turkey represents the most daunting challenge for the Trump administration. After a failed military coup in July 2016, the autocratic trend strengthened and the population considers the U.S. a security threat. In the context of a “clash of civilizations,” is Turkey’s geo-strategic position as the world's most institutionally westernized Muslim country.

 

March 6, 2018 Waning of Pax Americana?

Presenter: John Clark, PhD, Director, Development, Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Description: With Donald Trump’s presidency, the U.S. has began an historic shift away from Pax Americana, the established liberal international order since World War II's end in 1945. Pax Americana has promised peaceful international relations with an open economy, buttressed by U.S. military power. “American First” isolationism, shifts the political mood towards selective U.S. engagement.

 

March 20, 2018 Russia's Foreign Policy

Presenter: Ed Delaney, JD, Indiana House of Representatives

Description: Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia projects an autocratic governance model abroad and works to destabilize liberal democracies. In 2016, Russia caused an international uproar when it interfered in the U.S. presidential contest. Putin’s foreign policies include other instruments, from alliances with autocrats to proxy wars with the U.S. in Georgia, Ukraine and Syria.

 

March 27, 2018 U.S. Global Engagement & the Military

Presenter: Pierre Atlas, PhD, Professor, Political Science, Marian University

Description: At this turning point for U.S. global engagement with a military role, some argue an “America First” paradigm, with a large military to match, while others envision a more traditional assertion of U.S. multilateral leadership. Still others favor greater restraint and cautious cooperation. The role of U.S. military force, arms sales, and security assistance, in the shifting international system, will be considered.

 

April 10, 2018 China & America: New Geopolitical Equation

Presenter: Weilin Long, MA, MPA, Executive Director, Global Chamber® Indianapolis, LLC

Description: While China has implemented an expansive strategy of economic diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, the U.S. has taken a step back from multilateral trade agreements and discarded the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). China has made inroads through initiatives like One Belt, One Road and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

 

Great Decisions 2018

The Indiana Council on World Affairs Great Decisions 2018 is administered in combination with the Foreign Policy Association and the World Affairs Councils of America. Great Decisions is a nation-wide program with participants in community-based meetings and PBS viewing - all learning about and discussing the important topics.

 

For on-line membership, reservation, and payment,

please visit: www.indianaworld.org

 

Indiana Council on World Affairs, PO Box 90421, Indianapolis, IN 46290. 317-704-4689

DATE AND TIME:


January 30th to April 3rd, 2018 (see Schedule below)


7:00   Registration

7:30   Presentation plus Q&A

9:00   Event concludes



REGISTRATION:


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Order now for below reduced rate. (per person)


$30  Member 8-Session Series Ticket

$40  Non-Member 8-Session Series Ticket

$9    Member 1-Session

$10  Non-Member 1-Session

$5    College Student 1-Session

Free High School Student



LOCATION:

 

 

Freshman Center at Carmel Highschool

520 E Main St

Carmel, IN  46032

(Free parking at Freshman Center on west side)

 

  

SCHEDULE:

 

 



January

30,
2018
Topic:

Media and Foreign Policy

Presenter:

Ulf Jonas Björk, PhD
Chair, Journalism, IUPUI

Description:

Today. state and non-state actors maneuver a complex, rapidly evolving media landscape. Conventional journalism competes with user-generated content, and official communication channels are circumvented through social media. As foreign policy is tweeted from the White House, “fake news” in entering the zeitgeist, with misinformation posing complex security threats.

            
Feb-6
Topic:

South Africa's Fragile Democracy

Presenter:

Margaretha Geertsema-Sligh
PhD, Professor, Journalism, Butler University

Description:

Since the 1994 apartheid end, the African National Congress (ANC) party has governed South Africa.  But the party suffers from popular frustration with President Jacob Zuma, as it faces threats from left and right opposition parties and from intra-party divisions.  Given America’s history with Africa, there are few prospects for a closer relationship.

            
Feb-20 Topic:

Global Health Progress & Challenges

Presenter:

Robert M. Einterz, MD
Associate Dean, Global Health, Indiana University

Description:

In the past 30 years, the success story of global health by action of countries, communities and organizations has saved millions of lives. Yet the international community must not rest.  Although global health status measures have improved, inequalities persist with the world facing old and new challenges. The next several decades will be important in determining wellbeing across nations.

            
Feb-27 Topic:

Turkey: A Partner in Crisis

Presenter:

Tijen-Demirel-Pegg, PhD
Political Science, IUPUI

Description:

Of all NATO allies, Turkey represents the most daunting challenge for the Trump administration. After a failed military coup in July 2016, the autocratic trend strengthened and the population considers the U.S. a security threat. In the context of a “clash of civilizations,” is Turkey’s geo-strategic position as the world's most institutionally westernized Muslim country.

            
Mar-6 Topic:

The Waning of Pax Americana

Presenter:

John Clark, PhD
Director, Development, Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Description:

With Donald Trump’s presidency, the U.S. has began an historic shift away from Pax Americana, the established liberal international order since World War II's end in 1945. Pax Americana has promised peaceful international relations with an open economy, buttressed by U.S. military power. “American First” isolationism, shifts the political mood towards selective U.S. engagement.

            
Mar-20 Topic:

Russia's Foreign Policy

Presenter:

Ed Delaney, JD
Indiana House of Representatives

Description:

Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia projects an autocratic governance model abroad and works to destabilize liberal democracies. In 2016, Russia caused an international uproar when it interfered in the U.S. presidential contest. Putin’s foreign policies include other instruments, from alliances with autocrats to proxy wars with the U.S. in Georgia, Ukraine and Syria.

            
Mar-27 Topic:

U.S. Global Engagement & the Military

Presenter:

Pierre Atlas, PhD
Professor, Political Science, Marian University

Description:

At this turning point for U.S. global engagement with a military role, some argue an “America First” paradigm, with a large military to match, while others envision a more traditional assertion of U.S. multilateral leadership. Still others favor greater restraint and cautious cooperation. The role of U.S. military force, arms sales, and security assistance, in the shifting international system, will be considered.

            
April-10 Topic:

China & America: the New Geopolitical Equation

Presenter:

Weilin Long, MA, MPA
Executive Director, Global Chamber® Indianapolis

Description:

While China has implemented an expansive strategy of economic diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, the U.S. has taken a step back from multilateral trade agreements and discarded the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). China has made inroads through initiatives like One Belt, One Road and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).