Great Decisions discussions to kick off March 6

February 17, 2024

Great Decisions, a popular world affairs discussion group, will begin at 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, at the Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave., Lewes. Sessions continue weekly through May 8, with no meetings March 13 and April 24.

The Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions series is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs, with tens of thousands of participants each year. Groups throughout the U.S. read the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watch the DVD and meet to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.

Each year, eight topics are selected by a panel of experts. This year’s topics include energy geopolitics, climate migration, war crimes, China/U.S. relations and more. To register and see all discussion topics, go to

Five sessions will be moderated by former Foreign Service Officer Philip Drouin, whose foreign service career spanned from 1984 to 2012. Notably, he reported on the demise of apartheid and the HIV/AIDS crisis, led election observations, and advanced U.S.-Africa economic and security partnerships.

Guest moderators include Nancy Powell, retired career ambassador and former director general of the Foreign Service; Fred Dylla, executive director emeritus of the American Institute of Physics; and Linda Dylla, former public information officer at the Jefferson Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy.

The first Great Decisions group was launched in Portland, Ore., in 1954 using the so-called Avon model of face-to-face, active, informal conversation. The program gained media attention, was picked up by local schools, and soon gained national attention. The grassroots, face-to-face model adopted by Great Decisions more than 50 years ago continues today, attracting thousands of participants nationwide.

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