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South Africa's Fragile Democracy
The African National Congress (ANC) party has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994. But the party today suffers from popular frustration over official corruption and economic stagnation. It faces growing threats from both left and right opposition parties, even as intraparty divisions surface. Given America’s history of opportunistic engagement with Africa, there are few prospects for a closer relationship between the two countries. Meanwhile, a weaker ANC could lead to political fragmentation in this relatively new democracy. We will showing a Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions documentary video on the topic starting at 6:30pm which will be followed by a discussion. If you come after the video started, just come in and sit down...no worries. Some members of the group have purchased the Great Decisions 2018 edition book which provides in-depth articles about each subject. If you are interested in purchasing this book, you can go to www.irckc.org. Under the Community Programs Tab, you will see a option for Great Decisions - click this option. You will then be able to purchase the book at a discounted rate (includes shipping) and it will be mailed directly to you. Please note: It is not necessary to purchase the book to participate. The video does a superb job in outlining the issues and providing information needed.

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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.

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