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Wednesday, February 13, 3:00 p.m., The Arizona Senior Academy Building 

The fourth in this year’s programs in the Great Decisions series of the non-partisan Foreign Policy Association (FPA), the 100-year-old nonprofit formed “to serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues,” focuses on the current state of nuclear negotiations.

This session will show a video produced by the FPA and provide a synopsis of historical and background information along with timely updates in our rapidly-changing and uncertain national security situation. As the current president is fond of saying, “We’ll see what happens.”

During this 45th presidential administration, we are witnessing an unprecedented shift in foreign policy that defies lucid explanation. Alliances between nuclear powers have been destabilized by an as-yet uncertain foreign policy, inflamed by the replacement of usual methods of diplomacy with erratic declarations delivered by “Tweet.” 

While the future of this administration’s nuclear policy is unknown, it is helpful for citizens to understand the history of nuclear arms management, the historic and current trends, and the status of our nuclear arms treaties. Beyond this administrations’ policies there are numerous factors that will be essential to consider in future decisions regarding nuclear arms, from the economics of managing aging weapon systems, the actions of rogue states, fears of non-state actors holding nukes, and finally the weaponization of space. Our discussion will review these factors and present a variety of paths forward, with hopes of a more secure future for our planet.

Moderator:  Dr. John Evans has been a resident of Academy Village/Altura since 2015.  His academic interests are primarily in the realm of human behavior, including the dynamics and management of conflict, aggression and violence; and use-of-force decision-making in high stress situations.   

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