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Great Decisions

Great Decisions is an ongoing program held at the Jacksonville Public Library, designed to engage citizens in learning about the world. Each year, the Great Decisions editorial board selects eight of the most pressing global issues and regions that will be the focus of the briefing book, television programs, and online resources. It is the oldest and largest grass-roots world affairs education program of its kind in the country.

Great Decisions discussions take place on selected Thursday evenings from 7- 8:30 p.m. at the Southeast Regional Library located at 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd. – 32256.

The Great Decisions 2016 Briefing Book is for purchase through the Foreign Policy Association website for $25, plus shipping. Note: Purchase of the briefing book is not required for participation.

 



Great Decisions - America's Diplomats (54-minute documentary)

From Ben Franklin to Benghazi, America's Diplomats takes you inside the Foreign Service and behind the scenes of U.S. Foreign Policy. Discover the role our diplomats play in shaping American history. Uncover the origins of our Foreign Service, and the danger American diplomats face far from home.

Greatdecisions1 JPL50

Thursday, January 26, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

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Great Decisions - The Future of Europe

The outcome of the United Kingdom referendum on EU membership sent shockwaves across the globe. It even caught British voters by surprise. The European Union has helped secure peace in Europe for the past 70 years. Now it faces an uncertain future. Amid a refugee crisis, lingering financial recession and the constant specter of terrorism, unity seems more imperative than ever. But the Brexit vote underscores the complexities of integrating an extremely diverse continent. What will post-Brexit Europe look like, and how can U.S. foreign policy adapt?

Greatdecisions1 JPL50

Thursday, February 2, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

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Great Decisions - The Future of Europe

The outcome of the United Kingdom referendum on EU membership sent shockwaves across the globe. It even caught British voters by surprise. The European Union has helped secure peace in Europe for the past 70 years. Now it faces an uncertain future. Amid a refugee crisis, lingering financial recession and the constant specter of terrorism, unity seems more imperative than ever. But the Brexit vote underscores the complexities of integrating an extremely diverse continent. What will post-Brexit Europe look like, and how can U.S. foreign policy adapt?

Greatdecisions1 JPL50

Thursday, February 2, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

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Great Decisions - Trade and Politics

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.

Thursday, February 9, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

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