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Great Decisions Series: 2011 – Present

Trade, Jobs, and China (March 15)

Featuring: Jeremy Haft of Georgetown University

Video coming soon!

The Future of Development: The United Nations and Beyond (February 16)

Featuring: Denise Garcia of Northeastern University and David Offensend, President and CEO of EDC

China’s Naval Expansion: The Pacific and Beyond (December 8)

Featuring: Peter Dutton, Director, China Maritime Studies Institute, U.S. Naval War College


Nuclear North: The Future of the Korean Peninsula (November 14)

Featuring: Professor Weiqi Zhang of Suffolk University and Professor Sung-Yoon Lee of The Fletcher School at Tufts University

Video coming soon!

Cuba and the United States: A Discussion with Ambassador Paul Webster Hare (October 26)

Featuring: Amb. Paul Webster Hare, Former British Ambassador to Cuba, Professor, International Relations, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies


Terrorism and Politics in 2016 (September 7)

Featuring: David Siddhartha Patel, Senior Fellow, Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University and Erin O’Brien, Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Video coming soon!


Refugee Resettlement: The Massachusetts End of the Pipeline (June 15)

Featuring: Mary Truong, Executive Director, Massachusetts Office of Refugees and Immigrants; Jeffrey Thielman, President & CEO, International Institute of New England, and Marjean Perhot, Director, Refugees and Immigrant Services, Catholic Charities of Boston


America in the Middle East: Alliances and War (May 26)

Featuring: Dr. Andrew Bacevich, Professor, Boston University, and New York Times bestselling author


The Future of Kurdistan (April 7)

Featuring: H.E. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States


Cities and Climate Change: Boston at the Paris Climate Conference (February 24)

Featuring: Austin Blackmon, Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space, City of Boston

Lectures in 2015

Empire Strikes Back: The Russo-Ukrainian Conflict in Historical Perspective (December 15)

Featuring: Serhii Plokhii, Professor of Ukrainian History at Harvard University


Making Sense of ISIS and Sectarianism (November 19)

Featuring: David Siddhartha Patel, Professor and Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University


Balancing Cybersecurity and Privacy in the Digital Age (October 29)

Featuring: Ely Kahn, Co-founder of Sqrrl & Ryan Maness, Visiting Fellow in Security and Resilience Studies at Northeastern University


The U.S. and Africa: Democratization, Peacekeeping, and Countering Extremism in the 21st century (September 24)

Featuring: Dr. Pearl Robinson of Tufts University


The Mideast and Mediterranean Refugee Crisis (June 25)


Professor Jill Goldenziel, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School


Brazil’s Metamorphosis (May 28)


Consul General Glivania Oliveira, Consulate General of Brazil in Boston


Human Trafficking in the 21st Century (April 23)


Karen A. McLaughlin, Director of Human Trafficking Prevention Programs, International Organization for Victim Assistance

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Friends of Maiti Nepal


India in the 21st Century (March 26)

Featured Panelists:

Sushil Bhatia, Ph.D., Executive in Residence, Strategy and International Business, Sawyer Business School, Suffolk University

Sukanya Ray, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Suffolk University


Lectures in 2014

Energy, Resources, and Global Conflict (December 9)


Keith Schneider, Senior Editor, Circle of Blue


Islamic Awakening (November 25)


Jocelyne Cesari, Ph.D., Director, Islam in the West Program, Harvard University


International Trade and U.S. Negotiations (October 14)


Mark Wu, Assistant Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society


Twenty-First Century Defense Technology (May 13)

Featured Panelists:                                      

Captain Tim Trainer (U.S. Navy, Ret.),VP, Robotic Products International, iRobot Corporation

Dr. Eric Evans, Director, MIT Lincoln Laboratory


Israel-United States Relations (April 8)

Featured Panelists:

Professor Ilan Troen, Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University

Christopher Henzel, Director, Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs, U.S. Department of State


Food Security and Climate Change (March 11)

Featured Panelists:

John M. Reilly, Ph.D. Co-Director, MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

Calestous Juma, Ph.D., Director, Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at Harvard


Turkey at the Crossroads (February 11)

Featured Panelists:

Mine Gencel Bek, Ph.D., Professor of Journalism, Ankara University

Lenore G. Martin, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Emmanuel College


Lectures in 2013

Predicting Global Threats (December 10)

Amb. Daniel Benjamin, Former Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Dept. of State

Director, Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College

Foreign Policy Association Video


China in Africa (November 12)

Nzogu Kulya, Co-Founder, The Economic Forum for Africa

Foreign Policy Association Video


Iran’s Nuclear Challenge (Oct. 8)
Featured Panelists:

Ambassador William Luers, Director, The Iran Project

Paul R. Pillar, CIA Veteran and Middle East Expert

Jim Walsh, Ph.D., Nuclear Security Expert, MIT

Foreign Policy Association Video


Humanitarian Intervention (September 10)

