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Wednesday February 1, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Polly Tagg   303-235-5275   polly.tagg@jeffcolibrary.org
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

This first session participants will pick up their materials and begin discussions on the upcoming topics.

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Evergreen Library
Tuesday February 7, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

This first session participants will pick up their materials and begin discussions on the upcoming topics.

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Belmar Library
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

This first session participants will pick up their materials and begin discussions on the upcoming topics.

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Columbine Library
Wednesday February 15, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Polly Tagg   3032355275   polly.tagg@jeffcolibrary.org
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

1. The EU: By Andrew Moravcsik

The outcome of the United Kingdom referendum on EU membership sent shockwaves across the globe. It even caught British voters by surprise. The European Union has helped secure peace in Europe for the past 70 years. Now it faces an uncertain future. Amid a refugee crisis, lingering financial recession and the constant specter of terrorism, unity seems more imperative than ever. But the Brexit vote underscores the complexities of integrating an extremely diverse continent. What will post-Brexit Europe look like, and how can U.S. foreign policy adapt?

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Evergreen Library
Tuesday February 21, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

1. The EU: By Andrew Moravcsik

The outcome of the United Kingdom referendum on EU membership sent shockwaves across the globe. It even caught British voters by surprise. The European Union has helped secure peace in Europe for the past 70 years. Now it faces an uncertain future. Amid a refugee crisis, lingering financial recession and the constant specter of terrorism, unity seems more imperative than ever. But the Brexit vote underscores the complexities of integrating an extremely diverse continent. What will post-Brexit Europe look like, and how can U.S. foreign policy adapt?

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Belmar Library
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

1. The EU: By Andrew Moravcsik

The outcome of the United Kingdom referendum on EU membership sent shockwaves across the globe. It even caught British voters by surprise. The European Union has helped secure peace in Europe for the past 70 years. Now it faces an uncertain future. Amid a refugee crisis, lingering financial recession and the constant specter of terrorism, unity seems more imperative than ever. But the Brexit vote underscores the complexities of integrating an extremely diverse continent. What will post-Brexit Europe look like, and how can U.S. foreign policy adapt?

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Columbine Library
Wednesday March 1, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Polly Tagg   3032355275   polly.tagg@jeffcolibrary.org
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

2. The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics: By Jeremy Haft

The U.S. political mood toward trade has gone sour. One need look no further than the 2016 presidential contest for the popular narrative: Trade means that China wins, at America’s expense. But do the numbers support that conclusion? The metrics used to gauge economic strength—Gross Domestic Product and balance of trade—have not kept up with the realities of modern manufacturing. Obtaining an accurate picture of U.S. economic stature requires a critique of those numbers. Only then can the U.S. develop appropriate policy solutions for the challenges at hand.  

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Evergreen Library
Tuesday March 7, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

2. The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics: By Jeremy Haft

The U.S. political mood toward trade has gone sour. One need look no further than the 2016 presidential contest for the popular narrative: Trade means that China wins, at America’s expense. But do the numbers support that conclusion? The metrics used to gauge economic strength—Gross Domestic Product and balance of trade—have not kept up with the realities of modern manufacturing. Obtaining an accurate picture of U.S. economic stature requires a critique of those numbers. Only then can the U.S. develop appropriate policy solutions for the challenges at hand.  

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Belmar Library
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

2. The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics: By Jeremy Haft

The U.S. political mood toward trade has gone sour. One need look no further than the 2016 presidential contest for the popular narrative: Trade means that China wins, at America’s expense. But do the numbers support that conclusion? The metrics used to gauge economic strength—Gross Domestic Product and balance of trade—have not kept up with the realities of modern manufacturing. Obtaining an accurate picture of U.S. economic stature requires a critique of those numbers. Only then can the U.S. develop appropriate policy solutions for the challenges at hand.  

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Columbine Library
Wednesday March 15, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Polly Tagg   3032355275   polly.tagg@jeffcolibrary.org
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

3. Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea: By Bernard D. Cole

The South China Sea is a locus of competing territorial claims, and China its most vocal claimant. Beijing’s interest has intensified disputes with other countries in the region in recent years, especially since China has increased its naval presence. Despite rising international pressure, including an unfavorable ruling by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, China staunchly defends its policies in the region. Preventing tensions from boiling over is a matter of careful diplomacy.

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Evergreen Library
Tuesday March 21, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

3. Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea: By Bernard D. Cole

The South China Sea is a locus of competing territorial claims, and China its most vocal claimant. Beijing’s interest has intensified disputes with other countries in the region in recent years, especially since China has increased its naval presence. Despite rising international pressure, including an unfavorable ruling by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, China staunchly defends its policies in the region. Preventing tensions from boiling over is a matter of careful diplomacy.

