The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg is partnering again with Fredricksen Library to present the Foreign Policy Association’s video series “Great Decisions.” Starting 1 p.m. Feb. 6, 2017, WACH will be airing eight separate specials that focus on the hot topics of international relations and current events around the world. Afterwards, an international expert will comment and lead a discussion with our associates.
Great Decisions discussions will be aired on WHBG Channel 20, thanks to a generous grant from Harsco!
Prospects for Pakistan and Afghanistan – 1 p.m. Monday – May 1
U.S. troops have been in Afghanistan for over 15 years—making it the longest war in American history. As Washington and NATO pivot away from Afghanistan by reducing troop numbers, the ability of the government and security forces to maintain stability will be tested.
Nuclear Security – 1 p.m. Monday – May 15
The nuclear status quo is changing. Nine nations are declared nuclear powers—and non-state actors are upending cold war era strategy. How can leaders stop countries from acquiring nuclear weapons, keep nuclear materials out of the hands of non-state actors and protect nuclear facilities from potential terrorist attacks?
PREVIOUS GREAT DECISION DISCUSSIONS:
The Future of Europe: Coping With Crisis – 1 p.m. Monday – Feb. 6, 2017
Moderator: Dr. Joyce M. Davis, President/CEO, World Affairs Council of Harrisburg
The European Union is under severe strain. British voters have chosen to leave the EU while the Eurozone debt crisis and the influx of migrants pose an existential threat to the political and economic bloc. Can the EU withstand the pressure?
Trade, Jobs and Politics -1 p.m. Monday – Feb. 20, 2017
China and the South China Sea – 1 p.m. Monday – March 6
Moderator: Dr. Mehdi Noorbaksh, Harrisburg University
Saudi Arabia – 1 p.m. Monday – March 20
The Geopolitics of Oil -1 p.m. Monday – April 3
Speaker: Dr. Lane Schultz, founder and the Senior Vice President for Geosciences of Endless Mountain Energy
Moderator: Dr. Chris Dolan, Lebanon Valley College
After decades of relative stability, the U.S. energy revolution is beginning to shift the dynamics of the energy market. Once dependent on the Middle East for much of its energy, the U.S. is now producing more of its own—potentially freeing America to pursue a new foreign policy in the region.