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Great Decisions Forum

This program brings SWAC members together for small-group discussions to share ideas and opinions on the major issues affecting our global future. All participants are given the official Great Decisions book and are welcome to regular meetings to discuss that year's topics.

Each year, the topics are chosen by a panel of experts from the Foreign Policy Association, based in New York City.   The program generally runs during the Spring.  SWAC's first session is tentatively scheduled for January - February 2018.


2018 Topics

  •  The Waning of Pax Americana?

  •  Russia's Foreign Policy

  •  China and America: The New Geopolitical Equation

  •  Media and Foreign Policy

  •  Turkey: A Partner in Crisis

  •  U.S. Global Engagement and the Military

  •  South Africa's Fragile Democracy

  •  Global Health: Progress and Challenges

Past Topics

2017 Topics

  • The Future of Europe

  • Trade and Politics

  • Conflict in the South China Sea

  • Saudi Arabia in Transition

  • U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum

  • Latin America's Political Pendulum

  • Prospects for Afghanistan & Pakistan

  • Nuclear Security

2015 Topics

  • Russia and the Near Abroad

  • Privacy in the Digital Age

  • Sectarianism in the Middle East

  • India Changes Course

  • U.S. Policy toward Africa

  • Syria's Refugee Crisis

  • Human Trafficking in the 21st Century

  • Brazil's Metamorphosis

2016 Topics

  • Middle East Alliances

  • Islamic State

  • The Kurds

  • Migration

  • The Koreas

  • United Nations

  • Climate Change

  • Cuba and the U.S.

2014 Topics

  • Defense on a Budget

  • Israel and America

  • Turkey and the Middle East

  • Islamic Extremism in Africa

  • Energy Independence

  • Climate & Security

  • China's Foreign Policy

  • Economic Statecraft

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