GREAT DECISIONS 2020

Let’s talk World Affairs!

The League of Women Voters of Berkeley Heights, New Providence & Summit

is sponsoring the Great Decisions Program for 2020.

Great Decisions, produced by the Foreign Policy Association,

is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. 

The program runs on Wednesdays* from February 5, 2019 to March 25, 2020 at 7:30PM at 

the DeCorso Community Center 15 East 4th Street, New Providence. 

The cost for the eight week session is as follows:

  • $95.00 for the general public ($90.00 for League and SCC/AAUW members)

  • Drop-ins may attend and pay $20.00 for individual sessions (pay at the individual session) 

  • Students may attend individual sessions at $10 per session.

 

ENROLLMENT:

You may register to attend and pay via PAYPAL

or send a check made payable to the LWV-BHNPS

Please mail your check to:

Patricia Dixon Black, 52 Ethan Drive, Apt 1A, New Providence, NJ 07974

 

The Foreign Policy Association provides an excellent manual, which you receive upon registration. A video clip is shown at the beginning of each session. Lively discussion is encouraged by the facilitator. After each session, participants fill out an opinion ballot which are sent to members of Congress and appropriate government departments.

 

GREAT DECISIONS 2020 TOPICS

The eight topics featured in this year's issue are:

 

FEB 5 Topic 1: "Climate Change and the Global Order" by Ronald Bee

 

FEB 13* Topic 2: "India and Pakistan" by Barbara Crossette (*THURSDAY)

 

FEB 19 Topic 3: "Red Sea Security" by David Shinn

 

FEB 26 Topic 4: "Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking" by Ronald Weitzer

 

MAR 4 Topic 5: "U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle" by Michael Shifter and Bruno Binetti 

 

MAR 12* Topic 6: "China's Road into Latin America" by Margaret Myers (*THURSDAY)

 

MAR 18 Topic 7: "The Philippines and the U.S." by Julio Amador and Deryk Matthew N. Baladjay 

 

MAR 25 Topic 8: "Artificial Intelligence and Data" by Susan Ariel Aaronson

 

*THURSDAY

DETAILS:

 

FEB 5 Climate Change and 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?

 

FEB 13* 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?

 

FEB 19 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?

 

FEB 26 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?

 

MAR 4 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?

 

MAR 12* 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?”  

 

MAR 18 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?

 

MAR 25 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?