Upcoming events

    • 24 Oct 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Gainey Ranch Golf Club at 7600 E Gainey Club Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

    With  Mi-Ai Parrish


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


    • 25 Oct 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
    • Snell & Wilmer Law Firm at 400 E. Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ 85004 on the 19th Floor

    Michele Reagan 
    Arizona Secretary of State 

    Topical Discussion
    Topical Discussions are structured like a round-table discussion with an expert on the topic speaking for 15-20 minutes about the topic, but opening up the discussion for all to participate.  These discussions have been wildly popular and are a good way to discuss current topics in a forum where everyone can voice their opinion.  Please come prepared to participate.
                    $25 per Person

    The on-going debate (and subsequent investigations) related  to potential foreign influences on the 2016 General Election has not receded. Please join us for a Topical Discussion with Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan for a briefing on

    (1) what really happened (and what really did not happen) concerning alleged interference in the 2016 General Election 
    (2) steps that governmental officials are taking at every level to ensure the security of future elections.

    About Secretary Reagan

    Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan is Arizona’s top election official, responsible for assisting in the administration of elections throughout the state.  Secretary Reagan has led the efforts to fully reform Arizona’s elections law and streamline the election process. Secretary Reagan was intimately involved in the investigations surrounding the alleged cyber-security threats related to the 2016 General Election and work closely with local, state, and national agencies to ensure the security of the election administration. Her efforts have earned her a leading role on the National Election Cybersecurity Task Force as a member of the Association of Secretaries of State as well as the Executive Board of the Lieutenant Governor’s Association. Before her election to the state’s 2nd highest elective office, Secretary Reagan was first elected to the Arizona Legislature in 2002 and she transitioned to the Senate in 2010.  While a representative, she had the honor of being the Chair of the House Commerce Committee where she is the youngest female to hold that position in Arizona history. With her transition to the Senate in 2010, Secretary Reagan became the champion of election issues in the state of Arizona with her desire to ensure that every Arizona resident has access to vote and can do so with confidence, knowing that our election system is both accurate and efficient. Her desire to improve Arizona elections resulted in the formation of the first Senate Elections Committee where she was proud to act as the Chairwoman. While acting as the Chair for the Senate Elections Committee, Michele committed herself to pursuing voter registration and education efforts, working with county and municipal officials to address their concerns with the election system, and spending time with current Arizona voters to work with them to make Arizona the nation’s leader in election integrity and ballot security.

    • 01 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Beus Center for Law and Society, Room 544, 111 E. Taylor St. Phoenix, AZ 85004


    General (ret) Philip "Phil" Breedlove 

    Presented by The McCain Institute for International Leadership and the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations

    Join us for this timely program to hear from General Breedlove on subjects ranging from the U.S. Political Gridlock to what's going on in Russia.  We will be at the Beus Center for Law and Society in Downtown Phoenix, a unique opportunity to experience the Law School.

    Conversation Moderated by:
    The McCain Institute Executive Director
    Ambassador Kurt Volker


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

    *Please note the location of this event

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      General Breedlove is a proven strategic planner, motivational leader and talented communicator. He is a highly decorated retired general of the United States Air Force where he reached the highest levels of military leadership as one of six geographic Combatant Commanders and the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.

      During 39 years of service, he served in a variety of demanding command and staff positions, leading large-scale, diverse, global operations across two theaters of combat and earning a reputation as an inspirational leader focused on his people, their families and mission accomplishment. Leading a diverse political-military alliance, he was able to build consensus and form teams to accomplish complex tasks spanning multiple continents

      As the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) and the Commander of U.S. European Command , he answered directly to NATO’s governing body, the North Atlantic Council, and to the President of the United States and Secretary of Defense. He led the most comprehensive and strategic structural and policy security changes in the alliance’s 70 year history. His diplomatic skills reassured allies, deterred potential aggressors, and maintained alliance unity during the most dynamic and challenging period since its inception. He led the forces of 28 nations and multiple partners in ensuring the security of an alliance that accounts for more than half the world’s GDP.

      As Commander, U.S. Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa, Breedlove was responsible for organizing, training, equipping and maintaining combat-ready forces while ensuring theater air defense forces were ready to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime defense. This diverse portfolio included both theater and operational air and ballistic missile defense, areas where his operational designs remain in place today.

      As Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, he presided over the Air Staff and served as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Requirements Oversight Council and Deputy Advisory Working Group during a period of intense challenge, including devising measures to meet the requirements of the the Budget Control Act’s required $480 billion reduction of the Department of Defense budget. Accordingly, he led the organization, training and equipping of more than 690,000 people serving in the U.S. Air Force and provided oversight of its $120 billion annual budget.

      As Assistant Chief of Staff for Air Operations, Plans and Requirements, Breedlove directed all Air Force operations across the globe, oversaw strategic and operational planning, and set the requirements for all Air Force procurement. Additionally, he was one of two original authors of the Defense Department’s Air-Sea Battle Concept.

