Discussion Reading Links

The discussion groups are listed in order by date with the newest on top.

To see topics from 02/27/2014 to the present, go to the Past Events page.

February 20, 2014: Iran–negotiate or attack? What is the situation now?”

Resource persons – James Harmoush, Bill Kellogg, and Tyler Abboud.

January 30, 2014: Discussion- Kenya, Water, and Conflict

January 16, 2014: Discussion- Microfinance: Can we “put poverty in a museum” (Muhammad Yunus’ dream)?

Resource person: Francy Milner, Board member, Friendship Bridge, Guatemala

Thursday, November 21, 2013  “Music and Global Health – examples from South Africa”.

Resource person: Austin Okigbo, Professor of Ethnomusicology at CU.


Thursday, July 18th, 2013: Discussion-The Kurds

June 20th, 2013: Discussion: Food, population, climate change

May 30th, 2013 Discussion Group: Gun Ownership

May 16th, 2013- Discussion Group: Sustainable Environment

April 25th, 2013-Discussion Group: Hugo Chavez Frias

April 18th, 2013-Discussion Group: Pope Francis

March 28th, 2013-Discussion Group: Bhutan

March 21st, 2013-Discussion Group: Combating Disease

Feb 28th, 2013-Discussion Group:The Congo

Feb 21, 2013: MDG #3, Gender Equality–Where are we now?

Resource person: Celeste Montoya, CU professor in the Women and Gender Studies Program and author of From Global to Grassroots: The European Union, Transnational Advocacy, and Combating Violence against Women (Oxford University Press 2013). Discussion includes issues of rape, sex trafficking, underage marriage, micro finance, and women CEOs.

November, 29th, 2012: Geopolitics, International Corporations, and US Foreign Policy

November 15th, 2012: Conflict Resolution: What have we learned through success and failures?

October 18th, 2012: Many Faces of Islam

September 27, 2012: Discussion Group: Kosovo

September 20, 2012:”India: Will corruption destroy prosperity?”

Resource person: Boli Medappa.  Guest moderator: Jyotsna Raj

July 26th, 2012: Myanmar

July 19th, 2012: Security

June 21st, 2012: Cuba After Castro: What’s Next?

Resource person: Prof. Arturo Lopez-Levy.

May 17th, 2012: Agenda 21

April 19th, 2012: Media and Geopolitics

March 15th, 2012: Iran and WMD

February 16th, 2012: US Troops in Australia

Jan 31th, 2013-Discussion Group: Pakistan


August 27, 2009 (Geopolitics): [tentative] India and China:  Are They in Line for Superpower Status?  (Topic postponed from March 26 because of blizzard.)

August 20, 2009 (UN & IR): (TBD)

July 30, 2009 (Geopolitics): The Evolving Geopolitics of North Africa:  Are These Nations Caught in the Middle?

July 16, 2009 (UN & IR): Is There a U.N. Rôle in Curtailing the Use of Terrorism In Fighting for Freedom?

June 25, 2009 (Geopolitics): What Should Be the U.S. Policy Toward Pakistan and Afghanistan?

June 18, 2009 (UN & IR): A Review of the Components and Functions of the United Nations Family of Organizations. [The first of a series of discussions aimed at acquiring a better understanding of the United Nations]

May 28, 2009 (Geopolitics): How Can U.S.-Iranian Relations Be Improved?

May 21, 2009: In View of the International Financial Crisis, What Ideas Are Being Considered for Restructuring the Three Bretton Woods Organizations (IMF, World Bank, WTO)?

April 30, 2009 (Geopolitics): Major World Economies in Trouble:  What Lessons Can Be Learned from Japan and Argentina?

April 16, 2009 (UN & IR): International Law:  Can It Be Effective Without Enforcement?