Guide to Discussions

Foreign Policy Association

Discussion Leader
Henry J. (Harry) Stanton
1221 Underhill Avenue
Yorktown, New York 10598

Reference Archives

A Short Walk Around the Caspian Sea

Haiti: A Failed State

Germany Ascendant
North Korea

Cybercrime and Cybersecurity


Great Decisions
Welcomes guests and new members
to a lively and informative discussion.

Developed by the Foreign Policy Association (a national, independent, nonpartisan, non-governmental and nonprofit educational organization), the Great DecisionsGreat Decisions Discussion Program is the oldest and largest grass-roots world affairs educational program of its kind in the United States. It is the core of FPA's civic education outreach efforts, bringing millions of Americans together in study groups to discuss, debate, and learn about foreign policy issues. Each year FPA publishes "Great Decisions," a Briefing Book and a related DVD on eight foreign policy issues as the basis for these discussions.

THE KATONAH PROGRAM In 2000, a group of area residents who shared a common belief in the need for popular education in international affairs, organized a local discussion group. The KatonahVillage Library agreed to provide a room for the meetings. The day time program starts in the Fall and runs through late Spring. Meetings are held at the Katonah Village Library every two to three weeks from 10:15 A. M. until 12:30 P. M. Fall topics are selected by participants. Most of the Winter/Spring discussions follow the topics included in the FPA annual Briefing Book. Discussions are usually led by participants. Also, participants are encouraged to share recent experiences, readings, and/or acquired knowledge regarding the topic of the day or future topics. Typically, 25 - 30 participants attend the meetings. Most are retirees, hailing from diverse backgrounds. Most have either traveled and/or lived abroad and some have conducted business abroad. A number of participants hold advanced degrees. Participants pay an annual fee which covers the cost of the briefing book, a contribution to the Katonah Village Library and an administrative charge. Additionally, evening programs (which are open to the general public) supplement the daytime discussions.

Both are welcome. To obtain more information, contact Harry Stanton, Discussion Leader 914-962-3756,

See also: Guide to Discussions



2017-2018 Meeting Schedule
Tuesdays 10:15 - 12:00
in the Katonah Library

September 12, 2017
North Korea
Ken Krieger

October 10, 2017
Iran, Turkey and
the Middle East.

November 14, 2017
The Future of Europe

December 12, 2017
Foreign Aid.
Joe Adams and George Roy  

January 9, 2018
The Media and Foreign Policy – Harry Stanton

January 23, 2018
Turkey: Partner in Crisis
John Lucassen

February 13, 2018
Global Engagement & The Military – Doug Marino

February 27, 2018
China & America: The New Geopolitical Equation – Charlie Kimball

March 27, 2018
Global Health Issues
Mike Kornfield

April 10, 2018
North Korea’s Nuclear Challenge -- Tyler Beebe and Evans Revere

April 24, 2018
Russia's Foreign Policy
Tyler Beebe

May 8, 2018
The Waning of Pax Americana – Joe Adams

May 15, 2018
Inequality and Policy
Peter Kuniholm & Ken Krieger


September 13 2016
Ken Krieger
Population Growth

October 11 2016
Mike Kornfield, Brexit and the E.U.

November 8 2016
Charlie Kimball and Guest
China, Japan and Korea

December 13 2016
U.S. Military Strategy

January 10 2017
Artificial Intelligence and
Foreign Policy
Richard Ten Dyke & John Lucassen

January 24 2017
Russia, An Insider View
Joe Condon and Guest

February 14 2017
Nuclear Strategy
Harry Stanton

February 28 2017
Prospects for Pakiston and Afghanistan
Mike Kornfield

March 14 2017
Conflict in the South China Sea
Charlie Kimball and Tyler Beebe

March 28 2017
Conflict in the South China Sea (rescheduled from 3/14 because of snow)

April 11 2017
Trade, Jobsand Politics
Mike Kornfield and Tyler Beebe

April 25 2017
Latin America's Political Pendulum
Fred Piker and Peter Kuniholm

May 9 2017
Saudi Arabia in Transition
Fred Piker

May 16 2017:
The Geopolitics of Energy
Ken Krieger

2015-2016 Schedule

Wednesday September 16, 2015
Iran – Joe Condon & Special Guest Maxwell Asgari

October 13, 2015
Syria’s Refugee Crisis – Charlie Kimball

November 10, 2015
Russia & The “Near Abroad” – Tyler Beebe

December 8, 2015
State Corruption – Dick TenDyke and Mike Kornfield

January 12, 2016
Topic and Discussion Leader TBD

January 26, 2016
Climate Change Politics – Ken Krieger

February 9, 2016
EU and NATO – Discussion Leader TBD

February 23, 2016
Migration – Ken Krieger

March 8, 2016
Chinese Expansionism – Tyler Beebe

March 22, 2016
The Two Koreas – Charlie Kimball

March 29, 2016
(Snow Day Make-up Date)

April 12, 2016
Opening Cuba – George Roy

April 26, 2016
Middle East Panel Discussion (Joe Condon, Peter Kuniholm, Fred Piker & Rick Shiels)

May 10, 2016
Foreign Policy Implications of “Citizens United” – Joe Adams


We will start the new year on January 13 with a discussion of the United Nations and other international treaty institutions that contribute to the International Legal Process or, as some would say, the current status of World Governance. The discussion will be lead by Joe Adams.

On January 27, Tyler Beebe and others will lead a discussion on Russia and its relations with its neighbors, from Georgia and Ukraine to China. (Cancelled due to weather)

On February 10, we plan to explore India at a time of substantial internal political and economic change, with the help of Charles Kimball as topic leader.

