This year the Arizona Senior Academy is again participating in the annual Great Decisions program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA). A different topic is featured each week from Feb. 4 through March 25. The weekly format is an introduction to the topic by a volunteer discussion leader, followed by a short video and a group discussion.
The first Great Decisions group meeting at the Academy will start at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday (Feb. 4), when the topic will be “The Rise of ISIS”; Neil Kochenour will be the discussion leader. After watching a 26-minute video and hearing a summary of the written material provided by the FPA, the audience will be challenged by questions such as ”Which is a greater threat to the US – al-Qaeda or ISIS?” or “Are current approaches to defeating ISIS likely to succeed? If not, what approach might be better?”
The FPA provides a briefing book, which contains background information about the current issues together with suggested discussion questions, and a list of further readings. People who have not already purchased the 2016 briefing book through ASA may still do so on line at http://fpa.org/great_decisions/?act=gd_materials.
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