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Great Decisions - Global Outreach

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Discussions to engage citizens in learning about the world, sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association and the Durango Public Library. Please plan to join us in January 2016.

Special events

Great Decisions 2017

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*Great Decisions 2017 Discussion Group to meet at Durango Public Library on April 25th

On Tuesday, April 25th, at 11:45 a.m. at the Durango Public Library, our seventh discussion will be "Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan." The discussion will be led by Dennis Aronson; he will present background materials and a film by the Foreign Policy Association, and lead participants in a discussion of the issues. Please follow this link to review and print the glossary: Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Now would be a good time to mark your calendar.

Major internal conflict has plagued Afghanistan for four decades. The U.S., for its part, has conducted military operations in the country nearly continuously since 9/11. Today, war with the Taliban persists, and tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan have gradually deteriorated. As his time in office drew to a close, President Obama limited further withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The incoming administration has a choice: will it maintain the status quo, completely reverse the Obama administration drawdown or withdraw completely? Does the U.S. face a no win situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan?

Dennis Aronson and his late wife lived and worked for eight years in Muslim countries. After serving as Peace Corps volunteers in Afghanistan in the mid-1960's, they worked as English teachers in Saudi Arabia. Then they moved to Lebanon where Dennis earned his master's degree and taught at the American University of Beirut. Later, he took his Ph.D. in Instructional Systems at Florida State University and taught at the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies. He served for several years as the senior instructional designer for the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

After retiring, Dennis moved from Sacramento to Durango. He has presented several programs in the Life-Long Learning series at Fort Lewis College and elsewhere: Adventures in Afghanistan; Islam: What You Need to Know; Impact of Islamic Achievements on Western Civilization; Women in Islam: A World of Contradictions; and Roots of Radical Islam.

Join the discussion.

We encourage you to attend and bring a brown bag lunch.

More information about Great Decisions can be found on the websites, Foreign Policy Association and the League of Women Voters of La Plata County. Follow this link to the complete 2017 Great Decisions discussion schedule.

For more information, contact Lyle Hancock at lylehancock@bresnan.net.

*Click GDflyer 2017 to view the 2017 Great Decision schedule

More information about Great Decisions and the Foreign Policy Association can be found at http://www.fpa.org or follow this link to the League of Women Voters of La Plata County website.

For more information, contact Lyle Hancock at lylehancock@bresnan.net. We encourage you to attend and bring a brown bag lunch.

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Past Events

*On Tuesday, February 14th, at 11:45 a.m. at the Durango Public Library, our second Great Decisions discussion will cover "Trade and Politics." The discussion will be led by Dr. Michael Todt.
He will present background materials and a film by the Foreign Policy Association, and lead participants in a discussion of the issues. Now would be a good time to mark your calendar.

"The U.S. political mood toward trade has soured. The popular narrative has become: trade means that China wins, at America's expense. The numbers, however, may not support that conclusion. The metrics used to gauge economic strength--Gross Domestic Product and balance of trade--have not kept up with the realities of modern manufacturing. Obtaining an accurate picture of U.S. economic stature would require a critique of those numbers. Only then can the U.S. develop appropriate policy solutions for the challenges at hand."

Follow this link to a glossary for Trade and Politics.

Mike is semi-retired, working on publishing history articles. He taught history at West Virginia University, focusing on modern US history, the history of health care reform, the 1960's, and North American history. He has had a private practice as a clinical psychologist; and served as CEO of two state psychiatric hospitals; executive coach and management consultant for Fortune 500 companies; VISTA volunteer; and human resources specialist in productivity and compensation. Mike received his Ph.D. in history from West Virginia University in 2012; his Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the University of Chicago in 1983; his M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1972; and his B.A. from Michigan State University in 1969.

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We encourage you to attend and bring a brown bag lunch.