Great Decisions

2020 Great Decisions materials are now on sale.
See below for more information.

Interested in reading and open discussions?
Want to dive into international relations and issues?
How about meeting new people in engaging and welcoming atmospheres?

If so, Great Decisions may just be what you’re looking for!

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book and meeting in a discussion group to discuss the most critical international issues facing the United States, and the global community, today. From libraries, homes, retirement communities, universities, high schools, and more, meeting locations are endless.

Join or start a Great Decisions group today! Groups are…

  • Located all around the Greater Kansas City metro and U.S.
  • Open to individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and interests
  • Free to join (all you need is a $25 briefing book, which will provide all of the Great Decisions reading material you’ll need for the entire year!)
  • Non-partisan and centered on civil discussion



2020 Great Decisions Topics

Climate Change and the Global Order

India and Pakistan

Red Sea Security

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle

China’s Road into Latin America

The Philippines and the U.S.

Artificial Intelligence and Data


For more information and to get started with a new or existing group,
email Matthew Hughes, IRC executive director, at

Additional Resources

Great Decisions in the Library
Great Decisions in the Retirement Community
Great Decisions in the Classroom
Great Decisions in a Faith-Based Organization