Upcoming Events in the San Juan Islands

Dec. 28, 2020: Great Decisions discussion: Artificial Intelligence and Data

San Juan Island Library is offering a free series of Great Discussions in 2020 with Roger Morris as moderator. On December 28 the topic will be Artificial Intelligence and Data  at 7 p.m. in the library on Guard Street in Friday Harbor. 

Policymakers in many countries are developing plans and funding research in artificial intelligence (AI). Global growth is slowing, and not surprisingly, many policymakers hope that AI will provide a magic solution. The EU, Brazil, and other Western countries have adopted regulations that grant users greater control over their data and require that firms using AI be transparent about how they use it. Will the U.S. follow suit?

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Nov. 23: Great Decisions discussion: The Philippines and the U.S.

San Juan Island Library is offering a free series of Great Discussions in 2020 with Roger Morris as moderator. On November 23 the topic will be The Philippines and the U.S.  at 7 p.m. in the library on Guard Street in Friday Harbor. 

The Philippines has had a special relationship with the United States since the islands were ceded by Spain to the United States after the Spanish-American War at the end of the 19th century. However, since the election of Rodrigo Duterte, the country has pivoted more toward China, and away from the U.S. Duterte has also launched a large scale war on drugs that many criticize for its brutality. What does the future hold for U.S, relations with the Philippines?

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Oct 26: Great Decisions discussion: China’s Road into Latin America

San Juan Island Library is offering a free series of Great Discussions in 2020 with Roger Morris as moderator. On October 26 the topic will be China’s Road into Latin America  at 7 p.m. in the library on Guard Street in Friday Harbor. 

As the Trump administration continues to withdraw from the world stage, China is looking to fill the void. How does Latin America fit into China’s “One Belt, One Road” plan? How will the relationship with China affect the region? Should the U.S. be concerned about China’s growing “sphere of influence”?

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Sept 28: Great Decisions discussion: U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle

San Juan Island Library is offering a free series of Great Discussions in 2020 with Roger Morris as moderator. On September 28 the topic will be U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle at 7 p.m. in the library on Guard Street in Friday Harbor. 

Combating illegal immigration has become a priority of the Trump administration. The Northern Triangle of Central America, made up of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, is a special target of the administration, which hold the nations responsible for the large flow of migrants from Latin America to the U.S. With funds from the U.S. cut, how can the Northern Triangle countries curtail migration?

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