Press Release, Global

January 28, 2020 | By Ohio Wesleyan University

Great Decisions 2020

Eight-Session Foreign Policy Discussion Series Kicks Off Feb. 14

Note: This event has been postponed due to ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) developments. For more information, visit our COVID-19 (coronavirus) Information page.

DELAWARE, Ohio – Delaware’s Great Decisions sessions on U.S. foreign policy and international relations will kick off Feb. 14 with eight speakers addressing critical issues impacting the nation and world.

The community is invited to join the discussions, held in the Fellowship Hall of William Street United Methodist Church, 28 W. William St., Delaware. Attendees are welcome to bring a brown-bag lunch. Complimentary coffee and tea are provided. Learn more at

Distinguished speakers during the eight-session series are as follows:

  • Feb. 14 – U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle: El Salvador, Guatemala, and HondurasErinn Nicley, Ph.D., Course Faculty, Political Science Department, Western Governors University 
  • Feb. 21 – Artificial Intelligence and DataDavid Staley, Associate Professor, History; Director, Humanities Institute; Director, Center for the Humanities in Practice, The Ohio State University
  • Feb. 28 – Red Sea SecurityBlake Michael, Swan-Collins-Allen Professor of Religion, Ohio Wesleyan University
  • March 6 – Labor Trafficking: Global Problem/Local ImpactCarol O’Brien, Deputy Attorney General for Law Enforcement/Chief Counsel; Christy Utley, Major of Operations, Marion County Sheriff’s Office
  • March 13 – Climate Change and the Global OrderSean Kay, Chair, International Studies Program, and Professor, Politics and Government, Ohio Wesleyan University; Mershon Associate, The Ohio State University
  • March 20 – India and Pakistan: Is Peace Impossible?Irfan Nooruddin, Professor, Walsh School of Foreign Service, and Director, India Initiative, Georgetown University; Director South Asia Center of the Atlantic Council of the United States
  • March 27 – China’s Road into Latin AmericaJi Young Choi, Associate Professor, Politics and Government, and Director, East Asian Studies, Ohio Wesleyan University
  • April 3 – The Philippines and The United StatesJames Franklin, Professor and Chair, Politics and Government, Ohio Wesleyan University

Audience Participation

Following each discussion, participants will have the opportunity to complete a survey, prepared by the Foreign Policy Association, to add their opinions to thousands of others across the nation. National survey results will be sent to executive and legislative policymakers in Washington, D.C., so that federal decision-makers will hear our voices as a community of informed citizens.

About Great Decisions

The Great Decisions Discussion Program, a free community discussion series, is designed to encourage debate and discussion of the role of the United States in world affairs. The program provides materials that help people reach informed opinions on issues and encourages them to participate in the foreign-policy process.

About The Foreign Policy Association

The Foreign Policy Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring the American public to learn more about the world. Founded in 1918, FPA provides independent publications, programs, and forums to increase public awareness of, and foster popular participation in, matters relating to those policy issues.