Dr. Amentahru Wahlrab leads Indonesia discussion on March 8

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 4:24pm

How important is Indonesia to the United States' foreign policy? Should Indonesia be prioritized above Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, or other nations in the region? What are the challenges facing Indonesia's path to democracy? Is this nation a special case or could it be replicated in other countries transitioning from military and other authoritarian governments?

Dr. Amentahru Wahlrab, visiting political science professor at University of Texas at Tyler (UT Tyler), will help participants in the Great Decisions discussion answer these and many other vital questions. This dialogue takes place at noon, on Thursday, March 8, in the Taylor Auditorium, Tyler Public Library.

Dr. Wahlrab is recognized as a scholar on the politics of Africa and Asia, as well as political theories of nonviolence, international conflict and security, and international terrorism. He earned his doctorate in international studies at the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He is currently working on a book entitled Fostering Global Security: Nonviolent Resistance and US Foreign Policy.

Great Decisions discussions are part of a national program founded by the Foreign Policy Association. It is the largest discussion program in the world with hundreds of discussions across the United States. The series is sponsored locally by AAUW, Tyler Branch; the League of Women Voters of Tyler/Smith County; and the Tyler Public Library.

Briefing books and DVDs of discussions by international experts about each of the topics, all prepared by the Foreign Policy Association, are available for check-out at the Tyler Public Library. All participants are urged to complete opinion cards on each of the discussion topics in which they joined the dialogues.

For more information about Great Decisions, contact the Tyler Public Library at (903) 593-7323 or email programs@tylertexas.com.

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