SPEAKER: Russell Crandall, a Davidson College Latin American specialist, who has published several books on the politics of the region, has served as principal director for the western hemisphere at the Defense Department, director for Andean affairs & security aide at the NSC. He's been a special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and has consulted for the World Bank, where he's a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
TOPIC: "Mexico and the US: A view of their Economic Intertwining."
SPEAKER: Remedios Gomez Arnau, Consul General of the Mexican Consulate in Raleigh. Gómez Arnau previously headed Consulates in Atlanta and San Diego. Prior to her consular service, she was the Academic Secretary and Associate Researcher at the Center for Research on North America from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Her research focused on U.S. foreign policy and the Mexico-U.S. relationship.
TOPIC: "The New Silk Road: China's Influence & Expansion into Africa."
SPEAKER: Lina Benabdallah, assistant professor of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. Her research and observations have been featured in the Washington Post, New York Times, Atlantic, New Republic, as well as in academic journals. She recently joined the Chinese in Africa/Africans in China network as an executive board member. At Wake Forest she teaches courses in international relations and African Studies.
TOPIC: "Report from 90 miles south: Continuity & Change in a Post-Castro Cuba."
SPEAKER: Stan Dotson & Kim Christman. Pastors, musicians, faith-based social justice advocates, and WNC natives Dotson and Christman have a two-decade history with Cuba. They are now in the middle of a 2-year stay on the island. Presently based in Matanzas serving as leaders and chaplains of two churches, they are additionally engaged with secular local community groups focused on housing, leadership training, and the arts.
Our Great Decisions Series, wherein we join a national conversation with other World Affairs and Foreign Policy Association members throughout the nation, is slated for six Tuesdays in February and March of 2019. We'll complete our 2018/19 cycle with presentations in April and May of 2019.