Now in its sixth year in Greenville, the popular Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions Program will be hosted by ECU beginning Jan. 16 through March 6. Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina and ECU, the program will run for eight consecutive Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., in the Rivers West Building auditorium. The lecture series will feature academic and professional experts on Russia and its neighbors, peacebuilding and conflict resolution, US-China security relations, the global financial crisis, Kenya and R2P, special envoys, the Persian Gulf and global crime.
January 16: Russia and Its Neighbors
Speaker: Dr. Richard Ericson, Department of Economics, East Carolina University
Russia's policy of maintaining a “sphere of influence” in former Soviet satellites has been challenged in recent years by movements against pro-Russia regimes. Russia has pushed back by cutting Ukraine's natural gas supply and intervening in Georgia's campaign in South Ossetia. Will Russia regain its traditional leadership role in the region?
Full-time students and teachers can attend for free and purchase the program book for $18.