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Great Decisions – 2017

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 janet.jacobson@usa.net or 651-690-0483.   All are welcome!

Topics in 2017:

1) The Future of Europe; 2) Trade and Politics; 3) Conflict in the South China Sea; 4) Saudi Arabia in Transition; 5) U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; 6) Latin America’s Political Pendulum; 7) Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan; and 8) Nuclear Security.

April 24: Saudi Arabia in Transition

 The relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia is changing, partly due to the end of the Cold War and also to decreased American reliance on Saudi oil. Given these changes and disagreements between the two countries regarding Saudi domestic policies, some question whether the U.S. should move away from this troubled partnership. Yet America relies on Saudi Arabia for assistance in meeting terrorist threats and containing Iran. Can we continue this relationship while also seeking productive change? Molly Hayes, formerly with the U.S. Department of State as advisor on foreign policy issues in East Africa, the Middle East, and North Africa, will be our speaker.

All are welcome to attend this meeting. There is a small charge to attend if you are not a member of the Great Decisions group.