Great Decisions Classes

American Foreign Policy 2022
taught by Temple member Ken Portnoy

Ken will facilitate discussions from the “Great Decisions 2022 Program” from the Foreign Policy Association. It is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. 

2022 INFO
Each year, topics are chosen by a panel of experts. This year we will tackle the following nine topics:

  • Changing Demographics
    The world experienced remarkable demographic changes in the 20th century that continue today and have resulted in far-reaching social, economic, political, and environmental consequences all over the globe. These consequences are creating mounting challenges to development efforts, security, climate, and the environment, as well as the sustainability of human populations.
  • Outer Space
    The launch of Sputnik I in October 1957 marked the beginning of the space era and of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. In the 21st century, there are many more participants in space, including countries such as India and China, and commercial companies such as SpaceX. How will the United States fare in a crowded outer space?
  • Climate Change
    The ideological divide in the United States on the subject of climate change has impeded progress in curbing greenhouse emissions. But extreme weather events at both ends of the thermometer have focused attention on the consequences of inaction. What role will the United States play in future negotiations on climate?
  • Russia
    Russia and the United States have many areas of conflict and some possible areas of mutual interest. Arms control, Russian interference in U.S. elections and support of cyberattacks, the status of Ukraine, the fate of opposition politicians in Russia, all continue to be concerning. How will the new administration in Washington approach these issues?
  • Myanmar and ASEAN
    The situation in Myanmar, including the coup by the military in February 2021 and the ongoing human rights crises, coupled with civil resistance by those opposed to the regime, has led to chaos in the Southeast Asian country. How are neighboring countries reacting, and what role will ASEAN play?
  • The Quad Alliance
    As part of the U.S. pivot to Asia, the United States has been in dialogue with Japan, Australia, and India in an effort to contain China. Recently, the Quad countries held joint naval exercises in the South Pacific. How effective will the actions of this alliance be?
  • Industrial Policy
    The current discussion of industrial policy in the United States is not simply about whether or not to support specific companies or industries, but about trust or mistrust of the government and its ability to manage the economy and deal with a rising China. The upheaval in supply chains during the pandemic exposed weaknesses in the international economy. What policies can the United States implement to deal with trade and the economy?
  • Drug Policy in Latin America
    The issue of migration to the United States from Latin America has overshadowed the war on drugs, which has been underway for decades with little signs of progress. What are the roots and the bureaucratic logic behind today’s dominant drug policies in Latin America? Is it time to reconsider punitive drug control policies that disrupt supply chains and punish drug possession?
  • Biden’s Agenda
    The new administration in Washington promised to reverse many of the policies of the past administration, especially in foreign policy. How will issues such as climate, the pandemic, and alliances be treated under the Biden administration?

DATES: The classes in 2022 will be held on: February 7, February 21, March 7, March 21, April 4, April 18, May 2, May 16 & May 31 (Tuesday).

TIME: 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

LOCATION: All sessions will be held on Zoom. After you register, in January you will be sent a Zoom link.

COST: The cost is $40 per person to cover the individual Briefing Books and other course expenses. The briefing books will be ordered by Temple Shalom and distributed to enrollees.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: February 6, 2022 REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

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Questions? Email adulted@templeshalomdallas.org.

 

 

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