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.
2020 Great Decisions Topics
Climate Change and the Global Order by Ronald Bee
India and Pakistan by Barbara Crossette
Red Sea Security by David Shinn
Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking by Ronald Weitzer
U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle by Michael Shifter and Bruno Binetti
China’s Road into Latin America by Margaret Myers
The Philippines and the U.S. by Julio Amador and Deryk Matthew N. Baladjay
Artificial Intelligence and Data by Susan Ariel Aaronson