Great Decisions Speaker Series

Every year the Foreign Policy Association (FPA), the nation’s oldest organization devoted to citizen education in world affairs, authors the Great Decisions Series, a national discussion program focusing on eight major foreign policy issues. The issues are selected at the beginning of the year based on the most critical global challenges to United States foreign policy. The program aims to present all sides of each issue in order to inform and educate the public.

The World Affairs Council of St. Louis and The Ethical Society are honored to jointly sponsor this open to the public series of moderated discussions for the citizens of the St. Louis metropolitan area. We find local experts to host speaking sessions on global issues critical to the United States. The sessions usually take place from 12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM on seven successive Thursdays and a Wednesday in March and April. The series is offered at the Ethical Society in Clayton. Parking is free.

A free 8-week lecture series of sessions on current foreign policy topics. Presented by The World Affairs Council of St. Louis in partnership with UMSL: International Studies and held at the Ethical Society & Programs.

Thursday, March 8, 2018: The Waning of Pax Americana?

Thursday, March 15, 2018: Turkey: A Partner in Crisis

Thursday, March 22, 2018: China and America: The New Geopolitical Equation

Thursday, March 29, 2018: Media and Foreign Policy

Thursday, April 5, 2018: Russia’s Foreign Policy

Thursday, April 12, 2018: U.S. Global Engagement and the Military

Thursday, April 19, 2018: South Africa’s Fragile Democracy

Wednesday, April 25, 2018: Global Health: Progress and Challenges

Each session will follow the same format:
12:00 Noon to 12:15 PM: Introduction of moderator and showing of portions of the FPA Video for the topic being discussed.
12:15 PM to 12:45 PM: Remarks by the moderator
12:45 PM to 1:15 PM: Q&A followed by a brief summation

Light refreshments, consisting of coffee and cookies, will be available to all participants in the meeting room; there will be no charge for them.

Parking is free and convenient, located in the rear of the building on the north side. The parking lot is accessible from Clayton Road.

If you are a teacher, a neighborhood book club or discussion club leader, you might want to purchase the video series (with written summaries) and hold your own group discussion at the end of the video. If you are an AARP, or other support group leader, you may want to reserve seats for your group or carpool to the Ethical Society. The Foreign Policy Association also produces Great Decisions briefing books, which are available for purchase. These books are about 100 pages in length (12 or so pages on each of the eight topics) and contain background narrative, photographs, maps, charts and cartoons describing and illustrating the various aspects of each topic.

For any questions contact the WAC at 314-727-9988 or e-mail Elizabeth Hatfield ehatfield@wac-stl.org. You may mail monetary contributions to support this program to World Affairs Council of St. Louis, 812 Olive Street, Ste 110; St. Louis, MO 63101-1504.

Ethical Society of St. Louis • 9001 Clayton Road • St. Louis, MO 63117-1003
12.00-1.30 pm