Michael Singh

Managing Director, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Former Senior Director for Middle East Affairs, National Security Council

Foreign Policy Association Video


Myanmar and Southeast Asia (May 14)
Featured Panelists:

Thomas Vallely, Director, Myanmar and Vietnam Programs, Harvard Kennedy School

Myra Dahgaypaw, Coordinator, U.S. Campaign for Burma

Foreign Policy Association Video


Egypt (April 9)
Featured Panelists:

Darin Johnson, U.S. Department of State, Office of Middle East Transitions

Professor Melani Cammett, Brown University

Wafik Farag, Ph.D., Global Strategy Expert — American-Egyptian

Professor Ibrahim Warde, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Foreign Policy Association Video


NATO in the 21st Century (March 12)
Featured Panelists:

Lori Murray, Ph.D., Distinguished National Security Chair, U.S. Naval Academy

Henrik Larsen, Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School

Lucas Kello, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School

Foreign Policy Association Video


Future of the Euro (February 12)

Featured Panelists:

Michalis Psalidopoulos, Ph.D., Karamanlis Chair in European Studies, Fletcher School

Fabio Ghironi, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Boston College

Foreign Policy Association Video


Lectures in 2012

State of the Oceans (December 11)
Featured Panelists:

Assistant Secretary of State Kerri-Ann Jones
Bureau of Oceans, International Environment, and Scientific Affairs
Scott Borgerson, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Institute for Global Maritime Studies
Susan K. Avery, Ph.D.
President and Director, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Foreign Policy Association Video

Indonesia (November 13)
Featured Panelists:

Elizabeth Osborn
Director, Indonesia Program, Harvard Kennedy School
Engelbertus Wendratama
Media Researcher and Journalist, Indonesia
Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Emerson College
Foreign Policy Association Video

Exiting Iraq and Afghanistan (October 9)
Featured Panelists:

State Representative Harold Naughton, Jr. (D-Clinton)
Chairman, Massachusetts House Joint Committe on Public Safety and Homeland Security
Major, U.S. Army Reserve
Mimi Gregory
Past President, Naples Council on World Affairs
Delegate, U.S. State Department Leadership Mission to Afghanistan
Roger Knight
Director of Veteran Outreach, Red Sox Foundation and
Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program
Bronze Star Recipient, U.S. Army Special Forces (Afghanistan)
Foreign Policy Association Video

Energy Geopolitics (September 11)
Robert F. Cekuta, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State,
Energy Resources Bureau
Foreign Policy Association Video

Cybersecurity (May 8)
Ciaran Martin, Director of Security and Intelligence,
The Cabinet Office, United Kingdom
Foreign Policy Association Video

Mexico (April 10)
Consul General Daniel Hernandez Joseph,
Consulate General of Mexico in Boston
Foreign Policy Association Video

Promoting Democracy (March 13)
Marcia K. Wong, Director for Intergovernmental Affairs,
United States Institute of Peace
Foreign Policy Association Video

Arab Realignment (February 14)
Prof. Denis Sullivan, Director of the International Affairs Program and
The Middle East Center, Northeastern University
Karim Haggag, Career diplomat in Egypt’s Foreign Service with expertise
in Middle East regional security, arms control, and Arab-Israeli diplomacy
Foreign Policy Association Video

Lectures in 2011

The Caucasus (December 6)
Monica Toft, Ph.D., Director, Initiative on Religion in International Affairs,
The Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
View the Great Decisions Fall Update

Global Governance (November 8)
Craig Murphy, Ph.D., Co-Director, Center for Governance and
Sustainability, The McCormack Graduate School at UMass Boston
View the Great Decisions Fall Update

Banks, Governments, and Debt Crises (October 11)
Charles Kane, Senior Lecturer in Finance, The MIT Sloan School of Management; Board of Directors, One Laptop Per Child
View the Great Decisions Fall Update

Horn of Africa (September 13)
Ambassador Charles Stith, Director of the African Presidential Archives
and Research Center, Boston University; Former Ambassador to Tanzania
View the Great Decisions Fall Update

National Security After Bin Laden (May 10)
Kelly Greenhill, Ph.D., Associate Professor of International Relations,
Tufts University; Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center
Foreign Policy Association Video

Germany Ascendant (April 12)
Paul Vallet, Ph.D., Visiting Professor, The Fletcher School,
Tufts University; Adjunct Faculty, Sciences-Po (Paris)
Foreign Policy Association Video

Rebuilding Haiti (March 8)
Pierre Cremieux, Ph.D., President, Community Health International
Foreign Policy Association Video

Sanctions and Nonproliferation (February 8)
Jim Walsh, Ph.D., Research Associate, Security Studies Program,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Foreign Policy Association Video