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The Great Decisions Discussion Program, the largest world-affairs educational program in the US.



The Great Decisions Discussion Program is the oldest and largest grassroots world-affairs educational program of its kind in the United States. An affiliate of the Foreign Policy Association civic education outreach, 400 chapters across the nation meet to discuss foreign-policy issues suggested by a briefing book published by the FPA. 

The Katonah Chapter, inaugurated in 2001, is led by Harry Stanton, a retired New York State government employee and former AP journalist. The group meets 13 times a year in the Garden Room of the Katonah Village Library.

“We don’t make decisions, but we have great discussions,” Stanton says. On April 12, 2016, the group discusses the Two Koreas, led by Charlie Kimball from Katonah, an active consultant in foreign affairs.

On April 26,  George Roy leads a conversation about the opening of Cuba. “George will talk about Cuba’s impact on U.S. relations with the rest of the Caribbean,” Stanton says.

The final meeting for the season takes place May 10 when Joe Adams, who has business interests in Africa and the Middle East, discusses Foreign Policy Implications of “Citizen United.”

Meetings commence at 10:15 a.m. and are open to the public. There is no fee.

“We’re conscious not to be a debating society but a discussion group,” Stanton says. “It’s like that college seminar you always meant to take.”

Contact Stanton at harry1221@optonline.net, or 914-962-3756.  

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