Sherman library hosting talk on Persian Gulf security

SHERMAN — On May 18 at 7 p.m., the Sherman Library will give a special session of “Great Decisions: The Future of Persian Gulf Security,” featuring Dr. Joseph J. Baxer, president of the United Nations Association of CT.

This program is free and is offered by the Sherman Library and the Sherman JCC remotely through Zoom.

Great Decisions a discussion program on world affairs. This month’s topic is “The Future of Persian Gulf Security.”

The Persian Gulf remains tense as the rivalry between the regional powers of Saudi Arabia and Iran continues, an announcement said. 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?

Dr. Joseph J. Baxer is president of the United Nations Association of CT and previous US representative to the United Nations for the London-based NGO, Strategies for Peace.

He is engaged in sustaining cultural diversity and mediating cross-cultural conflicts. His focus involves creating the atmosphere/conditions in which reconciliation can occur. He has led seminars and lectured locally and internationally on conflict resolution and cross-cultural dialogue, including participation in international peace missions to Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nicaragua. He has traveled extensively in Europe, both East and West; South America, and the Philippines with priority time in the Middle East.

For more information or to register, contact the library at SLprograms@biblio.org or 860-354-2455.