Trade with China and Cybersecurity highlighted a pair of programs in WAC’s 2019 Great Decisions Lecture Series on Thursday, April 4. First, Dr. Nori Katagiri, an Associate Professor of Political Science at Saint Louis University, provided insight on U.S.-China relations today. The topic of “Decoding U.S.-China Trade” was contextualized by Dr. Katagiri through a brief explanation of the trade war, potential hot-spots in the South China Sea region, and the current stance of the United States towards the Chinese government. His detailed descriptions provided attendees with an understanding of the situation today, as well as how the relationship might change in the future.

Later in the afternoon, Kurt Aubuchon, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity at Maryville University, presented at Venture Café. Discussing the topic of “Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics,” Professor Aubuchon explained some of the biggest threats in cybersecurity today, whether that be Russia, China, or other non-state actors. Next, he provided an overview of U.S. capabilities to combat this emerging threat in the future. Overall, he conveyed the importance of protecting ourselves against foreign actors and understanding that cyber war may be the next battlefield.

Please join UMSL’s International Studies & Programs Department and the World Affairs Council for the next segment of the Great Decisions Lecture Series on April 11, 2019. In order to provide insight and perspective on the topic, “Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics”, Professor Aubuchon will be at the St. Louis Ethical Society.

The Great Decisions Lecture Series is free and open to the public. The series entails eight weekly sessions moderated by local experts on the most critical challenges to United States foreign policy. For the complete list of topics, please click here.

This event runs for eight consecutive Thursdays in March and April from 12 – 1:30 PM. Great Decisions will be held at the Ethical Society in Clayton at 9001 Clayton Rd – St. Louis, MO 63124.