America's Largest Discussion Program on World Affairs

Registration is now open for 2022 Great Decisions sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association! PCFR and Global Ties Arizona have partnered again this year to bring the program and materials at no cost to our members. PCFR members loved participating in Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions series in 2020 and 2021. Here is what PCFR member Charles Blum had to say about the program: “Great Decisions and PCFR are a perfect match. This program provides an ideal platform for informed discussion, deeper insights into current issues and greater appreciation for the insights and experiences of our members.”

Over the next 9 months, PCFR members who participate in this small discussion group will have the opportunity to dive deep on 9 of the most critical issues facing U.S. foreign policy makers.

Prior to each virtual session throughout the calendar year, participants will read a chapter from the Great Decisions Briefing Book and watch the associated video. Each session will feature a subject-matter expert and members have the opportunity to participate in the group discussions. PCFR member Charles Blum will moderate the series. 

PCFR and Global Ties Arizona are covering the cost of the Great Decisions Briefing Book (a $35 value) for PCFR members. Be sure to save your spot. 

Sign up fast, Great Decisions is limited to 25 PCFR members!

How to Participate

  1. Fill out the form to register to participate and receive your complimentary Great Decisions Briefing Book
  2. You will receive a link to watch the program videos
  3. Participate in the discussion!

2022 Schedule

Biden's Agenda

March 1, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MT

How 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?

Quad Alliance

March 15, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MT

Will 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?

Drug Policy in Latin America

April 19, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MT

Have 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?

Industrial Policy

May 17, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MT

Will 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?

Outer Space

June 21, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MT

How 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?

Myanmar and ASEAN

September 20, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MT

Is 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?

Changing Demographics

October 24, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MT

How 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.

Climate Change

November 14, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MT

How 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? Dr. Greg Collins of University of Arizona will join us to discuss. 

Russia and the U.S.

December 12, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MT

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?

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