Great Decisions

Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. It’s sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association which was founded in 1918.

Great Decisions participants discussing US & China Trade. L to R Deb Cubberly, Deborah York, Ann Shulse, Virginia Kingston, Bonnie Curtis and Mary Menconi.


The 8-session program involves reading the Great Decisions briefing book provided by the Foreign Policy Association, usually 10 pages per session, meeting in a discussion group to watch a 20-minute DVD featuring interviews with State Department officials and experts in the field and then discussing the most critical global issues facing America today. We cover one  chapter per month.

July 2020 Zoom meeting on India and Pakistan


The topics for 2020 are:

  • Climate change
  • India and Pakistan
  • Red Sea region
  • Human trafficking
  • Northern Triangle
  • China in Latin America
  • the Philippines
  • Artificial Intelligence and data

We meet every 4th Tuesday starting in February, ending in September.

Pre-COVID-19 restrictions, our meetings were held at the Gold Country Conference Center, 1012 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM.  After a four-month hiatus, we are using Zoom , starting up again in July, 2020, when we covered workbook Chapter 2, India and Pakistan.

The cost is $44, which includes the workbook, video and their shipping costs and the room rental at the conference center. 

Please contact Susie Monary-Wilson at 530–470-9272 or email for more information.