Foreign Affairs Fall 2017

This is an eight-part discussion series  led by Dr. Craig Brandt,  a retired naval officer and experienced discussion leader.  Dr. Brandt has been a professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology and Dean of Academic Affairs at the Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management.

Discussions take place on Thursdays from 10:30 am-12 pm beginning September 28th in the Library's meeting area (McIntyre or Fogelberg Rooms, check calendar for specific locations). 

Follow the instructions at the bottom of this page to register. If you have any questions or need help from a staff member to register, call Marnie Smith at (781) 505-4985. 

Fall Discussion Topics

Sept. 28
North Korean missile development and nuclear proliferation: The political impact on its regional neighbors and the U.S.  Reading 
Oct. 5
International sanctions: What is their purpose? Do they really work?  Reading for Discussion
Oct. 12 
Can the global economy create enough jobs? How will robotics and automation affect this? Reading for Discussion

Oct. 19
Chinese-American relations: An ever-changing face.  Reading for Discussion

Oct. 26
Faced with Brexit, discontent in the EU, and questions of whether NATO can fulfill its mission, is American foreign influence diminishing?  Reading for Discussion

Nov. 2
The $100 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia: How will this impact Middle East-U.S. relations?  Reading for Discussion

Nov. 9
Venezuela: Causes of the current political and economic distress and implications for the U.S.  Reading for Discussion

Nov. 16
The impact of money on foreign affairs: The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Import-Export Bank and how their actions affect foreign policy.  Reading for Discussion

To register for the Foreign Affairs Discussion Group, access the Library Calendar from the front page of the library website.  Scroll to September 28 and click on the hand.  Fill in the form and save.  Registering for one session registers the participant for all sessions.  Those who register will receive background readings by email.   If you have no computer, a copy of the reading will be available in the library for reading or photocopying.  Ask for this copy at the Circulation Desk on the first floor.  Register on the September 28 date even if you are planning to attend only some of the sessions.