A 360° Discussion of Foreign, National and Local Policy Issues

North Korea: Should we worry?

  • As a relatively small, distant and weak economy, what are the “vital U.S. interests” in North Korea?
  • To what degree is this a “U.S.” issue; shouldn’t other nations in closer proximity (China, South Korea, Japan) take the lead?
  • How do we feel about the U.S. military presence in South Korea?
  • What about the threat to stability of North Korea’s export of weapons and, potentially, nuclear know-how?
  • How strong–and likely to last–is the Kim leadership dynasty in the face of the hardships faced by the “common man”…shortages of food, power, etc.?

The Middle East: What’s a fellow to do?

  • What should the U.S. position be with respect to current events in
    • Egypt
    • Syria
    • Jordan
    • Iran
    • Turkey
    • Israel
  • How do we balance a desire for near-term stability against the likelihood that democratic change will be difficult and, to some degree, violent?

Immigration Reform: What should it look like?

This topic is scheduled to be discussed August 12, 2013

  • What penalty, if any, is appropriate for current undocumented immigrants?
  • What should be the path to “green card”-type eligibility and citizenship?
  • At what point along this path should the “social safety net” and other benefits (education, social security, Medicare/Medicaid) be available to immigrants?
  • What quotas or other limits to immigration should be in place?
  • Who should accompany an eligible immigrant (how broadly should “family” be defined)?
  • What should be the criteria for citizenship of children born in the U.S. to non-citizen parents?
  • How important is enhanced border protection (particularly the southern border) to immigration reform?

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