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This group will post for various Great Decisions groups that host events around the Kansas City metro area. When RSVP'ing, please be sure to note the location of the event that is being hosted.

This group is organized in ordination with the International Relations Committee of Kansas City. www.irckc.org

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD (optional) and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.

Great Decisions group is a model of face-to-face, active and informal conversation, where participants would read about each of the eight topics before meetings, where they air their respective views and opinions. The Great Decisions briefing book features impartial, thought-provoking analyses on eight issues of concern to U.S. policymakers today. Each article is written by carefully selected experts, offers questions and tools for discussion, as well as policy options for U.S. officials.

Participants are encouraged to complete the accompanying National Opinion Ballot that is compiled by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) and presented to the Department of State, Congress and the White House at the end of the year.

This is an inclusive organization. All are welcome regardless of political position, background, faith, nationality, etc. Diversity is encouraged because that provides different viewpoints and understanding. You do not need to have foreign policy knowledge. Join if you just want to learn more about foreign policy.

Upcoming events (5+)

Waldo Group (Thursdays) - The Middle East: Regional Disorder

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program involves reading the Great Decisions briefing book and meeting in a discussion group to discuss the most critical international issues facing the United States, and the global community, today. From libraries, homes, retirement communities, universities, high schools, and more, meeting locations are endless. To order a Great Decisions book, please visit: https://www.irckc.org/store/ListProducts.aspx?catid=279717 *** As the presidency of Donald J. Trump passes the halfway point, the Middle East remains a region in turmoil. The Trump administration has aligned itself with strongmen in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, which along with Israel have a common goal of frustrating Iranian expansion. What will be the fallout from policy reversals such as withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear accord and moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem? Does the United States see a path forward in troubled states such as Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq? Is the United States headed toward war with Iran?

Overland Park Group - Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?

Johnson County Library

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program involves reading the Great Decisions briefing book and meeting in a discussion group to discuss the most critical international issues facing the United States, and the global community, today. From libraries, homes, retirement communities, universities, high schools, and more, meeting locations are endless. To order a Great Decisions book, please visit: https://www.irckc.org/store/ListProducts.aspx?catid=279717 *** Nuclear weapons have not gone away, and the Trump administration has brought a new urgency, if not a new approach, to dealing with them. The President has met with Vladimir Putin as the New Start Treaty with Russia comes up for renewal in 2021, the first presidential summit ever with Kim Jong-un occurred to discuss denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, and President Trump has decertified the Obama nuclear deal with Iran. To what degree should past nuclear talks guide future U.S. nuclear arms control negotiations? Can the art of the deal apply to stabilizing our nuclear future?

A U.S. Perspective on Iran and the Larger Middle East

Iran remains an enigma to many in the West over concerns about their nuclear weapons program, domestic governance issues, and destabilizing behavior in neighboring countries. The United States has recently changed course in its Iran policy, withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal and implementing crippling new sanctions to constrain the Iranian regime. Ambassador Thomas Pickering will explore 2019 realities in Iran, the Middle East, and U.S. strategy in the region. He will discuss the role diplomacy can play at a time of change and escalating tensions in the Middle East. Register online: https://www.irckc.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1208965&group= This event is sponsored by the Persian Community of Kansas City, Polsinelli, and the United Nations Association.

Downtown Group - Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?

Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program involves reading the Great Decisions briefing book and meeting in a discussion group to discuss the most critical international issues facing the United States, and the global community, today. From libraries, homes, retirement communities, universities, high schools, and more, meeting locations are endless. To order a Great Decisions book, please visit: https://www.irckc.org/store/ListProducts.aspx?catid=279717 *** Nuclear weapons have not gone away, and the Trump administration has brought a new urgency, if not a new approach, to dealing with them. The President has met with Vladimir Putin as the New Start Treaty with Russia comes up for renewal in 2021, the first presidential summit ever with Kim Jong-un occurred to discuss denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, and President Trump has decertified the Obama nuclear deal with Iran. To what degree should past nuclear talks guide future U.S. nuclear arms control negotiations? Can the art of the deal apply to stabilizing our nuclear future?

Past events (43)

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