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 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 will be available below once the lineup is finalized.


What are the dates and topics for 2017?
***Save-the-Date now and check back in December for the finalized topic lineup!***

Wednesday, February 1

Wednesday, February 8

Wednesday, February 15

Wednesday, February 22

Wednesday, March 1

Wednesday, March 15
inclement weather reschedule date - Location TBD


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 will be announced soon!


Cost Information

Lectures are free. A limited number of Great Decisions briefing book will be available onsite for the price of $25.00 (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 2017 Great Decisions Lectures you have attended, please complete an online evaluation form.

For further questions or information, please send an email to