Great Decisions

Great Decisions: A program of the foreign policy association

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.

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Great Decisions, Bloomington, Indiana, hosted by:

University Club of Indiana University

Meadowood Retirement Community

Title VI World Area Studies Centers of Indiana University

Great Decisions 2020 Program Information

Time: Tuesday, Dec 8, 2020. Join 12:45–1:00 pm; Program 1:00-2:30 pm. 

Topic: Competition and Cooperation in the Red Sea Region

Speaker: Ken Menkhaus, Chair; C. Louise Nelson Professor, Political Science, Davidson College, NC.

Zoom Link: https://iu.zoom.us/j/92932738655 

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Time: Monday, Nov 16, 2020. Join 12:45–1:00 pm; Program 1:00-2:30 pm. 

Topic: U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle

Speaker: Jeffrey Gould, Distinguished Professor; James H. Rudy, Professor, History, College of Arts & Sciences, IU.

Zoom Link: https://iu.zoom.us/j/91825227252

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Time: Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020. Join 12:45–1:00 pm; Program 1:00-2:30 pm. 

Topic: China’s Road into Latin America

Speaker: Jordan Lynton, Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology, College of Arts & Sciences; Fellow, Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, IU.

Zoom Link: https://iu.zoom.us/j/91878846456

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Time: Tuesday, Sep 8, 2020. Join 12:45–1:00 pm; Program 1:00-2:30 pm. 

Topic: The Philippines and the U.S.

Speaker: Phillip Parnell, Emeritus Faculty, Associate Professor, International Studies, Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies; Criminal Justice, College of Arts & Sciences, IU.

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Time: Tuesday, Aug 11, 2020. Join 12:45–1:00 pm; Program 1:00-2:30 pm. 

Topic: India and Pakistan

Speaker: Sumit Ganguly, Distinguished Professor; Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations; Professor, Political Science, College of Arts & Sciences, IU.

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Time: Tuesday, Jul 14, 2020. Join 12:45–1:00 pm; Program 1:00-2:30 pm. 

Topic: Artificial Intelligence and Data.

Speaker: Isak Nti Asare, Associate Director, Cybersecurity & Global Policy Program; Associate Director, the Language Workshop, Hamilton Lugar School of Global & International Studies, IU.

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Time: Tuesday, March 10, 2020. 1:15–2:45 pm.

Topic: Climate Change and the Global Order.

Speaker: Michael Hamburger, Professor, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, IU.

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Time: Tuesday, February 11, 2020. 1:15–2:45 pm.

Topic: Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.

Speaker: Inge Van der Cruysse, Lecturer, Law; Director, Externships and Clerkship Placements, Maurer School of Law, IU.

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Time: Tuesday, January 13, 2020. 1:15–2:45 pm.

Task: Pick up & pay for Great Decisions 2020 series & book. 

Speaker: Wendy Leutert, Assistant Professor; GLP-Ming Z. Mei Chair of Chinese Economics and Trade, East Asian Languages & Cultures, Hamilton Lugar School of Global & International Studies, IU. 

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Great Decisions 2021 Program Information

SIGN UP & PICK UP: Your Great Decisions 2021 Briefing Book at Meadowood front circle - look for the Great Decisions desk.

COST: Cost of series, including book, will be $25. Cash OR write a check payable to Kate Kroll.

Date: The date is the second (2nd) Tuesday of the month.  

  • Tuesday, January 12, 2021: Registration Day
  • Tuesday, February 9, 2021
  • Tuesday, March 9, 2021
  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021
  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021
  • Tuesday, September 14, 2021
  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021
  • Tuesday, November 9, 2021
  • Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Time: 1:00-2:30 pm by Zoom* until further notice. 

* Zoom link will be provided when each program is confirmed.  

Topics: These are tentative topics. The order of topics may change due to speakers' availability. Please check back in late December / early January.

  • The Role of International Organizations in a Global Pandemic
  • Global Supply Chains and National Security
  • China and Africa 
  • Korean Peninsula 
  • Persian Gulf Security 
  • Brexit and the European Union 
  • The Fight Over the Melting Arctic 
  • The End of Globalization