Commentary: You’re invited to ‘Great Discussions’ at Shoreline CC

FuellBy Larry Fuell, Director
Global Affairs Center, Shoreline Community College

“We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe,” President Kennedy’s promised in 1961. Today those words seem hollow if not downright dangerous.  So how should the United States prioritize the various foreign challenges it faces — terrorism, nuclear proliferation, cyber-security, and global instability, to name just a few?

Two years after revolution ousted President Hosni Mubarak, uprising in Egypt and throughout the Middle East ushered in the promise of radical change. What is the state of democracy and stability in that part of the world today, and what does it mean for the U.S. and the rest of the world?

These are just two of the topics that a small group of community members and students will discuss at weekly meetings beginning May 2 at Shoreline Community College.  The participants are not “experts” on the topics, but persons interested in what is going on in the rest of the world.  Each week, we read a short briefing paper on the topic in advance.  We begin our meeting with a short video that provides additional background.  Next a guest, someone with a personal connection to the issue, is invited to make comments.   Then we launch into an open, round-table discussion in which everyone present participates.  Hopefully, we all go away a little wiser about the topic and clearer about what we think.

You are welcome to join these discussions but hurry:   participation is limited and there are only a few places left at the table.   The cost of registering is $30, which includes briefing materials.  You can register online at  All meetings are on Thursday, start at 6pm. and end by 8pm.

Topics to be discussed this year include:
Egypt:  Navigating an Uncertain Transition (May 2)
Change in Myanmar (Burma):  Generals and Democrats (May 9)
Iran, Nuclear Weapons and the U.S.:  Three Decades of Futility (May 16)
China in Africa:  Savior or Self-Interest? (May 23)
Humanitarian Intervention and U.S. Policy (May 30)
Assessing Threats to the U.S. and Setting Priorities (June 6)

If you have any questions, please call or write Larry Fuell, Director, Global Affairs, Shoreline Community College, 206-533-6750,

Dr. Lawrence D. Fuell, who lives in Edmonds, is Director of the Global Affairs Center and teaches political science at Shoreline Community College. From 1984 to 2003, Fuell worked for the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service and served at U.S. embassies in Peru, China, and Guatemala. He traveled extensively in these and neighboring countries, and negotiated food aid agreements that generated over $250 million in development assistance.


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