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 on the Foreign Policy Association's website.

 

What are the eight topics for 2017?

  1. The future of Europe
  2. Trade and politics
  3. Conflict in the South China Sea
  4. Saudi Arabia in Transition
  5. U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum
  6. Latin America’s political pendulum
  7. Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan
  8. Nuclear Security

 

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.

What are the dates and topics for 2017?

Wednesday, February 1: The Future of Europe
Dr. Steve Sabol, Assistant Professor, Department of History
UNC Charlotte Center City - 320 9th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
*** joint event with The Magellan Society, the young professional branch of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte***

Wednesday, February 8: Trade and Politics
Dr. Dale Smith, Professor and Chair, Department of Global Studies
UNC Charlotte Center City - 320 9th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

Wednesday, February 15: Latin America's Political Pendulum
Dr. Greg Weeks, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science and Public Administration
UNC Charlotte Center City - 320 9th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

Wednesday, February 22: Conflict in the South China Sea
Dr. Cheryl Brown, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration
Charlotte International House - 1817 Central Ave #215, Charlotte, NC 28205

*** joint event with Young Professionals @ International House***

Wednesday, March 1: Nuclear Security
Dr. Justin Conrad, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration
Charlotte Country Day School - 1440 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226

 

Time & Location

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

The locations for each of this year's lectures are listed above. Please note that lectures will be held in multiple locations around Charlotte.

 

Cost Information

Lectures are free. Great Decisions Briefing Books will NOT be available onsite. If you are interested in purchasing a book, please do so online at the Foreign Policy Association's website.

Registration

The online registration form for the 2017 Great Decisions Lecture Series is now open!

Evaluation and Feedback

If you would like to provide feedback or opinions on any of the 2017 Great Decisions Lectures you have attended, please complete an online evaluation form.


For further questions or information, please send an email to international@uncc.edu.