2022 is the 11th anniversary of the Great Decisions program. It begins on September 6, 2022 and ends on November 1, 2022. Each session starts promptly at 6pm and ends at 7pm. Session venue is The Colloquium Room in the LR Rudisill Library. The library is located at 625 7th Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601.

Link here for how to register with great decisions https://www.fpa.org/great_decisions/index.cfm?act=gd_group&group_id=1618540

The full schedule and a synopsis for each topic can be found below. You must attend a minimum of 50% of the sessions.

The books are at the front desk at the Patrick Beaver memorial library. The library hours are Monday – Thursday 9am – 8pm, Friday 9am – 5pm, and Saturday 11am – 5pm. The library is closed on Sundays. I encourage you to pick them up soon if you want to get a head start. The cost is $10, just like last year, and you can pay it at the library in cash or by check payable to the “Greater Hickory International Council”. The chapter videos are being uploaded to Dropbox and a link should be available prior to the first session. As we did last year, if you are attending a session, please watch the chapter’s 26-minute video prior to the meeting. There have been plenty of instances where the video and chapter contents do not perfectly match, so it is important to read the chapter and watch the video.

The topics for 2022 are:

9/6Changing DemographicsHow will changing demographics impact a variety of topics ranging from development to sustainability?
The world experienced remarkable demographic changes in the 20th century that continue today and have resulted in far-reaching social, economic, political, and environmental consequences all over the globe. These consequences are creating mounting challenges to development efforts, security, the environment, as well as the sustainability of human populations.
9/13Outer SpaceHow should the United States approach the new crowded outer space?
The launch of Sputnik 1 in October 1957 marked the beginning of the space era and of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. in the 21st century, there are many more participants in space, including countries such as India and China, and commercial companies such as SpaceX. How will the United States fare in a crowded outer space?
9/20Climate ChangeHow will the Biden administration tackle the challenges of climate change?
The ideological divide in the United States on the subject of climate change has impeded progress in curbing greenhouse emissions. But extreme weather events at both ends of the thermometer have focused attention on the consequences of inaction. What role will the United States play in future negotiations on climate?
9/27Russia and the U.S.How will U.S. foreign policy engage Russia during the Biden administration?
Russia and the United States have many areas of conflict and some possible areas of mutual interest. Arms control, Russian interference in U.S. elections and support of cyberattacks, the status of Ukraine, the fate of opposition politicians in Russia, all continue to be concerning. How will the new administration in Washington approach these issues?
10/4Myanmar and ASEANIs it possible for democracy to prevail in Myanmar?
The situation in Myanmar, including the coup by the military in February 2021 and the ongoing human rights crises, coupled with civil resistance by those opposed to the regime, has led to the chaos in the Southeast Asian country. How are neighboring countries reacting, and what role will ASEAN play?
10/11Quad AllianceWill the Quad countries be able to contain China’s power reach?
As part of the U.S. pivot to Asia, the United States has been in dialogue with Japan, Australia, and India in an effort to contain China. Recently, the Quad countries held joint naval exercises in the South Pacific. How effective will the actions of this alliance be?
10/18Drug Policy in Latin AmericaHave harsh drug control policies caused more harm than good?
The issue of migration to the United States from Latin America has overshadowed the war on drugs, which has been underway for decades with little signs of progress. What are the roots and the bureaucratic logic behind today’s dominant drug policies in Latin America? Is it time to reconsider punitive drug policies that disrupt supply chains and punish drug possession?
10/25Industrial PolicyWill a more involved U.S. government help the economy revive?
The current discussion of industrial policy in the United States is not simply about whether or not to support specific companies or industries, but about trust or mistrust of the government and its ability to manage the economy and deal with a rising China. The upheaval in supply chains during the pandemic exposed weaknesses in the international economy. What policies can the United States implement to deal with trade and the economy?
11/1Biden’s AgendaHow will the Biden administration treat foreign policy, among other policies, differently from the last?
The new administration in Washington promised to reverse many of the policies of the past administration, especially in foreign policy. How will issues such as climate, the pandemic, and alliances be treated under the Biden administration?