Great Decisions 2012

The Great Decisions foreign policy discussion group began its 41st year at Piedmont College in January. The initial organizational meeting was Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, in the Alumni Room of the Arrendale Library on the Piedmont campus in Demorest.

The meetings usually last about one-and-a-half hours. Meetings will continue at the same time and place for eight weeks or longer, except for spring break (March 6). Each session is usually led by one or more of the group's participants or by invited guests. The forum is open to all persons in the area who wish to discuss foreign policy issues in a cordial, non-partisan environment.

A tentative list of topics for Great Decisions 2012 includes Middle East Realignment, Promoting Democracy, Mexico, Cybersecurity, Exit from Afghanistan and Iraq, State of the Oceans, Indonesia, and Energy Geopolitics. If time and interest allow, additional topics will also be discussed.

A briefing book on these topics is available from The Foreign Policy Association, which is a non-partisan, non-political organization dedicated to the promotion of open discussion of foreign policy issues. If you are interested in ordering the optional briefing book, please send a check made out to Piedmont College for $20 per book, which includes shipping and handling, to Dr. Mark Gardner, Walker School of Business, Piedmont College, P.O. Box 10, Demorest GA., 30535. Please send your check by Dec. 15.

For further information, contact Dr. Gardner at (706) 778-3000, ext. 1250, or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .