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Next Great Decisions to focus on 'U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum'

Monmouth College's Steve Bloomer will introduce the topic "U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum" at the next Great Decisions program.

Free and open to the public, the program will be at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 in the Moot Board Room (Room 276) of the College's Center for Science and Business, 720 E. Broadway. It will include about one hour of group discussion following the remarks by Bloomer, who is Monmouth's vice president for development and college relations.

Bloomer will discuss the effect of U.S. petroleum security on foreign policy. For 45 years, the country has alternated between periods of energy security and insecurity, sometimes able to wield petroleum as a useful instrument of foreign policy, sometimes not.

Despite the so-called "energy revolution," the U.S. today is by no means disentangled from foreign dependence and global trends. In order to be successful, policymakers must recognize both petroleum security circumstances and patterns in the relationship between petroleum and foreign policy.

Great Decisions is a nationwide program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental association that works to increase Americans' understanding of significant foreign policy issues.