(LAKEWOOD, Colo.—Jan. 21, 2014) Jefferson County Public Library announced today that it will once again be offering the popular Great Decisions program at the Columbine and Evergreen Libraries. This popular foreign policy discussion group is perfect for those who are interested in learning more about current events.
Each program is presented in a balanced and non-partisan way, and includes background information, current data and policy options for each issue. Topics include:
Defense Technology: What are the “killer applications” of the 21st century battlefield, and in turn, what are the issues that the U.S. must navigate in adapting to them?
Israel and the U.S.: The Arab Spring, Iran’s nuclear ambitions, failed peace talks, and Israel’s own decision to give Washington the cold shoulder have put new strains on the 65-year-old “special relationship.”
Turkey’s Challenges: Turkey: a nation at a crossroads, a bridge over an ever-growing chasm between the East and West. As the clashes between secular and religious groups and the recent protests in Taksim Square show, the soul of Turkey is still very much up for grabs.
Islamic Awakening: The aftermath of the Arab Spring has resulted in unforeseen changes in the political landscape in many countries, especially regarding the role of Islam and democracy. How have the countries in the Maghreb reacted, including Tunisia, where the Arab Spring began? Is U.S. foreign policy adapting successfully to all of the changes in the region?
Energy Independence: In a government with fixed resources, should the U.S. encourage more traditional fuel production or invest in the young technology of renewable resources?
Food and Climate: As food and water become scarce and once fertile land becomes barren, the U.S. finds itself faced with new challenges in securing the globe. The U.S. is getting ready, but can it lead the way to climate reform?
China’s Foreign Policy: What does the rapid rise of this new superpower mean for other countries in the region, and are there potential points of conflict with the U.S. as it “pivots” to Asia?
U.S. Trade Policy: America’s foreign policy tools are not limited to sanctions, treaties or military campaigns – they also include the sales pitch. The logic behind this pitch, or “economic statecraft,” is simple: promote the benefits of democracy and the free market. In so doing, the U.S. will gain valuable and stable partners, both in business and in diplomacy. Now, as China and other emerging nations battle the U.S. for global influence, Secretary Kerry will take the reigns as a free market matchmaker.
Sessions at the Columbine Library begin with a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 and continue on select Mondays through May 19. The Evergreen Library will begin its 10th year of hosting the Great Decisions program at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19. It will continue through Monday, May 5. See jeffcolibrary.org/events  for exact date information.
Meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend. For more information visit jeffcolibrary.org  or call 303-235-5275.
About Jefferson County Public Library
Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is the third largest public library in the state of Colorado. Our mission is to meet the changing needs of our communities by providing information and environments that promote personal growth and community transformation. A JCPL library card is the smartest card in your wallet, giving you access to an online library that operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week, a network of 10 libraries, a Bookmobile, a Traveling Children's Library and an eTrain mobile computer training lab, as well as books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs, audio and eBooks, and computer and Internet resources. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org .