Great Decisions

GD2020_Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

Foreign Policy Association: Great Decision Classes
Wednesdays  1:30 PM - 3:00 PM 
Spring & Fall

Stay tuned for the exact dates of classes and registration.

Join UCCD's Great Decisions, a discussion group where sharing knowledge, ideas, and opinions will strengthen your understanding and relevance of current international issues that are vital to U.S. foreign policy. Hosted in partnership with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Utah - a membership educational institute for individuals age 50+ - members will have access to in-depth topic resources: a Great Decisions Briefing Book, videos that provide context, and discussions facilitated by local experts.

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We are pleased to announce the topics for Great Decisions 2020! The eight topics are:  

  • Climate Change and the Global OrderIndia and Pakistan
  • Red Sea Security
  • Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle
  • China’s Road into Latin America
  • The Philippines and the U.S.
  • Artificial Intelligence and Data

GD2020_Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

Foreign Policy Association: Great Decision Classes
Wednesdays  1:30 PM - 3:00 PM 
Spring & Fall

Stay tuned for the exact dates of classes and registration.

Join UCCD's Great Decisions, a discussion group where sharing knowledge, ideas, and opinions will strengthen your understanding and relevance of current international issues that are vital to U.S. foreign policy. Hosted in partnership with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Utah - a membership educational institute for individuals age 50+ - members will have access to in-depth topic resources: a Great Decisions Briefing Book, videos that provide context, and discussions facilitated by local experts.

Learn More Here

 

We are pleased to announce the topics for Great Decisions 2020! The eight topics are:  

  • Climate Change and the Global OrderIndia and Pakistan
  • Red Sea Security
  • Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle
  • China’s Road into Latin America
  • The Philippines and the U.S.
  • Artificial Intelligence and Data

TOPIC SUMMARIES

 Order of topics for class schedule will vary.

Climate Change & 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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?”  

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?

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?