Great Decisions

The SUWC invites you to participate in our foreign affairs study/discussion program entitled “Great Decisions.” We meet only in the winter and spring quarters of 2022. Our meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from January to May (7:30-9:00pm). We have not decided whether to hold our meetings on Zoom or in person or a hybrid of the two. We welcome SUWC members’ input on this.

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 January for purchase. Group participants are encouraged but not required to buy the text either in hard copy or electronic form. In October we will ask members who want to buy the hard copy if they wish to be part of a discount-priced group order.  Some members share the purchase of the text.  Buying the book is not required, but reading the chapters prior to a discussion can make the meeting more meaningful.  For more information go to the Foreign Policy Association’s website (www.fpa.org), or phone them at (800) 477-5836.

GREAT DECISIONS 2022 – Preliminary Topics

1. Restoring U.S. Democracy (first year Biden administration)

2. The New Space Race

3. The Quadrilateral Alliance

4. Latin America and The War on Drugs

5. Climate Change and the Paris Accords (follow-up)

6. Russia and Online Misinformation

7. South-East Asia (ASEAN and Burma/Myanmar)

8. Shifting Global Demographics

Great Decisions may be the nation’s largest foreign policy education program. The text and accompanying 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 who teach 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 Membership Directory or the monthly Preview newsletter.