Great Decisions is the largest nonpartisan public education program on international affairs in the world. Created in the 1950s by the Foreign Policy Association, a sister World Affairs Council, Great Decisions engages citizens in learning about critical global issues and U.S. foreign policy.

Based on the Foreign Policy Association’s annual briefing book on eight critical foreign policy topics, WorldBoston’s Great Decisions Discussion Series presents analysis by leading experts in eight sessions throughout the year at the Boston Public Library. The series is free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of the Lowell Institute.

Every Great Decisions event is filmed and can be viewed at the WGBH Forum Network.

Learn more about the Great Decisions annual briefing book and DVD resources here, and take a look at recent Great Decisions events below.

Thank you to our sponsors, Boston Public Library and the Lowell Institute, who make this special program possible.


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Vivien Schmidt / the rise of populism in europe

September 2019

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Dr. Peter Petri / Decoding U.S.-China trade

June 2019

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Dr. Roberto Dominguez / The United states & mexico: Partnership tested

May 2019

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Dr. karen jacobsen / refugees and global migration

April 2019

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Jeffrey thielman / refugees and global migration

April 2019

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Mary truong / refugees and global migration

April 2019

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Ambassador Nicholas burns / the state of the state department & Diplomacy

March 2019

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ambassador linda thomas-greenfield / state of the state department & diplomacy

March 2019

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Gus coldebella / cyber conflicts & Geopolitics

February 2019

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Dr. Evan Lieberman/South Africa’s Fragile Democracy

December 2018

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ambassador ivo daalder / waning of pax americana?

November 2018

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Dr. james lindsay / waning of pax americana?

November 2018

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Dr. alexandra vacroux / Russia’s foreign policy

September 2018

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dr. soner Cagaptay / turkey: a partner in crisis

June 2018

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dan blumenthal / chinese Grand strategy

May 2018

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Dr. susan moeller /

Media and foreign policy

April 2018

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Major general (ret.) william rapp / U.S. global engagement and the military

March 2018

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Dr. Jonathan Quick /

Global Health: Will the U.S. Continue to Lead?

January 2018

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Erik Jones /

The Future of Europe

December 2017

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Michael Shifter /

Latin America's Political Pendulum

November 2017

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Karen Elliott House /

Saudi Arabia in Transition

September 2017

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Husain Haqqani /

Pakistan and the UNited States

June 2017

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Marty Durbin /

Petroleum and Foreign POlicy

May 2017

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Gary Samore /

Nuclear Security: The Enduring Challenge of Nuclear WEapons

April 2017

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Jeremy Haft /

Trade, Jobs and CHina

March 2017