Great Decisions

The Stanford University Women’ Club in collaboration with the Stanford Campus Recreation Association (SCRA), invites you to participate in our foreign affairs study/discussion program entitled “Great Decisions” which will be held in the Community Room of SCRA  on eight Monday nights beginning in late January and ending in early May. This program is organized around an eight chapter briefing book published annually by the Foreign Policy Association in New York City. This non-profit educational organization identifies eight topics each year which they think will be significant factors in our nation’s foreign policy decisions. Experts and scholars write the individual chapters. An accompanying DVD provides additional opinions and visual history. Every year a new briefing book and DVD are released in late December for purchase. Group participants are encouraged but not required to buy the text either in hard copy or electronic form. For more information go to the Foreign Policy Association’s website( or phone them at (800)477-5836. Some members share the purchase of the book with another. Be sure to specify that you want the most recently published book.

The temporary titles of the topics to be discussed by our group in 2018 are:

  1. The Waning of Pax Americana
  2. Russia
  3. China: Economic Power and Geopolitics
  4. The Media and Foreign Policy
  5. Turkey
  6. S. Defense Budget
  7. South Africa
  8. Global Health

Great Decisions may be the nation’s largest foreign policy education program. The text and accompany materials are used in high schools, community colleges and by organizations like AAUW and The League of Women Voters. What makes our SUWC group unique is that whenever possible, we invite Stanford professors, teaching courses akin to the chapter topic, to give us their perspective and lead our discussions. We are incredibly fortunate that there are so many of our faculty who are willing to take the time and effort to enthusiastically share their knowledge.

If you have questions, please contact the section leaders Meredith Einaudi  or Antonia Fore using your Redbook Directory or the monthly Preview Newsletter.