Foreign Policy Association
For further information on the program, contact:
Andrew Cartee
Office of Continuing Studies
Call (252) 737-1352

About the Program

The Great Decisions Program is the oldest and largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind in the country. Begun in 1954, it is the flagship program of the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental organization. The Great Decisions Program's goal is to discuss, debate, and learn about International Affairs, National Security, and U.S. Foreign Policy.

Who Should Attend and Why

The Great Decisions Program is for anyone who desires to gain a deeper understanding of the current challenges the United States faces in the world today, from the threat of global terrorism to environmental issues, globalization, and development. Teachers, educators, students, military personnel (active and retired), business people, service organizations and clubs, political organizations, and international community groups will all benefit by gaining a greater appreciation for the complex international issues we face as a nation today. Your feedback will be sent directly to federal policy makers in the U.S. State Department.


Each week, a recognized expert will discuss a topic of importance related to the United States and its role in the world today.


Registration for the entire series is $65.00. The cost of individual sessions is $10.00. The 2017 Briefing Book can be purchased separately for $25 by clicking here.