January 25, 2013 at 5:13 PM
Great Decisions, co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Interweave Learning Center, runs eight Wednesdays 7:30–9:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 13 at Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit. The series is produced by the Foreign Policy Association which provides the excellent manual and a video to introduce each topic. Lively discussion is encouraged by the facilitator. Facilitators include: The Reverend Dr.Robert C. Morris, Janet Haag, Director of Interweave, Foster Osborne, Rob and Sharon Davis, Charles Fletcher, Janet Mulback, Phil White and Gorge Zipfel. After each session, participants fill out opinion ballots which are sent to members of Congress and appropriate government departments.
Feb. 13: Future of the Euro
How did the 2008 global recession contribute to the development of the euro crisis? The health of the euro affects and is affected by the state of the global economy. How can European Union leaders prevent the collapse of the common currency?
Feb. 20: Egypt
The popular revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 ushered in the promise of radical change. Two years later, what is the state of Egyptian democracy? How will the military and the civilian government balance power?
Feb. 27: NATO
How has NATO’s agenda evolved since its inception during the Cold War? With its military commitment in Afghanistan winding down and a recent successful campaign in Libya, what are the Alliance’s present-day security challenges?
March 6: Myanmar
The West has welcomed unprecedented democratic reforms made by Myanmar’s government. What challenges must Myanmar overcome before it can fully join the international community? What role can it play in Southeast Asia?
March 13: Intervention
The “responsibility to protect” doctrine has become central to modern humanitarian intervention. When should the international community intervene? Why did the West rush to intervene in Libya but not Syria?
March 20: Iran
Suspicion and a troubled history have blighted U.S.-Iranian relations for three decades. How can the United States and Iran move forward? Is the existence of Iran’s nuclear program an insurmountable obstacle?
March 27: China in Africa
What interests govern China’s engagement in Africa? Should China’s growing emphasis on political ties and natural resource extraction inform U.S. relations with African nations?
April 3: National Security
How can the United States address the challenges of a weak economy, homegrown terrorism and nuclear proliferation? What threats and opportunities are presented by the ascendancy of China and by regime change in the Middle East?
The cost of the series is $95 (manual included), or $85 for members of Interweave, the League of Women Voters or Calvary Church. Individual sessions are $20 plus a one-time charge of $20 for the manual. To register, call the Interweave office at 908-277-2120.