GREAT DECISIONS HARRISBURG
Great Decisions is a non-partisan, nationwide discussion program focused on world affairs. Great Decisions was started by the Foreign Policy Association in 1954 to encourage learning, promote the free exchange of ideas regarding important foreign policy topics and to foster an informed citizenry.
While individual Great Decisions groups may have different formats (lecture followed by Q&A, all discussion, short film followed by discussion, etc.), all cover the 8 topics selected annually by the Foreign Policy Association. These topics are addressed in a series of articles written by scholars and experts in the Great Decisions publication known as the “Briefing Book”. The articles provide a baseline of information and serve as a starting point for discussion.
Our FPA-Harrisburg Great Decisions group is a free, relaxed, social member-driven true discussion group which meets in members’ homes once a month for 8 months. The meeting dates are decided by the members. The format may consist of a short video or other presentation along with printed handouts followed by discussion. Group members are encouraged to select and lead a discussion on one of the 8 topics they find of particular interest. Refreshments are member provided and enjoyed at the meetings.
2021 Great Decisions Topics
- Global Supply Chains and U.S. National Security by Jonathan Chanis
- The Future of Persian Gulf Security by Lawrence G. Potter
- Brexit: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead by Harris LaTeef
- The Coldest War: Toward a Return to Great Power Competition in the Arctic? by Stephanie Pezard
- China and Africa by Cobus van Staden
- The Two Koreas by Scott A. Snyder
- The World Health Organization’s Response to COVID-19 by Mara Pillinger
- The End of Globalization? by Ann O Krueger