UPCOMING EVENTS

    • 18 Aug 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
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    Foreign Relations Summer Series hosted by PCFR Young Professionals:

    International Career Paths for Young Professionals

    Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | 1:00 pm-2:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    Zoom Meeting

    Now in its third year, the Foreign Relations Summer Series, hosted by PCFR Young Professionals, will keep you engaged with the global community in Phoenix. Our next panel will feature advice from experts on how to upgrade your international career goals. Learn about public service, private sector, and nonprofit opportunities to make your mark around the globe. Sign up today to stay connected from wherever you are.

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    MODERATOR


    Luke Wenz

    A native of Phoenix, Luke works for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) – a broad-based influential network that supports strategic investments to elevate development and diplomacy alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world – where he serves as Western Regional Outreach Director. Prior in his career, he spent time living in Amman, Jordan researching religious philosophy and political identity amongst members of non-state actors, and in Beirut, Lebanon where he traveled daily to Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley to build schools in refugee camps for the displaced children of the Syrian Civil War. His career has also taken him to halls of Congress, to running a Member of Congress’ district office, andto running two successful congressional campaigns. Luke focusses his time creating the preconditions necessary for a new, entrepreneurial blueprint for effective 21st-Century diplomatic relations in an ever-changing, increasingly challenging world. Luke attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, where he studied Political Theory and the Philosophy of Religion.

    PANELISTS


    Yassamin Ansari

    An Arizona native, Yassamin has dedicated her career to the fight against global climate change. She serves as Principal Advisor to Mission 2020, the global climate action campaign led by former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres. Yassamin is currently running for an open seat on the Phoenix City Council. Yassamin began her career as a John Gardner Public Service Fellow at the United Nations, where she served as the youngest member of the climate team that advised former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and helped to deliver the historic Paris Agreement. Later, she was appointed as the Director of the Climate Action 2016 Summit in Washington D.C., and worked with the Office of Governor Jerry Brown where she served as the Deputy Director of Policy for the Global Climate Action Summit, helping to deliver more than 500 new commitments from business, cities, states and regions. Most recently, Yassamin served as a senior advisor to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres where she led youth engagement and public mobilization for the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit. For her work in public policy, Yassamin was recently recognized by Forbes as 30 Under 30 in Law & Policy, and as a Grist 50 "Fixer"— "the people cooking up the boldest, most innovative solutions to fix the biggest challenges that face our globe.” Yassamin holds a bachelor's degree in international relations with honors from Stanford University, and a master's degree from the University of Cambridge. She has received many awards and accolades for her work, including the Stanford Award of Excellence, U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship, and the DNC Hope Fellowship.

    Emily Bilbao

    Emily Bilbao joined Skysong Innovations (SI) in January of 2019 as Chief of Staff. She spent ten years working in national security and foreign policy, including as a program examiner in the International Affairs Division at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). At OMB she directly oversaw more than $2B annually in budget proposals and congressional appropriations while coordinating complex bureaucratic processes to ensure proper resource allocation in support of U.S. trade policies, foreign investment security issues, U.S. government programming in the Asia/Indo-Pacific region, and U.S. contributions to Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), among others. She regularly represented OMB at interagency meetings, including at the National Security Council (NSC). While in government service Emily also served at the Department of State where she helped conduct international diplomacy aimed at countering violent extremism and at the Department of Defense where she worked in the office of South and Southeast Asia, focused on U.S.-India defense cooperation. Emily also worked in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution where she was a senior research assistant focused on democracy promotion, human rights, and the United Nations system.

    Salvador Avila Bretts

    As a Vice President Relationship Manager at MidFirst, Salvador is responsible for delivering the firm’s wealth management capabilities and resources that provide holistic solutions tailored to each client. For more than twelve years, Salvador has passionately developed his career through relationships and networks around the interface between investment analytics, financial technology, client partnerships, and the pursuit of successful financial advisory services. He spent 7 years at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, where he held various business development positions in both New York and Mexico City. He was the Vice President and founding member of their risk management solution (“ALADDIN”) business in Latin America responsible for relationship management and business development for their enterprise investment and risk management systems. He began his career in private wealth management for Latin America as a banking analyst in New York City at J.P. Morgan Private Bank. Salvador earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Foreign Service in International History with certificates in European and Latin American Studies from Georgetown University.

    Tyler Gillespie

    Tyler is a returned Peace Corps volunteer who served for two and a half years in Mozambique as an education volunteer. In his time there, Tyler lived and worked in his host community as a Biology teacher in the Portuguese speaking country. He also worked with the Education Ministry to coordinate a science fair at the local, state and national levels. The Science fair focused through the the scientific method students and educators, in addition to HIV/AIDS education and testing. During his time in Mozambique, Tyler also worked on projects that included an early grade literacy program in his host community, girls youth empowerment groups, and as an agriculture grant coordinator for some local chicken farmers. Tyler graduated from ASU with a degree in Sustainability.

