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 – and now on Zoom – meeting locations are endless.

Great Decisions materials for 2024 are now on sale and will be delivered to your preferred address in January. See below for more information.

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 $32 briefing book, which will provide all of the Great Decisions reading material you’ll need for the entire year!)
  • Nonpartisan and centered on civil discussion

Do you . . .

  • like reading and open discussions?
  • want to dive into international relations and issues?
  • enjoy meeting new people in engaging and welcoming atmospheres?

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

2024 Great Decisions Topics

  1. Mideast Realignment
  2. Climate Technology and Competition
  3. Science Across Borders
  4. US-China Trade Rivalry
  5. NATO’s Future
  6. Understanding Indonesia
  7. High Seas Treaty
  8. Pandemic Preparedness

For more information and to get started with a new or existing group, you’re welcome to email Daniel Fitzpatrick, IRC membership and engagement coordinator, at