Upcoming events

    • 17 Jan 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Gainey Ranch Golf Club at 7600 E Gainey Club Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

    With  Edward Alden
    Council on Foreign Relations


    Cocktail Reception 6pm;
    Dinner 6:45-7:20pm;
    Program begins 7:30pm

    Edward Alden is the Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C., and the author of the new book Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). He was the project director for the Council’s Independent Task Force on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy (2011), co-chaired by former White House chief of staff Andrew Card and former Senate majority leader Thomas Daschle. He directed the Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy (2009), which was co-chaired by former Florida governor Jeb Bush and former White House chief of staff Thomas F. (Mack) McLarty, and co-authored the CFR report Managing Illegal Immigration: How Effective is Enforcement?

    His first book, The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration and Security Since 9/11 (Harper Collins, 2008), was a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas book prize. He has testified to Congress numerous times on border security and U.S. visa policy, written widely for major newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, and appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox News, PBS News Hour and Bloomberg Surveillance. Prior to joining the Council, Mr. Alden was the Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times. He has written extensively about the U.S. response to globalization, focusing particularly on international trade, immigration, and homeland security. 


    • 18 Jan 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • PURE Insurance - 6263 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250


    by Kishore Mahboubani and Jeffrey Sng

    Jan. 18, 2018, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
    PURE Insurance - 6263 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

    ASEAN MIRACLE: A CATALYST FOR PEACE by Kishore Mahboubani and Jeffrey Sng

    The 1996 book the Clash of Civilization by Professor Samuel Huntington grew out of a 1993 Foreign Affairs article with a similar title. The article and the book took academic and nonacademic readers by storm. Today we still debate Huntington's thesis that the source of conflict in the new world will not be "primarily ideological or primarily economic ...but cultural." Huntington went on to say " For a century and a half after the emergence of the modern international system with the Peace of Westphalia, conflicts in the Western world were largely among princes-emperors, absolute monarchs and Constitutional monarchs attempting to expand their armies, their mercantilist economic strength and, most important, the territory they ruled."

    Along comes Professors Mahbubani and Sng with The ASEAN Miracle arguing that the young Southeast Asian population, now the 7th largest population group in the world and heading very quickly to number 5, uniquely deny the Huntington thesis. The cultures of these countries, according to the authors, are, yes, undeniably different, but their international politics do not follow the Western model. The authors argue that ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, "speak with one voice. Several issues are dealt with as a group, making it more difficult...for either China or the United States to pick countries off individually", that these countries do not have one dominant power in the group and that they act like a 'buffer zone' between other powerful nations or international organizations.

    Professors Mahbubani and Jeffery Sng squarely disagree with the global pessimists that are convinced that due to cultural differences, certain ethnic groups and/or nations will never find peaceful solutions. Yet, can the ASEAN model be useful elsewhere given the emergence of strongmen like Assad in Syria, Salen in Yemen, Ben Ali in Tunisa, Mugabe in Zimbabwe, Modi in India and Erdogan in Turkey?

    This and other questions will be discussed at the next Book Review Session. We would love to see you there. Philip Abruzino

    The next Book Review Session is Thursday January 18, 2018 at

    Pure Insurance 6263 North Scottsdale Road Suite 245 Scottsdale AZ85250

    • 20 Feb 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia - 4949 E Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85253


    Governor Doug Ducey

    Carlos M. Sada
    Undersecretary for North America

    Registration is Open

    Location: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia  
              4949 E Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85253  

    Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Cocktail Reception
    6:30 pm - 7:15 pm Dinner
    7:15 pm - 8:30 pm Program

    This year PCFR has the unique opportunity to host not only the Arizona Governor, but also two high-level diplomats from Canada (invitation pending) and Mexico (confirmed – Undersecretary for North America, Carlos Sada) who will be joining Governor Ducey for a panel discussion on issues facing North America and the international community.  This event presents an amazing opportunity for the international community here in Arizona.  We hope you will consider joining us.  There are sponsorship opportunities (click here) including purchasing a table for your stakeholders.  

     To be a sponsor Click Here

    Thank you to our Sponsors

    Title Sponsor: APS

    VIP Event : Snell & Wilmer

    Corporate Sponsor: Freeport McMoRan

    Table Sponsors

    Bank of America

    AZ Mexico Commission

    Northern Trust

    Arizona Commerce Authority


    Speaker Bios

    Carlos Sada

    Doug Ducey

Past events

14 Dec 2017 SOLD OUT - Censorship, Privacy, Retaliation and 'Fake News': The State of Freedom of The Press in the U.S. and Mexico
16 Nov 2017 November Reading Group
01 Nov 2017 Russian Machinations, Political Gridlock and other Challenges to US Democratic Systems
25 Oct 2017 The Impact of Foreign and Cyber Threats on the 2016 and Future Elections: A Discussion with Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan
24 Oct 2017 Challenges for Factual Reporting in the Age of Social Media
11 Oct 2017 A Conversation on the U.S.-Canada trade partnership, Arizona’s relationship with Canada, and the future of NAFTA
28 Sep 2017 September Reading Group
26 Sep 2017 In Commemoration of Finland’s 100th Anniversary of Independence from Russia
12 Sep 2017 China: The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom
23 Aug 2017 South China Sea: An update on Diplomacy and Developments
20 Jul 2017 Law of War in the Age of ISIS
12 Jul 2017 Arizona International Business Opportunities in a Changing Global Paradigm
31 May 2017 Foreign Policy in a Time of Transition
04 May 2017 REGISTRATION CLOSED - 12th Annual International State of the State
27 Apr 2017 A Strategic Association for the XXI Century: Peru and the United States of America
21 Apr 2017 April Reading Group
05 Apr 2017 US-Mexico Relations Today: Arizona’s Positive Contribution
28 Mar 2017 Is the World Getting Better or Worse? Health, Human Rights, and Quality of Life Around the Globe
23 Feb 2017 U.S.-Russian Relations: From Rock Bottom to…What Next?
17 Feb 2017 February Reading Group
25 Jan 2017 Korea, What’s Next?
12 Jan 2017 President Obama’s Legal Legacy in War
13 Dec 2016 Quo Vadis? Latin America
30 Nov 2016 Mexico-U.S. Relations Today and Tomorrow: The Case of Arizona
17 Nov 2016 Fall Reading Group - The Unquiet Frontier: Rising Rivals, Vulnerable Allies, and the Crisis of American Power
09 Nov 2016 Freeport in Peru: Twenty Years and Going Strong
18 Oct 2016 SOLD OUT - National Security Challenges for the Incoming Administration
07 Oct 2016 The View From the State Department: Religion, Conflict and Diplomacy
29 Sep 2016 Russia’s War with Ukraine: What is at stake for the West?
19 Sep 2016 America as the World’s Policeman


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