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CIR's 2019 Annual Policy Simulation at Santa Fe Prep. February 2019.
Jason Rezaian from The Washington Post spoke about his 544 day imprisonment in Iran at Journalism under Fire. December, 2018
Panel on Challenges for Indigenous Journalism at Journalism under Fire. December 2018.
Ambassador Michael McFaul with local students at CIR's 2018 Annual Gala.
Political cartoons at Journalism under Fire. December 2018.
Jenni Monet and Dr. Courtney Radsch speaking on "Justice for Journalists under Fire" at Journalism under Fire. December 2018
Students discuss policy options during CIR's Annual Policy Simulation in April 2017.
CIR's 2019 Annual Policy Simulation at Capital High School. February 2019.
Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber leading a moment of silence for slain journalists at Journalism under Fire. December 2018.
UNM student interviewing Amb. Michael McFaul at CIR's 2018 Annual Gala. November 2018.
CIR High School Fellow taking the stage at Journalism under Fire. December 2018.
The winning team (ASK Academy of Rio Rancho) of the 2018 Academic WorldQuest competition.
Olga Yurkova, the creator of Stopfake.org, discussing Russian disinformation efforts in Ukraine at Journalism under Fire. December 2018.
CIR High School Fellow speaking at Journalism under Fire. December, 2018
Our ED, Sandy, presenting at Journalism under Fire. December 2018.

We connect New Mexico and the world by engaging, educating, and inspiring people as responsible global citizens. We promote an in-depth understanding of globalization — including the responsibilities of the global citizen — and U.S. foreign policy through our community education and high school/college education programs.

Through our partnership with the U.S. State Department, this year we will welcome over 400 international visitors to northern New Mexico. We connect ideas with action, with a membership of former ambassadors, foreign service officers, executives, and an engaged public seeking insight into these complex times.


Calendar of Upcoming Events

TRAVEL WITH CIR TO TUSCANY – September 5-14, 2020. All details here.

February 20, 2020: former US Ambassador at Large for War Crimes, David Scheffer. All details here.

March 3, 2020: Academic WorldQuest. Santa Fe Community College. All details here.

March 3, 2020: CIR Book Club: The Economists’ Hour: False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society. Binyamin Appelbaum. 2019. Details.

March 5, 2020: CIR’s Annual Gala with keynote speaker Amb. Susan Rice. All details here.

March 10, 2020: Great Decisions: U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle. Speaker: Todd Greentree. All details here.

March 17, 2020: Katie Singer discusses the Limits of Internet GrowthAll details here.

March 19, 2020: Stephen Younger, former director of Sandia National Labs on A Century of Arms Control. All details here.

March 26, 2020: Dr. Sig Hecker, former director of Los Alamos National Labs with 2020: North Korea and Iran. All details here.

March 24, 2020: Great Decisions: The Philippines and the U.S. Speaker: TBD. All details here.

April 7, 2020: Great Decisions: Red Sea Security. Speaker: Todd Greentree. All details here.

April 21, 2020: Great Decisions: China’s Road into Latin America. Speaker: Todd Greentree. All details here.

May 5, 2020: Great Decisions: Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. Speaker: TBD. All details here.

May 5, 2020: CIR Book Club: The Case for Nationalism: How it made us powerful, united, and free. Rich Lowry. 2019. Details.

May 19, 2020: Great Decisions: Artificial Intelligence and Data. Speaker: Todd Greentree. All details here.

July 7, 2020: CIR Book Club: The Asian Century. Parag Khanna. 2019. Details.

September 1, 2020: CIR Book Club: Triple Axis: China, Russia, Iran, and Power Politics. Diana Esfandiary and Ariane Tabatabai. 2018. Details.

November 3, 2020: CIR Book Club: Inevitable Partnership: Understanding Mexico-U.S. Relations. Clint E. Smith. 2000. Details.

November 18-20, 2020: Journalism under Fire: Capturing Climate Change. All details TBD.

CIR in the news

January 18, 2020: Former acting CIA Director to speak in Santa Fe

November 15, 2019: Former Mueller chief of staff speaks in Santa Fe

November 13, 2019: Journalism under Fire conference examines how technology shapes facts

November 9, 2019: Technology shapes the truth — but how?

June 8, 2019: Panel discusses trade war’s effects on New Mexico the Albuquerque Journal covered our Regional Briefing Luncheon: Shifting Winds of Trade.

March 9, 2019: EU diplomat stresses safety, equality at Women’s Day in Santa Fe.

March 8, 2019: A Quest for Knowledge on our Academic WorldQuest competition.



Upcoming Events

2020 Great Decisions
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Great Decisions is the country's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program provides background information and policy options for eight of the most critical issues facing America each year and serves as the focal text for discussion groups across the country. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, and then attending a monthly discussion group. Each monthly session will address one of the eight selected topics and includes a half hour introductory video and then a speaker presentation on the topic.
David Scheffer: The Sit Room
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CIR is thrilled to announce that the former U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues (1997-2001), David Scheffer, will speak in Santa Fe on February 20, 2020. He'll discuss his latest book, The Sit Room: In the Theater of War and Peace (Oxford 2019), focusing on foreign policy under the Trump Administration.
2020 Annual Gala
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Join us at CIR's 2020 Spring Gala on March 5th, when we welcome Amb. Susan E. Rice to Santa Fe to help us celebrate our global education programs across northern New Mexico
A Century of Arms Control
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The United States has a century’s experience in negotiating limits on the development and deployment of advanced weapons. Which methods work, and which have resulted in near catastrophe? In this talk, Dr. Younger will review the intense maneuvering surrounding the Washington Naval Conference of 1921, an attempt to reduce and eliminate growing fleets of battleships. Many of the lessons of that era are applicable today as we contemplate a resurgent Russia and a rapidly developing China, not to mention the possible proliferation of nuclear weapons.
2020: Iran and North Korea
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CIR is thrilled to welcome Dr. Sig Hecker back to the stage for yet another March engagement. This year, he'll speak all about recent developments in Iran and North Korea, using his unique insights and wit to answer key questions around their nuclear programs, capabilities, and future ambitions... Now that the JCPOA is DOA, where might Iran's nuclear program go? What do we know and what can we infer? Will President Trump's efforts to limit North Korea's nuclear actions finally bear fruit? Has presidential diplomacy opened up important new channels -- or taken us to a place of greater peril?