Great Decisions

Great Decisions Discussion Group
Friday Mornings 10:00-11:30, February, March and April
Murrysville Library Meeting Room
Open To The Public

Great Decisions is the name shared by a program and a publication of the Foreign Policy Association. Published annually, the Great Decisions Briefing Book highlights eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans. Today, Great Decisions provides background information, current data and policy options for each of the eight issues and serves as the focal text for discussion groups. Begun in 1954, the Great Decisions Discussion Program is designed to encourage debate and discussion of the important global issues of our time. Interested AAUW members meet each Friday in the months of February, March and April to discuss one of the topics in the Great Decisions Briefing Book. The discussions are lead by a volunteer leader who brings additional information on the chosen topic.

We are pleased to announce the two remaining 2018 Great Decisions discussions scheduled as follows:

    • Global Health:  Progress and Challenges (Friday, April 6th)
    • Russia’s Foreign Policy:  (Friday, April 13th)

All meetings are open to the public.
For further information, email MurrysvilleAAUW@gmail.com

 

Media and foreign policy, Friday in April 6th
By Susan Moeller

State and non-state actors today must maneuver a complex and rapidly evolving media landscape. Conventional journalism now competes with user-generated content. Official channels of communication can be circumvented through social media. Foreign policy is tweeted from the White House and “fake news” has entered the zeitgeist. Cyberwarfare, hacking and misinformation pose complex security threats. How are actors using media to pursue and defend their interests in the international arena? What are the implications for U.S. policy?

Russia’s foreign policy, Friday in April 13th
By Allen C. Lynch

Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia is projecting an autocratic model of governance abroad and working to undermine the influence of liberal democracies, namely along Russia’s historical borderlands. Russia caused an international uproar in 2016, when it interfered in the U.S. presidential contest. But Putin’s foreign policy toolkit includes other instruments, from alliances with autocrats to proxy wars with the U.S. in Georgia, Ukraine and Syria. How does Putin conceive of national interests, and why do Russian citizens support him? How should the United States respond to Putin’s foreign policy ambitions?