Great Decisions #3: India and Pakistan
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About The Event
Join the World Affairs Council of Maine as we explore the Foreign Policy Association’s 2020 Great Decisions.
Session #3: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi rode a wave of Hindu nationalism to a historic reelection in 2019. His first order of business was to revoke the special status granted to the Kashmir region, inflaming the rivalry between India and Pakistan. How will the Kashmir situation affect the region, both economically and politically?
For this session, we’re sharing suggested readings in addition to the Foreign Policy Association short film. While not required for participation, these resources will serve as a nice basis for our discussion. The film and articles are linked below:
- Great Decisions India & Pakistan video from the Foreign Policy Association;
- “The Roots of Hindu Nationalism’s Triumph in India,” Foreign Affairs;
- “How Hinduism Became a Political Weapon in India,” The Atlantic;
- “Imams Overrule Pakistan’s Coronavirus Lockdown as Ramadan Nears,” New York Times;
- A Brief History of Politics in Pakistan, Global Security.
What is Great Decisions? Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions is this country’s largest discussion program on world affairs. For over twenty years, our Council has brought these Great Decisions to the state of Maine. We’ve provided hundreds of hours of discussion to members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Southern Maine and hosted numerous dinner discussion groups across southern Maine. Click here for more information on our Great Decisions program.
What will each session look like? Prior to each session, participants will receive suggested readings and a link to the 25-min. Great Decisions television series episode on the session topic. Participants are encouraged to review the materials, however, pre-work is not required in order to enjoy the virtual conversation.
Each virtual session will last 75 minutes. Your facilitator will begin the session with a brief presentation on the topic. Participants will then be split into virtual breakout rooms of 12 or fewer participants. Each breakout room will have a facilitator to help move the conversation along and ensure that everyone who is interested is able to participate in the discussion. Discussion questions will be provided to all registered attendees.
I’ve never used Zoom. How will I know what to do? Virtual programming is new to most of us. We’re all learning together! We will send instructions on how to download Zoom to your device, as well as suggested settings to improve your Zoom experience. We will review Zoom functions at the start of each session and help members to troubleshoot. We can’t promise a flawless experience, but let’s not let perfect be the enemy of good!
We recommend you review our WACM Zoom user document before your first session.
What does this cost? In this time of economic uncertainty we have adopted a “pay what you can” structure for our virtual programming. Please register at a level that is right for you ($0-$15).
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About this week's facilitator:
Kathleen Sutherland served as the Council's president from 2016 to 2019, and serves as a member of the Program Committee. She was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, where her father was dean of the American University. She has conducted research in Egypt, Morocco, and Pakistan on women’s status in these countries and served on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Association of Cairo. She holds a PhD from Indiana University and a BA from Western College for Women in Ohio, and is Associate Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, and teaches at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at USM. Kathleen served on the OLLI Board at USM from 2007 to 2013, and teaches classes and gives talks there on topics such as immigration to the U.S. and the politics of demagoguery. She is interested in watercolor/oil/pastel painting, drama, writing, and her family.
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