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One of WorldOregon's favorite events of the year is the annual Great Decisions series— featuring eight hard-hitting topics selected by the Foreign Policy Association! The Series returns to Portland State University this year, in-person with a streaming option available.

January 26: Mideast Realignment 
The United States and Middle East are at a crossroads. In spite of a reduced presence in the Middle East, the U.S. still has significant national interests there and the area is a key arena for global power politics. Can the U.S. continue to defend its interests in the Middle East and globally with a lower level of military and political involvement, or should it recommit to a leading role in the region?

  • Speaker: Lindsay Benstead, Professor of Political Science & Director, Middle East Studies Center, Portland State University


January 31: U.S.-China Trade Rivalry 
Speaker: Sam Kaplan, Director of the Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management
February 7: Understanding Indonesia 
Speaker: Rebakah Daro Minarchik, Assistant Teaching Professor, Integrated Social Sciences, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
February 14: Pandemic Preparation
Speaker: Chunhuei Chi, Professor of Global Health & Health Management and Policy, Oregon State University
February 28: NATO’s Future 
Speaker: Kyle Lascurettes, Associate Professor of International Affairs, Lewis & Clark College
March 6: Climate Technology & Competition
Speakers: Nora Apter, Senior Climate Program Director, Oregon Environmental Council & Tim Miller, Director, Oregon Business for Climate
March 13: Science Across Borders 
Speaker: Birol Yesilada, Professor of Political Science and International Studies and Director, Mark O. Hatfield Cybersecurity & Cyber Defense Policy Center, Portland State University
March 22: High Seas Treaty
Speaker: Daniel M. Palacios, Endowed Associate Professor in Whale Habitats, Marine Mammal Institute and Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences, Oregon State University

* NOTE: THERE IS NO EVENT ON FEBRUARY 21, due to room availability. 

Registration includes both in-person and streaming options —a confirmation email will be sent to you with a link to view online. Auto-response confirmations often land in spam/junk/clutter so please make sure you check your email upon registering for either the series or individual events.


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Great Decisions Books

WorldOregon will have a limited supply of Great Decisions books available but encourage you to purchased books for yourself or your discussion groups from the Foreign Policy Association here.

WorldOregon's Great Decision series is presented in partnership with Portland State University and made possible in part with their generous in-kind support.

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January 26, 2024 at 12:00pm - 1pm PST

Great Decisions 2024: Mideast Realignment

Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union (Room 327/328)
1825 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
United States
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Contact: Tim DuRoche ·

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Add to Calendar 01/26/2024 12:00:00 01/26/2024 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Great Decisions 2024: Mideast Realignment Check https://www.worldoregon.org/great_decisions_2024_mideast_realignment for the latest info. Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union (Room 327/328) Tim DuRoche [email protected]

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