Great Decisions meetings normally meet the 4th Monday of the month (February-June & September-November). Terrific topics are lined up in advance, with excellent speakers. We meet at 7 pm in the Peace Chapel on the dates listed below. If you are interested in attending, please contact Janet Jacobson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-690-0483. All are welcome to attend these meetings. There is a small charge to attend if you are not a member of the Great Decisions group.
Topics in 2018:
1) The waning of Pax Americana; 2) Russia’s foreign policy; 3) China and America: the new geopolitical equation; 4) Media and foreign policy; 5) Turkey: a partner in crisis; 6) U.S. global engagement and the military; 7) South Africa’s fragile democracy; and 8) Global health: progress and challenges.
November 26—South Africa
The African National Congress (ANC) party has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994. Today the party suffers from popular frustration over official corruption and economic stagnation. It faces growing threats from both left and right opposition parties, as well as intraparty divisions. A weaker ANC could lead to political fragmentation in this relatively new democracy.
Gary Prevost, retired professor of political science at St. John’s University and College of St. Benedict’s, will lead this discussion. He has just returned from an extended visit in South Africa and will share his insights with us.