Great Decisions lecture series brings foreign policy experts to Williamsburg

Anyone curious about an expert’s take on Russia, defense spending and other foreign policy topics need look no further than Williamsburg Regional Library.

The League of Women Voters of the Williamsburg Area sponsors the Great Decisions lecture series, which consists of a series of lectures that run Tuesdays until March 27. Each event features an expert in his or her field, with topics ranging from Russia and China to the United States’ defense budget and media and foreign policy.

“We choose people who have lived in the countries as diplomats or in the armed services. They’re all knowledgeable on the subject,” said Doris Margulies of the League of Women Voters of the Williamsburg Area.

Each lecture, led by experts such as professors and former government officials, ends with a question-and-answer session. The events are open to the general public and provide a unique local dive into foreign policy, Margulies said.

Among the speakers are former National Intelligence Officer Paul Heer and Phyllis Bennis, director of New Internationalism at the Institute for Policy Studies.

A limited number of tickets are available on a stand-by basis the day of each program for $10 each. For questions concerning tickets, email Margulies at or call her at 757-258-1067.

Great Decisions lecture series 2018

When: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays in February and March. Where: Williamsburg Regional Library. Cost: $10 per lecture.

Feb. 13, Media and Foreign Policy: Alexander Wooley, director of partnerships and communications at AID Data, a development and research laboratory at the College of William and Mary. Frequent contributor to “Atlantic Magazine.”

Feb. 20, Turkey: Michael Holtzman, global president, BLJ Worldwide.

Feb. 27, South Africa: Caitlin Brown, visiting assistant professor of government, William and Mary.

March 6, U.S. Defense Budget: William Hartung, director, Arms and Security Project; Center for International Policy.

March 13, Russia: Larry Wilkerson, distinguished visiting professor of government and public policy, William and Mary.

March 20, China: Paul Heer, former National Intelligence Officer for East Asia.

March 27, Pax Americana: Phyllis Bennis, director, New Internationalism at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.

Jacobs can be reached by phone at 757-298-6007.

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