Great Decisions

What is Great Decisions?

Great Decisions is a national program of the Foreign Policy Association. In North Carolina, the Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte is the state coordinator. 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.




What are the eight topics for 2016?

  1. Shifting Alliances in the Middle East
  2. The Rise of ISIS
  3. The Future of Kurdistan
  4. International Migration
  5. Korean Choices
  6. The United Nations Post-2015
  7. Climate Geopolitics
  8. Cuba and the U.S.

What is the Charlotte Lecture Series?

The Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte coordinates a local community lecture series annually. The Charlotte Great Decisions Lecture Series consists of five weekly sessions and is an opportunity for citizens to meet, discuss and learn about some of the issues facing our world.  Each week a local expert from nearby colleges and universities provides additional perspective on the topic of interest and answers questions regarding the information presented in the Briefing Book and through the lecture. A registration form is available below.


Wednesday, January 27: International Migration
Dr. Sebastian Cobarrubias, Assistant Professor, Global, International and Area Studies

Wednesday, February 3: The United Nations Post-2015
Dr. Cindy Combs, Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration

Wednesday, February 10: Shifting Alliances in the Middle East
Dr. Amal Khoury, Assistant Professor, Department of Global, International and Area Studies

Wednesday, February 17: The Rise of ISIS
Dr. Kathryn Johnson, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies
*** joint event with The Magellan Society, the young professional branch of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte

Wednesday, February 24: Cuba and the U.S.
Dr. Greg Weeks, Professor/Chairman, Department of Political Science and Public Administration
*** joint event with Young Professionals @ International House

Wednesday, March 2
inclement weather reschedule date - Location TBD

Time & Location

All lectures will take place from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

UNC Charlotte Center City
320 E. 9th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202 

Please visit the UNC Charlotte Center City Building website for directions and parking information.

Cost Information

Lectures are free. A Great Decisions briefing book is available for $24.00 (includes tax). Payment is accepted at the door with cash or check.


The online registration form for the 2016 Great Decisions Lecture Series will be available in early January!

Evaluation and Feedback

If you would like to provide feedback or opinions on any of the Great Decisions Lectures you have attended, please complete an online evaluation form.

For further questions or information, please send an email to