Great Decisions, a non-partisan discussion forum, provides education on important American policy issues. Each program features a presenter with expertise in the topic, who will set the stage for the discussion of diverse viewpoints.
Participants are encouraged, but not required, to checkout or read the desk copy of the Great Decisions briefing book—available at the Galaxie Library—prior to the program.
Great Decisions is sponsored locally by District 196 Community Education and Dakota County Library and coordinated statewide by the Minnesota International Center in Minneapolis. It is a nationally recognized model for foreign policy discussions sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association.
China’s Foreign Policy
Tuesday, March 4, 6:30–8 p.m., Galaxie
What does the rapid rise of China mean for other countries in the region, and are there potential points of conflict with the U.S. as it “pivots” to Asia? Presented by P. Richard Bohr, professor of history and director of Asian studies at the College of Saint Benedict and St. John’s University.
Food and Climate
Tuesday, March 18, 6:30–8 p.m., Galaxie
As vulnerable populations experience the scarcity of food and water, the United States finds itself faced with new challenges. Presented by Roger Salway, president of Post-Harvest Technologies Ltd.
Tuesday, April 1, 6:30–8 p.m., Galaxie
Turkey’s first Prime Minister envisioned a modern country with strong ties to Europe, not the Middle East. But as the clashes between secular and religious groups show, the soul of Turkey is still up for grabs. Presented by David Bartlett, partner at Bartlett Ellis LLC in Minneapolis and senior lecturer at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.
Tuesday, April 15, 6:30–8 p.m., Galaxie
The aftermath of the Arab Spring has resulted in unforeseen changes in the political landscape in many countries. Is U.S. foreign policy adapting successfully to all of the changes in the region? Presented by M. Jay Shahidi, originally from Iran and a board member of the United Nations Association-Minnesota and the America Refugee Committee.