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Belmar Library
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

3. Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea: By Bernard D. Cole

The South China Sea is a locus of competing territorial claims, and China its most vocal claimant. Beijing’s interest has intensified disputes with other countries in the region in recent years, especially since China has increased its naval presence. Despite rising international pressure, including an unfavorable ruling by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, China staunchly defends its policies in the region. Preventing tensions from boiling over is a matter of careful diplomacy.

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Columbine Library
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Tuesday April 4, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

4. Saudi Arabia in Transition: By Lawrence G. Potter

As Saudi Arabia struggles to adjust to the drastic decline in oil revenue, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman attempts to boldly transform the country and shift more power to the younger generation. At the same time, many countries such as the U.S. point out the lack of democracy, women’s rights and human rights in Saudi Arabia, and blame its promotion of Wahhabism, an extremely conservative version of Islam, for creating jihadists. Bipartisan criticism of Saudi Arabia is rising in Congress. Both countries need each other, but they are at a crossroads in bilateral relations.

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Belmar Library
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

4. Saudi Arabia in Transition: By Lawrence G. Potter

As Saudi Arabia struggles to adjust to the drastic decline in oil revenue, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman attempts to boldly transform the country and shift more power to the younger generation. At the same time, many countries such as the U.S. point out the lack of democracy, women’s rights and human rights in Saudi Arabia, and blame its promotion of Wahhabism, an extremely conservative version of Islam, for creating jihadists. Bipartisan criticism of Saudi Arabia is rising in Congress. Both countries need each other, but they are at a crossroads in bilateral relations.

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Columbine Library
Wednesday April 5, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Polly Tagg   3032355275   polly.tagg@jeffcolibrary.org
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

4. Saudi Arabia in Transition: By Lawrence G. Potter

As Saudi Arabia struggles to adjust to the drastic decline in oil revenue, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman attempts to boldly transform the country and shift more power to the younger generation. At the same time, many countries such as the U.S. point out the lack of democracy, women’s rights and human rights in Saudi Arabia, and blame its promotion of Wahhabism, an extremely conservative version of Islam, for creating jihadists. Bipartisan criticism of Saudi Arabia is rising in Congress. Both countries need each other, but they are at a crossroads in bilateral relations.

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Evergreen Library
Tuesday April 18, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

5. U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum: Jonathan Chanis

What is the effect of U.S. petroleum security on foreign policy? For 45 years, the country has alternated between periods of energy security and insecurity, sometimes able to wield petroleum as a useful instrument of foreign policy, sometimes not. Despite the so-called “energy revolution,” the U.S. today is by no means disentangled from foreign dependence and global trends. In order to be successful, policymakers must recognize both petroleum security circumstances and patterns in the relationship between petroleum and foreign policy. 

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Belmar Library
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

5. U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum: Jonathan Chanis

What is the effect of U.S. petroleum security on foreign policy? For 45 years, the country has alternated between periods of energy security and insecurity, sometimes able to wield petroleum as a useful instrument of foreign policy, sometimes not. Despite the so-called “energy revolution,” the U.S. today is by no means disentangled from foreign dependence and global trends. In order to be successful, policymakers must recognize both petroleum security circumstances and patterns in the relationship between petroleum and foreign policy. 

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Columbine Library
Wednesday April 19, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Polly Tagg   3032355275   polly.tagg@jeffcolibrary.org
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

5. U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum: Jonathan Chanis

What is the effect of U.S. petroleum security on foreign policy? For 45 years, the country has alternated between periods of energy security and insecurity, sometimes able to wield petroleum as a useful instrument of foreign policy, sometimes not. Despite the so-called “energy revolution,” the U.S. today is by no means disentangled from foreign dependence and global trends. In order to be successful, policymakers must recognize both petroleum security circumstances and patterns in the relationship between petroleum and foreign policy. 

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Evergreen Library
Tuesday May 2, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

6. A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?: By Michael Shifter and Bruno Binetti

The pendulum of Latin American politics is swinging rightward once again. Yet as the “pink tide” recedes, the forces of change have more to do with socioeconomics than ideology. Dramatic economic and political crises have coincided in countries like Brazil and Venezuela. Still, the final result for Latin America may be the emergence of centrist, pragmatic modes of governance, and with them, opportunities for the U.S. to improve relations. The new administration must look beyond the neoliberal model of the 1990s, and develop an approach to relations fit for the 21st century. 

