World Affairs Council’s Great Decisions Series Begins at UNC Asheville on Feb. 5

Great Decisions Series- Global migration, cyber conflict, nuclear arms negotiations, and much more will be explored in the World Affairs Council’s spring 2019 Great Decisions lecture series at UNC Asheville, which begins Feb. 5.

The lectures take place at 7:30 p.m. on six consecutive Tuesday evenings in the University’s Reuter Center, in the Manheimer Room.

Feb. 5 – Refugees and Global Migration – Human rights scholar Mark Gibney, UNC Asheville’s Carol G. Belk Distinguished Professor in Humanities and professor of political science, will address many questions, including: Who determines whether someone is a refugee or a migrant? How have different countries, including the U.S., reacted to migration? How effective are the international laws, policies and organizations that have evolved to assist and protect refugees and migrants?

Feb. 12– Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics – Security analyst Mike Duncan will share insight on the developing threat of cyber conflict and whether the U.S. is sufficiently prepared. Duncan, currently at Humana, has also worked at Wells Fargo, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Feb. 19– The Rise of Populism in Europe – John Plant, a defense analyst and scholar of demographics and population change, will examine the role of immigration as a driver of BREXIT and the rise of populist and far-right parties in Europe, and then discuss the implications of these political shifts for the U.S. Plant, who has a Ph.D. in public policy from George Mason University, was a 20-year active-duty officer in the U.S. Army, and served as an advisor to the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Defense. He now works at Kriticos Solutions Group as a proposal author for defense contractors.

Feb. 26– The Middle East: Regional Disorder? – International and religious studies scholar Thomas Sanders will examine Trump Administration stances toward Middle Eastern nations, and actions such as moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, and withdrawing from the multi-national nuclear agreement with Iran. Sanders, a former Brown University professor, has concentrated on the Muslim world in his retirement, spending time in Turkey and Egypt, learning Turkish and Arabic.

Each Great Decisions presentation is given at four separate locations:
Tuesday, 7:30pm, Asheville (UNCA, Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center)
Wednesday, 10:00am, Hendersonville (Blue Ridge Community College, Bo Thomas Auditorium)
Wednesday, 3:30pm, Brevard (Brevard College, McLarty-Goodson)
Thursday, 2:00pm, Columbus (Isothermal Community College).

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