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2020_Programs-Adult - Feb27_GreatDecisions_JoyceFrancis_graphic.jpgGreat Decisions, produced by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA), is America’s largest civic discussion program on world affairs. Discussions will run live online weekly each Thursday from April 2 – April 23 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. There may be two additional dates to be determined for the Red Sea Security and Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking discussions.

Each week we will cover a topic of great importance to Americans and a discussion of American policy will be facilitated. The Foreign Policy Association has made all the videos available free online. A link to the video is listed below for each discussion. Please watch the video before attending the discussion.

Attend the entire series of discussions or one discussion. No previous registration is required. The program series is co-sponsored by Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s Adult Learning Program.

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April 2 – U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle
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?

Lecture Handout

U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle Video

April 9 – China’s Road into Latin America
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?”

China’s Road into Latin America Video

April 16 – The Philippines and the U.S. 
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?

The Philippines and the U.S. Video

April 23 – Artificial Intelligence and Data
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?

Artificial Intelligence and Data Video

Date To Be Determined – Red Sea Security
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?

Red Sea Security Video

Date To Be Determined – Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
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?

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Video


Previous Class Sessions

February 27 – Climate Change and the Global Order
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?

Lecture Handout

Climate Change and the Global Order Video

March 5 – India and Pakistan
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?

Lecture Handout

India and Pakistan Video