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Upcoming events

    • 19 Sep 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • 7729 E Greenway Rd, Suite 300, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

    PCFR Member  Only Event      


    Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 7:30-9:00 am


    7729 E Greenway Road, Suite 300
    Scottsdale, AZ 85260
    (one block south of Greenway Hayden off 73rd St)

    Finally, please park only in the parking spaces marked ‘visitors’, not the numbered parking spaces. If the spaces are full, you may park on the street.

    Topic of Discussion

    When we think of Winston Churchill, we normally think of Hitler’ betrayal of the Munich Agreement which pledged not to aggressively occupy nearby countries. This raises the question of appeasement and when can potential adversaries be trusted to adhere to promised nonaggression? When we think George Orwell, we think of his 1945 novel Animal Farm and his 1949 novel 1984. Tom Hicks has written a book comparing Churchill the politician and Orwell the novelist. Actually, Churchill was much more than a politician and Orwell was much more than a novelist. This you will learn if you read the book assigned for the next session. Our last session was on the rise and fear of the populist politician. Certainly, Hitler and the representatives of totalitarianism in Orwell’s novels could qualify as bad populists since they were democratically elected.

    While Churchill and Orwell were clearly very different people, they held at least one thing in common, they both warned their respective countries, and anyone else who would listen, against trusting bad populists, that is, would be dictators who would steal a nation’s freedom by destroying people’s memory of their past, destruction of books, artifacts, anything that would create a longing for former times. In Animal Farm, Mr. Jones mistreats the animals on his farm and Old Major (Marx), an old boar on the farm develops a new ideology, equality for all, through a revolution overthrowing MAN. Napoleon (Stalin), another boar, will be the leader to do what is needed for the revolution to succeed. While the promised goal is equality for all, as the revolution progresses, the leadership does little physical labor and takes a disproportionate share of the wealth, while the greatest work is done by the naïve horse Boxer, a loyal proletariat, who believes everything Napoleon says. Orwell, in his novel 1984, describes a dystopian country called Oceania ruled by Big Brother who is the leader of the Party. Orwell explains how dictatorship is developed and maintained by the Thought Police who use Newspeak to adjust the language and history so the nation’s constituents properly follow the rules established by the dictator and the Party.

    Hitler referred to himself as “ a man of peace”, but became just the opposite. Unlike Hitler, most emerging leaders today have not written their Mein Kampfs so we must rely on other sources to judge their veracity. This session will examine how foreign policy strategists determine when appeasement or military deterrence should be the preferred foreign policy strategy. We will do so by examining Hick’s biographies of two fascinating historical figures, Churchill and Orwell. Given the recent news of a proposed caliphate in the Middle East and the election of strong anti democratic people (ironically elected by direct democratic vote), this is a timely topic.

    Please RSVP so we have sufficient seating and refreshments. Don’t be afraid of the regular members. They are very nice, at least, if you ask them, that is what they will say.

    One last question, which may be the most important, at least perhaps the most interesting, what do you rely on for your foreign policy information. Clearly our opinion is based on our sources of information.

Past events

18 Jul 2019 July Reading Group
16 May 2019 May Reading Group
23 Apr 2019 14th Annual International State of the State
14 Mar 2019 March Reading Group
05 Mar 2019 6th PCFR New and Prospective Member Breakfast
17 Jan 2019 January Reading Group
16 Jan 2019 NORAD at 60: Heritage, Vigilance, and Innovation
04 Dec 2018 Kazakhstan in a Changing Eurasia
15 Nov 2018 November Reading Group
25 Oct 2018 How China’s Exponential Technological Disruption and Infrastructure Investment is Driving a Radical Transformation of the Future
02 Oct 2018 Calculated Risks: Safeguarding the World’s Largest Aerospace Company in a Globalized Business Environment
27 Sep 2018 Understanding International Trade in the Trump Era
20 Sep 2018 September Reading Group
13 Sep 2018 U.S. - Mexico Geopolitical Forecast for 2018 - 2019
19 Jul 2018 July Reading Group
12 Jul 2018 The Future of the Two Koreas and Donald Trump
07 Jul 2018 Young Professionals World Cup Watch Party
26 Jun 2018 Mexico’s Presidential Election Cycle
19 Jun 2018 Young Professionals Foreign Relations Summer Series
17 May 2018 May Reading Group
15 May 2018 US-China Relations in the Age of Trump and Xi
01 May 2018 Maintaining the US Competitive Edge in the Resurgence of Great Power Competition
10 Apr 2018 Inman’s View of the World: A look at overarching threats, challenges, and opportunities facing the U.S. followed by a geographic tour of hot spots.
05 Apr 2018 Recent Trends in African Infrastructure Development
27 Mar 2018 How to Lose Press Freedom in a Democracy: The Experience of an Exiled Journalist
21 Mar 2018 Ethics in the Age of Cyber
15 Mar 2018 March Reading Group
20 Feb 2018 SOLD OUT- 13th Annual International State of the State
18 Jan 2018 January Reading Group
17 Jan 2018 TIME & LOCATION CHANGE - NAFTA and the Future of the World Trading System under President Trump
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


Tel: 602 441-4967

7729 E Greenway Rd, Suite 300, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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