In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today. Lead by volunteer moderators, participants will engage in moderated discussions with their fellow citizens. This year’s topics will include The Waning of Pax Americana, Russia’s Foreign Policy, China and America: The New Geopolitical Equation, Media and Foreign Policy, Turkey: A Partner in Crisis, U.S. Global Engagement and the Military, South Africa’s Fragile Democracy, and Global Health: Progress and Challenges.
This week’s topic is China and America: The New Geopolitical Equation. In the last 15 years, China has implemented a wide-ranging strategy of economic outreach and expansion of all its national capacities, including military and diplomatic capacities. Where the United States has taken a step back from multilateral trade agreements and discarded the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), China has made inroads through efforts like the Belt and Road Initiative and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). What are Beijing’s geopolitical objectives? What leadership and political conditions in each society underlie growing Sino-American tensions? What policies might Washington adopt to address this circumstance?
Dates and Times: Tuesdays, January 30 – March 20, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Scholarships available.