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Great Decisions Global Discussions 



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Know the World, then Change the World

Diplomats, policy makers and practitioners, think tank specialists and journalists

lead conversations on global issues that impact us locally.

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February 7
"War on Drugs and Environmental Degradation
in Central America"

Dr. Jennifer Devine 
Texas State University 
sponsored by 
February 14
"Have We Learned Anything about this Pandemic?"

Andrew Natsios
Director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M

Link to publications available for purchase from this speaker
Snowcraft Infectious Disease Information Platform
February 21
"The European Union: The New Agenda Post-Brexit"

Tomas Baert 
Head of Trade and Agriculture, European Delegation to the U.S.
sponsored by Bank of America
February 28
"Russian Disinformation "

Fiona Hill
Former Deputy Assistant to President and Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs on the National Security Council 

Sponsored by 
March 8
"Sustainable Globalization Post- COVID-19"
Julia Luscombe
Managing Director of Strategic Planning, Feeding America
sponsored by The Vernis Schad 2021 Lectureship for Women in Global Studies
March 15
"The Warming Arctic"
Kaare Sikuaq Erickson
North Slope Science Liaison, Ukpeaġvik Inupiat Corporation 
Bob Hollister
Leader of Artic Ecology Program (AEP), Grand Valley State  Univ. 
March 22
"China in Africa"
Moderated Discussion with Mike DeVivo
professor of Geography, Grand Rapids Community College
sponsored by Montcalm Community College
Mar. 29
"The Saudi-Arabian- U.S. Relationship: Decades in the Making"
Thomas W. Lippman 
author, consultant, and lecturer
Books by Thomas Lippman

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