Morning Discussion Group – Third Tuesdays

Great Decisions is our AAUW group that meets to discuss topics of international importance. These topics, the briefing books, and the videos which support our discussions are from the Foreign Policy Association.

The very best part of Great Decisions is the discussions we have. Our members have such rich backgrounds and deep interest that we all walk away having learned more about the topic and about each other!

Please consider joining us! It’s a great way to connect with other members as we learn and discuss together. Informed citizens help make the world a better place.

We will provide all Great Decisions sessions on Zoom, even when in-person
is also possible.

Contact Jan Hertel with any questions.

February 21, 2023

War Crimes

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has resulted in widespread charges of war crimes and calls for justice. But what exactly are war crimes? How will the war crimes committed in Ukraine be dealt with?

March 21, 2023

Energy Geopolitics

Access to oil and gas has been an important chip for individual countries to use on the international stage. But as more countries move toward sustainable energy, how will this change the way the US interacts with the world?

April 18, 2023

China and the U.S.

For the past ten years, the United States and China have been locked in a competition for global influence. Taiwan sovereignty is one issue. How will the United States engage a China which seeks to expand its sphere of influence? 

May 2, 2023

Economic Warfare
***Please Note: Zoom Only***

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, economic warfare has been one of the main tools for the west to challenge Russia. Will these sanctions really cause Russia to end the invasion?

September 19, 2023

Politics in Latin America

Electoral results in Latin America over the past four years have led many observers of the regional/political scene to see a left-wing surge in the hemisphere, reminiscent of the so-called “Pink Tide” that swept the area some 20 years ago. What implication does this have for the future of the region?

October 17, 2023

Climate Migration

As climate change accelerates and drought and rising sea levels become more common, millions of people in affected regions must uproot themselves and seek safety elsewhere. Who are these affected individuals, and how might the United States assist these migrants?

November 21, 2023

Global Famine

Fears of global food shortages have followed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has disrupted grain shipments from the major grain producer. But what about countries and regions that were suffering before this impending shortage? How is famine defined, and how is it different from simple food shortages? What if any remedies are there? 

January 16, 2024

Iran at a Crossroads

Protests against government enforced wearing of the hijab continue. The economy is troubled, there is concern for the leadership, and tensions continue between Israel, Iran, and Arab states. Will the Iran nuclear deal be brought back? The country seems at a crossroads. How should the United States deal with it? 

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