Foreign Policy Association

MISSION – to serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues.

HISTORY – founded in 1918 as the LEAGUE OF FREE NATIONS ASSOCIATION to support president Woodrow Wilson’s efforts to achieve a just peace. In 1923, reconstituted to become the Foreign Policy Association with the commitment for careful study of all sides of international issues affecting the United States.  John Foster Dulles and Eleanor Roosevelt were among the incorporators.

INFORM –FPA produces "Great Decisions" briefing videos and a book each year -- by experts from diplomacy, academia, and media -- for the local discussion groups.

INSPIRE – since 2000, the Foreign Policy Association have created a global career foreign policy boot camp for individuals who work within the field.


Contact Us

Kathryn Freshley

The FPA of LAGUNA WOODS VILLAGE has existed for over 20 years. We facilitate a small discussion group that meet in the Spring, every other week from Early February  to late May. Each seminar has 15-25 participants.  The sessions are held in Club House #2, as shown below:

 FRIDAY AFTERNOON, 2:00 TO 3:30 PM: Feb 9 & 23, Mar 8 & 22, Apr 5 & 19, May 3 & 17 

SESSION FORMAT – play video –first 20-30 minutes; then 1 hr group discussion about the topic. Each seminar participant should have read the text material prior to the session.


Topic 1: Mideast Realignment  

Topic 2: Climate Technology and Competition 

Topic 3: Science Across Borders

Topic 4: U.S. - China Trade Rivalry 

Topic 5: NATO's Future 

Topic 6: Understanding Indonesia

Topic 7: High Seas Treaty 

Topic 8: Pandemic Preparedness


Registration for the 2024 sessions will begin in late November and throughout December. The announcement will be in the Globe and a Registration Form should be completed and mailed in with your check for the discussion group. The sessions will begin in the first week of February 2024.

To get a Registration Form, either: (1) Click the registration link under "Documents" caption just below and print the document; or, (2) Hand write info required on a blank slip to mail with a check. 

Finally, mail the completed document with your check to FPA, PO Box 3832, Laguna Hills, CA 92654.


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