Great Decisions

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


2019 Great Decisions Topics

Refugees and Global Migration

The Middle East: Regional Disorder

Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?

The Rise of Populism in Europe

Decoding U.S.- China Trade

Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics

The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested

State of the State Department and Diplomacy



For more information and to get started with a new or existing group,
email April Diaz, IRC Program Coordinator, 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