World Affairs Council Great Decisions Series at UNC Asheville Begins Feb. 6 with Talk on Turkey


The World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina will begin its Great Decisions 2018 series, with six talks at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday nights in February and March at the Reuter Center at UNC Asheville. This series is part of the national Great Decisions Program, America’s largest grass-roots discussion program on world affairs.

The Great Decisions Program, which began in 1954, is the flagship program of the non-partisan, non-governmental Foreign Policy Association. The program’s goal is to discuss, debate and learn about international affairs, national security and U.S. foreign policy.

Feb. 6 – Turkey, a Partner in Crisis, with Thomas Sanders, retired Brown University professor of religious studies who speaks Turkish and has visited Turkey many times.

Feb. 13 – Global Health: Progress and Challenges, with John Stewart, M.D., who since retiring from private practice in 2012, has served in Africa for at least a month each year with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders.

Feb. 20 – The Waning of Pax Americana? with Jonathan Tetzlaff, founder and president of Tetzlaff Risk Management, who, as a consultant, has worked with major corporations on risk/threat analyses and travel security programs.

Feb. 27 – Media and Foreign Policy, with Jake Greear, adjunct instructor in Western Carolina University’s Political Science and Public Affairs Department.

March 6 – The Defense Budget and Global Engagement Priorities, with retired Air Force Major General Richard Devereaux, who is now executive vice president for Texzon Technologies.

March 13 – China and America: the New Geopolitical Equation, with Julie Snyder, who worked for 30 years with the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

For more detailed program descriptions, visit the website of the World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina at

These lectures are presented in partnership by the World Affairs Council, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville (OLLI), and the university’s Department of Political Science.

Admission to World Affairs Council presentations at UNC Asheville is $10 for the public; free to members of the World Affairs Council and UNC Asheville students. For more information, about events at the Reuter Center, home of OLLI, visit