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Entire Series - Great Decisions
This registration allows for attendance at all 8 Great Decisions Discussion Groups in February and March and is a $20 savings over individual date registration. Includes materials, speaker, and snacks.
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February 20th Great Decisions
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February 27th Great Decisions
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March 6th Great Decisions
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March 13th Great Decisions
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March 20th Great Decisions
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COME TO DIALOGUE!

GREAT DECISIONS 2019

Each Wednesday evening
in February and March 2019
from 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Attend one, more, or ALL discussion groups!

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs.  The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the video of the speaker and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today - All in one evening!

Each year, eight topics are chosen by a panel of experts. This year we tackle critical issues from nuclear security to trade to the future of Europe.

 


 

February 6:  State of the State Department
with Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, president of the American Foreign Service Association

The State Department has faced significant changes under the Trump administration, with senior positions left vacant and the President taking on a more one-on-one approach with world leaders. As president of the American Foreign Service Association and 30 years of experience in the State Department, Ambassador Stephenson is superbly qualified to assess the state and the fate of the State Department.


 

February 13:  Rising Populism in Eastern Europe
with Carol Schaeffer, freelance journalist

Illiberalism across the globe is on the rise. Perhaps most alarming is its rise in Europe, especially considering the weight of its 20th century history. Eastern European countries in particular are exhibiting a turn towards fascism both on the social level and that of the party politic. The turn towards global illiberalism may seem like a sudden shift, but to understand its origins (and its future), it is best to examine its takeover of Eastern European nations.A journalist whose work has been featured in­­­­­­­­­­­ The Atlantic, The Nation, The Intercept and other news sources, Carol Schaeffer will discuss this growing movement.

 


February 20:  Immigration Policy Beyond the Border
with Ambassador Jim Nealon, former U.S. Ambassador to Honduras

After serving as U.S. Ambassador to Honduras, Ambassador Nealon served as Assistant Secretary for International Affairs in the Department of Homeland Security. He will address the root causes of migration from Central America, which has drawn attention by the media as Central American asylum seekers have traveled to the U.S. Mexico border. Ambassador Nealon will give us the greater context for migration and suggests a foreign policy that can address migration in the future.


February 27:  A New Nuclear Arms Race?
with Kelsey Davenport, Arms Control Association

For the past 50 years, the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) has played a critical role in preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and reducing nuclear arsenals. Yet prospects for additional progress on U.S.-Russian arms control remain bleak, the Trump administration has split from key allies over the nuclear deal with Iran, and the denuclearization of North Korea remains uncertain. Kelsey Davenport, the Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association assesses the possibility of a new nuclear arms race.


March 6:  China-U.S. Trade War
with Amy Celico, Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG)

Amy Celico has decades of knowledge on China, serving in both the U.S. Department of Commerce and State Department before joining ASG. She now leads the firm’s China team in Washington, D.C. In her presentation, she’ll address the rapidly evolving and still uncertain path ahead for the U.S.--and for global businesses working with China.


March 13:  Report on the Middle East
with Rania Abouzeid, author of No Turning Back: Life, Loss and Hope in Wartime Syria

Beirut-based award-winning journalist Rania Abouzeid has covered the Middle East and South Asia for well over fifteen years. She has covered events in Syria, from inside Syria, since 2011, despite being banned from entering the country and placed on the “wanted lists” of several intelligence directorates in Damascus.

 Her first book, No Turning Back, recently listed by The New York Times as a Notable Book of 2018and by the Financial Times as one of the Best Books of 2018, explains the tragedy of Syria’s war through the “dramatic stories of four young people seeking safety and freedom.” Listen as Abouzeid shares her ground-level take on a region roiled by the aftermath of the Arab uprisings and the rise and fall - but not disappearance - of the Islamic State group.   


March 20: Global Cyber Threats
with Peter Jolliffe, FBI

As U.S. companies and academic institutions seek further global interaction and integration, they capitalize on opportunities to grow international trade, and to share ideas and culture. With these new opportunities are inherent risks, from the loss of intellectual property to illicit foreign influence. With an ever-growing level of connectedness, it is imperative to understand the motivations of foreign competitors, the objectives of foreign nations, and the means by which they could target U.S. institutions. Only then can we begin to construct a holistic defense to the threat. Special Agent Peter Jolliffe, who has worked for the Bureau for the last decade, will outline cyber risks and the work being done to minimize them.


March 27:  Mexico-U.S. Relations
with Carolos Capistran, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mexico City

The U.S. and Mexico have a long, intertwined history, with both countries prominently featured in each other’s politics, economic policies, and history. Yet the relationship has been strained over the years. With new leadership in both countries, what does the future hold for this bilateral relationship? Carlos Capistran is the director and head of Canada and Mexico economics at Bank of America, and a frequent media commentator on finance and macroeconomics. He’ll reflect on the ways Mexico and the U.S. fit into a larger North American system and how we can develop policies that allow each country to thrive.


 

The first "Great Decisions" group was launched in Portland, Oregon in 1954 by FPA's Vice President Roger Mastrude.  Based on the so-called "Avon" model of face-to-face, active and informal conversation, participants would read a fact sheet on each of the eight topics before meetings, where they aired their respective views and opinions.  FPA would tally up opinion ballots and report the results to the Department of State.  The program gained media attention, was picked up by local schools, and soon gained national attention. 

The grassroots, face-to-face model adopted by Great Decisions more than 50 years ago continues today, with tens of thousands of participants taking part in discussions nationwide annually.

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Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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Global Ties Arizona is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to promoting international cooperation, understanding, and relationships between individuals and businesses through citizen involvement.

Global Ties Arizona is a member of Global Ties U.S., which coordinates the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

Global Ties Arizona arranges professional meetings that support U.S. foreign policy goals for international leaders within the IVLP.

Global Ties Arizona provides an engaging membership program, where members personally interact with IVLP participants.

Global Ties Arizona facilitates educational opportunities for residents of Arizona to learn more about global affairs through speaking events, citizen diplomacy receptions, and other engaging forums, such as the Annual Diplomacy Summit.

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