UPCOMING PROGRAMS

    • 17 May 2022
    • 13 Dec 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
    Registration is closed


    Program Description

    Registration is now open for 2022 Great Decisions sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association! PCFR and Global Ties Arizona have partnered again this year to bring the program and materials at no cost to our members. 

    PCFR members loved participating in Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions series in 2020 and 2021. Here is what PCFR member Charles Blum had to say about the program: “Great Decisions and PCFR are a perfect match. This program provides an ideal platform for informed discussion, deeper insights into current issues and greater appreciation for the insights and experiences of our members.”

    Over the next 9 months, PCFR members who participate in this small discussion group will have the opportunity to dive deep on 9 of the most critical issues facing U.S. foreign policy makers.

    Prior to each virtual session throughout the calendar year, participants will read a chapter from the Great Decisions Briefing Book and watch the associated video. Each session will feature a subject-matter expert and members have the opportunity to participate in the group discussions. PCFR member Charles Blum will moderate the series. 

    PCFR and Global Ties Arizona are covering the cost of the Great Decisions Briefing Book (a $35 value) for PCFR members. Be sure to save your spot. 

    Sign up fast, Great Decisions is limited to 25 PCFR members!

    How to Participate

    1. Fill out the form to register to participate and receive your complimentary Great Decisions Briefing Book
    2. You will receive a link to watch the program videos
    3. Participate in the discussion!

    Schedule 

    All sessions will take place from 12 pm - 1 pm Phoenix, Arizona time, online via Zoom.


    March 1, 2022 | Biden's Agenda

    March 15, 2022 | QUAD Alliance

    April 19, 2022 | Drug Policy in Latin America

    May 17, 2022 | Industrial Policy

    June 21, 2022 | Outer Space

    September 20, 2022 | Myanmar and ASEAN

    October 18, 2022 | Changing Demographics

    November 15, 2022 | Climate Change

    December 13, 2022 | Russia and the U.S.

      VIEW FULL TOPIC DESCRIPTIONS HERE

      Moderator

      Charles Blum has spent a lifetime in international affairs. Before launching an independent consultancy in 1988, he served in the US State Department and the Executive Office of the President for 17 years. He has worked on commercial, investment and policy matters on six continents and participates in a broad range of discussions on foreign and domestic policy. A native of New York, he now resides in Sedona, AZ.

      • 19 May 2022
      • 5:30 PM
      • Paradise Valley Country Club, 7101 N Tatum Blvd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
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      Lessons From The Edge

      with Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch

      A Conversation with David A. Merkel

      “'Lessons From the Edge' is a brilliant, engaging, and inspiring memoir from one of America’s wisest and most courageous diplomats—essential reading for current policymakers, aspiring public servants, and anyone who cares about America’s role in the world.” —Madeleine K. Albright

      Please join the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations for a reception and dinner program featuring former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Amb. Marie Yovanovitch in conversation with PCFR member David A. Merkel on May 19th at the Paradise Valley Country Club. Amb. Yovanovitch will sign copies of her memoir, Lessons from the Edge, which is the Reading Group choice for May.

      About the Book

      An inspiring and urgent memoir by the ambassador who electrified the nation by speaking truth to power. By the time she became US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch had seen her share of corruption, instability, and tragedy in developing countries. But it came as a shock when, in early 2019, she was recalled from her post after a smear campaign by President Trump’s personal attorney and his associates—men operating outside of normal governmental channels, and apparently motivated by personal gain. Her courageous participation in the subsequent impeachment inquiry earned Yovanovitch the nation’s respect, and her dignified response to the president’s attacks won our hearts. She has reclaimed her own narrative, first with her lauded congressional testimony, and now with this memoir.

      A child of parents who survived Soviet and Nazi terror, Yovanovitch’s life and work have taught her the preciousness of democracy as well as the dangers of corruption. Lessons from the Edge follows the arc of her career as she develops into the person we came to know during the impeachment proceedings.

      Cost to attend includes bar and dinner. 

