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American Committees on Foreign Relations The American Committees on Foreign Relations is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing public knowledge and dialogue on foreign relations, international trade and policy.

The American Committees on Foreign Relations is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the US national interest through energetic, face-to-face discourse between foreign policy practitioners and committee members. To this end, it organizes and supports a national conference and over one hundred speaking events each year in Committee locations across the country. Christian Wistehuff Administrator

The American Committees on Foreign Relations is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the US national interest through energetic, face-to-face discourse between foreign policy practitioners and committee members. To this end, it organizes and supports a national conference and over one hundred speaking events each year in Committee locations across the country. Christian Wistehuff Administrator

Mission: The American Committees on Foreign Relations is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the US national interest through energetic, face-to-face discourse between foreign policy practitioners and committee members. To this end, it organizes and supports a national conference and over one hundred speaking events each year in Committee locations across the country.

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On Tuesday, July 25,2017, at the University Club of Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Committee on Foreign Relations and ...
07/11/2017

On Tuesday, July 25,2017, at the University Club of Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Committee on Foreign Relations and Channel City Club will offer coffee and a thought provoking presentation, "Drones and Conventional Weapons and the Trump Administration" by Rachel Stool, Senior Associate with Stimson's Managing Across Boundries Initiative and the Conventional Defense Program.

Prior to joining Stimson, Stohl was an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, from 2009- 2011. She was a Senior Analyst at the Center for Defense Information in Washington, DC from 1998-2009. Stohl has been a consultant for a variety of international organizations, has served as a Scoville Fellow at the British American Security Information Council in DC, worked at the UN Center for Disarmament Affairs in NY, and the Program for Arms Control, Disarmament, and Conversion in California. Stohl is an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. Stohl was the consultant to the UN ATT process from 2010-2013 and was previously the consultant to the UN Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on the Arms Trade Treaty in 2008 and the UN Register for Conventional Arms in 2009. She is co-author of two books, The International Arms Trade (Polity Press, 2009) and The Beginners Guide to the Small Arms Trade (Oneworld Publishing, 2009).

For more on The Channel City Club and its work providing the Santa Barbara with frequent, informal encounters with expert speakers on important local, national and world affairs - and how you can become a member and participate - please visit their website at: http://www.channelcityclub.org/membership.htm

22nd Annual ConferenceOver 100 Committee members and guests from across the country attended the 22nd Annual Conference....
07/06/2017
22nd Annual Conference – ACFR

22nd Annual Conference

Over 100 Committee members and guests from across the country attended the 22nd Annual Conference. Click below for details and photos of this year's events and activities, including our distinguished keynote speakers and panelists!

Washington, DC | April 27 and 28, 2017

Anton Barbashin and Olga Irisova, co-founders/editors of the online journal “Intersection” and featured speakers at the ...
07/05/2017
Is All the Russia Talk Helping Putin?

Anton Barbashin and Olga Irisova, co-founders/editors of the online journal “Intersection” and featured speakers at the June 12th Channel City Club/Santa Barbara Committee on Foreign Relations event thanks to the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center, were cited in Jeff Greenfield's July 3, 2017 Politico Magazine article, "Is All the Russia Talk Helping Putin?" regarding their analysis of Putin's agressive efforts against the West as a direct consequence of real trouble at home.

Our obsession with the diminutive Kremlin strongman makes him look 10 feet tall—and entrenches his power.

On Monday, June 26, 2017, the Santa Barbara Committee on Foreign Relations and Channel City Club and will preview Old Sp...
06/20/2017
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On Monday, June 26, 2017, the Santa Barbara Committee on Foreign Relations and Channel City Club and will preview Old Spanish Days Fiesta 2017.

2017 La Presidente Rhonda Ledson Henderson will introduce the splendid history of “Old Spanish Days Fiesta, Santa Barbara" and Committee/Club member, Robin Hill Cederlof, will portray Saint Barbara in the 2017 festivities.

For more on The Channel City Club and its work providing the Santa Barbara with frequent, informal encounters with expert speakers on important local, national and world affairs - and how you can become a member and participate - please visit their website at http://www.channelcityclub.org.

UK elections: who won and who lost?On Thursday in the United Kingdom, Theresa May became the second Conservative leader ...
06/10/2017
Everyone loses in UK election | Brookings Institution

UK elections: who won and who lost?

On Thursday in the United Kingdom, Theresa May became the second Conservative leader in a year to take an unnecessary gamble at the polls and lose, writes Richard Reeves of the Brookings Institution, one of the Washington think tanks featured at ACFR's Annual Conference on April 27-28 of this year.

