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* Global Affairs Center to host foreign policy discussion series

The Global Affairs Center at Shoreline Community College hosts a series of discussions on current foreign policy issues on six consecutive Thursday evenings, with the first discussion being held April 30.  Larry Fuell, Director of the Global Affairs Center will facilitate.  The discussions will begin at 6:30 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. in the Student Union Building, the PUB, Room 9201.  The cost for all sessions is $25.  


The format is built around Great Decision, a publication prepared annually by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) of New York; and containing several pages of thoughtful briefing material on each issue.  Participants will receive a copy of the publication when they register.   (See below for registration instructions).  At the end of each session participants will be invited to complete opinion ballots, which are forwarded to the FPA in New York for tabulation and presentation to national foreign policy leaders. 

The themes to be discussed include (Updated schedule):


April 30  Rising Global Powers.  Since the end of the cold war, the U.S. has emerged as the world's predominant power. However, in the 21st century some rapidly developing countries have become increasingly influential. Who are these rising powers? Will their emergence change the global balance of power? How will the U.S. react?


May 7   Energy and Global Economy.  Rising energy prices, driven by instability in key producing regions such as the Middle East and increasing demand from developing countries, are affecting the global economy. What are the potential consequences of huge wealth transfers to oil-exporting states? Are there any realistic alternative energy scenarios on the horizon?


May 14  Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Newfound hopes for stability in Iraq have shifted the U.S. military focus back to Afghanistan and Pakistan, one of the most volatile border regions in the world. What impact will this renewed interest have on the two states as well as on U.S. defense strategy?


May 21  Cuba on the Verge.  Since Fidel Castro handed over the presidency of Cuba to his brother, Raul in early 2008, signs of greater economic openness have led to much speculation. Will Raul seek to reopen ties with the U.S.?  What role will Cuba's American exiles play in shaping a post-Castro Cuba?


May 28  The Global Food Supply.  Global prices for food staples have risen dramatically, resulting in protests and unrest around the world. What factors are driving prices up, and can they be tamed? What will the political fallout be for governments that fail to act, and what role can global institutions play?


June 4   Universal Human Rights.  As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights celebrates its 60th anniversary, events in the Balkans, Sudan and Myanmar continue to challenge its idealism, while raising new questions about the prospects for humanitarian interventions. Do human rights transcend national borders and customs? Is the definition of human rights changing?




Pre-registration is required.  Enrollment will be limited to 25 individuals in order to encourage participation in the discussions. 


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Registration - $25

(Includes all briefing material, entrance to six sessions and coffee/tea.*)

  1. Register at the SCC Bookstore on the main campus (PUB, lower level), where you can pay by cash, check or credit card, or
  2. Call or send an email to Larry Fuell with your contact information to 206-533-6750, or

*Participants are free to bring own beverage in a closed container.  Sorry, no food allowed in the conference room.


                                                                                 Donna Myers/SCC

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