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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 - Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Major internal conflict has plagued Afghanistan for four decades. The U.S., for its part, has conducted military operations in the country nearly continuously since 9/11. Today, war with the Taliban persists, and tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan have gradually deteriorated. As his time in office drew to a close, President Obama limited further withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The incoming administration has a choice: will it maintain the status quo, completely reverse the Obama administration drawdown or withdraw completely? Does the U.S.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

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Great Decisions - Nuclear Security

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 non-state actors. Countries like North Korea, Russia, and 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?

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Thursday, April 6, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

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