Great Decisions (Zoom Only)

OSH 122 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English
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Course Description:  Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the documentary film series and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.

 

Week 1: Mideast Realignment:The United States and Middle East are at a crossroads. In spite of a reduced presence in the Middle East, the U.S. still has significant national interests there and the area is a key arena for global power politics. Can the U.S. continue to defend its interests in the Middle East and globally with a lower level of military and political involvement, or should it recommit to a leading role in the region?

Week 2: Science Across Borders:Scientific advances benefit from collaboration between researchers, but what happens when material, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) is controversial and important to a nation’s national security? Is there a middle  ground between sharing information and denying access? How can we regulate cooperation?

Week 3: U.S.-China Trade Rivalry:China’s economic rise and its current policies of increasing the role of the state in the economy have led some U.S. policymakers to seek to deny China access to U.S. technology and investment. This is seen as a necessary corrective to decades of predatory Chinese economic policies. Is this a wise strategy, and how effective can it be?

Week 4: NATO's Future:Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has come under increased scrutiny, not because NATO troops are involved in the conflict, but because of its role in relations between Russia and its neighbors. Will expanding membership in NATO protect countries, or will it further provoke Russia?

Week 5: High Seas Treaties: Areas of the seas beyond national jurisdiction comprise the high seas, which are facing a degradation of ecosystems due to climate change and the increase in human activities, such as shipping, overfishing, pollution, and deep-sea mining. The recently negotiated High Seas Treaty, also known as the Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction treaty, will attempt to address these issues.

Week 6: Pandemic Preparedness:Looking back at the covid-19 pandemic, there are many lessons to take away in terms of domestic and international policies. Although this pandemic seems to have waned, how can we apply these lessons to future pandemics? Will countries cooperate, and will a consensus emerge on how to manage global health challenges.

 

Required Text:  A Great Decisions 2024 Briefing Book from the Foreign Policy Association. Approximate cost is $25 for an eBook or $35 for a paper-bound version.

 

 

Facilitator: Robert Maland, Esq.

 

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses
These courses are available either in-person only, via Zoom only or hybrid (either in-person or via Zoom). Please note the modality of each class. Membership is required.

OLLI 2023-2024 Membership is required to take this course and will be added to your cart upon enrollment. If you already have purchased a membership, you will not be charged for this membership.
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Starts: 8/1/2023 Ends: 7/31/2024
$55