6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Watkins Room, Trone Student Center
Presented by the Riley Institute and the Furman Department of Politics and International Affairs
On February 24, 2022, Russia launched a large-scale invasion of Ukraine. This unprovoked war has pushed the United States and its allies to strengthen their relationships and unify around support for Ukrainians. Will this renewed unity last and, if so, what does that mean for the United States? What ramifications are felt today as a result of U.S. relations with countries around the world? From condemnatory rhetoric to regime changes, the heavy influence wielded by the United States in separate regions reverberates around the world.
In an evening of eight-minute talks, seven Furman professors of politics and international affairs discussed the United States’ engagement with various regions and how it impacts the U. S.’s ability to promote American interests and values more broadly. Have we missed opportunities for better relations? What is the impact today of U.S. foreign policy in Africa, Latin America, China, Russia, Europe, and the Middle East?
Russia: A Tale of Two Decades
Dr. Mike Bressler
Putin: Forger of Trans-Atlantic Unity
Dr. Brent Nelsen
Competitor, Adversary, or Enemy? Positioning U.S.-China Relations
Dr. Kate Kaup
American Failure in the Middle East: The Case of Iran
Dr. Akan Malici
With Friends like These: American Allies in the Middle East
Dr. Buket Oztas
Latin America: Whose Backyard Is It Anyway?
Dr. Cleve Fraser
Minerals, Military, and Minds: Geo-Politics and the New Scramble for Africa
Dr. Don Gordon