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Belmar Library
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

6. A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?: By Michael Shifter and Bruno Binetti

The pendulum of Latin American politics is swinging rightward once again. Yet as the “pink tide” recedes, the forces of change have more to do with socioeconomics than ideology. Dramatic economic and political crises have coincided in countries like Brazil and Venezuela. Still, the final result for Latin America may be the emergence of centrist, pragmatic modes of governance, and with them, opportunities for the U.S. to improve relations. The new administration must look beyond the neoliberal model of the 1990s, and develop an approach to relations fit for the 21st century. 

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Columbine Library
Wednesday May 3, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Polly Tagg   3032355275   polly.tagg@jeffcolibrary.org
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

6. A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?: By Michael Shifter and Bruno Binetti

The pendulum of Latin American politics is swinging rightward once again. Yet as the “pink tide” recedes, the forces of change have more to do with socioeconomics than ideology. Dramatic economic and political crises have coincided in countries like Brazil and Venezuela. Still, the final result for Latin America may be the emergence of centrist, pragmatic modes of governance, and with them, opportunities for the U.S. to improve relations. The new administration must look beyond the neoliberal model of the 1990s, and develop an approach to relations fit for the 21st century. 

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Evergreen Library
Tuesday May 16, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

7. Afghanistan and Pakistan: By Austin Long

Major internal conflict has plagued Afghanistan for four decades. The U.S., for its part, has conducted military operations in the country nearly continuously since 9/11. Today, war with the Taliban persists, and tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan have gradually deteriorated. As his time in office drew to a close, President Obama limited further withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The incoming administration has a choice: will it maintain the status quo, completely reverse the Obama administration drawdown or withdraw completely? Does the U.S. face a no win situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan? 

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Belmar Library
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

7. Afghanistan and Pakistan: By Austin Long

Major internal conflict has plagued Afghanistan for four decades. The U.S., for its part, has conducted military operations in the country nearly continuously since 9/11. Today, war with the Taliban persists, and tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan have gradually deteriorated. As his time in office drew to a close, President Obama limited further withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The incoming administration has a choice: will it maintain the status quo, completely reverse the Obama administration drawdown or withdraw completely? Does the U.S. face a no win situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan? 

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Columbine Library
Wednesday May 17, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Polly Tagg   3032355275   polly.tagg@jeffcolibrary.org
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

7. Afghanistan and Pakistan: By Austin Long

Major internal conflict has plagued Afghanistan for four decades. The U.S., for its part, has conducted military operations in the country nearly continuously since 9/11. Today, war with the Taliban persists, and tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan have gradually deteriorated. As his time in office drew to a close, President Obama limited further withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The incoming administration has a choice: will it maintain the status quo, completely reverse the Obama administration drawdown or withdraw completely? Does the U.S. face a no win situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan? 

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Evergreen Library
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Tuesday May 30, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

8. Nuclear Security: By Todd Stephen Sechser

Nuclear nonproliferation was a top priority for the Obama administration. While the Iran Deal was a diplomatic victory toward this end, major threats persist from both state and non-state actors. Countries like North Korea, Russia, and India and Pakistan continue to challenge nonproliferation efforts. The possibility that terrorists will carry out an attack using a “dirty bomb,” made from captured nuclear materials, looks increasingly real. In a fractious world, which way forward for U.S. nuclear security policy?

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Belmar Library
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

8. Nuclear Security: By Todd Stephen Sechser

Nuclear nonproliferation was a top priority for the Obama administration. While the Iran Deal was a diplomatic victory toward this end, major threats persist from both state and non-state actors. Countries like North Korea, Russia, and India and Pakistan continue to challenge nonproliferation efforts. The possibility that terrorists will carry out an attack using a “dirty bomb,” made from captured nuclear materials, looks increasingly real. In a fractious world, which way forward for U.S. nuclear security policy?

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Columbine Library
Wednesday May 31, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Great Decisions Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Polly Tagg   3032355275   polly.tagg@jeffcolibrary.org
   

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
-Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions consists of in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics: The EU; The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics; Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism?; Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Nuclear Security. Reservations are not required. We highly recommended that participants come prepared by reading the article on each session's topic.

8. Nuclear Security: By Todd Stephen Sechser

Nuclear nonproliferation was a top priority for the Obama administration. While the Iran Deal was a diplomatic victory toward this end, major threats persist from both state and non-state actors. Countries like North Korea, Russia, and India and Pakistan continue to challenge nonproliferation efforts. The possibility that terrorists will carry out an attack using a “dirty bomb,” made from captured nuclear materials, looks increasingly real. In a fractious world, which way forward for U.S. nuclear security policy?

Suitable for: Adults

    Location: Evergreen Library
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