Great Decisions

An Annual Speaker Series Program

Great Decisions events are sponsored in St. Louis by the World Affairs Council of St. Louis & UMSL Global. The Great Decisions initiative is a national discussion program focusing on eight major foreign policy issues each year. It has been produced by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) since 1954. The FPA is the U.S.’s oldest organization devoted to citizen education in world affairs. The issues are selected at the beginning of the year based on the most critical global challenges to United States foreign policy. The program aims to present all sides of each issue in order to inform and educate the public.

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2021 Topics & Speakers

Presentations begin at 12:00 PM and end at 1:30 PM. These sessions are free of charge. See registration links for each event below.

25 March 2021

The End of Globalization? – Leilani Carver-Madalon, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication, Maryville University and John Lewington, Ph.D., Dean Emeritus, John E. Simon School of Business, Maryville University


08 April 2021

Persian Gulf Security – Capt. Henry Stephenson, United States Navy (ret.)


22 April 2021

Brexit and the European Union – Debra Leiter, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Missouri-Kansas City


06 May 2021

Global Supply Chains and National Security – George Zsidisin, Ph.D., CPSM, John W. Barriger III Professor and Director of the Supply Chain Risk and Resilience Research (SCR3) Institute at the University of Missouri–St. Louis


20 May 2021

North/South Korea Peace Diplomacy through Science and Technology Cooperation – Dr. Park Chan Mo, Chancellor, Pyongyang University of Science and Technology


03 June 2021

The World Health Organization’s Response to COVID-19 – Ana Santos Rutschman, Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University School of Law


17 June 2021

China’s Role in Africa – Jean-Germain Gros, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, University of Missouri-St. Louis


01 July 2021

Struggles Over the Melting Arctic – Captain William Woityra, Captain/Commanding Officer US Coast Guard



Great Decisions is sponsored by the Council and UMSL Global

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UMSL Global promotes understanding of peoples & cultures through international & multicultural programming, study abroad & exchange opportunities, as well as by providing international experiences for UMSL students and the community. UMSL Global is committed to supporting student, campus, & community learning through a wide range of initiatives designed to internationalize the campus and to ensure that students graduate with the international competence they will need to function in a world that is increasingly globalized.

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