Since 1981, Great Decisions has operated as a forum where the public and the academic community can meet in a congenial setting and talk about world affairs. All eight Great Decisions programs this spring semester are free and open to the public (from January 25-March 22). They are held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Moot Board Room in the Monmouth College Center for Science and Business.

Great Decisions is a nationwide program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental association that works to increase Americans’ understanding of foreign policy issues.

A companion guide, “Great Decisions 2017,” can be ordered online at It includes eight chapters, each of which takes about a half-hour to read. The readings are also available on reserve at the College’s Hewes Library.

This year’s topics are as follows:

  • The Future of Europe
  • Trade and Politics
  • Conflict in the South China Sea
  • Saudi Arabia in Transition
  • U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum
  • Latin America’s Political Pendulum
  • Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Nuclear Security