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Great Decisions Series begins at Mill Race

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Columbus’ Mill Race Center and IUPUC once again have organized the Great Decisions Series kicking off today at the center, 900 Lindsey St. It meets at 7 p.m. for eight Wednesdays at the center.

This year’s topics include:

Defense technology. It will examine such questions as: “What are the killer technologies of the 21st century battlefield? In turn, what are the issues that the U.S. must navigate in adapting to them?”

Israel and the U.S. This long-term reliable alliance is now being tested by “The Arab Spring,” Iran’s nuclear ambition, failed peace talks and more.

Turkey’s challenges. Turkey is at a crossroads of sorts as clashes between secular and religious groups continue. Recent protests in Taksim Square show that crossroads.

Islamic awakening. The aftermath of the Arab Spring has resulted in unforeseen changes in the political landscape in many coun-tries. Is U.S. foreign policy adapting successfully to all the changes?

Food and climate. As food and water become scarce and once-fertile lands become barren, is the U.S. ready to face its own challenges and lead the way on 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 long has pitched “economic statecraft” to promote the benefits of democracy and the free market. Now, as emerging nations battle the U.S. for global influence, can Secretary of State John Kerry take the reigns as a free-market matchmaker?

Ryan Neville-Shephard, assistant professor of communication studies at IUPUC, has recruited the lineup of discussion leaders for the sessions.

There is no session March 19 because of spring break. The series concludes April 2.

All participants receive an issues booklet with pre-readings for each session. The fee to enroll is $20 for center members and $29 for nonmembers.

Information: 376-9241

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