Great Decisions

The Stanford University Women’ Club invites you to participate in our foreign affairs study/discussion program entitled “Great Decisions” which, due to COVID-19 safety regulations, will be offered via Zoom meetings online on Tuesday nights (7:30 – 9:00 PM) during the 2020-21 academic year.

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 preliminary topic listing for 2021:

  1. The Role of International Organizations in a Global Pandemic
  2. Global Supply Chains and National Security
  3. China and Africa
  4. Korean Peninsula
  5. Persian Gulf Security
  6. Brexit and the European Union
  7. The Fight over the Melting Arctic
  8. The End of Globalization?

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 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.

Our program will begin in Fall Quarter. Between September and December we plan to schedule the four topics we were unable to discuss when the 2020 program was suspended earlier this year. Please note that during the COVID-19 health crisis, FPA will make the digital edition of the Great Decisions television series available to the public on YouTube. Consult their website for further information.

The outstanding topics for 2020:

  1. Central America’s Northern Triangle
  2. Red Sea Securities/Rivalries
  3. Artificial Intelligence
  4. The Philippines

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