Listen to the Brookings Institution's Thomas Wright, one of our April conference speakers recently returned from a speaking engagement at the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations, explain the election's implications for governing, Brexit and more in the latest episode of the Brookings Institution's 5 on 45 podcast by clicking here: http://tinyurl.com/ya5y4b8o

Teresa May last night became the second Conservative Prime Minister in less than year to take an unnecessary gamble, and lose. She was elevated to the premiership in the aftermath of David Cameron’…

On June 6, 2017, the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations presents Thomas Wright, Fellow and Director of the Project on ...
06/06/2017
June 6, 2017 – TULSA COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS

On June 6, 2017, the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations presents Thomas Wright, Fellow and Director of the Project on International Order and Strategy, and Fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, “Foreign Policy in the Trump Administration.” (Mr. Wright received wonderful reviews from the Salt Lake City Committee on Foreign Relations when he presented this talk in January 2017.)

Wright works on US foreign policy and grand strategy, Donald Trump’s worldview, the future of Europe, and Asian security. His book “All Measures Short of War: The Contest For the 21st Century and the Future of American Power” will be published by Yale University Press in May 2017.

For more on the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations and its work providing the greater Tulsa area with frequent, informal encounters with expert speakers on important local, national and world affairs - and how you can become a member and participate - please visit http://tulsacfr.org/membership/!

, at the Brookings Institution. He is also a nonresident fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. Previously, he was executive director of studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and senior researc...

On June 20, 2017, the Albuquerque Committee on Foreign Relations presents Daniel Kochis, Policy Analyst in European Affa...
06/06/2017
6813 program: The Albuquerque Committee on Foreign Relations

On June 20, 2017, the Albuquerque Committee on Foreign Relations presents Daniel Kochis, Policy Analyst in European Affairs, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at the Heritage Foundation on “Why defending the Baltic States represents a crucial test for NATO, and why it matters for America.”

For more on the Albuquerque Committee on Foreign Relations and its work providing the greater Albuquerque area with frequent, informal encounters with expert speakers on important local, national and world affairs - and how you can become a member and participate - please visit:
http://www.abqcfr.org/about/index.html

The Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are more than NATO allies, they are also westward oriented nations with innovative economies. The U.S. has historically championed the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Baltic nations; which is once again under threat. The ability of the...

On June 12, 2017, the Santa Barbara Committee on Foreign Relations and Channel City Club present Anton Barbashin, co-fou...
06/06/2017
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On June 12, 2017, the Santa Barbara Committee on Foreign Relations and Channel City Club present Anton Barbashin, co-founder and Managing Editor of the online journal Intersection and fellow at the Center for Postindustrial Studies (Moscow), in a Kennan Conversation with Olga Irisova, co-founder of Intersection, on “Decrypting Russia Three Years after Crimea.”

The discussion will include topics of anti-Americanism, Russia’s military doctrine and military modernization plans, migration, the increasing “weaponization” of history, and the government's attempts to build a new “Crimean consensus” with Russian society, a reworked social contract emphasizing traditional values and a vastly different understanding of human rights to that in the West and more.

For more on The Channel City Club and its work providing the Santa Barbara with frequent, informal encounters with expert speakers on important local, national and world affairs - and how you can become a member and participate - please visit their website at http://www.channelcityclub.org.

The American Committees on Foreign Relations kicked off its 22nd Annual Conference, "Commerce, Investment and Trade: Ame...
04/28/2017

The American Committees on Foreign Relations kicked off its 22nd Annual Conference, "Commerce, Investment and Trade: American Prosperity in an Uncertain World" with a reception yesterday evening hosted by the Embassy of Canada.

More than 100 members from 14 affiliated committees across the country were welcomed by Giles Gautier, Minister for Economic Affairs and other embassy staff.

The annual conference continues today at the Center for Strategic International Studies followed by an award banquet honoring Ambassador Walter L. Cutler at the National Press Club.

On May 23, 2017, the Wichita Committee on Foreign Relations will present Steven Koltai, Visiting Scholar at the Brooking...
04/28/2017
Steven R. Koltai | Brookings Institution

On May 23, 2017, the Wichita Committee on Foreign Relations will present Steven Koltai, Visiting Scholar at the Brookings Institution; Fellow at New American Foundation; and Managing Director, Koltai and Company, LLC on the topic "World Peace through Entrepreneurship."