    • 27 Aug 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (UTC-07:00)
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    Virtual Discussion

    Globally Conscious Business Communication: Techniques, Tips, and Experience from a 20 Year Adventure Across 4 Continents


    Jennifer Burge

    WorldWise Consulting, LLC

    Jennifer, a dual national of the US and Australia, repatriated to the United States in 2018. Her career in management consulting took her to Germany in 2001, The Netherlands in 2002, Singapore in 2007, and Australia in 2011. After seventeen years abroad, Jennifer returned to Phoenix to found her own consulting company, WorldWise Coaching LLC. Having lived on four continents, she has successfully executed projects in thirteen countries and traveled to over fifty. Jennifer uses her broad business experience and technology background to assist others to thrive in global business environments.

    Her experience includes Fortune 100 companies, such as Honeywell and Fortune Global 500 companies—Accenture Consulting and EDS. She has also worked for smaller firms in The Netherlands and as an independent information technology consultant and trainer in Singapore.

    In addition to her corporate career, Jennifer is a memoirist and travel writer. She began writing Asian destination pieces for Vietnam’s The Guide magazine in 2009. Her first nonfiction book about her professional life in Europe, The Devil Wears Clogs, was published in 2014. The second, Singapore Salvation, tells her Asian story and was published in 2015. She is currently at work on her Australian chapter.

    In 2017, Jennifer lived in Madrid to complete her certification and training in teaching English as a Second Language with a specialization in Business English earned with distinction. Following that, she was a Fellow at the Institute for Intercultural Communication in Portland, Oregon in 2018 and in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2019. In August 2019, Jennifer was appointed to the Pacific Rim Advisory Council for the City of Phoenix by Mayor Kate Gallego. The Consular Corps of Arizona appointed Jennifer to its Board of Advisors in 2020 and she was also made of member of the US Global Leadership Coalition Advisory Committee for the state of Arizona. She currently splits her time between the US and Mexico.

    Registration

    FREE for PCFR Members

    $10 for Non-Members


    Schedule

    Thursday, August 27, 2020

    12:00 pm-1:15 pm

    Venue

    Zoom Meeting

    Meeting link and instructions will be included in your registration confirmation email.


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    Talking Points

    • Insight into Intercultural Communication Theory core concepts
    • The Number One US Americanism You Should Overcome Today
    • Top Five Tips for Doing Business Anywhere
    • The Key to Effective Communication Worldwide
    • 10 Sep 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (UTC-07:00)
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    Virtual Discussion

    The World: A Brief Introduction with Richard N. Haass

    President, Council on Foreign Relations

    Dr. Richard Haass is a veteran diplomat, a prominent voice on American foreign policy, and an established leader of nonprofit institutions. He is in his eighteenth year as president of the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, publisher, and educational institution dedicated to being a resource to help people better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries. View full bio


    Moderated by

    David A. Merkel


    Registration

    FREE for PCFR Members

    $10 for Non-Members


    Schedule

    Thursday, September 10, 2020

    12:00 pm-1:15 pm

    Venue

    Zoom Meeting

    Meeting link and instructions will be included in your registration confirmation email.


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    Reviews of the Book

    The World: A Brief Introduction by Richard N. Haass

    Purchase the Book


    The New York Times Review: The Challenges of a Threatening World : In “The World,” Richard Haass urges Americans to educate themselves about an increasingly dangerous planet.

    The World is officially a New York Times Bestseller! Richard is ranked #10 on the nonfiction list and #15 on the combined print and ebook list.

    New York Times Editors Choice; June 21

    • 23 Sep 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC-07:00)
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    Virtual Event

    Afghanistan from the ground up: A conversation about war, U.S. partnership and the future of Afghanistan


    with

    Jack McCain

    Director for State and Local Government Affairs

    American Airlines


    Schedule

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 6 pm

    Venue

    Zoom Meeting

    Meeting link and instructions will be included in your registration confirmation email.


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    Registration

    FREE for PCFR Members

    $10 for Non-Members

    Speaker

    Jack McCain

    Director for State and Local Government Affairs

    American Airlines

    Jack McCain is a reserve Naval Aviator and graduate of the United States Naval Academy and Georgetown's School of Foreign Service. He has deployed four times in the Pacific, Persian Gulf, and recently returned from Afghanistan where, as an Afghan Hand, he flew alongside Afghan pilots in the Blackhawk. Prior to that was a leadership instructor at the Naval Academy and a Search and Rescue Pilot in Guam. He is currently working as American Airlines’ Director for State and Local Government Affairs out of their Phoenix hub.