      Registration

      PCFR Members

      $65 Early bird registration (thru May 8)

      $75 After May 8

      Non-Members

      $100 

      Table of 10

      $1000 (includes books) (PCFR Members and Corporate Members)

      $1500 (includes books) (Non-Members)

      For additional sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to Tina Waddington at tina@pcfraz.org.

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      Schedule


      Thursday, May 19, 2022

      5:30 PM Reception

      6:30 PM Dinner and program

      Venue

      In-person

      Paradise Valley Country Club

      7101 N Tatum Blvd

      Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 (map)

      Speaker

      Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch (Ret.)

      Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch (Ret.) is a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a non-Resident Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University. Previously, she served as the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine (2016-2019), the Republic of Armenia (2008-2011) and the Kyrgyz Republic (2005-2008). She also served as the Dean of the School of Language Studies at the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State and as the Deputy Commandant and International Advisor at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University. Earlier she served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, where she coordinated policy on European and global security issues. Before that, she was the bureau’s Deputy Assistant Secretary responsible for issues related to the Nordic, Baltic, and Central European countries.

      In 2003-2004, Ambassador Yovanovitch was the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Prior to that, she was the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine. Within the Department of State, Ambassador Yovanovitch has worked on the Russia desk, the Office of European Security Affairs, and the Operations Center. She has also worked overseas at the U.S. Embassies in Moscow, London, Ottawa, and Mogadishu.

      A Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ambassador Yovanovitch has earned the Senior Foreign Service Performance Award eight times and the State Department’s Superior Honor Award on nine occasions. She is also the recipient of two Presidential Distinguished Service Awards and the Secretary’s Diplomacy in Human Rights Award.  In 2020, Georgetown University granted Ambassador Yovanovitch the Trainor Award for Excellence in the Conduct of Diplomacy, the University of Indiana granted her the inaugural Richard G. Lugar Award, and Pen America honored her with the 2020 PEN/Benenson Courage Award. In 2021, she received the Morgenthau Award from the Armenian Assembly of America.

      Ambassador Yovanovitch is a graduate of Princeton University where she earned a BA in History and Russian Studies. She studied at the Pushkin Institute and received an MS from the National Defense University.

      Moderator

      David A. Merkel

      Associate Fellow,

      International Institute for Strategic Studies

      David A. Merkel is the managing director of Summit International Advisors, LLC. His expertise includes United States foreign policy, the geopolitics of energy, the Belt and Road Initiative, Europe, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

      David A. Merkel has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Director for South and Central Asian Affairs at the National Security Council in the White House, Director for European and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council and Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department. He also served as international counsellor to the Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), senior professional staff on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and senior foreign and defense policy adviser to the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives.

      He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations.

      • 24 May 2022
      • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
      • Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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      Copper: Arizona's Strategic Role in the Global Energy Transition

      Copper has long been a source of growth and economic prosperity and, in Arizona, it has long been a source of community development and pride for the state. Dan P. Kravets, Vice President, Corporate Development & Exploration at Freeport-McMoRan Inc., and David W. Hahn, the Craig M. Berge Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona, will discuss copper’s critical role in the global energy transition. The discussion will focus on copper’s role in technology advancement, such as 5G, artificial intelligence applications, energy efficiency and global decarbonization initiatives.

      Copper demand is growing at a time when the industry’s pipeline of new mine development is shrinking. In this context, the speakers will address security of supply and the importance of modern mining in accelerating the future, responsibly. Copper is integral to supporting safe, resilient infrastructure, products, and systems in the US and around the world. Copper continues to provide a bright future for our state and local communities, and it will be a critical component in advancing the global energy transition.

      Drinks and appetizers will be provided. Your registration includes admission to multiple exhibits in the Phoenix Art Museum during the reception hour and following the program.


      Registration


      PCFR Members $25

      Non-Members $35


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      Schedule


      Tuesday, May 24, 2022

      5:30 PM Reception

      6:30 PM Program


      Your registration includes admission to multiple exhibits in the Phoenix Art Museum during the reception hour and following the program.

      Venue

      Phoenix Art Museum

      1625 N Central Ave

      Phoenix, AZ 85004 (map)

      Speakers

      Dan P. Kravets

      Vice President, Corporate Development & Exploration

      Freeport-McMoRan Inc.


