Great Decisions


Great Decisions Program 2019

Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. The program is developed by the nonpartisan Foreign Policy Association located in New York, which was founded in 1918 and its branches were the forerunners of the independent World Affairs Councils of the 1950s. It serves as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. Through its balanced, nonpartisan programs and publications, the FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process. In 1954, the Great Decisions program was launched in Oregon and has since spread all over the country and beyond. It has now become the largest nonpartisan public education program on international affairs in the world.

Following past tradition, the World Affairs Council of Central Illinois (WACCI; will hold the 2019 Great Decisions Program during the months of March and April. This year’s topics are as follows: Decoding U.S.-China Trade (March 21), The Rise of Populism in Europe (March 28), Refugees and Global Migration (April 4), Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future (April 11), The Middle East: Regional Disorder (April 18), and The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested (April 25). The program discussion leaders are Dr. Stephen Schwark, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, UIS; Dr. Adriana Crocker, Professor of Political Science, UIS; Dr. Roy Wehrle, Emeritus Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies, UIS; Dr. Frank Kopecky, Emeritus Professor of Legal Studies, UIS; Dr. Baker Siddiquee, Emeritus Associate Professor of Economics, UIS; Dr. Ali Nizamuddin, Professor of Political Science, UIS; and Dr. Chris McDonald, Professor of Political Science, LLCC.

Here are the particulars about the program:

Location: Cook Lounge, Lincoln’s Church (First Presbyterian Church), 321 South Seventh Street, Springfield, IL 62701 (Free Parking is available in the church parking lots; in addition, on-street, metered parking spaces are available nearby. Six-Week Program Dates: Thursdays during March 21 – April 25, 2019. The specific dates are: March 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18, and 25. Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM.Program Registration: The program is free and open to the public; however, registration is required to guarantee a seat for the six-week program and to receive a copy of the Great Decisions 2019 Briefing Book (priced at $32.00 plus shipping, if purchased directly from the publisher – FPA), by paying a discounted registration fee of $25 per person. The registration form and payment information may be obtained from the WACCI website: Learning Requirements include: Reading of 2019 Great Decisions Briefing Book, listening to the DVD presentation and lecture, and participation in classroom discussion led by distinguished scholars. A formal certificate from WACCI will be awarded to registered individuals upon successful completion of the program. Open to All: Interested individuals who are unable to attend the full six-week program may attend (walk-in) any of the weekly program free of cost (the Briefing Book will not be provided).

Program Organizer Contact: For further information and to receive the 2019 Briefing Book, please contact WACCI board member and program organizer Prof. Baker Siddiquee by email or by phone/leaving message at 217-793-0040.

Please click on this link to register for the Great Decisions program.

Great Decisions 2019 Form