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A Great Decision

Why does America intervene in one conflict but not another?  What is the "responsiblity to protect" doctrine?  These are just a few of the Great Decisions that are being discussed at the Norman Public Library on Thursday nights starting February 21st at 6:30 p.m.  Thought  provoking, current and challenging, contact the library at 701-2620 for more information to join these discussions.  check out some of these titles to further the journey.

Beyond the Age of Innocence: rebuilding trust between America and the world

It is not beyond the capacity of America, working together with the rest of the world, to achieve stability through decency. Working from his decades of experience in diplomacy, most significantly in the United Nations, and a deeply touching and personal commitment to sharing what he has learned, Mahbubani believes America can still be respected by other nations, even those turned away by its errors in foreign policy and recent atrocities. He describes how America has benefited and harmed the world, particularly in Islamic states and China, explains the nature of American power and how to manage it, and what lies ahead if America chooses to again seek to be the shining city on the hill, now a city connected closely with all others on the planet.

Colin Powell: American intervention from Vietnam to Iraq

This exploration of Powell's career and character reveals several broad themes crucial to American foreign policy and yields insights into the evolution of American foreign and defense policy in the post-Vietnam, post-Cold War eras. This book explains Powell's diplomatic style and its place in the American foreign policy tradition and his involvement in the most important debates over foreign and defense policy during the past two decades.

How Governments Work: the inside guide to the politics of the world

An inside guide to the world of politics, this book examines the governments of 193 nations in the world and shows exactly how power is exercised in each. Features icons, sidebars, timelines, and maps. 

Revenge of Geography: what the map tells us about coming conflicts and the battle against fate

Draws on the insights of geographers and geopolitical thinkers to present a holistic interpretation of the next cycle of conflict throughout Eurasia that considers such topics as European debt, Chinese power, and the role of Iran

Taking Sides: clashing views on political issues

Taking Sides volumes present current controversial issues in a debate-style format designed to stimulate student interest and develop critical thinking skills. Each issue is thoughtfully framed with an issue summary, an issue introduction, and a postscript or challenge questions.

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