This eight-session geopolitical course provides a forum for engaging discussion regarding crucial global issues. The Foreign Policy Association provides course resources in the form of a Briefing Book that details history, analysis, and forecasts of future consequences, plus suggested roundtable questions.

The topics for the “2024 Great Decisions Discussion Group” are:

  1. Mideast Realignment
  2. Climate Technology and Competition
  3. Science Across Borders
  4. USA – China Trade Rivalry
  5. NATO’s Future
  6. Understanding Indonesia
  7. High Seas Treaty
  8. Pandemic Preparedness

$60 course fee includes the $35 briefing book

What to Expect: 

This discussion group tackles some of the most far-reaching issues confronting the international landscape, all while encouraging civil conversation from all perspectives through even-handed moderation of the discussion. “Great Decisions” will improve your awareness of geopolitical challenges and conflict, and foster a comprehensive understanding of global economic and socio-political affairs.

Feedback from Rich and Bob’s past GD discussions:

“A terrific set of course sessions for going deeper into geopolitical topics you only THOUGHT you knew about.”

“This was one of the best, most engaging, GD programs I have ever participated in.  Great civil discussion where we all learned from one another.”

“Being able to discuss challenging issues and hearing different perspectives in a respectful forum challenged my previous understanding and helped me see things differently.”

IN PERSON course at the Easton Family YMCA (no recording) 8 sessions | Thursdays | February 8, 15, 22, 29, March 7, 14, 21, 28 | 3 – 4:30 pm | $60


Rich Harrison

Rich Harrison is the retired Director of Research & Development for Baltimore Aircoil Co., a worldwide manufacturer of evaporative cooling equipment and ice thermal storage equipment. During his 39 years at BAC, he developed numerous innovative components of those products and received ten patents. He has a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree from Purdue University. He resided in Columbia, Maryland, for 32 years and then found the light of the Eastern Shore.


Bob DeGour

Bob DeGour is a 1973 Naval Academy graduate who was the first midshipman to study concurrently at a civilian university. His classified thesis focused on socio-political systems in Pre-WWII Germany, the Soviet Union, and the People's Republic of China. He served in the Navy Intel community before transitioning to the private sector. He is routinely asked to contribute/moderate discussions on International Security issues at the annual Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC) attended by college students and professors from around the world.

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