The Arizona Senior Academy will host a weekly public discussion of “Great Decisions 2018” by the Foreign Policy Association from February 8 through March 29.

The first discussion, entitled “The Waning of Pax Americana?” will be held on Thursday (Feb. 8) from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Senior Academy’s Great Room. It will focus on indicators of a potentially historic change in the international world order.

During the first months of Donald Trump’s presidency, the U.S. began a historic shift away from Pax Americana, the liberal international order that was established in the wake of World War II.  Since 1945, Pax Americana has promised peaceful international relations and an open economy, buttressed by U.S. military power.

In championing “America First” isolationism and protectionism, President Trump has shifted the political mood toward selective U.S. engagement, where foreign commitments are limited to areas of vital U.S. interest, and economic nationalism is the order of the day. Geopolitical allies and challengers alike are paying close attention.

Discussion will focus on what kind of world leadership role the United States should play in the 21st Century, the increasing connections of the U.S. economy with others around the world and the safety/security/prosperity of the United States.

Each weekly program will begin at 2:30 p.m. The remaining topics and dates are: “Russia’s Foreign Policy” on Feb. 14; “China and America: The New Geopolitical Equation” on Feb. 22; “Media and Foreign Policy” on March 1; “Turkey: A Partner in Crisis” on March 8; “U.S. Global Engagement and the Military” on March 15; “South Africa’s Fragile Democracy” on March 22; and “Global Health: Progress and Challenges” on March 29.

For further information on “Great Decisions 2018” please visit the Foreign Policy Association at

Written by George Scholz, Academy Village Volunteer


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