Fireside Forum on Foreign Policy held at UWM Tuesdays, Feb. 7-March 6

The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Institute of World Affairs (IWA) and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel present the Fireside Forum on Foreign Policy on Tuesday evenings, Feb. 7-March 6, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the UWM Union Alumni Fireside Lounge. The presentations are free and open to the public.

“As Wisconsinites prepare to go to the polls in national elections, the Fireside Forum on Foreign Policy connects four key policy issues to the lives of the citizens of our state,” says Robert Ricigliano, IWA director. “Speakers will provide both a national context and local impact to help audience members make informed decisions on policies going forward and the best candidates to bring them about.”

David Haynes, editorial page editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is the moderator for the final session. Opinion pieces by the speakers will appear in the Crossroads section of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the Sunday before each talk.

Tuesday, Feb. 7:
Immigration Policy and the States
Speaker: Doris Meissner, former head of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
Respondent: Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director, Voces de la Frontera

Kate Gordon

Kate Gordon

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to review Arizona’s controversial immigration law, a leading expert on immigration explores the impact of immigrants on U.S. society. Should individual states have a role in setting immigration policy?

Tuesday, Feb. 14:
U.S. Energy Policy, Green Jobs and the Wisconsin Economy
Speaker: Kate Gordon, vice president for Energy Policy, Center for American Progress
Respondent: Matt Howard, City of Milwaukee Director of Environmental Sustainability
Supporters of a green economic agenda say renewable energy, energy efficiency, mass transit, a new smart grid and other solutions to global warming have the potential to create millions of jobs. Should government play a role in this transformation of our economy?

Col. Mark Mykleby

Col. Mark Mykleby

Tuesday, Feb. 21:
Achieving National Security in the 21st Century
Speaker: Col. Mark Mykleby, USMC (Ret.)
Respondent: Deborah Fugenschuh, president and CEO, Donors Forum of Wisconsin
While a senior member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Col. Mykleby co-authored a ground-breaking report under the pseudonym “Mr. Y,” arguing that by viewing the world through the lens of threat, as a nation the U.S. has failed to understand that influence, competitiveness and innovation are now the keys to advancing American interests. How should the U.S. best allocate resources to promote true national security?

Tuesday, Feb. 28:
Free Trade and Wisconsin Jobs

Edward Alden

Edward Alden

Speaker: Edward Alden, senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, and former Washington bureau chief, Financial Times
Respondent: Phil Neuenfeldt, president, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO
As the U.S. pursues free trade agreements around the globe, supporters point to increased opportunities for American businesses while opponents characterize the deals as “job killers.” Which trade policies provide the most benefit to people in Wisconsin and across the nation?

Tuesday, March 6:
Policies and Politics: The Issues in the 2012 Election
Forum topics wrap up with a capstone session that looks at related statewide opinion polling data and a review of the positions of the major political parties and their candidates for national office.