Foreign Policy Discussion Group Begins January 9

November 22, 2017

Foreign Policy Discussion Group

8 Week Course | Tuesdays January 9 – February 27

10:00 - 11:15 AM or 7 – 8:15 PM

What is our country’s role in the world? What does human health look like on a global scale? How does the media affect and reflect foreign policy?

If you’d like to become better educated about issues around the world, now’s your chance! With a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer and Portsmouth Public Library’s director as guides, for the third year in a row the library offers a unique opportunity to consider and discuss a number of foreign policy topics.

This year we’re hosting two independent groups: you can choose from a 10 – 11:15 AM session or a 7 – 8:15 meeting, on Tuesdays, January 9 – February 27 in the Levenson Community Room.

This FREE 8 week “Great Decisions” course, created by the Foreign Policy Association to educate the public about current events, will include the following topics for 2018:

  • 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
  • Global health: progress and challenges

Each week, participants will watch a 30 minute documentary on an issue, which will be followed by a discussion.

This group is free and open to all. Registration is not required. Portsmouth Public Library cardholders are eligible for a free copy of the Great Decisions Briefing Book, 2018 edition. Non-cardholders may purchase a copy of the briefing book from the library for $25, or at greatdecisions.org. Email Steve at skbutzel@cityofportsmouth.com to be notified when briefing books are available for pickup.

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