Dear FPA Member or Prospective Member:
I am writing this to invite you to renew your membership or to become a new member of The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) of Harrisburg Inc. The FPA is a non-partisan, non-profit organization designed to spread global awareness and understanding of foreign policy issues. I would also like to let you know our plans to keep all of us safe during this trying time.
We will be having webinars with Q&A sessions for the Fall of 2020. Here is our lineup:
- September 24, 2020: Russian Disinformation and the West – Nina Jankowitz, a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and author of “How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News and the Future of Conflict” will address the FPA in conjunction with the Midtown Scholar Bookstore’s webinar author series. And there will be a book signing for her new book.
- October 22, 2020: US Foreign Policy Challenges and Opportunities: Dr. Kori Schake, Director of Foreign and Defense Policy at the American Enterprise Institute will speak to us in this webinar about American Foreign Policy in these very challenging times
- November 18, 2020: National Defense Strategy: Our speaker for this webinar will be the one we have been waiting so long for, David Ochmanek, Sr. International/Defense Researcher at the RAND Corporation.
- December 17, 2020 – China and Its Rebellious Provinces. We are currently researching speakers for this very timely webinar topic.
You will be provided instructions for participating in these webinars on our website and our newsletter.
We are currently planning on returning to our normal dinner meeting format at the West Shore Country Club in January, 2021. However, your safety is our first priority, and if we feel it is not safe to hold a dinner meeting, we will continue the webinars until it is. Our winter / spring will include these topics: The Rise of Authoritarianism, Regional Power Competition in the Middle East (by one of our favorites, Larry Goodson), and Iran: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going? (by James Q. Roberts, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counterterrorism and the last U.S. Army Iran Foreign Area Specialist)
Our spring will also include the Keystone Speaker Series where we feature an internationally known speaker. We have some very exciting candidates and will let you know as soon as one is chosen.
Also in the spring we will have our International Fellows Reception at the U.S. Army War College and the annual Embassy Trip. In the IF reception, you will have the opportunity to meet and talk face-to-face with military officers from over 70 countries. In the embassy trip, we take two busloads of members to the State Department in Washington D.C. for a briefing on a selected country, a luncheon at a restaurant featuring that country’s cuisine, followed by a visit to that country’s embassy for a tour and a briefing with Q&A given by an embassy official.
And finally, we have Great Decisions, a discussion group promoting a respectful exchange of ideas focused on foreign policy articles contained in the Great Decisions “Briefing Book”, published yearly.
We in the Foreign Policy Association believe it is not only interesting, but our civic duty to be up to date on what is going on around the world and how it affects our country and ourselves as individuals. So why not join the FPA and have fun while learning?
To renew your membership, or to become a new member, please complete the form in the attached brochure and mail it with your check to The Foreign Policy Association of Harrisburg, Inc. It’s that easy! While a variety of membership levels are available, we encourage you to consider showing your support of FPA with a sustaining membership of $50 – $100. Sustaining members will be recognized at one of our dinner meetings. This will be a challenging year for the FPA; your membership is more important to us now than ever.
Please visit us at www.fpaharrisburg.org and pass the word to your friends! I look forward to seeing you in this upcoming FPA season.