Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs.

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On Tuesday, February 26th, at 11:45 a.m. at the Durango Public Library, our third discussion will be “Decoding U.S. - China Trade.” Moderator Kim Martin will present background materials and a film by the Foreign Policy Association, and lead participants in a discussion of the issues.

Though arguably the most advanced economy in the world, the United States still uses centuries-old numbers to measure trade. These antique numbers mangle understanding of the U.S.-China trade relationship, shrinking America’s true economic size and competitiveness, while swelling China’s. Bad numbers give rise to bad policies that ultimately kill U.S. jobs and cede market share to China. What other tools can the United States employ to counter China’s unfair trade practices? There are several available, yet they remain mostly unused. Follow this link to the Glossary for this program.

After retiring from teaching at Fort Lewis College, Kim Martin and her husband Steve moved to the Arabian Peninsula where he became General Counsel of Abu Dhabi National Energy Company. He worked, and she played and studied the culture. At Fort Lewis, among other courses, Kim taught East Asian History and a comparative cultures class that looked at the philosophical underpinnings of Chinese, Western, and Native American civilizations. The questions explored in that class, dealt with how culture informs peoples’ choices - in style, behavior, government, and values.  

Kim has had the good fortune to explore various cultures throughout her adult life — when she lived in Singapore, she did her Master’s degree on the Political Economy of the Asian Pacific region and traveled broadly; when she lived in the United Arab Emirates, she explored the ways Islamic and Arabic culture can be understood by Westerners. 

Join the discussion.

We encourage you to attend and bring a brown bag lunch.
Briefing Book
The Great Decisions briefing book is designed to deepen your understanding of the issues and prepare you to discuss solutions. There is one book at the library that you may read, and you can order them from the Foreign Policy Association

More Information

Follow this link to a complete 2019 discussion schedule. More information about Great Decisions can be found on the websites, Foreign Policy Association and the League of Women Voters of La Plata County.
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