Great Decisions 2021 

Description:  Using text from the Foreign Policy Association, this course offers guided discussions of eight specific foreign policy challenges facing the U.S. with the objective of better understanding the dynamics of international relations and U.S. goals. Each week participants will read a set of assigned articles and watch an in-class video in preparation for group discussion facilitated by the class leader.

Instructor: Steve Kimmel has been a participating member of the Amelia Island Great Decisions program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association of Washington DC since 2012 and has facilitated the course since 2019.  He holds a BS in Chemistry and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. Mr. Kimmel worked in sales and marketing for Shell Chemical Company and as a management consultant for Robert H. Hayes and Associates, and for 27 years for the Dutch firm Akzo/Nobel NV from which he retired as Vice-President and General Manager of its Polymer Chemicals business in the Americas.

Schedule:  Eight Tuesdays, 10/5 – 11/23

Time: 1:30 – 3:30pm


Location: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, room 201, 801 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach. Masks and social distancing required.     Class size will be limited to 15 students.  It is expected that all students will be vaccinated; masking and social distancing will be observed.

Fee: $50/person

Materials:  Below is the link for the course briefing book which you should purchase as a print copy or e-book before session #1.  Participants should read the Chapter 1 of the briefing book before the first class session.