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Upcoming events

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

    SEPTEMBER READING GROUP

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


    Venue

    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.

    • 19 Sep 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Gainey Ranch Golf Club, 7600 E Gainey Club Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
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    The Next Decade of PCFR

    September 19, 2019

    Join the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations as we launch “The Next Decade of PCFR” on September 19, 2019 at Gainey Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale at a cocktail reception where we will:

    • Unveil our new look 
    • Preview the 2019-2020 Season 
    • Discuss the future of PCFR 
    • Feature special guests 
    • Highlight our amazing members and volunteers

    This is your opportunity to be a part of the premier foreign affairs organization in Arizona and mix and mingle with current and potential PCFR members as we launch a new era for the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations.

    We look forward to seeing you as we kickoff The Next Decade of PCFR.

    This is a free, celebratory event.

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    • 25 Sep 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Gainey Ranch Golf Club at 7600 E Gainey Club Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
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    DINNER EVENT


    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 6:00-8:30 pm

    SCHEDULE:
    Cocktail Reception: 6:00-6:45 pm
    Dinner: 6:45-7:30 pm
    Program: 7:30-8:30 pm

    VENUE: 
    Gainey Ranch Golf Club
    7600 E Gainey Club Dr
    Scottsdale, AZ 85258

    REGISTRATION:

    Early-Bird Rate through September 14
    Standard Registration: $55
    Standard Registration (Non-Member): $70

    After September 14

    Standard Registration: $65
    Standard Registration (Non-Member): $80
    Table (up to 8 attendees): $600


    Status of Arizona’s National Guard’s Global Presence:

    An Extended Service


    Please join Major General Michael McGuire to discuss the status of Arizona’s National Guard’s forces in supporting military operations and Arizona’s interests. Major General McGuire will present a variety of topics dealing with global activities, border security, support of civilian activities, emergency management, and relations with foreign militaries. This event will provide a unique opportunity to dialogue with the head of the Arizona National Guard on important and timely national and domestic security and emergency preparedness issues.         

    About Major General Michael T. McGuire

    Major General Michael T. McGuire is The Adjutant General, Arizona and concurrently serves as the Director of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs. He is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of Arizona’s Army and Air National Guard, Joint Programs, and the Division of Emergency Management. He leads an 8,000 member department, of which 2,400 are full-time federal military and civilian personnel and 600 are full-time state employees.

    General McGuire received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1987. He attended undergraduate pilot training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, followed by several operational, combat and training assignments in the F-16 Fighting Falcon. He joined the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Fighter Wing, Tucson International Airport in 2001 as an F-16 instructor pilot 2010, commanded the 214th Reconnaissance Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, where he flew the MQ-1B Predator and led the unit in combat operations in support of overseas contingencies. Prior to assuming his current duties, he served as Commander, 162nd Fighter Wing. General McGuire is a Fighter Weapons School Graduate and a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours, and 250 combat and combat-support flying hours.

    • 16 Oct 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Gainey Ranch Golf Club at 7600 E Gainey Club Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
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    DINNER EVENT


    Wednesday, October 16, 2019 | 6:00-8:30 pm

    SCHEDULE:
    Cocktail Reception: 6:00-6:45 pm
    Dinner: 6:45-7:30 pm
    Program: 7:30-8:30 pm

    VENUE: 
    Gainey Ranch Golf Club
    7600 E Gainey Club Dr
    Scottsdale, AZ 85258

    REGISTRATION:

    Early-Bird Rate through October 5th
    Standard Registration: $55
    Standard Registration (Non-Member): $70

    After October 5th

    Standard Registration: $65
    Standard Registration (Non-Member): $80
    Table (up to 8 attendees): $600


    National Insecurities: America and the World 2020-2050
    with Carmen Medina, Former CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence


    In the next 30 years, the US will be navigating an increasingly challenging international environment. World power as is traditionally defined will shift to Asia, particularly China. Traditional Western levers of influence are likely to decline. The economic landscape will be irrevocably altered with the introduction of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and perhaps Quantum Computing. And by 2050, the signs of a declining global population will be there for all to see. Countries will be competing for immigrants and workers; the tenets of capitalism--built on constant demographic and economic growth--will be sorely challenged. How can America best navigate these headwinds and prosper despite them?                    

    • 05 Nov 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Gainey Ranch Golf Club at 7600 E Gainey Club Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
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    DINNER EVENT


    Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | 6:00-8:30 pm

    SCHEDULE:
    Cocktail Reception: 6:00-6:45 pm
    Dinner: 6:45-7:30 pm
    Program: 7:30-8:30 pm

    VENUE: 
    Gainey Ranch Golf Club
    7600 E Gainey Club Dr
    Scottsdale, AZ 85258

    REGISTRATION:

    Early-Bird Rate through October 25th
    Standard Registration: $55
    Standard Registration (Non-Member): $70

    After October 25th

    Standard Registration: $65
    Standard Registration (Non-Member): $80
    Table (up to 8 attendees): $600


    ABOUT AMBASSADOR VARRICCHIO


    On March 2, 2016 Armando Varricchio presented his credentials as Ambassador of Italy to Washington, where he had previously served as Head of the Economic, Trade and Scientific Affairs Section, from 2002-2006. Prior to this, he held many high-ranking positions both within the Italian government and abroad. In particular, he specialized in European and transatlantic affairs during his years at the Italian Representation to the European Union and at the Commission. Formerly Ambassador to Belgrade, before that he served, as a young diplomat, in Budapest during the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact and the Soviet Union.

