We are excited for the 2018 Great Decisions season.


Between the Fall of 2017 and the Spring of 2018, many unimaginable world events will likely transpire.  By participating in the Indiana Council on World Affairs Great Decisions 2018, you become part of an Indianapolis area citizenry who will be better informed to better understand the complex world within which we live.  Please join us!



January 30th to April 3rd, 2018 (see Schedule below)

7:00   Registration

7:30   Presentation plus Q&A

9:00   Event concludes


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Media and Foreign Policy


Ulf Jonas Björk, PhD
Chair, Journalism, IUPUI


Today. state and non-state actors maneuver a complex, rapidly evolving media landscape. Conventional journalism competes with user-generated content, and official communication channels are circumvented through social media. As foreign policy is tweeted from the White House, “fake news” in entering the zeitgeist, with misinformation posing complex security threats.


South Africa's Fragile Democracy


Margaretha Geertsema-Sligh
PhD, Professor, Journalism, Butler University


Since the 1994 apartheid end, the African National Congress (ANC) party has governed South Africa.  But the party suffers from popular frustration with President Jacob Zuma, as it faces threats from left and right opposition parties and from intra-party divisions.  Given America’s history with Africa, there are few prospects for a closer relationship.

Feb-20 Topic:

Global Health Progress & Challenges


Robert M. Einterz, MD
Associate Dean, Global Health, Indiana University


In the past 30 years, the success story of global health by action of countries, communities and organizations has saved millions of lives. Yet the international community must not rest.  Although global health status measures have improved, inequalities persist with the world facing old and new challenges. The next several decades will be important in determining wellbeing across nations.

Feb-27 Topic:

Turkey: A Partner in Crisis


Tijen-Demirel-Pegg, PhD
Political Science, IUPUI


Of all NATO allies, Turkey represents the most daunting challenge for the Trump administration. After a failed military coup in July 2016, the autocratic trend strengthened and the population considers the U.S. a security threat. In the context of a “clash of civilizations,” is Turkey’s geo-strategic position as the world's most institutionally westernized Muslim country.

Mar-6 Topic:

The Waning of Pax Americana


John Clark, PhD
Director, Development, Center for Interfaith Cooperation


With Donald Trump’s presidency, the U.S. has began an historic shift away from Pax Americana, the established liberal international order since World War II's end in 1945. Pax Americana has promised peaceful international relations with an open economy, buttressed by U.S. military power. “American First” isolationism, shifts the political mood towards selective U.S. engagement.

Mar-20 Topic:

Russia's Foreign Policy


Ed Delaney, JD
Indiana House of Representatives


Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia projects an autocratic governance model abroad and works to destabilize liberal democracies. In 2016, Russia caused an international uproar when it interfered in the U.S. presidential contest. Putin’s foreign policies include other instruments, from alliances with autocrats to proxy wars with the U.S. in Georgia, Ukraine and Syria.

Mar-27 Topic:

U.S. Global Engagement & the Military


Pierre Atlas, PhD
Professor, Political Science, Marian University


At this turning point for U.S. global engagement with a military role, some argue an “America First” paradigm, with a large military to match, while others envision a more traditional assertion of U.S. multilateral leadership. Still others favor greater restraint and cautious cooperation. The role of U.S. military force, arms sales, and security assistance, in the shifting international system, will be considered.

April-3 Topic:

China & America: the New Geopolitical Equation


Weilin Long, MA, MPA
Executive Director, Global Chamber® Indianapolis


While China has implemented an expansive strategy of economic diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, the U.S. has taken a step back from multilateral trade agreements and discarded the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). China has made inroads through initiatives like One Belt, One Road and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).