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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2022 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.

Changing Demographics – Professor Ness Sandoval,  Saint Louis University




17 March 2022

4:00PM CST

The Quad Alliance – Lieutenant General Kenneth Hunzeker & Andres Turley




7 April 2022

4:00PM CST

Myanmar and ASEAN – Dr. Stephen Bagwell, Asst. Professor of Political Science; UMSL




21 April 2022

12:00PM CST

Biden’s Agenda – Dr. Anita Manion;




5 May 2022

12:00PM CST

Industrial Policy – Professor John Horn, Olin School; Washington University




12 May 2022

12:00PM CST


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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