We at the Santa Fe Council on International Relations have just updated our mission. We connect New Mexico and the world by engaging and educating people to become responsible global citizens.
What do we mean by “global citizen”? For CIR, “global citizen” captures the layer of identity we all bear that is inherently global—as members of a global economy, globalizing society, globalizing cultures, and so on. And the more we explore and understand this concept–both individually and collectively–the more responsible we can be as stewards of the planet and of wider human society. Above all, global citizens want to live in a world of gender equality, sustainable economic growth, human rights, environmental stewardship, peaceful conflict resolution, and religious and cultural diversity.
In addition to this new mission statement, we will, as we have for 51 years now, continue to promote an in-depth understanding of international issues, while also welcoming international visitors to northern New Mexico. CIR offers lectures by distinguished diplomats and scholars, foreign affairs discussions, travel opportunities, and renewed educational activities for students (such as our Global Citizen Passport Program). Our efforts stimulate dialogue and educate members, students, and the community about crucial globalization and foreign affairs issues–and shows them ways in which they can act to make a difference.
Below find a brief interview with Prof. Twomey describing some of the issues and dynamics he’ll discuss during his talk here in Santa Fe on October 15th, the second of three talks on Conflict and Cooperation in the China Seas.