In This Section

Great Decisions Program 2019 

The 2019 Great Decisions in Foreign Policy programming will take place on Saturday, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2019, in Johnson Auditorium, located in the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business on Coastal Carolina University’s campus (119 Chanticleer Drive W.). Admission is free and open to the public. A coffee social will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by the 10 a.m. to noon presentation and discussion. This year’s four topics include:  

  • India and Its Neighbors

India’s relationship with China alternates between one of cooperation and aspiring improvements, and deep distrust at the Chinese extending activities in the Indian Ocean and in states surrounding the subcontinent. What effect will China’s Belt &Road Initiative have on relations with India and its neighbors? Will the United States be caught in the middle of the competition between China and India? (Overview courtesy of Cynthia Watson)

  • Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics 

Cyber conflict is a new and continually developing threat, which can include foreign interference in elections, industrial sabotage and attacks on infrastructure. Russia has been accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential elections in the United States, and China is highly committed to using cyberspace as a tool of national policy. Dealing with cyber conflict will require new ways of looking at 21st century warfare. Is the United States prepared to respond to such threats? (Overview courtesy of Richard Andres)

  • The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested

The United States and Mexico have a long, intertwined history, with both countries prominently featured in each other’s politics and agendas. The war on drugs, immigration and trade issues have taxed the relationship over the years. What impact will new leadership in both countries have on this crucial partnership? (Overview courtesy of Michael Shifter and Bruno Binetti)

  • State of the State Department and Diplomacy

During the Trump administration, the usual ways of conducting diplomacy have been upended. Many positions in the State Department have never been filled, and meetings with foreign leaders such as Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin have been undertaken with little advance planning. What effect are these changes having now, and how will they affect ongoing relationships between the United States and its allies and adversaries? (Overview courtesy of Nicholas Burns)

Companion reader: Companion reader textbooks are published by the Foreign Policy Association and may be purchased online. Books will also be for sale at the event for $25.

Parking: Parking on Coastal Carolina’s campus is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Please obey all posted campus parking information. Please check back in January 2019 for more specific details on designated Great Decisions parking areas.

Handicapped parking: Designated parking for those with special needs is available in all campus parking areas. Patrons must display the required handicapped-parking permit.