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We learn about foreign policy issues by joining the Great Decisions discussion group.

Great Decisions takes you beyond the headlines by providing a look at eight of the most significant and far-reaching challenges facing the world. The discussion group meets bi-monthly from February through May at the Oak Park Library, 9500 Bluejacket, Overland Park, KS. The discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. See calendar.

The Great Decisions Briefing Book features impartial, thought-provoking analyses on eight issues of concern to U.S. policy. To order the 2019 Briefing Book, contact the Kansas City International Relations Council (816-221-4204, or www.irckc.org). The $32 cost includes shipping.

The topics for 2019 are:

  • Refugees and Global Migration
  • The Middle East: Regional Disorder
  • Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future
  • The Rise of Populism in Europe
  • Decoding U.S. Trade with China, India and its Neighbors
  • Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics
  • The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested
  • State of the State Department and Diplomacy


The 2018 topics were:

The waning of Pax Americana, Russia’s foreign policy, China’s economic power and geopolitics, Media and foreign policy, Turkey: A partner in crisis, U.S. defense budget, South Africa, and Global Health.