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 Refugees and Global Migration, The Middle East: Regional Disorder, Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future, The Rise of Populism in Europe, Decoding U.S.-China Trade, Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics, The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested, and State of the State Department and Diplomacy.
This week’s topic is State of the State Department and Diplomacy. During the Trump administration, the usual ways of conducting diplomacy have been upended. Many positions in the State Department have never been filled, and meetings with foreign leaders such as Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin have been undertaken with little advance planning. What effect are these changes having now, and how will they affect ongoing relationships between the United States and its allies and adversaries?
Fee: $225, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Scholarships available. Books will be available for shipment or pickup the first week of January.
All sessions will be held at the Aspen Meadows Campus, 1000 N Third St, Aspen, CO 81611, unless noted otherwise.
This series is now full. If you’d like to be added to the waitlist, please contact Jillian.Scott@aspeninst.org.