Great Decisions


The Great Decisions discussion series on foreign policy issues will start on February 6, 2018. We will be meeting every Tuesday in February and March at 9:30 a.m. in the McChesney Room at the Central Branch, 99 Clinton St., Schenectady. Each meeting is about a different topic, so you may attend any or all of them.

The program is free of charge and is sponsored by the national, non-partisan, Foreign Policy Association ( The FPA provides a video introducing the main issues, which is played during the first half hour of each meeting. The FPA also publishes a discussion guide, which contains a comprehensive, balanced 10-page review of each topic. The published guide is very helpful, but not mandatory. The guide will be available for purchase (by check only) in mid-January at the Central Library Reference Desk.

Previous members of Great Decisions and interested people will be contacted by e-mail or U.S. mail with details. If you wish to be added to this mailing list please contact one of the following:

Fred Eddy – 346-1683, or
Tony Mogro – 374-1377,

Topics for the 2018 series are listed below.  For a more detailed description of each topic click here.

Feb. 6 The waning of Pax Americana?
Feb. 13 Russia’s foreign policy
Feb. 20 China and America: the new geopolitical equation
Feb. 27 Media and foreign policy
Mar. 6 Turkey: a partner in crisis
Mar. 13 U.S. global engagement and the military
Mar. 20 South Africa’s fragile democracy
Mar. 27 Global health: progress and challenges