FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Jeffrey S. Morton, Ph.D.
LLS Jupiter Distinguished Faculty Award 
Foreign Policy Association Fellow 

Political Science

Jeffrey S. Morton, Ph.D., is a Professor of Political Science and Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association. He received his Master’s degree from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. Professor Morton has been honored as the FAU Researcher of the Year, has contributed to articles that have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and is Director of the FAU Diplomacy Program.


Great Decisions 2015

Since 1918 the Foreign Policy Association has served as a catalyst for an open, objective and non- partisan public discourse of world affairs and American foreign policy. Great Decisions is an annual series that examines eight critical foreign policy issues; the topics for this course are selected by the Foreign Policy Association. Each lecture in this class includes background information, current American policy and foreign policy options for the United States.

“The Great Decisions” handbook, which includes information on each of the eight topics, will be available for purchase in the Lifelong Learning Society Auditorium in Jupiter.

Eight Lectures
  1. Russia and the Near Abroad — Russia has clearly rebounded from the depths of its decline after the cold war ended. Vladimir Putin is in charge and is flexing his muscles. Can relations be repaired or is a new cold war inevitable?
  2. Privacy in the Digital Age — We are a liberal and free society, yet the openness associated with democracy leaves us vulnerable in many ways. Where is the proper balance between civil liberties and the nation's need for security?
  3. Sectarianism in the Middle East — The break-up of nation-states is a common phenomenon of the post-cold war era. Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Libya, among others, are multi-ethnic societies under severe strain. How best can we address the fracturing of states along ethno-religious lines?
  4. India Changes Course — The world's largest democracy has a new leader who faces a wide range of domestic and international challenges. Has our policy towards India succeeded and how should we engage the South Asian giant into the 21st century?
  5. U.S. Policy Toward Africa — China, Europe and the United States have taken distinct paths in their relationships with African states. Should the U.S. change course in Africa and what can we expect from the troubled continent moving forward?
  6. Syria’s Refugee Crisis — America’s unwillingness to get directly involved in the Syrian civil war leaves us limited to a humanitarian response to the civil war that started in 2011. Can the United States effectively help Syrian refugees without direct involvement in the Syrian war?
  7. Human Trafficking in the 21st Century — Long the scourge of international society, human trafficking remains a global challenge for all nations. Are we doing enough to end the transport of people across state boundaries?
  8. Brazil's Metamorphosis — Having hosted the World Cup in 2014 and preparing to host the 2016 Olympics, Brazil is experiencing growing pains and civil unrest. Is Brazil ready for prime time? How important is Brazil in America's geopolitical calculations?


Course # W8W1
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Wednesdays — January 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4
  Time:9 — 10:30 a.m.
  Fee:$68 / member; $98 / non-member
Auditorium and Annex Closed
 
Course # W8W2
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Wednesdays — January 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4
  Time:12 — 1:30 p.m.
  Fee:$68 / member; $98 / non-member
Auditorium and Annex Closed
 
Course # W8W5
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Wednesdays — January 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4
  Time:7 — 8:30 p.m.
  Fee:$68 / member; $98 / non-member
Turning Point!
Eleven Days That Changed the Course of U.S. Foreign Policy

Since 1989, the United States has stood alone atop the global hierarchy of power. Winning the Cold War ushered in a profoundly new and historic era in world affairs. American ideas, ideals and policy decisions have come to characterize and shape contemporary international relations. The post-cold war era, however, is divided into two distinct periods. For the first decade after the breach of the Berlin Wall, U.S. foreign policy successes established American global hegemony and served to impose order on an otherwise chaotic international system. Since 1999, disorder, confusion and destruction have become synonymous with world affairs.

Two decisions in 1999, taken in the span of eleven days, changed the course of American foreign policy and the world around it. While neither event merits its own chapter in history books, collectively they led the United States down a path that today we and the world struggle to understand and manage. Eleven Days That Changed the Course of U.S. Foreign Policy explains those two events and takes account of the dangerous world that they helped produce. Can we reverse the course taken in 1999 or are we forever burdened by its implications?

Lecture # W1M2
Register early! There is a $5 charge for registering on the day of a One-Time Lecture or Event.
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Monday, March 16, 2015
  Time:7 - 8:30 p.m.
  Fee:$25 /member; $35/non-member