Great Decisions

The virtual Great Decisions discussion group on U.S. foreign policy is now accepting applications!

Are you interested in U.S. foreign policy and in practicing your English language skills through an extremely informative and fun peer learning method? Join us for 8 weeks of Great Decisions!

Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions briefing book and meeting in a group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today – with a Finnish angle, of course.

The U.S. Embassy Finland is hosting two virtual Great Decisions discussion groups in Finland this spring. Space is limited. We can only accept 15 participants in each group. Please reserve your seat by filling in the online application form. Remember to indicate which group would suit you best.

Group 1 will meet eight times on Thursdays from 17:00-18:30 via Zoom. The meeting dates are: March 11; March 18; March 25; April 1; April 8; April 15; April 22; and April 29.

Group 2 will meet eight times on Tuesdays from 17:00-18:30 via Zoom. The meeting dates are: April 6; April 13; April 20; April 27; May 4; May 11; May 18; and May 25.

Please register by filling in an application form by Thursday, March 4, 2021. We will notify all applicants who have been selected to participate by Monday, March 8.

The information collected in the form is solely for the purpose of arranging the group meetings and will not be shared.  All information will be destroyed after the program has concluded.

The topics that will be covered in this discussion group include e.g., Global Supply Chains and National Security; Brexit and the European Union; Struggles Over the Melting Arctic; Roles of International Organizations in a Global Pandemic and The End of Globalization?. A full listing of the topics is available at the Foreign Policy Association’s website.

The course will be moderated by Marko Korkeakoski, MSc. Participants will receive free materials and a certificate upon completion of the course. Contact your instructor for possible study credits.

“No foreign policy – no matter how ingenious – has any chance of success if it is born in the minds of a few and carried in the hearts of none.”
– Henry A. Kissinger