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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 issues of concern to U.S. policy. To order the 2020 Briefing Book, contact the Kansas City International Relations Council (816-221-4204, or www.irckc.org). The $32 cost includes shipping.

The discussion group will meet for eight weeks, every other Monday night, starting Feb. 10 at the Oak Park Library. Discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m.
If you are interested in joining, contact Nan Wilson.

2020 Great Decisions Topics                                                                 

  • Climate Change and the Global Order
  • India and Pakistan
  • Red Sea Security
  • Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle
  • China’s Road into Latin America
  • The Philippines and the U.S.
  • Artificial Intelligence and Data


The topics for 2019 were: 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 and 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.