• 07 Dec 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Snell & Wilmer at CityScape, 1 E Washington St, Suite 2700, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    PCFR Holiday Party

    Please join our board of directors and fellow PCFR members for our Second Annual Holiday Party at the Snell & Wilmer offices. You will be treated with an evening downtown watching the gorgeous Arizona sunset, a reception to thank you for your ongoing commitment to PCFR, and a chance to win some prizes. We will also honor the recipient of the 2022 Global Envoy Award.

    We hope that you will join us to reflect on the successes of the past year together and to celebrate the coming year with our global community!

    Registration is complimentary and guests are welcome.

    Purchase raffle tickets when you register for your chance to win great prizes and support the mission of PCFR. You do not have to attend the holiday party to enter the raffle.


    Wednesday, December 7, 2022

    5:30 pm MST


    Snell & Wilmer


    1 E Washington St, Suite 2700

    Phoenix, AZ 85004


    Complimentary for PCFR Members


    *Note about registering on our new platform:

    You will need to login to your new PCFR Member profile to register for this program. It's easy! Follow the link to register and sign up with the email address associated with your PCFR membership. If any issues arise or if you need assistance with the new platform, contact sam@pcfraz.org.

    Global Envoy Award

    The Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations is proud to announce the second Global Envoy Award to be presented at the Annual Holiday Party. This prestigious honor recognizes an individual member of the organization who is pursuing PCFR’s mission in an extraordinary way.

    These honorees embody the spirit of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations. They are nominated and selected from the distinguished membership of the organization by the Directors and Executive Committee. Each will have demonstrated the ability to rise above and create meaningful connections across the globe. These honored members are leaders, thinkers and diplomats--but above all, they are intrepid explorers, forging new paths and bridges between cultures, countries and communities.

    Our 2022 Global Envoy Award honoree will be announced soon!

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    The Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations is designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization and, as such, your dues and donations to the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations are tax deductible. Please consult with your tax adviser for further advice. No goods or services are exchanged in this transaction.

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    • 12 Dec 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom

    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. 

    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!


    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 24, 2022 | Changing Demographics

    November 14, 2022 | Climate Change

    December 12, 2022 | Russia and the U.S.



      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.

      • 16 Dec 2022
      • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
      • Online Zoom Meeting

      Book for Discussion

      Four Treasures of the Sky

      by Jenny Tinghui Zhang


      Friday, December 16, 2022

      8:00 am - 9:00 am Arizona Time


      Online Zoom Meeting

      About the Book

      Daiyu never wanted to be like the tragic heroine for whom she was named, revered for her beauty and cursed with heartbreak. But when she is kidnapped and smuggled across an ocean from China to America, Daiyu must relinquish the home and future she imagined for herself. Over the years that follow, she is forced to keep reinventing herself to survive. From a calligraphy school, to a San Francisco brothel, to a shop tucked into the Idaho mountains, we follow Daiyu on a desperate quest to outrun the tragedy that chases her. As anti-Chinese sentiment sweeps across the country in a wave of unimaginable violence, Daiyu must draw on each of the selves she has been―including the ones she most wants to leave behind―in order to finally claim her own name and story.

      At once a literary tour de force and a groundbreaking work of historical fiction, Four Treasures of the Sky announces Jenny Tinghui Zhang as an indelible new voice. Steeped in untold history and Chinese folklore, this novel is a spellbinding feat.

