Academy of Lifelong Learning


David White


Thursdays, March 23 – April 27 (six weeks)

4:15 – 5:30 pm



No matter the outcome of the election in November, the new president will be faced with a number of critical foreign policy and foreign relations issues. Some of the issues facing the U.S. government will include developments in China’s economy, politics and military; increasing Philippine antipathy toward the U.S.; military and nuclear developments in North Korea; ISIS sponsorship of terrorism and eliminating its control of territory in Iraq and Syria; state building in Iraq; the on-going civil war in Syria; Russian expansionism and military adventurism; the future of a united Europe; relations with Britain after Brexit; migration into Europe and the U.S.; and development of relations with Cuba. This course, sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association of the United States, will look at several of these issues by considering their background and suggesting possible approaches to each. At the conclusion, participants are encouraged to submit their opinions to the Association online. Participants will help lead the discussions and are required to purchase the manual which accompanies the course and upon which the class discussion will be based; it will be available in the WC-ALL office.


DAVID WHITE received a PhD in History from the University of Virginia and taught Middle Eastern and Indian history for 25 years at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, where he held the I.G. Greer Chair in History before becoming a Dean and then Provost. He has held two Fulbright Fellowships and four Joseph Malone Fellowships, lived in India for three years and lived and travelled extensively throughout the Middle East, especially in Egypt, the West Bank, and Lebanon.