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League of Women Voters of Hudson sponsors Great Decisions discussions

Published: March 8, 2017 12:00 AM

The League of Women Voters of Hudson invites citizens to discuss important topics of U.S. foreign policy at Laurel Lake on Tuesday mornings next on March 14 and lasting one more week.

Sessions run from 10 11:15 a.m. The Hudson group has been sponsoring these discussions for 35 years.

Each session starts with a 25-minute video on the topic followed by active discussion based on the briefing book published by the Foreign Policy Association.

The cost to participate is $25 for the briefing book which can be attained by emailing Karen Leith at KPL7@aol.com.

Topics and dates include:

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March 14: Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Major internal conflict has plagued Afghanistan for four decades.

The U.S., for its part, has conducted military operations in the country nearly continuously since 9/11. 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 U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The incoming administration has a choice: will it maintain the status quo, completely reverse the Obama administration drawdown or withdraw completely? Does the U.S. face a no win situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan?

March 21: Nuclear Security: The Enduring Challenge of Nuclear Weapons

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Nuclear nonproliferation was a top priority for the Obama administration. While the Iran Deal was a diplomatic victory toward this end, major threats persist from both state and non-state actors.

Countries like North Korea, Russia, and India and Pakistan continue to challenge nonproliferation efforts.

The possibility that terrorists will carry out an attack using a "dirty bomb," made from captured nuclear materials, looks increasingly real. In a fractious world, which way forward for U.S. nuclear security policy?

Become part of America's largest discussion program on world affairs. Each year, eight topics out of the most critical global issues facing America are chosen by a panel of experts. This year we tackle critical issues from U.N reform to climate change and the rise of ISIS.

In this time of transition and change, it is important to not only be knowledgeable, but also to voice informed opinions.

Part of our deliberations must include the possibilities of changes in direction.

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