Upcoming Programs and Events

Below is a listing of upcoming CIR programs and events. Click on the Programs/Events tab to the left for more detail on each of the items below, for future events or for Community (non-CIR) Events.

Europe Day in Santa Fe

When:May 4, 2014 - May 5, 2014

EU Day Dinner and a Movie Panel Ambassador Brito

Join your friends to celebrate Europe Day at Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa.


Enjoy dinner and a movie on May 4.

Attend May 5 Europe Day event with Portuguese Ambassador Nuno Brito and a distinguished panel to discuss Europe’s future.


A program of the World Affairs Councils of America
in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.

H.E. Nuno Brito, the Ambassador of Portugal to the United States,
Mr. Georgios Papanikolaou, Consul General of Greece in Houston,
Mr. Stephan Helgesen, Honorary Consul of Germany in New Mexico
Mr. Edward Herrera, Director of the NM Economic Development Dept, Office of International Trade

Location: Bishop’s Lodge, 1297 Bishop’s Lodge Road

Focus on the European Union

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations is honored to be one of only a few local councils affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America that have been selected to host a program sponsored by the European Union on the occasion of Europe Day.
Please click on the links below for more information.

 Sunday,  May 4th Schedule

 Monday,  May 5th Schedule

5:00pm—Dinner and a  Movie:   “Welcome”

10:00am—–Panel Discussion


1:30pm——Ambassador Brito Talk


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Europe Day in Santa Fe – Movie

When:May 4, 2014

From:05:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Location: Bishop’s Lodge, 1297 Bishops Lodge Rd

EU Day Dinner and a Movie Panel Ambassador Brito



The multi award-winning new film from writer/director Philippe Lioret, WELCOME is a compassionate and inspiring drama about the hope of new beginnings and the power of true love, centred on two couples contending with issues of separation and dislocation.
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World Affairs Luncheon Addresses Indigenous Democratization NGOs

When:May 16, 2014

From:11:30 AM - 01:30 PM

Fisher Melton portrait croppedTopic:  Importing Democracy: The Role of NGOs in South Africa, Tajikistan and Argentina

Presenter:  Julie Fisher Melton

Location:  Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort, 1297 Bishop’s Lodge Road

Cost: $26 CIR Members; $32 Nonmembers & Guests (includes lunch)

Please reserve for this event by Tuesday, May 13!

Is the world experiencing a “global democratic recession?”   Except in Tunisia, the results of the Arab Spring are less than promising, and some street protesters, such as those in Thailand, actually challenge the results of democratic elections.
Although Julie Fisher agrees that democratization as a “long, hard slog,” her book describes a global trend largely ignored by the media—the emergence of indigenous democratization NGOs. These organizations promote democratic reforms in their own countries, by “importing” democratic ideas and combining them with their own democratic traditions, often most visible at the local level. Read the rest of this entry »

International Lecture Series #3 examines the leadership of Angela Merkel in Germany

When:May 31, 2014

From:05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

mary hamptonThe revised date and time for this lecture is May 31, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. 

Topic: Angela Merkel – Redefining Leadership in German Politics
Speaker: Dr. Mary Hampton, Air Command and Staff College
Cost: $15 CIR Members (or $36 for the series of 3 lectures); $20 Non-members & Guests
Location: Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail

As The Economist wrote recently, “Since the financial crisis erupted five years ago, the leaders of most big European countries—Britain, France, Italy, Spain—have been unceremoniously dumped by their voters. Yet on September 22nd Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, won a landslide victory, boosting her Christian Democrats’ share of the vote to its highest since unification in 1990. Such a remarkable win after eight years in office during such a rocky period makes her the undisputed leader not just of Germany but of Europe.”  Read the rest of this entry »

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