Great Decisions Discussion Program

Created by the Foreign Policy Association of America (FPA) in 1954, Great Decisions Discussion Program is America’s largest grassroots discussion program that focuses on world affairs. Each year the FPA selects critical global issues. Recent topics have included Climate Change, Immigration, the Islamic State, NATO and the Middle East. These topics and related research form the basis of the Great Decisions Briefing Book which serves as the primary source of information for Great Decisions Discussion Program meetings.

The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head (WACHH), has served as local host to Great Decisions Discussion Program since 2013, and provides this program exclusively to its members. WACHH’s Great Decisions Discussion Program consists of multiple sections that meet on a weekly basis for eight consecutive sessions beginning February of each year. These sections are led and facilitated by WACHH’s members who have received special training. Participants in the Great Decisions Discussion Program are expected to have read the assigned topic in the Great Decisions Briefing Book. Group size is limited to 25 members per section to allow for an excellent exchange of ideas. Registration for the Great Decisions Discussion Program is required.

Great Decision Discussion Program provides the following benefits:

  • Serves to identify and expand understanding of major global issues.
  • Helps participants become more informed about problems facing other countries.
  • Provides an open forum and introduction to individuals who are knowledgeable and very interested in world affairs.
  • Supports robust conversations in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
  • Encourages a frank exchange of ideas while respecting everyone’s point of view.

WACHH’s Great Decisions Discussion Program has been met with very positive response by our WACHH members and continues to expand. In addition to the Great Decisions Briefing Book, participants are encouraged to access free online and video resources made available by the Foreign Policy Association. Visit the Foreign Policy web site for more information about the Great Decisions Discussion Program.

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