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On Aug. 4 & 11, UFPPC's Monday night book discussion group, Digging Deeper, will discuss David Ray Griffin's two recent books on the geopolitical transition to a world in which the predominance of the United States national security state declines in the aftermath of its failures in Afghanistan and Iraq.  --  The books to be discussed:  Michael T. Klare, Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy (Metropolitan/Henry Holt, April 2008) and Fareed Zakaria's The Post-American World (W.W. Norton, May 2008).[1]  --  Digging Deeper meets Mondays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mandolin Café (3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma)....

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WHAT:  Digging Deeper LIII: The New International Energy Order
WHO:  Led by Mark Jensen
WHEN:  Monday, August 4 & 11, 2008 -- 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Mandolin Café, 3923 South 12th St., Tacoma, WA 98405

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United for Peace
of Pierce County
Study Circle:
August 4 & 11, 2008
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http://www.ufppc.org
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DIGGING DEEPER LIII: THE NEW INTERNATIONAL ENERGY ORDER

In 2008, as U.S. national security state élites struggle to deal with regional disaster in the Middle East, weighing whether to retrench or else, like a desperate gambler, to "double down" by attacking Iran, either directly or by proxy, observers of the world scene are trying to make out the form of the geopolitical configuration taking shape as the first decade of the 21st century draws to a close.

On the first two Monday evenings in August, UFPPC's book discussion group, Digging Deeper, will begin its fifth year by discussing recent books by two analysts who have developed wide audiences in recent years: Prof. Michael T. Klare of Hampshire College, director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies and defense analyst for *The Nation*, and Fareed Zakaria, editor of *Newsweek International*.

—Michael T. Klare, Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy (New York: Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt: April 2008). "Looking at the 'new international energy order,' author and journalist Klare (Resource Wars) finds America's 'sole superpower' status falling to the increasing influence of 'petro-superpowers' like Russia and 'Chindia.' Klare identifies and analyzes the major players as well as the playing field, positing armed conflict and environmental disaster in the balance. Currently in the lead is emerging energy superpower Russia, which has gained 'immense geopolitical influence' selling oil and natural gas to Europe and Asia; the rapidly-developing economies of China and India follow. Klare also warns of the danger of a new cold-war environment that would suck up resources that should go toward 'environmentally sensitive energy alternatives.' . . . Well-researched and incisive throughout, Klare provides a comprehensive but approachable overview of a complex problem, and offers promising policy alternatives to disaster." —Publishers Weekly.

—Fareed Zakaria, The Post-American World (New York: W.W. Norton, May 2008). "When a book proclaims that it is not about the decline of America but the rise of everyone else, readers might expect another diatribe about our dismal post-9/11 world. They are in for a pleasant surprise as *Newsweek* editor and popular pundit Zakaria (The Future of Freedom) delivers a stimulating, largely optimistic forecast of where the 21st century is heading. We are living in a peaceful era, he maintains; world violence peaked around 1990 and has plummeted to a record low. Burgeoning prosperity has spread to the developing world, raising standards of living in Brazil, India, China, and Indonesia. . . . Zakaria predicts that despite its record of recent blunders at home and abroad, America will stay strong, buoyed by a stellar educational system and the influx of young immigrants, who give the U.S. a more youthful demographic than Europe and much of Asia whose workers support an increasing population of unproductive elderly. A lucid, thought-provoking appraisal of world affairs, this book will engage readers on both sides of the political spectrum." Publishers Weekly.

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Since July 2004, United for Peace of Pierce County has been conducting “Digging Deeper,” a Monday-evening book discussion group, often in the form of a study circle. Topics have included peak oil, climate change, the corporation, torture, Iran, U.S.-Iran relations, the writings of Robert Baer, Islam, American immigration policy, Barack Obama and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Saul Alinsky’s life and writings, war and human nature, parallels between the U.S. and ancient Rome, the sustainability revolution, the debt crisis, and 9/11, as well as abiding themes of war, peace, politics, and social change. Occasionally, the group has spent several weeks reading longer works, like Daniel Yergin’s The Prize or Robert Fisk’s The Great War for Civilisation.

DIGGING DEEPER meets every Monday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mandolin Café, 3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma, WA.

Participation is free. Some copies of the books are available for purchase or loan. Info: contact Mark Jensen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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United for Peace
of Pierce County
Study Circle:
August 4 & 11, 2008
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http://www.ufppc.org
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