Great Decisions: America’s Global Affairs Discussion Group

Informed Citizens Make Great Decisions

Great Decisions is developed by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) to serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. Through its balanced, nonpartisan programs, and publications, the FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process.

Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program about world affairs.  The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching a DVD pertaining to that week’s topic, and meeting in a group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.

There are eight sessions beginning In late January or early February of each year.

Topics for 2017 were:

  • The Future of Europe
  • Trade and Politics
  • Conflict in the South China Sea
  • Saudi Arabia in Transition
  • U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum
  • Latin America’s Political Pendulum
  • Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Nuclear Security

Topics for 2018 will be announced in Nov/Dec 2017.


To register for Great Decisions 2018, please send an email to Mary Ellen Blake and Mary Granzotto.

Monday Evening Group Leader – Mary Granzotto
Begins January 2018 at 7:30 PM.  This group meets weekly at the Mercer Social Room, 1655 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek, CA

Tuesday Afternoon Group Leader – Mary Ellen Blake
Begins January , 2018 at 1:30 PM   Locations for this group rotate week to week and will be announced a week prior to each meeting.

Contacts: Mary Ellen Blake or Mary Granzotto

Book Ordering: Mary Granzotto

Books for 2018 will be ordered in October, 2017 for delivery in January 2018.

If you didn’t order a book through AAUW, you may order one by going directly to the Foreign Policy web site.

Page updated June 2017