Morning Discussion Group

Great Decisions is our AAUW group that meets to discuss topics of international importance. These topics, the briefing books, and the videos which support our discussions are from the Foreign Policy Association. The briefing book photo and information about the sessions is taken from their website:

The very best part of Great Decisions is the discussions we have. Our members have such rich backgrounds and deep interest that we all walk away having learned more about the topic and about each other!

Please consider joining us! It’s a great way to connect with other members as we learn and discuss together. Informed citizens help make the world a better place.

We provide all Great Decisions sessions on Zoom.

Contact Jan Hertel with any questions.

September 17, 2024 @ 9:30 a.m.

NATO’s Future

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, NATO has come under increased scrutiny because of its role in relations between Russia and its neighbors. Will expanding membership in NATO protect countries, or will it further provoke Russia? Will the US election change the role of NATO? Join us in person or on Zoom for this discussion!

October 15, 2024 @ 9:30 a.m.

High Seas Treaty

Areas of the seas beyond national jurisdiction comprise the high seas, which are facing a degradation of ecosystems due to climate change and the increase in human activities, such as shipping, overfishing, pollution, and deep-sea mining. How difficult will it be to convince nations to participate in the newly signed High Seas Treaty? Join us in person or on Zoom for this discussion!

November 19, 2025 @ 9:30 a.m.

Understanding Indonesia

Despite its large size, Indonesia remains virtually invisible to most Americans. It is one of the world’s largest democracies, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, and as an economic driver of ASEAN. What are current issues in U.S.-Indonesian relations, and what role can the country play in Asia? Join us in person or on Zoom. Join us in person or on Zoom for this discussion!

January 21, 2025 @ 9:30 a.m.

Pandemic Preparedness

Looking back at the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many lessons to take away in terms of domestic and international policies. Although this pandemic seems to have waned, how can we apply these lessons to future pandemics? Will countries cooperate, and will a consensus emerge on how to manage global health challenges? Join us in person or on Zoom for this discussion!

Updated: 7/16/24

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