digital edition

The Foreign Policy Association

Great Decisions Discussion Program

via ZOOM.

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. 

The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.


David Rowe, Moderator

Susan Perkins, Facilitator


 Pour yourself a light refreshment, and connect to ZOOM for a short film and a great discussion.

Program time: 5pm - 6pm

The Philippines has had a special relationship with the United States since the islands were ceded by Spain to the United States after the Spanish-American War at the end of the 19th century. However, since the election of Rodrigo Duterte, the country has pivoted more toward China, and away from the U.S. Duterte has also launched a large scale war on drugs that many criticize for its brutality. What does the future hold for U.S, relations with the Philippines?
Saturday, October 3rd
Policymakers in many countries are developing plans and funding research in artificial intelligence (AI). Global growth is slowing, and not surprisingly, many policymakers hope that AI will provide a magic solution. The EU, Brazil, and other Western countries have adopted regulations that grant users greater control over their data and require that firms using AI be transparent about how they use it. Will the U.S. follow suit?
Saturday, November 7th

There are many options available for you to purchase the Great Decisions briefing book:

A limited amount of discounted books are available for sale through the library. If you are interested, please email:

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The E-book version of the briefing book is also available!

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Apple Books





Preliminary Topics for 2021

Each of the eight topics in the 2021 edition will have a corresponding episode of the Emmy Award Nominated Great Decisions television series that will broadcast on public television and will be available for purchase streaming online through Vimeo or on DVD. Please contact with any questions.



Topic 1: The Role of International Organizations in a Global Pandemic


Topic 2: Global Supply Chains and National Security


Topic 3: China and Africa  


Topic 4: Korean Peninsula  


Topic 5: Persian Gulf Security 


Topic 6: Brexit and the European Union 


Topic 7: The Fight Over the Melting Arctic 


Topic 8: The End of Globalization? 

Great Decisions is America's
largest discussion program on world affairs.

The program provides background information and policy options for the eight most critical issues facing America each year and serves as the focal text for discussion groups across the country.