Online: Great Decisions: India and Pakistan

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:30pm - 3:00pm ET Online


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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?

The guest speaker - BARBARA CROSSETTE

Barbara Crossette is an American journalist and the author of several books on Asia, including So Close to Heaven: The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas and India Facing the 21st Century. Now United Nations correspondent for The Nation, she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a trustee of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and a member of the editorial advisory board of the Foreign Policy Association.

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Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program involves reading articles, watching videos, and meeting with a group online to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. 

The program is facilitated by Joan Katen, a leading expert on Middle East Politics and a professor at SUNY Purchase. Joan Katen co-designed the Peace and Justice Minor at Pace which is now in full operation on the NY City Campus. She is the author of “Love at the Edge” a novel based in the reality of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict and is a recipient of the prestigious National Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Service which was awarded to her in Washington D.C. in 2013 for her book and her efforts at building peace. 

Participants contribute to the 2020 FPA National Opinion Ballot which can be submitted online at  A briefing booklet can be purchased online at  

The Great Decision series is free and open to the public. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

2020 Schedule: 

January 29 | 12:30-2:30 PM | TOPIC: Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking | SPEAKER - Anita S. Teekah, Esq.
February 26 |12:30-2:30 PM | TOPIC: Climate Change and the Global Order  | SPEAKER – Professor Nicholas Robinson
September 9 | 12:30-2:30 PM | TOPIC: China’s Road into Latin America | SPEAKER - Dr. Benjamin Gedan
September 30 | 12:30-2:30 PM  | TOPIC: India and Pakistan | SPEAKER – Barbara Crossette
October 14 | 12:30-2:30 PM | TOPIC: Artificial Intelligence and Data | SPEAKER - Daniel Hoffman

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