Great Decisions

What is Great Decisions?

Great Decisions LogoGreat Decisions is a national program of the Foreign Policy Association. In North Carolina, the Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte is the state coordinator. Great Decisions is the largest non-partisan citizen education effort of its kind and has provided quality information and tools for over fifty years.

Each year, the Foreign Policy Association publishes a Great Decisions Briefing Book. The book highlights eight of the year's most significant foreign policy issues. The book provides facts, charts, and nonpartisan analysis of the "great decisions" facing the U.S. public and policy makers. Maps, online services and other resources are available to complement programs. In addition, a DVD series and Teacher's Guide are available for purchase on the Foreign Policy Association's website.

What are the eight topics for 2019?

  1. Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics
  2. Refugees and Global Migration
  3. The Middle East:  Regional Disorder
  4. Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future? 
  5. The Rise of Populism in Europe
  6. Decoding U.S. - China Trade
  7. The United States and Mexico:  Partnership Tested
  8. State of the State Department and Diplomacy

What is the Charlotte Lecture Series?

The Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte coordinates a local community lecture series annually. The Charlotte Great Decisions Lecture Series consists of five weekly sessions and is an opportunity for citizens to meet, discuss and learn about some of the issues facing our world.  Each week a local expert from nearby colleges and universities provides additional perspective on the topic of interest and answers questions regarding the information presented in the Briefing Book and through the lecture. A registration form is available below.

Date, Time, and Location

All lectures are scheduled from 6:30pm-8:00pm, please review the list below for 
specific dates, topics, and locations. 

*** Please note that one lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, February 19th***

****Please note that the last lecture is scheduled for Monday, February 25th

Wednesday, January 30th: Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics 
Dr. Alexa Royden, from Queens University
UNC Charlotte Center City - 320 9th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

Wednesday, February 6th: Refugees and Global Migration
Dr. Beth Whitaker, from UNC Charlotte
UNC Charlotte Center City - 320 9th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
* joint event with The Magellan Society, the young professional branch of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte*
Wednesday, February 13th: The Middle East:  Regional Disorder
Dr. Amal Khoury, from UNC Charlotte
International House, 1817 Central Ave, #215, Charlotte 28205

Please note! Registration is full for this event! We will not be accepting any other registrations. ***Tuesday, February 19th:  The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested***
Dr. Greg Weeks, from UNC Charlotte
UNC Charlotte Center City - 320 9th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

****Monday, February 25th: The Rise of Populism in Europe****
Dr. Imdat Ozen, from UNC Charlotte
Charlotte Country Day School - 1440 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226


UNC Charlotte Center City Building

Due to parking changes that are occurring around the UNC Charlotte Center City Building, if desired, free parking will be avaliable in the lot located at 422 E. 9th street.  Please fill out the event registration form below at least 1 day before the lecture and we will send you information on how to obtain a parking permit.  We may not be able to send you the Center City parking instructions day of the event as we will be preparing for the lecture.

Please note that if you do not register for the designated parking permit and park in the lots surrounding the UNC Charlotte Center City Building you will be ticketed. Please contact for any questions. 

Parking at Charlotte Country Day School

  • The lecure will be held at Cramer Lecture Hall and signage will lead attendees from the visitor's lot
  • Parking in the visitor's lot at Charlotte Country Day School's Cannon Campus is FREE of charge
  • A map of the campus, including where to park and where to find the lecture is available for those who need direction. Additionally, ADA access is available.

Cost Information

Lectures are free. Great Decisions Briefing Books will NOT be available onsite. If you are interested in purchasing a book, please do so online at the Foreign Policy Association's website.


Please RSVP on the online registration form for the 2019 Great Decisions Lecture Series.

Evaluation and Feedback

The online evaluation form for the 2019 lectures will be available following the first lecture of 2018.

For further questions or information, please send an email to