Great Decisions: Foreign Policy Association
Great Decisions: Foreign Policy Association

Are we as a nation looking ahead only to the next congressional election, or can we take a longer view and start to envision our place in the world 20 or even 50 years from now?  The Great Decisions programs organized by the Foreign Policy Association let people across America tackle long-range issues and ask how our footprint should appear on the face of the globe in the future.

Two Great Decisions programs – one on America’s energy independence and one on Turkey’s challenges as it seeks to balance ties to Europe and the Middle East – will be held at the Arizona Senior Academy on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 1 and 2, with each program beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Participants may attend either or both sessions where a leader will facilitate discussion. A study guide is available on the website,, but reading the guide is not required for attendance as an explanatory DVD will be included in each session.

Marcia Neugebauer, an award winning scientist with NASA and the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, CA, will lead the discussion on the Energy Independence session on Wednesday. Taking the bargaining chip of oil off the table could be good for American foreign policy.  The challenge for America is how to make wise choices between traditional fuel production and renewables like solar and wind.

Brack Brown, a professor emeritus at George Mason University who holds a Ph.D. in political science, will lead Thursday afternoon’s discussion on Turkey. Turkey is seen as a pivotal nation in America’s approach to the Middle East. One key element in Turkey’s future is resolving the ongoing clashes between secular and religious groups.

Written by Bev Robertson, Academy Village Volunteer

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‘Great Decisions’ Programs Look at Energy Independence, Turkey: October 2014