About the Program
Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the video and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. Each year, eight topics are chosen by a panel of experts. This year the Program tackles critical issues from nuclear security to trade to the future of Europe. PCFR is offering this program to its members as an additional virtual program of value throughout the summer. Some of the topics will be explored through moderated discussions, and others will be “on your own.” The only cost to you is to purchase the Briefing Book before you begin the program. We hope that you will take advantage of this unique opportunity and register today.
Each session is limited to 20 participants.
How to Participate
1. Register to attend virtually
4. Join us for the Virtual Discussion
Purchasing the Briefing Book
Participants in the Great Decisions Virtual Discussion Series will need to order the Briefing Book that covers all 8 topics. Order the book as soon as possible as it could take up to a week to receive it after purchase. The cost is $32 for the entire Briefing Book.
The 2020 Topics for Discussion
India and Pakistan
Moderated by Ambassador (ret) Douglas A. Hartwick
June 16, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi rode a wave of Hindu nationalism to a historic reelection in 2019. His first order of business was to revoke the special status granted to the Kashmir region, inflaming the rivalry between India and Pakistan. How will the Kashmir situation affect the region, both economically and politically? Learn more about the topic by watching this video.
Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
Moderated by Claire Sechler Merkel
June 30, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Almost every nation has enacted laws criminalizing human trafficking, and international organizations, governments, and NGOs sponsor a large variety of projects to curb trafficking and slavery. Billions of dollars have been allocated to these efforts. What is the international community doing to combat slavery and trafficking? What are the experiences like for those being trafficked? Learn more about the topic by watching this video.
China's Road Into Latin America
As the Trump administration continues to withdraw from the world stage, China is looking to fill the void. How does Latin America fit into China’s “One Belt, One Road” plan? How will the relationship with China affect the region? Should the U.S. be concerned about China’s growing “sphere of influence”? Learn more about the topic by watching this video.REGISTER
Climate Change and the Global Order
Climate change has become one of the defining issues of our time. As much of the world bands together to come up with a plan, the U.S. remains the notable holdout. What is the rest of the world doing to combat climate change? What impact will the effects of climate change have on global geopolitics? Learn more about the topic by watching this video.
U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle
Combatting illegal immigration has become a priority of the Trump administration. The Northern Triangle of Central America, made up of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, is a special target of the administration, which hold the nations responsible for the large flow of migrants from Latin America to the U.S. With funds from the U.S. cut, how can the Northern Triangle countries curtail migration? Learn more about the topic by watching this video.VIEW TOPIC RESOURCES
The Philippines and the U.S.
The Philippines has had a special relationship with the United States since the islands were ceded by Spain to the United States after the Spanish-American War at the end of the 19th century. However, since the election of Rodrigo Duterte, the country has pivoted more toward China, and away from the U.S. Duterte has also launched a largescale war on drugs that many criticize for its brutality. What does the future hold for U.S, relations with the Philippines? Learn more about the topic by watching this video.VIEW TOPIC RESOURCES
Artificial Intelligence and Data
Policymakers in many countries are developing plans and funding research in artificial intelligence (AI). Global growth is slowing, and not surprisingly, many policymakers hope that AI will provide a magic solution. The EU, Brazil, and other Western countries have adopted regulations that grant users greater control over their data and require that firms using AI be transparent about how they use it. Will the U.S. follow suit? Learn more about the topic by watching this video.VIEW TOPIC RESOURCES