Past events

30 Jul 2020 July Reading Group
29 Jul 2020 Japan's Strategy to Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic
29 Jul 2020 Great Decisions | China's Road into Latin America
08 Jul 2020 The USMCA Goes Live and What It Means for the US, Canada and Mexico
30 Jun 2020 Great Decisions | Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
25 Jun 2020 Foreign Relations Summer Series: Career Lessons from the Great Recession
24 Jun 2020 China: “To trust is good, not to trust is better”
17 Jun 2020 Reflections of a Senior African-American Diplomat on the Global Importance of the Black Lives Matter Movement
16 Jun 2020 Great Decisions | India and Pakistan
11 Jun 2020 COVID19: Experience on the Front Lines Treating COVID19 Patients in New York City
04 Jun 2020 The Global Economic Implications of the Pandemic
28 May 2020 A Diplomat's Perspective on America’s Preparedness and Global Health Security in the Face of COVID-19
21 May 2020 May Reading Group
15 May 2020 China, Coronavirus and the Coming Global Challenges
07 May 2020 The Ultimate Case for American International Leadership – Now What?
23 Apr 2020 April Reading Group
22 Apr 2020 Crisis Abroad! Every Diplomat Becomes a Consular Officer When American Citizens Need Our Help
07 Apr 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic and West Africa Ebola Crisis: Similarities, Differences and Opportunities Missed
24 Mar 2020 [POSTPONED] New and Prospective Member Breakfast
23 Mar 2020 [POSTPONED] Choosing Freedom: America’s Role in the World and Supporting Democracy and Human Rights Abroad
11 Mar 2020 15th Annual International State of the State
04 Mar 2020 The Challenges for U.S. Policy in a Turbulent Middle East
29 Feb 2020 PCFR Field Trip to the Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona Museum (Members Only)
25 Feb 2020 Australia’s Burning Bush, Earth’s Emerging Pyrocene?
20 Feb 2020 How America Can Make the World More Peaceful
11 Feb 2020 Vietnam and the United States: Recognizing 25 Years of Comprehensive Partnership, Highlighting Future Opportunities and Saluting Senator John McCain
28 Jan 2020 From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia
22 Jan 2020 US-Iran Conflict: Multi-level, Multi-player Game of Chess (and Other Games)
16 Jan 2020 January Reading Group (Members Only)
10 Dec 2019 An Update on Cross-Border Law Enforcement and Coordination: A Maricopa County Sheriff Perspective
03 Dec 2019 Global Leadership in 4IR
21 Nov 2019 November Reading Group
20 Nov 2019 Japan on the World Stage: Society, Influence, Education
07 Nov 2019 Roads to Revolution: Transformative Social Movements in Iran and their Discontents
23 Oct 2019 Taken Hostage: The Silent Victims of Kidnapping Abroad
22 Oct 2019 New and Prospective Member Breakfast
16 Oct 2019 National Insecurities: America and the World 2020-2050
25 Sep 2019 Status of Arizona’s National Guard’s Global Presence: An Extended Service
19 Sep 2019 The Next Decade of PCFR
19 Sep 2019 September Reading Group
17 Sep 2019 Priorities of Mexican Foreign Policy in the U.S.
12 Aug 2019 Venezuela Kleptocracy: The Ripple Effect of the Venezuelan Revolution
23 Jul 2019 Update on the US-Mexico Relationship
18 Jul 2019 July Reading Group
03 Jun 2019 New Times for the Transatlantic Relations
16 May 2019 May Reading Group
14 May 2019 The Challenges and Rewards of Global Engagement—from Russia to the Poorest Countries on Earth
07 May 2019 Extremism and Terrorism in Our Communities, Across the Nation and Around the World: Understanding Today’s Changing Threat Landscape
23 Apr 2019 14th Annual International State of the State
16 Apr 2019 The Evolution of Security and Privacy in a Shrinking World
03 Apr 2019 Vanishing Frontiers: Why Mexico is Even Closer to US Than We Realize
28 Mar 2019 The World as It Is
21 Mar 2019 Ukraine's Presidential Election - Democracy Being Tested by Russian Aggression
14 Mar 2019 March Reading Group
05 Mar 2019 6th PCFR New and Prospective Member Breakfast
25 Feb 2019 Iran’s and North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Programs: Problems Solved, or Continuing Threats?
21 Feb 2019 Can Sport Save Globalization?
12 Feb 2019 Southeast Asia and the US Strategy for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific
29 Jan 2019 The Democratic Transition in Tunisia
17 Jan 2019 January Reading Group
16 Jan 2019 NORAD at 60: Heritage, Vigilance, and Innovation
12 Dec 2018 The Rule of Law in Hong Kong and Human Rights
04 Dec 2018 Kazakhstan in a Changing Eurasia
28 Nov 2018 Nemtsov: Film Screening and Discussion
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
21 Jun 2017 SOUTH AMERICA’S EXISTENTIAL CRISIS: PROSPECTS FOR POLITICAL CHANGE IN VENEZUELA
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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