For more on the Wichita Committee on Foreign Relations and its work providing Wichita with frequent, informal encounters with expert speakers on important local, national and world affairs - and how you can become a member and participate - please visit their website at http://wichitacfr.com.

Steven Koltai is an expert on international entrepreneurship ecosystem development. He is currently Managing Director of Koltai & Company, an entrepreneurship program development consultancy. …

On May 18, 2017, the Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations will present Dr. Joyce Mushaben, Curators' Professor of C...
04/28/2017
Dr. Joyce Mushaben Curators, Professor of Comparative Politics and Gender Policies: University of Missouri at St. Louis – Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations

On May 18, 2017, the Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations will present Dr. Joyce Mushaben, Curators' Professor of Comparative Politics and Gender Policies, of the University of Missouri (St. Louis) on the topic, "Leadership in Hard Times: How Angela Merkel Learned to Love the European Union."

For more on the Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations and its work providing the Louisville with frequent, informal encounters with expert speakers on important local, national and world affairs - and how you can become a member and participate - please visit their website at https://www.louisvillecommittee.org/members/.

The Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations is pleased to announce our speaker for May, Dr. Joyce Marie Mushaben, who will discuss German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s leadership based on her new book,

On May 16, 2017, the Channel City Club and Santa Barbara Committee on Foreign Relations will present Ambassador Omar Sam...
04/28/2017
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On May 16, 2017, the Channel City Club and Santa Barbara Committee on Foreign Relations will present Ambassador Omar Samad, former Ambassador of Afghanistan to France and Canada and CEO of Silkroad Consulting, LLC on "America's Longest War: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward in Afghanistan."

For more on The Channel City Club and its work providing the Santa Barbara with frequent, informal encounters with expert speakers on important local, national and world affairs - and how you can become a member and participate - please visit their website at http://www.channelcityclub.org.

The Casper Committee on Foreign Relations with present Dr. Stephanie Anderson, associate professor in the Departments of...
04/28/2017
Stephanie Anderson | Profiles | University of Wyoming

The Casper Committee on Foreign Relations with present Dr. Stephanie Anderson, associate professor in the Departments of Political Science and Global and Area Studies at the University of Wyoming on May 18, 2017. She will speak on the topic of "For Love or Money?" Brexit and the Future of the European Union.

Associate Professor Stephanie Anderson’s ties to Wyoming and the university go back decades. “My family has owned a cattle ranch in the Little Snake River Valley in Savery, Wyo., since the 1870s,” she says. “My grandmother won the equivalent of a Presidential scholarship to UW in 1919, my dad did in...

On May 16, 2017 the Indianapolis Committee on Foreign Relations will present James Kirchick, Fellow with the Foreign Pol...
04/28/2017
James Kirchick | Foreign Policy Initiative

On May 16, 2017 the Indianapolis Committee on Foreign Relations will present James Kirchick, Fellow with the Foreign Policy Initiative, on "The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age."

The United States remains the world's indispensable nation -- indispensable to international peace, security, and stability, and indispensable to safe-guarding and advancing the ideals and principles we hold dear.

The Boise Committee on Foreign Relations will present Harry Krejsa, Research Associate at the Center for a New American ...
04/28/2017
Coming Events - BoiseCFR

The Boise Committee on Foreign Relations will present Harry Krejsa, Research Associate at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS)'s Asia-Pacific Security Program on Thursday, May 11, 2017 on the topic "The Coming Korean Crisis."

Mr. Krejsa holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He graduated from Grinnell College with a B.A. in Political Science and East Asian Studies, for which he also studied at Nanjing University in China.

For more on the Boise Committee on Foreign Relations and its work providing the Boise area with frequent, informal encounters with expert speakers on important local, national and world affairs - and how you can become a member and participate - please visit their website at http://www.boisecfr.org.

The Boise Committees on Foreign Relations is a Boise, Idaho nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public dialogue on foreign relations.

On Tuesday, May 16th at the Tanoan Country Club, the Albuquerque Committee on Foreign Relations will present Ambassador ...
04/28/2017
Upcoming Programs: The Albuquerque Committee on Foreign Relations

On Tuesday, May 16th at the Tanoan Country Club, the Albuquerque Committee on Foreign Relations will present Ambassador Molly Williamson, an expert on energy, economic and demographic factors affecting foreign policy formulation; US–Middle East relations, especially the Israel–Palestine conflict, Iran and nuclear challenges; speaking on the topic: Policy Nightmare: At the Intersection of Energy Security, Environmental Responsibility, and Economic Recovery.

