Great Decisions

Great Decisions

Great Decisions - June 13, 2017  4 p.m. - Kirk Parlour   "Afghanistan and Pakistan"   Bill Davnie, Speaker

Major internal conflict has plagued Afghanistan for four decades. The United States has conducted military operations in the country nearly continuously since 2001. Today, war with the Taliban persists and tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan have gradually deteriorated. As his time in office drew to a close, President Obama limited further withdrawal of the U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

The Trump Administration now faces significant choices: will it maintain the status quo, completely reverse the past administration’s drawdown or withdraw completely? Does the U.S. face a no-win situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan?

William Davnie served as foreign service officer in the U.S. Department of State from 1981–2007 with postings in Hong Kong, Thailand, USSR/Russia, Lithuania, Finland, and Baghdad, Iraq. He is a graduate of Wabash College, Vanderbilt University (Master of Divinity) and National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

Great Decisions is a non-partisan U.S. Foreign Policy discussion group established by the U.S. Foreign Policy Association and sponsored by Global Minnesota. Please register in the church office or call (651) 227-6311.

For more about the Great Decisions program at The House of Hope, check the bulletin boards, ask at the church office, or contact Bob Mairs, rpmairs@aol.com or 651-222-3423. Coming up are five more topics critical for U.S. Foreign Policy, five more highly qualified discussion leaders, and five more focused background articles in a Briefing Book—a bargain at $60 a family. World affairs are more complex than ever. You can unravel the major issues with Great Decisions, a dynamic citizen education and discussion program led by experts. Join other church members at future meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of the month through November, at 4 p.m. in the Kirk Parlour. Great Decisions is sponsored nationally by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) and coordinated locally by Global Minnesota (formerly the Minnesota International Center).

The fee covers the book and the speaker honoraria for all programs of the 2017-2018 season. A bargain!! Refreshments are provided. Guests are welcome to attend without fee to see what it's all about. Contact Bob Mairs (651-222-3423) or email Paul Solon with questions.