Wednesday Forum

Wednesday, June 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. via Zoom and in-person at UUC

Protesters hold up an image of Qassem Soleimani, an Iranian commander, during a demonstration
Protesters hold up an image of Qassem Soleimani, an Iranian commander, during a demonstration following the U.S. airstrike in Iraq which killed him, in Tehran, Iran, on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. Photographer: Ali Mohammadi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Topic:  Great Decisions 2021 Chapter 2: The Future of Persian Gulf Security

The Persian Gulf remains tense as the rivalry between the regional powers of Saudi Arabia and Iran continues. Tensions escalated in early 2020 as the United States began to intervene in the Gulf, launching an airstrike that killed two Iranian military commanders. What are the historical influences that have led to these tensions? What role, if any, should the United States play? Is using military force a viable foreign policy option for 2021 and beyond?

Presenter: Professor David Fenner will be joining us through Zoom. David Fenner is an affiliate faculty member at the Jackson School of International Studies. He served as the Assistant Vice Provost for International Education at the University of Washington from 2000 to 2007, a career that included establishing exchange programs with universities in Egypt, Morocco, Uzbekistan, Turkey, and Pakistan. Fenner and his wife returned to the Arabian Peninsula to found an educational center for Arab and Western students that is designed to explore faith, language, natural resources, and diplomacy.

We will watch the Great Decisions video and listen to Professor Fenner’s observations to be followed by discussion.

IMPORTANT: In-person attendance at UUC is limited to those who are fully vaccinated. You must present proof of vaccination in order to check-in and enter the building. Once admitted, masks and distancing are optional. You are welcome to bring your own snacks and beverages. There will NOT be coffee service provided. Please enter and exit the building through the lower entrance (parking lot level). We will meet in the Knatvold room, right next to UUC’s lower entrance.

Wednesday Forum meetings will continue to be offered on Zoom as well. Find the Zoom link in UUC Connect (login required) or email the church office.  All are welcome.