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(VIRTUAL) Great Decisions: Middle East Alignment (Part One) with Alise Coen, PhD

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Great Decisions, a project of the Foreign Policy Association, is a grassroots world affairs education program which brings together Americans from across the nation to discover and discuss foreign policy issues. Over the course of eight weeks, scholars will introduce each issue, and participants may explore their own views and those of the group.

PLEASE NOTE: This installment of Great Decisions 2024 will be presented exclusively in a virtual format, livestreaming online on both our Facebook page ( and YouTube channel.

Middle East Alignment (Part One): The United States and Middle East are at a crossroads. In spite of a reduced presence in the Middle East, the  U.S. still has significant national interests there and the area is a key arena for global power politics. Can the U.S. continue to defend its interests in the Middle East and globally with a lower level of military and political involvement, or should it recommit to a leading role in the region?

Great Decisions Schedule

  • February 5: Climate Technology with Pablo Toral, PhD
  • February 12: Middle East Alignment (Part One) with Alise Coen, PhD, *ONLINE ONLY*
  • February 19: Middle East Alignment (Part Two) with Beth Dougherty, PhD
  • February 26: Science and AI with Matthew Friedel, PhD
  • March 4: NATO's Future with Martin Farrell, PhD
  • March 11: US-China Trade Rivalry with David Fields, PhD
  • March 18: Understanding Indonesia with Eunsook Jung, PhD, *ONLINE ONLY*
  • March 25: High Seas Treaty with Elizabeth Wheat, PhD



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