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The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) is an independent nonprofit educational organization founded in 1918 to educate Americans about significant world issues that have an important impact on their lives. FPA provides impartial publications, programs,... Read more
The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) is an independent nonprofit educational organization founded in 1918 to educate Americans about significant world issues that have an important impact on their lives. FPA provides impartial publications, programs, website and forums designed to increase public awareness of international matters that shape this country's future, and to foster citizen involvement in those issues.
Through its balanced, nonpartisan publications and interactive programs and forums, FPA seeks out and encourages individuals in schools, communities and the workplace to participate in the foreign policy process. The Great Decisions program is the core of FPA's outreach. The annual Great Decisions briefing book outlines the issues, history and policy options of eight key foreign policy topics, providing unbiased current information for its readers. FPA's national network of volunteer coordinators implement the Great Decisions program by setting up discussion groups, seminars and public forums in which participants can meet, discuss the issues, debate the subject and arrive at an informed opinion on each topic.
The FPA is an excellent organization with awesome programming - most notably their Great Decisions Series. They expand their reach by coordinating the program with hundreds of partners across the country, including the International Institute of Buffalo here in Western New York. There is no other program like Great Decisions. It is unique because it brings citizens and experts together to discuss topics that are impacting people across the world. It provides an outlet for the general public to express their views and a way for academics to engage in their communities. The program has a history of success in Buffalo and continues to have a positive impact as we round out our 2010 Series in the next few weeks. It would not be possible without the support of the FPA. Keep up the good work!
by MacDara K. from New York, NY
(Administrator for this Organization)(February 23, 2010)
One of the key indicators that FPA publications remain balanced has always been the welcome feedback from hundreds of Americans each year.
We receive a roughly equal amount of feedback suggesting the material is slanted toward the right as we do the left. That is one of the ways we know we are doing a good job of maintaining impartiality.
Particularly in the current period in U.S. politics, people are often reluctant to be exposed to views other than their own, that's why it is more important than ever to keep an open mind, become educated on all sides of an issue and discuss it openly with your community in a Great Decisions discussion group.
The Foreign Policy Association advertises itself as a "balanced, nonpartisan" organization and yet its publications are slanted, even leading. Only one side of an issue is explored--by one author--and presentations are not meant for persons with an average American education. Large words and difficult phrasings are used, thus complicating the issue. SIMPLY YOUR PRESENTATIONS, Great Decisions!
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