Adult & Flagship Programs

DCOWA strives to offer programs that provide members with invaluable insight into international political, economic, business, and cultural trends. Whenever possible, we offer local programs that incorporate the World Affairs Council of America's Six Hot Topics. Those topics for 2013 are:

  1. Cybersecurity
  2. US Energy Independence
  3. Global Economic Realignment
  4. Middle East
  5. Global Environmental Issues
  6. K-12 Education

2013 - 2014 DCOWA Adult Event Highlights

  1. August 10, 2013 Russian International Dinner at Amber Rose Restaurant featuring Dr. Igor Tolochin speaking on what’s happening in Russia today. DCOWA is co-sponsoring this event with the Dayton International Peace Museum and the Miami Valley Episcopal Russia Network.
  2. November 2013: Dr. Liam Anderson of Wright State University discussing Syria and Weapons of Mass Destruction.
  3. DCOWA Annual Meeting & Program : Monday, January 27, 2014 at Sinclair featuring Ambassador Philip Hughes, former Executive Director of National Council of World Affairs Organizations.
  4. March 2014: World Affairs Trivia Night

Click here to see a full list of upcoming events.


Flagship Programs

As a DCOWA member, you can take advantage of programs available throughout the World Affairs Council of America’s network.

Great Decisions

Great Decisions promotes citizen awareness and discussion about timely foreign policy issues. Operated by the Foreign Policy Association in New York, it is the oldest and largest grassroots educational program on world affairs of its kind in the country, with about 350,000 participants.

Each year eight topics are chosen by a panel; in-depth articles on each subject are prepared by experts. The articles are compiled into the 100-page softbound Great Decisions briefing book that appears with new content every January. Great Decisions is used in 880 US cities and is distributed in every state.

Great Decisions celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2004. World Affairs Councils use Great Decisions materials in many different ways including: small discussion groups both in person and online, as the basis of public lecture series, to offer course credit to teachers and students in college and high school, and town hall style meetings.

The 2013 topics are: Future of the Euro, Egypt, NATO, Myanmar, Intervention, Iran, China in Africa, and Threat Assessment.

National Balloting System

Since 1954, opinion ballots for each topic have been included with Great Decisions to enable those interested to make their views known. In each Great Decisions briefing book, there are two copies of opinion ballots per topic. These opinion ballots are completed by participants and sent to the FPA after they have read and discussed the topics presented in Great Decisions.

The results of the ballots are then analyzed by a polling expert and a National Opinion Ballot Report of the findings is published in October. This report is sent to the White House, the State Department, the Defense Department, members of Congress, and the media.

Local Great Decisions Programs

DCOWA will offer a six-week Great Decisions discussion through a partnership with the University of Dayton’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute from September 24- October 29, 2013. To participate, one must register through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

In addition, Hithergreen Senior Center in Centerville and the Dayton International Peace Museum in downtown Dayton offers discussion groups. If anyone is interested in joining a group, they should email DCOWA at ohio.dcowa@gmail.com.

Global IQ with the Economist

The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth presents Global I.Q. with The Economist, a FREE monthly online audiocast that connects you with journalists around the world to discuss the pressing issues of the day.

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