‘Nuclear Security’ is discussion topic


The bipolar nuclear competition of the Cold War has been replaced by multipolar proliferation. The U.S., Russia, Britain, France, China, Israel, India, Pakistan, and, since 2006, North Korea are the nuclear powers.

Retired Army Major General Dennis Laich will discuss nuclear security at the Friday Great Decisions series.

In 2015 President Obama and seven other countries plus the European Union signed an agreement to constrain Iran’s nuclear option. Other major issues include modernizing both strategy and weaponry.

General Laich retired in 2006 after more than 35 years of service. For the last 14 years of his career, he held command positions.

He has served in Iraq, Kuwait, Germany, the Netherlands and Honduras. He is a graduate of the Army War College, the Command and General Staff College, and the National Security Management Program.

Currently, he serves as director of the Patriots Program at Ohio Dominican University and chairs the Military Advisory Committee of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. He is the author of “Skin in the Game…Poor Kids and Patriots.”

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

Available for purchase is a booklet with eight articles on our eight topics, compiled by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA), originator in 1954 of the nationwide Great Decisions program. The main Library in Delaware and the Orange branch make the booklet available to Delaware county readers. They also provide a very helpful bibliography of important books on current international affairs.

Following each discussion, audience participants will have the option of completing a survey — prepared by the FPA — to add their opinions to thousands of others across the nation. Survey results will be sent to federal decision-makers in Washington.

The next topic on March 3, “Saudi Arabia in Transition,” features Melinda McClimans, assistant director of the Middle East Studies Center at The Ohio State University, and Rand Guebert, former consultant with Oilinvest BV. In a significant new venture, they will repeat their program for students at Hayes High School.


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