      Breedlove served in a variety of assignments leading up to those leadership positions, including commanding a squadron, a group, three fighter wings, and a Numbered Air Force in service across three different continents. His extensive command and control experience in wartime, contingency planning, and humanitarian relief actions include operations in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

      He earned his Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Aerospace Technology from Arizona State University. Additionally, he completed a Masters of International Security Affairs from the National War College, a Fellowship in International Security Affairs, Seminar XXI from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and completed Leadership at the Peak at the Center for Creative Leadership Colorado Springs.

      Breedlove currently serves on the Georgia Tech Advisory Board, as a Distinguished Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech, as a Senior Advisor to Culpeper National Security Solutions, and on the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council.

      Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor!

      • 08 Nov 2017
      • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
      • Snell & Wilmer Law Firm at 400 E. Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ 85004 on the 19th Floor

      Chad Haines, PhD
      Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Global Studies
      Arizona State University

      Topical Discussion
      Topical Discussions are structured like a round-table discussion with an expert on the topic speaking for 15-20 minutes about the topic, but opening up the discussion for all to participate.  These discussions have been wildly popular and are a good way to discuss current topics in a forum where everyone can voice their opinion.  Please come prepared to participate.
                      $25 per Person

      Since the Russian invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979 (if not since the First Anglo-Afghan War 140 years earlier) Afghanistan is the victim of intensive foreign interventions from global super powers, to regional powers, to neighbors. The violence, destruction, and displacement wrought upon the country has rippling consequences across the region, most directly in Pakistan who acted as the US’s surrogate in the war against the Soviet Union and more recently following the US direct invasion and occupation in 2001. The presentation will engage a number of issues:

      • How have the imagined national interests of the US in Afghanistan shaped policy towards Pakistan?
      • To what extent does US foreign policy towards Pakistan nurture or undermine democratic institutions and aspirations?
      •  What are the social and cultural developments in response to the intense violence in the region?
      •  What are the prospects for peace?

      Chad Haines is a cultural anthropologist who earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Before joining the faculty of ASU, he taught at American University in Cairo, the University of North Carolina, as well as at Duke University. He is the author of Nation, Territory, and Globalization in Pakistan: Traversing the Margins (Routledge 2012) and the forthcoming Muslim Modernities: Urban Planning, Informality, and Religion in Cairo, Islamabad, and Dubai (Cambridge University Press, 2018). As well, he is co-editor (with Yasmin Saikia) of Women and Peace in the Islamic World: Gender, Agency, and Influence (I.B. Taurus 2015) and the forthcoming edited volume People’s Peace: Global Challenges, Humanistic Perspectives. His interests focus on the ways postcolonial modernity shapes what it means to be Muslim in the world today, with a particular focus on Islamic urbanism in the Middle East and Southwest Asia.

      • 16 Nov 2017
      • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
      • PURE Insurance - 6263 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250


      Red Notice, A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice
      by Bill Browder
      The book was published in 2015 and is in Paperback

      NOV. 16, 2017, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

      A Fortune magazine book reviewer writes,  “Red Notice does for investing in Russia and the former Soviet Union what Liars Poker did for our understanding of Salomon Brothers ,Wall Street, and the mortgage –backed securities business in the 1980’s.

      A Globe Correspondent’s reviewer James Zug writes “This is a tale of an accidental activist. An American goes to Russia in the Wild East 1990’. He makes a pile of money investing in the stock market, runs afoul of Vladimir Putin and his thugocracy of thieving oligarchs, and gets deported.” 

      Senator McCain has written that Browder’s “… fight for justice made him an unlikely international human rights leader…” and the biographer of Steve Jobs and Einstein, Walter Isaacson says”…Bill Browder is an amazing moral crusader , and his book is a must-read for anyone who seeks to understand Russia, Putin, or the challenges of doing business in the world today”.

      Bill Browder grew up in South Chicago with a famous grandfather Earl Browder, the head of the American Communist Party. As a youngster, Browder wandered aimlessly without personal, political and economic direction. Then having an epiphany, he decided to become a capitalist and pursue an undergraduate education at the University of Chicago and an MBA from Stanford. Disappointed with the traditional domestic career approach for graduating finance majors, Browder decided to seek an opportunity in Eastern Europe and then settling in Russia.

      This book is the stuff of novels and films, but what makes the book so amazing is that Browder’s  story is true.

      Red Notice is the PCFR Book Group’s choice for November. We anticipate a lively and intellectually stimulating discussion.  Don’t miss this session!


      1. The privatization of country assets. Good idea or good way to get rich?2. Capitalism in a country born in communism
      3. Power struggle between the powerful and the upward moving
      4. Corruption in Russia
      5. The free press, capitalism, & the corrupt
      6. Dealing with Russia as a nation
      7. Arrest, abuse, & death
      8. American power and politics
      9. Vladimir’s game with Trump

    Past events

    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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