Archive | 2017 Past Events

Great Decisions: Monday, November 13 at 7 p.m.: Conflict in the South China Sea. Facilitator: Matthew Murray, WACMHV and Dutchess Community College

The South China Sea is a locus of competing territorial claims, and China its most vocal claimant. Beijing’s interest has intensified disputes with other countries in the region in recent years, especially since China has increased its naval presence. Despite rising international pressure, including an unfavorable ruling by the International Tribunal for the Law of […]

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Speaker: Wednesday, November 8 at 6pm. “Rally Point: Five Tasks to Unite the Country and Revitalize the American Dream.” Chris Gibson

Join us for a talk by Chris Gibson, former member of Congress and faculty member at Williams College, as he discusses his new book. Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 6pm Weis Cinema in the Campus Center, Bard College Former Army Colonel and Congressman Chris Gibson will discuss his new book, “Rally Point: Five tasks to […]

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Speaker: Monday, October 30 at 6pm. “False Dawn: Protest, Democracy and Violence in the New Middle East.” Steven A. Cook

Steven Cook, Council on Foreign Relations, discusses why the recent Arab uprisings failed and have led to more repression and conflict, and the role that the U.S. can and should play in the Middle East. This talk is sponsored by Vassar College, the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley and the Center for Civic […]

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Great Decisions: Monday October, 16 at 7p.m.: The Future of Europe: Coping with the Crisis. Facilitator: Jean-Claude Fouere, WACMHV and Marist College

The outcome of the United Kingdom referendum on EU membership sent shockwaves across the globe. It even caught British voters by surprise. The European Union has helped secure peace in Europe for the past 70 years. Now it faces an uncertain future. Amid a refugee crisis, lingering financial recession and the constant specter of terrorism, […]

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Great Decisions: Monday, September 25, 7 p.m.: Latin America’s Political Pendulum. Facilitator: Martin Charwat, WACMHV

The pendulum of Latin American politics is swinging rightward once again. Yet as the “pink tide” recedes, the forces of change have more to do with socioeconomics than ideology. Dramatic economic and political crises have coincided in countries like Brazil and Venezuela. Still, the final result for Latin America may be the emergence of centrist, […]

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Great Decisions: Saudi Arabia in Transition, April 10, 7 pm. Facilitator: James Ketterer

James Ketterer, Director of International Academic Initiatives and Senior Fellow, Institute of International Liberal Education, Bard College, will facilitate the discussion.  Description:  As Saudi Arabia struggles to adjust to the drastic decline in oil revenue, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman attempts to boldly transform the country and shift more power to the younger generation.  […]

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Great Decisions: Trade, Jobs, and Politics: May 8, 2017 with Jean-Claude Fouere

Jean-Claude Fouere from the School of Management at Marist College, will facilitate this discussion on May 8, at 7pm. It will be held at the Poughkeepsie Public Library on Boardman Road. (141 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie NY 12603). The discussion will stem from the following description from the Foreign Policy Association website: “The U.S. political mood toward […]

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