Great Decisions meetings normally meet the 4th Monday of the month (February-June & September-November). Terrific topics are lined up in advance, with excellent speakers. We meet at 7 pm in the Peace Chapel on the dates listed below. If you are interested in attending, please contact Janet Jacobson at email@example.com or 651-690-0483. All are welcome to attend these meetings. There is a small charge to attend if you are not a member of the Great Decisions group.
Topics in 2018:
1) The waning of Pax Americana; 2) Russia’s foreign policy; 3) China and America: the new geopolitical equation; 4) Media and foreign policy; 5) Turkey: a partner in crisis; 6) U.S. global engagement and the military; 7) South Africa’s fragile democracy; and 8) Global health: progress and challenges.
September 24—Turkey: A Partner in Crisis
Great Decisions resumes in September, with an important and timely discussion. Following a failed military coup in 2016, Turkey’s leadership became even more autocratic. Recently, the crisis over an imprisoned United States minister led Trump to impose sanctions against Turkey, historically an ally of the United States. Erdogan has used these sanctions to convince the majority of the Turkish population that the United States is Turkey’s greatest security threat. The growing crisis is representative of a worsening “clash of civilizations” between Islam and the West. Turkey symbolically represents the most institutionally Westernized Muslim country in the world. As such, it poses a daunting challenge for the Trump administration.
Ross Wilson, American ambassador to Turkey from 2005 to 2008, is the speaker.
October 22—Global Health: Progress and Challenges
Over the last 30 years, the collective action of countries, communities and organizations has saved millions of lives around the world. Yet stark inequalities in health and well-being persist. Old and new health challenges face us, including the preventable deaths of mothers and children, continuing epidemics of infectious diseases, and rising rates of chronic disease. We also remain vulnerable to the emergence of new and deadly pandemics. As a result, the next several decades will be just as important as the last in determining well-being across nations.
This discussion will be led by Jeffrey Anderson, an Associate Professor in the Peace Studies Department at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict’s.