Pax Americana is the period of relative peace, stability, growth and influence beginning in the 20th century. Previously historical international periods of Pax have been Pax Romana, Pax Mongolica, Pax Ottomana and Pax Britannica. In light of recent world conflict, is Pax Americana unraveling? This is the topic of the first of the 2018 Great Decisions program.
Now in its 25th year, the Floyd Hoskins Great Decisions Program is a yearly series of study and discussion meetings based on current information provided by the United States Foreign Policy Association. These meetings take place every Thursday evening in February and March; with a 6:30 p.m. video, followed at 7 p.m. by presenter /moderator. All the programs will be at the Tracy Stallings Community Center, 118 South White St, Carrollton.
Dr. Greg Dixon will be the first presenter/moderator, with the topic of “The Waning of Pax Americana.” Dixon will ask “Does the end of the Pax Americana spell a return to a time of major power warfare? Or did the experience of the 20th Century teach the world that major power warfare has no winners? A decade ago, most people would have argued that the world had learned its lessons.”
Dixon teaches courses in international relations and American government. His courses include American Foreign Policy, International Organization, International Law, Political Science Methods, and International Conflict and Conflict Management, as well as the Department’s introductory International Relations and American Government courses. He is the associate director of the Thomas B. Murphy Center for Public Service. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2007.
In 2015, Dixon was a Governor’s Teaching Fellow, a statewide fellowship that promotes excellence and innovation in teaching practice. In 2014 he was awarded the USG Regents Teaching Award for Faculty Excellence for UWG. Dixon has won teaching and service awards in the College of Social Sciences and is highly rated on RateMyProf.com.
Foreign policy is changing, according to the reading, written by Carla Norrlof, in the Great Decisions 2018 briefing book edited by the Foreign Policy Association, on which the series is based. The article points out that America has become war-weary and questions the wisdom of expansive security commitments, preferring to be more selective in engagement.
Topics and readings provided in the Foreign Policy Association briefing book are addressed and expanded by local experts in the field, such as Dr. Dixon, and are usually provided by University of West Georgia. Attendees are encouraged to read the related chapters before the weekly meetings. Briefing books are $22, available at the first program, and are on reserve at Neva Lomason and UWG Ingram libraries.
Dixon has published in the areas of international trade, American attitudes toward immigration, and gun control policy. His current research includes how nations resolve disputes over international trade as well as research on the use of applied data science to solve social problems.
In addition to his academic work,. Dixon is a co-owner and director of research and analytics for Acorn Evaluation, a management consulting firm that helps non-profit and education organizations apply data science to program improvement through data informed decision-making.
The Great Decisions program is sponsored nationally by the Foreign Policy Association, on the state level by the Georgia Council for International Visitors and locally by the League of Women Voters of Carrollton-Carroll County, Rotary Club of Carrollton and the University of West Georgia Thomas B. Murphy Center for Public Service.
Each Great Decisions meeting begins with a related topic video, produced by the Foreign Policy Association, at 6:30 p.m., which is optional. At 7 p.m. the guest presenter / moderator builds on the information provided in the briefing book in a 45-minute talk. At 7:45 p.m. the audience is invited to discuss and ask questions about the topic. The meetings are open and free to the public. You do not have to commit to all the meetings to participate.
The 2018 Great Decisions topics and presenter/moderators are:
• Feb. 1: The waning of Pax Americana?; Dr. Greg Dixon
• Feb. 8: Russia’s foreign policy; Dr. Mikhail Beznosov
• Feb. 15: China & America: new geopolitical equation; Dr. Ihor Pidhainy
• Feb. 22: Media and foreign policy; Dr. Michael Hester
• March 1: Turkey: a partner in crisis; Vedat Gunay and Dr. Nihal Gunay
• March 8: U.S. global engagement and the military; Vicki Griffin
• March 15: South Africa’s fragile democracy; Dr. Kathie Barrett
• March 22: Global health: progress and challenges; Dr. Aramide Kazeem