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2017 Great Decisions: Home

Speakers and topics for Great Decisions 2017.

About the Great Decisions Program

Thursdays, 5:45pm 

Great Decisions Topics 2017

is America's largest discussion program on world affairs created by the 

Foreign Policy Association

Our library's program model, sponsored by Mammen Investments, Inc.

includes watching the DVD and hearing a speaker relating to the subject

prior to questions and discussion.  

A light meal will be provided.  

Briefing books are available for $20 at the library, while supplies last. 

The Great Decisions program provides background information and policy options for the eight most critical issues facing America each year and serves as the focal text for discussion groups across the country.  The tabs at the top of the page are the topics that will be discussed in 2017. 

The Bulverde/Spring Branch Library will host discussions on those topics on the upcoming dates:

  • April 6 - The Future of Europe - Speaker: Matthias Hofferberth, Assistant Professor Department of Political Science and Geography, University of Texas at San Antonio.

  • April 13 -Trade and Politics - Speaker: Joachim Singelmann, Ph.D. Chair and Dean's Distinguished Professor of Public Policy Department of Demography The University of Texas at San Antonio.

  • April 20Nuclear Security - Speaker: Michael Trapp, CPP, Col. USAF (Ret), Deputy Provost Marshal at United States Army North and Fifth US Army, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. Past Senior Advisor, Defense Nuclear Security, National Nuclear Security Administration, Washington, D.C.

  • April 27 - Saudi Arabia in Transition - Speaker: Jeffrey F. Addicott Lt. Colonel (U.S. Army, ret.) Professor of Law & Director Center for Terrorism Law St. Mary's University School of Law.


  • September 7 - U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum - Speaker:  Mr. Chris Ashcraft, STEER's vice president, STEER is the South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable, a place where people and ideas come together to strengthen our communities through the development of oil and natural gas.

  • September 14 - Latin America's Political Pendulum - Speaker: 

  • September 21 - Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan - Speaker: Michael Malone, J.D., LL.M. Attorney and Counselor at Law & Adjunct Professor:  St. Mary’s University School of Law/Graduate International Relations

  • September 28 - Conflict in the South China Sea - Speaker: Hyon Joo Yoo, Ph.D. Associate Professor Political Science, Trinity University