Great Decisions 2014

Each year 8 topics on U.S. Foreign Policy are selected by a panel of experts for discussion in local communities across the country. The Great Decisions series in Delaware, OH takes place on Fridays, beginning February 21 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the William Street United Methodist Church, 28 W. William St. (Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch. Beverages are provided.) The series is sponsored by: AAUW Delaware Branch, Kiwanis, League of Women Voters, International Studies Program, O.W.U., Senior Citizens, William Street UMC, Willow Brook Christian Communities, Anonymous.

This year’s topics are critical issues from the relationship between Israel and the U.S. to China’s foreign policy. Following each discussion, participants have the option of registering their opinions by completing a short survey prepared by the Foreign Policy Association. These are added to the thousands of others across the United States where the Great Decisions series is presented. The Great Decisions discussion program is the longest-standing and largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind. It is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

2014 Great Decisions Speaker List

February 21…”Food and Climate”… LaurieLaurie Anderson OWU - Great Decision Anderson, PhD, Professor of Botany and Microbiology at Ohio Wesleyan University. Recent weather has been unusual around the globe with 118-degree temperatures in Australia, drought and fire in southern California, polar vortexes in our part of the country. Dr. Anderson will share her insights on long-term climate trends and their impact on food sufficiency.

Ret Maj Gen Dennis LaichFebruary 28… “Defense Technology”… Major General (Ret) AUS Dennis Laich, author of Skin in the Game: Poor Kids and Patriots. Major General Laich, among other accomplishments, served in the U.S. Army in Iraq, Kuwait, Germany, the Netherlands, and Honduras. He will share his expertise on today’s defense technology.

Ji Young ChoiMarch 7… “China’s Foreign Policy”… Dr. Ji Young Choi, Professor in the Department of Politics and Government and affiliated (assistant) professor in the International Studies Program and the East Asian Studies Program at Ohio Wesleyan University. President Obama’s strategic initiative of shifting foreign policy attention toward China is well known. Dr. Choi will assess China’s increasingly important impact upon the world.

March 14…”Islamic Awakening”… Nicol Ghazi, Instructor at Marion Branch Ohio State University, active member of the Ohio Islamic community serving on the Olentangy Local School District Diversity Committee, Administrator, Muslim Family Services of Ohio, and Outreach Presenter, Noor Islamic Cultural Center. Ms. Ghazi will present the first of three interrelated sessions examining the Middle East.

A_YalcinkayaMarch 21… “Turkey’s Challenges”… Alper Yalcinkaya, PhD, Professor of Sociology/ Anthropology at Ohio Wesleyan University. Dr. Yalcinkaya will present the second of the three interrelated sessions examining the Middle East.


Alison_RoseMarch 28… “Israel and the U.S.”… Alison Rose, PhD, Professor in Religion/ Philosophy at Ohio Wesleyan University, and part-time faculty in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Rhode Island where she teaches Women in Islam and Women in Judaism. Dr. Rose will present the final session of the interrelated sessions examining the Middle East.

Andrew MeyerApril 4… “Energy Independence”… Andrew Meyer, PhD, Professor in Economics at Ohio Wesleyan University


Goran SkosplesApril 11…”U.S. Trade Policy”… Goran Skoples, PhD, Professor in Economics at Ohio Wesleyan University


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