Foreign policy discussion forum returns to Galaxie Library

Starting in March, Dakota County Library will host Great Decisions, a nonpartisan discussion forum that provides opportunities for education and conversation on important American foreign policy issues.

Each program will feature a presenter with expertise in the topic. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to read the Great Decisions booklet available at the Galaxie Library information desk. The following programs will be held at the Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley:

“China’s Foreign Policy,” 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 4. What does the rapid rise of China mean for other countries in the region, and are there potential points of conflict with the United States as it “pivots” to Asia? Presented by P. Richard Bohr, professor of history and director of Asian studies at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University.

“Food and Climate,”  6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18. 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.

“Turkey’s Challenges,” 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 1. 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.

“Islamic Awakening,” 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15. 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.

For more information, visit www.dakotacounty.us/library and search Great Decisions or call 651-450-2900.

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