    While Chief Diplomatic Advisor to the Presidents of the Council of Ministers Enrico Letta and Matteo Renzi, and Deputy Diplomatic Advisor to the President of the Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, he handled some of the most delicate international dossiers, with a particular focus on security issues. He has a specific expertise in the field of global issues, as he served as Personal Representative (“Sherpa”), at G7/8 and G20 summits both at a national and a European level.

    Ambassador Varricchio graduated in International Relations from the University of Padua in 1985 (Summa con Laude), entered the Foreign Service in 1986 and was promoted to the rank of Ambassador in 2014. Prior to embarking on a diplomatic career, he worked in the private sector as Assistant to the Director of the Finance Section of the Marzotto textile Group.

    He has been married to Micaela Barbagallo since 1987, and has two sons, Federico and Umberto. An avid reader, he enjoys cinematographic arts and various sports. Ambassador Varricchio has been bestowed with the highest Italian award, Knight of the Grand Cross, as well as with numerous honors from foreign countries.                

    • 20 Nov 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
    • ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Room 601, 111 E. Taylor Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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    topical DISCUSSION

    Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 11:30 am-1:15 pm

    SCHEDULE:
    Lunch & Networking: 11:30 am-12:00 pm
    Program: 12:00-1:15 pm


    VENUE: 

    ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Room 601

    111 E. Taylor Street

    Phoenix, AZ 85004


    CLICK HERE FOR PARKING INFO & DIRECTIONS


    REGISTRATION:

    Member Registration: $20

    Non-Member Registration: $25


    TOPICAL DISCUSSION:

    Japan on the World Stage:

    Society, Influence, Education


    TALKING POINTS:


    Japan finds itself in a unique position in its post WWII history. The major factors are:

    • an ascendant China that is rapidly expanding its sphere of influence around the world; 
    • new insecurity regarding US-Japan Security Cooperation; 
    • an emboldened North Korea; and 
    • an invigorated economic and technological competitor in South Korea. 
    Within this tumult, Japan is navigating its own internal issues of an aging society, diminishing work force, and uncertainty about its role in the world. Education and information access stand at the domestic nexus of these issues, and we’ll examine their role and response to these challenges.


    ABOUT JAMES BASKIND, PHD :

    Before returning to the US last year, James Baskind, Ph.D. (Yale, 2006), was most recently associate professor of Japanese Thought at Nagoya City University, Nagoya, Japan. He is now Directing Manager of Arizona Japan Network LLC, which is focused on building infrastructure for Japanese-directed hospitality services and collaborative initiatives between Arizona and Japanese industries.


    • 20 Feb 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Gainey Ranch Golf Club at 7600 E Gainey Club Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
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    DINNER EVENT


    Thursday, February 20, 2020 | 6:00-8:30 pm

    SCHEDULE:
    Cocktail Reception: 6:00-6:45 pm
    Dinner: 6:45-7:30 pm
    Program: 7:30-8:30 pm

    VENUE: 
    Gainey Ranch Golf Club
    7600 E Gainey Club Dr
    Scottsdale, AZ 85258

    REGISTRATION:

    Early-Bird Rate through February 9
    Standard Registration: $55
    Standard Registration (Non-Member): $70

    After February 9

    Standard Registration: $65
    Standard Registration (Non-Member): $80
    Table (up to 8 attendees): $600


    Topic of Discussion


    HOW CAN AMERICA MAKE THE WORLD MORE PEACEFUL

    WITH ambassador RICK BARTON, AUTHOR OF

    Peace Works: America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World

        

    About Ambassador Rick Barton

    Ambassador Rick Barton teaches at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where he serves as a co-director of Princeton’s Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative and Ullman Fellowships. His 2018 book, Peace Works: America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World, uses a mix of stories, history, and analysis to offer an affirmative approach to foreign affairs through concrete and attainable solutions. Barton started USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives, and was America’s ambassador to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in New York, the UN’s Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva and the first Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations. He led conflict management initiatives in over 40 crisis zones across the globe, from Haiti, Iraq, Nigeria, Burma, Pakistan to Turkey. Published in The New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico, The Boston Globe, and numerous other international outlets, Barton is a guest on news shows ranging from NPR to all of the major networks. He resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife of 43 years, Kit Lunney.

    Review of Peace Works: America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World

    By G. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs

    Part memoir and part scholarly study, this book provides one of the most thoughtful reflections yet on U.S. interventionism and peacemaking since the end of the Cold War. Drawing on his years as a diplomat, Barton argues that although the United States has stumbled badly in humanitarian interventions, it should not abandon the task but rather go about it in new ways, working with local groups and staying in the background. Barton draws specific lessons from several recent U.S. interventions. In Bosnia, the United States created incentives for people to collaborate by supporting local institutions that cut across ethnic divides. In Rwanda, after the genocide, aid to women in the countryside encouraged small steps toward peace. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the lesson was to direct economic assistance to local civic leaders who had the trust of the wider public. In the future, states will continue to fail or collapse into civil war, and ethnic violence will continue to sprawl across poor regions of the world. Barton’s message to American decision-makers is to be humble and patient and to stay as close as possible to the people at the bottom of society. 

Past events

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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