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Great Decisions

2022 Speakers & Topics

Biden’s Agenda

Beth Dougherty, PhD
Beloit College
President Joe Biden

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?

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Changing Demographics

Alise Coen, PhD
UW Green Bay
Large crowd of people and cars

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, the environment, as well as the sustainability of human populations.

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Climate Change

Elizabeth Wheat, PhD
UW Green Bay
Rescue vehicles and firefighters surrounded by smoke and flames

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?

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Drug Policy in Latin America

Pablo Toral, PhD
Beloit College
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 policies that disrupt supply chains and punish drug possession?

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Myanmar and ASEAN

Mary McCoy, PhD
UW Madison
Crowds flee smoke in Myanmar

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 the chaos in the Southeast Asian country. How are neighboring countries reacting, and what role will ASEAN play?

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Outer Space

Kenneth Phillips, PhD
California Science Center
Scientists cheering for rover landing

The launch of Sputnik 1 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?

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Quad Alliance

Martin Farrell, PhD
Ripon College (Retired)
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?

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Russia and the U.S.

Lowell Barrington, PhD
Marquette University
Russian President Vladimir Putin

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?

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