      Dan P. Kravets is Vice President, Corporate Development & Exploration for Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX), based in FCX’s headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. As a member of Freeport-McMoRan's senior management team and an Officer of FCX, Mr. Kravets is responsible for managing a wide variety of areas, with a focus on complex business transactions, global mergers and acquisitions, and exploration strategy, as well as strategic support for worldwide operations, growth projects involving private and governmental partners, and international government relations.


      Mr. Kravets is also responsible for managing the relationship between Freeport-McMoRan and certain key strategic partners. Mr. Kravets has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources in Ann Arbor, Michigan; a Juris Doctor and Master in Studies of Environmental Law from Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont; and a Master in Business Administration from the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona.


      David W. Hahn

      Craig M. Berge Dean

      College of Engineering, University of Arizona

      David W. Hahn, an accomplished mechanical engineer specializing in thermal sciences and laser-based diagnostics, including renewable energy and biophotonics, is the dean of the College of Engineering. He has more than two decades of experience in higher education and with national agencies and laboratories, and he is a champion of diversity in engineering.

      Hahn takes the helm as the college embarks on the establishment of a four-year student design program with renewed commitment to strengthening hands-on education and focusing on today’s most pressing issues – food and water, energy, health care, and security.

      He joins the University of Arizona after a 20-year career at the University of Florida, where he served most recently as chair of mechanical and aerospace engineering. Under his leadership, the university built a 4,000-square-foot student design center, his department grew to the largest on campus in terms of student enrollment, and the female student population in mechanical and aerospace engineering increased to 20%, about 50% above the national average.

      He was the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering 2007-2008 Teacher/Scholar of the Year and 2009-2010 Advisor/Mentor of the Year, and he received the UF Society of Women Engineers 2016-2017 Outstanding Support of Women in Engineering Award. Hahn is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Optical Society and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.

      Hahn began his research career as an NRC postdoctoral associate in the electro-optics branch of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Devices and Radiological Health. He then spent four years at Sandia National Laboratories, first as a postdoctoral researcher and then as a member of the technical staff.

      Hahn studied mechanical engineering at Louisiana State University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1986 and a doctorate in 1992. In 2014 he received the Alumni Achievement Award from his home department.

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      • 25 May 2022
      • 12:00 PM
      • Online
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      The Twilight Struggle: What the Cold War Teaches Us about Great-Power Rivalry Today with Hal Brands

      “If you want to know how America can win today's rivalries with Russia and China, read this book about how it triumphed in another twilight struggle: the Cold War.”— Stephen J. Hadley, national security adviser to President George W. Bush

      The United States is entering an era of great-power competition with China and Russia. Such global struggles happen in a geopolitical twilight, between the sunshine of peace and the darkness of war. In this innovative and illuminating book, Hal Brands, a leading historian and former Pentagon adviser, argues that America should look to the history of the Cold War for lessons in how to succeed in great-power rivalry today. Although the threat posed by authoritarian powers is growing, America’s muscle memory for dealing with dangerous foes has atrophied in the thirty years since the Cold War ended. In long-term competitions where the diplomatic jockeying is intense and the threat of violence is omnipresent, the United States will need all the historical insight it can get. Exploring how America won a previous twilight struggle is the starting point for determining how America can successfully prosecute another high-stakes rivalry today.


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      Schedule


      Wednesday, May 25, 2022

      12 pm MST | 3 pm EDT

      Venue

      Zoom Meeting

      The link for this webinar will be included in your registration confirmation email.

      Speaker

      Hal Brands

      Hal Brands is the Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He is also a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion. He is the author or editor of several books, including American Grand Strategy in the Age of Trump (2018), Making the Unipolar Moment: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post-Cold War Order (2016), What Good is Grand Strategy? Power and Purpose in American Statecraft from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush (2014), Latin America’s Cold War (2010), From Berlin to Baghdad: America’s Search for Purpose in the Post-Cold War World (2008), The Power of the Past: History and Statecraft (co-edited with Jeremi Suri, 2015), and The Last Card: Inside George W. Bush’s Decision to Surge in Iraq (co-edited with Jeffrey Engel, Timothy Sayle, and William Inboden, 2019). His newest books are The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order, co-authored with Charles Edel, and COVID-19 and World Order, co-edited with Francis Gavin.

