Russia, outer space, and the war on drugs: Great Decisions returns for 2022

From left: Cary Justice; Ping Liang; Guk Low; Jennifer Tyler

Fiona Hill was in the nation’s eye as she discussed Russia and Ukraine. Frans van der Dunk counsels on the legal parameters of space exploration, travel, and business. Pratima Narayan has been sent to South Sudan and Myanmar to chronicle international abuses.

All three—and five more global experts will be guests of the World Affairs Counsel of Western Michigan (WACWM) for its lauded Great Decisions Global Discussions program, beginning on Monday, February 7 and running through March 28, 2022.

A tradition since the late 1950s, West Michiganders know the series will offer non-partisan and insightful perspective on topics that the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) in New York City asserts are “the most critical global issues facing America today.”

The list of topics for 2022 are: Russia disinformation; Myanmar; the economics of climate change; the Quad Alliance (India, Australia, Japan, U.S.); outer space; the ‘’War on Drugs”; industrial policy; changing global demographics; and Biden’s agenda.

“Every year, we receive a challenging list of topics from the FPA,” said director of programming Dr. Erica Kubik. “But our intrepid team of local university professors and our Council staff tracks down the right person for that subject and for West Michigan.”

The programs will be hosting in-person at Grand Rapids Community College’s ATC Center, 151 Fountain Street NE, and in a virtual format.

The invited speaker-experts share their perspectives in each program, followed by a generous question-and-answer period open to all attending (in-person and on-line). One of the Council’s central values is civil dialogue, and that is reflected in the conversation time offered at all WACWM events.

The full list of programs will soon be posted on our website.