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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

CIR IS NOW HIRING!!! We need a bilingual Coordinator for an upcoming visit of 16 high school students from Latin America. Read Job Description Here!.

January 28, 2020: Great Decisions: India and Pakistan. Speaker: Todd Greentree. All details here.

January 30, 2020: former Acting Director of the CIA, Michael Morell. All details here.

February 3, 2020: Impeaching a President. With Sen. Jeff Bingaman and Amb. Vicki Huddleston. All details here.

February 11, 2020: Katie Singer discusses the Limits of Internet Growth. All details here.

February 13, 2020: Dr. Nader Hashemi and Dr. Emile Nakhleh discuss The Problem of Iran: Rethinking US Middle East Policy. All details here (with the venue TBD).

February 18, 2020: Great Decisions: Climate Change and the Global Order. Speaker: Steven Rudnick. 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 19, 2020: Stephen Younger, former director of Sandia National Labs on The Future of Arms Control. Details TBD.

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

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

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.

WE ARE NOW HIRING. Full job description here.


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.
Michael Morell: A Dangerous World
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Michael J. Morell, the former Acting and Deputy Director of CIA, briefed multiple presidents over a 33-year career in intelligence. On January 30th, 2020, he'll share with our Santa Fe community his thoughts on the most important national security threats and challenges facing the United States today. Mr. Morell was the only person who was both with President Bush on 9/11 and with President Obama when Osama bin Laden was brought to justice in May 2011. He will present his remarks in conversation with CIR Board Member Amb. Vicki Huddleston.
Impeaching a President
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Hotel Santa Fe, 1501 Paseo de Peralta. Santa Fe
Limits to Internet Growth
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The Internet is the largest thing that humanity has built. A Huawei consultant predicts that by 2030, communications technologies could consume 51% of global electricity and emit 23% of greenhouse gas emissions. And yet, the Internet's footprint remains largely invisible and unregulated. Katie Singer will report on the Internet's main energy guzzlers and some of the toxic waste-emitting supply chains of each smartphone's 1000+ substances. She'll also spell out how manufacturers, service providers, policy makers and individuals can each do their part to reduce the Internet's footprint.
The Problem of Iran
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After the killing of Gen. Qassem Suleimani, the United States and Iran almost went to war. While both sides have temporarily de-escalated, Washington and Tehran remain on a collision course and the likelihood of a military confrontation remains extremely high. This moderated luncheon conversation between Dr. Nader Hashemi (Korbel School at the University of Denver) and Amb. Vicki Huddleston will examine the crisis in US-Iran relations during the Trump Administration.
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