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Great Decisions 2020 @ DBPL

Great Decisions 2020 @ DBPL

With special thanks to the Foreign Policy Association, the Great Decisions 2020 discussion group will continue in the virtual world! You have the opportunity to finish the series with the links provided below. They are free to view.

You are invited to watch the videos and then join us for a scheduled online discussion at the Library’s Great Decisions 2020 @ DBPL group discussion page. It is free and open to the public.

The discussion schedule is listed below. The video should be watched by you independently in advance of the discussion start time.

Date: Wednesday, April 8

Time: 2-3 pm

Topic 6: China in Latin America

Until recently, China had little interest in Latin America. Now, its investment is transforming the region. Great Decisions investigates this new alignment and the prospect of direct competition with the United States.

Video Link

Date: Wednesday, April 15

Time: 2-3 pm

Topic 7: The Philippines

Voters in the Philippines, fed up with a stagnant political system, opted for an unconventional candidate. Great Decisions examines President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody crackdown on drug crime and investigates how he has upended politics as usual throughout Southeast Asia.

Video Link

Date: Wednesday, April 22

Time: 2-3 pm

Topic 8: Artificial intelligence and data

A.I. is transforming economies and societies around the world. Great Decisions assesses the possibilities and dangers of this technology, explores the mounting technological competition between China and the U.S., and asks how the international community can manage the coming wave of digital innovation.

Video Link

Bonus topic 1: Yemen, a History of Conflict

Date:  Wednesday, April 29

Time: 2-3 pm

Since 2015, Yemen has been consumed by an intractable, multiparty war that has created a devastating humanitarian crisis and brought millions to the brink of starvation. Great Decisions investigates the origins of the fighting, examines the motivations of foreign actors, and asks what steps the international community might take to resolve the conflict.

Video Link

Bonus topic 2:  Americans and the World

Date:  Wednesday, May 6

Time: 2-3 pm

In a democracy, foreign policy and diplomacy must be directed by the people, but survey after survey reveals dire statistics about Americans’ knowledge of the world. Great Decisions investigates the roots of this knowledge deficit and asks what can be done to reverse it in today’s increasingly global economy.

Video Link