The Forum on America’s Global Leadership is meeting to discuss “What’s At Stake in 2016?” in Des Moines on November 23.

Sponsored by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition based in Washington D.C., the forum is seeking answers to difficult but important questions at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. Local and national leaders in politics, business, military and charitable organizations will partake in Monday’s discussion regarding “international affairs, their impact, and the role of the 2016 presidential race.”

The luncheon will open up discussions about burning issues such as the Syrian refugee crisis, America’s role in international affairs and China’s role in the global economy, which is “increasingly assertive” according to a USGLC news release. This occasion will feature guests Senator Joni Ernst, Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Lt. General Daniel Christman and Chief Political Correspondent David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Iowa International Center reports that “voters know that events abroad profoundly affect us here at home.”

The USGLC describes itself as a non-profit “broad-based influential network of 400 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic and community leaders in all 50 states who support a smart power approach of elevating diplomacy and development alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.”

The USGLC’s advocacy arm, Center for U.S. Global Leadership, was founded twenty years ago to bring together public servants, businesses and NGOs “who share a commitment to advocating for a robust U.S. International Affairs Budget,” a component of the Federal Budget allotted to “global economic, diplomatic, and humanitarian initiatives.”

According to the USGLC, “The International Affairs Budget provides America with the fundamental tools to meet the global challenges of the 21st century and is critical to ensuring our national security, building economic prosperity, and strengthening humanitarian values.”

The Honorary Co-Chairs of Iowa’s USGLC Advisory Committee include Senator Tom Harkin, Casey’s General Stores Inc. Chairman/CEO Bob Myers and US Representatives Leonard Boswell and Tom Latham.

The Washington Post notes that due to the non-profit group’s self-described “non-partisan” stature, the group’s members often make for “strange bedfellows.”

The expo and registration period is schedule for 11am and lunch is slated for 12-1:30pm at the Des Moines Marriott hotel downtown, located at 700 Grand Avenue in Des Moines.

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