Great Decisions 2024 – February and March

The WACMB offers these moderated discussions which for decades have generated insightful exchanges. Eight critical topics in the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions 2024 briefing book will be discussed in a moderated group setting. After viewing an online master class for each topic, which complements the week’s reading, participants are invited to share their knowledge and views. Those who would prefer to listen rather than be an active participant in the discussions are welcome.

Dates in 2024: Tuesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 & March. 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 5:00pm-6:30pm
Fee: Free – All Welcome (8 sessions)
Place: Livestream Zoom

There are two ways to register: send an email with your first and last name to, or register via OLLI (from January 18) at

The Great Decisions Briefing Book is not included. It provides background provided by recognized experts. Order directly, please: online at, or call (800) 477-5836, or email Cost $35+ shipping (no shipping charge for ebook).

First topic: Mideast Realignment (February 6) – Marc Lynch
The United States and Middle East are at a crossroads. In spite of a reduced presence in the Middle East, the U.S. still has significant national interests there and the area is a key arena for global power politics. Can the U.S. continue to defend its interests in the Middle East and globally with a lower level of military and political involvement or, should it recommit to a leading role in the region?

Topics for subsequent sessions:

Climate technology and competition. Presented by Bud Ward

Science across borders. Presented by Mila Rosenthal

U.S.-China trade rivalry.  Presented by Jonathan Chanis

NATO’s future.  Presented by Sarwar Kashmeri

Understanding Indonesia.  Presented by Charles Sullivan

High Seas Treaty.  Presented by Foreign Policy Association Editors

Pandemic preparedness.  Presented by Carolyn Reynolds