Great Decisions Conference 2017 - Ambassador Ross Wilson

November 10, 2017

Europe and Its Near Abroad - Turkey, Russia, and Points Beyond
Ambassador Ross Wilson

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Great Decisions Conference 2017 - Sonia Dridi, Birgit Glorius, David Rennie

November 10, 2017

Europe 2018: A Panel Discussion of Nationalism, Trade, Migration, and Security
A panel of distinguished European journalists and scholars will examine Europeans’ hopes and fears
as they relate to migration and national identity, trade and economic insecurity, terrorism and domestic and international security.

Panelists:
David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief, The Economist
Sonia Dridi, U.S. Correspondent for France 24, BFM TV, and Europe 1 radio
Birgit Glorius, Associate Professor of Human Geography, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

Moderator:
John Rash, Editorial Writer and Columnist, Star Tribune

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Great Decisions Conference 2017 - David Rennie

November 10, 2017

Keynote Presentation: Brexit and Beyond
David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief, The Economist

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Great Decisions Conference 2017 - Tom Hanson

November 10, 2017

The Future of US-European Relations
Tom Hanson, Diplomat in Residence, Alworth Institute, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Tom Hanson will explain the social, economic, and political forces driving the dramatic changes
taking place in Europe and how these changes will affect the future of U.S.-European relations.

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Global Conversation - Afghanistan-Pakistan

October 18, 2017

PROSPECTS FOR AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN Major internal conflict has plagued Afghanistan for four decades. The U.S., for its part, has conducted military operations in the country nearly continuously since 9/11. Today, war with the Taliban persists, and tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan have gradually deteriorated. As his time in office drew to a close, President Obama limited further withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The incoming administration has a choice: will it maintain the status quo, completely reverse the Obama administration drawdown or withdraw completely? Does the U.S. face a no win situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan?

Dr. Manju Parikh is Professor Emerita of Political Science at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University.

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Global Conversations MINNEAPOLIS: Geopolitics of Energy

September 18, 2017

Policies to ensure the security of energy supply and access have long been domestic and foreign policy priorities for the United States and will remain so, including for the health of our economy.  Looking ahead, however, two developments will increasingly affect how energy and foreign policy come together.  The first is climate change and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in concert with others.   A second is rapid change in global markets driven by new, large-scale consumers in China, India, and elsewhere and the rise of wind, solar, and other, increasingly cheap renewables.   How do these factors come together, and what will be the main areas of focus of US foreign energy policy in the years to come?

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