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International State of the State

Traditions are comforting and significant. Each year the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations has been pleased to provide the Metro Phoenix area with a valuable public platform to discuss the International State of OUR State. Currently all 50 states face complex dilemmas internally and Arizona is no exception. Our Arizona family, our businesses and our legislators face unprecedented challenges, both internally and externally, and we empathize with the energy required to find common ground. 

In the International State of the State event, our program looks outward from metro Phoenix to the world in an examination of our state as a global partner. What are our challenges and benefits? What are the pressures and issues?

Arizona, with its unique geography and climate, outstanding innovative educational institutions and its willing workforce is ready to participate in a robust, multilateral, reciprocal exchange of ideas, of goods and services and of good will. The Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations is pleased to act as a catalyst. 

2024 International State of the State

March 28, 2024

The 19th International State of the State Keynote and Dinner with Governor Katie Hobbs highlighted the course for Arizona's ascent on the global stage.

In partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, this landmark event provided a unique opportunity to move past the city limits and delve into Arizona's broader global footprint. Attendees had the opportunity to engage with dignitaries, business leaders, and policy experts. 

In conjunction with the Keynote and Dinner, the 2024 International State of the State on March 28th included a Summit taking place earlier in the day at the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

The Summit featured panel discussions with experts on subnational trade and diplomacy; national and economic security; international education partnerships; and more, and the ways in which Arizona's unique strengths position our state for unprecedented opportunities on the global stage. 


2023 International State of the State

2022 International State of the State

2021 International State of the State

2019 International State of the State


Exploring Leading Foreign Policy Issues


PCFR is dedicated to growing Arizona’s global prominence by providing forums that explore critical foreign policy issues and build enduring international connections.


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