Beginning in January, 2015 and running eight consecutive weeks, ECU will host the Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions Program. The Program consists of a series of lectures by academic and professional experts on topics of global significance. The 2015 topics are Russia and the Near Abroad, Privacy and the Digital Age, Sectarianism in the Middle East, India Changes Course, U.S. Policy Toward Africa, Syria's Refugee Crisis, Human Trafficking in the 21st Century, and Brazil's Metamorphosis. Each session will run approximately 2 hours beginning with an hour-long lecture, followed by a question and answer period. Following the tradition of the Foreign Policy Association (FPA), attendees will then have the opportunity to voice their opinion on the topic by "voting" for or against certain foreign policy positions for the U.S. government. Each year, the FPA consolidates the results of the voting by citizen groups all over the country participating in The Great Decisions Program and presents them to the Secretary of State, as an example of citizen interest and involvement in international issues.