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    Past events

    02 Dec 2022 November Reading Group
    01 Dec 2022 Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology
    30 Nov 2022 An Evening with the Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States Featuring Ambassador Jacques Pitteloud
    17 Nov 2022 An Evening with Antrim and Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland
    16 Nov 2022 Threats, Blackmail and Nukes – Arms Control in a New Age
    01 Nov 2022 Can Courts Save Democracy?
    28 Oct 2022 October Reading Group
    27 Oct 2022 The Rise of Giorgia Meloni - What It Means for Italy and the World
    24 Oct 2022 International Careers Series
    20 Oct 2022 India: An Uncertain Balance Abroad and at Home
    18 Oct 2022 Why Do Foreign Actors Want to Erode U.S. Democracy?
    12 Oct 2022 Worldly Perspectives: PCFR Members Take Flight
    12 Oct 2022 PCFR New Member Mixer
    12 Oct 2022 Dipo Faloyin, Africa is Not a Country: Notes on a Bright Continent
    05 Oct 2022 Navigating Strategic Competition
    30 Sep 2022 September Reading Group
    27 Sep 2022 Beyond the Headlines: Afghanistan’s Past, Present and Future
    21 Sep 2022 Food Insecurity and Its Rising Threat
    16 Sep 2022 Celebration of the 212th Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico
    13 Sep 2022 America's Great-Power Opportunity
    06 Sep 2022 POSTPONED: Bicentennial Celebration of Diplomatic Relations Between the U.S. & Mexico
    28 Jun 2022 Border Security, Breaking the Myths
    24 Jun 2022 June Reading Group
    15 Jun 2022 Arizona: Leading in Securing the Clean Energy Supply Chain
    08 Jun 2022 The War No One is Talking About: Collective Failure, Collective Responsibility for the Suffering in Yemen
    27 May 2022 May Reading Group
    25 May 2022 The Twilight Struggle: What the Cold War Teaches Us about Great-Power Rivalry Today
    24 May 2022 Copper: Arizona's Strategic Role in the Global Energy Transition
    19 May 2022 Dinner with former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Amb. Marie Yovanovitch
    12 May 2022 Shifts in Governance and Security in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
    10 May 2022 Celebrating 100 Years of Relations between Egypt and the U.S.: Featuring Ambassador of Egypt to the U.S. Amb. Motaz Zahran
    04 May 2022 Dinner with Ben Rhodes
    28 Apr 2022 The Sedona Forum 2022: Strategic Competition
    22 Apr 2022 April Reading Group
    21 Apr 2022 Why Nations Rise: Narratives and the Path to Great Power
    19 Apr 2022 PCFR Member Trip to Boyce Thompson Arboretum
    06 Apr 2022 The Diplomat Forum featuring Consul General of Germany to the U.S. Stefan Schneider
    05 Apr 2022 The Diplomat Forum with Ambassador Carlos dos Santos, Ambassador of Mozambique to the U.S.
    30 Mar 2022 International State of the State with Governor Doug Ducey
    25 Mar 2022 March Reading Group
    22 Mar 2022 The Revenge of Power with Moisés Naím
    15 Mar 2022 Great Power Competition Series: Standing up to Putin
    11 Mar 2022 Why Russia’s War on Ukraine is a Game Changer
    10 Mar 2022 Baghdad Underground Railroad with Col. Steve Miska
    03 Mar 2022 The Changing Landscape in the Middle East featuring Consul General Dr. Hillel Newman
    25 Feb 2022 February Reading Group
    22 Feb 2022 NATO in America Conference
    17 Feb 2022 Keep NATO’s Door Open to Ukraine
    15 Feb 2022 Great Power Competition Series featuring Secretary Mark T. Esper
    10 Feb 2022 The Past and Future of American-Iranian Relations
    09 Feb 2022 An evening with the Ambassador of Brazil to the U.S., Ambassador Nestor Forster Jr.
    01 Feb 2022 The Invention of Power: Popes, Kings, and the Birth of the West
    28 Jan 2022 January Reading Group
    27 Jan 2022 Key Challenges in the Post-Soviet Era: 30 Years On (Kazakhstan, Ukraine, etc.)
    20 Jan 2022 Beijing’s Growing Power, Fall of Hong Kong, and Implications for the Taiwan Strait
    15 Dec 2021 PCFR Holiday Party
    14 Dec 2021 Great Decisions 2021
    10 Dec 2021 December Reading Group
    08 Dec 2021 The Man I Knew with Jean Becker
    06 Dec 2021 The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel
    02 Dec 2021 The Diplomat Forum with Ambassador Jean-Arthur Régibeau
    17 Nov 2021 Worldly Perspectives: PCFR Members Take Flight
    10 Nov 2021 The Baltics: Living with the Bear
