Great Decisions

GREAT DECISIONS is a global affairs discussion group that uses Foreign Policy Association “briefing books” as guides to discuss major trends and issues in world affairs. The eight essays in each book are used to present the basic facts that then support the discussion of a particular issue.

The Reston-Herndon Area Branch Great Decisions group usually meets at 7:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month (from September to June).  If a change of date is necessary to avoid calendar conflicts, members will be notified in a timely manner through an email or ‘evite’ from our Great Decisions chair. Typically, each month an invitation (‘evite’) with all of the details will be sent to all members inviting them to join the discussion.

Using a similar format for each topic, the chair or co-chair acts as a facilitator to introduce the topic. Each member is asked to read the article in advance and participate in stimulating and informative discussions, as members expand on the topic by bringing their own experiences and knowledge to the subject. Participants may order the briefing books by going to the Foreign Policy Association website at to place an order, or through Amazon Kindle or Barnes and Noble Nook for a reduced price.  Just enter Great Decisions 2020. Copies of individual topics also may be available at your local library.

In January we discussed  the “ State of Diplomacy.”  Given the many challenges faced by the State Department, it was an interesting discussion.  Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 19, at 11776 Stratford House Place, unit 501, at 7:00 pm.  The topic will be “Climate Change and the Global Order.”  It is the first topic for 2020 in the Foreign Policy Briefing Book which is available to order through or for your Kindle or Nook on the Amazon or Barnes and Noble website.  An email blast (“evite”) regarding pertinent  information including location was sent out recently by Judi.  

We hope you can join this group for an interesting and stimulating discussion; all are welcome. If you did not receive an invitation, please contact Great Decisions co-facilitation, Judi Polizzotti, at

Please consider joining this thought-provoking group.

Great Decisions contacts for our branch are:
Judi Polizzotti, Chair:
Judy Skirbunt, Co-chair: