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Great Decisions 2018

The community discussion group on foreign affairs will meet for 8 sessions on Wednesdays at 11 am, beginning January 31.

Great Decisions 2018

The community discussion group on world affairs, "Great Decisions," will meet for 8 weeks beginning January 31. The meeting place is the German Club Manor (711 Southgate Drive). The League of Women Voters has partnered with the Lifelong Learning Institute at Virginia Tech to offer the program. Participants must join LLI ($35) and pay the LLI course fee of $35. Briefing books are available at Volume II bookstore (University City Boulevard). Register at

Weather policy: Great Decisions will meet each scheduled time unless roads are not passable in the town of Blacksburg. Check your email on the day of class if you have a question about whether the class will meet. (Other LLI classes follow the weather policy of the Montgomery County schools, but Great Decisions does not.)

Topic descriptions After you click the link, look for this pdf file in your downloads folder.

Schedule of topics

Date TopicResource Person
January 31China and America: The new geopolitical equationDr. Paige Tan
February 7Russia's Foreign PolicyDr. Michael Hancock-Parmer
February 14South Africa's Fragile DemocracyDr. Josiah Tlou
February 21Media and Foreign PolicyDr. Eric Jardine
February 28The Waning of Pax AmericanaDr. Yannis Stivachtis
March 7US Global Engagement and the MilitaryDr. Paul Avey
March 14Turkey: A Partner in CrisisDr. Bill Ochsenwald
March 21NO CLASS 
March 28Global Health: Progress and ChallengesDr. Rebecca Hester