Great Decisions Program 2014

Now in its eleventh year in Greenville, the popular Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions Program will be hosted by East Carolina University beginning January 18 and will run through March 8. Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina and ECU, the community forum on international affairs will run for eight consecutive Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the auditorium of the Rivers West Building.


This year’s program consists of a series of lectures by academic and professional experts on a variety of topics, including:


Jan. 18 - Dr. Armin Krishnan, Department of Political Science, ECU - Topic: Defense Technology


Jan. 25 - Dr. Kemal Kirisci, TUSIAD Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution - Topic: Turkey’s Challenges


Feb. 1 - Dr. Olga Smirnova, Department of Political Science, ECU - Topic: US Trade Policy


Feb. 8 - Dr. Kimberley Katz, Department of History, Towson University - Topic: Israel and the US


Feb. 15 - Dr. Curtis Ryan, Government and Justice Studies, Appalachian State University - Topic: Islamic Awakening


Feb. 22 - Dr. Richard Ericson, Department of Economics, ECU - Topic: Energy Independence


March 1 - Dr. Christine Avenarius, Department of Anthropology, ECU - Topic: China’s Foreign Policy


March 8 - Dr. Holly Hapke, Department of Geography, Planning & Environment, ECU - Topic: Food and Climate Change


ECU students, staff and faculty may attend for free and purchase the program book for $19. The public is invited to attend for a fee of $37 for all eight sessions, which includes membership in the World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina. The textbook is an additional $19. The cost for attending an individual session is $6.


For additional information, or to register for any or all sessions, visit For questions, contact Dr. James Gehlhar, associate vice chancellor for international affairs, at

Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

Rivers Building, Auditorium Greenville, NC

Event Type

Seminar/Symposium, ECU Homepage


International Studies, Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences, Harriot College of Arts & Sciences

Target Audience

Students, Faculty, Public, Alumni, Non-EPA/SPA Staff, Staff, CSS/SPA Clinical Staff


Contact Name

James Gehlhar

Contact Email


Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.

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