Foreign policy citizen's forum to be held at Wake Forest

By Cheryl Walker
March 14, 2006

Wake Forest University's Center for International Studies will host Winston-Salem's Great Decisions 2006, a six-week citizen's forum on current foreign policy issues, March 16 through April 20.

Each forum, featuring a different discussion topic led by a faculty expert, is free and open to the public. Forums will take place on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Scales Fine Arts Center, Room A102.

The Great Decisions Series is a national foreign policy education program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, a non-profit, educational organization that strives to educate Americans about the significant international issues that influence their lives.

The first event will be held March 16. The topic will be "Human Rights in an Age of Terrorism." Sarah Lischer, assistant professor of political science at Wake Forest, will lead the discussion.

On March 23, Sylvain Boko, associate professor of economics at Wake Forest, will lead a discussion of "The Energy Policy Conundrum."

"Pandemics and National Security" will be the topic for the March 30 discussion led by Dr. Tobi Karchmer, assistant professor of medicine in the department of internal medicine's infectious diseases section at the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Helga Welsh, associate professor of political science at Wake Forest, will lead the April 6 discussion of "Turkey: On Europe's Verge?"

Tom Brister, visiting assistant professor of political science at Wake Forest, will discuss "India and China: Competition and Cooperation" on April 13.

The final event in the series will focus on "The United Nations: Post-summit Outlook." The discussion will be led by Robert Griffiths, associate professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

For more information about the Great Decisions Series, contact Yomi Durotoye, series coordinator, at 336-758-1910.