SCC Global Affairs Center hosts Second Annual Great Discussion Series

Sunday, March 21, 2010

From Shoreline Community College staff

The Global Affairs Center at Shoreline Community College hosts the second annual Great Discussion Series on current foreign policy issues on seven consecutive Thursday evenings, beginning April 15.  The one and a half-hour sessions, which begin at 6:30 pm, will be held in the Student Union Building, PUB 9201. The cost for all sessions is $25.  Pre-registration is required.  Register in person at the College Bookstore or contact Larry Fuell.
Topics and dates are tentative.  For more information, visit the Global Affairs web site.

The themes to be discussed include:

U.S.-China Security Relations
Joe Borich, President, Washington State China Relations Council
China's influence is growing along with its military expenditures. Will China's expanding military and economic power affect traditional U.S. roles and U.S. alliances in East Asia?
Global Financial Crisis
Bob Francis, Economics Professor, Shoreline Community College
The global financial crisis that began in late 2007 revealed major deficiencies in the regulation of markets and institutions.  How will governments and the world community respond to this challenge?

Global Crime
Selby Smith, Special Agent, Drug Enforcement Agency
Crime is becoming increasingly organized and globalized. Which international actors can effectively fight global organized crime, and how?

Russia and its Neighbors
Chip Dodd, Geography Professor, Shoreline Community College
Russia's "sphere of influence" in former Soviet satellites has been challenged in recent years. Russia is pushing back, but will it regain its leadership role in the region?
Special Envoys
Special envoys can bring diplomatic muscle to resolve conflicts and global challenges but they also bring their own "special" problems.

The Persian Gulf
Abdi Sami, Former CEO of Dream Quest Images and Co-Producer of "Inside Iran"
How will Obama's direct appeal to Arabs and Muslims impact U.S. foreign policy in the region? What is the fallout of withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq? Can the U.S. and its allies prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons?

Peacekeeping and Conflict Resolution
Kenneth Lawson, Political Science Professor, Shoreline Community College
How can the U.S. successfully integrate the tools of peace building into its statecraft? At what point do poverty, disease and climate change threaten national security? What role can non-governmental actors play in supporting government led efforts?

The format is built around Great Decision, a publication of the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) of New York containing several pages of briefing material on each issue.  Participants will receive a copy of the publication when they register. 


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