Book Group

The World Affairs Council sponsors one or more book groups for our members. Each group meets monthly to discuss the book selection for that month. Members choose and read mostly nonfiction books relating to world affairs. We welcome new members.

A typical Book Group selection was This Brave New World by Anja Manuel, the featured speaker at our 2017 Annual Dinner. Anja’s background, from her university studies to the State Department and subsequent partnership in the consulting firm founded by Robert Gates and Condoleezza Rice, puts her in a unique position of being able to compare and contrast India and China, discuss their problems and strengths, and their relations with each other and the rest of the world. Her viewpoints regarding the future direction of U.S. relations with these two countries led to a lively discussion.

We welcome new members to our Book Group. If you are interested, please call 573-6014 for more information.

New Book Group selections 2020:
June: The Shadow War: Inside Russia’s and China’s Secret Operations to Defeat America by Jim Sciutto, CNN
July: The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower by Michael Pillsbury
Aug: The End of October by Lawrence Wright


William J. Perry, 19th U.S. Secretary of Defense, who presented a talk to us on Nuclear Weapons in November, 2019, is working with his son,  David Perry, to create a podcast series.  The first program aired in early July 2020.  You can sign up at for email notifications.

Great Decisions

While WACSC does not currently sponsor the Great Decisions program, there are discussion groups at Spring Lake Village for their residents and in Oakmont for Oakmont residents and their guests.  Information for the upcoming discussion groups is listed below:

It’s time for the Great Decisions program 2020!

Great Decisions is a foreign policy discussion group.  It meets eight times during February-May each year to discuss topics chosen by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA).  This is part of a national program to inform Americans about important foreign policy issues and provide a framework for discussion about them.  Each participant receives a briefing book from the FPA containing important background material for each topic. We purchase books in bulk.  The price for 2020 will be $25.

Topics for 2020 are Climate Change and the Global Order, India and Pakistan, Red Sea Security, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle, China’s Road into Latin America, The Philippines and the U.S., and Artificial Intelligence and Data

There will be two places for discussion programs in early 2020.  If you live in Oakmont, the program begins February 3 and more information can be found at the Oakmont Great Decisions website:

A second location for discussion programs will be Spring Lake Village.  If interested, please contact Barbara Fry at

For more information on this program, please follow the link for the Foreign Policy Association on our Links page.