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Friday, July 12th  | 7PM - 9 PM | The JCC in Sherman
European Populism and Immigration

By James Kirchick
Mass migration, and the problems associated with it, have directly abetted the rise of populist parties in Europe. Opposition to immigration was the prime driver of support for Brexit, it brought a far-right party to the German Bundestag for the first time since the 1950s, and propelled Marine Le Pen to win a third of the vote in the French presidential election. In addition to calling for stronger borders, however, these parties are invariably illiberal, anti-American, anti-NATO and pro-Kremlin, making their rise a matter of serious concern for the national security interests of the United States.

Friday, June 14th | 7PM - 9 PM | The Sherman Library
Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?

By Ronald J. Bee
Nuclear weapons have not gone away, and the Trump administration has brought a new urgency, if not a new approach, to dealing with them.  The President has met with Vladimir Putin as the New Start Treaty with Russia comes up for renewal in 2021, the first presidential summit ever with Kim Jong-un occurred to discuss denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, and President Trump has decertified the Obama nuclear deal with Iran.  To what degree should past nuclear talks guide future U.S. nuclear arms control negotiations?  Can the art of the deal apply to stabilizing our nuclear future?

Great Decisions 2019

Friday, November 8th  | 7PM - 9 PM | The Sherman Library
The State of the State Department and America Diplomacy

By Nicholas Burns
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?

Friday, August 9th  | 7PM - 9 PM | The JCC in Sherman
Decoding U.S. - China Trade

By Jeremy Haft
Though arguably the most advanced economy in the world, the United States still uses centuries-old numbers to measure trade.  These antique numbers mangle understanding of the U.S.-China trade relationship, shrinking America’s true economic size and competitiveness, while swelling China’s.  Bad numbers give rise to bad policies that ultimately kill U.S. jobs and cede market share to China.  What other tools can the United States employ to counter China’s unfair trade practices?  There are several available, yet they remain mostly unused.

Friday, October 11th | 7PM - 9 PM | The JCC in Sherman
The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested

By Michael Shifter and Bruno Binetti
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?

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. 

This year the JCC and The Sherman Library will be co-hosting this event!

Free | Includes briefing book ( first come first serve for books)

We are currently out of briefing books. You can purchase your own here:

Begins Friday, April 12th | 7PM-9PM

Second Friday of the month starting in April

Friday, September 13th  | 7PM - 9 PM | The Sherman Library
Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics

By Richard B. Andres
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?