Great DecisionsAn Annual Speaker Series Program
Great Decisions events are sponsored in St. Louis by the World Affairs Council of St. Louis & UMSL Global. The Great Decisions initiative is a national discussion program focusing on eight major foreign policy issues each year. It has been produced by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) since 1954. The FPA is the U.S.’s oldest organization devoted to citizen education in world affairs. The issues are selected at the beginning of the year based on the most critical global challenges to United States foreign policy. The program aims to present all sides of each issue in order to inform and educate the public.
2021 Topics & Speakers
Presentations begin at 12:00 PM and end at 1:30 PM. These sessions are free of charge. See registration links for each event below.
25 March 2021
The End of Globalization? – Leilani Carver-Madalon, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication, Maryville University and John Lewington, Ph.D., Dean Emeritus, John E. Simon School of Business, Maryville University
08 April 2021
22 April 2021
Brexit and the European Union – Debra Leiter, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Missouri-Kansas City
06 May 2021
Global Supply Chains and National Security – George Zsidisin, Ph.D., CPSM, John W. Barriger III Professor and Director of the Supply Chain Risk and Resilience Research (SCR3) Institute at the University of Missouri–St. Louis
20 May 2021
North/South Korea Peace Diplomacy through Science and Technology Cooperation – Dr. Park Chan Mo, Chancellor, Pyongyang University of Science and Technology
03 June 2021
The World Health Organization’s Response to COVID-19 – Ana Santos Rutschman, Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University School of Law
17 June 2021
China’s Role in Africa – Jean-Germain Gros, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, University of Missouri-St. Louis
01 July 2021
Struggles Over the Melting Arctic – Captain William Woityra, Captain/Commanding Officer US Coast Guard
UMSL Global promotes understanding of peoples & cultures through international & multicultural programming, study abroad & exchange opportunities, as well as by providing international experiences for UMSL students and the community. UMSL Global is committed to supporting student, campus, & community learning through a wide range of initiatives designed to internationalize the campus and to ensure that students graduate with the international competence they will need to function in a world that is increasingly globalized.
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