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The Great Decisions Program

The Great Decisions Program is designed by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) to provide guidelines for starting, leading, and promoting Great Decisions discussion groups in communities across the United States. Since 1918, the FPA has been devoted to inspiring learning around the world. Published annually, the Great Decisions Briefing Book highlights eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans. Today, Great Decisions provides background information, current data, and policy options for each of the eight issues and serves as the focal text for discussion groups.

The VCWA will be hosting a Great Decisions Program to open a dialogue about the most serious foreign affairs issues to Vermont and its people. 

Program Structure
The Vermont Council on World Affairs Great Decisions Program is a 16-week course which brings the most serious of foreign affairs issues to Vermont and its people. During each session, participants will have an opportunity to lead a discussion session featuring fellow participants and local, national, or international experts. The VCWA will accept 15 program participants.

Meeting biweekly on Wednesdays, participants will have the opportunity to explore world affairs right from Burlington. Each meeting, participants will have an hour long discussion guided by a local, national, or international expert. Discussions will be held from 12:00 – 1:30 pm at 60 Main Street, Burlington. Free parking is available off of S. Champlain Street in a parking lot adjacent to 60 Main Street.

Great Decisions 2020 Lecture Series

Registration Information


Register by February 19, 2020
  • Non-Member: $360
  • Individual Member: $300
  • Sustaining Member: $250

Once registered, participants will be mailed their Great Decisions Book and the VCWA Great Decisions Guide via mail on a rolling basis.

Registration for the VCWA 2020 Great Decisions Program includes:

  1. One FPA 2020 Great Decisions Book
  2. Access to high level speakers and professionals
  3. Eight sessions moderated by local or national experts
  4. Complimentary lunch provided by the VCWA