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 South Africa’s Fragile Democracy. The African National Congress (ANC) party has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994. But the party today suffers from popular frustration over official corruption and economic stagnation. It faces growing threats from both left and right opposition parties, even as intraparty divisions surface. Given America’s history of opportunistic engagement with Africa, there are few prospects for a closer relationship between the two countries. Meanwhile, a weaker ANC could lead to political fragmentation in this relatively new democracy.
Dates and Times: Tuesdays, January 30 – March 20, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
*This series is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email Jillian.Scott@aspeninst.org