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 a nationally recognized model for foreign policy discussions sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, coordinated statewide by Global Minnesota, and sponsored locally by District 196 Community Education and Dakota County Library.
Conflict in the South China Sea
Discuss the competing territorial claims in the South China Sea and how nations are attempting to prevent tensions from boiling over through careful diplomacy.
Presenter Richard Bohr, Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, has devoted his professional career to promoting U.S.-Asia relations.
Tuesday, March 28, 6:30—8 p.m.
Trade and Politics
Examine the metrics used to gauge economic strength and the picture of U.S. economic stature they paint. Discuss how statistics around international trade could help develop appropriate policy solutions for the challenges at hand.
Presenter Ambassador Ross Wilson served as American ambassador to Turkey in 2005-08 and to Azerbaijan in 2000-03. In 2010-2014, Ambassador Wilson served as director of the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, where he led the Council’s work on the former Soviet states, Turkey and regional energy and economic issues.
Tuesday, April 11, 6:30—8 p.m.
Saudi Arabia in Transition
The Saudi Arabian government is attempting to transform the country while also struggling to adjust to the drastic decline in oil revenue. Bipartisan criticism of Saudi Arabia is rising in Congress. Both countries need each other, but they are at a crossroads in bilateral relations.
Presenter Molly Hayes served as the State Department’s counterterrorism advisor for East Africa, desk officer for Kenya, Morocco, Western Sahara and Tunisia, and assistant to the Coordinator for Counterterrorism.
Tuesday, April 25, 6:30-8 p.m.