- Waning of Pax Americana
- Russia’s foreign policy
- China’s geopolitics
- Media and foreign policy
- Turkey: partner in crisis
- U.S. global engagement and the military
- South Africa’s fragile democracy
- Global health issues
Since WWII, as we know, other nations have accumulated greater relative wealth which has caused a shift in the world’s power structure, and China and Russia are expressing this power shift with increasingly aggressive actions. Concurrently countries are reacting to the loss of jobs resulting from globalization and the use of technology with heightened nationalism. This is accompanied in some cases with a rise in authoritarian democracy.
These are only a few examples of many issues discussed. And all of these factors influence America’s foreign and economic policy, with some people favoring a strong American world leadership role and others favoring a more domestic focus. Reading the background information combined with discussion helps in the understanding of these issues as well as the pros and cons of our current and alternative foreign policies.
If you missed this year, why not plan to attend next year? The discussion leaders are Karen and Paul Tetor, retired Pocono Mountain teachers, who keep the discussion focused with knowledgeable, thought-provoking questions and follow-up. The Great Decisions booklet is available for loan at our library or can be purchased for $30. Program questions can be answered by the Friendly Community Center, and we hope you will consider joining us!
Ethel and Tom Huff