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Friday, October 3, 2014

Dakota County Library welcomes back foreign policy discussion forum

Starting this month, Dakota County Library will host Great Decisions, a non-partisan discussion forum that features presentations from topic experts and provides opportunities for education and conversation on important American foreign policy issues. Participants are encouraged to read the Great Decisions booklet available at the Galaxie Library information desk, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley. The following programs are planned at Galaxie Library:
 
U.S. Trade Policy
6:30–8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7
America's foreign policy tools are not limited to sanctions, treaties or military campaigns. The tools include a sales pitch to promote the benefits of democracy and the free market. Presented by Robert Scarlett, senior advisor at Clearwater Layline, LLC who assists individuals and companies seeking access to markets in North America and South America.
 
Defense Technology
6:30–8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21
From robotic planes to 3D printing, new "game-changing" technologies are moving from science fiction to battlefield reality — all during an age of fiscal austerity. 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? Presented by George Welles, president of Imaging Futures, Inc., and national security subject matter expert for senior federal executives.
 
Israel and the U.S.
6:30–8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4
Modern Israel's struggles with the Palestinians have turned what was meant as a safe haven for Jews into the center of a decades-long conflict. The U.S. has stepped in as Israel's ally due to the two countries' shared values, but those ties are being tested. Presented by Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.
 
Energy Independence
6:30–8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18
Energy independence, by taking the bargaining chip of oil dependence off the table, would be good for American foreign policy. In a government with fixed resources, should the U.S. encourage more traditional fuel production or invest in the young technology of renewable resources? Presented by Charles Woodbury, a computer systems consultant and software developer at the U.S. Army Air Defense School.
 
For more information, visit www.dakotacounty.us/library and search Great Decisions or call 651-450-2900.

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