‘Rise of ISIS’ is discussion topic


Delaware’s 2016 Great Decisions Community Discussion Series on U.S. Foreign Policy concludes its season of eight sessions this Friday with a lecture on “The Rise of ISIS” by Michael Houlahan, a retired Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. State Department.

Houlahan received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and earned a master’s degree in international public policy at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Following a three-year tour in the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corps, he served 28 years as a Foreign Service Officer, where his overseas postings included Japan, Romania, New Zealand, Cyprus, Italy, India, the Philippines and Jamaica.

Houlahan has published more than 60 articles and reviews, most of them specializing on the Philippines, including guerrilla movements, the Marcos regime and World War II.

After retiring, he was coordinator of the Great Issues Lecture Series in Upper Arlington from 2002-2011 as well as a resource speaker for the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions Lecture Series (2001-2010). Since 1997, he has been a resource speaker for the American Foreign Service Association’s community outreach program.

The Great Decisions discussion will begin at noon in the Fellowship Hall of the William Street United Methodist Church, 28 W. William. Attendees are welcome to bring a brown-bag lunch. Complimentary coffee and tea will be provided.

Following the discussion, audience participants will have the option of completing a quick survey – prepared by the non-profit Foreign Policy Association – to add their opinions to others across the nation. The survey results will be published and made available to federal decision-makers.

Great Decisions, a free community discussion series, is designed to encourage debate and discussion of the role of the United States in world affairs. Founded by the Foreign Policy Association in 1954, it takes seriously the emphasis the American founding fathers placed on an educated citizenry.

Members of the Great Decisions committee and the sponsors they represent include Ann K. Elliot, American Association of University Women; Blake Michael, Kiwanis of Delaware City; Pete Snook, Kiwanis of Delaware County; Barbara Tull, the League of Women Voters; James Franklin, the International Studies Program at Ohio Wesleyan University; and Julia Foster, Willow Brook Christian Communities. Also on the committee are Marci De Witt, Rand Guebert and Corinne Lyman. The longtime host of the series is the William Street United Methodist Church.

Great Decisions series concludes Friday

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Information for this story was provided by Corinne Lyman, professor emerita of politics and government at Ohio Wesleyan University.

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