Great Decisions

Great Decisions

The Great Decisions Discussion Series is based on a Briefing Book published annually by the Foreign Policy Association. 8 topics are picked by the Association and they contract with a neutral expert to write a background paper on the topic. Topics in recent years have ranged from updates on Palestine, Russia, and Brazil to overviews of Privacy in the Digital Age and Human Trafficking.

During the pandemic, we have been meeting the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 10 AM by Zoom to discuss current foreign policy topics. If you would like to join these discussions, please email us at

For 2022 we expect to return to the traditional format. Participants purchase a book at a discount through the coordinator, read the background material, and then participate in a lively roundtable discussion regarding American Foreign Policy related to the topic under discussion. We normally have 4 discussion groups with about 16 people in each group. Those interested should keep their eyes open for information posted in the Oakmont News beginning December 1 each year. We also are a loose affiliate of the Sonoma County World Affairs Council.

Meeting Details: Now: ZOOM In 2022: Mondays, beginning first week in February and continuing every other week for eight weeks through early May Time: 10 to 12 Noon Location: East Rec Center Fees: about $25 to purchase the Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Briefing Book (price changes slightly each year) Contact Information: Contact: George McKinney Phone: 538-7264 Email: Website: Great Decisions

Great Decisions Discussions Continue

The Oakmont Great Decisions discussion groups are continuing to meet on Zoom and discuss major foreign affairs topics every month on the 3rd Monday. Our

The Two Koreas

The Great Decisions discussion groups are continuing to meet by Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 10 AM. The discussion

Great Decisions – Afghanistan

As we continue with our bimonthly meetings, the topic for April 19 is whether the US should withdraw from Afghanistan. We have some advance readings

Great Decisions Discussion Groups

The Oakmont Great Decisions groups are not meeting in person during the coronavirus emergency. We ARE meeting by video conference to discuss current foreign policy