Great Decisions: The Waning of the Pax Americana

Event Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Event Time: 5:00 pm 


Mary Curtin, Guest Speaker

5:00 pm Social Hour; 5:30 – 7:00 pm Program and Discussion

During the first months of the present administration in Washington, D.C., the U.S. began a shift away from “Pax Americana” the international order that was established after World War II. Since 1945, the Pax Americana has stood for peaceful international relations and an open economy buttressed by U.S. military power. President Trump has shifted toward selective U.S. engagement where foreign commitments are limited to areas of vital U.S. interest. Allies and challengers are paying close attention to what this means.

Mary Curtin is the Diplomat-in-Residence at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She served for 25 years as a Department of State Foreign Service Officer. During her Foreign Service career she was posted to Brussels, Tunisia, Mali and Chile while she was stationed in Washington, D.C. She has expertise in Middle East policy, European affairs including the EU and NATO, human rights and democratization.

There is no charge for Great Decisions meetings but reservations are requested. Make a dinner reservation and continue the discussion informally following the program. For both program and dinner reservations, please contact the Front Desk: or 612-813-5300.

Questions? Contact Joan Higinbotham: or 651-208-4720.

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