Great Decisions in Foreign Policy

Great Decisions in Foreign Policy

This award-winning series dedicates one episode to each of America's foreign policy challenges. From global organized crime networks to the rise of China's military, each episode gives armchair diplomats a deeper understanding of the challenges facing America in 2010.

All Past Episodes

The Iran Deal

26:47 | #1012 | TV-G

America's Diplomats

26:47 | #1011 | TV-G

Made In China

26:47 | #1006 | TV-G

Walled Off: Global Migration

26:47 | #1001 | TV-G

Turkey: A Partner In Crisis

26:47 | #905 | TV-G

The Media and Foreign Policy

26:47 | #904 | TV-G

China: The New Silk Road

26:47 | #903 | TV-G

Russia's Foreign Policy

29:00 | #902 | TV-G

Nuclear Security

26:46 | #808 | TV-G

Protecting nuclear facilities and stopping countries from acquiring nuclear weapons are discussed.


26:46 | #807 | TV-G

The ability of Afghanistan's government and security forces to maintain stability is being tested.

The Geopolitics of Oil

26:46 | #805 | TV-G

The energy revolution in the United States is beginning to shift the dynamics of the energy market.

Saudi Arabia

26:46 | #804 | TV-G

Saudi Arabia is a nation in transition and its relationship with America is coming under strains.

China's Maritime Build-Up

26:46 | #803 | TV-G

China is ambitiously advancing territorial claims in the South and East China seas. Does this indicate a more aggressive foreign policy or is it simply the next logical step in China's growth?

International Trade

29:00 | #802 | TV-G

International trade has transformed the way we live. Supporters say it creates the greatest amount of wealth for the highest number of people. Opponents say free trade eliminates jobs at home and makes the country vulnerable.

The European Union

29:00 | #801 | TV-G

The European Union is under great strain from the Eurozone debt crisis and the influx of migrants.

America's Diplomats: A Great Decisions Special

56:46 | #709 | TV-G

The important role of the Foreign Service, from Ben Franklin to Benghazi, is explored. Kathleen Turner narrates.


26:46 | #708 | TV-G

U.S. and Cuban leaders try to bring a relationship once defined by a crisis into the 21st century.

Climate Change

26:46 | #707 | TV-G

What can the next president do to stymie the environmental crisis of climate change in America?

The United Nations

26:46 | #706 | TV-G

The United Nations' efforts to eradicate poverty, hunger, and discrimination are discussed.

The Koreas

29:00 | #705 | TV-G

Today, North and South Korea couldn't be further apart. Some are asking if unification is possible.


26:46 | #704 | TV-G

As a record number of migrants seek refuge in Europe, the continent is struggling to come up with an adequate response.

The Kurds

26:46 | #703 | TV-G

What does the success of Iraqi Kurdistan mean for Kurds in the surrounding region?

The Rise of Isis

26:46 | #702 | TV-G

Born out of an umbrella organization of Al Qaeda in Iraq, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) burst onto the international stage after it seized Falluja in 2013. What is ISIS, and what danger does it pose to American interests?

Middle East

26:46 | #701 | TV-G

With alliances constantly shifting, what can America do to secure its interests in the Middle East?

Building Brazil

26:46 | #608 | TV-G

Brazil has risen to new global prominence but still suffers from staggering income inequality.

Modern Day Slavery

26:46 | #607 | TV-G

Human trafficking continues to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries across the world.

Syria: The World's Largest Refugee Crisis

26:46 | #606 | TV-G

Syrians are becoming the source of the world's largest refugee population due to a civil war.

The Promise of Africa

26:46 | #605 | TV-G

How can American policy live up to its promise and values while securing its interests in Africa?

India Rising

26:46 | #604 | TV-G

America must determine how to best secure its interests as India asserts itself on the world stage.

The Great Divide: Sunni Vs Shia

26:46 | #603 | TV-G

The struggle between Sunni and Shi'i groups for dominance in the Middle East is examined.

The Tradeoff: Privacy in a Digital World

29:00 | #602 | TV-G

A conversation about how the idea of "privacy" has undergone significant changes in the digital age.

Sphere of Influence: Russia's Foreign Policy

29:00 | #601 | TV-G

A look at what Putin's pushback against European expansionism means for Russia's neighbors.

Economic Statecraft

26:47 | #508 | TV-G

Economic Statecraft means harnessing global economic forces and employing tools of foreign policy.

China's Foreign Policy

26:46 | #507 | TV-G

China's willingness to flex its muscles in order to advance its regional interests is discussed.

Climate & Security

26:46 | #506 | TV-G

The problem of rapid climate change is inextricably entwined with real world security challenges - from food security and water scarcity to increasingly devastating outcomes of weather events and disaster response.

Energy Independence

26:46 | #505 | TV-G

Energy independence in America is looking increasingly possible due to technological advancements.

Islamic Extremism In Africa

26:46 | #504 | TV-G

Militant Islamic groups that are establishing a new base of operations in Africa are discussed.

Turkey and the Middle East

26:46 | #503 | TV-G

European and U.S. powers need Turkey's support in their efforts to navigate Middle Eastern politics.

Israel and America

26:46 | #502 | TV-G

Israel's ties with America are being tested by the Arab Spring and the potential of a nuclear Iran.