For more on the Albuquerque Committee on Foreign Relations and its work providing the greater Albuquerque area with frequent, informal encounters with expert speakers on important local, national and world affairs - and how you can become a member and participate - please visit:
http://www.abqcfr.org/about/index.html

Tanoan Country Club. Ambassador Molly Williamson, an expert on energy, economic and demographic factors affecting foreign policy formulation, US–Middle East relations, especially the Israel–Palestine conflict, Iran and nuclear challenges, will present

UNLV Boyd School of Law
04/20/2017

UNLV Boyd School of Law

This week UNLV Boyd School of Law and the Nevada Center on Foreign Relations hosted an evening with US Ambassador Ryan Crocker, one of the most decorated diplomats & scholars who served as ambassador to Syria, Kuwait, Lebanon, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan. Ambassador Crocker shared his insights on the geopolitical complexities of the Middle East. #UNLVLaw

(Photo: Dean Stowe Shoemaker, UNLV Harrah Hotel College, Amb. Ryan Crocker, Senad Hrustanovic, Dean Daniel Hamilton, UNLV Boyd School of Law, Dean Chris Heavey, UNLV College of Liberal Arts, Paul Ray)

03/09/2017

The Casper Committee on Foreign Relations will present Dr. Nathan Blank, member of the Political Science faculty of Casper College and adjunct professor at the University of Wyoming, on Thursday, March 23, 2017 on the topic, "Troubled Waters: The Philippines, United States, and the South China Sea."

Professor Blank has been published in the journal Asian Politics and Policy, and he is completing his current book, "The Recruitment Industry in the Philippines."

For more on the Casper Committee on Foreign Relations and its work providing the greater Casper area with frequent, informal encounters with expert speakers on important local, national and world affairs - and how you can become a member and participate - please contact them at [email protected].

The Wichita Committee on Foreign Relations will welcome Edward C. Chow, Senior Fellow in the Energy and National Securit...
03/05/2017
Edward C. Chow | Center for Strategic and International Studies

The Wichita Committee on Foreign Relations will welcome Edward C. Chow, Senior Fellow in the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, who will present "Energy Independence - Are We There Yet? Economic and Foreign Policy Implications” on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

With more than 35 years of industry experience, Mr. Chow has developed government policy, business strategy, and international business ventures in oil and gas investments in emerging economies.

For more on the Wichita Committee on Foreign Relations and its work providing the greater Wichita area with frequent, informal encounters with expert speakers on important local, national and world affairs - and how you can become a member and participate - please visit http://wichitacfr.com/how-to-join/.

Edward Chow, a senior fellow in the Energy and National Security Program at CSIS, is an international energy expert with more than 35 years of industry experience. He has worked in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South America, Europe, Russia, and the Caspian region. He has developed government polic...

The Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations will present Dr. Gershon Baskin, Founder of the Israeli-Palestinian Center for ...
03/05/2017
March 22, 2017 – TULSA COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS

The Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations will present Dr. Gershon Baskin, Founder of the Israeli-Palestinian Center for Research and Information and author of "In Pursuit of Peace in Israel and Palestine" (to be released later this year) on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

Dr. Baskin is author of "The Negotiator – Freeing Gilad Schalit from Hamas" was published in 2013 about his experience as initiator and negotiator for the release of 1,027 prisoners – mainly Palestinians and Arab-Israelis – in exchange for one Israeli soldier.

For more on the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations and its work providing the greater Tulsa area with frequent, informal encounters with expert speakers on important local, national and world affairs - and how you can become a member and participate - please visit http://tulsacfr.org/membership/

Gershon Baskin founded IPCRI (Israel Palestine Center for Research & Information), a joint public policy think tank. Gershon has been an advisor to Israeli, Palestinian and International Prime Ministers on the Middle East Peace Process. He was the initiator and negotiator of the secret back channel…

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South Asia’s maritime defense strategy: A key to stability between India, Sri Lanka and Maldives By Srimal Fernando and Megha Gupta ( Foreign Policy News US) India emerging as a regional power launched the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya commissioned in 2013, which was a big leap forward for India’s defense policy. The enlargement of the Indian maritime defense forces and the improvement of battleships, destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers in the last 30 years, has resulted in a stronger position for India to ensure a greater stability in the region. With this progress, India has expanded its maritime orbit of security in the Indian Ocean in particularly with its southern neighbors such as Sri Lanka and Maldives. Despite this progress made by India, the defense and the foreign policy of these island states with the big nations like India and China is not very clear.
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