‘Great Decisions’ Reaches 40 Years at Piedmont

The Great Decisions foreign policy discussion group will begin its 40th year at Piedmont College in January. The initial organizational meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, in the Alumni Room of the Arrendale Library on the Piedmont campus in Demorest.

The meetings usually last about 90 minutes, and discussion of the first topic will begin at 3 p.m., Jan. 18. Meetings will continue at the same time and place for eight weeks or longer, except for spring break (March 8). Each session is 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 2011 includes Rebuilding Haiti, U.S. National Security, Horn of Africa, Responding to the Financial Crisis, Germany Ascendant, Sanctions and Nonproliferation, the Caucasus, and Global Governance. The topics will not necessarily be covered in the order listed. If time and interest allow, additional topics will also be discussed on subsequent Tuesdays.

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. 1.

For further information, contact Mark Gardner at 706-778-3000, ext. 1250, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or contact Jim Owens at 706-839-1302 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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