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Great Decisions Lecture Series

2017 Lecture Series

The Future of Europe

Great Decisions "Future of Europe"

A public lecture on “The Future of Europe” was presented on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Myrtle Beach Education Center. The event, part of Coastal Carolina University’s Great Decisions in Foreign Policy Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. 

Robert Henry Cox, director of the Walker Institute and professor of political science at the University of South Carolina, and Mariam Dekanozishvili, assistant professor of political science at Coastal Carolina University, will discuss the outcome of the United Kingdom referendum on EU membership. They will explain how the Brexit vote underscores the complexities of integrating a diverse continent and explore what post-Brexit Europe might look like, including its impacts on U.S. foreign policy.

Cox is a specialist on public policy in Europe and has written extensively on the welfare state, exploring the moral foundations of welfare programs.

Dekanozishvili teaches and researches European/EU politics and energy policy; her current research explores EU’s renewable energy policy and the European Neighborhood Policy.

 

Trade and Politics

Great Decisions "Trade and Politics"

A public lecture on “Trade and Politics” was presented on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Myrtle Beach Education Center. The event, part of Coastal Carolina University’s Great Decisions in Foreign Policy Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

Ambassador Patrick Duddy is the Semans International Visiting Professor in Duke University’s Office of Global Strategy and Programs and serves as a senior advisor for Global Strategy. He is also director of Duke University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean studies. He teaches in both the Fuqua School of Business and the Sanford School of Public Policy. Before joining the Duke faculty, Ambassador Duddy served as a U.S. diplomat for nearly 30 years. At his retirement from the U.S. Foreign Service, he was one of the Department of State’s most senior Latin American specialists with exceptionally broad experience in trade, energy, public affairs and crisis management. From 2007 to 2010, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for both President Bush and President Obama.

Nuclear Proliferation

Great Decisions "Nuclear Security"

A public lecture on “Nuclear Security” was presented on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Myrtle Beach Education Center. The event, part of Coastal Carolina University’s Great Decisions in Foreign Policy Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. 

Chris Ferrero, CCU assistant professor of intelligence and national security will discuss nuclear proliferation and U.S. nuclear security policy, exploring the Iran nuclear deal of 2015 as well as persistent threats from countries that challenge nonproliferation efforts such as North Korea, Russia, India and Pakistan.

Ferrero teaches classes on international relations, foreign policy and national security, specializing in U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East with particular focus on Iran. Prior to entering academia, he worked as an analyst on weapons of mass destruction at the U.S. Department of State and the Missile Defense Agency.  

 

Conflict in the South China Sea

Great Decisions "Conflict in the South China Sea"

A public lecture on “Conflict in the South China Sea” was presented on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Myrtle Beach Education Center. The event, part of Coastal Carolina University’s Great Decisions in Foreign Policy Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

The Great Decisions in Foreign Policy Lecture Series presents a public discussion on the topic "Conflict in the South China Sea."  Min Ye, associate professor of politics at CCU, will lead a discussion about the competing territorial claims in the South China. 

2016 Lecture Series

The Rise of ISIS 

Great Decisions "The Rise of ISIS"

A public lecture on “The Rise of ISIS” was presented on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Myrtle Beach Education Center. The event, part of Coastal Carolina University’s Great Decisions in Foreign Policy Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. 

Joseph Fitsanakis, Ph.D., an intelligence expert and assistant professor of politics at Coastal Carolina University, will outline the rise of ISIS in the Middle East. The discussion will focus on understanding the conditions that led to the rise of ISIS in the Middle East and the current state of the organization, as well as the challenges it poses for America’s foreign policy.

Prior to joining Coastal's Intelligence and National Security Studies program, Dr. Fitsanakis built the Security and Intelligence Studies program at King University, where he also directed the King Institute for Security and Intelligence Studies. An award-winning professor, Fitsanakis has taught and written extensively on subjects such as international espionage, intelligence tradecraft, counterintelligence, wiretapping, cyberespionage, transnational crime and intelligence reform.

Shifting Alliances in the Middle East

Great Decisions "Shifting Alliances in the Middle East"

A public lecture on “The Mind behind Islamic Extremism” was presented on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Myrtle Beach Education Center. The event, part of Coastal Carolina University’s Great Decisions in Foreign Policy Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. 

Suheir Daoud, Ph.D., an associate professor of politics at Coastal Carolina University, will discuss how the majority of Muslims are not extremist and why Islamic extremism is the primary national security and human rights concern of the world today. Her presentation will help guide participants in understanding this ideology and the historical background that caused the rise of Islamic extremism.

Since 2006 Dr. Daoud has been frequently published in the prestigious literature magazine Al-Adab (Beirut) and her op-eds in al-Akhbar, al-Quds al-Arabi and others. Her literary works have been widely reviewed in the Arab world and Europe. Some of her poems were translated into German and appeared in Iraqi poet Khalid Almaaly’s book After the Last Sky (al-Kamel, Frankfort, 2003) and excerpts from her book Ghazalah’s Windows was translated to Italian and played in Sardinia, theatre in Italy in December 12, 2009. In February 2005, Daoud was commissioned to write original poetry for the Washington, DC, Shakespeare Theater Company’s March 2005 presentation of The Tempest; also translated sections of the play from English to Arabic. Her latest book, Palestinian Women and Politics in Israel, was published by Florida University Press in May 2009.

International Migration

Great Decisions "International Migration"

A public lecture on “The Great Migration” was presented on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Myrtle Beach Education Center. The event, part of Coastal Carolina University’s Great Decisions in Foreign Policy Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

Scott Firsing, Ph.D., a teaching associate at Coastal Carolina University, will discuss the role of push/pull factors in the current culture of migration and lead attendees in a group discussion to understand global migration when considering complex factors such as conflict and national interests.

Dr. Firsing is an international relations/security expert focusing on foreign power involvement in Africa and the Middle East. Now teaching at The Citadel and Coastal Carolina University, he spent 2005-2015 living in South Africa. Dr. Firsing has traveled across the globe building a vast network in the academic, business and political circles.  Dr. Firsing is a Program for African Leadership (Pfal) Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Dr. Firsing frequently contributes analysis on international relations to global media such as Al-Jazeera, AP, BBC, CNBC and others.

The United Nation's post-2015 Development Agenda and Leadership

Great Decisions "The United Nations"

A public lecture on “The United Nations” was presented on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Myrtle Beach Education Center. The event, part of Coastal Carolina University’s Great Decisions in Foreign Policy Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

Ambassador Paul Meyer, former Canadian permanent representative to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and director-general of the Security and Intelligence Bureau, will speak on the role of the United Nations today, 70 years after its founding, and its future, given the challenges the institution faces, such as peacekeeping, counterterrorism, nonproliferation and humanitarian intervention.

Ambassador Meyer was Director-General of the International Security Bureau (1998-2001) and Director-General of the Security and Intelligence Bureau (2007-2010). From 2003 to 2007, he served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. His responsibilities at this centre for multilateral action on global issues spanned a variety of fields including human rights, humanitarian affairs, global health, and arms control and disarmament.  In February 2011 he was appointed Fellow in International Security at the Centre for Dialogue and concurrently Adjunct Professor, School for International Studies at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. He is also a Senior Fellow at The Simons Foundation. His research interests include nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, outer space security, conflict prevention and cyber security.