Great Decisions at the Library - 2018

Now part of Library U, the Bainbridge Public Library’s lifelong learning program, Great Decisions at the Library is sponsored by the Kitsap Regional Library with funding support from the Bainbridge Island Friends of the Library and a generous donation in memory of Louise Brody Weissman.

Email to be added to the mailing list for suggested background readings on the topics and other information about Great Decisions at the Library. The readings will also be posted here about a week before each discussion. Beginning in early January, copies of the Briefing Book may be purchased for $20 (cash or check only) at the Bainbridge Public Library information desk. A copy will also be available for reading in the library.

Great Decisions at the Library
Saturdays, January 13 - March 3, 2018
9:30 – 11 a.m. at the Bethany Lutheran Church
Free, with donations welcome 
Refreshments provided!

Beginning January 13, the community is invited to learn about and weigh in on eight of the most important foreign policy issues facing the United States today: The waning of Pax Americana, Russia's foreign policy, China and America: the new geopolitical equation, Media and foreign policy, Turkey: a partner in crisis, U.S. global engagement and the military, South Africa's fragile democracy, and Global health: progress and challenges.

January 13: South Africa's Fragile Democracy
Moderator: Matthew Adeiza, U.W. PhD candidate studying political campaigning in Sub-Saharan Africa.

January 20: Russia's Foreign Policy
Moderator: Jacqueline Miller, Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Seattle.

January 27: The Waning of Pax Americana?
Moderator: Daniel Bessner, Assistant Professor in American Foreign Policy at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies 
Democracy in Exile by Daniel Bressner (book)

February 3. Global Health: Progress and Challenges.
Moderator: Sara Tifft, Project Director, Reproductive Health, PATH. 

February 10. Media and Foreign Policy.
Moderator: Hanson Hosein, Director of the Communication Leadership master's program at the University of Washington and a former journalist.  

February 17. U.S. Engagement and the Military.
Moderator: Laurence Kerr, Military Historian and Retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer.

February 24. China and America: The New Geopolitical Equation.
Moderator: Bradley Murg, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Seattle Pacific University.   
"Xi JinPing Makes an Autocrat's Move."  The Atlantic, February 2018.

March 3. Turkey: A Partner in Crisis.
Of all NATO allies, Turkey represents the most daunting challenge for the Trump administration. In the wake of a failed military coup in July 2016, the autocratic trend in Ankara took a turn for the worse. One year on, an overwhelming majority of the population considers the United States to be their country’s greatest security threat. In this age of a worsening "clash of civilizations” between Islam and the West, even more important than its place on the map is what Turkey symbolically represents as the most institutionally Westernized Muslim country in the world. What is the outlook for Turkey-U.S. relations? 
Moderator: Resat Kasaba, Director of the U.W. Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.    

Suggested Readings:
"Is Turkey Turning Into a Mafia State?"  Foreign Affairs, November 2017.
"Turkey's New Alliances." Foreign Affairs, September 2017.

The lively discussions take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday mornings at Bethany Lutheran Church. All events are free, with donations appreciated. Refreshments are provided. 

Now in its thirteenth year, Great Decisions at the Library is part of a nation-wide, non-partisan program of the Foreign Policy Association intended to broaden public involvement in foreign affairs. While enjoying coffee and pastries, Great Decisions at the Library participants first view a 30-minute Foreign Policy Association DVD on the topic under consideration and then engage in a discussion lead by an informed moderator. A Briefing Book, published by the Foreign Policy Association, is also available. 

Great Decisions 2018
Great Decisions 2018

Funding support for Great Decisions at the Library is generously provided by the Bainbridge Island Friends of the Library.