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Great Decisions 2020

We are excited to announce the 2020 Great Decisions Program! 

  • Location: Johnson Auditorium, located in the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration on Coastal Carolina University’s Conway campus (119 Chanticleer Drive W.)
  • Time: 10 a.m. to noon presentation
  • These events are free and open to the public.

David Shinn - Great Decisions 2020 Guest SpeakerFeb. 1: Red Sea Security - Ambassador David Shinn, George Washington University

The Red Sea has remained vital for global trade since the time of ancient Egypt. Once home to the spice trade, the Red Sea now sees millions of barrels of oil a day transported across its waters. With major nations like China, France, Italy, and the U.S. building large ports and bases in the region, what does the future of the region look like? How important is Red Sea security for global security? Can the region be a place of global cooperation?


Elizabeth Threlkeld- Great Decisions 2020 Guest Speaker Feb. 8: India and Pakistan – Ms. Elizabeth Threlkeld, Stimson Center, Washington, D.C.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi rode a wave of Hindu nationalism to a historic reelection in 2019. His first order of business was to revoke the special status granted to the Kashmir region, inflaming the rivalry between India and Pakistan. How will the Kashmir situation affect the region, both economically and politically?

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Paul Cerkez Great Decisions Speaker 2020 ( added 1/10/2020) MCD

Feb. 15: Artificial Intelligence and Data - Dr. Paul Cerkez, CCU Department of Computer Science

Policymakers in many countries are developing plans and funding research in artificial intelligence (AI). Global growth is slowing, and not surprisingly, many policymakers hope that AI will provide a magic solution. The EU, Brazil, and other Western countries have adopted regulations that grant users greater control over their data and require that firms using AI be transparent about how they use it. Will the U.S. follow suit?

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Ilhelm Daadaa Guest Speaker Great Decisions 2020 (Added 1/17/2020) MCD 189 x295Feb. 22: Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking - Ms. Elhem Daadaa, Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant from Tunisia

Almost every nation has enacted laws criminalizing human trafficking, and international organizations, governments, and NGOs sponsor a large variety of projects to curb trafficking and slavery. Billions of dollars have been allocated to these efforts. What is the international community doing to combat slavery and trafficking? What are the experiences like for those being trafficked?

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Companion reader: Companion reader textbooks are published by the Foreign Policy Association and may be purchased online. A limited number of books will also be for sale at the event for $40.

Parking: Parking on Coastal Carolina’s campus is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Please obey all posted campus parking information. 

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


Great Decisions Collage 2019 (Added 4/15/19) MCD