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April 2014
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Great Decisions – Part 1 – “Defense Technology”

April 8, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
High Bluff Conference Room,
12400 High Bluff Drive,
San Diego, CA 92130 United States
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Defense Technology By Peter Singer From robotic planes to cyberweapons to 3D printing and human enhancement, new “game-changing” technologies are moving from science fiction to battlefield reality – all during an age of fiscal austerity. But in wrestling with the new, we can actually learn a great deal from the past. Our forebears went through similar challenges with such once fanciful but now normal concepts as airplanes, submarines, and tanks. What are the “killer applications” of the 21st century battlefield,…

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Great Decisions – Part 2 – “Israel and the U.S.”

April 15, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
High Bluff Conference Room,
12400 High Bluff Drive,
San Diego, CA 92130 United States
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Israel and the U.S. By Seth Anziska Modern Israel’s struggles with the Palestinians have turned what was meant as a safe haven for Jews into the center of a decades-long conflict. The U.S. has stepped in as Israel’s ally due to the two countries’ shared values, providing years of unparalleled military and diplomatic support. But now those ties are being tested. The Arab Spring, Iran’s nuclear ambitions, failed peace talks, and Israel’s own decision to give Washington the cold shoulder…

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Great Decisions – Part 3 – “Turkey’s Challenges”

April 22, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
High Bluff Conference Room,
12400 High Bluff Drive,
San Diego, CA 92130 United States
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Turkey’s challenges By Lenore Martin Turkey: a nation at a crossroads, a bridge over an ever-growing chasm between the East and West. Turkey’s first Prime Minister Kemal Ataturk envisioned a modern, democratic nation-state built on the ashes of the Ottoman Empire with strong ties to Europe, not the Middle East. But as the clashes between secular and religious groups and the recent protests in Taksim Square show, the soul of Turkey is still very much up for grabs. Great Decisions…

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Great Decisions – Part 4 – “Islamic Awakening”

April 29, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
High Bluff Conference Room,
12400 High Bluff Drive,
San Diego, CA 92130 United States
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Islamic awakening By John P. Entelis The aftermath of the Arab Spring has resulted in unforeseen changes in the political landscape in many countries, especially regarding the role of Islam and democracy. How have the countries in the Maghreb reacted, including Tunisia, where the Arab Spring began? Is U.S. foreign policy adapting successfully to all of the changes in the region?   Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing…

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May 2014
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Great Decisions – Part 5 – “Energy Independence”

May 6, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
High Bluff Conference Room,
12400 High Bluff Drive,
San Diego, CA 92130 United States
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Energy Independence By Jonathan Chanis Energy independence, by taking the bargaining chip of oil dependence off the table, would be good for American foreign policy. But the very technological advances that make independence possible have created a dilemma for lawmakers. In a government with fixed resources, should the U.S. encourage more traditional fuel production or invest in the young technology of renewable resources? Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great…

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Great Decisions – Part 6 – “Food and Climate”

May 13, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
High Bluff Conference Room,
12400 High Bluff Drive,
San Diego, CA 92130 United States
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Food and Climate By William Sweet Even as a sixth of the world’s population suffers from chronic hunger, a changing climate threatens to wreak havoc on already insecure and vulnerable populations. As food and water become scarce and once fertile land becomes barren, the U.S. finds itself faced with new challenges in securing the globe. The U.S. is getting ready, but can it lead the way to climate reform? Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The…

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Great Decisions – Part 7 – “China’s Foreign Policy”

May 27, 2014
High Bluff Conference Room,
12400 High Bluff Drive,
San Diego, CA 92130 United States
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#######TO BE RESCHEDULED####### China’s foreign policy By David M. Lampton China has gone to great lengths to emphasize the “peaceful” nature of its meteoric rise. Yet few dispute that China is the dominant regional power in Asia – and in recent years Beijing began to flex its muscles regionally in order to advance its strategic interests. What does the rapid rise of this new superpower mean for other countries in the region, and are there potential points of conflict with…

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June 2014
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Great Decisions – Part 8 – “U.S. Trade Policy”

June 10, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
High Bluff Conference Room,
12400 High Bluff Drive,
San Diego, CA 92130 United States
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U.S. trade policy By Michael O. Moore and Robert Maxim America’s foreign policy tools are not limited to sanctions, treaties or military campaigns – they also include the sales pitch. The logic behind this pitch, or “economic statecraft,” is simple: promote the benefits of democracy and the free market. In so doing, the U.S. will gain valuable and stable partners, both in business and in diplomacy. Now, as China and other emerging nations battle the U.S. for global influence, Secretary…

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