Upcoming events

    • 23 Aug 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
    • Polsinelli at 1 E Washington St #1200, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    Sheldon Simon, Ph.D.
    Ambassador (ret.) Doug Hartwick


    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

    Talking Points

    *China and Southeast Asian Diplomacy

    *Divisions within ASEAN on South China Sea issue

    *U.S./China/ASEAN Challenges and Diplomatic Engagement

    Sheldon Simon  Bio

    (Ph.D. University of Minnesota) is professor in the School of Politics & Global Studies at ASU where he has been on the faculty since 1975.  A specialist in Asian international politics and US national security, Sheldon has been a consultant to the Departments of State and Defense on US Security Policy in Asia and is a research scholar at The National Bureau of Asian Research.  He is also an academic associate of the US National Intelligence Council.  The author or editor of ten books and 200 articles and book chapters on Asian Security issues,  most recently he is the US-Southeast Asia author in the triannual Ejournal, Comparative Connections, published by Pacific Forum, a component of the Washington, D.C. Center for Strategic and International Studies.  Sheldon has been a visiting professor at a number of universities in Canada and the United States and held the Visiting Asia-Pacific Mentor Professor Chair at the US Naval War College in 2010-2011.

    Ambassador (ret.) Doug Hartwick Bio

    Ambassador Hartwick serves as a part-time State Department Senior Inspector and Team Leader in the Office of the Inspector General and as a foreign affairs lecturer. Retiring in 2007 after 31 years in the Foreign Service, he was Lockheed Martin Corporation’s India corporate head from 2007 to 2009. From 2006-2007, he was Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), Executive Office of the President, responsible for trade relations in South Asia. Mr. Hartwick served as adjunct professor at Arizona State University in 2015 on topics related to U.S. diplomacy.  He was on the faculty and served as International Advisor at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University (NDU) 2004-5. In 2005, he led the State Department’s Asian Tsunami Reconstruction Task Force coordinating U.S. assistance to affected countries. He is a board member of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and former board member of The Mountain Institute(2009-14) and the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy at the College of William and Mary (2006-2014). He continues to serve as senior advisor to Legacies of War, a NGO dedicated to removal of unexploded ordnance in Laos. 

    Mr. Hartwick served as U.S. Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic from 2001 to 2004. Under his leadership, his embassy team advanced important U.S. goals, including restoring normal trade relations with the U.S., protecting human and religious freedom rights, and providing humanitarian assistance. Earlier notable assignments included Southeast Asia Director in the State Department’s East Asia and Pacific Bureau, Counselor of Embassy for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy India and at the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia. He is a National Defense University Capstone Fellow (2001).

    Mr. Hartwick speaks French, Spanish and Lao.  He holds a B.A. in government from the College of William and Mary,an M.A. in applied economics and development from Stanford University and an M.S.(Distinguished Graduate) in national security strategy from the National War College.  He is married to Regina Zuehlke-Hartwick and they have two daughters.  Mr. Hartwick enjoys back-packing, scuba-diving, trekking, hiking and golf. He and his wife currently reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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

    With  John Pomfret

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

    Please join PCFR for a talk with John Pomfret to examine the remarkable history of the two-centuries-old relationship between the United States and China, from the Revolutionary War to the present day. 

    John will be signing books, which will be available for purchase during the cocktail hour.

    Bio of John Pomfret:

    John Pomfret is an award-winning journalist and writer who has divided his time between the US, China, Europe, Africa and the Middle East since the 1980s. He was one of the first American students to study in China following the Sino-American rapprochement and he has been a correspondent in China for the Associated Press and The Washington Post, in the late 1980s the late 1990s and the early 2000s. He has won numerous journalism awards for his work in China and in Washington. For the past five years, John has devoted himself to the first narrative history of America’s relationship with China from the 18th century until the present day. The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present was published on Nov. 29, 2016 to critical acclaim. John is the author of the 2006 best-seller, Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China.

    John has also spent eight years covering wars and revolutions from Afghanistan, to Bosnia, to Congo. John was most recently a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Beijing. He currently lives outside of San Francisco.


    • 26 Sep 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Phoenix Country Club - 2901 North 7th Street | Phoenix, Arizona 85014

    Are Pleased To Present

    Elisabeth Rehn

    Honorable Minister of State 
    Former Undersecretary General of the United Nations
    Former Minister of Defense

    Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    11:30 am Registration
    12 Noon Luncheon and Program

    Guest Moderator
    The Honorable Barbara Barrett
    U.S. Ambassador to Finland 2008 and 2009
    Phoenix Country Club

    2901 North 7th Street | Phoenix, Arizona 85014
    Special Thanks to Phoenix Country Club Member Betsey Bayless

    Register as Member
    $50 for PCFR Members

    Register as General Admission
    $65 General Admission

    $600 | VIP Table of 8 with Preferred Seating

    “The greatest achievement of Finland’s 100 years of independence? Survival.  What has largely been a distant threat to many countries in the West has been a matter of life and death in the northeastern corner of the European Union. For Finland, which shares a 1,300-kilometer (800-mile) border with Russia, safeguarding its sovereignty remains the focus of policy makers, a century after the then-Grand Duchy of Russia declared its independence.  Russia’s annexation of Crimea has raised tensions on the continent to their highest level since the end of the Cold War …”  ~ Bloomberg

    Elisabeth Rehn was born in Helsinki, Finland. She was the parliamentary leader of the Swedish People's Party from 1987 to 1990, and was appointed Defense Minister in 1990 serving until 1995.  Rehn also served as the minister of equality from 1991 to 1995, after which she became a member of the European Parliament from 1995 to 1997.  Minister Rehn ran twice for President of Finland, first in the 1994 and was narrowly defeated by Martti Ahtisaari in 2000.

    As the first female Minister of Defense of Finland, she had a high profile.  During Rehn's term, a law on voluntary female enlistment was enacted. Rehn is known for her international assignments as United Nations Undersecretary General (1995 - 1999) working with UN Secretary Kofi Annan, and as the special rapporteur for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1998-1999).

    Rehn has a master of science degree in economics and  received two honorary degrees in political science from both Hanken School of Economics and Åbo Akademi University.  

    Elisabeth Rehn is a Member of the Global Leadership Foundation, a not-for-profit organization composed of former heads of government which works to support democratic leadership, prevent and resolve conflict through mediation and promote good governance in the form of democratic institutions, open markets, human rights and the rule of law. 

    • 18 Oct 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.


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