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The International Relations Team sponsors a monthly, public Great Decisions discussion on international issues and their impact on our world. When appropriate, the team presents educational programs to LWVLC members and the public on matters of international concern. The team also presents a regular Great Decisions class with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a division of CSU’s Continuing Education Program.

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

The International Relations Team offers two versions of the Great Decisions program as educational outreach. These events are open to the public and we hope you will attend!

The discussion group meets the first Monday of each month (Feb. – June; Oct.-Dec) at Our Saviours Lutheran Church, East Room, from 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

In addition, we are prepared to act upon items that fall within the national positions under International Relations.

From time to time we research areas of international concern to present to the local League membership.

The team also collaborates with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a division of  CSU’s Continuing Education Program, to present a Great Decisions Program in a classroom setting.

Sign-up for the 2020 season of Great Decisions has begun. Briefing books will be available in January for $25, payable on receipt of the book.
Do you like to stay informed, but cannot attend the meetings? No problem! Everyone is welcome to purchase a book. To reserve a book, please contact Kay Easley at or by phone, at 970-282-0135.

Upcoming Programs - 2020

Climate Change and the Global Order, February 3, 2020

Climate change has become one of the defining issues of our time. As much of the world bands together to come up with a plan, the U.S. remains the notable holdout. What is the rest of the world doing to combat climate change? What impact will the effects of climate change have on global geopolitics?

India and Pakistan, March 2, 2020

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi rode a wave of Hindu nationalism to a historic reelection in 2019. His first order of business was to revoke the special status granted to the Kashmir region, inflaming the rivalry between India and Pakistan. How will the Kashmir situation affect the region, both economically and politically?

U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle, April 6, 2020

Combatting illegal immigration has become a priority of the Trump administration. The Northern Triangle of Central America, made up of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, is a special target of the administration, which hold the nations responsible for the large flow of migrants from Latin America to the U.S. With funds from the U.S. cut, how can the Northern Triangle countries curtail migration?


Artificial Intelligence and Data, May 4, 2020

Policymakers in many countries are developing plans and funding research in artificial intelligence (AI). Global growth is slowing, and not surprisingly, many policymakers hope that AI will provide a magic solution. The EU, Brazil, and other Western countries have adopted regulations that grant users greater control over their data and require that firms using AI be transparent about how they use it. Will the U.S. follow suit?

The Philippines and the U.S., June 1, 2020

The Philippines has had a special relationship with the United States since the islands were ceded by Spain to the United States after the Spanish-American War at the end of the 19th century.  However, since the election of Rodrigo Duterte, the country has pivoted more toward China, and away from the U.S. Duterte has also launched a largescale war on drugs that many criticize for its brutality. What does the future hold for U.S, relations with the Philippines?

China’s Road into Latin America, October 5, 2020

As the Trump administration continues to withdraw from the world stage, China is looking to fill the void. How does Latin America fit into China’s “One Belt, One Road” plan? How will the relationship with China affect the region? Should the U.S. be concerned about China’s growing “sphere of influence?”  

 Modern Slavery and Human TraffickingNovember 2,  2020

Almost every nation has enacted laws criminalizing human trafficking, and international organizations, governments, and NGOs sponsor a large variety of projects to curb trafficking and slavery. Billions of dollars have been allocated to these efforts. What is the international community doing to combat slavery and trafficking? What are the experiences like for those being trafficked?


Red Sea Security, December 7, 2020

The Red Sea has remained vital for global trade since the time of ancient Egypt. Once home to the spice trade, the Red Sea now sees millions of barrels of oil a day transported across its waters. With major nations like China, France, Italy, and the U.S. building large ports and bases in the region, what does the future of the region look like? How important is Red Sea security for global security? Can the region be a place of global cooperation?