Lifelong Scholar Society Presents Foreign Policy Association

Great Decisions

Great Decisions Begins Its New Season with a New Format and New Location

Beginning November 1, Great Decisions will be free to all attendees. We encourage you to bring a brown bag dinner. Soft drinks, coffee and water will be provided, or you can bring your own happy hour libations if you like. Join us at 5:30 p.m. for a bring-your-own-eats-and-drinks-get together to discuss leading issues.

The Foreign Policy Association DVD will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by a Florida Institute of Technology professor or local expert on the topic, who will moderate the discussion of our topic of the night.

The new location is:
2261 Town Center Ave #103,
Melbourne, FL 32940
(in the Avenues of Viera to the left of Belk).

Although Great Decisions is a free event, registration is required.


December 6, 2017

Afghanistan: The Longest War in American History

Moderated by Colonel Anthony E. Deane, USA (retired)
As Washington pivots away from Afghanistan, the ability of the government and security forces to maintain stability will be tested.


January 3, 2018

Nuclear Security: The Enduring Challenge of Nuclear Weapons

Moderated by Dr. George Alexander
President John F. Kennedy called the spread of nuclear weapons “one of the greatest hazards which man faces.” Since Kennedy’s declaration, every U.S. president has made nuclear nonproliferation a chief foreign policy objective of their administration. Nuclear nonproliferation was a top priority for the Obama administration. While the Iran deal was a diplomatic victory toward this end, major threats persist from both state and nonstate actors. Countries like North Korea, Russia, India and Pakistan continue to challenge nonproliferation efforts. The possibility that terrorists will carry out an attack using a dirty bomb made from captured nuclear materials looks increasingly real. In a fractious world, which way forward for U.S. nuclear security policy?


February 7, 2018

Trade, Jobs and Politics

Moderated by Dr. Timothy Muth
The U.S. political mood toward trade has gone sour. One need look no further than the 2016 presidential contest for the popular narrative: trade means that China wins at America’s expense. But do the numbers support that conclusion? The metrics used to gauge economic strength—gross domestic product and balance of trade—have not kept up with the realities of modern manufacturing. Obtaining an accurate picture of U.S. economic stature requires a critique of those numbers. Only then can the U.S. develop appropriate policy solutions for the challenges at hand.


March 7, 2018

China and America: The New Geopolitical Equation

Moderated by Dr. Wanfa Zhang
What are Beijing’s geopolitical objectives? What leadership and political conditions in each society underlie growing Sino-American tensions? What policies might Washington adopt to address this circumstance?
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