Third Thursday
Global Issues Forums

The Third Thursday Global Issues Forum is a monthly presentation and discussion that aims to promote understanding and foster dialogue about global issues. Citizens for Global Solutions, Minnesota brings in one or more expert presenters for each Forum. All programs are jointly sponsored by the United Nations Association of Minnesota and the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers.


All Forums are FREE and open to the public:
6:45 PM to 8:45 PM

Location: Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church: 511 Groveland Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403 (directions)


THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 2017, 6:00 PM

CGS-MN Annual Dinner

“Russia: The New Cold War”

Presenter: Todd Lefko

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church

Russia and the United States have entered a new form of the Cold War. Autocratic leadership by President Putin and increasingly by President Trump have produced new issues, many of which have existed from the past century. What are the implications of Russian actions in Ukraine, Crimea, Western elections and the Middle East? Is Russia capable of democratic governance? Are Russian and American interests diametrically opposed, producing another period of potential nuclear conflict? The choices of Putin raise questions on the world role of the United States, as well as the long-term potential of Russian influence with a damaged economy and governmental systems threatened by historical forces. How we approach and resolve these issues will impact the coming years and world events.  

Todd Lefko is President of the International Business Development Council, an import-export firm, and writes for Rossiske Vesti, a Russian political newspaper and Rusya-Al Youm, the Russian Arabic Television channel for the Middle East. He has taught urban affairs, political science, international relations, political philosophy, political campaign management, leadership, organizational development and public administration and sociology at the university level, and has lectured at universities in Russia, China, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.

DINNER COST: $30 per person; $15 for students and those with limited income

  •  6:00 pm: Hors d'oeuvres
  •  6:30 pm: Dinner Served
  •  7:15 pm: Business Meeting
  •  7:30 pm: Keynote Speaker

Reservations must be received no later than Monday, June 5th.
Reservations may be paid for at the event if they are submitted by June 5th to Dennis Dillon,, (612)333-0723 or Gail Hughes,, (612)237-9819.