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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2023 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.

Politics in Latin America – Professor James D. Bowen, PHD; St. Louis University




2 Feb 2023

12:00PM CST

Economic Warfare – Elina Ribakova




16 Feb 2023

12:00PM CST

Energy Geopolitics – Andrew Denison; Director of Transatlantic Networks




16 Mar 2023

12:00PM CST

Global Famine – Dr. Patricia Wolff, Founder, Meds & Food for Kids




30 Mar 2023

12:00PM CST

War Crimes – Dr. Ian Hurd, Director & Professior; Weinberg College Center for International & Area Studies, Northwestern University.




13 April 2023

12:00PM CST

Iran At A Crossroads – Henry Stephenson, Fmr U.S. Navy Captain & Director of Technology Risk Management, Mastercard




27 April 2023

12:00PM CST

Climate Migration Professor Benjamin De Foy; St. Louis University




4 May 2023

12:00PM CST

China & The U.S. – Zaho Ma, Associal Profession; Modern Chinese History & Culture Director of Undergraduate Studies Head of Chinese Section of EALC Study Abroad Advisior




11 May 2023

12:00PM CST

2023 Topics & Speakers

Great Decisions


Our free eight-part discussion, presented by the World Affairs Council of St. Louis & UMSL Global, which focuses on major foreign policy issues, has returned this year!

Each discussion will revolve around a specific challenge to United States foreign policy and presents all sides of the issues to educate the public in foreign affairs.


  • March 16 – Energy Geopolitics with Andrew Denison, Deputy Chief Economist, IIF. To register, click HERE.
  • March 30 – Global Famine with Dr. Patricia Wolff, Founder of Meds and Food for Kids. To register, click HERE. 
  • April 16 – War Crimes with Dr. Ian Hurd, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Weinberg College Center for International and Area Studies at Northwestern University. To register, click HERE. 
  • April 27 – Iran at a Crossroads with Henry Stephenson, Captain (ret), United States Navy. To register, click HERE.
  • May 4th – Climate Migration. To register, click HERE.
  • May 11 – China and the U.S. with Zhao Ma, Associate Professor of Modern Chinese History and Culture, Washington University in St. Louis. To register, click  HERE. 


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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