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Discussion Series Explores Critical Issues

Great Dicisions Discussion Series begins Feb. 19.Where else could you have the opportunity to discuss important world issues with international and national authorities, as well as hear what your neighbors think, than at your hometown library.

Great Decisions Discussion Series begin again at the Norman Public Library February 19 in Room A/B at the library, 225 N. Webster, at 6:30 p.m. with a video presentation produced by the Foreign Policy Association, followed by the guest speaker and discussion forum. Refreshments are served.

Great Decisions is the flagship educational program of the Foreign Policy Association. The nation-wide outreach program was started in 1954. Today, there are more than 400,000 participants.

The February 19 discussion topic is U.S. and Rising Powers presented by Ambassador Edwin G. Corr (retired). Corr was the U.S. Ambassador to Peru, Bolivia and El Salvador, the Charge d’Affaires in Ecuador, and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Control. As a career Foreign Service Officer he also served in Thailand and Mexico.He was a Peace Corps Director in Colombia. He was a Professor of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma. He was creator and director the Energy Institute of the Americans (EIA) at the Sarkeys Energy Center at OU, Associate Director of OU’s International Program Center (IPC), and a Senior Research Fellow of the IPC.

Corr is the author, co-author and co-editor of five books, and author of many book chapters and articles. He is the general editor of the University of Oklahoma Press Series in International and Security Affairs. Currently, Ambassador Corr is a paid consultant, serves on boards of non-governmental organizations, and is a public speaker.

Since the end of the cold war, the U.S. has emerged as the world’s predominant power. However, in the 21st century some rapidly developing countries have become increasingly influential. The discussion will address the following issues: Who are these “rising powers?” Will their emergence change the global balance of power? How will the U.S. react?

The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the American public to learn more about world issues. It provides publications, programs and forums to increase public awareness of matters relating to world policy.

Through the discussion series hosted by the Norman public library, participants can meet, discuss issues, debate and arrive at an informed opinion on each topic. The Norman library will host four Thursday discussions.

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