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Great Decisions 2012!

The slogan for Great Decisions is “inspiring learning about the world”, and if you haven’t ever participated in our Great Decisions group … I hope this is the year that you do! We’ve had high school students participate and we have had retirees participate, and I hope that if you are interested in foreign policy that you will participate!  What is Great Decisions? It is a discussion program run by the Foreign Policy Association. What is the Foreign Policy Association? FPA was established in 1918 as a not-for-profit, education organization and sponsor of the Great Decisions program. Great Decisions is a national, civic-education program that encourages participants to:

Learn about U. S. foreign policy and global issues

Discuss multiple viewpoints in a group setting

Take part in a national opinion ballot survey on policy issues.

Discussion topics this year include: Middle East Realignment, Promoting Democracy, Mexico, Cybersecurity, Exit From Afghanistan & Iraq, State of the Oceans, Indonesia, and Energy Geopolitics. Sounds like a fabulous group of topics!

This year the Great Decisions Group will begin Wednesday, February 8th at 7:00 p.m. The discussions run about an hour and a half, and each discussion is lead by a different participant of the group. The Great Decisions Group runs for eight weeks, with each week being devoted to a different topic. Sign ups for Great Decisions won’t begin until January, which is when we will be handing out the Briefing Books. The briefing book has an article on the topic which you read before the discussion, so that everyone has some basic knowledge of the topic before we begin. As part of the series, you also vote each week as part of the national opinion ballot survey on policy issues.

Every year I have run this group I have been amazed by how much I don’t know about foreign policy, and how much I learn during the eight weeks of discussion. I hope you’ll consider joining us this year!

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