      Hal served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Strategic Planning from 2015 to 2016. He has also served as lead writer for the Commission on the National Defense Strategy for the United States, and consulted with a range of government offices and agencies in the intelligence and national security communities.


      Moderator

      Jim Falk

      Jim Falk retired in March 2021 as president of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth; he is now its president emeritus. He is a member of the board of Global Santa Fe where he chairs the program committee. Jim’s interest in travel and global affairs grew from his years spent in Tunisia where he attended a French lycée. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and earned his MA in Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia with a focus on international law and Middle East politics. Jim co-hosts McCuistion, a public affairs program, on KERA-Dallas. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an advisory member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. He was appointed in 2012 Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of Morocco.

      • 27 May 2022
      • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
      • Online Zoom Meeting
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      Book for Discussion


      Lessons from the Edge: A Memoir

      by Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch


      Schedule

      Friday, May 27, 2022

      7:30 - 9:00 am Arizona time

      Venue

      Online Zoom Meeting

      About the Book

      “'Lessons From the Edge' is a brilliant, engaging, and inspiring memoir from one of America’s wisest and most courageous diplomats—essential reading for current policymakers, aspiring public servants, and anyone who cares about America’s role in the world.” —Madeleine K. Albright

      An inspiring and urgent memoir by the ambassador who electrified the nation by speaking truth to power. By the time she became US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch had seen her share of corruption, instability, and tragedy in developing countries. But it came as a shock when, in early 2019, she was recalled from her post after a smear campaign by President Trump’s personal attorney and his associates—men operating outside of normal governmental channels, and apparently motivated by personal gain. Her courageous participation in the subsequent impeachment inquiry earned Yovanovitch the nation’s respect, and her dignified response to the president’s attacks won our hearts. She has reclaimed her own narrative, first with her lauded congressional testimony, and now with this memoir.

      A child of parents who survived Soviet and Nazi terror, Yovanovitch’s life and work have taught her the preciousness of democracy as well as the dangers of corruption. Lessons from the Edge follows the arc of her career as she develops into the person we came to know during the impeachment proceedings.


      >> Keep an eye out for our upcoming program with Amb. Marie Yovanovitch!

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      • 08 Jun 2022
      • 6:00 PM
      • Online
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      The War No One is Talking About: Collective Failure, Collective Responsibility for the Suffering in Yemen

      Featuring The Honorable Melissa Parke


      A member of the former United Nation's Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen, the Honorable Melissa Parke, former Minister for International Development and member of the federal parliament of Australia, will talk about the ongoing conflict in Yemen and the role of the international community in dealing with war crimes committed by all of the parties to the conflict, and the world's largest humanitarian crisis.


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      Schedule


      Wednesday, June 8, 2022

      6 pm MST | 9 pm EDT | 9 am AWST (June 9)

      Venue

      Zoom Meeting

      The link for this webinar will be included in your registration confirmation email.

      Speaker

      The Honorable Melissa Parke, 

      Former Australian Minister for International Development & United Nations Yemen Expert

      The Honorable Melissa Parke is a former Minister for International Development of Australia and a former federal member of parliament for Fremantle (2007 - 2016). Prior to entering the Australian parliament, Melissa served as an international lawyer with the United Nations in Kosovo, Gaza, New York, and Lebanon. Since retiring from parliament, Melissa has been an Ambassador for ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Melissa also served for four years (2017 - 2021) as a member of the United Nations' Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen for the U.N. Human Rights Council, investigating violations of international law committed by parties to the conflict in Yemen.

