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Global financial crisis to be Great Decisions topic

Friday in Deltaville

The current contraction of the world’s economies that has followed the 2007 collapse of the “bubble” in the U.S. housing market and the ensuing severe banking crisis is being termed “The Great Depression.” In spite of drastic measures by governments around the world to pump up consumption, recovery has been sluggish and uneven. China, holding a large portion of U.S. debt, is beginning to question U.S. fiscal policy and implications of the crisis for U.S. economic dominance are not clear.

This situation and related issues will be the subjects of the opening meeting of the 2010 Great Decisions season this Friday, January 29, at 10:30 a.m. at the Deltaville Community Association (DCA) building, 17147 General Puller Highway.

Presenting background and leading the discussion on “The Global Financial Crisis and Its Effects” will be Bob Le Boeuf of Hartfield, current chairman of the local group. 

Le Boeuf holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brown University and an MA in economics from American University in Washington. He served as an economics analyst and worked in computer science and intelligence collections for the Central Intelligence Agency for 27 years. Following 20 years service as an intelligence officer in the Air Force, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1986.

After his retirement from the CIA in 1994, he worked in private industry until he and his wife Christi moved to Middlesex in 2001. He is a former commander of the Rappahannock Sail and Power Squadron and is the treasurer for the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society and the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park. He is also the treasurer of the Middlesex Industrial Authority.

Great Decisions is sponsored by the national Foreign Policy Association with the purpose of increasing citizen awareness of global briefing book, “Great Decisions, 2010 Edition” is available for $20 (check only) at the Deltaville Public Library, 35 Lover’s Lane.

Great Decisions meetings are open to the public without charge and will be cancelled only in the event that Middlesex County schools are closed.

Other topics of this year’s eight-session series will include “China Looks at the World: The World Looks at China,” “The Special Envoy in American Foreign Policy,” and “Halting Atrocities in Kenya.”

posted 01.27.2010

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