Morning Discussion Group

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.

January 16, 2024 @ 9:30 a.m.

Mideast Realignment

There is a lot at stake in the Middle East, and the area is a key arena for global power politics. Can the U.S. defend its interests in the Middle East and globally with a lower level of military and political involvement, or should it recommit to a leading role in the region? Join us in person or online for this discussion!

February 20, 2024 @ 9:30 a.m.

Climate Technology and Competition

Could a spirit of international cooperation develop to confront the “common enemy” of climate change? Or will the United States and China approach climate initiatives with an increased commitment to trade protectionism and nationalism? Will COP 28 make a difference? Join us in person or online for this discussion!

March 19, 2024 @ 9:30 a.m.

Science Across Borders

Scientific advances benefit from collaboration between researchers, but what happens when material, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) is controversial and important to a nation’s national security? Is there a middle ground between sharing information and denying access? How can we regulate cooperation? Join us in person or online for this discussion!

April 23, 2024 @ 9:30 a.m.

U.S. – China Trade Rivalry

China’s economic rise and its current policies have led some U.S. policymakers to seek to deny China access to U.S. technology and investment. Is protectionism a wise strategy, and how effective can it be? Join us in person or online for this discussion!

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