World Affairs Dialogue

 Friday, June 29, 2018 
3:00pm-4:00pm

Each Friday afternoon, the Lakeside Chautauqua World Affairs Dialogue presents an opportunity for thoughtful discussion on a current issue affecting the US and other nations. Attendees are encouraged to study the topic in advance and come prepared with ideas, suggestions, questions and facts. The session is not a political forum and while opinions are welcome, we encourage participants to present factual statements in support of their opinions. Above all, respect to all participants is expected.

This Friday, June 29, we will build on last week’s theme of migration and refugee movement and discuss climate change, not in the traditional sense, but rather the change in the climate of geopolitics. Where small, somewhat weak nations have been bolstered by superpowers with foreign aid and arms for decades, this aid has all but disappeared, leading to a crisis in many fragile countries in Central America, the Middle East and Africa. The inability of countries to support burgeoning population growth has lead to crisis-level, unprecedented north-south movement of migrants and refugees out of their cities and farms. According to a report from UNHCR last week, there are now in excess of 68 million people driven from their homes and on the move worldwide.

We will discuss how citizens of countries like El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are taking life-threatening risks to leave their “World of Disorder” and travel north to the “World of Order.”

Discussion will refer to the 6/26/18 NYT Article: "Why Are So Many Political Parties Blowing Up? (Part 1)" By Thomas L. Friedman.

Please read the article at: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/26/opinion/political-parties-climate.html?emc=edit_th_180627&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=581099790627

Also please visit http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/news/stories/2018/6/5b222c494/forced-displacement-record-685-million.html to study the topic in advance of the discussion.


If you have suggestions or questions about the Dialogue, please contact the Education Department at education@lakesideohio.com or 419-798-4461 ext. 239.

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