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ENRICH-0531 – Curr Iss: US Foreign Policy (ENRICH-0531_US4N)

U.S. Foreign Policy in Uncertain Times: How Prepared Are We?

U.S. foreign policy experts always say vigilance is critical for our country’s safety. But in this day and time, is vigilance enough? How vulnerable is the U.S. or the international community to unforeseen events? Join former U.S. Ambassador Gary Grappo in this revealing, two-part lecture as he explores the current areas and issues where U.S. foreign policy could get blindsided: An international natural disaster that claims much of our attention and resources, a rise in domestic or international terrorism and possible insurrections and instability in countries of particular interest to the United States. Grappo also surveys the possible actions by adversaries (e.g., North Korea) resuming nuclear testing or launching ballistic missiles close to U.S. territory and China moving aggressively toward Taiwan. “There’s a long list of very problematic countries with which the U.S. deals and sometimes supports, such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt and Myanmar,” Grappo says. “This may sound depressing, but every administration confronts at least one during its time in power, and sometimes several.” He adds that these challenges often indicate the success or failure of a president’s leadership. “Much like Carter in the Iran hostage situation and Bush 41 in the fall of the Berlin Wall, we should never underestimate the importance of a president’s interpersonal relations and skills when it comes to foreign policy.”

Two Zoom sessions
Thur., Nov. 4, 11, 2021, 6:30-8:30 pm MT

Gary Grappo is a distinguished fellow at The Center for Middle East Studies at DU's Josef Korbel School of International Studies with nearly 40 years of diplomatic and public policy experience. At the U.S. State Department, he served in Jerusalem, Baghdad, Oman and Saudi Arabia.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: OnlinePlaces Left: 26Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $80


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Thursday4th November 202111th November 202106:30PM - 08:30PMN/AGary Grappo