Founded originally as an offshoot of the New York Council on Foreign Relations in 1976, the Phoenix Committee is now an independent, non profit, non partisan, membership organization, dedicated to positioning metro Phoenix as a major regional, international policy center. Composed of community leaders, PCFR’s goal is to assist our members in adapting to a rapidly changing world.
We offer monthly programs from September through May, including our unique event..the “International State of the State” address which an open ended dialogue by significant leaders of government, industry, and education who discuss Arizona’s role in the changing global environment. Throughout our season we bring renowned speakers to share candid insights. This provides our members with intriguing and intellectually challenging, interactive experiences as they participate in the Q & A following the speakers’ remarks.
For more than 40 years PCFR has welcomed a variety of distinguished guests; US and foreign ambassadors, cabinet ministers, policy-makers, economists, analysts, journalists, authors, renowned educators and heads of state. Meetings are specifically restricted to our membership, and our guests’ comments are off the record, thus encouraging free and frank discussion.
The Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations strives to raise the level of international awareness in both public and private sectors, because of our belief that unbiased information leads to improved policy making. We’re determined to promote better understanding of global trends, and we particularly encourage the involvement of students of government and international affairs.
The end result of our airing of all sides of significant issues should be a heightened respect for honorable discussion. As our speakers enlighten us, we improve our community relationships, as well as our global business climate, and we create appreciation for the great truth..that we are all on this planet to enhance its progress, stability, and survival.