      • 24 Jun 2022
      • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
      • Online Zoom Meeting
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      Book for Discussion


      After the Fall:

      Being American in the World We've Made

      by Ben Rhodes


      Schedule

      Friday, June 24, 2022

      7:30 am - 9:00 am MST

      10:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT

      Venue

      Online Zoom Meeting

      About the Book

      NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Vital reading for Americans and people anywhere who seek to understand what is happening ‘after the fall’ of the global system created by the United States” (New York Journal of Books), from the former White House aide, close confidant to President Barack Obama, and author of 'The World as It Is'

      At a time when democracy in the United States is endangered as never before, Ben Rhodes spent years traveling the world to understand why. He visited dozens of countries, meeting with politicians and activists confronting the same nationalism and authoritarianism that are tearing America apart. Along the way, he discusses the growing authoritarianism of Vladimir Putin, and his aggression towards Ukraine, with the foremost opposition leader in Russia, who was subsequently poisoned and imprisoned; he profiled Hong Kong protesters who saw their movement snuffed out by China under Xi Jinping; and America itself reached the precipice of losing democracy before giving itself a fragile second chance.

      The characters and issues that Rhodes illuminates paint a picture that shows us where we are today—from Barack Obama to a rising generation of international leaders; from the authoritarian playbook endangering democracy to the flood of disinformation enabling authoritarianism. Ultimately, Rhodes writes personally and powerfully about finding hope in the belief that looking squarely at where America has gone wrong can make clear how essential it is to fight for what America is supposed to be, for our own country and the entire world.

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      • 13 Sep 2022
      • 12:00 PM
      • Online
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      America's Great-Power Opportunity: Revitalizing U.S. Foreign Policy to Meet the Challenges of Strategic Competition

      Featuring Ali Wyne, Senior Analyst, Eurasia Group's Global Macro Practice

      It has become axiomatic to contend that U.S. foreign policy must adapt to an era of renewed “great-power competition.” The United States went on a quarter-century strategic detour after the Cold War, the argument goes, basking in triumphalism and getting bogged down in the Middle East. Now China and Russia are increasingly challenging its influence and undercutting the order it has led since 1945. How should it respond to these two formidable authoritarian powers?

      In this timely intervention, Ali Wyne offers the first detailed critique of great-power competition as a foreign policy framework, warning that it could render the United States defensive and reactive. He exhorts Washington to find a middle ground between complacence and consternation, selectively contesting Beijing and Moscow but not allowing their decisions to determine its own course. Analyzing a resurgent China, a disruptive Russia, and a deepening Sino-Russian entente, Wyne explains how the United States can seize the "great-power opportunity" at hand: to manage all three of those phenomena confidently while renewing itself at home and abroad.


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      Schedule


      September 13, 2022

      12 pm MST | 3 pm EDT

      Venue

      Zoom Meeting

      The link for this webinar will be included in your registration confirmation email.

      Speaker


      Ali Wyne

      Senior Analyst

      Eurasia Group's Global Macro Practice

      Ali Wyne is a senior analyst with Eurasia Group's Global Macro practice, focusing on U.S.-China relations and great-power competition.

      Ali served as a junior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 2008 to 2009, working for Minxin Pei and Michael Swaine, and as a research assistant at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs from 2009 to 2012, working for Graham Allison. In 2013 he served on a team that prepared Samantha Power for her confirmation hearing to be ambassador to the United Nations. From 2014 to 2015 he belonged to the RAND Corporation's adjunct staff, working with the late Richard Solomon on its "Strategic Rethink" series. He returned to RAND in 2017 and served as a policy analyst in its Defense and Political Sciences Department until 2020. He has also been a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and a nonresident fellow at the Modern War Institute.

      Ali graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with dual degrees in Management Science and Political Science (2008) and received his Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School (2017), where he was a course assistant to Joseph Nye. While at the Kennedy School he served on a Hillary for America working group on U.S. policy towards Asia.

      Ali is a coauthor of Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master's Insights on China, the United States, and the World (2013) and the author of America's Great-Power Opportunity: Revitalizing U.S. Foreign Policy to Meet the Challenges of Strategic Competition (2022).

      Ali is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a David Rockefeller fellow with the Trilateral Commission, and a security fellow with the Truman National Security Project. He also serves as a member of Foreign Policy for America's Board of Directors and as a member of the American Pakistan Foundation's Leadership Council.

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    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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