‘Great Decisions’ foreign policy discussion group forming

Mar 12, 2013
David McCracken

All with a curiosity about global affairs are invited to join a newly forming Waynesville foreign policy discussion to be held from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. beginning Thursday, April 4, and continuing for eight weeks, at the Haywood County Public Library auditorium, in Waynesville.

Developed by the Foreign Policy Association (a national, independent, nonpartisan, non-governmental and nonprofit educational organization, the Great Decisions Discussion Program is the oldest and largest grass-roots world affairs educational program of its kind in the U.S. It is the core of FPA's civic education outreach efforts, bringing millions of Americans together in study groups to discuss, debate and learn about foreign policy issues.

Each year FPA publishes “Great Decisions,” a briefing book and a related DVD on eight foreign policy issues as the basis for these discussions.  For more than 55 years, the Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions program has brought together people and communities to encourage individuals to engage in the world around them and to think critically about the global issues facing policymakers, and this opportunity will soon be available to interested Haywood county citizens.

The discussion leader is David E. McCracken, National Associate with the FPA.

Participants will need to purchase the Great Decisions, 2013 Edition, ($20). This pamphlet contains an article outlining the weeks’ topic and a listing of supplemental articles. It also contains a set of survey questions that the FPA solicits feedback to provide a consolidated national perspective on the thoughts of citizens related to national security and foreign policy.

Dates and scheduled topics are:

April 4:  Future of the Euro; April 11: Egypt; April 18: NATO; April 25: Myanmar; May 23: Humanitarian Intervention; May 30:  Iran; June 6:  China in Africa; and June 13: Threat Assessment.

Contact McCracken at 550-5980 or email dem32415@aol.com to join as a participant or to obtain information about this discussion group opportunity.  Additional information is available at www.fpa.org on the Great Decisions tab.