Robert Donaldson, trustees professor of political science at The University of Tulsa, is the featured speaker. Donaldson earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University and is a former president of The University of Tulsa. His areas of interest include international politics with emphasis on Soviet, Russian and American foreign policies. He will bring interesting insights into today’s relationship between the U.S. and Russia in his talk "Putin’s Push to Restore Russia’s ‘Great Power’ Status: The Global Impact."
Great Decisions is America’s largest civic-education program on U.S. foreign policy and global affairs. The Great Decisions program is produced by the Foreign Policy Association to provide guidelines for starting and promoting Great Decisions discussion groups. It began in 1954 and the program has been active in Tulsa through the Friends of the Tulsa City-County Libraries for close to 50 years. There is a briefing book that highlights eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans. It provides background information, current data and policy options for each. Most importantly though is that it serves as the focal text for discussion groups. The book costs $22 and will be available for purchase with cash or a check.
The 2019 topics are: "Refugees and Global Migration," "The Middle East: Regional Disorder," "Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?," "The Rise of Populism in Europe," "Decoding U.S.-China Trade," "The U.S. and Mexico: Partnership Tested," "Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics" and "State of the State Department and Diplomacy."