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Great Decisions Lecture Series

Join the conversation and engage with top scholars on today’s most pressing global topics. 

For more information on each lecture topic, please visit the Foreign Policy Association website.

Great Decisions Lecture Series 2022
Wednesday, Feb. 9

6:30 p.m.
Biden’s Foreign Policy Agenda
Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.
Senior International Policy Advisor

The new administration in Washington promised to reverse many of the policies of the past administration, especially in foreign policy. How will issues such as climate, the pandemic, and alliances be treated under the Biden administration?

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Wednesday, Feb. 23

6:30 p.m.
Russia and the United States
Ora John Reuter
Associate Professor of Political Science
UW-Milwaukee

Russia and the United States have many areas of conflict and some possible areas of mutual interest. Arms control, Russian interference in U.S. elections and support of cyberattacks, the status of Ukraine, the fate of opposition politicians in Russia, all continue to be concerning. How will the new administration in Washington approach these issues?

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Wednesday, March 9

6:30 p.m.
Drug Policy in Latin America
Carrie Ryan
Associate Professor of History
St. Norbert College

The issue of migration to the United States from Latin America has overshadowed the war on drugs, which has been underway for decades with little signs of progress. What are the roots and the bureaucratic logic behind today’s dominant drug policies in Latin America? Is it time to reconsider punitive drug control policies that disrupt supply chains and punish drug possession?

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Wednesday, March 23

6:30 p.m.
Climate Change
Elizabeth Wheat
Associate Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs
UW-Green Bay

The ideological divide in the United States on the subject of climate change has impeded progress in curbing greenhouse emissions. But extreme weather events at both ends of the thermometer have focused attention on the consequences of inaction. What role will the United States play in future negotiations on climate?

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Wednesday, April 6

6:30 p.m.
Changing Demographics
Alise Coen
Associate Professor of Political Science
UW-Green Bay

The world experienced remarkable demographic changes in the 20th century that continue today and have resulted in far-reaching social, economic, political, and environmental consequences all over the globe. These consequences are creating mounting challenges to development efforts, security, climate, and the environment, as well as the sustainability of human populations.

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Wednesday, April 20

6:30 p.m.
Myanmar and ASEAN
Anh Sy Huy Le
Assistant Professor History
St. Norbert College

The situation in Myanmar, including the coup by the military in February 2021 and the ongoing human rights crises, coupled with civil resistance by those opposed to the regime, has led to chaos in the Southeast Asian country. How are neighboring countries reacting, and what role will ASEAN play?

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