Wednesdays April 12 – May 31, 2023
LML is proud to be a part of the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions program for the ninth year! Great Decisions is an eight-part series focusing on both national and international issues. We’re pleased to announce the topics for Great Decisions 2023.
How it works: Each week attendees will read an article prior to the meeting. The meeting will include a speaker to present on the topics from the booklet and group discussion.
Cost: Register by Monday, November 21st to receive the early bird rate of $30. Registration increases to $35 after that date. A booklet must be purchased in order to participate. You can purchase the booklet at the Circulation Desk (cash, check, or credit card) or online. A family group has the choice to buy one copy of the Great Decisions booklet and share; however, each participant must register separately (in the library or via online purchase). You will be notified directly once the booklet is ready for pickup.
- Energy Geopolitics Wednesday, April 12th 6:30-8:30pm
Access to oil and gas has long held an influence over the politics of individual nations and their relations with others. But as more countries move toward sustainable energy, and supply chain shortages affect the availability of oil and gas, how will this change the way in which the United States interacts with the outside world?
- War Crimes Wednesday, April 19th 6:30-8:30pm
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has resulted in widespread charges of war crimes and calls for justice. But what exactly are war crimes? Opinions of what constitutes a war crime have evolved, as have ways to identify and punish the perpetrators. How will the war crimes committed in Ukraine be dealt with?
- China and the U.S. Wednesday, April 26th 6:30-8:30pm
For the past ten years, the United States and China have been locked in a competition for who has the greatest global influence. One major point of contention is the status of Taiwanese sovereignty, which has become even more relevant recently with the possibility that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may prompt China to take similar action regarding Taiwan. How will the United States engage a China which is increasingly seeking to expand its sphere of influence?
- Economic Warfare Wednesday, May 3rd 6:30-8:30pm
Waging economic warfare consists of a variety of measures from implementing sanctions to fomenting labor strikes. Such tools are utilized by states to hinder their enemies, and in the case of the United States have been used as far back as the early 19th century. Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, economic warfare has been the main means for the west to challenge Russia. How effective will these sanctions be at convincing Russia to cease its war?
- Politics in Latin America Wednesday, May 10th 6:30-8:30pm
Electoral results in Latin America over the past four years have led many observers of the regional/political scene to discern a left-wing surge in the hemisphere, reminiscent of the so-called “Pink Tide” that swept the area some 20 years ago. But how much do these politicians actually have in common? What implication does their ascendency have for the region?
- Global Famine Wednesday, May 17th 6:30-8:30pm
Fears of global food shortages have followed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has disrupted grain shipments from the major grain producer. But what about countries and regions that were suffering before this impending shortage? How is famine defined, and how is it different from simple food shortages? What if any remedies are there?
- Iran at a Crossroads Wednesday, May 24th 6:30-8:30pm
By the fall of 2022, Iran was in a state of turmoil due to widespread protests against government-enforced wearing of the hijab, a failing economy, an ineffective new president, and the looming succession of the country’s leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. Abroad, renewal of the Iran nuclear deal seemed doubtful and tensions remain high between Iran, Israel, and Arab states. Many Iranians have lost hope of a better future, and the country seems at a crossroads. How should the United States deal with it?
- Climate Migration Wednesday, May 31st 6:30-8:30pm
As climate change accelerates and drought and rising sea levels become more common, millions of people in affected regions must uproot themselves and seek safety elsewhere. Who are these affected individuals, and how might the United States aid them, and be affected by the migration?
Topic order is final; however, the exact titles are subject to change before publication