About Us

Originally founded in 1965 to assist foreign visitors, the Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) has grown rapidly in recent years, both expanding and enhancing its activities. CIR connects New Mexico and the world by engaging and inspiring global citizens through dialogue, education, and cross-cultural exchange. Read our 2020-22 Strategic Plan here!

Our efforts stimulate dialogue and educate members, students, and the community about crucial globalization and foreign affairs issues. We do this through four interconnected program areas: our International Visitor program, our High School & College Education program, our Community Education program, and a major global conference that occurs every autumn.

CIR is one of more than 90 nationwide affiliates of  Global Ties U.S. and one of about 90 members of the World Affairs Councils of America. CIR was established in 1965 and is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. CIR members receive discounts to events and opportunities to participate in member-only activities. In addition to supporting these activities, membership fees and donations allow us to provide free admission to events for students.

In 2019, CIR welcomed 450 international visitors to Santa Fe — all rising leaders in their countries —  to learn about entrepreneurship, journalism, traditional art, the preservation of indigenous cultural sites, and many other issues relevant in New Mexico. CIR volunteers can organize and participate in these programs by providing homestays, dinners, and receptions for the visitors.