Defense on a Budget

26:46 | #501 | TV-G

Experts discuss how security challenges and limited defense spending impact America's primacy.

Joint Strike: Nato and the Us in the 21st Century

26:46 | #408 | TV-G

Can the NATO alliance - forged during the Cold War - ensure global stability in the 21st Century?

The Generals and the Democrat: Myanmar In Transition

26:46 | #407 | TV-G

A look at Aung San Suu Kyi and whether Myanmar's military are leaders serious about reform.

The Intervention Calculation

26:46 | #406 | TV-G

A discussion about why the U.S. intervenes in some conflicts and stands on the sidelines in others.

Red Line: Iran, Israel and the Bomb

26:46 | #405 | TV-G

A look at why a nuclear armed Iran is considered so dangerous to U.S. and Israeli interests.

Imperfect Union: The Eurozone In Crisis

26:46 | #404 | TV-G

The EU faces the biggest financial crisis in its history and the future of the Eurozone itself is under question. What's preventing the world's second largest economy from pulling itself out of recession?

Feeding The Dragon: China In Africa

26:46 | #403 | TV-G

China is investing in infrastructure projects to help it tap into Africa's resources. Critics charge China with cozying up to dictators and ignoring issues of human rights and transparency. Others fear the U.S. is being left behind and its influence in Africa waning.

Power to The People: The New Egypt

29:00 | #402 | TV-G

A look at the challenges the new Egypt poses for American policymakers and U.S. allies in the region.

Sacred Cow: Defense Spending In An Era Of Economic Restraint

26:46 | #401 | TV-G

A look at how the U.S. is tightening its belt on defense spending in an age of economic uncertainty.

The New Global Economy

26:46 | #309 | TV-G

What trends will define the next chapter in the global economy, what rules will govern the new economic order, and can another crisis be avoided?

Race for Resources: Energy and Geopolitics

27:16 | #308 | TV-G

Who is winning in the competition for the world's energy resources and what does it mean for the US?

Inside Indonesia

26:46 | #307 | TV-G

Indonesia was the childhood home of President Barack Obama. It's also the world's most populous Muslim country, a secular democracy and an economic rising star.

Living Planet: State of the Seas

26:46 | #306 | TV-G

A look at the health of the world's seas includes depleting fish populations and coral erosion.

Drawdown: Exiting Iraq and Afghanistan

26:46 | #305 | TV-G

As U.S. troops drawdown from Iraq and Afghanistan, what's the return on the American investment in blood and treasure?

CyberSecurity: Defense in the Digital Age

26:46 | #304 | TV-G

As cyber attacks continue to occur at a breakneck pace, is the U.S. at risk?

Beyond The Border: The U.S. and Mexico

26:46 | #303 | TV-G

How best can the two countries confront troublesome border issues while fostering greater economic and cultural ties?

Shining City on a Hill: Exporting Democracy

26:46 | #302 | TV-G

Support for democracy has long been a stated goal of U.S. foreign policy, but can it be exported?

After The Arab Spring

26:46 | #301 | TV-G

How will uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa impact American objectives in the region?

Should The U.S. Take The Lead On Global Financial Reform?

26:46 | #204 | TV-G

As Americans dig out from the great recession of 2008, should the U.S. coordinate global financial regulation or focus on getting it right at home?

Is U.S. Power In Decline?

26:46 | #208 | TV-G

America has long been the "indispensible" nation in world affairs. But recent events, from the global financial crisis to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, have led some to question whether U.S. power is on the decline.

Should Americans Care About The Caucuses?

26:46 | #207 | TV-G

The Caucuses have long represented a critical region for U.S. interests due to its oil and natural gas resources and proximity to Russia. But should Americans care what happens here?

Do Sanctions Work?

26:46 | #206 | TV-G

As the U.S. seeks to reign in rogue regimes like Iran, which wants nuclear weapons, and North Korea, which already has them, do sanctions actually work?

Should The U.S. Declare A "Special Relationship" with Germany?

26:46 | #205 | TV-G

Whether assisting U.S. troops in Afghanistan or flexing its muscles as the largest country in the European Union, Germany is a key U.S. ally. Is it worthy of a "special relationship" like that with Britain and Israel?

Is the Horn of Africa the Next Afghanistan?

26:46 | #203 | TV-G

Decades of lawlessness, war and more recently, piracy and terrorism, make the Horn of Africa one of the most volatile regions in the world. Should the U.S. step up its engagement?

Is America Safe 10 Years After 9/11?

26:46 | #202 | TV-G

Since terrorists attacked America in 2001, the U.S. has embarked on two wars, created a Department of Homeland Security and gone on the offensive against Al Qaeda and its affiliates worldwide. But is America safer 10 years after 9/11?

Should the U.S. Give Up on Haiti?

26:46 | #201 | TV-G

Haiti's lack of development over the past two centuries has long frustrated American efforts to build a democracy off its shores. Does last year's earthquake represent a new opportunity, or should the U.S. give up on Haiti?

The World's Bottom Billion

26:46 | #101 | TV-G

Nearly 10 years ago, leaders from around the globe made a bold declaration - a promise to end extreme poverty by 2015 through the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. A look at where it stands.

Latin America

Latin Americans are combining left-leaning social agendas with more pragmatic governance.

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