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Upcoming events

    • 18 Jul 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • 7729 E Greenway Rd, Suite 300, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

    PCFR Member  Only Event      


    New Americanism, Why a Nation Needs a National Story by Jill Lepore

    The Importance of Elsewhere, In Defense of Cosmopolitanism by Kwame A. Appiah

    Why Nationalism Works, And Why It Isn’t Going Away by Andreas Wimmer

    False Flags, The Myth of Nationalist Resurgence by Jan-Werner Muller

    View & Download these articles here


    7729 E Greenway Road, Suite 300
    Scottsdale, AZ 85260
    (one block south of Greenway Hayden off 73rd St)

    Thursday, July 18, 2019 | 7:30-9:00 am

    Reification is a fallacy of ambiguity, when an abstraction is treated as if it were a concrete real item or real event. An example is using the term ‘ghost’ as if everyone knows precisely what it means, Casper or the devil? In reality, as Plato and his students taught, all words are vague and ambiguous and in communication, we never fully know what is meant by terms used by others, or for that matter, our selves, because terms, even in the same time period have a multitude of meanings and because terms shift in meaning over time. Additional examples are socialism, communism, capitalism debated daily but mean different things to different people.

    A major debate today is value of the resurgence of ‘nationalism’ and the associated ‘populist ‘ appeal. As reified examples, what in your mind is nationalism and populism as we use the term today and as we used the terms in the past, how does the terms relate to internationalism and globalization and ultimately what are the strengths and weaknesses of these movements? How does nationalism and populism impact the elections in U.S., Europe ( BREXIT, Hungary, Italy Turkey, Germany, France etc.), Asia, the Middle East, South, the other Americas and Africa)?

    Even though “Among countries with populations above one million, democracies have risen from 11 in 1900 to 86 in 2006 …We have seen 12 consecutive years of erosion of political rights and civil liberties…over the past decade, one in six democracies have failed….Today, only a bare majority of the world’s larger states remain democracies.” (Larry Diamond, Hoover Institution, The Global Crisis of Democracy, Profit Freedom House) .Diamond never defines ‘democracy’, clearly a reified term, but regardless of the absolute accuracy of the stats, we can understand the gravity of this political situation.

    Please review the 4 commentaries from Foreign Affairs. The author’ thoughts will help us grapple with the benefits and costs the the new nationalism.

    View & Download these articles here

    As an alert, possible topics for future sessions are foreign aid, Churchill vs. Orwell. Stay tuned!

    • 23 Jul 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
    • Snell & Wilmer, 400 E Van Buren St # 10, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    topical DISCUSSION

    Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | 11:30 am-1:15 pm

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


    Snell & Wilmer

    400 E Van Buren St # 10

    Phoenix, AZ 85004


    Member & Non-Member Registration: $30


    Update on the US-Mexico Relationship


    1. Arizona’s trade with Mexico continues to grow. 
    2. Discussion will focus on the areas of opportunity and some of the challenges that companies need to consider.


    Luis is the President of Ramírez Advisors Inter-National, LLC. Ramirez Advisors is a highly specialized firm dedicated to creating and implementing innovative solutions for cross-border business opportunities and improving the ability for goods and people to cross the border. Luis has over 25 years of experience on US-Mexico border infrastructure projects, North American relations, international business and negotiations, regional economic development, industrial site selection, government procurement, project management and governmental affairs. Luis has dedicated a considerable amount of time, both personal and professional, to fostering better relations with Mexico and Canada, improving the quality of life for the residents of the border and promoting the economic development of the region. He has led multidisciplinary teams on a number of cross-border projects, including site selection for major manufacturing facilities; design, funding and construction of new ports of entry; assisted companies in pursuing government procurement contracts; and identifying joint venture partners for a variety of business ventures. He serves on multiple professional and charitable boards and was recently appointed to the Advisors Council to the Administrator of the EPA for the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation. Luis received his Bachelor of Arts and Science from the University of Arizona, Cum Laude and his Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University with a Dean’s Citation of Service. He attended High School in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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


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

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

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


    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


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

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

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


    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?                    

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


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

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

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


    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



    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

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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