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Sen. Peter Wirth, CIR's ED Sandy Campbell, and keynote speaker Adm. James Stavridis (Ret.) at our Annual Gala 2016
Click the picture to listen to Adm. Stavridis' fascinating talk on 21st Century Security. Some CIR members called it the best CIR talk they'd ever seen!
Singer Tara Khozein entertains during the cocktail reception at our Annual Gala 2016
CIR's Susan Jay with Sandy Berry at our Annual Gala 2016
CIR's ED Sandy addresses the gathered celebrants at our Annual Gala 2016
CIR Board VP George Callahan listens to Adm. James Stavridis (Ret.) at our Annual Gala 2016
Guests from Georgia, as part of our International Visitor Leadership Program, visit Bandelier National Monument.
CIR welcomed a delegation from Belarus, here to learn about resources for social entrepreneurs. The group engaged their counterparts from local businesses and nonprofits, including Bioneers, Meow Wolf Center, SF Business Incubator, and officials from the NM Department of Economic Development. 


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.



Photos, Video from our Annual Gala 2016

Photos, Video from our Annual Gala 2016

In the galleries below, enjoy all the photos from our most recent gala–held on August 27, 2016 with Admiral James Stavridis (Ret.) as our keynote speaker. Immediately below is his outstanding keynote presentation on 21st Century Security: Challenges and Opportunities. You can also download a podcast of his presentation (audio only) and a podcast of… Continue Reading

Fall 2016 ILS addresses Conflict and Cooperation in the China Seas

Fall 2016 ILS addresses Conflict and Cooperation in the China Seas

Confrontation, Conflict and Cooperation in the China Seas: What Does This Mean for the U.S.?   Lecture #1: The China/Japan Confrontation in the East China Sea Speaker: Ambassador Michael H. Armacost Saturday, October 8, 3:00 p.m. Location: The Forum, Santa Fe University of Art & Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive Lecture #2: Competition in the South China Sea: What… Continue Reading

Upcoming Events

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Sino-U.S. Relations and the South China Sea
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This talk will explore the potential for future U.S.-China cooperation and conflict through the lens of the ongoing maritime disputes in East Asia.
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Ambassador Hof to address Middle East challenges for the new president
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The next President of the United States will inevitably spend quality time dealing with a growing international crisis rooted in the Middle East. Ambassador Frederic Hof of the Atlantic Council will discuss how the future president might mitigate this crisis and contribute to the growth of effective, legitimate governance in the region.
Great Decisions continues in 2016
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Great Decisions is a monthly discussion meeting designed by the Foreign Policy Association. Each session includes a half hour video on a specific topic followed by facilitator presentation and participant discussion. There are eight sessions (April through November).