Great Decisions 2019: Discussing global issues with Webster University faculty

Feb. 21, 2019

Great Decisions 2019

Alumni, students and members of the Webster Community are invited to participate in the 2019 Great Decisions Discussion Series, the ever-popular series of current events presentations and discussions led by Webster University faculty and sponsored by the Webster University Alumni Association.

The schedule this year will run eight consecutive Monday evenings, March 4 through April 22.

Each talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Browning Hall Auditorium, Room 160. Reservations are requested by March 1 as space is limited. You can register online or by calling the Alumni Office at 314-968-7149.

Topics and Faculty Presenters

The following topics will be presented by these Webster University faculty members:

  • March 4 – "The Rise of Populism in Europe" by Warren Rosenblum, professor and department chair, History, Politics & International Relations
  • March 11 – "Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics" by John Orr, associate professor of management, retired US Marines Corps
  • March 18 – "The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested" by John Chappell, professor of History
  • March 25 – "Decoding U.S.-China Trade" by Allan MacNeill, professor of economics and international relations
  • April 1 - "Refugees and Global Migration" by Lindsey Kingston, associate professor and director of the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs
  • April 8 - "State of the State Department and Diplomacy" by Emmanuel Balogun, assistant professor of international relations
  • April 15 - "The Middle East: Regional Disorder" by Pinar Burcu Alakoc, assistant professor of international relations
  • April 22 - "Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?" by Kelly-Kate Pease, professor of international relations

The $32 Great Decisions 2019 Briefing Book, which is required for participation in the series, features impartial, thought-provoking analyses on the eight topics selected for this year’s series. Each article is written by carefully selected experts, and offers questions and tools for discussion, as well as policy options for U.S. officials. The book may be ordered online through the Foreign Policy Association or in person at the World Affairs Council of St. Louis Office on Olive Street.

For additional information about Great Decisions 2019, contact Corinne Hilbert at 314-246-5961 or

About The Great Decisions Program

The Great Decisions Discussion Program is the Foreign Policy Association’s public education initiative to create more informed and engaged citizens by bringing people together to discuss U.S. foreign policy and global affairs issues. The Webster University Alumni Association is one of many Great Decisions groups throughout the country. Founded in 1918, the Foreign Policy Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring the American public to learn more about the world.

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