Due to social distancing policies required to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Foreign Policy Association has published a digital edition of the Great Decisions television series available for participants to stream in their homes.

Links to streaming episodes can be found by clicking here 

digital edition

The Foreign Policy Association

Great Decisions Discussion Program

is back in full swing beginning April 25, 2020 via ZOOM.

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

The program model 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.

 

David Rowe, Moderator

Susan Perkins, Facilitator

 

 Pour yourself a light refreshment, and connect to ZOOM for a short film and a great discussion.

 

 

Seating is limited.

Register early by calling 631-653-4224 ext.101

See topics for the 2020 sessions below & by clicking here .

   

 

*tba time and location will return to 5pm at Quogue Library upon completion of renovations

There are many options available for you to purchase the Great Decisions briefing book:

A limited amount of paperback books are available for sale through the library that can be mailed to you. 

If you are interested, please email: kristy@quoguelibrary.org

Purchase a digital copy online: 

https://www.fpa.org/great_decisions/?act=gd_materials

 

The E-book version of the briefing book is also available!

Click to follow the link to download from these providers: 

Amazon/Kindle

Rakuten Kobo 

Nook (Barnes and Noble) 

Apple Books 

24symbols.com

Scribd

CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE GLOBAL ORDER
Climate change has become one of the defining issues of our time. As much of the world bands together to come up with a plan, the U.S. remains the notable holdout. What is the rest of the world doing to combat climate change? What impact will the effects of climate change have on global geopolitics?
 
Saturday, April 25th 4:30pm
ZOOM session
 
INDIA AND PAKISTAN
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi rode a wave of Hindu nationalism to a historic reelection in 2019. His first order of business was to revoke the special status granted to the Kashmir region, inflaming the rivalry between India and Pakistan. How will the Kashmir situation affect the region, both economically and politically? Click here to read more
 
Saturday, May 9th 4:30pm 
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RED SEA SECURITY

The Red Sea has remained vital for global trade since the time of ancient Egypt. Once home to the spice trade, the Red Sea now sees millions of barrels of oil a day transported across its waters. With major nations like China, France, Italy, and the U.S. building large ports and bases in the region, what does the future of the region look like? How important is Red Sea security for global security? Can the region be a place of global cooperation?

 

Saturday, June 6th 4:30pm

MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Almost every nation has enacted laws criminalizing human trafficking, and international organizations, governments, and NGOs sponsor a large variety of projects to curb trafficking and slavery. Billions of dollars have been allocated to these efforts. What is the international community doing to combat slavery and trafficking? What are the experiences like for those being trafficked?
 
Saturday, July 18th
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U.S. RELATIONS WITH THE NORTHERN TRIANGLE
Combating illegal immigration has become a priority of the Trump administration. The Northern Triangle of Central America, made up of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, is a special target of the administration, which hold the nations responsible for the large flow of migrants from Latin America to the U.S. With funds from the U.S. cut, how can the Northern Triangle countries curtail migration?
 
Saturday, August 8th
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CHINA'S ROAD INTO LATIN AMERICA
As the Trump administration continues to withdraw from the world stage, China is looking to fill the void. How does Latin America fit into China’s “One Belt, One Road” plan? How will the relationship with China affect the region? Should the U.S. be concerned about China’s growing “sphere of influence”?
 
Saturday, September 12th
*time and location tba
 
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THE PHILIPPINES AND THE U.S.
The Philippines has had a special relationship with the United States since the islands were ceded by Spain to the United States after the Spanish-American War at the end of the 19th century. However, since the election of Rodrigo Duterte, the country has pivoted more toward China, and away from the U.S. Duterte has also launched a large scale war on drugs that many criticize for its brutality. What does the future hold for U.S, relations with the Philippines?
 
Saturday, October 3rd
*time and location tba
 
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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND DATA
Policymakers in many countries are developing plans and funding research in artificial intelligence (AI). Global growth is slowing, and not surprisingly, many policymakers hope that AI will provide a magic solution. The EU, Brazil, and other Western countries have adopted regulations that grant users greater control over their data and require that firms using AI be transparent about how they use it. Will the U.S. follow suit?
 
Saturday, November 7th
*time and location tba
 

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

The program provides background information and policy options for the eight most critical issues facing America each year and serves as the focal text for discussion groups across the country.