Event Details

Registration for the 2024 Great Decisions program, sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, is now open. PCFR and Global Ties Arizona have partnered again this year to provide our members the program and materials free of charge.

PCFR members have enjoyed participating in the Great Decisions series since 2020. Charles Blum, a PCFR member, had this to say about the program: "Great Decisions and PCFR are a perfect match. This program provides an ideal platform for informed discussion, deeper insights into current issues, and greater appreciation for the insights and experiences of our members."

Over the next 12 months, PCFR members participating in this small discussion group will have the opportunity to delve into eight of the most critical issues facing US foreign policymakers.

Before each virtual session throughout the year, participants will read a chapter from the Great Decisions Briefing Book. Each session will feature a moderated group discussion where ideas can be shared. The series will be hosted by PCFR member Charles Blum.

PCFR and Global Ties Arizona are covering the cost of the Great Decisions Briefing Book (a $35 value) for PCFR members. Be sure to save your spot.

Topics + Descriptions

All sessions will take place from 12 pm - 1 pm MST, online via Zoom.

  • February 13, 2024 | Mideast Realignment
  • March 12, 2024 | Science Across Borders
  • April 9, 2024 | U.S.-China Trade Rivalry
  • May 14, 2024 | NATO's Future
  • June 11, 2024 | Climate Technology and Competition
  • September 10, 2024 | Understanding Indonesia
  • October 8, 2024 | High Seas Treaty
  • November 12, 2024 | Pandemic Preparedness

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  • Charles Blum (President at IAS Group Ltd.)

    Charles Blum

    President at IAS Group Ltd.

    Charles Blum has spent a lifetime in international affairs. Before launching an independent consultancy in 1988, he served in the US State Department and the Executive Office of the President for 17 years. He has worked on commercial, investment and policy matters on six continents and participates in a broad range of discussions on foreign and domestic policy. A native of New York, he now resides in Sedona, AZ.

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