Library U

Great Decisions at the Library  2023

Now in its eighteenth 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. 
You can purchase the 2023 Great Decisions Briefing Bookfrom the Foreign Policy Association by clicking here.  There is also an eBook available. 
Email to be added to the mailing list for suggested background readings on the topics and other information about Great Decisions at the Library.

April 2, 2023  |  2PM - 3:30PM  |  Large Meeting Room, Bainbridge Public Library

China and the U.S.

Moderated by David Bachman, Jackson School of International Studies, past chair of China Studies

HOW WILL THE UNITED STATES RESPOND TO CHINA'S GROWING GLOBAL PRESENCE? For the past ten years, the United States and China have been locked in a competition for who has the greatest global influence. One major point of contention is the status of Taiwanese sovereignty, which has become even more relevant with the possibility that Russia's invasion of Ukraine may prompt China to take similar action regarding Taiwan. How will the United States engage a China that is increasingly seeking to expand its sphere of Influence?

Suggested background readings: 
Opinion: Here's the Real Lesson from Showy Xi-Putin Meeting. By David Ignatius, Washington Post, March 21, 2023.
How to Avoid War over Taiwan. The Economist, March 9, 2023.
A Roadmap for US-China Relations in 2023. The Brookings Institute, January 4, 2023.
China-Brokered Deal Upends Mideast Diplomacy and Challenges U.S. The New York Times, March 11, 2023. 

April 16, 2023  |  2PM - 3:30PM  |  Large Meeting Room, Bainbridge Public Library

Energy Geopolitics

Moderated by Scott Montgomery, Lecturer, UW Jackson School of International Studies

April 30, 2023  |  2PM - 3:30PM  |  Large Meeting Room, Bainbridge Public Library

Iran at a Crossroads

Moderated by David Fenner, UW Affiliate Lecturer on Islam and the Middle East

Kathleen Thorne
Martha Bayley
Cindy Harrison
Ki Kilcher

Email  to be added to the email list for future Library U announcements.

Library U is sponsored by the Bainbridge Public Library with funding support from the Bainbridge Island Friends of the Library and a generous donation in memory of Louise Brody Weissman. 


Library U