Events

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    John Wesley UMC in Hagerstown, MD

    Great Decisions - February

    Climate Change and the Global Order by Ronald Bee

    Climate change has become one of the defining issues of our time. As much of the world bands together to come up with a plan, the U.S. remains the notable holdout. What is the rest of the world doing to combat climate change? What impact will the effects of climate change have on global geopolitics?

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  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    John Wesley UMC in Hagerstown, MD

    Great Decisions - March

    India and Pakistan by Barbara Crossette

    India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi rode a wave of Hindu nationalism to a historic reelection in 2019. His first order of business was to revoke the special status granted to the Kashmir region, inflaming the rivalry between India and Pakistan. How will the Kashmir situation affect the region, both economically and politically?

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  • Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    John Wesley UMC in Hagerstown, MD

    Great Decisions - April

    Red Sea Security by David Shinn

    The Red Sea has remained vital for global trade since the time of ancient Egypt. Once home to the spice trade, the Red Sea now sees millions of barrels of oil a day transported across its waters. With major nations like China, France, Italy, and the U.S. building large ports and bases in the region, what does the future of the region look like? How important is Red Sea security for global security? Can the region be a place of global cooperation?

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  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    John Wesley UMC in Hagerstown, MD

    Great Decisions - May

    Red Sea Security by David Shinn

    The Red Sea has remained vital for global trade since the time of ancient Egypt. Once home to the spice trade, the Red Sea now sees millions of barrels of oil a day transported across its waters. With major nations like China, France, Italy, and the U.S. building large ports and bases in the region, what does the future of the region look like? How important is Red Sea security for global security? Can the region be a place of global cooperation?

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  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    John Wesley UMC in Hagerstown, MD

    Great Decisions - June

    U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle by Michael Shifter and Bruno Binetti 

    Combatting illegal immigration has become a priority of the Trump administration. The Northern Triangle of Central America, made up of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, is a special target of the administration, which hold the nations responsible for the large flow of migrants from Latin America to the U.S. With funds from the U.S. cut, how can the Northern Triangle countries curtail migration?

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  • Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    John Wesley UMC in Hagerstown, MD

    Great Decisions - July

    China’s Road into Latin America by Margaret Myers 

    As the Trump administration continues to withdraw from the world stage, China is looking to fill the void. How does Latin America fit into China’s “One Belt, One Road” plan? How will the relationship with China affect the region? Should the U.S. be concerned about China’s growing “sphere of influence?” 

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  • Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    John Wesley UMC in Hagerstown, MD

    Great Decisions - August

    The Philippines and the U.S. by Julio Amador and Deryk Matthew N. Baladjay 

    The Philippines has had a special relationship with the United States since the islands were ceded by Spain to the United States after the Spanish-American War at the end of the 19th century.  However, since the election of Rodrigo Duterte, the country has pivoted more toward China, and away from the U.S. Duterte has also launched a large-scale war on drugs that many criticize for its brutality. What does the future hold for U.S, relations with the Philippines?

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  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    John Wesley UMC in Hagerstown, MD

    Great Decisions - September

    Artificial Intelligence and Data by Susan Ariel Aaronson 

    Policymakers in many countries are developing plans and funding research in artificial intelligence (AI). Global growth is slowing, and not surprisingly, many policymakers hope that AI will provide a magic solution. The EU, Brazil, and other Western countries have adopted regulations that grant users greater control over their data and require that firms using AI be transparent about how they use it. Will the U.S. follow suit?

    This is the last discussion of the 2020 season. See the full details of the past discussion series at https://www.lwvwashco.org/great_decisions_2020