    03 Nov 2021 Sweden: Dealing with Arctic Climate Change and Security
    03 Nov 2021 How China is Changing the World Order
    29 Oct 2021 October Reading Group
    14 Oct 2021 An Evening with the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States
    13 Oct 2021 Struggle for the Future of Myanmar
    06 Oct 2021 The Collapse of Afghanistan
    28 Sep 2021 Leading with Character in Uncharted Waters
    24 Sep 2021 September Reading Group
    16 Sep 2021 Viva Mexico
    09 Sep 2021 Illicit Finance, Sanctions, and the New Digital Economy: The New Era of National Economic Security
    25 Jun 2021 June Reading Group
    21 Jun 2021 El Salvador in Crisis: Politics, Corruption and Migration
    10 Jun 2021 Artificial Intelligence in an Era of Great Power Competition
    08 Jun 2021 The Heartbeat of Iran
    03 Jun 2021 The Rise of Digital Repression
    28 May 2021 May Reading Group
    25 May 2021 Brexit: A Growing Disaster for the EU
    19 May 2021 The Magnitsky Affair: How to Oppose a Criminal State?
    18 May 2021 Worldly Perspectives: PCFR Members Take Flight
    13 May 2021 Advancing Global Partnerships: A Dialogue Between Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib
    07 May 2021 April Reading Group
    04 May 2021 The Future of the U.S. - Mexico Bilateral Relationship
    27 Apr 2021 International State of the State with Governor Doug Ducey
    23 Apr 2021 PCFR New Member Breakfast
    08 Apr 2021 The Russia Disruption: Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges of Dealing with Putin
    01 Apr 2021 The Causes and Consequences of Brexit
    25 Mar 2021 A Conversation with General Mattis on U.S. Leadership Going Forward
    25 Mar 2021 America’s Global Leadership, COVID-19 & the Impact on Arizona
    19 Mar 2021 March Reading Group
    18 Mar 2021 The Russia Disruption: Russia and America After Trump
    17 Mar 2021 Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, U.S. Army (Ret): A Discussion With ASU's New Leadership, Diplomacy and National Security Lab
    09 Mar 2021 It's Not Just Over There: The American Commitment to the Korean Peninsula
    25 Feb 2021 Lunar New Year Celebration
    24 Feb 2021 The Russia Disruption: Assassination at Home and Abroad
    19 Feb 2021 February Reading Group
    16 Feb 2021 The Balkans: Where the U.S. and Europe Meet
    09 Feb 2021 Worldly Perspectives: PCFR Members Take Flight
    27 Jan 2021 America’s International Image at a Moment of Change
    22 Jan 2021 January Reading Group
    13 Jan 2021 Brexit from the ground up: Ethnographic perspectives from the Northern Ireland borderzone
    12 Jan 2021 Fireside Chat with Retired Army Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, former National Security Advisor
    15 Dec 2020 Great Decisions | Red Sea Security
    10 Dec 2020 Angrynomics
    04 Dec 2020 December Reading Group
    02 Dec 2020 The Global Democratic Recession: How We Can Reverse It
    01 Dec 2020 USGLC Tribute Celebration - Member Pre-Party
    19 Nov 2020 American Diplomacy in a Disordered World
    17 Nov 2020 Great Decisions | U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle
    12 Nov 2020 Confronting Disinformation: Views from the Trenches
    30 Oct 2020 October Reading Group
    28 Oct 2020 Great Decisions | Artificial Intelligence & Data
    27 Oct 2020 Journey to Self-Reliance: A New Approach
    15 Oct 2020 Summer 2020 is Finally Over: PCFR Virtual Mixer
    06 Oct 2020 Foreign Policy Priorities of a Biden Administration with Tony Blinken
    01 Oct 2020 The U.S. 2020 Election and Germany – Political, Economic and Strategic Implications
    29 Sep 2020 Great Decisions | The Philippines and the U.S.
    25 Sep 2020 September Reading Group
    23 Sep 2020 Afghanistan from the ground up: A conversation about war, U.S. partnership and the future of Afghanistan
    16 Sep 2020 Tariffs, Trade & the Pandemic Recovery
    10 Sep 2020 The World: A Brief Introduction with Richard Haass and David A. Merkel
    27 Aug 2020 Globally Conscious Business Communication: Techniques, Tips, and Experience from a 20 Year Adventure Across 4 Continents
    18 Aug 2020 Foreign Relations Summer Series: International Career Paths for Young Professionals
    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
    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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