Great Decisions

The Woman’s Club of Raleigh Presents


Great Decisions is a national program of the Foreign Policy Association. Great Decisions is the largest non-partisan citizen education effort of its kind and has provided quality information and tools for over fifty years. Each year, the Foreign Policy Association publishes a Great Decisions Briefing Book. The book highlights eight of the year’s most significant foreign policy issues. The book provides facts, charts, and nonpartisan analysis of the “great decisions” facing the U.S. public and policy makers. Maps, online services and other resources are available to complement programs. In addition, a DVD series and Teacher’s Guide are available for purchase on the Foreign Policy Association’s website.

For the last several years, fifteen plus years to be exact, The Woman’s Club of Raleigh has offered Great Decisions to not only our members but to the public as well.  This is offered free to any and all participants.   We will be showing the topic video from 9:45a.m. to 10:15a.m., followed by our speaker from 10:30a.m. to Noon in the LOWER Level of the Ballroom.  This page will be updated for the dates/topics as the committee secures speakers.

We are pleased to announce the topics for Great Decisions 2020!

February 6, 2020 – Climate Change and the Global Order by Ronald Bee.   Speaker – Dr. Jason West. Climate change and the Global Order – UNC

February 13, 2020- TBA                   February 20, 2020-TBA                    February 27, 2020-TBA

March 5, 2020 – India and Pakistan by Barbara Crossette.  Speaker – Dr. Robert Moog – NCSU

March 12, 2920 – Red Sea Security by David Shinn.  Speaker – Ambassador Robert Pearson – Former Foreign Service Officer who served as United States Ambassador

March 19, 2020 – Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking by Ronald Weitzer. Speaker – Christine S. Long – NC Human Trafficking Commission

March 26,2020- TBA

Topics to Be Scheduled Listed Below

Artificial Intelligence and Data by Susan Ariel Aaronson. Speaker/Date TBD

U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle by Michael Shifter and Bruno Binetti. Speaker/Date TBD

China’s Road into Latin America by Margaret Myers, Speaker/Date TBD

The Philippines and the U.S. by Julio Amador and Deryk Matthew N. Baladjay. Speaker/Date TBD

We would love to have you join us-

Questions? Contact Barbara Sawyer (