On Febrary 24, Mid-East Sectarianism (Topic Leader Peter Kuniholm)

On March 10, Climate Change (Debate Format, Topic Leader: Ken Krieger

On March 24, Privacy in the Digital Age, Topic Leaders Richard Ten Dyke and Harry Stanton Refrence: Warren and Brandeis

On April 14, U.S. Policy Toward Africa (Topic Leaders: Fred Piker, Tyler Beebe, Joe Adams)

On April 28, Brazil (Topic Leader Peter Grunthal)

On May 12, Human Trafficking (Topic Leaders Marian Cross and Melissa Vail) reference1 reference2(large file)

Previous meetings:

September 9 2014 we opened the season with a discussion of the role Human Rights plays (or should play) in U.S. foreign policy. Attorney Steven Kass, a member of the board of Human Rights Watch, joins us to brief us and lead the discussion Meeting Summary

January 7, 2014
Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country
Topic Leader: Charles Kimball

January 21, 2014
Chinese Foreign Policy
Topic Leader: Tyler Beebe

February 11, 2014
Climate Change and Food
Topic Leader: Ken Krieger

March 4, 2014
Israel and the United States
Topic Leader: Tyler Beebe
Special Guest: Professor Dov Waxman, CUNY

March 18, 2014
Japan and the Far East
Topic Leader: Charles Kimball
Special Guest: Devin Stewart, Carnegie Council

April 1, 2014
Islamic Awakening
Topic Leader: Fred Piker

April 15, 2014
Foreign Policy Implications of U.S. Energy Independence
Topic Leaders: Tyler Beebe& Charlie Kimball

April 29, 2014
Turkey’s Challenges
Topic Leaders: Mike and Barbara Kornfield

May 13, 2014


October 8, 2013
Global Finance and the Erosion of the Nation State
Topic Leader: Ken Krieger Reading List

November 12, 2013
Topic Leader: George Roy

May 14, 2013 -- China in Africa
Topic Leader: Joe Adams

April 30, 2013 -- NATO
Topic Leader: Tyler Beebe

April 16, 2013 -- Iran
Topic Leader: Fred Piker
agenda ... summary

April 2, 2013 -- Egypt
Topic Leaders: Mike Kornfield and Peter Kuniholm

March 19, 2013 -- Threat Assessment
Topic Leader: Gary Wenglowski Agenda

March 5, 2013 -- Myanmar and Southeast Asia Topic Leader: Charles Kimball Agenda

February 5, 2013 -- Humanitarian Intervention Topic Leader: Howard Jacobs Agenda

January 22, 2013 -- The Future of the Euro Topic Leaders: Tyler Beebe and Peter Grunthal
Agenda, Summary

1/8/13 Foreign Policy Implications of Climate Change Topic Leader: Ken Krieger, Moderator: Tyler Beebe
Timeline, Impacts, Agenda, Summary

12/11/2012 The Challenge of Changing Leadership in China Topic Leader: Charles Kimball, Moderator: Peter Grunthal
Reading 1 ... Reading 2 ... Reading 3

12/4/12 Turkey Topic leader: Dr. Mehmet Fevzi Ozkaynak, MD, Moderator: Howard Jacobs: Summary

10/2/12 Strategic Vision and the World America Made, a discussion of recent books by Zbigniew Brzezinski and Robert Kagan, Moderators: Howard Jacobs and Tyler Beebe Summary

9/18/12 Forum on The Roles of Foreign Policy and Military Power Moderator: Tyler Beebe Panel Members: Dick Bailey and Rick Shiels Summary

May 15, 2012 Mexico, the U.S and Central America, [Joe Adams and the Carpenters] summary

May 1, 2012 Middle East Realignment [Mike Kornfield, George Roy] Summary-1 -2 -3

April 17, 2012 Exit from Afganistan[Tyler Beebe]
Summary1 Summary2

April 3, 2012 Promoting Democracy [Harry Stanton]

March 20, 2012 Cyber Security [Dick Ten Dyke]
summary1 summary

March 6 2012 State of the Ocean [Howard Jacobs]
February 7 2012 Energy Politics [Charles Kimball]
summary1 summary2

January 24 2012 Indonesia [Fred Piker]

January 10, 2012 China [Charles Kimball] summary1 summary2
December 6, 2011 The Atlantic Alliance: What's the Future?
(Joe Adams & Mike Kornfield)

November 8, 2011 Global Public Service
(Teri Scachs and Demetrios Argyriades)

October 4, 2011 Middle East Realignment
(Tyler Beebe)
summary1 summary2 summary3

September 20, 2011 Book Review, The Next 100 Years (Howard Jacobs)
summary1 summary2

May 10, 2011 Making Sense of Multilateralism
[Fred Piker & Harry Stanton]
summary1 summary2

April 26, 2011 The Caucasus
[Dick Ten Dyke & Fred Piker]
summary1, summary2

April 12, 2011 Rebuilding Haiti
[ George Roy]

March 29, 2011 Germany Ascendant [Tyler Beebe & Mike Kornfield] summary

March 15, 2011 Responding to the Financial Crisis [Charlie Kimball] summary

March 1, 2011 Horn of Africa [Joe Adams] summary

February 8, 2011 U. S. National Security [Fred Piker] summary

January 25, 2011 Sanctions and Nonproliferation [ Fred Piker] summary

January 11, 2011 U. S.-Japan Relationship: Stability? [Charlie Kimball] summary

December 7, 2010: North Korea: Reclusive, Dynastic, and Very Dangerous [Tyler Beebe] (summary)

November 9, 2010: Iran vs. The West: Will the World Continue to Wait? [Jane Wood & Fred Piker] (summary)

October 12, 2010: Transnational Crime: [Dick Ten Dyke & Gary Wenglowski] (summary)

September 28, 2010: The Special Envoy in American Foreigh Policy [Tyler Beebe & Fred Piker ] (summary)

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