Tue, May 11 | Zoom Webinar

Great Decisions #7: China in Africa

What are some of the growing economic and political issues between China and Africa?

Time & Location

May 11, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Zoom Webinar

About The Event

Join the World Affairs Council of Maine as we explore the Foreign Policy Association’s 2021 Great Decisions. 

Session #7: China and Africa, Covid-19 crisis has put a massive strain on what was growing a positive   economic and political relationship between China and the continent of   Africa. As Chinese President Xi Jinping’s centerpiece “Belt and Road   initiative” continues to expand Chinese power, the response to the spread of   Covid-19, as well as the African government’s growing debt to China, has seen   pushback. What are some of the growing economic and political issues between   China and Africa?

About this week's facilitator: Bob Moore Following his graduation from UCLA with a Masters in public   administration and development economics, Bob Moore spent much of his career   with United Nations agencies. From 1974 to 1983 he lived Kenya while working   at the headquarters of the UN Environmental Program (UNEP) in Nairobi.   Subsequently he joined the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome.   In 2009 he was appointed as Director of the new FAO Independent Office of   Evaluation. Throughout his career Bob travelled extensively in some 90   countries in all regions of the world. Following his retirement in 2013 Bob  and his wife moved to Maine.

Suggested Links:

https://www.silkroadbriefing.com/news/2021/01/12/chinas-2021-progress-across-the-african-belt-road-initiative/https://csis-website-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/NewPerspectives_APRIL2019_Risberg.pdfhttps://www.brookings.edu/blog/africa-in-focus/2020/04/20/china-and-africas-debt-yes-to-relief-no-to-blanket-forgiveness/https://rhg.com/research/bri-down-out/https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/fact-check-black-people-being-targeted-in-guangzhou-china-over-covid-19-fears/ar-BB12J0i9

TOPIC RESOURCES:https://www.fpa.org/great_decisions/index.cfm?act=topic_detail&topic_id=95

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? Each virtual session will last 90 minutes, divided between presentation and discussion.  Discussion questions and a suggested reading list 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. 

IMPORTANT: Please register for each device being used to attend the webinar. For example, if you and a family member will be attending on one computer, only one registration is necessary. Alternatively, if you each will be using your own devices to attend, please register separately. This will ensure that each attendee is placed in a breakout room for the discussion portion of the webinar. 

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