Great Decisions

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Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs.

The Foreign Policy Association, Great Decisions Program explores policy options for the eight (8) most critical issues facing America each year, these issues serve as the focal text for discussion groups across the country.

GREAT DECISIONS in SAVANNAH!

The Savannah Council on World Affairs is pleased to sponsor Great Decisions under the voluntary leadership of SCWA Board Member, Mohamed H. Mukhtar, Ph.D.

The traditional Great Decisions program model provides background information and involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.

 
Great Decisions master classes are currently live-only events, recordings are not available at this time.
 
Course materials:

Great Decisions Briefing Book

 

GREAT DECISIONS TOPICS 2022

 
  • Changing Demographics (Bonus Article) Changing Demographics (Bonus Article)

    The world experienced remarkable demographic changes in the 20th century that continue today and have resulted in far-reaching social, economic, political, and environmental consequences all over the globe. These consequences are creating mounting challenges to development efforts, security, the environment, as well as the sustainability of human populations. By Joseph Chamie

     

  • Outer Space Outer Space

    The launch of Sputnik 1 in October 1957 marked the beginning of the space era and of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. in the 21st century, there are many more participants in space, including countries such as India and China, and commercial companies such as SpaceX. How will the United States fare in a crowded outer space? By Eric Berger

     

  • Climate Change Climate Change

    The ideological divide in the United States on the subject of climate change has impeded progress in curbing greenhouse emissions. But extreme weather events at both ends of the thermometer have focused attention on the consequences of inaction. What role will the United States play in future negotiations on climate? By Ron Bee

     

  • Russia and the U.S. Russia and the U.S.

    Russia and the United States have many areas of conflict and some possible areas of mutual interest. Arms control, Russian interference in U.S. elections and support of cyberattacks, the status of Ukraine, the fate of opposition politcians in Russia, all continue to be concerning. How will the new administration in Washington approach these issues? By Allen Lynch

     

  • Myanmar and ASEAN Myanmar and ASEAN

    The situation in Myanmar, including the coup by the military in February 2021 and the ongoing human rights crises, coupled with civil resistance by those opposed to the regime, has led to the chaos in the Southeast Asian country. How are neighboring countries reacting, and what role will ASEAN play? By Hunter Marston

     

  • Quad Alliance Quad Alliance

    As part of the U.S. pivot to Asia, the United States has been in dialogue with Japan, Australia, and India in an effort to contain China. Recently, the Quad countries held joint naval exercises in the South Pacific. How effective will the actions of this alliance be? By Kevin Rudd

     

  • Drug Policy in Latin America Drug Policy in Latin America

    The issue of migration to the United States from Latin America has overshadowed the war on drugs, which has been underway for decades with little signs of progress. What are the roots and the bureaucratic logic behind today’s dominant drug policies in Latin America? Is it time to reconsider punitive drug policies that disrupt supply chains and punish drug possession? By Mónica Serrano

     

  • Industrial Policy Industrial Policy

    The current discussion of industrial policy in the United States is not simply about whether or not to support specific companies or industries, but about trust or mistrust of the government and its ability to manage the economy and deal with a rising China. The upheaval in supply chains during the pandemic exposed weaknesses in the international economy. What policies can the United States implement to deal with trade and the economy? By Jonathan Chanis

     

  • Biden's Agenda Biden’s Agenda

    The new administration in Washington promised to reverse many of the policies of the past administration, especially in foreign policy. How will issues such as climate, the pandemic, and alliances be treated under the Biden administration? By John Ikenberry

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