Mass migration, and the problems associated with it, have directly abetted the rise of populist parties in Europe. Opposition to immigration was the prime driver of support for Brexit, it brought a far-right party to the German Bundestag for the first time since the 1950s, and propelled Marine Le Pen to win a third of the vote in the French presidential election. In addition to calling for stronger borders, however, these parties are invariably illiberal, anti-American, anti-NATO and pro-Kremlin, making their rise a matter of serious concern for the national security interests of the United States.
Prepare to discuss the world. Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. Forsyth County Public Library and the University of North Georgia will present information and lead discussions on a range of fascinating geopolitical topics. Copies of the Great Decisions Briefing Book and DVD are available for checkout at the library.
Each session will be held at the Post Road Library, 5010 Post Road, Cumming and will be led by a member of the UNG faculty.
Topics for 2019 are:
January 22: Refugees and Global Migration presented by Raluca Viman-Miller
January 29: The Middle East: Regional Disorder presented by Victoria Hightower (Rescheduled for March 26)
February 5: Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future? presented by Seyed Hamid Serri
February 12: The Rise of Populism in Europe presented by Nathan Price
February 19: Decoding U.S. - China Trade presented by Laurel Wei
February 26: Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics presented by Craig Greathouse
March 5: The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested presented by Tamara Spike & Alexander Wisnoski
March 19: State of the State Department and Diplomacy presented by Jonathan Miner
March 26: The Middle East: Regional Disorder presented by Victoria Hightower