World Affairs Council of Hilton Head

Fall Forum 2019

The Fall Forum is free and open to all World Affairs Council Hilton Head members, but registration is required. Be sure to specify what class you want to participate in.  Registration deadline is Friday, September 27th. Registration for each group is limited so register early.

10:00 am to noon, Sound Waves, Hilton Head Island
Dates: October 1, 22, November 12, December 3


10:00 am to noon, Tide Pointe, 700 Tide Point Way, Hilton Head Island    
Dates: October 2, 23, November 13, December 4

10:00 am to noon, Unitarian Universalist Church, 110 Malphurs Rd., Bluffton   
Dates: October 3, 24, November 14, December 5
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM, Fire Station #5, 20 Whooping Crane Way, Hilton Head Island   
Dates: October 1, 22, November 12, December 3
*We will be provisionally offering a Tuesday evening session each series. If the minimal enrollment number is not met the Tuesday evening classes will be canceled.

A World in Disarray

The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head’s annual Fall Forum is built around the ideas in A World in Disarray by Richard Haass.

 "These are no ordinary times. It will not be business as usual in a world of disarray; as a result, it cannot be foreign policy as usual," writes Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, in his latest book, A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order—a timely examination of a world increasingly defined by disorder. In three parts, the book contemplates the history of world order from the rise of the modern state system to the end of the Cold War; accounts for the momentous shifts in the last quarter century to shed light on the current state of affairs, and outlines specific steps to tackle the many challenges ahead.

He makes the case that the world needs a new operating system—which he calls World Order 2.0—that reflects the reality that power is widely distributed and that borders count for less. One critical element of this adjustment will be adopting a new approach to sovereignty, one that embraces its obligations and responsibilities, as well as its rights and protections. Haass also details how the United States should act toward China and Russia, as well as in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Finally, he asserts that the United States needs to define national security more broadly, addressing what are normally thought of as domestic issues—from dysfunctional politics to mounting debt—as well as coming to an agreement on the nature of the United States' relationship with the rest of the world.

Although the book’s themes are the focus for discussion, the sessions will not be a book report. Each participant is expected to read the book. Our local Barnes and Noble has the book and it’s available on online.  The Fall Forum consists of four facilitated discussion sessions, each concentrating on specific chapters. The breakdown of the discussions is as follows:

      • Session 1: Intro and Part I- Chapters 1-3
      • Session 2: Part II- Chapters 4 and 5
      • Session 3: Part II- Chapters 6 and 7
      • Session 4: Part III

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