Naples Council
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Great Decisions

Exploring Important World Issues


Great Decisions is a discussion program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA). Its purpose is to strengthen citizens’ understanding and knowledge of timely international issues that are vital to U.S. foreign policy. Current Naples Council members, as well as Associate members, are eligible to participate in the program. For a list of current discussion topics click here.


About 600 Council members are participating in small discussion groups that meet once a week for eight consecutive weeks at various locations. Advance enrollment in one of these discussion groups is required and members meet at the same time and location every week. Membership of each group is limited to 30. For a list of discussion groups and locations click here.

The eight topics for discussion are selected by the FPAExperts on the topics are invited to write articles that are included in a briefing book. The articles provide historical perspective and current information on eight global issues, alternative policy options and questions to stimulate group discussion. In addition, video presentations of discussions about the topics may be produced by FPA. Basic preparation for each session includes reading the information provided in the briefing book. Each group has a leader who facilitates the discussion. All leaders are NCWA members dedicated to providing a nonpartisan forum and endeavor to include each member in the discussion.

After each discussion session, participants can complete opinion ballots with questions about each topic on FPA's web site. The ballot results are tabulated and published each year in a National Opinion Ballot Report, which is distributed to the White House, the Departments of State and Defense, Members of Congress, and Great Decisions participants. 

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