Annual Delaware Great Decisions series to begin Feb. 10


Delaware’s Great Decisions series on U.S. foreign policy and public affairs will take place over the next two months beginning on Friday, Feb. 10. All sessions will take place via Zoom from noon to 1 p.m.

The eight weekly topics for 2023 include five global themes — Energy Geopolitics, War Crimes, Global Famine, Economic Warfare and Climate Migration — as well as three regional themes: Politics in Latin America, Iran at a Crossroads, and the China-U.S. Relationship.

Presenters this year include faculty from Ohio Wesleyan University, The Ohio State University, and a political scientist at Virginia Tech who specializes in refugee research.

According to a press release announcing this year’s local sessions, the Great Decisions series is organized on a national level by the Foreign Policy Association in New York, which selects the topics each year and develops resources to support programming initiatives around the U.S. The association also produces a briefing booklet with essays on each topic.

“The mission of the Foreign Policy Association today, as it has been for over 100 years, is to serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues,” the press release said. “Through its balanced, nonpartisan programs and publications, the FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process.”

The first local program on Feb. 10 will focus on the topic of Energy Geopolitics. Will Georgic, assistant professor of economics at Ohio Wesleyan University, will discuss the topic. Georgic holds a B.A. from Denison University and completed his Ph.D. in agricultural, environmental, and development economics at The Ohio State University.

Advance registration for the Zoom presentation is available at or on the Delaware Great Decisions Facebook page. One registration gives access to all programs.

The 2023 Great Decisions Briefing Booklet, which provides info on all of the topics, can be purchased on the Foreign Policy Association website at or from the local committee by emailing [email protected]. Two copies of the briefing booklet is also available at the Delaware County District Library.

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