Great Decisions Global Discussions 

Mondays, starting January 29, 2018

The series has concluded. Check out our

Media Library for archives of the programs.

Context for a complex world

The World Affairs Council's Great Decisions series features diplomats, policy makers and practitioners, think tank specialists and others...

Educating West Michigan about critical global issues 

Come to Dialogue

Mondays January 29 through March 26, 2018

Two options to attend:

12-1 p.m.: Recital Hall in the Covenant Fine Arts Center at Calvin College

Parking recommended next to the De Vos Communication Building or the Prince Conference Center, with covered access across E. Beltline taking you directly to the Covenant Fine Arts Center


6-7:15 p.m.: Aquinas College Performing Arts Center

$10 admission per discussion; a new topic and speaker each week.

Free admission to WACWM corporate members and their employees; Senator members; and the faculty, staff and students of our educational partners.

No reservations needed. Free, convenient parking.

Click on titles below for more information on topics and speakers

January 29: "Are Dictators Getting Smarter?"

William Dobson, Chief International Editor

International Desk, NPR, Washington, D.C.

February 5: "China in the World:

Conundrums of a Socialist Market Economy"

Dr. Badrinath Rao, Associate Professor of Sociology and Asian Studies, Kettering University, Flint, MI

February 12: "Trouble Brewing: 

Can the U.S. and Turkey Cooperate?"

Dr. Sinan Ciddi, Executive Director, Institute of Turkish Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

February 19: "The Right Bang for our Bucks:

The U.S. Defense Budget"

Dr. Stephanie Young, Defense Budget expert 

RAND Corporation, Washington, D.C.

February 26: "Is American Global Leadership Waning?”

Dr. Amitav Acharya, UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance and Distinguished Professor of International Relations, School of International Service American University, Washington, D.C.

Spring break on March 5: No programs

March 12: "Putin, Russia, and the New Cold War?”

Susan B. Glasser, chief international affairs columnist, POLITICO and co-author of Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin and the End of Revolution, Washington, D.C.

March 19: "South Africa at a Crossroads:

Implications for U.S.-South Africa Relations"

Desirée Cormier,  Senior Director, Africa Practice

Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG), Washington, D.C.

March 26: "Global Health: Equity, Ethics, and Eradication”

Ambassador Mary Ann Peters (ret.),

CEO, The Carter Center, Atlanta, GA

Series Sponsor:

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Media Sponsor:

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Topic Sponsors:

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The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studis at Grand Valley State University logo
RoMan Manufacturing logo
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Host campuses:

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Educational Partners:

Aquinas College      Calvin College     Davenport University     Ferris State University

Grand Rapids Community College     Grand Valley State University

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University     Montcalm Community College

Northern Michigan University     Western Michigan University

Community Partners:

Bethany Global

Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL) 

Cultural Intelligence Center   

Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids    

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum

Kent District Library     

Kent Intermediate School District

La Isla Network

Turkish Resource Center of North America

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