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.
U.S. Trade Policy
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 6:30–8 p.m.
America’s foreign policy tools are not limited to sanctions, treaties or military campaigns — they also include the sales pitch to promote the benefits of democracy and the free market. Presented by Robert Scarlett, Senior Advisor at Clearwater Layline, LLC utilizing his 40 years of experience in Latin America to assist individuals and companies seeking access to markets in North & South America.
Tuesday, Oct 21, 6:30–8 p.m.
From robotic planes to cyberweapons to 3D printing and human enhancement, new “game-changing” technologies are moving from science fiction to battlefield reality — all during an age of fiscal austerity. What are the “killer applications” of the 21st century battlefield, and in turn, what are the issues that the U.S. must navigate in adapting to them? Presented by George Welles, President of Imaging Futures, Inc., CEO of Allargeo Ltd. and currently serves as a national security subject matter expert for senior federal executives and as an advisor in future technologies and trends for a number of organizations.
Israel and the U.S.
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 6:30–8 p.m.
Modern Israel’s struggles with the Palestinians have turned what was meant as a safe haven for Jews into the center of a decades-long conflict. The U.S. has stepped in as Israel’s ally due to the two countries’ shared values, but now those ties are being tested. Presented by Steve Hunegs, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 6:30–8 p.m.
Energy independence, by taking the bargaining chip of oil dependence off the table, would be good for American foreign policy. In a government with fixed resources, should the U.S. encourage more traditional fuel production or invest in the young technology of renewable resources? Presented by Charles Woodbury, a computer systems consultant, software developer and former instructor at the U.S. Army Air Defense School.