Great Decisions 2021

The Coldest War: A Return to Great Power Competition in the Arctic?

Thu Oct 28, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

New for the 2021 Summer season: The Vail Symposium will offer two of the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions programs. These programs are a great addition for Vail Symposium supporters looking for a more engaging experience.
Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, provided when you register for the program. The reading will take about an hour.

The program itself consists of three parts:

  • Watch the documentary film (about 30 minutes)
  • Enjoy small group discussion (about 30 minutes)
  • Come back together to compile small group findings (approximately 30 minutes)

This second Great Decisions program discusses the idea that, with Russia and China already miles ahead with their Arctic strategies, can the U.S. catch up?

U.S. President Donald Trump left many scratching their heads when it was rumored that he was looking to purchase the large island nation of Greenland from Denmark. While any potential deal seems highly unlikely, the event shows the changing opinion within the U.S. government toward engagement with the Arctic region. Because of climate change, large sheets of arctic ice are melting, exposing vast stores of natural gas and oil. With Russia and China already miles ahead with their Arctic strategies, can the U.S. catch up?

To learn more about the Great Decisions program, watch this video.

Links to the materials will be sent to registered attendees. This program will take place from 6-7:30 p.m.