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 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., followed by our speaker from 10:30 a.m. to Noon in the LOWER Level of the Ballroom.  By seeing the DVD, when the speaker references any part of it, we will all be on the same page.  This site will be updated for the dates/topics as the committee secures speakers.

PLEASE NOTE -Because of the Covid-19 virus, the remaining three programs are canceled until further notice! 

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

February 6, 2020Climate Change and the Global Order by Ronald Bee.
Speaker – Dr. Jason West- University of NC (Chapel Hill)

February 13, 2020–  China’s Road into Latin America by Margaret Myers.
Speaker-Elizabeth Losos- Duke University         

February 20, 2020–  Artificial Intelligence and Data by Susan Ariel Aaronson.
Speaker- Leo Sadovy- Director of SAS Analitics Thought Leadership Program

February 27, 2020- U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle by Michael Shifter & Bruno Binetti.
Speaker– Lars Schoultz– UNC Chapel Hill

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

March 12, 2020Red Sea Security by David Shinn.
Speaker – Ambassador Robert Pearson – Former Foreign Service Officer who served as US Ambassador

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

March 26, 2020– The Philippines and the U.S. by Julio Amador and Deryk Matthew N. Baladjay.
Speaker- Jackson Ewing- Duke University 

We would love to have you join us-

Questions? Contact Barbara Sawyer ( 919-624-4942